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Shared By: Chris Chaney on Oct 4, 2006 with 2 Suggestions
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Description

Climbing in western KY is varied and spread out. There is quite a lot of history to most places, but many of the historical climbing locations are closed because of private property. If you want to boulder, check out Clifty Hollow, which hosts a lot of problems and endless variations, and maybe the best boulder problem in western Kentucky, Werewolf.
Top roping is possible at Hunter Bluff and a few scattered sport lines exist, but their bolts are questionable and often old.
For those looking to get off the deck, check out the two-pitch Hawkwind at Dismal Rock, bolted in 2019.

I don't honestly know that much about the climbing history of western Kentucky but no one else has updated these pages so I figured I would go ahead and do so. Let's be honest, eastern Kentucky has us beat, but by no means is western Kentucky bereft of rock. There is still plenty out there to be explored. Be careful of private property! 

Getting There

Western Kentucky is not a destination location by any means and the locations are scattered throughout the state. 

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Classic Climbing Routes at Western Kentucky

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2 5+
 3
Pocket Dyno
Boulder
V3 6A
 3
Kyle's 3
Boulder
V5 6C PG13
 3
Edge of Infinity
Boulder
V7 7A+
 3
Werewolf
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
Short Bus
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
High Step
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Human Rope Test
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
Twinkle Toes
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
Shut Up And Climb
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 6
Hawkwind
Sport 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pocket Dyno Clifty Hollow > Overhang Area
 3
V2 5+ Boulder
Kyle's 3 Clifty Hollow > Overhang Area
 3
V3 6A Boulder
Edge of Infinity Clifty Hollow > Main Area
 3
V5 6C PG13 Boulder
Werewolf Clifty Hollow > Werewolf Area
 3
V7 7A+ Boulder
Short Bus Hunter Bluff > Park Wall
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
High Step Hunter Bluff > Flathead Wall
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Human Rope Test Hunter Bluff > Flathead Wall
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Twinkle Toes Hunter Bluff > Park Wall
 3
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Shut Up And Climb Hunter Bluff > Flathead Wall
 3
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Hawkwind Nolin River Dam > Dismal Rock
 6
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
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