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captainstatic


Nov 12, 2009, 6:07 PM
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Motherlode Hill, RRG
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If you cannot get your vehicle up and down the Motherlode hill find somewhere else to climb. Some climbers are parking a the top of the hill and walking down. Parking at the top of the hill jeopardizes access. Don't do it.


rsd212


Nov 13, 2009, 7:57 AM
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Isn't there a note in the guidebook saying to park at the hill if you can't make it back up? Need to get rev 3 printed to remove that bit of advice. Or, have a fundraiser to install a tow-rope for cars :)

My car hates that hill, but I use common sense. Is the weather bad? Has it been nasty the last few days? Don't climb at the lode/PMRP. Oh darn, I only have 1800 other climbs to choose from...


johnwesely


Nov 13, 2009, 8:15 AM
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I have been up that hill in a 4 cylinder compact. Whose car can't make it up?


captainstatic


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Red River Gorge Climbs guidebook by Ray Ellington wrote:
The steep hill is usually driveable in a regular car but you may have trouble getting back out in wet or muddy weather. If you have doubts, climb somewhere else - do not park at the top of the hill as this area is used for access to oil company equipment and you are liable to be towed.


rsd212


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Ha, I stand corrected.

My car (Mazda 3) takes a few tries to make it up if its wet at all. Otherwise I've seen everything from compacts to vans bottom out and stall in a pothole. Its us damn yuppy city slickers - we're used to potholes, but not these things you call "hills".


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