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Elevation: 1,014 ft
GPS: 37.64919, -83.71343
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This recently developed cliff is now the largest cliff at the RRG. Hiding in the holler next to the Motherlode, development began in 2007 with more routes being added each year. Currently (January 2017) there are 105 routes with 84 sport lines and 21 trad lines. Most of the sport lines are 5.10 and harder, with two of the hardest lines the Red has to at 5.14c, the Golden Ticket & Pure Imagination. There are even some futuristic projects on this sector equipped by Adam Ondra. To the far right side of the crag, it even has it's own cold weather cave where you get winter time sun for most of the day.

Due to the immense size of this wall, sun or shade can be found at any time of the day. However generally the wall faces south, making it a better cold weather destination.

Getting There Suggest change

Just down the road from the Motherlode. Walk toward Sore Heel from the Motherlode parking area and take the first trail on the right. This right turn is about five minutes from the Motherlode Parking area and is marked with signage.

This massive wall, has about 8 different sub-trails leading to the different cliff sectors. Generally speaking, take the left forks to access the left side of the wall. There is an old logging road you'll see shortly after starting hiking that will take you to the leftmost routes. For the far right side (Death by Chocolate, or Swedish Fish) keep making right turns, you'll make about 6 of them to get to the wall.

Waiver and Rules

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The Motherlode LLC and the Red River Gorge Climber's Coalition (RRGCC) asks that climbers at Chocolate Factory complete this online liability waiver/rules agreement

Rules

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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Classic Climbing Routes at Chocolate Factory

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 586
EGBG
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 679
Oompa
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 361
Robotic Thumb
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 569
Loompa
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 314
Hip to the Jive
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 136
Enkidu
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 329
Snozzberries
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 137
J Rat's Back
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 211
Swedish Fish
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 44
Gene Wilder
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 20
Cats' Demise
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 19
Buttercup
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 14
Eternal Fire
Sport
5.14c 8c+ 34 XI- 35 E9 7b
 8
Pure Imagination
Sport
5.14+ 9a 35 XI 35 E10 7b
 4
Golden Ticket
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
EGBG
 586
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Oompa
 679
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Robotic Thumb
 361
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Loompa
 569
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Hip to the Jive
 314
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Enkidu
 136
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Snozzberries
 329
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
J Rat's Back
 137
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Swedish Fish
 211
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Gene Wilder
 44
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Cats' Demise
 20
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Buttercup
 19
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
Eternal Fire
 14
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
Pure Imagination
 8
5.14c 8c+ 34 XI- 35 E9 7b Sport
Golden Ticket
 4
5.14+ 9a 35 XI 35 E10 7b Sport
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