On March 13 & 14, the Philadelphia Rock Gym held a climbing competition and a pancake breakfast to benefit the RRGCC. The breakfast raised over $500 for the RRGCC. Thanks to RRGCC volunteers Gary & Nikki for making this breakfast possible!
The Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition invites you to attend its first meeting of 2010 on Saturday, February 13, 2010. There will be an open session from 9am to 10am at Torrent Falls, Kentucky. Come find out what we have in store for 2010 and see how you can become involved. All meeting attendees will be entered into a door prize raffle for a Mountain Hardware Scrambler Pack and other swag items in the RRGCC’s inventory.
On 2/13/2010, the RRGCC held its first open Board of Directors meeting of 2010 at Torrent Falls. We had a nice turn out considering the frigid conditions! Paul Vidal, Morgain Sprague, Rick Bost, Bentley Brackett, Stephanie Meadows, and Don McGlone represented the Board of Directors. Other members in attendance included Executive Director, Bill Strachan, Jessica Brackett, Matt Tackett, Alan Wolfe, Maxwell Malone, Richard Goodwin, Mike Driskell, and Josephine Neff.
Bill Strachan provided an update on the LAC process. Although LAC was approved at the end of 2008, the Forest Service has no money to implement many LAC changes, but they are making some changes that do not require money. This includes closing user trails and campsites that do not meet the LAC requirements. For 2010, they have applied for grant money and they expect to implement more projects. This year, the RRGCC LAC Committee consisting of Bill, Chris Carr, Jim Holtzman, Shannon Stuart-Smith, and Rita Wehner plans to compose a draft Climbing Management Plan to submit to the Forest Service.
Stephanie Meadows provided an update on J&H fundraising. Their meeting to discuss fundraising was canceled due to weather. Stephanie is going to help them meet their goal to donate $7,000 to the RRGCC this year. Discussion was continued to include fundraising at other venues such as Phillip Galls, and climbing stores and gyms in other areas.
General fundraising suggestions were made. Bentley expressed a need to have an RRGCC button for the new Wolverine guidebook iPhone app. It was discussed that the RRGCC needs to accommodate mobile donations. Stephanie showed a new poster for the Miguel’s kiosk that advertises ways to donate and volunteer. The poster artwork is very eye-catching. Rick Bost proposed that the new poster be sent to the local gyms. Stephanie also proposed doing a non-event specific t-shirt. The RRGCC is always looking for ways to encourage donations from groups or individuals. Suggestions can be submitted to the RRGCC at www.rrgcc.org.
Rick Bost and Paul Vidal explained the new affinity credit card promotion that is in the works. They are working with a credit card company to create RRGCC specific cards. The program will donate $50 for each approved application that is submitted. Rick explained that if we can get 2,000 people to apply for a credit card in 2010, we would receive $100,000 in donations. The credit cards do not need to be used for the RRGCC to receive the donation; they must only be approved.
Bill Strachan and Matt Tackett discussed trail building in the PMRP. Matt is working with the Kentucky Mountain Bike Association to add more mountain biking trails to the PMRP property. Matt is planning to hold a mountain biking trail building session on the 3rd Saturday each month. The next trail building dates are 2/20/2010 and 3/20/2010. For those interested in the efforts, become a fan of “Pedal The Red” on Facebook for updates.
In other trail building news, Bill Strachan is planning to organize a trail day in the Military / Left Flank area. This must be carefully coordinated with the Forest Service to ensure compliance with the LAC requirements. JR and Mike Driskell are preparing several smaller trail building projects aimed at increasing the number of trail days throughout 2010. Mike Driskell is planning to continue trail work at Roadside on April 3, 2010. Work is scheduled to begin at 9:00. Those interested in participating in this trail day can RSVP at www.rrgcc.org.
The next open RRGCC Board meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 27, 2010.
There was an open meeting at Torrent Falls this weekend to discuss Rocktoberfest and many other pressing issues that the RRGCC faces on a daily basis.
The BOD and other participants discussed how the economic downturn has impacted the climbing industry and community. We expect that this trend may continue for 2010. So again we must turn to you for support to make our fundraising goals. We know that you are willing to help. Climbers frequently ask what they can do to remind everyone to donate, as represented by Mike Anderson’s comment at the meeting: “It’s a privilege to climb here and I think everyone needs to pay.”
Check this out, you can donate at little as $7 a month to the RRGCC on a monthly basis. It is set up on auto draft so you don’t even have to think about it!
The RRGCC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. That means that money that you donate to the RRGCC is money that you get to deduct that from your taxes!
Here is the most important part: we are $12,000 short on the PMRP payment for next year. Yes, Rocktoberfest was an amazing event. But we experienced some additional expenses this year and dollars are tight with the economy in the condition it is in.
