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Ker Plunk 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Charlie Boydston, Mike Panciera, 1975
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Submitted By: Craig Childre on Sep 18, 2006  with updates from Greg Schooley

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Description 

Small questionable placements protect the lower moves that traverse up to the ramp. Up the ramp and belay at the tree. The 2nd pitch is maybe 5.5 up to some chains to rap.

The climb was named Ker Plunk after Charlie fell a substantial distance and lived, after landing in the river. In reality, it was a miracle he was not killed. Charlie was a fantastic climber and pushed the limits. But this was enough to pack it up climbing, and too many of his 9 lives were spent on this one.

Location 

Climbs the obvious ramp above the southmost pool.

Protection 

Questionable down low and great up top.


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Rock Climbing Photo: Ker Plunk
BETA PHOTO: Ker Plunk
Rock Climbing Photo: Belaying under Ker Plunk.
Belaying under Ker Plunk.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hella on Ker Plunk - Photo by Brandon Hall.
Hella on Ker Plunk - Photo by Brandon Hall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Belays are circles.  Shows ramp up pitch 1 of Kerp...
BETA PHOTO: Belays are circles. Shows ramp up pitch 1 of Kerp...
Rock Climbing Photo: Trace having a blast.
Trace having a blast.
Rock Climbing Photo: Amanda begining Ker Plunk with Chris spotting Mar ...
Amanda begining Ker Plunk with Chris spotting Mar ...
Rock Climbing Photo: ker plunk Photo by Brandon Michelkamp
ker plunk Photo by Brandon Michelkamp
Rock Climbing Photo: Amanda toping out on 1st pitch of Ker Plunk.  Mar ...
Amanda toping out on 1st pitch of Ker Plunk. Mar ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing Ker Plunk
Climbing Ker Plunk
Rock Climbing Photo: My Daughter on Ker Plunk on the Narrows, Wichita M...
My Daughter on Ker Plunk on the Narrows, Wichita M...

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By Jordan Ramey
From: Calgary, Alberta
Jan 31, 2007

This route is named Kerplunk due to the fact that one of the first ascentionists yanked off a hold down low and fell into the river. He was fine and the route was named.
By BrianUp
From: Charlottesville, VA
Jul 30, 2007
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Except for the first time I climbed this, I don't bother with pro until I get to the move below the ramp (maybe 15 feet left of the start). Good nut there. But there is a flake you can thread earlier and some poor nuts. Tricams work great up on the ramp. Pleasing little climb. The second can fall in the water if they fall early. Hard to keep end of the rope out of the water on the single rope rap. I dropped a cam in the water last time, fear not, we found it and cooled off on a hot day.
By Ryan A. Ray
From: Weatherford, TX
Jan 20, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

no way is this a 5.7!!!! its 5.6
By Chris Walden
Sep 15, 2015
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13

If it stinks bust out the pink! There is a good spot to place a pink tricam about halfway through the traverse start to protect. Fun route...
By Herndon
Jan 17, 2016

A fun beginners route. Everybody does it or has done it.

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