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The Old Zoo

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Armadillo S 
Aviary  S 
Cannonball S 
Chimp S 
Edgehog S 
Geezers Go Sport S 
Hippocrite S 
Jail Bird S 
Lynx Jinx S 
Monkey in the Middle S 
On Beyond Zebra! S 
One Brick Shy S 
Put Me In The Zoo S 
Scar Tissue S 
Skin The Cat S 
Zoo Keeper S 

The Old Zoo Rock Climbing 

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Location: 37.73387, -83.66162 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jason Halladay on Sep 22, 2015


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Lee Hansche starting up Hippocrite (5.12a) the onl...


The Old Zoo is probably best know for a pair of short, classic 5.12a routes right next to each other with each route climbing markedly different from the other. Hippocrite involves big moves on mostly all big good holds. Scar Tissue serves up steeper, more sustained climbing on smaller but still great holds.

This area is a large amphitheater that faces mostly north but because the wall curves, you can chase sun/shade pretty well. Many of the better routes stay dry in rain.

Getting There 

From the parking area, hike west/southwest towards the river. Apparently there used to be a log crossing over this river but that no longer exists. Take your shoes off, ford the river and find the climber's trail on the other side. Scramble up a very steep, rooty section of trail just right of a side drainage/ravine and continue steeply uphill for another five minutes.
When you reach a small arch at the top of the trail pass through it (or around it to the left) and walk along the base of the wall a short bit and you're there. This area, to the left of the small arch, is the "Old Zoo".

If you go to the right when you reach the small arch, you get to The New Zoo. The New Zoo is a collection of newer routes. The New Zoo area begins with the route Sidewinder (5.12b).

If you continue along the wall beyond the The New Zoo, down the hill and down around the cave area, you get to a newer area called the Bird Cage Sector. The Bird Cage Sector begins with the route Sons of Perdition (5.12a).

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.9 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Old Zoo

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Old Zoo:
Put Me In The Zoo   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Chimp   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
One Brick Shy   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Armadillo   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Edgehog   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Monkey in the Middle   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Geezers Go Sport   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Animal Husbandry   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 80'   
Hippocrite   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 45'   
Scar Tissue   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 45'   
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Scar Tissue 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Kentucky : Red River Gorge : ... : The Old Zoo
Scar Tissue is on a steep, pocketed section of the wall. This route begins on the left side of a low overhang and ascends the steep face to a final, more vertical section.*This route will stay dry in a downpour...[more]   Browse More Classics in Kentucky

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