Here is the best part! You have the opportunity to deduct dollars from your taxes, help the RRGCC, and enter to win a brand new Sterling rope! If you go to http://rrgcc.org/donate/ and register yourself to donate $7 or more per month for a year (or $84 or more all at once as a lump sum) between now and February 15th, you will be entered to win a Sterling rope that we will mail to your house!
So seriously, go to http://rrgcc.org/donate/ right now and sign up! We will be posting the names of those who have signed up – make sure your name is on the list!
From time to time the RRGCC has need of various items. Since we try to spend as much of every dollar raised towards the payment, we’re hoping that perhaps some of you may have extras lying around and can donate them (or if you’d like to purchase them, that’s fine too!). We’ll keep this list updated by crossing items off as we receive them, so please check back often.
Items we could use right now include:
- 9×12 envelopes with peel-off sticking
A file cabinet with a lock.
– Work Gloves
– Clip Boards
– Letter sized Hanging File Folders
– Non-hanging file folders (the kind with the tab at the top)
– Walkie Talkies
– bags to put schwag in
yellow or orange or florescent spray paint
– white xmas tree lights
– extension cords
– triple A batteries
– 9×12 envelopes
– Stamps at current rate
– Address labels
– Sign sticks
If you have donations, please contact Josephine at josephine.neff+rrgccdonations (gmail) or post a comment here.
On Saturday, February 7, 2009 the RRGCC Board of Directors held elections for directors and for officers for 2009. Dwight Bradburn, Charlie Rittenberry, and Morgain Sprague were all reelected to a second, three year term on the Board. Bentley Brackett and Hugh Loeffler were voted on as new Board members. Dr. Bob Matheny and Mark Jackson both retired from Board service. “Dr. Bob” has served six years on the RRGCC Board and for the last three years as RRGCC President. Mark, though retiring from Board service, will continue on as Property Manager for the RRGCC owned Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP). In the officer elections, Charlie Rittenberry was elected to the position of President and Morgain Sprague was elected to the position of Vice-President. Paul Vidal was reelected to the position of Secretary and Dwight Bradburn was reelected to the position of Treasurer.
Our thanks go out to Bob and Mark for their service on the Board. The work of both of these gentlemen has been instrumental in further securing the PMRP. Our congratulations and thanks also go out to the reelected Board members, new Board members, and officers for 2009. After the elections were completed the RRGCC conducted a 2009 planning meeting followed by a party held at Torrent Falls Resort. The results of the planning meeting will be announced in a subsequent post.
Some important details for the Saturday 2/7/2009 RRGCC meeting. The main purpose of the afternoon meeting, in addition to BOD and officer elections, will be operational planning for 2009.
Initial internal task items such as officer elections and internal BOD business will be handled in a closed Executive Session starting at 1:00, so the meeting will only be open to BOD and Executive Director for the first part of the session.
Operational planning should then begin around 2:30. If your volunteer interest is to participate in a trail day or help during an event, don’t worry about the afternoon session, just come to the party. In the afternoon meeting, however, we would welcome people interested in volunteering to help in important areas such as database management, newsletter production, pre-event preparation, development of printed materials, etc. In other words, if you show up for the afternoon meeting, expect to take on the responsibility for completing specific tasks.
Please RSVP if you are going to attend the afternoon session or if you are just coming to the evening party so we can get an idea of the number of people to be prepared for.
Today we’re rolling out a new look for the RRGCC – a completely revamped rrgcc.org.
A few of the new things we hope you’ll appreciate:
- Comment on announcements. In the spirit of community, submit your feedback to announcements and events.
- Email articles. See an article you think your friend should know about? Click the envelop at the bottom of the article.
- RSS Feeds. Want to be up on the latest from the RRGCC about access, events, or the deals with our partners? Just subscribe to our RSS Feed (also linked in the upper right of the page).
- Mailing list signup. Not into RSS Feeds? Sign up for the mailing list to get pertinent emails about events and access.
- Calendar of Events. Check out the new calendar that will give you glance at what’s coming up and recent activity on the site.
- More yet to come..
Thanks and climb on..
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.
You are invited to help the RRGCC have another successful year by participating in our 2008 strategic planning process. This process will kick-off in a meeting at Torrent Falls, KY from 1 pm to 4 pm on Sunday, January 20, 2008. Climbers who have volunteered for the RRGCC in the past or intend to be involved as volunteers this year are especially encouraged to come to this meeting. The RRGCC has a strong history of strategic planning and has a well developed vision, mission, and strategy for securing climbing access. In the January 20th meeting we will review what was accomplished in 2007, what our current issues are, and what goals and strategies we will pursue in 2008. Please RSVP to the RRGCC’s Executive Director, Bill Strachan, bill(at)rrgcc.org, if you will be attending the January 20th meeting. Please e-mail Bill even if you cannot attend this meeting, but are interested in being involved in the strategic planning process.
Prior to the strategic planning meeting on January 20th, the RRGCC will be holding a Board of Directors meeting from 11:00 am to Noon during which the Board will elect officers for 2008. The Board meeting is also open to the public.