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Solar Collector/Gold Coast 


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Submitted By: LeeAB on Oct 16, 2006
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Description 

As you approach the cliff you come to the Solar Collector first. An easth facing wall that gets tallerr as you move to the right. The routes start at 5.10+ and progress to 5.12 as the wall grows and the lines get longer. The tops of these route will get wet in the rain as the routes go right to the top of the wall.

The next main section of cliff after you pass through a cave and a few slabby routes in black rock that look nice, is the Gold Coast which faces south. This wall is pretty amazing to behold. Route on the main section of wall range from 5.13 to project. The climbing is on holds that are smaller than your typical Red River Gorge fair. Many of the routes follow streaks and will likely be wet if it has been raining a bunch, but they do not go to the top of the wall so should stay dry for the most part except for Black Gold which is in a drainage.

Further right most of the routes are traditional lines of more moderate grades.


Getting There 

Take the Fixer Rd turn off to the right near a sign for Lee County. Make your first left and follow th epaved road which eventually turns to dirt/gravel. About a mile after the road turns to dirt look for a big gas tank on the left that has been painted to look like some sort of creature, turn right here and follow the road to the end at a RRGCC kiosk.

Pick up the trail to the right of the kiosk and follow it through a ravine and across some logs through a marshy area. You will see a trail signed "Gold Coast" on the right, this trail will take you to the far right side of the cliff which is mostly traditional climbing. The next signed trail you see to the right will be for the "Solar Collector" This trail accesses the two main sections of the wall.


31 Total Routes


['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',3],['5.10',5],['5.11',7],['5.12',6],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Solar Collector/Gold Coast:
The Perfect Pint   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   
Lucky Duck Soup   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Sunny the Boxer   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Broken Chicken Wing    5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
On the Prowl   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Decline of Western Civilization   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 50'   
Smoothie Nut   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 60'   
Super Pinch   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 50'   
Green Horn   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Rebar   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Mona Lisa Overdrive    5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Buddha Hole   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Ethics Police   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Supafly   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 80'   
Blue Eyed Honkey Jesus   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Herd Mentality   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 80'   
Golden Boy   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 60'   
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Begin with a few bouldery moves and climb up into the large hueco after clipping the 2nd bolt. Shake out and exit the hueco on the right and climb straight up the face using some smaller holds and pockets. Keep going to gain a good shake before trending up and left to reach an obvious large hold for another shake. The top gets a bit steeper, but the holds improve dramatically to the finish. Nice route with fairly sustained climbing after the hueco. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in KY

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The Gold Coast at high tide.
The Gold Coast at high tide.
The Remarkable "Gold Coast"
The Remarkable "Gold Coast"
A famous MPer from Boulder levitates near the Solar Collector.
A famous MPer from Boulder levitates near the Sola...
Gold Coast detail. <br /> <br />From L --> R: <br /> <br />Black Gold, 13c <br />God's Own Stone, 14a <br />Proj <br />Proj <br />100 oz of Au, 13d <br />Golden Boy, 13b <br />True Love, 13d <br />No Fluff, 11d <br />Brilliant Orange, 13a
Gold Coast detail.

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Standing in one of the big huecos that Solar Collector is known for.
Standing in one of the big huecos that Solar Colle...
The Rain Collector...the day after a Spring storm in Kentucky.
The Rain Collector...the day after a Spring storm ...
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