Horse Pens 40

Important information for all Horse Pens 40 competitors!

Please read thoroughly!


Horse Pens 40 is located in Steele, Alabama. See the official Horse Pens 40 website for complete directions to and information about the boulderfield/campground.

If you are a registered Triple Crown/Horse Pens 40 competitor, there is no camping fee for Saturday night. Triple Crown and Horse Pens 40 have you covered.

However, anyone planning to come/camp on Friday must cover the cost of camping for Friday night. If you come on Friday, please go directly to the Horse Pens 40 store upon arrival to complete your camping registration and pay the fee for Friday night.

***There are several hotel options in nearby Gadsden, but we encourage everyone to support Horse Pens 40 by camping there on Friday/Saturday!

It will be a ton of fun!


Spectators are welcome to attend this event. The price for spectators is $20/person paid directly to Horse Pens 40. However, spectators will NOT be allowed to climb on the day of the event.

Under 18 competitors

If you are under 18 years old and a parent/guardian is not accompanying you to the event, you must download the Horse Pens 40 waiver and have a parent fill it out. You must then bring it with you to the check-in at Horse Pens on the day of the competition. 

No dogs

No dogs are allowed at Horse Pens 40! Please be respectful of the land-owners and leave your animals at home!


There is ample parking at the campground/boulderfield. However, please carpool when possible. You must park outside the gate. Look for signage and volunteers showing you where to park.

Early packet pick up Friday November 22

Important note: Early competitor packet pick-up begins at 5:00 pm CST on Friday November 22 (afternoon/evening before the comp). Pre-registration will end at 8:00 pm CST. Competitors will be able to PICK UP THEIR COMPETITION PACKET AND T-SHIRT at this time. This will give everyone a chance to look at the competition map, AND it will speed up the "process" on Saturday morning (more climbing time!).

DJ and Pint Night Friday November 22 — Seppe March! Beginning at 6pm Central Time

If you attended Hound Ears or Stone Fort, you got a taste of Joseph's skills on the mic and turntable. Directly after packet pick-up...this guy will be ready to put on an awesome show!

Yes! We will have beer courtesy of First Avenue and Birmingham Boulders!

And yes, we will have custom stainless steel Horse Pens-40 pints for $15! You'll be able to fill them with beer Friday and Saturday free of charge!

Comp day packet pick up and late registration

The morning of the event (Saturday, November 23) you will need to be at Horse Pens-40 NO LATER than 7:30 am to check-in. We will not accept registrations after 9:00 am. Check-in will take place outside the gate entrance to the park on Saturday morning. REMEMBER WE ARE ON CENTRAL STANDARD TIME.

Marmot is back as the presenting sponsor for the 2019 Triple Crown!

Drop by the Marmot booth to pick up a raffle ticket for some FANTASTIC Marmot gear! Proceeds from the raffle tickets will benefit the Southeastern Climbers' Coalition! Come by the booth, score a chance at a great prize and let these guys know how much you appreciate their support of the Triple Crown and your climbing access!

Free beer (21+) Saturday night - sponsored by High Point Climbing Gym!

Help us reduce our waste! Purchase the custom Horse Pens 40 stainless steel pint!

******No glass is allowed at Horse Pens 40! Please make sure your container is shatterproof!

Other points of interest

  • Make sure to check out and our Triple Crown facebook page for up-to-date information, articles, and great pictures from each of the competition venues in our galleries.
  • You will be given one free t-shirt the morning of the event (or at pre-registration) as supply allows.
  • There will be concessions/food available for purchase throughout the event--so bring cash. Porky's Pride Food Truck will be serving food both Friday and Saturday giving 20% of sales to our cause.
  • All climbers are responsible for their own camping/hotel arrangements on Friday. We encourage folks to camp at HP-40 on Friday (and Saturday)—please visit the Horse Pens 40 website for details/cost of camping.
  • A spectator armband is $20 per person and covers spectators from anytime Saturday until sundown Sunday. If your armband is lost, a new one must be purchased in order to remain in the park. Spectators cannot climb.
  • Dinner will be available for purchase from food vendors and the Horse Pens 40 restaurant—the cost will vary depending on the meal that you choose.
  • There will be an SCC/AF raffle after the competition. Sign up and take a chance on walking away with even more booty, and support "the cause" at the same time.
  • There will also be an opportunity to join the Southeastern Climbers' Coalition yearly membership is just $25. Make it your goal to become proactive this year. See the SCC website for more information.
  • The awards ceremony will begin immediately after dinner. There will be tons of door prizes! So if you didn't do so good at the comp don't miss it. You could still win big!

In the event of bad weather

As with every Triple Crown Bouldering Event, if we have to postpone the competition due to inclement weather, the event will be held on Sunday (weather permitting). We'll start the competition as quickly as possible and abbreviate the awards ceremony to allow folks as much time to climb as possible.

This event will be a ton of fun. We hope everyone has a safe trip and that you find your visit with us to be a good and memorable one.

Keep checking the website for updates as well. New photos and competition results will be posted on the Triple Crown website shortly after the event.