SCC to Reopen Yellow Bluff, AL

Date: 12/17/2008

By Paul Morley, The Southeastern Climbers Coalition

After three years of persistent effort, the Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) plans to reopen a portion of the historic cliff Yellow Bluff, located about 20 miles from Huntsville, Alabama. During the late 1980s, climbers such as Jessie Guthrie and Curt Merchant helped establish many of the classic lines that earned the cliff its reputation as the test piece crag of the South. Yellow Bluff is home to Alabama's first 5.13a and the 5.13d/14a Tour de Jour. In the early 1990s, just as Yellow Bluff was growing more popular, the area was closed to climbing.

In 2005, the SCC began rebuilding a relationship with Yellow Bluffs landowner and has been working for the past three years on possible avenues to reopen the crag. The SCC was recently given an affirmative agreement to purchase the crag at a set price, and went on to lead the acquisition to the recent signing for the right side of Yellow Bluff.

The SCC has just reached its fundraising goal for the acquisition of Yellow Bluff. The land deal should be completed in early February. Many thanks for everyone's donations, interest, and involvement in helping to open another Southern crag. For more information, visit www.seclimbers.org.