The fun kicked off on Friday night, when the vendors opened up their booths and the attendees started mingling, taking in the sights and trying their hands at some fun competitions, like the pull up competition and the always-popular crate stacking. Later in the evening, everyone gathered under the big tent for this year’s choice of movies – an independent film by Mike Wilkinson, Ascending India, that touched on climbing in the Red, followed by the new Reel Rock.
Saturday morning things started early, with a yoga session under the big tent led by Danielle Bartos and a shoe demo with Five Ten, TENAYA, La Sportiva, SCARPA and Evolv happening at Miguel’s, after which everyone headed out to climb. Some of those climbers made their way to the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve to participate in the annual Clip ‘n’ Go competition, clipping as many bolts as they could before the day ended in the hopes of winning some awesome prizes while raising money for the RRGCC!
Back at the event on Saturday night, the crowd was even bigger than the night before. Everyone listened to RRGCC President Josephine Sterr’s plans for the future, including the announcement that anyone who signs up to donate at least $10/month is automatically entered to win a brand new rope or other prizes at the Red River Reunion in the spring! We also got to introduce and publicly thank Mr. Bernard Benningfield of ATS Construction, who has been helping us keep our roads in shape despite a year full of rain! Then, the winners from the Clip ‘n’ Go competition were announced*. For the first time ever, the top three winners of each category had medals draped around their necks, courtesy of the KY Board of Adventure Tourism. This year, the RRGCC teamed up with board and made the climbing competition a part of the KY Outdoor Adventure Games.
Following the presentation, the crowd danced to the music of the Flea Market Hustlers until the wee hours of the morning and were rewarded with complimentary pizza by Miguel’s at 11 pm.
Sunday morning, the Solid Rock Climbers for Christ were up bright and early to start cooking a pancake breakfast for the hungry festival-goers. Then, those participating in our various clinics gathered to meet their instructors and headed out to expand their climbing knowledge! Meanwhile, our awesome clean-up volunteers helped pack up and make sure we packed everything out.
And with that, another successful Rocktoberfest came to a close. We couldn’t have done it without YOU- the people who make owning over 1,000 acres of land possible and who create the best climbing community in the world! We also want to give a big shout-out to our sponsors, who make putting on a party of this size possible-
Outdoor Research, Access Fun, BlueWater Ropes, Petzl, Black Diamond, La Sportiva, Powell County Tourism, Climbing Magazine, Sterling Ropes, Patagonia, Marmot, Goal Zero, Scarpa, Belay Specs, Five Ten, Quest Outdoors, Moosejaw, Mountain Gear, Misty Mountain, Evolv, Keen, Trango, Metolius, Rab, Joshua Tree Skin Care, Miguel’s Pizza, Red River Rockhouse, Ale8One, J&H Outdoors, Tenaya, Red Bull, Eno, So ILL, Krieg Climbing, Ahnu, Hoka One One, Trader Joe’s, L’Escalade Fitness, Daniel Boone Trading Post, E9 Climbing, Armaid, Red River Outdoors, The North Face, Fox Mountain Guides, Driskell Home Repair, The Power Company, Bluegrass Bouldering, The Warrior’s Way, MtnRanks
3. Henry Robinson]]>
1. Colombian People
3. Sea and Stone
2. Emmalee Orlett
3. Susie Semler
1. Robin Snader
2. Ben Murphy
3. James Campbell
1. Jillian Weller
2. Sarah Brengosz
3. Lena Moinova
1. John Chipouras
2. Ben Circello
3. Henry Robinson
Thank you to all our participants, to Ray and Michelle Ellington for the excellent route information and the new guidebook, and to everyone who has donated to help us pay off the MFRP!]]>
The event will take place October 9-11 at the Natural Bridge Campground (the same venue as the past few years) in Slade, KY and will feature a climbing competition at certain crags on the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve, a Friday night showing of the 2015 Reel Rock Tour, a Saturday night performance by the Flea Market Hustlers, crate stacking, booths of vendors showing off their wares, climbing skills clinics, and – as always – more!
Attendees are highly encouraged to pre-register. A number of options are available, allowing climbers to customize the event – and its price – to their needs.
Volunteers are also needed – they are what make the event a success year after year. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, and it’s a lot of fun! Volunteers get to to hang out with others in the community, making friends and new climbing connections while supporting the RRGCC (not to mention, they get in free the day they volunteer!)! Volunteers can register here. Make sure to sign-up early – prime slots fill up quickly!
A rough schedule of the main events is below – please keep an ear out throughout the event for announcements from our awesome MC: Kris Hampton of Power Company Climbing, and forgive us if things don’t run exactly on time:
6pm: Vendor booths open
7pm: Crate stackers start stacking (thank you, BlueWater and LaSportiva!)
8pm: Reel Rock 10
9am: Yoga with Danielle Bartos ($5 donation to the RRGCC appreciated)
9am: Climbing Shoe Demo at Miguel’s (which brings us to…)
10am: MFRP Climbing Comp starts, and finishes at 5pm (thank you, Black Diamond!)
6pm: Food trucks start trucking
8pm: Announcers start announcing: comp winners, raffle winners
9pm: Flea Market Husters start rocking the stage
8am: Solid Rock Climbers for Christ Breakfast
10am: Clinics head out for the day
After signing in, grabbing their lunches provided by Miguel’s and a brief meeting at Lago Linda’s Hideaway, the volunteers split into groups to tackle the many jobs that needed to be worked on in the PMRP and MFRP. With over 1,000 acres of land between the two areas, there’s a lot of maintenance to be done and new trails to be cut. Luckily, we have the best climbing community in the world, and our volunteers are top-notch!
