Open Invitation to attend the 2007 Strategic Planning Meeting!

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Help Make 2007 Our Most Successful Year Ever!

It’s hard to believe we’ve been around this long, but in 2007 the Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition will celebrate its 10-year anniversary!  Please consider making this our most successful year ever by participating in our 2007 strategic planning process.  Climbers who have worked with us in the past, or any one who intends to volunteer this year are especially encouraged to come to this meeting.

This process will kick-off in a meeting at the Lexington Public Library, 140 E. Main St., Lexington, KY from 1pm to 4 pm on Saturday, December 9, 2006 in Conference Room A.  Free parking is available in the library garage (See http://www.lexpublib.org/central/ for directions).

The RRGCC has a strong history of strategic planning and has a well developed vision, mission, and strategy for securing climbing access. In the December 9th meeting we will review what was accomplished in 2006, what our current issues are, and what goals and strategies we will pursue in 2007.  Though we have obtained new levels of success in 2006, we have much potential for growth and improvement in 2007.  Membership feedback and participation in developing the RRGCC’s future strategy is a crucial component in carrying this momentum into 2007.

Please RSVP to the RRGCC’s Executive Director, Bill Strachan, bill(at)rrgcc.org, if you plan on attending the December 9th meeting.  Even if you cannot attend, please e-mail Bill your comments and information if you are interested in being involved in the strategic planning process.

October 31, 2006 – Rocktoberfest 2006 Success

Monday, April 28th, 2008

This event occurred October 31, 2006 and is kept here for reference. If you’re looking for current and upcoming events, please click here.

Rocktoberfest 2006 was a resounding success despite the frigid temps. With over 300 attendees, five stellar clinics, Reelrock movie premier, Jason Kehl’s slideshow, entertaining dyno comp, terrific bluegrass band, tasty food and even a surprise appearance by a fabulous fire juggler, a good time was had by all. Special thanks to our incredible volunteers and sponsors for making our event one of the most successful to date!<br><br>

Friday night began at Miguel’s Pizza with the Reelrock movie premier of First Ascent and Dosage IV. Climbers walked behind Miguel’s pizza to the glow of a cozy field lit by numerous tiki torches to sit on hay bales placed in a theater-style arrangement; care of Dario Ventura, Morgan Burton and the Miguel’s crew. Petzl offered Red Bull and Vodka for refreshments and Chris Hampton announced the movie. First Ascent was a huge hit during which the crowd was totally animated. Dosage IV was similarly well-received and ran into the night. Those climbers who were unable to view the video hung out around the fire, which was occasionally visited by Jason Kehl.
Saturday began with outdoor sunrise yoga…somewhat delayed due to heavy frost. Yoga Sanga provided quality instruction to the rising sun. Janet Cain of Hug-a-Pup training shared her knowledge with climbers on how to train their crag dogs. Next year, she wants to come to the crag and work with owners to see how dogs behave in the real climbing world. Arno Ilgner graciously provided his Rockclimbing the Warrior’s Way clinic free of charge and Wes Allen showed aspiring photogs how to snap a captivating picture of climbers. Then Rocktoberfest took a break..sort of.

Saturday night was Mark’s Barbeque and Jason Kehl. Climbers ate dinner then gathered beneath the cliffline to learn about Jason’s adventures and hear of the sad loss of Billy. Jason was gracious and humble happily conversing with climbers all weekend on subjects ranging from rockclimbing to true bourbon…only from Kentucky. His slideshow proved to be one of the most entertaining and innovative presentations climbers have seen.

The dyno comp occurred after the slideshow and had a little bit of everything. Chris Hampton kept up the energy announcing contests, throwing schwag and generally harassing the contestants. Kasia Pietras styled her way to win the women’s dyno. Trevor Sutherland showed much skill reserving his flare for the final dynos in the men’s comp. John Schrader had the best fan club by far! But Nick Redinger was the surprise standout dynoing in his lime green underwear…and being smacked off the top hold by local troll, Matt Massey. All of these antics ensued to the wonderful bluegrass tunes of an outstanding bluegrass band…no name folks, please.

Our greatest surprise was a fire juggler from California. Withstanding thirty degree temps without a shirt and a rather brief heckle, Derek juggled fire batons, balanced them uncomfortably while performing minor contortions and generally amused, awed and stole the closing show.

Sunday morning began with our second round of morning yoga. Rocktoberfest closed with two wonderful clinics. Katie Brown taught a girl’s climbing clinic. Bold women took serious whippers, learned to lead belay and one climber who had never even lead a 5.10 mustered up the courage with the women’s support to lead Bandolier, a breakthrough 5.11. Bart Bledsoe taught an aid climbing clinic showing a group how to place pins to hold weight and quality aid technique with Matt Massey and Blake Bowling’s assistance.

