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Chris Chaney

Stanton, Kentucky
Male

Member Since
Aug 29, 2006
Last Visit: Mar 24, 2019
3,297 Points
Point Rank: #214 Details

Likes Trad, Sport, Tr, Gym
Leads Follows
Trad 5.7 5.9
Sport 5.7 5.10a
Boulders V3
Favorite Climbs
Kim and Ed's Crack @ Vedauwoo, North Ridge, Table Rock NC, Cruising Lane, RRG, KY
Other Interests
Cycling, photography, mountaineering
More Info
I began climbing in the winter of 1994. I was 20 years old. I, with my best friend from high school, was a hillbilly mountaineer. We climbed (scrambled) up on top of any chunk of rock, vegetated or not, that we could find. Our primary territory was the Red River Gorge.

In the fall of that year I began roped climbing. Initially I didn't have a regular partner, but eventually I met more and more people and began finding my niche. While I dabbled in sport, I considered myself a trad climber.

My evolution as a climber brought me to a point where I was boulering more and more because I was pushing into trad grades that scared me. When we bailed on some old school route, we'd usually end up bouldering around at the base of the cliff. Eventually I was going out and bouldering for the sake of bouldering, no pad, no spotter, hillbilly mountaineer style.

Finally I got a pad or two and began bouldering pretty intensely, never really progressing past V5, but bouldering day after day after day until my elbow gave out.

During this bouldering phase I really got into sport climbing as well because I finally had the power and endurance to do some routes that had always been above my ability.

I went back to trad after tendonitis shut me down a couple of times and have pretty much stuck to it ever since.

I guided in the RRG from 1997 until 2005. I miss it, but having a family to take care of made me re-evaluate my life.

Now, as I approach middle age I really want to get into alpine climbing and move away from cragging. [2010 update: I'm back to cragging...I miss being tied in to a rope!]

In February 2008 I moved to Colorado from Kentucky to work for Jefferson County Planning and Zoning. I love this area and even though I don't do much technical climbing these days I am trying to get back into bouldering and roped climbing.

I try to bag as many peaks as possible and am just giddy with the gazillion square acres of new places to explore within a short distance of where I am now.

In 2010 I began taking my kids (7 and 3) climbing and they have been enjoying it. I look forward to their limbs and minds growing to the point where I can take them to climb my favorites and belay them on routes of their choosing.


Ticks View All 312

5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 96
Put the Best Foot Forward
Mar 30, 2019 · Lead / Onsight.
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 2
Dirty Diaper
Mar 23, 2019 · Lead / Fell/Hung.
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 3
Bonzo's Bedtime Stories
Mar 23, 2019 · Lead / Onsight.
Sport
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 9
Who Pooped the Playground
Oct 19, 2018 · Lead / Onsight.
Sport, TR
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 8
School of Rock
Oct 19, 2018 · Lead / Onsight.
Sport, TR
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 8
T's Knobs
Oct 19, 2018 · Lead / Flash.
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Put the Best Foot Forward Red River Gorge > Muir Valley > Bruise Brothers Wall
 96
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
Mar 30, 2019 · Lead / Onsight.
Dirty Diaper Red River Gorge > Miller Fork Rec… > Playpen
 2
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Mar 23, 2019 · Lead / Fell/Hung.
Bonzo's Bedtime Stories Red River Gorge > Miller Fork Rec… > Playpen
 3
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Mar 23, 2019 · Lead / Onsight.
Who Pooped the Playground Red River Gorge > Muir Valley > Recess Rock
 9
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport, TR
Oct 19, 2018 · Lead / Onsight.
School of Rock Red River Gorge > Muir Valley > Recess Rock
 8
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Sport, TR
Oct 19, 2018 · Lead / Onsight.
T's Knobs Red River Gorge > Muir Valley > Recess Rock
 8
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Sport, TR
Oct 19, 2018 · Lead / Flash.

Tick Breakdown

Pitches Routes Days Out
90 Days 3 3 2
Last Year 12 12 6
5 Years 12 12 6
All Time 380 312 79

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