Rocktoberfest 2012 – We Own It!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

We Own It!


We all went into this year’s Rocktoberfest knowing it would be something special – the RRG community has been working toward this for a decade now; and on Saturday night, everyone at the venue got to celebrate together as the big check for the final payment on the PMRP was presented to the Access Fund. While that moment was a big part of Rocktoberfest, it wasn’t all that comprised the weekend. Luckily, our amazing photographer, Elodie Saracco, made sure that no fun went undocumented. Since most of us can’t be everywhere at once the way she was, check out her albums for an excellent visual run-down of the festivities.

Rock and Ice and Moosejaw have also posted write-ups of the event. :)

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who participated in the weekend – whether you are Emily Harrington and saved most of us a trip to Everest with your breathtaking pictures and amusing pre-summit video clips, or Karina, the bad-ass who won Bluegrass Bouldering‘s crate stacking comp (28 crates!); whether you competed in the Clip ‘n’ Go Comp on Saturday or learned new tricks from the pros at a clinic on Sunday; whether you belted out encouragement to the beasts in Benchmark‘s arm wrestling tourney or contributed quietly via the silent auction; whether you served dinner/the surprise late-night snack/breakfast to hungry attendees or Spencer Victory’s water balloons to the Idiot Boy. We’ll get you details when we finish crunching the numbers, but we are confident that this was by far the best money-raising Rocktoberfest ever!

You all made this happen. You are all the reason that WE OWN IT.

Clip ‘n’ Go 2012

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
Our annual Clip ‘n’ Go Climbing Competition took place on Saturday, October 6th at the crags that branch off of the Sore Heel parking lot: Curbside, The Gallery, Volunteer Wall, Left Field, The Playground, Shady Grove, Bronaugh Wall, Purgatory, North 40, Courtesy Wall, Rival Wall, and What About Bob Wall. While the morning following the previous night’s downpour was chilly and cloudy, the day ended up being one of the most beautiful so far this season. The 28 competitors had crisp temps and bluebird skies for most of their 10am-5pm window.


Spirited Clip 'n' Go Competitors
PTPD on the PMRP!


Thanks to our generous sponsors, the winners in each division won killer prizes, including hundreds of dollars in gift certificates and quickdraws they can use when they come back for more next year. :)


Teams: Beer
First: Beer 2
Second: Team Kaylin
Third: M.E.T.


Teams: Bourbon
First: Team Jeff GoldBloom with 306 points!
Second: Jeff & Yasi
Third: Carrie & Kimball


Women: Jalapeno
First: Laurel Hata
Second: Sami Bruce


Men: Jalapeno
First: Ben Kunz
Second: Jonathan Shen
Third: Andy Constantino


Women: Habanero
First: Tania Allen with 181 points and 21 routes!
Second: Sarah Brengosz
Third: Anna Hayes


Men: Habanero
First: Blake Bowling with 559 points and 40 routes!
Second: Dan Beck


The Access Fund and the RRGCC make financial love

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Wow.. we have some exciting new. And it’s not about our latest proj.. well, not exactly.

Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign

The Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign is helping the RRGCC save $10,000

Today we’re happy to announce that the Access Fund is providing the RRGCC short-term financing to restructure the current seller-financed loan on the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve. That’s a long way of saying the Access Fund is helping the RRGCC save nearly $10,000 dollars in interest payments by loaning us, via the Access Fund’s Land Conservation Campaign, $65,000 at 2.5%.

Needless to say, we’re excited on a number of levels, not the least of which is that we’re again working with the Access Fund, which has been there for the RRGCC from the start.

There’s still a lot of work to be done.. but today is a good day to dig in again and get going.

Read on past the break for the full PR announcement.


Darkside Trail Day Recap

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

JR Goodwin, our good friend from Louisville, Kentucky, recently helped host a Trail Day to maintain the trails in the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve – Coal Bank Hollow. At the end of the day, he found himself in a rare state – out of words.

The Managers, Mike Driskell and JR Goodwin

JR Goodwin and his partner in crime, Mike Driskell, at another trail day they organized.

Sitting here to type out the events of the May 15th trail day extravaganza I find myself, for once, speechless. From the initial ideas and layout to the hard work and sweat of those in attendance as well as the lunch, beer, and party spot donated by those who couldn’t attend, a huge THANK YOU!! I have been left smiling about the wonderful community and family that we of the Red River Gorge are so lucky to have. A passion passed onto me by many of those before me was obviously shared by the many, many people that showed up that day and to say that much was accomplished would be an understatement of the sheer force that descended onto coal Bank Hollow that day.


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

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.

3rd Annual Mountain Gear UCLIMB

Thursday, June 4th, 2009
A group of participant at the Red River Gorge 2007

A group of participant at the Red River Gorge 2007

On Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13, Mountain Gear, in cooperation with Red River Outdoors, will be presenting its 3rd annual UCLIMB event, on the RRGCC-owned PMRP. UCLIMB is a fun event dedicated to bringing people from across the country closer to the outdoors by learning to climb in a comfortable small-group setting with other amateur climbers. Professional instructors will guide you through the basics of climbing, safety and conservation. This weekend adventure is an ideal introduction to the world of rock climbing. Mountain Gear is a strong supporter of both the PMRP purchase and the RRGCC’s educational mission of promoting responsible climbing.

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.

Johnny and Alex Trail Day 2008 wrap-up

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

We had a great turnout for this year’s Johnny and Alex Trail Day. No official head count, but we are guesstimating there were about 65 people out doing hard labor this year. The amount of work and the quality of that work is truly remarkable!

The 4th Annual JATD

More than 65 people joined the RRGCC to celebrate and work on the fifth annual JATD. Photo: Wes Allen

Major work was accomplished at the popular crag known as The Shire where two existing trails were closed and replaced with a new trail that also reroutes access to the popular 5.11 “Amarillo Sunset”. The base of this crag was also shored up with landscaping timbers and logs. A new trail was built to the North 40 crag. Climbers wanting to go from The Shire to North 40 are asked to go back down to the main trail instead of shortcutting across the drainage. A new trail was also built at Drive-by crag that replaces the old steep stairs from the road. Finally, a mountain biking loop was completed from the Sore Heel Parking lot that provides another form of human powered recreation on the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve.
We want to thank everyone who came out and made this happen, as well as our generous sponsors!

It wasn't all hard work. Photo: Wes Allen

All pictures courtesy of Wes Allen.