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Torrent Falls 

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Apart from some limited exceptions, Torrent Falls is closed to the general public. This great crag is a stark example of how thoughtless climbers can endanger access.

For years, climbing was allowed at this privately-owned crag in the Natural Bridge region. Hard sport routes like Bare Metal Teen and Steelworker attracted climbers wanting to sample some of the best of the Red.

Unfortunately, Torrent also attracted too many people with no consideration of the property owner's wishes. After one too many instances of dealing with climbers' dogs (which were not allowed) and people peeing outdoors in full view of his guests, the owner had had enough and shut down the crag to climbing.

Currently, it is possible to climb at Torrent only if you're a paying guest at the Torrent Falls Bed and Breakfast. Reportedly, people attending monthly meetings of the Red River Gorge Climbers' Coalition (held at the B&B) can also climb there at that time. All other climbing is off limits.

Getting There 

The Torrent Falls B&B is about five miles south of Miguel's on KY 11.

25 Total Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Torrent Falls:
Cordelia   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Tourist Trap   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 80'   
Wadcutter AKA "Gumby Killer"   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Pocket Pussy   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 50'   
Bandolier   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Receiver   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 65'   
Windy corner   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Centerfire   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 80'   
Seek The Truth   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
Big Money Grip   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 95'   
Bare Metal Teen   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 80'   
Steelworker   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Racer X   5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Featured Route For Torrent Falls
Bare Metal Teen, Torrent Falls, RRG.  October '08.

Bare Metal Teen 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a  KY : Red River Gorge : Torrent Falls
Stellar route in the middle of the 12 wall. Between Steelworker and Big Money Grip. Takes an impressive overhanging line through jugs to a marginal rest, maybe catch a bad kneebar before charging into the crux section then into a steep pumping jug/edge haul to the anchors. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in KY

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Janey Mitges climbng at Torrent Falls in the late 1990's. Photo by Tony Bubb.
Janey Mitges climbng at Torrent Falls in the late ...
Nice 5.8 lead, just right of Gumby Killer. Climber is Bradley Killough.
Nice 5.8 lead, just right of Gumby Killer. Climber...
Aaron and Jenny cruizing up Bandolier and Wadcutter.
Aaron and Jenny cruizing up Bandolier and Wadcutte...
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By adrenalated
From: Thornton, CO
Dec 3, 2006

As of 11/24/06, Torrent is sadly closed to the general public. The landowner and his family decided they were tired of climbers failing to follow his rules, and made the decision to close access to the crag.

By Brian Runnells
Feb 9, 2007

You may still climb at Torrent if you stay at the bed and breakfast that is there.

By mbuntaine
From: Durham, NC
Dec 1, 2009

Limited access to Torrent Falls is possible by permit only. Visit this website for the latest information:

By RockinOut
From: NY, NY
Mar 2, 2011

The B&B does not control the climbing at torrent falls. We stopped in at the B&B and they were quite annoyed that this misinformation was on the internet and in the guidebook. The property belongs to someone else and a permit, which can be reserved online, can be found at the posted website above.

The Admin may want to edit the main RRG page

By dorseyec
Oct 30, 2011

If you rent a cabin through Red River Outdoors you are allowed to climb here for the day.