Thanks to one and all for an amazing weekend.

October 2006 – 4 Day Trad Camp Oct 24-27!

Monday, April 28th, 2008

This event occurred October 2006 and is kept here for reference. If you’re looking for current and upcoming events, please click here.

Arno Ilger, Craig Luebben, and Elaina Arenz-Smith will be offering 2 trad camps in October. A 4 day program and a 2 day crash course program, both with a small client to guide ratio of 3:1. The camp will focus on each climber individually so you get the most from your time at the Trad Camp. When you leave you’ll climb stronger, smarter, safer, and more efficiently, and you’ll have the skills you need for leading traditional routes.

Use the link below to download the full course description.

Course Description

July 1, 2006 – Payment Secures PMRP for Another Year!!

Monday, April 28th, 2008

The RRGCC just made the third annual payment out of ten for the 700 acre Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve in Lee County, Kentucky. A significant portion of fundraising for the 2006 PMRP payment is due to the efforts of the www.redriverclimbing.com website community as spearheaded by Michelle Ellington. For her efforts Michelle was presented with the RRGCC Volunteer of the Year Award, Memorial Day weekend at the Red River Rendezvous.

In addition to internet fundraising efforts, a $2,500 Climbing Preservation Grant from the Access Fund helped us secure the PMRP for another year. The RRGCC would like to congratulate Michelle, and offer its deepest gratitude to her and the Access Fund, as well as all the volunteers who contributed time and money to our ongoing efforts in securing climbing on the PMRP.

June 5, 2006 – USFS Recognizes RRGCC & Access Fund Status

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Both the Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition and the Access Fund have been recognized by the US Forest Service as consulting parties to a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) concerning the management of heritage resources in Red River Gorge. Other groups that have been recognized as consulting parties to the agreement are the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists, Wolfe County, and the six Tribal Governments that have status in Kentucky. As a result of the MOA a Heritage Resource Management Strategy will be developed. This strategy will provide a framework for evaluating and protecting archaeological sites as well as for prioritizing areas for future research. The Final MOA is posted on the Daniel Boone National Forest, <a href=”http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/boone/lac/”>Limits of Acceptable Change website</a>.

May 29, 2006 – The RRGCC mourns the loss of Terry Kindred

Monday, April 28th, 2008

It is with profound sadness that we mark the passing of Terry Kindred, well-known local climber of ten years, gifted first ascentionist, Climbing Advisory Council member, long-time supporter of the RRGCC, and dear friend. Terry touched the lives of many involved with the RRGCC and will be deeply missed. Among his many attributes were his unique, wry sense of humor–Q:What would you get if you crossed Gung Ho with Stay the Hand? A:Stay the Ho–his enthusiasm for climbing, especially at the Red, his passion for both learning and teaching others about climbing, and of course, his gift for lively, endlessly entertaining banter. Terry gave graciously of himself and his time to ensure other climbers’ safety by replacing bolts and anchors on numerous routes all over the Gorge. But it was in the area of bolting new routes that Terry excelled, with his eye for a quality line and his famous “Terry standards”–including the must-do spit test–for placing bolts.

Whether at the crag with his closest climbing friends, aka Team Suck, or holding forth at Miguel’s, or Mark’s, or RRO, Terry Kindred was always giving–be it (usually pretty darn good) advice or beta, or showing a friend his latest new climbing gadget, or sharing his ideas about the inner workings of the mind and dreams, or opining about the best of rock and roll music. For all those, and many more reasons, Terry will always remain in our hearts and fondly in our memories.

Funeral services were held May 31, in Mt Vernon, KY.

Obituary: Mr. Terry L. Kindred age 51 of Lexington, and formerly of Mt.Vernon died Sunday May 28, 2006 in Lexington. He was born on July 16, 1954 in Berea, KY the son of Mrs. Mildred McFarland Kindred of Mt.Vernon and the late William “Bill” Kindred. He was a private pilot, enjoyed rock climbing, scuba diving, boating, and hiking.

Survivors besides his mother are: one daughter; Kolbie Kindred of Columbus, Ohio. Two brothers; Jeff Kindred of Mt.Vernon, and Tommy Blackburn of Berea. Two sisters; Mrs. Sue Kindred of Custer, KY, and Mrs. Lori Miracle of Mt.Vernon. His former wife; Mrs. Deborah Kessler also survives. He was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandparents; William and Bernice Kindred, and by his Maternal grandparents;
Hermon and Floura McFarland.

