9th annual Johnny and Alex Trail Day

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

When: August 10 at 9am

Where: Lago Linda Hideaway

Bring: Work clothes (long pants, close-toed shoes), liquids, smiles

2013 JATD Shirts 2013 JATD Shirts – Sign up today to get yours!

This summer is slipping along and we’re quickly approaching August. With August comes our annual installment of one of the East’s largest trail days, Johnny and Alex Trail Day. With our ninth annual JATD, we have no intention of showing our age and are planning on one of the biggest JATD’s we’ve ever hosted. Now with the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve and the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve to maintain and develop, we need your help is diggin’ some dirt and hacking some high quality trails in the hills.

As always, we will keep you fed, providing Miguel’s for lunch and then Red River Rockhouse for dinner that evening.  We also will have plenty of swag to raffle, auction, and just give away, all from our many generous sponsors. If you didn’t leave it all out on the trails, pick yourself up for a little pickin’ and grinnin’ from the 23 String Band, back and better than ever. And of course there will be plenty of frisbee tossing, volleyball volleying, and slip n’ slide.. slipping for your entertainment throughout the evening.

If you sign by July 26, you’ll be treated to a free JATD shirt! There’s even a poly-pro option for those of you that want to donate a little extra, a great shirt for those that want to show a little JATD pride at their next race. But you’ll have to sign by July 26 to get your shirt, so hurry!

Register at and let your friends know that you’ll be doing your part in the Red!

As always, make sure to thank our generous sponsors every chance you get!

REI Access Fund Red River Outdoors
Miguel’s Red River Rockhouse Bluegrass Bouldering
Benchmark Outdoor Outfitter RockQuest Climbing Center J&H Lanmark
Gordon Food Services ClifBar Gore-Tex
Lago Linda Hideaway Elodie Saracco Photography

RRGCC 2013 Open Meeting

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The 2013 Annual Meeting of the Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Pine Crest Camp Lodge located at 200 Pine Crest Camp Rd, Beattyville, KY 41311. Prior to the meeting, a continental breakfast will be served from 8:30 – 9:00am. A regular RRGCC Board meeting will then be held from 9:00 – 9:30am. This will be followed from 9:30 – 10:00am by a presentation and discussion of the Coalition’s Strategic Plan for 2013. Major initiatives to be pursued by the RRGCC in 2013 include finalization of an updated Memorandum of Understanding with the US Forest Service and Daniel Boone National Forest, further development of mountain biking opportunities on the Coalition-owned Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP), and establishment of a fund for potential future land acquisitions. If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP on our Facebook page or to so that we can get an idea of how much food and hand-outs we need to have.

Reel Rock 7 in Lexington

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Many people returning home from the Red have to drive past Lexington. On Sunday, February 17th, shake up your drive home by stopping at the Kentucky Theater at 5:30pm to catch a showing of the movies that are part of the Reel Rock 7 film tour! Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the night of, and since this is a benefit for the RRGCC, we’ll get the proceeds from the ticket sales.

reel rock 7

Reel Rock Tour 2012

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
Reel Rock Tour 2012

February 24 @ 6:30pm

Some folks are simply pretty amazing.. and those at the Benchmark Outfitters , RockQuest, and University of Cincinnati: Campus Recreation Center are no different. Together, they’re putting on a Reel Rock Tour event for the benefit of the RRGCC. Check out what they’re putting on next month! We’ll see you there!

Help support the Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition and have a great time watching some great climbing films at the University of Cincinnati: Campus Recreation Center, 472 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH.  All proceeds benefit the Red River Gorge Climber’s Coalition Sponsored locally by: Benchmark Outfitters , RockQuest, and University of Cincinnati: Campus Recreation Center .   Door prizes provided by Benchmark and Rockquest.  Find it on Facebook. Show will start at 6:30 pm.   Check back for more details about the post event party.

About / History

The REEL ROCK Film Tour brings the best in climbing and adventure films to local audiences across the globe. REEL ROCK shows are exciting events where climbers and outdoors lovers come together to celebrate and the ultimate in adventure filmmaking. Prize giveaways, appearances by top climbers, and fundraising for non-profit organizations always add to the fun and community of REEL ROCK events. For the sixth annual film tour, co-founders Sender Films and Big UP Productions are taking audiences to the edge of what’s possible. From climbing the world’s most difficult frozen falls, to the hardest big wall free climb and crazed highline antics, these heart pounding tales of superhuman skills will leave audiences wanting more.


