On Saturday August 1, the SCC will be cutting the ribbon on their newly purchased crag in Steele, AL. In the early 80’s, Steele was a popular climbing spot, but access to the crag was cut off when private land owners complained that climbers were trespassing en route to the cliff.
With donations from climbers and a grant and bridge loan from the Access Fund, the SCC has purchased 25 acres of the Steele crag, and after August 1, these sandstone cliffs will be accessible once again.Steele is just north of Birmingham, about 140 miles west of Atlanta.
Here is a great video that tells the history of Steele’s crag and the kind of climbing you can expect to do there. At the end of this video, there are some hilarious examples of climbing fashion in the 80’s. Everyone needs to start climbing in lycra again.
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