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The Learning Curve

This route is located in the Eastern Gorge Region at Eastern Sky Bridge Ridge

Nolo Contendere

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Inhibitor 5.11a (Trad) *****

First Ascent: Tom Souders, Jeff Koenig in 1983
Length: 90ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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To the right of The Learning Curve is this massive left-facing dihedral. Climb the thin hands crack to the chimney, offwidth your way out and take fists and hands to the top.
"The premiere body thrash of the area" -John Bronaugh, Red River Gorge Climbs, Second Edition
Moves: Wide Crack or Offwidth
Descent: Rap anchors
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: NFS
offwidth (1) hands (1) classic (1) pumpy (1)
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Date: Dec 18th, 2005


ray said on November 10th, 2003
One of the best routes in the country.
512OW said on September 4th, 2004 first love.
Yasmeen said on October 1st, 2004
This route is perfection captured in a crack.
Nobody said on November 29th, 2004
I think this route is just a glorified Roadside Attraction. Ha, stick that in yer pipe and smoke it. WeeHaa.
512OW said on December 12th, 2004 that cuz you layback all the hard parts on Roadside Attraction too? Or cuz you had to struggle up Roadside as well?
Wes said on April 6th, 2006
Fun, varied crack climbing. Underving of the body thrash title - it flows really well for a crack, even the wide section.
krampus said on July 4th, 2009
Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
dustonian said on December 14th, 2009
Holy shitsky this thing is full-on! What a classic.... the Arch Rock of the RRG in one pitch.
Brentucky said on September 27th, 2010
I can't decide which is better: 1. My friends who 6+ hang this line then come down sitting scruffy-haired and scraped up pronouncing they can send it. 2. The fact that I feel like a used punching bag that has been doing thigh-master the day after getting less than half way up. In any case, I can't wait to experience more!
symardila said on September 18th, 2012
Do not try to onsight this one in the dark
dustonian said on September 18th, 2012
unless you are drunk. and freesoloing.
Anonymous said on September 18th, 2012
it's like a fucking oracle
Anonymous said on March 7th, 2013
The book states you place a #5 at the the top of the chimney. Is it referring to an old #5 (equivalent to a new #6) or a new #5? Also does this route often stay wet at the top in spring? Answers will be appreciated along with usual smartass troll commentary
Anonymous said on March 7th, 2013
Old 5 or new 6. Dunno about the mank was in spring only been it in the fall. I'd give it 2 to 3 days after a good rain to get on it though from experience.
dustonian said on March 7th, 2013
Yeah, one old 5 is right I think... belayed a French feller on it last year who laid the whole thing back and left the 5 on the ground, but it was a horror show. It's gonna be wet for a while this year...
nemanji said on March 21st, 2014
Got on it on 3/18, a couple days after a big snow melt. Wasn't wet until the offwidth, but pretty soaked after that. Ended up just bailing at the start of the fists, got kind of psyched out. What an incredible route though! Can't wait to get back on it. Nice to get bomber hands free big bro placements.
Adam9592 said on October 23rd, 2017
super fun! definitely a good multi crack discipline route. the new book has the update. the crux protects with a new #6 c4 camelot size piece. which is equivalent to the old 5 or 5.5 i believe.