July 21st, 2014 by Yasmeen

Recap by our Land Manager, Mike Driskell

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.

Bridge

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!

Dancing

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!

May 12th, 2014 by Yasmeen

Who: People who are interested in helping as trail leaders at future trail days

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.
April 29th, 2014 by terri

The Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition is proud to announce that we have been awarded a $35,000 grant from the Conservation Alliance! The grant will be used to repay part of the $200,000 Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign loan that the RRGCC used to purchase the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve in 2013.

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!

March 14th, 2014 by Yasmeen

Please RSVP for Miller Fork’s Fall Trail Day!

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January 17th, 2014 by Yasmeen

The RRGCC Board of Directors held its yearly Strategic Planning meeting at Torrent Falls on Saturday, January 11th, 2014. Among the topics discussed were:

  • Grant opportunities and applications for 2014
  • Potentially hiring an accountant starting 2015 to handle RRGCC funds and filing the 990 each year
  • The status of the RRGCC Memorandum of Understanding with the US Forest Service
  • Officer re-elections (positions reflected on the Meet the BOD page)
  • Discussion of the newly open BOD member position
  • Options for surveys of the RRGCC’s land
  • The need for storage space for the RRGCC’s tools and event paraphernalia
  • A SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis

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.

January 15th, 2014 by Yasmeen

2013 was a great year for the RRGCC. The highlight certainly being the RRGCC making a huge step in its ongoing effort to secure and protect open, public access to rock climbing in the Red River Gorge area of Kentucky and promoting conservation of the environment of the lands on which we climb.

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!

–Bentley Brackett
President
Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition

Paul

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!

November 12th, 2013 by Yasmeen

New LotMike Driskell and Travis Peek, our tireless Land Management staff, have completed work on the Flat Holler Parking Lot, made possible by the American Alpine Club’s Cornerstone Conservation Grant.

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.

Lot and Trail

November 12th, 2013 by Yasmeen

We knew scheduling a winter trail day would be a bit of a gamble… Unfortunately, the weather for the end of the week before 12/7 is calling for much more rain than we’d like leading up to a trail day, so we’re going to cancel and reschedule for a weekend with conditions more conducive to trail work. Thank you to all who RSVP’d, and to SEALgrinderPT (whose generous donation we will apply to lunches when we reschedule the trail day)! We’ll keep our eyes on the forecast and stay in touch!

October 22nd, 2013 by Yasmeen

The RRGCC is pleased to announce that Rocktoberfest 2013 was our most successful event yet, and it’s all thanks to you! The weekend of Oct 11-13 marked the RRGCC’s annual Courtesy of Elodie SaraccoRocktoberfest, and nearly 1,000 people from all over the map joined us to climb, arm-wrestle, crate-stack, win swag, hang out with vendors, and raise money for the RRGCC!

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.

Courtesy of MtnRanksLast 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!

October 9th, 2013 by Yasmeen

At this year’s Rocktoberfest, come out and climb at the Clip and Go Climbing Competition sponsored by Black Diamond!

Why, you say? Well…

1. You’re climbing on the property that you own (it’s why we do this Rocktoberfest thing!)
2. It’s cheap (only $15 dollars!)
3. Great prizes from Black Diamond (draws, cams, lights)
4. It’s at the Sore Heel climbing areas (tons of classic routes)
5. It’s fun for you and easy for us ($14.83 of your entry fee goes to pay for the property)
6. It’s all about endurance (check out the rules below)
7. It’s an all day climbing thing… (starts at 10:00 and finishes at 5:00)
8. … and you still won’t miss any of the events Saturday night
9. If you are a guy, girls dig competitors
10. If you are a girl, guys dig competitors
11. Sore Heel is the place to climb on Saturday. Since competitors get priority when it comes to the parking lot, there will be significantly fewer people there.
12. There are plenty of divisions, so there are more ways to win.
Individuals: Habanero and Jalapeno
Teams: Bourbon and Beer

Rules:
Score sheets may be purchased at the Rocktoberfest registration area or at Sore Heel
Points are gathered by clipping bolts on redpoint. Competitors get 1 point for each bolt clipped until you weight the rope (finish the route, fall, or take)
All routes have a multiplier
More difficult routes have a higher multiplier
Score is points times the multiplier
Traditional routes have a fixed number of points
Belayers sign the card
Start time is 10 am in the Sore Heel parking lot
Finish time is 5 pm <<> in the Sore Heel parking lot
Competitors total their own score cards <>
There are no errors with the score sheet. If the score sheet is wrong, the score sheet is right.

Winners will get their moment of glory at the event Saturday night.

Example of the scoring:
Citizen’s Arete: 1st attempt: 6 bolts x 2 = 12 pts; 2nd attempt: 8 bolts x 2 = 16 pts (score = 16 points; you can try as many times as you want, but only the high point counts)
Sport climbing? It doesn’t matter if the gear is hanging. Gear climbing? Place ‘em yourself.

Note that access to the parking area will be limited to competitors on the day of the comp. However, the climbing areas will still be open to all. If you choose to climb at the Sore Heel climbing areas and not compete, please park in another area (i.e. Bald Rock Road, the Motherlode parking area, the Drive By parking area) and walk in.