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Backstabber S 
Moonshine S 
Morning Sun S 
Out of the Dark S 
Predator S 
Prey S 
Radical Evolution S 
Revenge of the Sith T 
Stems and Seeds TR 
Sunbeam S 
Universal Gravitation S 
Where's My Chisel S 

Sunbeam Buttress Rock Climbing 

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Location: 37.7351, -83.6371 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: TomCaldwell on Oct 7, 2010  with updates from Kyle Johnston


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South Facing wall that sees little traffic. Most of the classic routes have a difficult roof section to pull at the beginning, which then leads to easy, but pumpy climbing. During the warmer months, the trees block most of the sun trying to reach this wall. The rock is solid sandstone with lots of edges and slots.

Getting There 

Hike towards the Solarium. When you reach the main trail that cuts along the base of the Solarium and the Great Arch, continue following this trail down a small hill and through a grassy meadow. Take the first left and follow this trail a short distance to the base of Sunbeam. The classic routes Sunbeam, Moonshine, and Out of the Dark all begin at the head of the trail. About 25 minutes from the parking lot.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.1 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Sunbeam Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sunbeam Buttress:
Backstabber   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 40'   
Moonshine   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 60'   
Sunbeam   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 65'   
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Featured Route For Sunbeam Buttress
Rock Climbing Photo: Dennis on the last run to the chains

Moonshine 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Kentucky : Red River Gorge : ... : Sunbeam Buttress
Start up a short section of rock with a single bolt protecting to reach a large ledge. Step right around the small arete and clip the next bolt. The crux is getting through this short roof. Make some tough moves to get established above the next roof. Follow easier holds to the finish....[more]   Browse More Classics in Kentucky

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