Ker Plunk

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 34.69560°N / 98.6659°W
Additional Information Route Type: Technical Rock Climb - Traditional
Additional Information Time Required: Less than two hours
Additional Information Difficulty: 5.6
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From the picnic area, hike past the rock cabin southeast on a well-used trail. A hundred yard or so past the cabin, the trail climbs a rocky hill. Turn right at the top of the hill and head southwest. The trail will circle around toward the creek and enter the woods. After a hundred yards or so, the trail will leave the woods and cross the creek. After the crossing, climb a slight grade to the top of the ridge where you will be able to see Wizard Wall on the left and great views down the canyon. The trail drops down the right side and crosses the creek again. Follow the creek past Zoo wall which will be high and on your right. Lichen wall rises directly out of the creek water about 200 yards past Zoo wall. Ker Plunk begins over the water.

Another trail follows the top of the wall; however, this is used as an exit to some of the other routes.

Route Description

It seems the route gets its name because you can fall into the water at the start. The beginning of the route has a bouldery start and the pro is thin until reaching the ramp. Use the crack in the ramp/dihedral until reaching the anchors/tree at the top. The second pitch is easy (more like 5.2). At the top of the pitch, traverse over to the anchors for a 120 ft. rappel over the water.

Ker Plunk: Route #1 on the above photo.

Essential Gear

Two 60 meter ropes, small to medium pro, a few slings, helmet.

Miscellaneous Info

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Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Oct 31, 2018 3:49 pm - Hasn't voted

Optional Third Pitch, Pro for the Starting Traverse

My son and I climbed this two days ago, and as it was the last climb of the day, we were looking to top out and take the high trail back to the first creek crossing. Instead of going to the rappel anchors after P2, I belayed from two good trees on the huge ledge just before the anchors. From there, we found a third pitch up to the top of the ridge by initially following the chimney there. After the chimney, the pitch finished as more of a scramble than a climb. We did not rope up, but a leader could protect this pitch if s/he wanted to. I'd put the pitch at Class 4-5.2. The traverse over the water at the start of P1 is both fun and sketchy, and pro is largely psychological. I slung a jug handle that seemed ready to crumble, then put a cam behind a flake that seemed ready to blow, and finally had a suspect stopper in. Fortunately, holds are good the whole way to the ramp.

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