We’re a group of dedicated volunteers trying our best to make sure the nation’s best climbing destination, the Red River Gorge, will always have open access to climbing. It’s a hard battle, at times trying, but one we all care passionately about. We believe that, through coordination among climbers and local landowners, we can find ways to make climbing in Eastern Kentucky sustainable and beneficial for all. We hope you do, too, and that you want to help us realize those goals.
Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition
PO BOX 22156 | Lexington, KY | 40522-2156
We value rock climbing as a form of recreation that is good for both individuals and local communities. We also value the world class rock climbing opportunities found in and around Red River Gorge, Kentucky as a national treasure that are deserving of our best efforts to preserve for all Americans and for all climbers to enjoy, experience, and appreciate.
Our vision is to build an organization that provides the public service of securing and preserving the highest quality climbing opportunities and inspires climbers to become “Citizen Trustees of Climbing”—empowering ourselves through “ownership” (taking responsibility) and direct participation.
Our mission is to ensure open, public access to ample, quality outdoor rock climbing opportunities to meet the needs of current and future climbers and to encourage the conservation of the natural environment, on publicly managed and privately owned land by protecting, promoting, and ensuring responsible climbing.
Our strategy is to first responsibly secure the opportunity to climb, whether on public or private land, and then make climbing sustainable for climbers and the environment, and finally to make all climbing exemplary.