A small team tackled the repair of the Sore Heel shortcut bridge, which had been split in two in the recent flooding. They spent all day salvaging parts from the old bridge and putting together a new (higher!) bridge.
Further up the trail, another group worked on reinforcing the Sore Heel shortcut trail, repairing a small footbridge and armoring the trail to better handle flooding.
At The Shire, the bulk of the volunteers busily worked on completely re-doing the base. The old terracing, which was badly deteriorated, was torn out. New, more stable terracing was put in place using treated lumber the volunteers hauled up from the parking lot. The shortcut trail that bypassed the main trail and headed straight up the hillside was closed and covered up. A new trail that will better handle wash-out was put in, complete with stone steps to minimize erosion’s affect on the trail. By the end of the day, it looked like a brand-new crag!
We also got to meet the kind EKU professors who are doing the RRG Economic Impact Study, as they kicked off their Spring in-person data collection phase on the same day!
We owe a huge thanks to Trango for sponsoring the trail day and providing the materials, to Rob Moore for all of the time and effort he dedicated to the planning and execution, and to Miguel’s for supplying lunch to the hungry volunteers!
Our work, however, is not done! We have another Trango Trail Day on Saturday, May 16 to finish the work at The Shire. We need your help to make this happen! Please RSVP at: rrgcc.org/upcoming-trail-days/]]>
We do the best we can to balance mortgage payments and land maintenance with a limited budget, and all of these repairs are going to cost far more money than we had allocated to land maintenance in 2015. Please help us get our roads and bridges back to the condition they were in prior to the floods, and until we do, be ready for some creek crossings when visiting Miller Fork!]]>
1. Larkin Beaman
3. Jeb Jarrell
2. Roger Bess
1. Nathan Ross
3. Sarah Brengosz
2. Stephanie Harrelson
1. Amanda Anderson
3. Jared Dean
2. Mark Wilson
1. Kevin Quinn
Thank you to Dr. Bob Matheny and Craig and Wendy Bentley of Red River Outdoors for allowing us to hold the comp at Torrent Falls. Thank you to the Torrent Church for allowing us to park in their lot.]]>
As if instant access to the Miguel’s Climb Shop inventory isn’t exciting enough, the Venturas have extended an extremely generous offer to the RRGCC – in effect as long as it is the year 2014: 5% of every online purchase you make from the Miguel’s Climb Shop will be donated to the RRGCC!
Now, even when it’s too cold/rainy/snowy/condensed/hot/humid/buggy to drive to the Red and drop by Miguel’s Climb Shop to do this:
, you can still buy all the guidebooks (RRG North, RRG South), gear, and clothing you want from Miguel’s Climb Shop online, like this:
We can’t thank the Ventura family enough for their decades of constant support of the Red River Gorge climbing community. You guys are amazing.
Photo credit: Elodie Saracco PhotoGraphic [SmugMug] [Facebook]]]>
On Friday, attendees ventured from tent to tent, entering raffles (with all proceeds supporting the RRGCC!), grabbing freebies and checking out the latest gear from the vendors. Later in the night, everyone gathered under the main tent and watched the Reel Rock 2014, Valley Uprising. As always, the film was a hit and became the talk of the night. Special thanks to William Keenan (“Uncle Dave”) for doing the sound. After the movie, DJ Carlos Atman kept the party going for a couple more hours for a crowd of energetic dancers.
On Saturday, after a morning yoga session with Danielle Bartos, the rain gods smiled on us and the weather cleared up enough for us to proceed with the Black Diamond sponsored Clip-n-Go comp, held for the first time at Miller Fork so the competitors could sample the routes their donations are helping to secure. Congrats to the winners listed below- give ‘em a high-five (and maybe ask for some training tips) if you see them!
1. Anna Fahey
1. Nathan Ross
2. Steven Lee
3. James Hanson
1. Lindsay Auble
2. Sarah Brengosz
3. Hayley Watts
1. Jon Shen
2. Dan Beck
3. Ben Circello
1. Dirty Nuts
2. Blue Poo
1. Guiding Light
2. Team Guido
3. Lost in Transgressions
While the competitors (and many others) were out enjoying the climbing day, Andrew and Hannah Tolliver spent their time improving the land, installing an awesome sign welcoming visitors to the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve. They deserve a huge pat on the back for their efforts.
The party continued Saturday night, and thanks to extra volunteers the always popular crate stacking was able to get underway despite the rain. The winners, stacking 24 crates each, were Brett Dougan and Synda Clements. Our event this year even gained the attention of the Pendergrass and Murray families – James Paul, Robin, David, and Karen (all cousins and all descendants of Daniel Boone Carter Pendergrass) stopped by Saturday evening to check out the festivities. (If those last names sound familiar, it’s because Mr. James Paul Murray is the gentleman who sold the PMRP to the RRGCC all those years ago!)