REEL ROCK founders Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer have been producing and directing climbing and adventure films for over a decade, with devoted audiences around the world. Their work has been featured on NBC, NPR, and The New York Times, and has won a Sports Emmy Award, plus dozens of awards at international film festivals. After organizing small tours for their individual film releases, Lowell and Mortimer realized the huge demand for exciting live events in the outdoors community and combined forces to create The REEL ROCK Film Tour in 2006. In 2010, REEL ROCK screened in over 200 locations world-wide, drew over 55,000 audience members, raised over $15,000 for non-profits, partnered with more than 150 retailers, university outing clubs and climbing gyms, and won copious media coverage and critical praise.

UClimb Returns for 2011

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

On Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, Mountain Gear, in cooperation with Red River Outdoors, will be presenting its 4th 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.

These groups will be learning the ropes, so to speak, around the PMRP. Please plan to avoid these areas during this weekend. It’s a small favor for a big event and we all thank you ahead of time for making accommodations! Some of the walls that will be affected:

Thursday Slideshow at Phillip Gall’s

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Phillip Gall’s of Lexington is kicking Rocktoberfest off by hosting Jonathan Siegrist, Emily Harrington, and Sam Elias as they talk about their adventures and share some of their stellar photos of even more stellar locations. Grab a friend and head over Thursday, October 7 from 7-9pm and take a stab a winning gear including harnesses, jackets, draws, and more from Black Diamond, The North Face, and Arc’teryx. And if you happen to miss the Lady Luck, Phillip Gall’s is offering to take 10% off your entire purchase just for attending, a perfect chance to catch a deal to replace that ratty rope of yours.

Jonathan Siegrist, Emily Harrington, and Sam Elias make this pit stop on their way to the Red for Rocktoberfest.  The athletes will be signing posters and answering questions and helping us to raffle off Black Diamond, The North Face, and Arcteryx gear following the presentations. All proceeds from the raffle will go to the RRGCC.

So support a local vendor and join us for a great night. For more information, check out Phillip Gall’s on Facebook and Twitter.

Mountain Gear’s UClimb is in the Red this weekend

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Mountain Gear’s UClimb will be in the Red this weekend teaching folks some of the skills of rock climbing. If you’re planning on heading to the PMRP, just a heads up that there will be groups of classes at the crag as well. Be sure to throw on a happy face if you see some folks learning the ropes 😉

Classes may be at the following crags:

Chica Bonita
The Gallery
Volunteer Wall
Left Field
The Shire
Solar Collector (possibly)

There will be Jousting

Friday, August 13th, 2010

You know you've always dreamed of it..

So.. we’re a little excited about this.. but we’re going to have full on jousting at this year’s 10th Annual Rocktoberfest (October 8-10). Yep, that’s right, get your onesie and mouth-guard out from retirement, get those dreams of American Gladiator glory going again, and get ready to rumble.

We’re still working on the dunk tank, crate stacking, the dyno comp, the route climbing comp, and a few other events.. so get on the ball (or should we say platform) and go register. And while you’re at it, go get that dude that sends all your projs at the gym.. it’d be nice to bat them around a bit, no? 😉

And yes, we’re serious.

What events would you like to see at Rocktoberfest this year? Leave your thoughts in the comments form.

Register Today! »

To the Core

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

We’re all out to get the most we can out of climbing. But the question is really a  question of how much you want it, how much it’s in you, a part of you. CORE, the first feature-length film from Chuck Fryberger, is all about capturing the essence of climbing and those that are gripped by it to the core, hard-core.

With temps in the mid-90s and humidity making the Red feel a bit more like you’re climbing out of the Panama Canal, we think sometimes the best thing to do is to watch a few climbing videos to get you jazzed for cooler temps and training.

And we’re more than thrilled to tell you that CORE will be featured on Saturday night (that’s October 9th for those without Rainman-like skills) at this year’s Rockotberfest.

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