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Photo provided by Brad McLeod, Southeast Climbers Coalition - Robert McSweeney on Glass FaceGeorgia - Boat Rock


Image - map of state of Georgia show location of Boat Rcok with yellow starLocation

Boat Rock is located on the Southwest side of Atlanta.

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Photo provided by Brad McLeod, Southeast Climbers Coalition - Boat Rock is famous for sweeping granite slabs. Footwork is paramountDescription

More than half mile of wonderful egg shaped granite boulders at Boat Rock Have been saved from the bulldozer by the actions of local climbers, the Southeastern Climbers Coalition, and the Access Fund. This urban bouldering spot has a long local history that will now continue into the future.

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Directions

Take I-20 west from I-75 to the intersection of Interstate 20 and Fulton Industrial Boulevard. Drive south for 3.8 miles. Turn left onto Bakers Ferry Road SW (this will be the second Bakers Ferry underpass, you will see a Q Trip and a post office), drive 0.5 miles. Turn left on Boat Rock Road SW, proceed 0.4 miles. Look for small gravel driveway on the right, pull into small 6 car parking lot.

[ Yahoo! Maps ] Yahoo Road Map of Boat Rock

Logo - Topozone.comTopo map (TopoZone.com link)

Drtopo.com Boat Rock guide in .pdf format

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Cliff Access

There is a small kiosk at the edge of the lot with a rough map of the area and a trail leading up to the boulders. The lake area is located a few hundred yards to the southeast (see drtopo map).

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Guidebooks

http://drtopo.com/georgia/boatrock.pdf

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Photo courtesy Southeastern Climbers Coalition - Mike on Bob's AreteRoutes

There are at least 25 named routes with more projects under development.

www.drtopo.com - online route topo

See larger view of Mike on Bob's Arete

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Land Manager:

Southeastern Climbers Coalition

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image - caduceus -  symbol of medicineEmergency Information:

911, You are in Fulton County.

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image - carabinerGear:

Basic bouldering, shoes, chalk bag, crash pads.

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Photo provided by Brad McLeod, Southeast Climbers Coalition - Splitter cracks can be found throughout the boulderfieldFacilities:

None. This area is under development as a park for public use. Avoid going anywhere near the house near the back of the property, owner is reported to be very anti-climbing, do not trespass.

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Seasons:

Year round climbing, though summers are very hot.

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Photo provided by Brad McLeod, Southeast Climbers Coalition -  The new 7.7 acre tract is loaded with bouldersAccess Notes

This is a success story for local climbers, the Southeastern Climbers Coalition , and the Access Fund. Contributions are still needed to help pay off the loan on the land and preserve this area for future use.

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Miscellaneous

Thanks to the efforts, time, and support of local climbers, the Southeastern Climbers Coalition , and the Access Fund this urban area was saved from development as a housing project. To become more involved in access issues in the southeast, go to the Access Page. For scheduled events at Boat Rock, go to the Events Page.

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Links

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