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Emerald City

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Big Toe Arete 
Black Magic Arete 
Diamond In The Rough S 
Father's Day T 
Fictitious Egg, The 
Flying Monkeys S 
Hollow Threat 
In The Middle 
Let the Wookie Win 
Lolliop Kids S 
Mandarin TR 
My Sexy Cranberry 
No Place Like Home S 
Oz S 
Ruby Slippers S 
Saint George 
Sharp T 
Shelf Life 
Shining, The T 
Watto (SDS) 
Whiteout T 
Whiteout Direct (aka Nerds) S 
Yellow Brick Road S 
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Emerald City Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Chris Chaney on Oct 3, 2006


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Thad on The Shining 5.8+ Lady Slipper- Emerald Cit...


South facing, tall and variable rock quality characterize this wall. There is a nice snapshot of RRG climbing here, from 5.10-11 vertical slab sport to short moderate trad, to multi-pitch trad. Not a lot of any one type of climbing, but a good selection of each.

Getting There 

From Slade, drive south on KY11, passing by Miguel's, for 4.8 miles to a grassy meadow area and pulloff parking area on the right (37.7508, -83.66375). From the parking, cross KY11 to find a trail leading uphill. Follow the trail up to a split at a large boulder. Hike left and up the hill for Emerald City and right along a bench to the bouldering area and Global Village.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.3 miles from here

29 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Emerald City

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Emerald City:
Big Toe Arete   V0+ 4+ PG13     Boulder, 15'   
Whiteout   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   
The Shining   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 30'   
Whiteout Direct (aka Nerds)   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 50'   
Diamond In The Rough   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Ruby Slippers   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Yellow Brick Road   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Oz   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
No Place Like Home   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Flying Monkeys   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Featured Route For Emerald City
Rock Climbing Photo: Mary plugging pro on Whiteout.

Whiteout 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  KY : Red River Gorge : Emerald City
Climb the original flake and ramp system to the left for full trad experience of climb an alternate start which has been bolted and is in a plumbline with the rap anchors on the first belay.Once you reach the exposed and comfortable ledge continue up the dihedral. You need to exit the crack onto the left face when it becomes possible (about 15 feet above where the crack jogs hard right at a horizontal). Climb up big ledges to the bolt anchors. Rappel twice to get down. This route is mostly face ...[more]   Browse More Classics in KY

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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Oct 4, 2006
Some of the best low-angle (just vertical, but not overhanging) routes in the Red are here!
By Nick Stayner
From: Billings, MT
Mar 17, 2008
For all of you who like these sub-vertical, edgy face routes, be sure to check out Rodeo Wall if you're ever in Jackson, WY. Very similar climbs.

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