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The Motherlode

Kentucky > Red River Gorge > Bald Rock Fork Recrea…
Access Issue: Private Property Details

Description

Boasting the highest concentration of the steepest and longest routes at the Red, this is where the hard climbers spend the majority of their time. The Motherlode has 30+ 5.12s, ~15 5.13s and a smattering of 5.14s. There are a number of 5.11s in the area but to really appreciate the Motherlode, show up fit and be ready to sink your teeth into 5.12 or harder.

The area is broken up into five sectors, from left to right:
  • (1) Buckeye Buttress - Slightly overhaning, technical climbing. Morning to early afternoon sun.
  • (2) Warm-Up Wall - Slightly overhanging, technical climbing. Morning to early afternoon sun.
  • (3) GMC Wall - Getting closer to the Madness Cave and getting steeper. Morning to midday sun.
  • (4) Madness Cave - Super steep, overhanging climbing. Afternoon sun.
  • (5) Undertow Wall - Steep, overhanging climbing. Evening sun.

Getting There

Following the driving directions for Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP). Once you get to the bottom of the hill on Bald Mtn Rd there will be a large dirt/mud parking lot on you right. Park there and take any of the trails.

Waiver and Rules

The Motherlode LLC and the Red River Gorge Climber's Coalition (RRGCC) asks that climbers at the Motherlode complete this online liability waiver/rules agreement AND this Motherlode-specific waiver before climbing at the Motherlode.

Rules
The Motherlode LLC is private property. Access to the clifflines under the driplines at the Motherlode,Chocolate Factory,Right cliffline of Sore heel and left side of Bears den climbing areas is dependent on users cooperation with the rules. If you are not willing or able to abide by these rules then do not enter the property. Authorized users are asked to help uphold the rules.

  • Access to these cliffline properties is limited to those individuals with a completed current liability waiver.
  • Anyone who doesn't complete a signed waiver is criminal trespassing in accordance with KRS 511.080 and subject to prosecution.
  • “Leave No Trace” principles must be followed at all times while in the preserve.
  • Pack it in – Pack it out, including your poo, no Catholes (www.lnt.org will show you how to do it).
  • No flora, fauna, rock or anything else may be damaged, harmed, moved or removed from the preserve.
  • No guiding or any commercial activity is permitted without expressed written consent from members of Motherlode LLC
  • Camping or hammock hanging is not permitted within the cliffline areas.
  • Access to the preserve is from dawn to dusk only.
  • Be considerate and respectful of those around you.No music or excessive noise.
  • No illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages are allowed within this property.
  • No fires, burning, or smoking of anything is allowed within the preserve.

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Topo of the routes in the Madness Cave, from left to right:<br>
*Transworld Depravity 5.14a<br>
*BOHICA 5.13b/Last of the Bohicans 5.13d<br>
*Flower Power 5.13b/Pushing up Daisies 5.13c<br>
*Omaha Beach 5.14a<br>
*The Madness 5.13c<br>
*40 oz of Justice 5.13a
[Hide Photo] Topo of the routes in the Madness Cave, from left to right: Transworld Depravity 5.14aBOHICA 5.13b/Last of the Bohicans 5.13dFlower Power 5.13b/Pushing up Daisies 5.13cOmaha Beach 5.14aThe Madness…
This was my first time at The Motherlode. Rainy few days and came to get a friend on his project. The view was amazing. Worth the hike in just to see it.
[Hide Photo] This was my first time at The Motherlode. Rainy few days and came to get a friend on his project. The view was amazing. Worth the hike in just to see it.
Several of the steep routes of the Motherlode on a particularly chilly day
[Hide Photo] Several of the steep routes of the Motherlode on a particularly chilly day
Jessica dominates the Motherlode.
[Hide Photo] Jessica dominates the Motherlode.
Somebody half way up Omaha Beach.
[Hide Photo] Somebody half way up Omaha Beach.