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Bare Metal Teen S 
Big Money Grip S 
Centerfire S 
Cordelia S 
Del Boy S 
Dream of a Bee S 
Family Values S 
Hmmm T 
Ode to Poopie Head S 
Pocket Pussy S 
Poopie Head S 
Racer X S 
Reanimator S 
Receiver S 
Recoil S 
Rest Assured S 
Seek The Truth S 
Sex Show S 
Sport for Brains S 
Steelworker S 
Stool Sample S 
Tourist Trap S 
Us and Them S 
Wadcutter AKA "Gumby Killer" S 
Windy corner T 
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Torrent Falls Rock Climbing 

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Apart from some limited exceptions, Torrent Falls is closed to the general public. This great crag is a stark example of how thoughtless climbers can endanger access.

For years, climbing was allowed at this privately-owned crag in the Natural Bridge region. Hard sport routes like Bare Metal Teen and Steelworker attracted climbers wanting to sample some of the best of the Red.

Unfortunately, Torrent also attracted too many people with no consideration of the property owner's wishes. After one too many instances of dealing with climbers' dogs (which were not allowed) and people peeing outdoors in full view of his guests, the owner had had enough and shut down the crag to climbing.

Currently, it is possible to climb at Torrent only if you're a paying guest at the Torrent Falls Bed and Breakfast. Reportedly, people attending monthly meetings of the Red River Gorge Climbers' Coalition (held at the B&B) can also climb there at that time. All other climbing is off limits.

Getting There 

The Torrent Falls B&B is about five miles south of Miguel's on KY 11.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.6 miles from here

26 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Torrent Falls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Torrent Falls:
Cordelia   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Tourist Trap   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 80'   
Wadcutter AKA "Gumby Killer"   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Pocket Pussy   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 50'   
Bandolier   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Receiver   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 65'   
Windy corner   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Centerfire   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 80'   
Bare Metal Teen   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   
Big Money Grip   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 95'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: a few moves before the crux

Big Money Grip 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  Kentucky : Red River Gorge : Torrent Falls
A long line with endless jugs and no excellent rests, this route will make you work even though its hardest move isn't harder than 5.11c.This route was always a favorite of 5.12 climbers visiting RRG along with the other 5.12s on this section of Torrent....[more]   Browse More Classics in Kentucky

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Rock Climbing Photo: Aaron and Jenny cruizing up Bandolier and Wadcutte...
Aaron and Jenny cruizing up Bandolier and Wadcutte...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice 5.8 lead, just right of Gumby Killer. Climber...
Nice 5.8 lead, just right of Gumby Killer. Climber...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ben on Steelworker, Torrent Falls, Red River Gorge...
Ben on Steelworker, Torrent Falls, Red River Gorge...
Rock Climbing Photo: Janey Mitges climbng at Torrent Falls in the late ...
Janey Mitges climbng at Torrent Falls in the late ...

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By Jeff Welch
From: Denver, CO
Dec 3, 2006
As of 11/24/06, Torrent is sadly closed to the general public. The landowner and his family decided they were tired of climbers failing to follow his rules, and made the decision to close access to the crag.
By Brian Runnells
Feb 9, 2007
You may still climb at Torrent if you stay at the bed and breakfast that is there.
By mbuntaine
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Dec 1, 2009
Limited access to Torrent Falls is possible by permit only. Visit this website for the latest information:
By RockinOut
From: NY, NY
Mar 2, 2011
The B&B does not control the climbing at torrent falls. We stopped in at the B&B and they were quite annoyed that this misinformation was on the internet and in the guidebook. The property belongs to someone else and a permit, which can be reserved online, can be found at the posted website above.

The Admin may want to edit the main RRG page
By dorseyec
Oct 30, 2011
If you rent a cabin through Red River Outdoors you are allowed to climb here for the day.

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