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New rock climbers find boulders worth scaling around the nation

USA TODAY Logo By USA TODAY of USA TODAY | Slide 2 of 9: Horse Pens 40, Steele, Alabama These natural rock shelters in the Appalachian foothills are renowned for their bouldering, a type of rock climbing without ropes and harnesses. “It’s one of the top bouldering spots in the United States, a very unique little ecosystem there,” Santella says. Located about an hour north of Birmingham, it’s particularly popular in the fall when it hosts the final event in the Triple Crown of Bouldering. More information:   horsepens40.tripod.com

Horse Pens 40, Steele, Alabama
These natural rock shelters in the Appalachian foothills are renowned for their bouldering, a type of rock climbing without ropes and harnesses. “It’s one of the top bouldering spots in the United States, a very unique little ecosystem there,” Santella says. Located about an hour north of Birmingham, it’s particularly popular in the fall when it hosts the final event in the Triple Crown of Bouldering.
More information:   horsepens40.tripod.com
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