For those of you with short attention spans.
Don’t forget – pre-registration will save you cash!
Rocktoberfest, our largest annual fundraiser to benefit the MFRP, is October 10, 11, and 12 this year!
Before we go any further, our volunteers help make this shindig happen – please sign up to volunteer, and thank you!
We’re one payment down and four to go with the 309 acres we call the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve, and with the Conservation Alliance Grant Matching Campaign we’ve got on the table, we’re planning to make a huge dent in what’s left to pay. We can do that only with help from our amazing community, sponsors, and donors (so, if you’re reading this: you!). That’s the whole point of Rocktoberfest – to get everyone together, have an amazing weekend-long party, and work toward our goals.
So, with all that, let’s get to the essentials (and we can’t emphasize this enough – pre-registering will save you cash!). The quick and dirty pricing breakdown:
This year’s Rocktoberfest will be in the same spot as the past few years – at the Natural Bridge Campgrounds. To get there, head to the Red as you normally might and get off of the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway at exit 33. Turn in to the rest area and then take an immediate left. If you get to the rest area, we should have enough signs and be making enough noise to get the point across to where exactly we’ll be.
This is a rough map of this year’s Rocktoberfest location.
Now that you have the full scoop.. what are you waiting for?!
Also, we’re going to take a moment and give a special “thank you” to our Rocktoberfest sponsors. They’re here for all of us, making Rocktoberfest happen behind the scenes, adding schwag and fun times, and helping us secure access throughout the area.
All told, over a mile of trail built, 15 new signs in 8 locations, one large 35 foot bridge, and one smaller 12 foot bridge done.
Months of hard work, planning, and layout culminated in what in my opinion was one of our most successful and unhindered trail days ever. Despite the weather, over 100 folks came out to support, maintain, and show a little love and understanding for the crags we call home. The long hours in the woods and the days away from home all ended in one of the most satisfying events for me personally all year long. Cheers to those of you that paved the way, to those of that came out this time, and to those that shall come after who will enjoy our success (and hopefully come to appreciate it as we do).
Roger Bess, Eric Cox, & Josh O’Bryan – This large crew built the new bridge across creek to access Highlands, Monastery, Middle Earth, Corner Pocket, Neverland, etc. Constructed of large (and very heavy) telephone poles donated by AT&T (that donation was facilitated by Dedra Brandenburg and Lee County Tourism). The were stored at and delivered by Culver Supply, owned by Robert Stamper.
Jay Weekly & Katie Gamble - Installed new signage in 8 new locations and signs for 8 new crags. They were made and routed by Driskell Home Repair and DHR was assisted by Travis Peek, Geoff Graham, and Josh O’Bryan.
Pat Marrinan – This crew carried out a new foot bridge (built By DHR) to its new home over .25 miles back. They dug into the earth and built a solid base for its new home.
Art Cammers & Patrick Miller – Cut in new trail, armored bases, and improved existing layout of current trail at the Monastery. Furthered access trail to Middle Earth.
Dan Beck & Quinn Hill – Built first section of “Highlands area” trail re-route of of creek, including stairs and approximately 150 yards of trail. This re-route avoided several creek crossings that would add maintenance and upkeep costs.
Dan Chandler & Joel Handley – Built trail across a difficult and wet low lying area including significant armoring and drainage. This section avoided several more creek crossings, further reducing our maintenance costs.
Blake Maddox & Elemental Climbing Club – Armored a significant problem area where ATVs cross creek when water is high. To prevent erosion and maintain the ability for local users to use it, we armored the area using large stones, gravel, and creek rock. Efforts will also prevent further erosion to new bridge built with the assistance of the Access Fund Traveling Trail Crew.
Hannah & Andrew Tolliver – These guys were the independent force in the PMRP’s Flat Holler area, building a trail to the Shipyard – a new crag that includes 22 new routes. They were also able to make significant progress towards the famed “Waterfall Arch” in the Flat Holler area – a new multi-use trail destination!
Adam Gregory & Jesse Sterr – Installed some amazing new stairs moving into an awesome and well-built trail system that leads to the Hal Gardner Memorial Crag (currently under development). They covered approximately 100 yards or better with less than 15 cats!
Lago Linda Hideaway - Linda opened her campground and pavilion to our sweaty, dirty lot and gave us a place to convene and organize in the morning, and eat, party, and sleep at night!
Red River Rockhouse – Aaron and crew kicked off the evening festivities with delicious meat and veggie burgers, pasta salad, and cole slaw!
Miguel’s Pizza – Miguel and his staff supplied delicious veggie and meaty wraps for all the volunteers for a mid-day refueling!
Mike Creech Band – Kept everyone moving throughout the night to their fun and upbeat tunes, going with the flow and switching to a few Limbo-inspired songs when an impromptu Limbo tournament broke out!]]>
What: A day dedicated to learning good trail building and maintenance technique
When: Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm
Where: Meet at Pine Crest before heading out to the MFRP
Why: To develop a larger land management group and seek out those interested in becoming an integral part of the land management process.
