University of Pittsburgh Climbing Comp Fundraiser

Monday, March 30th, 2009
Addressing the competitors

The route-setters and event coordinators address the competitors to clear up the rules of the comp. Photos: Laura Caporizzo

U of Pitt Raises More Than $1100 to Support the RRGCC

This February, the University of Pittsburgh held a climbing competition to benefit the RRGCC. They’re generosity can’t be understatated, especially when their efforts generated more than $1100 for the Coalition’s annual mission to raise $30,000 for the PMRP mortgage

On February 21st, 2009, climbers filled Trees Hall at the University of Pittsburgh’s climbing gym for the final competition in a series of competitions with surrounding universities. For the past several years during the spring semester, Pitt’s climbing wall has been part of this circuit of competitions known as the University Bouldering Series (UBS). This year, the schools that took part in the UBS were: Kent State University, The University of Akron, Youngstown State University, West Virginia University, University of Pittsburgh, and Slippery Rock University. The UBS is not limited to climbers from these participating schools, nor is it limited to student climbers. Competitors at Pitt’s comp were not only from the schools participating in the UBS; some climbers were also representing Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pennsylvania, and the Pittsburgh climbing community, along with many other climbing communities. The past two seasons, Pitt has decided to donate all of the proceeds from its bouldering competition to a worthy cause. Last year, Pitt donated their proceeds to Conservacion Patagonica, a cause “dedicated to the protection and restoration of wildland ecosystems and biodiversity in Patagonia.” This year, because several of the event coordinators love and cherish the climbing in the Red River Gorge, it was decided to donate the proceeds to the Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition (RRGCC). (more…)

Rocktoberfest 2008

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

It's here..

October is fast approaching.. and in the Red River Gorge, that means two things: sending temps and Rocktoberfest, presented this year by Keen Footwear, Black Diamond and Mountain Gear.

[reg-invite-table]Every year for the past eight years, climbers have come from as far as Australia, Poland, and the backwoods of your hometown just to partake in the fall festivities. With headlining events like Reel Rock Tour, Mountain Gear sponsored clinics, Black Diamond Gear Auctions, and our always stellar music line-up (The 23 Strings, The Slant Kings), it’s easily the best thing happening on the East Coast.

Besides getting lower prices for registering online and guaranteeing a spot for the events, the first 200 registrants get a bag full of schwag.. so don’t wait! And after registering, invite friends using your invite code to get even more schwag.. better hurry, though, you’ve got some catching up to do.

Read more here and Register!

Click here to download a poster (about 1MB in size) that you can print out and post around town to help spread the word!

Mountain Gear’s UClimb Comes to the PMRP

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
UClimb and Moutain Gear, both financially and through education, support the RRGCC and the PMRP purchase

UClimb and Moutain Gear, both financially and through education, support the RRGCC and the PMRP purchase

Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, the PMRP will be hosting the 2nd annual U-Climb event, a climbing event meant to educate climbers about climbing safety and ethics. The groups will have top-ropes up on virtually every beginner climb in the PMRP. While we apologize that this might affect your plans, please know that the event goes a long way to securing your climbing now and into the future.

The UClimb groups will be holding clinics at the following walls. Please plan around their presence.

A group of participant at the Red River Gorge 2007

A group of participant at the Red River Gorge 2007

The Shire
Left Field
The Playground
Chica Bonita
Volunteer Wall
The Gallery (the right side)
Gold Coast/Solar Collector (the right side)

UClimb and the event organizers, Mountain Gear, have long been supporters of the RRGCC and the PMRP purchase. In addition to sizable donations that go toward the annual mortgage, the UClimb event emphasizes the importance of responsible climbing ethics. One of the major tenants of these ethics is a commitment to and support of local climbing organizations.

If you were planning on doing some easy sport climbs, please consider visiting Muir Valley, Roadside, and Pistol Ridge all have a good assortment of them. Search the online guidebook for others if these crags don’t sound appealing.

Save the Dates > October 10-12

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Rocktobefest 2008Save the date of October 10-12 to attend Rocktoberfest 2008! The RRGCC and its sponsors are bringing a sampling of upcoming climbing videos, climbing-clinics conducted by world-class athletes, climbing competitions, outstanding prizes and give-aways from our sponsors, live music and as much entertainment as you can handle.  All proceeds will go straight to the RRGCC and help us secure the mortgage for the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP).  If you don’t know about the PMRP, check here.

***Pre-Registration will be open soon so please check back so you can have the chance to win schwag by inviting people.. details to follow.

Buy Keen at Philip Gall’s and support the RRGCC

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Buy Keen from Phillip Gall\'s - Support the RRGCCUntil supplies last, Phillip Galls and Keen are hosting a fundraiser for the RRGCC. If you purchase a pair of Keen shoes at Phillip Galls, $20 of your purchase will go to the RRGCC. This applies only to select colors so hurry in before they sell out! Please see a store specialist for details.

This fundraiser is on top of a grant recently given in April by Phillip Galls and Patagonia that reeled in $1125 for the RRGCC. This grant was also given to the RRGCC in 2007 and was nominated by Benchmark Outfitters in Cincinnati. Phillip Galls is an outdoor outfitter recently acquired by Benchmark Outfitters in Cincinnati.

April 18-20, 2008 – 2008 Red River Reunion at Miguel’s

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

This event occurred April 18-20, 2008 and is kept here for reference. If you’re looking for current and upcoming events, please click here.

Phillip Gall’s is bringing Jason Kehl and Dave Chancellor to the ReunionThe RRGCC’s Red River Reunion 2008 event will be held on April 18th & 19th, 2008 to celebrate the coming of spring and the return of climbers to Red River Gorge, Kentucky for the 2008 climbing season. Friday evening April 18th, Brian Solano will be showing his latest film, Spray at Miguel’s (check the trailer and more information at During the day on Saturday, April 19th, there will be two competitions: an outdoor climbing competition at Torrent Falls (open for competition participants only) and a trash scavenging competition in Red River Gorge, supported by the Access Fund. The festivities will culminate Saturday night at Miguel’s with a bluegrass band and a multi-media presentation by Jason Kehl from Cryptochild and David Chancellor from SoIll, sponsored by Phillip Galls of Lexington. Winners of the climbing comp will enjoy plenty of schwag and even a little cash in hand. Prizes for the trash comp will be schwag and the privilege to climb at Torrent on Sunday.

We look forward to seeing you there! After all, what could be better: bluegrass music, friends, climbing pics and videos, and a chance to support climbing in the Red!

There will be more to know.. Stay tuned for more details..

If you can’t make it, please consider supporting the RRGCC and the community’s efforts by making a donation. Hope to see you another time..