The Motherlode Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Topo of the routes in the Madness Cave, from left ...
Boasting the highest concentration of the steepest and longest routes at the Red, this is where the hard climbers spend the majority of their time. The Motherlode has 30+ 5.12s, ~15 5.13s and a smattering of 5.14s. There are a number of 5.11s in the area but to really appreciate the Motherlode, show up fit and be ready to sink your teeth into 5.12 or harder.
The area is broken up into five sectors, from left to right:
- Buckeye Buttress - Slightly overhaning, technical climbing. Morning to early afternoon sun.
- Warm-Up Wall - Slightly overhanging, technical climbing. Morning to early afternoon sun.
- GMC Wall - Getting closer to the Madness Cave and getting steeper. Morning to midday sun.
- Madness Cave - Super steep, overhanging climbing. Afternoon sun.
Following the driving directions for Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP)
. Once you get to the bottom of the hill on Bald Mtn Rd there will be a large dirt/mud parking lot on you right. Park there and take any of the trails.
Weather station 0.9 miles from here
60 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',20],['3 Stars',23],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Motherlode
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Motherlode:
Featured Route For The Motherlode
Hot For Teacher 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Kentucky
: Red River Gorge
: ... : GMC Wall
Hot For Teacher, classic Van Halen song or killer, neglected route? Turns out it's both! Start off on a ledge, 10 feet to the left of the first bolt. Make your way right to the first bolt and start heading up to the easy looking slab. Turns out the slab is overhanging and not so easy. Crimp your way up to the huge hueco and take a seat if you'd like. From the rest, head hard right and then up steep ground with big moves and cool holds. Can be a little hard to see the holds toward the end,...[more] Browse More Classics in Kentucky
This was my first time at The Motherlode. Rainy fe...
Jessica dominates the Motherlode.
Somebody half way up Omaha Beach.