Please register below if you will be participating, and thank you!No more submissions accepted at this time. ]]>
The Conservation Alliance requires that grantees be nominated by member organizations. We are truly grateful to Petzl for nominating us to apply for this grant!
The MFRP is a 2 1/4 mile-long canyon currently being developed for rock climbing access. The land is open to climbing and the RRGCC is actively involved in developing trails and other infrastructure at the Preserve.
The RRGCC is honored the Conservation Alliance chose to support us in our mission to purchase the MFRP. This grant furthers their mission of “engag[ing] businesses to fund and partner with organizations to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values.”
In return for receiving the grant the RRGCC has pledged to raise $35,000 in individual matching donations by March 2015. The goal of the RRGCC’s Miller Fork Recreational Preserve Acquisition Campaign is to use the matching donations to accelerate the payoff of the Access Fund loan. To make that happen, we need YOUR help!
When visiting the RRGCC’s website, you will notice a new feature on our home page – a thermometer showing how close we are to reaching our goal of raising $35,000 by March 2015. Help the thermometer tick up by adding your own donation! Remember- if we own it, they can’t close it!]]>
The BOD would love to hear your input on these topics and more. If you’d like to make your voice heard and/or get more involved, please join us at an open meeting at Pine Crest Camp Lodge at 9:00 am on Saturday, March 8th, 2014.]]>
That huge step was made possible by our very own Paul Vidal, who has been recognized on a national level by an Access Fund Sharp End Award for his achievements and contributions to the best climbing area and community on the globe, the Red River Gorge.
Thanks for having the vision to make the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve a reality, Paul!
Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition
Sharp End Award – Paul Vidal
Access Fund is thrilled to award Paul Vidal, past President of Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition (RRGCC), with a Sharp End Award for his leadership in protecting Red River Gorge climbing. Paul is a longtime volunteer and board member with RRGCC, diligently working to preserve climbing on public and private lands in the Red. He’s spent countless hours helping to organize trail days, put on RRGCC’s annual Rocktoberfest, meet with land managers, and build positive relationships with the local residents and businesses. In 2012, the same year that RRGCC successfully paid off their more than 750-acre Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve, Paul spearheaded the Miller Fork acquisition, working with local landowners and Access Fund to negotiate RRGCC’s successful purchase of the new Miller Fork Recreational Preserve. The Preserve encompasses 309 acres and protects climbing access to miles of sandstone cliff line. Thank you, Paul!
This should alleviate the burden on the Motherlode parking areas, and keep cars from lining up along Bald Rock Road.
Please begin using the Flat Holler Parking Lot if you are planning to climb at Sore Heel and aren’t sure that your car will make it up and down the 4WD hills to the Sore Heel Parking Lot. The map below illustrates the locations of these areas.
Based on the money raised during Rocktoberfest, we will be able to pay the first year’s mortgage payment for our latest acquisition, the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve (MFRP). In addition, we will be able to continue to improve existing and new trail and parking infrastructure.
The RRGCC was also excited to announce that we are one of the recipients of the American Alpine Club’s 2013 Cornerstone Conservation Grant. The AAC will award the RRGCC $5,500 to improve the infrastructure of your land, including roads, parking areas and approach trails.
Of course, we had lots of fun raising all that money! There were raffles and competitions and lucky attendees walked away loaded with swag. The winners of Black Diamond’s 2013 Clip ‘n’ Go Comp were Adam Taylor with 559 points and Sarah Brengosz with 179 points. Team “Individual” won the team competition with 1012 points. Prizes were provided by Black Diamond and Sterling Rope. The winners of crate stacking, sponsored by Bluegrass Bouldering and J & H Lanmark, were Matt Owen with 22 crates and Jen Metalko with 21 crates.
Keeping the crowd entertained throughout the night were Kris Hampton, who emceed the event, the Mike Creech Band, who made Rocktoberfest a true Kentucky celebration by providing some home-grown bluegrass music, and Miguel’s Pizza, who gave attendees a second wind by providing pizzas as a late-night snack. We’d also like to thank Elodie Saracco of Elodie Saracco PhotoGraphic for documenting the event.
Last but certainly not least, the RRGCC would like to give a special shout-out to all the volunteers who made this event possible, and to our wonderful sponsors: Outdoor Research, Black Diamond, Petzl, Patagonia, Marmot, Keen, Sportiva, BlueWater, Scarpa, Belay Specs, 5.10, Quest Outdoors, Moose Jaw, Mountain Gear, Evolv, Trango, Metolius, Ale8One, Sterling Ropes, Benchmark Outfitters, J&H Lanmark, Bluegrass Bouldering, The North Face, SoIll, Tenaya, Miguel’s Pizza, Red River Outdoors, The Power Company, Fox Mountain Guides, Driskell Home Repair, Whole Foods, Warrior’s Way and MtnRanks.
Check out a photo essay of the event here!]]>