May 20, 2006 – Celebrate With Us Memorial Day Weekend

Monday, April 28th, 2008

This event occurred May 26 and 27, 2006 and is kept here for reference. If you’re looking for current and upcoming events, please click here.

Click here for the “Homestyle” video trailer. This Memorial Day Weekend, May 26, 27, 28, & 29 @ Miguel’s, the RRGCC will be celebrating the efforts of all supporters and volunteers involved in raising sufficient funds to ensure our ability to make the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve mortgage payment due June 15, 2006. We especially thank Red River Climbing for their monumental fundraising efforts and the Access Fund for their $2,500 grant.

The Rendezvous has an action packed agenda with a Trash Clean-up / Scavenging Contest, the premier of Wes Powell’s southeast bouldering video “Homestyle”, an outdoor Climbing Competition @ the PMRP, a Miguel’s Pizza Eating Contest, and live music with “DJ Mike”, “Joe’s Neighbor”, “Neville Pohl”, & “Matt Martini w/ Jeff Dion”. On Saturday May 27, Arno Ilgner will be giving a Warrior’s Way clinic and Patty Helmick will be providing massages. We have accumulated quite a bit of schwag from our event sponsors (Miguel’s Pizza, the Access Fund, redriverclimbing.com, Wolverine Publishing, Red River Outdoors, Torrent Falls, Pedal The Planet, Philip Gall’s, Black Diamond, DrTopo, Mountain Gear, Petzl, LaSportiva, Evolv, Montrail, The Warrior’s Way, RockQuest, Climb Time Cincinnati, Clif Bar, REI, & Gore-Tex) for contest and raffle prizes.

We look forward to seeing you @ Miguel’s this weekend to celebrate with us and to kick off our fundraising efforts for the 2007 PMRP mortage payment!

May 17, 2006 – 2006 Rawkus Rendezvous Memorial Day Weekend

Monday, April 28th, 2008

This event occurred May 26 and 27, 2006 and is kept here for reference. If you’re looking for current and upcoming events, please click here.

Wes Powell will be coming up and previewing his yet-to-be-released climbing video “Homestyle” at the 2006 Rawkus Rendezvous on Memorial Day Weekend. The video will be shown at Miguel’s Saturday evening May 27, 2006. During the day on Saturday we will be having a trash scavenging contest with the top prize being a gift certificate for a pair of LaSportiva climbing shoes. In the evening on Saturday we will also be having music with techno DJ and climber, DJ Mike. On Sunday May 28, 2006 there will be an outdoor climbing competition held at the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve. The comp will have beginner/intermediate, advanced, elite/open, and master’s categories. In the evening on Sunday the entertainment at Miguel’s will include a pizza eating contest, the original acoustic music of Miguel’s neighbor Neville Pohl, and the acoustic rock music of Matt Martini.

Miguel has also made a commitment of 10% to the RRGCC on all gear sales! Although this does not include apparel, pizza or drinks, if you are looking for a rope or some new shoes get them from Miguel and 10% will go to the RRGCC!

Forest Service Road 9 opened May 19

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Forest Service roads 9A and 9B opened Friday, May 19th. The Forest Service has temporarily shored the road with pilings driven into the ground and hope to have additional funds for future development next year. This road provides access to Indian Creek and the East Fork of Indian Creek.

June 5, 2006 – Torrent Falls will remain open to climbing

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Originally posted on June 5, 2006

I am happy to announce Torrent Falls Sport Climbing will remain open. There has been a total turn around in the area of respect. I believe the No Dog policy was the single biggest and best decision. Also the Portolet on the property has helped. Although we occasionally still get the people pissing in my yard, it has greatly changed. The level of awareness by all those great people in “getting the word out”, has also made a great difference. Thanks to all of you for helping.

The following rules still apply

1. No Dogs or Pets

2. Use the Portalets, not my yard.

3. Do not ask to use the rest room at the B&B or main house.

4. Do not move the chairs from around the fire pit.

5. No fires.

6. Do not use ropes or routes designated for Torrent Falls use.

7. Park at the bottom parking lot and do not block parking designated for cabin use only.

8. Do not park in the paved parking lot at the Torrent Church.

9. A donation of $2.00 per person is strongly recommended.

10. Do not litter.

11. No foul language.

12. Be considerate to the owners of the property and it’s guests.

13. No rappelling with the exception of finishing a climbing route.

14. No night climbing.

15. Climbing ends at dusk.

16. No parking your car here and leaving the crag.

17. Use existing trails.

18. Limit climbing groups to 6 or less. No swarming the crag.

Thanks for your cooperation and thanks to the RRGCC.
Mark Meyer