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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.
Weather station 6.5 miles from here
25 Total Routes
['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Browse More Classics in Funk Rock City
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Funk Rock City:
Funkadelic 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 95'
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'
The Infidel 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Glory Be 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 80'
Featured Route For Funk Rock City
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
Latest Regional Forum Messages
5.10 slab at Funk Rock City
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?
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.
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
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.