The Dark Side

Grade Trad Mixed Sport Total
5.12 3 2 28 33
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Directions to The Dark Side

RRGCC
This wall is in property owned by RRGCC. Be respectful.
From the Junior Williamson Rest Area, drive south (toward Miguel's) on KY 11. You will pass Roadside and Torrent on the way. Turn right on Fixer Rd and make your first left. Take that road for 3.5 miles (making sure not to turn left where the road seems to want to take you) until you see a black oil tank on your left with a face painted on it. Make a right at the oil tank and then take the second right. Drive down a hill and park just to the right of a steep road that branches left. The main parking area is located here near the kiosk for the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve. From the parking area, walk a few feet past the kiosk to locate the trail marker. Follow the trail down and across a small bridge then along a dirt road for a few hundred yards until it heads off into the woods. Stay on the trail until it branches off to the right. You will see signs pointing the direction to the Solar Collector and The Darkside. Taking a right and heading uphill will take you to the Solar Collector. If you continue straight on the trail, it will take you to The Darkside.

Wall Sun: Late afternoon



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Route Spray Name Type Grade Quality Length Picture

1

Catholics' Traverse Trad 5.8
 
90ft  

2

The Departure Sport 5.12
 
80ft

3

Dagobah Sport 5.12a
 
80ft

4

Admiral Ackbar Trad 5.8
 
60ft  

5

It's a Trap! Mixed 5.10c
 
80ft

6

Wookie Love Nest Sport 5.12c
 
80ft

7

Stormtrooper Trad 5.10a
 
60ft

8

Evil Emperor Sport 5.13a
 
90ft

9

Redneck Jedi Mixed 5.11c
 
85ft

10

Young Jedi Sport 5.11b
 
60ft

11

Grippy Green Sport 5.12a
 
90ft  

11a

Count Dooku Sport 5.11c
 
85ft

12

Small Fry Sport 5.9
 
40ft  

13

Padawan Sport 5.10a
 
40ft

14

Techulicous Sport 5.12a
 
50ft  

15

Mama Benson Sport 5.12a
 
50ft

16

Shanghai Sport 5.12d
 
50ft  

17

Big Burley Sport 5.13b
 
60ft

18

American Dream Sport 5.12b
 
65ft

19

The Death Star Sport 5.14b
 
70ft  

20

The Return of Darth Moll Sport 5.13b
 
65ft

21

Jedi Mind Trick Sport 5.13b
 
75ft  

22

The Force Sport 5.13a
 
75ft

23

Mind Meld Sport 5.12d
 
75ft

24

Elephant Man Sport 5.13b
 
75ft

25

Tuskan Raider Sport 5.12d
 
75ft

26

Straight Outta Locash Sport 5.13a
 
0ft  

27

Straight Outta Campton Sport 5.13b
 
75ft  

28

Swingline Sport 5.13d
 
75ft

29

Non starter Sport 5.13b
 
75ft

29a

Phantom Menace (Closed Project) Sport 5.12+
 
60ft

30

Barn Dance Sport 5.10d
 
60ft

31

Praestantissimum Sport 5.12a
 
85ft

Comments

1
Anonymous said on January 25th, 2004
why tuskan with a 'k' ??? is it not tusCan. awesome route though
2
SCIN said on May 9th, 2004
I don't know. I'm not a Star Wars geek.
3
gneiss said on February 8th, 2005
I think is is because tuskan is spelled with a 'k', just a guess
4
Wes said on June 24th, 2006
Bring a couple extra layers of skin, some steel tendons, and some serious bouldering power if you climb at this wall. That is the price of admision for some of the best steep, powerfull pocket pulling in the US.
5
Horatio Felacio said on October 8th, 2007
the price of admission for some, is being railed from behind, bent over the stump. just to let everyone know about an alternate way in.
6
Josephine said on October 15th, 2007
for those of us 5.easy climbers the 2 easy routes are worth the hike.
7
ashtray said on October 15th, 2007
What Josie says is not true! That place sucks so please don't hike up there!
8
Lander said on November 25th, 2007
American Dream? What's that got to do with Star Wars? Grippy Green?? WTF???
9
Josephine said on November 26th, 2007
now wait just a sec. you're the FA. you can't turn around years later and complain that the name you selected doesn't fit the "theme" of the wall! :-P
10
Lander said on November 26th, 2007
Oh yeah? Sez who?
11
Anonymous said on November 9th, 2008
12
Anonymous said on April 11th, 2013
Does anyone have information on the three climbs left of The Departure?
13
whoneedsfeet said on April 11th, 2013
Those little guys? Don't worry about those little guys.
14
kafish2 said on April 11th, 2013
In true spirit of the darkside... those are not the climbs you are looking for. but the are really good.
15
Willy said on April 11th, 2013
I believe that area is called the short side
16
Anonymous said on April 11th, 2013
Never heard of the short side. The area looks good, got any other info on the place?
17
Anonymous said on April 11th, 2013
That's where people go to poop.
18
Anonymous said on November 15th, 2013
I have been there this year. it seems many peoples are hanging on bolts all the time long. they shout such things as "this is sick", "totally brutal" and yet cannot climb the routes. I have seen a man kill a bat and another man throw a bird from the cliff. I think this is not good behaviour, peoples should respect the wildness, the creatures have been there first and the climbers must respect this. there are some good routes here, spoiled by these people's and their attitudes. it seems a shame to me as many Americans are very friendly. the rock is good and if it is quiet I think you will enjoy thus place