A Concise History of the RRGCC

September 2017>

Granted easements to Access Fund

Conservation and recreation easement.

December 2016

Purchased the Bald Rock Recreational Preserve

Access is secured to the Motherlode, Chocolate Factory, Bear's Den, and Unlode!

May 2013

Purchased the Miller Fork Property

In May 2013 the RRGCC purchased the Miller Fork Property.

October 2012

Final Payment

Final payment to complete PMRP purchase was made in October, 2012.

June 2010

Access Fund - Land Conservation Campaign Refinancing with the AF

The RRGCC and AF get together to refinance the remaining mortgage, saving the RRGCC approximately $10k!

January 2006

Officially Non-Profit

The RRGCC officially obtains our non-profit, 501(c)3 status from the IRS.

March 2004


RRGCC formally re-names property as the “Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve”.

February 2004

graphic of a bouncer Private: Restraining Order

On February 4, 2004 obtains a Temporary Restraining Order against Charmane Oil Co. compelling them to stop blocking access and towing cars.

January 2004

a sign stating 'Come in, we're open' Historic Purchase

On January 20, 2004 the RRGCC purchases the Murray Property from Mattie Murray.


Bolting Ban

US Forest Service bans bolting in Red River Gorge.

October 2003

a no trespassing sign Private: Climbers Towed

Charmane Oil Co. blocks climber access to Murray Property and tows climber’s cars.

September 2002

a 'for sale by owner' sign The Right

On September 25, 2002 the RRGCC obtains an option to purchase the Murray Property.

February 2000


Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the US Forest Service on February 7, 2000.


Friendly Terms

RRGCC President, Hugh Loeffler, obtains express permission for climbing on the Murray Property.


Humble Beginnings

Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition formed in response to Draconian US Forest Service “Climbing Management Guide” lifting bolting ban.


Southern Exposure

Climbers establish first sport climbing routes in the “Southern Region”.



Mattie Murray inherits the D.B. Pendergrass property.


a cartoon of Daniel Boone Tracts of Land

Daniel Boone Pendergrass purchases two tracts of land in Lee Co., Kentucky, one along Bald Rock Fork and one in Coal Bank Hollow.