Type: Trad, 100 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Charlie Boydston, Mike Panciera, 1975
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Shared By: Craig Childre on Sep 18, 2006 with improvements by Greg Schooley
Admins: Drew Nevius

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Description

Small questionable placements protect the lower moves that traverse up to the ramp. Up the ramp and belay at the tree. The 2nd pitch is maybe 5.5 up to some chains to rap.

The climb was named Ker Plunk after Charlie fell a substantial distance and lived, after landing in the river. In reality, it was a miracle he was not killed. Charlie was a fantastic climber and pushed the limits. But this was enough to pack it up climbing, and too many of his 9 lives were spent on this one.

Location

Climbs the obvious ramp above the southmost pool.

Protection

Questionable down low and great up top.

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Jordan Ramey
Calgary, Alberta
 
Jordan Ramey   Calgary, Alberta
 
This route is named Kerplunk due to the fact that one of the first ascentionists yanked off a hold down low and fell into the river. He was fine and the route was named. Jan 31, 2007
BrianUp Up
Charlottesville, VA
  5.7
BrianUp Up   Charlottesville, VA
  5.7
Except for the first time I climbed this, I don't bother with pro until I get to the move below the ramp (maybe 15 feet left of the start). Good nut there. But there is a flake you can thread earlier and some poor nuts. Tricams work great up on the ramp. Pleasing little climb. The second can fall in the water if they fall early. Hard to keep end of the rope out of the water on the single rope rap. I dropped a cam in the water last time, fear not, we found it and cooled off on a hot day. Jul 30, 2007
Ryan Ray
Weatherford, TX
  5.6
Ryan Ray   Weatherford, TX
  5.6
no way is this a 5.7!!!! its 5.6 Jan 20, 2010
Chris Walden
Soldotna, Alaska
  5.7 PG13
Chris Walden   Soldotna, Alaska
  5.7 PG13
If it stinks bust out the pink! There is a good spot to place a pink tricam about halfway through the traverse start to protect. Fun route... Sep 15, 2015
Herndon  
A fun beginners route. Everybody does it or has done it. Jan 17, 2016
Andrew Smith
Dallas, TX
 
Andrew Smith   Dallas, TX
 
Super fun route, Guidebook says that climb is rated "R", definitely not. Plenty of spots for nuts and passive gear throughout the whole climb. I used two # 3's and one # 2 for the anchor in the crack next to the tree. Second pitch to the chains is more of a scramble than a climb. Definitely worth the approach for first pitch. Sep 4, 2017
Robert S
Driftwood, TX
Robert S   Driftwood, TX
There is an easy and optional third pitch.

My son and I climbed this two days ago, and as it was the last climb of the day, we were looking to top out and take the high trail back to the first creek crossing.

Instead of going to the rappel anchors after P2, I belayed from two good trees on the huge ledge just before the anchors. From there, we found a third pitch up to the top of the ridge by initially following the chimney there. After the chimney, the pitch finished as more of a scramble than a climb. We did not rope up, but a leader could protect this pitch if s/he wanted to. I'd put the pitch at Class 4-5.2. Oct 31, 2018