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Trad, 50 ft,
Avg: 3.6 from 66
FA: G.Smith, T.Souders, 1987
> Red River Gorge
> Graining Fork Nature…
Access Issue: Access to GFNP (Roadside) REQUIRES a Daily Permit
Please DO NOT climb at GFNP (Roadside) without a daily permit per climber in the group. After a long closure, access to Roadside was made possible again in March 2015 under the name Graining Fork Nature Preserve. This access is contingent upon climbers being good stewards and obtaining a daily permit via the GFNP website.grainingfork.org/ For the sake of the access privilege it is imperative that climbers follow this rule and obtain the daily permit.
***Climbers MUST NOT climb at GFNP without a daily permit per person in each group.*** This route is privately owned and requires a daily per-user permit obtained from the Graining Fork Nature Preserve website. This isn't about just you getting away with climbing for a day without a permit--this is about the climbing community respecting private land to ensure continued access privileges. Don't be selfish--get a permit.
A great route on the same wall as a half dozen similar sport climbs. This one just takes nuts though, not bolts... Start up the crack and offset with a few odd locks and jams to pass allow crux then toss in stoppers at will and cruise to the anchors above on big pockets and dishes near the crack. I ran into Greg in the mid 90's when I was on a road trip and he asked: "I hear they are giving that thing 5.11a these days? Is that true?" "Well, yes they are..." I responded. "What did you give it?" "It's a 10." Was Greg's reply.
What is it really? You decide for yourselves.
Approach via the standard trail to Roadside and stay right. Shortly after passing a group of steep, clean sport routes (AWOL, Dragon Slayer, etc...) you will come upon a right-leaning steep crack with huge pockets around it. That is Synchronicity.
A light rack of stoppers and a few SLCD's if desired.