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The Southeast: Horseshoe Canyon Ranch
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The Southeast: Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

Every September, hundreds of costumed climbing duos spend 24 hours in “Horseshoe Hell,” competing to finish the most routes on the sandstone cliffs at Horseshoe Canyon. Most of the climbs here are juggy, single-pitch sport routes, and the closely spaced bolts make it the perfect place practice lead climbing. “Another one of those ‘outdoor-climbing-gym’ kinda places,” says Potter. “It’s packed with routes on really high-quality rock. The climbs are short, but really fun and interesting. People always say that the friendly, communal atmosphere is one of the best parts.”

Closest Town: Jasper, Arkansas
Grade Range: 5.6 – 5.14 , V0 – V14
Notable Routes: 505
Classics: Green Goblin (5.8), Orange Crush (5.9+), Commodus (5.10b), Horseshoes and Hand Grenades (5.11a), Love Slave (5.11c), Fat Hand (5.12a)
When to Visit: March-May, September-October

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