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Funk Rock City

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Funk Rock City 


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Location: 37.8029, -83.5762 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Funk Rock City. The name immediately piques the interest.

This crag has the best concentration of 5.10-5.11 slab routes in the 80-90 foot range of any crag in the Red. The rock is beautiful, the routes are classic and the setting is stunning. Funk Rock is a truly unique RRG experience.

FRC is a superb winter crag if Swift Camp Creek is not running too high. It's aspect is due south and the wall acts as a great big solar collector.


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25 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Funk Rock City:
Joe Camel   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 50'   
Up Swift Creek Without A Paddle   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Rite of Passage   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Manic Impression   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
Cruising Lane   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Headstone Surfer   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Funkadelic   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
Red Hot Chilli Pepper   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Goodstone   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Smokin' Joe   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Eye of the Needle   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Prime Directive   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
L'ile Au Ciel   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50100'   
There Goes the Neighborhood   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
The Infidel   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Hardcore Jollies   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Frugal Chariot   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Glory Be    5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   
Go Easy Billy Clyde!   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Orange Juice   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Eye of the Needle

Eye of the Needle 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  KY : Red River Gorge : Funk Rock City
Start by climbing up a slabby section of rock with some friction moves to reach good holds. Wander up the face, using the arete as needed. Sometimes the moves are on the face, sometimes you need the excellent holds provided by the sharp corner of the arete. Toward the top, it becomes a bit more overhung, but the arete becomes more and more useful to supply jugs. This route is just plain fun! Certainly do it if you are here! It's a nice break from all of the other pumpy routes in the area. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in KY

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By vanishing spy
Nov 10, 2009

You will need to cross the creek/river. There is a large Tree before the shallow wade crossing. If the tree is wet you can slide your ass across it and get over to FRC without getting your feet wet. If there has been lots of rain, the approach will be muddy and wet regardless of how you cross the river. Don't let this stop you from going to one of the best walls in the RED.

By M Sprague
Administrator
From: New England
Jul 18, 2013

Still no directions?

By ----
Jul 29, 2013

Does this wall catch any day time shade during the middle of the summer? If so what time? I'd like to climb here during early August, but not in full sun. Thanks.

By Hillbill
From: Indianapolis
Apr 29, 2014

You can't really put things like fallen trees, dirt piles, and stepping stones into the directions because things change every day. I got lost the first time I tried coming here and my 3rd edition guidebook directions seemed completely off. Basically, I parked at a large pulloff (on the east side of 715) below the Swift Camp Creek parking lot. You follow the trail right off the parking lot that goes downhill and follows the creek. You follow the creek until it COMPLETELY T's with the creek (you can't go any further because the trail literally ends). I made the mistake of crossing the creek too early and I know of many others doing the same. When I crossed it there was some stepping stones (no tree) and we had to get our feet wet. Who knows what stones or trees will be there tomorrow. After you cross it and put your shoes back on, hang a right for about 50 ft. and you will see a trail on your left that heads straight up to the wall. It took a good 20-25 minutes to get to the first route but it was a pretty hike. The wall bakes in the sun and there is plenty of classic routes for everybody! hope this helps

By ethanfromwildohio
May 18, 2014

The parking area is here: 37.8129154,-83.5828893
Follow the obvious trail on the south side of the lot down to the river, cross at the fallen tree and continue to hike on the opposite bank for 20 or so minutes up to the wall.