In the PMRP, the work that was begun on The Shire a few months ago continued as volunteers built terraces to create a more stable base and belay area. Around the corner, a bridge to Amarillo Sunset was put in place, as was the framework for a staircase down to the belay ledge for the popular route. The improvements to The Shire were made possible by Trango- many thanks to them for help making this popular crag more sustainable!
The Flat Holler mountain bike trail was also expanded. A small army of volunteers attacked the brush and carved out more trail, which will eventually be opened to mountain bikers and allow more people to enjoy our beautiful land via human-powered recreation.
Over in the MFRP, the bulk of the work took place on the main trail. A trail was completed on the east side of the trail to the Serenity Point turnoff, allowing climbers to stay out of the mud on the main road. On the west side of the main trail, a new bridge was installed over the main creek crossing, along with a wet soil crossing bridge. In addition, the trail to Chaos Wall was re-routed and cut.
After the hard work was done, it was time to head back to Lago Linda’s for dinner and a party. The tired volunteers gathered under the pavilion and were revitalized by food from the Red River Rockhouse. Then the Bobby Maynard & Breakdown band took over and the dancing began, interrupted only by a raffle, where a great deal of prizes were won, with the proceeds going to the RRGCC! The band played well into the night as friends, old and new, hung out and enjoyed the beauty of the Red River Gorge.
Johnny and Alex Trail Day is one of the RRGCC’s most popular events and it’s clear why- hard work on the land for climbers, owned by climbers, followed by a great party! None of it would be possible without our sponsors, and we want to give them all a huge shoutout. So thanks to- Lago Linda Hideaway, Elodie Saracco Photographic, Rockquest, Climb NuLu, Gordon Food Service, Outdoor Research, West Sixth Brewery, BlueWater Ropes, L’Escalade Fitness, J&H Outfitters, Black Diamond, Trango, Bluegrass Bouldering, Miguel’s Pizza, Red River Rockhouse, the Access Fund, Driskell Home Repair, Red River Outdoors, MtnRanks, Dirtbag Climbers, and Restop.
We’d also like to thank the owners of Roadside, who donated all their donations from climbers on Sunday to the RRGCC to help offset the costs of Johnny and Alex Trail Day.
If you couldn’t be part of the fun, we can always use your help with the financial aspect of keeping up over 1,000 acres- donate here! http://rrgcc.org/donate/]]>
August 22/23, 2015
The purpose of this class is to seek out those interested individuals who want to be active land stewards for the RRGCC and lead trail days, develop trail systems, and participate in the overall management of RRGCC lands. Upon completion of the first day, participants will be able to plan and lead trail days either with supervision or, ideally, on their own. Upon completion of the second day, participants will be able to layout new trails systems and either assist in or execute the building of those trails.
Saturday 9am – 12pm — Morning class (Lago Linda’s Shakeout Lounge)
Will consist of:
– An introduction
– Short video on trail building
– Classroom discussion on common problems and what we typically do to solve them
– Safety aspects of trail days
– Planning and execution trail days
– Tools and their use
– Common trail “no no”s
– Trail building techniques
– Water mitigation
– Repair and solutions to problem areas
– Bridge building
– Belay bases
– “The enemy” – Water
– Flora and fauna to watch for
– Much more!
Saturday 1pm – 5pm — Afternoon session (outside at the MFRP)
Will consist of:
– Hands on trail building
– Review examples of good trails, and bad trails
– Discuss elements of trail building learned indoors
– Ideally, cut some trails
Saturday evening – Optional 7pm – 10pm?
I’ll host a get together at my place, with cold beverages and burgers. Driskell Home Repair will be feeding you. Discussions on the day’s lessons and an information exchange among participants (brainstorming session, our chance to hear what YOU think, this is very important).
You are welcome to stay the night, I enjoy the company, but space is limited, chairs, sleeping bags, ground pads and tents (if its raining) are recommended.
Sunday – Optional 9am- 3pm?
– Meet and greet in MFRP parking and short review of Saturday’s trail layout basics
– Layout new trails discussing the “how”s and “why”s of our path
– Micro ecosystems and how to avoid them
– Trees species, intro into tree cutting selections – what to save and why
– HWA identification and education
About the Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition
The Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to ensure open, public access to quality outdoor rock climbing opportunities in and around Red River Gorge, Kentucky. The RRGCC works to conserve the natural environment on publicly managed and privately owned land by protecting, promoting, and ensuring responsible climbing. The RRGCC is an affiliate of the Access Fund and a member of the Land Trust Alliance, operating according to the LTA’s national land trust standards and practices. For more information, visit rrgcc.org.
About ATS Construction
ATS Construction is a third generation family owned road construction company with operations that have served the Central Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region since the 1950’s. ATS Construction delivers superior service and quality workmanship while utilizing a safety-oriented approach. We are a full service highway contractor, which employs a dedicated, well trained, professional workforce capable of performing all types of highway and road projects. The ATS team of engineering, project management, technical consulting, estimating, and material testing personnel can meet the needs and schedule of your project–including Public Works, Commercial, Industrial, Farms and Private Residential. Our well-maintained fleet of equipment utilizes the latest computer and GPS systems to ensure your project is completed to your specifications. We strive to deliver the highest quality product at an economical price and will go the extra mile to deliver your project on time and on budget. For more information, visit atsconstruction.com.
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!]]>