Climbers That Care 2015

Monday, November 30th, 2015

An Event Benefitting the Needy in Lee County, Kentucky

Until December 18, 2015 donations will be accepted at the following locations to benefit the Beattyville Helping Hands Food Bank:

Slade, KY – Daniel Boone Trading Post

Louisville, KY – Climb Nulu

Cincinnati, OH – Climb Time of Blue Ash & RockQuest Climbing Center

Everyday canned food items including tuna, chicken, vegetables, beans, fruit, and soups along with boxed pastas are needed.

The Helping Hands Food Bank is preparing Christmas food boxes for 160 families and has already collected the corn, green beans, gravy and cranberry sauce for the boxes. However, meat (turkeys and hams), stuffing, pie, and bread still need to be purchased. They are currently $600 short of the funds needed. To contribute for these fresh food items please send a check for your tax deductible donation on or before December 15th (with “Climbers That Care” in the memo line) to the RRGCC, PO Box 22156, Lexington, KY 40522-2156.

2015 Torrent Comp Results

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Torrent Falls Climbing Comp!

Ladies Jalapeno:
1. Larkin Beaman

Gentlemen Jalapeno:
3. Jeb Jarrell
2. Roger Bess
1. Nathan Ross

Ladies Habanero:
3. Sarah Brengosz
2. Stephanie Harrelson
1. Amanda Anderson

Gentlemen Habanero:
3. Jared Dean
2. Mark Wilson
1. Kevin Quinn

Thank you to Dr. Bob Matheny and Craig and Wendy Bentley of Red River Outdoors for allowing us to hold the comp at Torrent Falls. Thank you to the Torrent Church for allowing us to park in their lot.

Conservation Alliance Grant – Matched!

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

grant matchedThe RRGCC is ending 2014 on a high note! We just received a large donation from a long time member of the RRG climbing community. Along with all the recent individual match campaigns and fundraisers sponsored by local businesses, his incredibly generous donation pushes us over the top! We now have met and surpassed the match requirement for the Conservation Alliance grant. The $35,000 grant, plus the match we received from you, will allow us to pay down the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve mortgage by more than $70,000. Hundreds of climbers helped make this happen. Thank you everyone for your support, and we wish you all a very happy holiday season and great climbing in the New Year!!!

Reel Rock Tour 2012

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
Reel Rock Tour 2012

February 24 @ 6:30pm

Some folks are simply pretty amazing.. and those at the Benchmark Outfitters , RockQuest, and University of Cincinnati: Campus Recreation Center are no different. Together, they’re putting on a Reel Rock Tour event for the benefit of the RRGCC. Check out what they’re putting on next month! We’ll see you there!

Help support the Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition and have a great time watching some great climbing films at the University of Cincinnati: Campus Recreation Center, 472 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH.  All proceeds benefit the Red River Gorge Climber’s Coalition Sponsored locally by: Benchmark Outfitters , RockQuest, and University of Cincinnati: Campus Recreation Center .   Door prizes provided by Benchmark and Rockquest.  Find it on Facebook. Show will start at 6:30 pm.   Check back for more details about the post event party.

About / History

The REEL ROCK Film Tour brings the best in climbing and adventure films to local audiences across the globe. REEL ROCK shows are exciting events where climbers and outdoors lovers come together to celebrate and the ultimate in adventure filmmaking. Prize giveaways, appearances by top climbers, and fundraising for non-profit organizations always add to the fun and community of REEL ROCK events. For the sixth annual film tour, co-founders Sender Films and Big UP Productions are taking audiences to the edge of what’s possible. From climbing the world’s most difficult frozen falls, to the hardest big wall free climb and crazed highline antics, these heart pounding tales of superhuman skills will leave audiences wanting more.


REEL ROCK founders Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer have been producing and directing climbing and adventure films for over a decade, with devoted audiences around the world. Their work has been featured on NBC, NPR, and The New York Times, and has won a Sports Emmy Award, plus dozens of awards at international film festivals. After organizing small tours for their individual film releases, Lowell and Mortimer realized the huge demand for exciting live events in the outdoors community and combined forces to create The REEL ROCK Film Tour in 2006. In 2010, REEL ROCK screened in over 200 locations world-wide, drew over 55,000 audience members, raised over $15,000 for non-profits, partnered with more than 150 retailers, university outing clubs and climbing gyms, and won copious media coverage and critical praise.

Climbers That Care

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Strive to be, and make others, happy at this summer's Climbers That Care event

It’s easy to put the blinders on from time to time, especially as you’re thinking about the crux moves of your latest proj. But when you take a second to stop for the stray dog that runs across the road in front of you and take a look around at the homes and lives surrounding you, you’ll see that there are plenty of ways you can help the communities that you call home for the weekends in the RRG.

The RRG area, touching Powell, Wolfe, Lee, and Menifee counties, is home to some of the best people you’ve probably never met. But the economic truth of the matter means they need a hand from time to time. And with school about to get back in gear, it’s that time again.

Update: If you can’t make it to Red River Outdoors or to JATD, stop by Phillip Gall’s Outdoors in Lexington (mapped location) and let the employee on duty know it’s for Kate LaBoone. Thanks PG’s!

See how you can help by reading on..


Help the RRGCC.. and be rewarded!

Friday, March 26th, 2010
Rewarding for
you and us


Here’s a new easy way to raise money and awareness for Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition. Just start using the new Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition Visa® Platinum Rewards card for your everyday purchases. The first time you use it, the bank will donate $50 to Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition and we’ll continue to receive a percentage of all future purchases.

