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A great climb on beautiful rock, Primitive Paradox is well protected but strenuous in places. The exposure is some of the nicest in the gorge.
P1 - start up an easy slab into a right-facing corner. Continue up the corner to mount a shallow ledge, then traverse left on the ledge to a bolted belay. 100'
P2 - from the belay, move slightly right, then climb another short right-facing corner (pro is a little hard to find here). Continue up a blocky face to a right-leaning, right-facing corner. Climb this to another ledge; make a mantel finish on slopey holds to reach a bolted anchor. 100'
Starts a short walk down the trail from where it intersects the cliff; about 20' right of BT Express. Rap from the bolted anchor at the top; a 60-meter rope is probably just long enough to get you to the ground.
Small to medium gear (nuts, cams, tricams). Bolted belays/anchors.
Pitch 1 of Primitive Paradox, Tallulah Gorge, GA.
leading the 2nd pitch of pp
dave on the traverse on the first pitch of PP
dave following 2nd pitch of PP
Leading P2 of Primitive Paradox on a gorgeous New ...
Jeff getting into the biz on PP, Tallulah, GA
BETA PHOTO: Primitive Paradox topo; my first stab at...
Top of P1, looking back across short traverse.
Climbers on PP 10/2008
|Comments on Primitive Paradox
From: The Deeper South
Mar 29, 2007
Leader should be mindful of the follower beginning the traverse at the top of P1...throw in a few pieces along the way.
|By Jeff Mekolites|
From: HOTlanta, GA
Nov 9, 2008
At the start of the second pitch, there is a large scary flake that is right on the belay ledge. I hadn't noticed it in the past but when I stepped on this time, it shifted. Be careful of this thing.
From: Decatur, GA
Jan 1, 2009
Great climb! Harder than I remembered, but maybe I was just having a bad day. Leading the final moves on P2 are what I'd call the crux of the climb; I blew it and took a nice long fall.
|By Tom Fralich|
From: Fort Collins, CO
Nov 15, 2010
Really an excellent climb. I stopped here on the way from ATL to T-Wall and was really impressed. Beautiful area and both this route and Mescaline Daydream were well-protected and high-quality.
From: Red River Gorge
Jan 28, 2013
I can't believe I waited five years to get on this. This is one of the best 5.9s I have done anywhere.