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Cruise Control T 
Fear and Loathing in Nada T 
Fire and Finess S 
Game Boy S 
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Gladuator S 
Hot September T 
Kazi and Mito S 
Long Wall Chimney T 
Mailbox T 
NEPA This T 
Next Day Air T 
Now I'm Nothing T,TR 
Perforator T 
Ralph & Bob's T 
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Rock Wars T 
Sacred Geometry T 
Snatch, The S 
Souders Crack T 
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Long Wall Rock Climbing 

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Long Wall is just that, a long unbroken barrier of Corbin Sandstone that makes up the north wall of the Red River Gorge, just west of the end of what is considered the Middle Gorge. It stretches for over a mile with only one point of top access, and that is at the extreme western end.

The routes are mostly trad, with a few sport and the average length is probably 80 feet. There are a few routes that go to the top, but the hood ornament routes Autumn and Rock Wars unfortunately do not. This only slightly diminishes their allure. Interestingly, many lesser quality routes we completed at Long Wall before these two moderate classics were put up. Why? "They didn't top out" an area hardman explained once.

Long Wall is a great area for adventure, but you can still relax on well travelled routes such as Autumn and Rock Wars as well as the testpiece The Gift and the hardman jaunt B3.

Getting There 

From the iron (arn) bridge on hwy 77 take the gravel road west for a couple miles. Look for the Shield above a left curve in the road. Drive a bit further and look for a well used pulloff on the left with a distinct trail going uphill on the right. The trail is fairly obvious, if tricky all the way to the wall. To get to Autumn, Rock Wars, B3, and BIg Coutnry walk along the cliff right (east). To get to Vector Trouble and the top access walk left. GPS is for the parking area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.8 miles from here

35 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Long Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Long Wall:
Big Country   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 150'   
Mailbox   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Hot September   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Yuk   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Autumn   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Cruise Control   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Rock Wars   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   
Vector Trouble   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Perforator   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Boom Boom Out Go The Lights   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Fear and Loathing in Nada   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   
Back Door to Paris   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Next Day Air   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   
B3   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Souders Crack   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R     Trad, 80'   
Game Boy   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 140'   
Are the Pies Fresh?   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 70110'   
The Gift   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Approach   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 2000'   
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Big Country 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13  Kentucky : Red River Gorge : Long Wall
You can't miss the Shield of Long Wall where this route is located. As you drive along the gravel road toward the parking area keep your eyes peeled. The climb ascends the left (west) side of the vegetated buttress. Scramble up a grungy gully on the west side to a nice perch. Second pitch starts as a boulder problem up the short face behind the large pine. No pro here. Once on the vegetated ledge, climb up a short crack to a small pine and make a committing, but solid traverse to the large ledge...[more]   Browse More Classics in Kentucky

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By Eric Wesseling
Oct 18, 2015
Did you lose a nice quality wool shirt at long wall during the week of october 15?

Let me know what brand and color the shirt is and I will get it back to you!