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Funk Rock City 

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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

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

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

Headstone Surfer 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a  KY : Red River Gorge : Funk Rock City
Why is it called Headstone Surfer? That is a typical question. Check out the chest high boulder at the base of the climb. This used to be perched in the middle of the climb. Hugh says there's about as much underground as what's visible above ground. He "surfed" it out on the FA.Great route with a stemming crux. It's not over after that though. The dihedral goes on and on and on it seems like. Stellar rock ion a beautiful setting....[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
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.