Misc

Announcement at Miguel’s June 1 at 8pm

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The RRGCC cordially invites everyone to Miguel’s Pizza at the Red for a very special announcement.

Date: Saturday, June 1st
Time: 8:00 pm

We would like to share some information with the community. We want to discuss with the community the past, present, and future activities of the Coalition. It is going to be an informal gathering… a little lighthearted story telling, then a slide show, then an announcement that might be interesting.

Everyone is welcome, and you won’t need to bring anything but high spirits and optimism.

Muir Valley Response to Climbing Accident Training

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

From Rick and Liz Weber, owners of Muir Valley:

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 9 AM to 12 noon, a free training exercise will be conducted at Muir Valley on how to respond to a climbing accident. Although these exercises are routinely conducted for members of the Muir Valley Rescue Group, we have decided to open up this training for those outside the Muir Group — especially to those who regularly climb in areas where the official emergency response services are iffy.

We will be meeting at the Shelter House at the Muir Valley main parking lot at 9 AM sharp. If you wish to attend, please try to show up a few minutes early, as we will be leaving shortly after meeting to conduct the training scenario at the Bone Yard Wall. This will be a realistic scenario with a fallen climber.

Bring a helmet if you have one. If not, one will be furnished to you.

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Monday, April 1st, 2013
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Help Climbing Access at Shenandoah National Park

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

 

Shenandoah National Park

 

The Access Fund and Shenandoah National Park need you to help promote their climbing management plan (read more about “ROMP” here).

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If you don’t know exactly what to say, the 3 bullet points in the action alert and the sentence before them make a good template:

 

 

The Access Fund, Mid-Atlantic Climbers, and New River Alliance of Climbers reviewed the ROMP and are in support of the management direction in Alternative B, subject to a few concerns outlined below.

  • Rock outcrops compose only 2% (3,920 acres) of the SHEN’s entire 197,438 acres. It is important to emphasize that other activities, such as hiking, camping, and vista enjoyment draw far more people and cause far more impacts than climbers. As stated in the ROMP, Old Rag is visited by an estimated 50,000 people annually, but the number of climber use-days for all of SHEN is estimated at only 500.
  • While the ROMP provides general information about the impacts causing concern, more information should be provided about the specific impacts at each rock outcrop where restrictions are in place or being considered. For instance, climbing at Hawksbill is prohibited, but the concerns leading to the climbing ban are not fully explained. More detailed information should be provided to further explain the need for restrictions.
  • Because climbers make up only a small percentage of rock outcrops users, the Park should consider if some climbing access can be allowed (even if other user groups are restricted or otherwise more directly managed) before restricting access to specific rock outcrops (especially those on the “watch list”). Park planners should consider ways to protect the natural resources without prohibiting access to climbers completely.

Self Rescue Clinic 2012

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

There will be a Self Rescue Clinic held on FRIDAY, October 5 at Red River Gorge. While this is not an RRGCC or Rocktoberfest event, I’m hoping that the timing is good and those that would like to attend can.

The clinic is $45/person and runs from 9:30 – 3:30 on the 5th. It will be taught by Karsten Delap. If you’ve never met him, he’s pretty awesome. Very good at teaching, tons of experience, and some pretty great stories too.

To sign up, call 1-888-28-GUIDE or visit foxmountainguides.com to sign up for the Rock Rescue Course to Benefit the RRGCC. The course is capped at 8 people, so if you’re interested SIGN UP NOW! (As in, stop what you’re doing, pick up the phone or click the website, right now. :) )

If you miss him, he will be giving a second clinic on Sunday during the Rocktoberfest clinics. This will be the “Quick Fix Techniques” Clinic – it’s not a self rescue clinic, but more about using techniques to deal with those annoying problems that crop up from time to time when rock climbing.

JATD 2012 Registration

Monday, June 18th, 2012

This year’s Johnny and Alex Trail Day isn’t far away! Register now to help us get a head count for Saturday, August 11th.

 

The event starts at Lago Linda Hideaway at 8:00am. The trail work will wrap up around 3:00pm, and the fun will continue throughout the evening and night back at Lago Linda’s with  food, music, beer, frisbee, volleyball, water slides, swimming, general shenanigans, an instant collector’s item (our event t-shirt), and The 23 String Band!

 

Please wear pants and close-toed shoes for the trail work – it’s summertime in the Red, which means you should beware of poison ivy and snakes.

 

There is no cost to party this year, but we hope you’ll make at least a small donation to help us cover the cost of t-shirts, food, and entertainment. :)

 

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Dan Lubbers’ Photography Raises Money for the Coalition

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

On Friday, February 10 photographer Dan Lubbers hosted an art show to display his photography and raise money for the RRGCC. The show was hosted by Highland Coffee in Louisville, KY and featured photos from Lubbers’ recent visit to Hawaii, with a few climbing shots thrown in for good measure.
Guests were invited to enter a raffle to win a print of one of Lubbers’ photographs, with the proceeds going directly to the RRGCC. By the end of the night, $95 had been raised and was donated to the RRGCC to further their mission of preserving and promoting responsible climbing. Lubbers’ photos will be on display at Highland Coffee through the end of February, and there is a donation box where admirers can give to the RRGCC. Lubbers’ work is also featured on his website.

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Rocktoberfest 2011 Climbing Clinics

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

We have some great clinics, and most of them still have openings available!

Burl Like A Girl is a beginning clinic on climbing powerfully from a woman’s perspective. It’s taught by Regan Kenedy.

Elite Climbing is an advanced clinic on pushing it to the next level for the 5.11, 5.12 or 5.13 climber. It’s taught by Cedar Wright. To get the most out of this clinic, you should be comfortable climbing 5.11’s.

Sport and Redpointing is an intermediate level class geared for the 5.8, 5.9, 5.10 climber looking to learn to work projects and get stronger. Taught by Alli Rainey and Kevin Wilkinson.

Multipitch Efficiency is a beginning/intermediate clinic for climbers looking to spend more time climbing and less time transitioning at anchors. It’s taught by Brittany Griffith

Intro to Trad is a beginning clinic designed for the beginning trad climber. It’s taught by Shingo Ohkawa.

Footwork and Technique is a beginning/intermediate clinic for those who struggle with footwork. It’s taught by Margarita Martinez and Rene Keyzer-Andre (our very own Tutugirl!)

We also have 2 mini-clinics on photography: DSLR 101 and Off Camera Lighting 101 – these are 3-hour clinics taught by professional photographer Wes Allen.

Unfortunately, the Warriors Way clinic is sold out.

If you are interested in any of our clinics you may sign up at the registration desk at Rocktoberfest. Online Registration is now closed.

If you are looking to avoid climbing where clinics are being held, please avoid:
The Gallery, The Shire, The Playground, Global Village

Brownie Bake-Off 2011

Friday, September 30th, 2011

“Get out your mixing bowls, aprons, and Grandma’s secret recipe ’cause we’re announcing a new event for this years Rocktoberfest: The Brownie Bake-Off.

The rules are simple:
1. Bake delicious brownies. Enough to share.
2. Drop them at the festival site Saturday before dinner. We’ll take one from the plate for judging and the rest we’ll be a “donation” which will be given out to hungry festival go-ers as part of dinner.
3. An elite panel of french-culinary-school-trained judges will bestow honors and accolades on those of you possessing the “art of the brownie”.
4. Awards given for most awesome creation.
5. No Funny business. This is a fundraiser and needs to be family friendly.

Volunteer for Rocktoberfest 2011!

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Go to http://www.volmanager.com/RRGCC/ to sign up!

Can’t wait to see you there!