Disclaimer of Trespass
Some climbing areas in this directory lie on private land. These areas were included as a historical and informational source. It does not give anyone the right to trespass.
While we have tried to acquire the most up-to-date information, we have not personally visited every area described herein. Your use of this site indicates your assumption that it contains errors and an acknowledgement of your own sole responsibility for your safety.
Land ownership is constantly changing. Please make it your responsibility to find out who owns the land you wish to ascend.
On private land, please ask permission first, or do not climb there. It is your responsibility as a climber, civilian, and to the world climbing community. (Besides, if you trespass, you could get yelled at, stoned, or have 30.-.06 shells come whistling by your head. Remember, this is Kentucky!)
CLIMBING IS A DANGEROUS SPORT!
Involvement in rock climbing carries a significant risk of personal injury or death. CLIMB AT YOUR OWN RISK!
The creator of this site, contributors to this site, and West Kentucky Corporation recommend the use of professional instruction before entering into the sport. Please become knowledgeable about the risks involved and be willing to assume personal responsibility for your actions.
WARNING: CLIMBING IS A SPORT WHERE YOU MAY BE SERIOUSLY INJURED OR DIE.READ THIS BEFORE YOU USE THE INFORMATION ON THIS SITE.
This guide is a compilation of unverified information gathered from many different climbers. The author cannot assure the accuracy of any information in this site, including the maps and route descriptions, the difficulty ratings, and the protection ratings. These may be incorrect or misleading and it is impossible for any one to climb all the routes to confirm the information about each route. Also, ratings of climbing difficulty and danger are always subjective and depend on the physical characteristics (for example, height), experience, technical ability, confidence and physical fitness of the climber who supplied the rating. Additionally, climbers who achieve first ascents sometimes underrate the difficulty or the danger of the climbing route out of fear of being ridiculed if a climb is later down-rated by subsequent ascents. Therefore, be warned that you must exercise your own judgment on where a climbing route goes, its difficulty and your ability to safely protect yourself from the risks of rock climbing. Examples of some of these risks are: falling due to technical difficulty or due to natural hazards such as holds breaking, falling rocks, climbing equipment dropped by other climbers, hazards of weather and lightning, your own equipment failure and failure or absence of fixed protection.
You should not depend on any information gleaned from this website for your personal safety; your safety depends on your own good judgment, based on experience and a realistic assessment of your climbing ability. If you have any doubt as to your ability to safely climb a route described in the website, do not attempt it.
The following are ways to make you use of this site safer:
1. CONSULTATION: You should consult with other climbers about the difficulty and danger of a particular climb prior to attempting it. Most local climbers are glad to give advice on routes in their area and we suggest that you contact locals to confirm ratings and safety of particular routes and to obtain first-hand information about a route chosen from this website.
2. INSTRUCTION: Most climbing areas have local climbing instructors and guides available. We recommend that you engage an instructor or guide to learn safety techniques and to become familiar with the routes and hazards of the areas described in this website. Even after you are proficient in climbing safely, occasional use of a guide is a safe way to raise your climbing standard and learn advanced techniques.
2. FIXED PROTECTION: Many of the routes in this site use bolts and pitons, which are permanently placed in rock. Because of variances in the manner of placement, weathering, metal fatigue, the quality of the metal used, and many other factors, these fixed protection pieces should always be considered suspect and should always be backed up by equipment that you place yourself. Never depend on a single piece of fixed protection because you can never tell whether it will hold weight, and in some cases, fixed protection may have been removed or is now absent.
Be aware of the following specific potential hazards which could arise in using this website:
1. MISDIRECTION OF ROUTES: If you climb a route and you have doubt as to where the route may go, you should not go on unless you are sure that you can go that way safely. Route descriptions and topos in this site may be inaccurate or misleading.
2. INCORRECT DIFFICULTY RATING: a route may, in fact, be more difficult than the rating indicates. Do not be lulled into a false sense of security by the difficulty rating.
3. INCORRECT PROTECTION RATING: If you climb on a route and you are unable to arrange adequate protection from the risk of falling through the use of fixed pitons or bolts and by placing your own protection devices, do not assume that there is adequate protection available higher just because the route protection rating indicates the route is not an "X" or an "R" rating. Every route is potentially an "X= (a fall may be deadly), due to the inherent hazards of climbing including, for example, failure or absence of fixed protection, your own equipment's failure, or improper use of climbing equipment.
THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, THAT THIS WEBSITE IS ACCURATE OR THAT THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN IT IS RELIABLE. THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR THAT THIS WEBSITE IS MERCHANTABLE. YOUR USE OF THIS SITE INDICATES YOUR ASSUMPTION OF THE RISK THAT IT MAY CONTAIN ERRORS AND IS AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF YOUR OWN SOLE RESPONSIBILITY.