Elevation: 907 ft
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Shared By: Chris Chaney on Oct 4, 2006 with improvements by Eugenel Espiritu
Admins: Shirtless Mike, saxfiend, DrRockso, Billy Simek

Description

Eastern Sky Bridge Ridge has an interesting mix of older classic trad routes and early sport climbing testpieces. While there aren't many easy routes in the area, some of the moderate ones have attracted intermediate climbers over the years.

Inhibitor is a trad classic and a 5.11 masterpiece involving some wide, some really wide, and steep hand jams. The classic 5.11 sport route King Me was featured on the cover of the seminal "How to Climb 5.12" manual from a few years ago.

Hard core traddies or sportos that visit the area will miss out on some classics if they don't dabble in their weaker discipline. The Underling (5.9, trad) is a must do, as is Jack in the Pulpit (10d, sport). And just to make things interesting one of the best and most well-known problems in the Red is located on the boulder that fell out of the Inhibitor dihedral. You can get by without a crashpad, but make sure you have a spotter for the mantel crux of The Pearl V5.

Easter Sky Bridge Ridge also boast the current hardest trad line in the Red and perhaps in Kentucky: Silently Does the Sun Shine, a 5.14- put up by Andrew Gearing.

Getting There

From the concrete bridge on KY 715 (parking area for Eagle's Nest and Wall of Denial) drive a little further back toward Pine Ridge and look for a wide pulloff on the left before the Swift Camp trailhead parking on the right. Walk back down the road toward the bridge and look for a trail on the left (as you walk, uphill) side of the road.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Eastern Sky Bridge Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 68
Good Times
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 60
Drop the Anchor
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 130
The Underling
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 53
No Return
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 51
Doppler Effect
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 100
Jack in the Pulpit
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 36
Inhibitor
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 129
Super Dario
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 150
King Me
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 34
Commencement
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 15
Sick Puppies
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 65
Dave the Dude
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 24
Martin Rides Again
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 11
Soul Ram
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 9
The Rifleman
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Good Times
 68
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Drop the Anchor
 60
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
The Underling
 130
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
No Return
 53
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Doppler Effect
 51
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Jack in the Pulpit
 100
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Inhibitor
 36
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Super Dario
 129
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
King Me
 150
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Commencement
 34
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Sick Puppies
 15
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Dave the Dude
 65
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Martin Rides Again
 24
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Soul Ram
 11
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Rifleman
 9
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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