Rock climbing in the Southeastern USA


FAQ - Southeast Climbing Guidebooks

Image - scan of cover of Selected Climbs in North CarolinaSelected Climbs in North Carolina by Yon Lambert and Harrison Shull. 2002. Published by The Mountaineers, 1001 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98134  ISBN:0-89886-855-6

Recently released, this book revisits many of the areas described in Kelly's book (below) but in more detail.

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Dixie Cragger's Atlas The Dixie Cragger's Atlas by Chris Watford. 1999. Published by Market Place Press, 425 Market Place, Roswell, GA. 30075.

This is a new work, with new photos, ratings, LOTS of new routes and details encompassing Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. Call of the Wild at (770) 992-5400 or e-mail . Cost is $31.95 + shipping

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The Climbers Guide to North Carolina The Climbers Guide to North Carolina by Thomas Kelley. 1996, Published by Earthbound Sports, Inc. PO Box 3312, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-3312. (919) 929-5999. Third Edition

Two dozen climbing areas are described in the best guide to North Carolina climbing. The Second edition is especially prized, as it was published when Rumbling Bald was open and contains route descriptions that can be useful now that it has reopened again. (contact me if you have one)

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Southern Rock

Southern Rock A Climber's Guide by Chris Hall. 1985, Published by East Woods Press Books, Fast & McMillan Publishers Inc. 820 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC. Second Printing. Most likely, currently out of print.

This comprehensive pocket sized guidebook can still be found in climbing shops, bookstores, and libraries across the south. It lists routes in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and both North and South Carolina. Though dated, the routes have not changed, and the book remains a useful guide to the classics.

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Out of print

The Deep South Climbers Companion by Rob Robinson and Chris Watford is currently out of print, unavailable.

Until the recent publication of the Dixie Cragger's Atlas, this was the best guide to our southeast climbing areas west of the Appalachians. It's comprehensive covering Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. Remains useful and accurate.

As far as I know, it is completely unavailable.

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Dixie Crystals

Dixie Crystals A Climber's Guide to Stone Mountain North Carolina by Roid Waddle. 1970's (estimate). Unpublished, photocopied. Unavailable.

This early guide was a hand produced item distributed among a very limited group. Few copies remain. Despite it's vintage, it remains an excellent description of the routes and climbing even to this day. It also represents an archive of early climbing history in the southeast.

As far as I know, it is completely unavailable.

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