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Solar Collector/Gold Coast 


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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',11],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',0],['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 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   
Lucky Duck Soup   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Norway On My Mind   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Sunny the Boxer   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Broken Chicken Wing    5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Decline of Western Civilization   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 50'   
On the Prowl   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Smoothie Nut   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 60'   
Super Pinch   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 50'   
Rebar   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Green Horn   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Mona Lisa Overdrive    5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Buddha Hole   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Ethics Police   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Blue Eyed Honkey Jesus   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Supafly   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 80'   
Herd Mentality   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 80'   
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Ethics Police 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a  KY : Red River Gorge : ... : Solar Collector/Gold Coast
This line features one of the enormous body-swallowing huecos that this cliff is famous for. The crux comes with balancy moves exiting this hueco, and apparently a key crimp broke several years ago making this crux a bit more difficult than it used to be, and causing some to suggest that the route is now 12a. Despite local opinion, the un-sustained nature of the difficulties may make this line seem easier than Buddha Hole if you aren't used to endless jug-hauling.Begin right of a generally cha...[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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