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Throwback Crag

Grade Trad Mixed Sport Total
- 2 - 8 10

Directions to Throwback Crag

This wall is in property owned by RRGCC. Be respectful.
Drive 12.4 miles south on KY 11 from Miguel's toward Beattyville. Turn right on KY 498 and follow for 1.2 miles to Bald Fork Road. Take a sharp right onto Bald Fork Road and follow it as it curves left toward a house. Do not turn right at the first fork. After 0.3 miles the road turns to gravel and heads down a steep hill. Go past the Motherlode parking area. Pass the road to the Sore Heel parking area on your right at .3 miles, then take a left turn that comes up almost immediately. The first right off of this road puts you in the new Flat Hollow parking area. From the parking area facing the hollow, walk up the road to the right, passing the multi-use trails on the left that provide access to other walls and great mountain biking. When you get to a clearing where an oil pump used to be, switchback to the left to get on the trail. In less than 5 minutes you should come to the wall beneath Birth of Legend, with the massive hemlock and pretty dihedral of Do the Hemlock Rock to your left.

Wall Sun: Morning

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Route Spray Name Type Grade Quality Length Picture


Unbolted Project (needs bolts) Sport Unknown
This set of anchors might end up being a good line if someone wants to have at it. Steepness:


Hand and Finger Crack Trad Unknown
Anchors unknown, but something's up there. Steepness:


To Julie, With Love Sport 5.12c
In loving tribute to my late wife, best friend and climbing partner of fifteen years. Brief crimpy start leads to easy jug climbing before encountering the first of two shallow arches. Move up right and into the first shallow flake exiting out left on to the face and then straight up with a few well-placed finger pockets and positive iron oxide edges heading to the second shallow arch. Climb up and towards the lower right end of the second arch then out left onto the face on edges before heading straight up on heinous crimps. Climbing eases as you head up towards a well-featured short arÍte beside a giant hueco to finish. Enjoy the view from the top. Steepness:


10 lb Tumor Sport 5.11c


There's a Bad Moon on the Rise Sport 5.12a
Tackle the boulder problem at the bottom to gain a no hands rest. Ponder how to get to the next set of holds, and then head out on an adventure of weaving up the face following the path of least resistance. A couple of small cruxes and mantels get you to the anchors. Steepness:


Do the Hemlock Rock Trad 5.9
The beautiful dihedral behind the big Hemlock tree. Steepness:


Don't Call it a Comeback Sport 5.11d
An awesome route with small edges, underclings, and pockets to test your endurance and fingers. Enjoy the stellar view at the top. Equipped by Matt Tackett. Steepness:


Birth of a Legend Sport 5.11d
Similar to Don't Call it a Comeback, but a bit more fragile. It should clean up well. Equipped by Matt Tackett. Steepness:


Yoko Ono Sport 5.12c
Start on the stump and go straight into a boulder problem, may be harder if you're short. Climb through sustained moves and hold it together for the anchors. Steepness:


Live Music is Better Sport 5.9
This warm-up is just around the corner and up a short hill from the preceding route. It's hard to see, but if you walked for more than 30 seconds from the last route you've gone too far. Some funky movement down low gets you to some balancey climbing up high. Steepness:


JR said on November 11th, 2013
What is the wall to the left of this one?
JR said on April 28th, 2014
For those that bolt: There looks to be a nice line or two to the right of "Hand and Finger Crack".