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Appalachian Spring S 
Cruising Lane T 
Emphysema T 
Eye of the Needle S 
Frugal Chariot S 
Funkadelic S 
Glory Be  S 
Go Easy Billy Clyde! S 
Goodstone T 
Hardcore Jollies S 
Headstone Surfer T 
Infidel, The S 
Joe Camel T 
L'ile Au Ciel S 
Local Color TR 
Manic Impression S 
Orange Juice S 
Prime Directive S 
Red Hot Chilli Pepper T,S 
Rite of Passage T 
Seppuku S 
Smokin' Joe S 
Sparkey Goes Crack Climbing T 
There Goes the Neighborhood S 
Up Swift Creek Without A Paddle T 
Veldhaus Route T 

Funk Rock City Rock Climbing 

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Location: 37.8029, -83.5762 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Chris Chaney on Oct 4, 2006  with updates from M Sprague

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Funk Rock City. The name immediately piques the interest.

This crag has the best concentration of 5.10-5.11 slab routes in the 80-90 foot range of any crag in the Red. The rock is beautiful, the routes are classic and the setting is stunning. Funk Rock is a truly unique RRG experience.

FRC is a superb winter crag if Swift Camp Creek is not running too high. It's aspect is due south and the wall acts as a great big solar collector.

Getting There 

[Added by Jason Halladay, November 2015...but it's been a long while since I've been there...]
It's a bit of a hump to hike into Funk Rock City. We presumed that would translate into fewer crowds but it didn't for us. Expect a hike of 20 to 30 minutes for your first time hiking in and figuring it out.

From the Nada Tunnel on KY77, near the Military Wall/Left Flank areas, drive E/NE for about two miles to a T intersection. Turn right (still KY77), and drive about three-quarters of a mile to another intersection at KY77 and KY715. Turn right onto KY715 and drive about 8 miles to a large parking area/pulloff on the left. Park here.
From the parking area, dirt mounds/hills block an old dirt road. Hike the old dirt road for a bit over a half of a mile to a creek crossing. You may have to wade the creek so perhaps bring sandals just in case.
After crossing the creek, hike upstream on the old road for a couple hundred feet to a trail that heads left, uphill. Take this trail to the far left end of the crag.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.5 miles from here

26 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Funk Rock City

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Funk Rock City:
Up Swift Creek Without A Paddle   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Rite of Passage   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Manic Impression   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
Headstone Surfer   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Cruising Lane   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Funkadelic   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
Goodstone   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Red Hot Chilli Pepper   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Prime Directive   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Eye of the Needle   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Smokin' Joe   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
There Goes the Neighborhood   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
L'ile Au Ciel   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Infidel   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Go Easy Billy Clyde!   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Glory Be    5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   
Hardcore Jollies   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Frugal Chariot   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Orange Juice   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Appalachian Spring   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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L'ile Au Ciel 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Kentucky : Red River Gorge : Funk Rock City
A three-star climb that becomes a 4-star classic if started with Hardcore Jollies and lead as a single pitch. It will be quite pumpy if done directly from H.J. without a rest at the ledge.This climb ascends one of the nicest pocketed overhangs available in the gorge.According to guidebooks, an alternate approach (easier) is to ascend via the first half of Prime Directive....[more]   Browse More Classics in Kentucky

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By vanishing spy
Nov 10, 2009
You will need to cross the creek/river. There is a large Tree before the shallow wade crossing. If the tree is wet you can slide your ass across it and get over to FRC without getting your feet wet. If there has been lots of rain, the approach will be muddy and wet regardless of how you cross the river. Don't let this stop you from going to one of the best walls in the RED.
By M Sprague
From: New England
Jul 18, 2013
Still no directions?
By Fred Gomez
Jul 29, 2013
Does this wall catch any day time shade during the middle of the summer? If so what time? I'd like to climb here during early August, but not in full sun. Thanks.
By Hillbill
From: Indianapolis
Apr 29, 2014
You can't really put things like fallen trees, dirt piles, and stepping stones into the directions because things change every day. I got lost the first time I tried coming here and my 3rd edition guidebook directions seemed completely off. Basically, I parked at a large pulloff (on the east side of 715) below the Swift Camp Creek parking lot. You follow the trail right off the parking lot that goes downhill and follows the creek. You follow the creek until it COMPLETELY T's with the creek (you can't go any further because the trail literally ends). I made the mistake of crossing the creek too early and I know of many others doing the same. When I crossed it there was some stepping stones (no tree) and we had to get our feet wet. Who knows what stones or trees will be there tomorrow. After you cross it and put your shoes back on, hang a right for about 50 ft. and you will see a trail on your left that heads straight up to the wall. It took a good 20-25 minutes to get to the first route but it was a pretty hike. The wall bakes in the sun and there is plenty of classic routes for everybody! hope this helps
By EthanC
May 18, 2014
The parking area is here: 37.8129154,-83.5828893
Follow the obvious trail on the south side of the lot down to the river, cross at the fallen tree and continue to hike on the opposite bank for 20 or so minutes up to the wall.
By Jordan K
From: Ohio
Jan 19, 2015
The coordinates above are nearly identical, but in case, here are the ones my GPS recorded:

Funk Rock Parking (37°48'46.49"N 83°34'58.40"W (WGS84)) 37.812915,-83.582889

Tree Crossing (37°48'29.47"N 83°34'38.05"W (WGS84)) 37.8081856,-83.5772371

Tree crossing is easy (either walking or "butt-scooting") and easily done regardless of water level in the creek! Just hike along the wide trail/road until you see it. Can't miss it... cross and then follow the obvious trail to the crag from there.

(Note regarding the comments above: great winter crag as it get FULL sun. Wouldn't count on finding a whole lot of shade any time of year!)

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