As a cardholder you have powerful benefits. The Visa® Platinum Rewards card offers zero liability protection, emergency assistance services, online banking, auto rental and travel accident insurance, and more! Plus, earn points at hundreds of participating online retailers redeemable for name-brand merchandise, event tickets, gift cards and travel rewards options.

Plus, you’ll be earning accelerated points (up to 15 points per dollar) at hundreds of national merchants, which can be redeemed for merchandise, account credits and Free tickets on over 175 airlines, with no blackout dates!

Please join me today in choosing and using the card that supports Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition Go to to request your card today.


Red River Reunion Recap

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Miguel’s Red River Reunion was a smashing success this spring raising over $2,900 to benefit the RRGCC!  The day began with shoe demos from Evolv and LaSportiva so that climbers could have the best shoes possible to compete in the climbing competition.  Twenty-six people signed up to compete and Rick Bost was ready and waiting with the gates open at Torrent Falls.  Congratulations to the winners & thank you to all who competed!


1. Maria Farinacci  4 routes  24 points
2.  Carrie Vieland   3 routes  24 points
3.  Neysa Dominguez  3 routes  22 points

1.  Stacy Boore 15 routes  214 points
2.  Jessica Brackett  14 routes  204 points
3.  Emily Rubin  15 routes  194 points

1.  Mike McCrum 6 routes  74 points
2.  Joe Simmons  7 routes  59 points
3.  tie – Andrew Candela and Jeremy Stocks 48 points

1.  Mike Anderson  11 routes 197 points
2.  Roger Bess 12 routes  183 points
3   Jason Marshall 14 routes  177 point

The RRGCC Sales table was staffed by friendly RRGCC Volunteers: JR Goodwin, Vince Cocciolone, Derrick Powell, Paul Vidal & Josephine Neff.  We quickly sold out of several items including the limited edition RRGCC nut tool, which was donated by Ken Thompson.  We hope to have an even wider selection for our next event!

The evening included a fantastic pig roast prepared by the Miguel’s Crew.  It was followed by a raffle,  a slide show, and a video by Spencer Victory.  And as always, Dario had stacked the wood high for the evening bonfire!

Thank you to all who came and participated – and THANK YOU MIGUEL’S!

Rocktoberfest Registration is Open

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Natural Bridge Campgrounds

Natural Bridge Campgrounds. Exit 33 off the Bert Combs Mountain Parkway. Follow signs to Natural Bridge Campgrounds

It’s official – registration for Rocktoberfest 2009 is now open! Visit to register yourself and others for the weekend.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to contact us or call us (use the “Call Me” button to the right or dial us at 859-955-0774).

Thanks and see you in October 😉


  • Camping and parking is included and is on site at the Natural Bridge Campgrounds (click for directions).
  • First choice of camping spots (limited sites with water and electric hookups)
  • First dibs at vendors and all their demo gear, including gear from:
    Black Diamond, Petzl, La Sportiva, Sterling Ropes Five Ten and others..
  • Climbing films featured by Dead Point Magazine and music DJ’ed by our man from the south, John “Cletus” Wilcox.
  • Fun and games.. and did we mention all the vendors and demo gear!
  • Access to the dyno comp to either toss in your hat or heckle from the sidelines.


  • The Clip and Go Comp Climbing competition at the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve – Sore Heel Hollar Competition will be based on endurance – number of bolts clipped and the difficulty of the route will both factor into the point system.
  • Sign up is from 9-10am at the Registration Desk or at the Sore Heel Parking Lot.
  • The competition will last from 10am to 5pm and the winners will be announced at the venue on Saturday night.
  • Free YOGA class Saturday morning at 9:30.  Please bring your own mat. 

Saturady evening will host plenty of music, food, gear, a dyno comp, and plenty more..

Saturady evening will host plenty of music, food, gear, a dyno comp, and plenty more..

Saturday Night:

  • Camping and parking is included and is on site
  • Free swag from every angle! T-shirts, posters, stickers, gear and much more.
  • Silent auction with a ton of top end gear from our gracious sponsors!
  • And we’ll be hosting and featuring the Reel Rock Tour Movie
  • Plus we’ll have a dyno comp, DJ, and plenty more to attract your distractable eyes and ears..


  • Clinics lead and attended by pros from around the sport
  • Breakfast in the morning courtesy of the Solid Rock Climbers for Christ

Keen Footwehar

Benchmark Outfitter’s Benefit Comp

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

September 26th at Rockquest, Cincinnati: Benchmark Outfitters will put on a comp to benefit the RRGCC

This September 26 in Cincinnati, at RockQuest Climbing Center, Benchmark Outfitter is putting together a climbing competition to benefit the RRGCC. Starting at 5pm, climbers will compete for excellent prizes from vendors like The Benchmark Outfitter, Sterling Ropes, Arc’Teryx, and La Sportiva. And while they’re pulling down, the $25 entrance fee will go to support the RRGCC in our mission to secure the PMRP.

Don’t miss out on a great chance to have a blast and support the Coaltion at the same time!

For more information, call 513-791-WILD (9453). Or check them out Benchmark Outfitters on Facebook.

JATD 2009, a quick bit

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Thanks to Wes Allen for the video..  a more detailed wrap-up to come..

JATD 09 from Wes Allen on Vimeo.