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Lost Ridge Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Jon Kulikowski on Oct 16, 2012  with updates from Chris Chaney and 1 more
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The huge, wide corner of Kaiju


This isolated crag hosts a few overlooked jewels of the Red including Quality Crack, and the infamous Wide Pride.

Getting There 

From the Purple Valley parking area cross the collapsed bridge and continue on the well-worn horse trail as it crosses the stream twice. After the second crossing stay with the stream until you see the tributary Amos Creek on the left. Cross the stream and head up the steep hill to the right of Amos Creek, you will soon pass a limestone outcropping. When you see The Lost Ridge look for the obvious splitter crack (Quality Crack) just to the right of a bolt line (The Poacher).

Wide Pride Approach: From the Purple Valley parking area cross the collapsed bridge and continue up the well-worn horse trail for ten minutes as it crosses back-and-forth over the stream. after the fourth crossing begin looking for a cairn on the left. From here, turn left and cross the stream once more forging uphill. Once you meet the crag follow it to the right. Hike with wall until you come to a sharp left turn with an outlying boulder. Rounding the corner you will see Wide Pride.

Climbing Season

For the Red River Gorge area.

Weather station 3.6 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Lost Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lost Ridge:
Wide Pride   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   
Kaiju   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Racked for Wide Pride!

Wide Pride 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Kentucky : Red River Gorge : Lost Ridge
Possibly the most pure offwidth at the Red! Start on solid fist jams until the crack widens. Sweat through leavittation until you are ready to vomit, then clip the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in Kentucky

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By Steven Lesiecki
Mar 26, 2017
Can anybody help with directions? I tried to find this and was unsuccessful, all the directions reference a river and stream that have been moved, and the coordinates and map on here put it where the book puts Board Wall, so I can't even plug in GPS coordinate and bushwhack to it. Any help, please?
By Nick Tripp
Jul 17, 2017
Went here in late spring. I'll probably never go back; The approach, though pretty, was horrendously long (for the gorge) and hard to follow, and several guidebook marked-"4 star" climbs were chossy and not fun. As if that wasn't enough, the climbs were extremely spread out along the ridge and there was no trail at the base, forcing you to shwack through thick vegetation or scramble on a dirty slope. The saving grace for me was the gem Kaiju, a superb squeeze chimney/OW.

It's been a while so I'm afraid my directions are vague. From what I recall, the directions in RRG North guidebook were inaccurate in terms of how many times to cross the creek, although good enough that we still found the crag.

With those directions in mind:
1. Park at the barriers at the end of FS Rd. 9b and walk along the road until you can cross the ankle/calf-deep river.
2. Head left (north) until you pick up a faint trail that follows the creek/river, crossing it something like 5-7 times. If you lose the trail just keep heading up the valley, crossing the stream once you get edged out by steep hills.
3. After a while you have to leave the trail and stream and shwhack up the hill. IIRC, after a section of steeper hill on your left (can't remember which side the river was on). We turned off too early here and ended up scrabbling up a horrid mud wall. On our way back we found a better place to go up: the river will be on your left, cross and head up a shallow leaf-filled gully.
4. Wander up the hill, sweaty and confused, wondering why the hell you decided to come here. Finally spot the cliff (no, not that small 20ft cliff, the bigger one another 200ft past it).
5. Stare at the wall and not recognize any of the climbs that the guidebook describes in either direction. Ponder on whether to explore left or right. Ask yourself again why you decided to come here.
6. At this point you're probably ranging from way left to a little left of Wide Pride. Further left should be quality crack, and to the right is the bulk of the routes including Kaiju.

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