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Elevation: 542 ft
GPS: 37.09, -86.617 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Ted Baker on Feb 8, 2015
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Small locals bouldering area with a few topropes

Getting There

Head out of Bowling Green on 231 out until you pass over the Gasper River about 8 miles from town. Keep going to the top of the next hill and turn right, cross over the Natcher and make an immediate left onto Clifty Hollow Road. Go for 2.5 miles until descending away from the Natcher to the hollow. Go a bit further until seeing a rock overhang on the left and the climbing is 100-200 past this seen 30 feet up the slope from the road. Limited parking.

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Ted Baker
Caribou, CA
Ted Baker   Caribou, CA
Thanks for the info, never knew any names!
Cool to hear they have a climbing gym in Bowling Green now!
But sad to hear no one goes here anymore.
Fond memories of de-stressing from WKU classes by doing laps and traverses.
Never did climb anything on that graffiti wall Nov 2, 2017
Dan, I also stopped by this area when I was down at NCM in Bowling Green late 2016. It is definitely covered in graffiti and liquor...

IIRC I had spoken to someone who knew the guy who "developed" the area and lives in the area. There are one or two routes there that I saw that were bolted. And a piece of gear that was wedged in a crack. I called the local gyms looking for anyone who had ever been there and that didn't turn up any results...

Search results also turn up that people from WKU used to go there quite often. There are leads if you wish to pursue them. But here is the info I have from poking around on the net. I do not have enough info to add these as complete routes to the database... Will add the photos I took later as I did try to document the area.
"Clifty Hollow
This crag lies on the side of the road and is just now being developed. There is not a lot of detail and descriptions about the cliffs but they boast about 30 assorted routes, first established during the 80's on a solo top rope. Only a few lines are obvious, but chances are all lines have been climbed at one time or another. The bluffs hold at least 70 established boulder problems of assorted grades along with a classic traverse that stretches about 200 feet."

Roses and Thorns- 5.10a
Copperhead- 5.10a
Richard Longest- V5
The Last Dance- V3


Main Wall:
When you park, this is what you'll see directly to your left and up the small rock stairs

Zig- 5.8+, 5.9
Toprope route, immediately to the right of the dead falling tree. Follows the overhanging crack, crimper to the right unlocks the whole thing.

Zag- 5.7, 5.8-, 5.9 (conflicting info)
Immediately to right of Zig. good holds to the horn, take jugs on right of horn to the crack, small dyno to second horn, jugs to top.

Jacks Classic - V4
sit start up to crimps and a three finger pocket, dyno to top, mantle.

Werewolf Boulders:
from the cars, walk down past Zig and Zag (see Sections: Main Wall), keep going until the last big boulder is on your immediate left, take a left, there should be a trail going about 50 feet to the boulders.

Vampire - V7
down and left from Werewolf. crimpy sit start, up and slightly left , hell hook, right hand over and right, dyno to sloper-hole, topout on Werewolf

Werewolf - V7
1.Middle route, Nice crimpy start, dyno up to sloper hole, work up till topout.

2.Small crimpers, dyno out and up to slap the sloper-hole. latch, and continue up and right to good holds, heel hook, bump up and left, topout

3 Stooges - V4
1. Right between Werewolf and Longtime. Sit start to half-moon, side pull on crack, small dyno to ledge, up and left to topout.

2. Between Werewolf and Longtime, sit start on crimps, left hand up to half moon, pinch, right hand to crack. up to small ledge, pull up and work left to top of Werewolf, go all way left and down.

Longtime - V1, V2 (conflicting info)
1. Nice boulder problem, to the right of 3 Stooges/Werewolf, crossed-hands on the start, bring left foot to the half-moon, stand, right hand up to side pull, left hand to jug, topout. If you're not balanced right, it'll spit you off.

2. crossed hand on crack, left foot over into the half-moon, stand, pull into wall, right hand up to crack, left to jug, topout

Painted Cave Area:
the large overhang you come to before you park. Spraypaint galore.
From the car, walk back down the road about 120 feet, on your right, 10 feet from the road

Best of luck to anyone looking for info! Nov 1, 2017
Stopped by while driving south thru the area. Area looks like it has potential, but also looks like a late night hangout for someones drinking and spray painting activities. Found chalk marks and what looks like some problem development. Does anyone know of popular climbing times here? Any established problems?

Super easy access. Apr 14, 2017

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