July 19th, 2015 by Yasmeen

(From Mike Driskell)

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 (location TBD)

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

July 15th, 2015 by Yasmeen

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June 30th, 2015 by Yasmeen

May 6, 2015. Lexington, KY – As many are aware, the recent rains and flooding in Miller Fork Recreational Preserve and the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve took a heavy toll on the roads and bridges. The RRGCC put out a call to help and our community came through in a big way! Many of you donated and several hardy souls helped put our washed away bridges back in place. One member of the local community came up big in a way we didn’t anticipate and we are very grateful!
Mr. Bernard Benningfield, a Powell County resident, contacted the RRGCC after noting the damage caused by the recent flooding. He offered his services and those of the company he works for, ATS Construction. In a meeting with RRGCC President Bentley Brackett, Mr. Benningfield expressed his desire to work with the RRGCC to address our immediate needs and foster a relationship for the future. He offered to fix the road leading into the MFRP, with ATS donating the manpower, equipment, and expertise to get the job done.
ATS Construction is a third generation family-owned road construction company based in Lexington, KY. They have several locations across the Central Kentucky Bluegrass Region and work all across the area.
Mr. Benningfield and ATS certainly came through on their promise to go the extra mile. Work began on Friday morning and continued into Saturday afternoon. Huge improvements were made, not only repairing the road but also re-routing it in order to lessen the chance of a washout happening again. Five culverts were upgraded and replaced, and two new culverts were installed. A 500 foot section of road was relocated to higher ground, the rest of the road was graded, and poor drainage areas were addressed. The existing parking lot was also graded. All told, 150 tons of stone were laid.
We cannot express our gratitude to Mr. Benningfield and ATS Construction enough. As a local resident, Mr. Benningfield is very active in his community. A member of the Powell County Search and Rescue Team, Mr. Benningfield is also an avid hiker who enjoys spending time in the Red River Gorge with his wife, Lisa. He has clearly shown that he is an excellent steward of the land and community he loves!
The road leading to the MFRP is in the best shape it has ever been! While there is still work to be done to ensure the road stays in good condition, it is now completely passable, making it easier for you to enjoy the land you own!

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.

May 11th, 2015 by terri

On Saturday, May 2, dozens of volunteers gathered in the PMRP for a Trango-sponsored trail day, with the main focus being to rehabilitate one of our most well-loved crags, The Shire. Trango provided the materials and even brought swag for the workers! After a brief information session headed by RRGCC Land Manager Mike Driskell, the volunteers headed off to their respective work areas.

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/

April 7th, 2015 by Yasmeen

Spring’s rain hasn’t been kind to our roads and bridges! Please see the points below for a summary of what’s going on:

  • Bald Rock Road is passable in most all locations by passenger vehicles
  • Access to Flat Holler parking lot is not available at this time – please park elsewhere.
  • Flat Holler parking lot should be accessible by this next weekend provided weather cooperates. Next week at the latest if it does not.
  • Hell Creek Road is in disrepair, and traveling beyond the intersection of Shumaker Ridge Road and Hell Creek by vehicle is NOT advised until further notice – road repairs are contingent on weather.
  • We ask that you DO NOT travel back to Sore Heel in anything less than a 4×4 vehicle and DO NOT park along Sore Heel road during this time.
  • Parking in front of oil wells, next to oil well access roads, in the road, or anywhere where you might close the travel corridor more than 12’ is strictly prohibited. The oil company MUST have access to repair roads and maintain their equipment. Violators WILL BE TOWED.
  • Please use good judgment when parking during this time – do not impede local or company traffic in any way.
  • If you cannot find a place to park responsibly, please consider a different crag until we can repair this Spring’s damage.
  • All climbing is OPEN and always will be!

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!

MFRP Bridge

MFRP Bridge, 4/4/2015, photo by Marty Vogel

April 2nd, 2015 by Yasmeen

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Torrent Falls Climbing Comp!

Ladies Jalapeno:
1. Larkin Beaman

Gentlemen Jalapeno:
3. Jeb Jarrell
2. Roger Bess
1. Nathan Ross

Ladies Habanero:
3. Sarah Brengosz
2. Stephanie Harrelson
1. Amanda Anderson

Gentlemen Habanero:
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.

March 13th, 2015 by Yasmeen

Indian Creek Road 9B will be gated closed to vehicles until sometime in the fall due to a stream restoration project. A temporary gate will be installed at the start of 9B (right after you cross bridge). This gate may be installed as early as this week. Road 9 and 9A will remain open this year. Visitors will not be allowed to drive down 9B but can walk the road using caution to avoid construction zones. Hopefully all work will be completed sometime this fall and the temporary gate removed. At that time, a new gate will be installed 0.9 miles down from the current end of 9B (at the location of former concrete dam).

December 23rd, 2014 by Yasmeen

grant matchedThe RRGCC is ending 2014 on a high note! We just received a large donation from a long time member of the RRG climbing community. Along with all the recent individual match campaigns and fundraisers sponsored by local businesses, his incredibly generous donation pushes us over the top! We now have met and surpassed the match requirement for the Conservation Alliance grant. The $35,000 grant, plus the match we received from you, will allow us to pay down the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve mortgage by more than $70,000. Hundreds of climbers helped make this happen. Thank you everyone for your support, and we wish you all a very happy holiday season and great climbing in the New Year!!!

November 28th, 2014 by Yasmeen

Congratulations to Miguel’s Pizza on their unveiling of the online version of Miguel’s Climb Shop: http://www.miguelsrockclimbingshop.com!

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:

IRL Shopping (photo: Elodie Saracco PhotoGraphic)

IRL Shopping (photo: Elodie Saracco PhotoGraphic)

, you can still buy all the guidebooks (RRG North, RRG South), gear, and clothing you want from Miguel’s Climb Shop online, like this:

Online Shopping

Online Shopping

!

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]

November 1st, 2014 by Yasmeen

The Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition is holding an open meeting on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Pine Crest Camp Lodge (203 Pinecrest Camp Rd, Beattyville, KY 41311) from 9:30 – 10:30am. The purpose of the meeting will be to discussing the formation of three volunteer committees to improve our effectiveness in 2015 and beyond. The work of these committees will focus on the areas of communication, land management, and fundraising. We will also be discussing the Conservation Alliance grant for the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve purchase and the RRGCC’s need to raise a little over $11,000 in matching funds by the end of 2014 to fulfill the grant requirements. If you are interested in being involved with one of the committees or want to help with the Conservation Alliance grant fundraising but can’t attend the meeting please contact us.