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Rock Climbing Photo: Fall River, Kansas 1980
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By jhoski
Dec 20, 2016
This is in Fall River? Do you remember where exactly? (This would be great to add to the extremely short list of Kansas routes!)
By Doug Symes
Jul 6, 2017
This looks like it might be "The Cave Route" (unofficially 5.6 or 5.7) - tallest route in Fall River climbing area. Its 60 feet over the railroad tracks. This face was blasted by the railroad as it is above the river and they needed room for the tracks. This section of rock is all east of town and located by walking the tracks for about a mile or less. To my knowledge the land has always been privately owned and in the 1980's I climbed there with the Explorer post 888 (training) and camped and climbed there other times. I heard lots of stories of the owner running people off with a shotgun. If you can find Scott Heckathrone, he was by far the best Kansas climber to complete all the routes and attempt some that others from the outside rated. One was even stated to be 5.13 (unclimbable), which was a long vertical finger crack that flared out at about 20 feet up and then returned for the last 5 or so feet. Found about 40 feet to the right of The Cave Route just to the right of a low area of about a 12 foot vertical.
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Fall River, Kansas 1980

Submitted By: David Engel on Dec 1, 2015
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