Then everyone moved back under the tent to dance to the music of the Mike Creech Band. The party continued late into the night, but since this community is so great, lots of volunteers still managed to emerge from their tents early in the morning. After re-fueling with breakfast provided by the Solid Rock Climbers for Christ, they helped clean up the venue. Our pro athletes (Regan Kennedy and Josh Muller, Karsten Delap, Margarita Martinez, Chuck Odette and Maggie Smith-Odette, Shingo Ohkawa, Brittany Griffith, and Nick Duttle and Dan Mirsky) taught the clinic registrants some new tricks while the weather granted them a rain-free day, closing the books on another successful Rocktoberfest!
Throughout it all, Rae Hartley oversaw the army of volunteers, arriving at the venue early and staying late; our emcee Kris “Odub” Hampton made sure every sponsor got shouted out and every event got announced; and our incredibly talented event photographer, Elodie Saracco, captured each moment (check out her albums, shared on our Facebook page).
We’d also like to give a special shout-out to our amazing sponsors- we couldn’t do this every year without them! So, a big round of applause for…
1. Points = bolts clipped on redpoint x multiplier. (Try often. Only the highest score counts.)
2. Stick clipping 1st bolt is allowed, but you must climb to it free.
3. Trad routes’ points are all or nothing.
4. Anchors = 2 bolts (so, 2 points).
Example route experience: The Hustler (with a grade multiplier of 2): 1st attempt, you clip 3 bolts x 2 = 6 pts. 2nd attempt, you clip 6 bolts x 2 = 12 pts. Your score for the route is 12 points.
Sport climbing? It doesn’t matter if the gear is hanging.
Trad climbing? Place ’em yourself.
Start time: 10:00am
End time: 5:00pm
Location: MFRP parking lot (GPS coordinates are 37°38’31.9?N 83°40’44.0?W (37.642204, -83.678900), and more detailed instructions are on your comp scoresheet and the registration PDF)
Scoresheets must be turned in to Rick or Yasmeen in the MFRP parking lot at 5:00pm sharp, with your own score tallied and entered in the appropriate spot.
You can compete alone or as a team (or both, if you buy both an individual scoresheet and a team scoresheet).
Final rule: if the scoresheet is wrong, the scoresheet is right.]]>
Rock Climbers and Lee County, Ky Cut Ribbon on Miller Fork Recreational Preserve
ZOE, Kentucky (September 30, 2014) – In a ribbon cutting ceremony, the Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition (RRGCC) and the Beattyville/Lee County Tourism Commission celebrated the completion of preparations to provide access to the 309-acre Miller Fork Recreational Preserve. The RRGCC purchased this 2 1/4 mile-long canyon in June 2013 and immediately opened it for rock climbing development. Over the last year, the RRGCC has worked with the local Lee County community and the Access Fund, a national climbing advocacy organization, to build a parking lot and trail system improvements at the Preserve. The RRGCC worked with local companies including American Natural Gas who donated the labor to build a gravel parking area. Lee County supplied a trailhead kiosk and enlisted AT&T to provide telephone poles used by climbers to build bridges over Miller Fork. The Access Fund mobilized their Conservation Team to provide assistance to install the first bridge and build a primary trail along the valley floor. Volunteers from the climbing community and Eastern Kentucky University outdoor recreation programs then built extensions off of the primary access trail that lead up to the Miller Fork cliffs.
The completion of these preparations and the purchase of this forested canyon by the RRGCC are the result of a successful collaboration between climbers, the local Lee County community, and the outdoor industry. The Miller Fork Recreational Preserve purchase was made possible through a low interest loan provided to the RRGCC by the Access Fund. The Beattyville/Lee County Tourism Commission and the Beattyville-Lee County Chamber of Commerce have worked to support climbing on the RRGCC’s existing Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP) and the new Miller Fork Recreational Preserve (MFRP) by building informational kiosks and facilitating cooperation between the RRGCC and local businesses. The kiosks, in addition to providing climbers with information about the RRGCC and MFRP, will highlight information about local businesses and activities. The kiosks will also give local emergency responders a map and instructions on how to get to popular climbing areas. An engraved lock has been placed on a sandstone boulder facing the kiosk, symbolizing the relationship between Lee County and the RRGCC. The outdoor industry is providing financial support to the MFRP purchase through a $35,000 Conservation Alliance grant to the RRGCC. The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor industry companies that disburses its collective annual membership dues to grassroots environmental organizations.
Between the MFRP and the PMRP climbers are preserving over 1,000 acres of land dedicated to human-powered outdoor recreation. Beyond providing climbing access, these two climber owned properties along with the 2,500 acre Ashland Wildlife Management Area provide a corridor of wildlands connecting the Red River Gorge Geologic Area with the Daniel Boone National Forest lands to the south.
The RRGCC is currently striving to raise $35,000 in funds to match the Conservation Alliance grant. So far over $7,000 dollars have been raised toward that goal. On October 10, 11, and 12, 2014, the RRGCC’s Rocktoberfest event will be held in Slade, Ky to raise the additional matching money. Outdoor companies involved in Rocktoberfest include Outdoor Research, Petzl, Black Diamond, La Sportiva, BlueWater Ropes and over 35 other outdoor related companies who will be displaying their products.]]>