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Primarily a steep sport climbing crag there are also a few really fun Trad lines here as well... The best of which would have to be first fall 5.9 just a nice crack climb on solid rock or you could hit the 5 star Buddha Slept 5.12a if you crank like that... The classic sport routes here are to name a few,Jesus Wept 5.12d, Triple Sec 5.13a and Immaculate Deception 5.12a(this last one isn't as brutally steep as the others...
Hike the gravel road down to the river... Follow the stream down to a crossing and follow signs to the crag... 10-15 min walk...
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Sanctuary:
Dirty Old Men 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 80'
First Fall 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 60'
Immaculate Deception 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 95'
Blue Collar 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 60'
Hoosier Boys 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Triple Sec aka Fifty Bucks 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 95'
Jesus Wept 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 95'
Peace Frog 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Name Dropper 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Prometheus Unbound 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Sport, 100'
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Jesus Wept 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b KY : Red River Gorge : ... : The Sanctuary
Starts at the right side of the big steep wall of huecos. Make a rising rightward traverse passed a few bolts to gain some good holds as the route heads straight up. There is apparently a new direct start that does not change the grade though I have not done it. As you head straight up the holds thin untill you have a serise of moves on 2 and 3 finger pockets with poor feet ending at a horizontal below a small roof. Work around the roof to the right and up the face more easily to the anchor....[more] Browse More Classics in KY
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