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Eastern Sky Bridge Ridge

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L to R R to L Alpha
Commencement S 
Corpus Delicti S 
Dave the Dude S 
Doppler Effect T 
Drop the Anchor S 
Good Times T 
Grunge Face S 
Inhibitor T 
Jack in the Pulpit S 
King Me S 
Learning Curve, The T 
Martin Rides Again S 
No Return T 
Pearl, The 
Rifleman, The S 
Sick Puppies S 
Silently Does the Sun Shine T 
Soul Ram S 
Super Dario S 
Underling, The T 
What's Right with the Underling S 

Eastern Sky Bridge Ridge Rock Climbing 

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Eastern Sky Bridge Ridge has an interesting mix of older classic trad routes and early sport climbing testpieces. While there aren't many easy routes in the area, some of the moderate ones have attracted intermediate climbers over the years.

Inhibitor is a trad classic and a 5.11 masterpiece involving some wide, some really wide, and steep hand jams. The classic 5.11 sport route King Me was featured on the cover of the seminal "How to Climb 5.12" manual from a few years ago.

Hard core traddies or sportos that visit the area will miss out on some classics if they don't dabble in their weaker discipline. The Underling (5.9, trad) is a must do, as is Jack in the Pulpit (10d, sport). And just to make things interesting one of the best and most well-known problems in the Red is located on the boulder that fell out of the Inhibitor dihedral. You can get by without a crashpad, but make sure you have a spotter for the mantel crux of The Pearl V5.

Easter Sky Bridge Ridge also boast the current hardest trad line in the Red and perhaps in Kentucky: Silently Does the Sun Shine, a 5.14- put up by Andrew Gearing.

Getting There 

From the concrete bridge on KY 715 (parking area for Eagle's Nest and Wall of Denial) drive a little further back toward Pine Ridge and look for a wide pulloff on the left before the Swift Camp trailhead parking on the right. Walk back down the road toward the bridge and look for a trail on the left (as you walk, uphill) side of the road.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.7 miles from here

21 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Eastern Sky Bridge Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Eastern Sky Bridge Ridge:
The Pearl   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   
Good Times   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
The Underling   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
No Return   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Doppler Effect   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Jack in the Pulpit   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Super Dario   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Inhibitor   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
King Me   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Commencement   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Sick Puppies   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Martin Rides Again   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Dave the Dude   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Corpus Delicti   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 70'   
The Learning Curve   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   
What's Right with the Underling   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 90'   
Soul Ram   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
The Rifleman   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 70'   
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Featured Route For Eastern Sky Bridge Ridge
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Inhibitor 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13  Kentucky : Red River Gorge : Eastern Sky Bridge Ridge
A classic climb, love it or leave it. Both the technical difficulty of and physical effort required for this climb are body-size dependent. I've heard so many comments about the likely use of a stealth-rubber wet suit, a full-body tape glove, king-kong handjams, etc... to know it isn't just me that thinks this is a workout. It is more physical than technical, I guess, because it seems that most people who try it make it, but everyone always says how hard it was.Start in a thin hands crack and wo...[more]   Browse More Classics in Kentucky

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By EthanC
Aug 27, 2014
The parking area is north of the very sharp hairpin for the the sky bridge by about 0.7 miles on 715. If you're heading north the first parking area is for funk rock, the second is for sky bridge.
By Jordan K
From: Ohio
Jan 19, 2015
Parking lot is at 37.8145855,-83.5819858
If coming from the direction of Nada Tunnel, it is about 0.6-0.7 miles past the one-lane concrete bridge. There is another turnout about .1 miles up the hill that is Funk Rock.

Trail head is about 300 downhill and around the bend from the parking area at 37.8149404,-83.5806639
(Not super obvious where trail hits the road, but there is a forest service sign post about 15-20 feet off the road on the trail)

5 min hike up hill. Beautiful sunny climbing -- great winter crag, but expect full sun in summer!

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