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The Sanctuary

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Atlas Shrugged S 
Blue Collar S 
Budda Slept T 
Cruxifixion S 
Dirty Old Men T 
First Fall T 
Hoosier Boys S 
Immaculate Deception S 
Jesus Wept S 
Name Dropper S 
Peace Frog S 
Prometheus Unbound S 
Triple Sec aka Fifty Bucks S 

The Sanctuary Rock Climbing 

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Location: 37.73135, -83.63397 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: lee hansche on Mar 25, 2008

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Primarily a steep sport climbing crag there are also a few really fun Trad lines here as well... The best of which would have to be first fall 5.9 just a nice crack climb on solid rock or you could hit the 5 star Buddha Slept 5.12a if you crank like that... The classic sport routes here are to name a few,Jesus Wept 5.12d, Triple Sec 5.13a and Immaculate Deception 5.12a(this last one isn't as brutally steep as the others...

When you arrive at the crag the first routes climb a super steep wall on Huecos but as you go around the corner to the right more routes appear these are less steep and more technical finally you get to First Fall the sweet crack that marks the end of The Sanctuary...

The sanctuary gets plenty of sun and some routes stay dry in the rain...Have Fun...

Getting There 

Hike the gravel road down to the river... Follow the stream down to a crossing and follow signs to the crag... 10-15 min walk...

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.4 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Sanctuary

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Sanctuary:
Dirty Old Men   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 80'   
First Fall   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 60'   
Immaculate Deception   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
Budda Slept   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Jesus Wept   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
Triple Sec aka Fifty Bucks   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 95'   
Peace Frog   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Prometheus Unbound   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 100'   
Name Dropper   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Second crux

Triple Sec aka Fifty Bucks 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  Kentucky : Red River Gorge : ... : The Sanctuary
Beautiful blank yellow and black face with small pockets and a few visible crimps. Climb through three distinct cruxes, the first being powerful and bouldery on pockets. A nice no hands rest follows the first crux. Tricky and pumpy crux up top. Have fun clipping the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in Kentucky

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By Douglas97
Mar 29, 2016
Cherry Red is a 14a on this wall, just left of Name Dropper