April 17th, 2013 by Yasmeen

Write-up by Mike Driskell, RRGCC Land Manager

We came, we saw, we did stuff.

The trail day this last Saturday was a big success! We had 30 people attend what was a beautiful day out. I’m not much of a writer but our accomplishments are worth writing about.

Dave Jasperson led a crew moving the bridge on the trail off the Motherlode parking area to a more sustainable location. It turned out awesome and should last years to come!

Josh O’Bryan led a crew installing culverts on sections of the trail off the Sore Heel parking area to divert water from coming off the trail and the road.

Jesse Sterr and Josephine Neff led the crew spreading gravel. We had some delivered to the Coal Bank area to help with the holes until the road crew can begin work. We also had some delivered to the Sore Heel area to try and improve conditions on the hill. We also dropped a load in the Sore Heel parking to fill in the muddy areas and expand the parking some.

Peter McDermott led the crew that was cutting trees in preparation for the Flat Holler parking area – hopefully to be open by June of this year.

THE BIG PROJECT OF THE DAY – led By Paul Morley, Stephanie Meadows, and Travis Peek

Image courtesy of Travis Peek

Image courtesy of Travis Peek

The last creek crossing on the way to the Darkside was composed of 3 very slick logs. Paul Morley and Stephanie Meadows donated the material, planed the project, and saw to its execution. Accompanied by the RRGCC Assistant Land Manager Travis Peek and a very capable crew, they produced a fantastic bridge that far outclasses the joke of a crossing we had before!

We also began repairs to the gate leading to the Darkside. I ran out of time, but will have it wrapped up this weekend. If you can lend a hand, gimme a call: 5024178902

Good things happened and it could not have been done without your help! It’s the people who made things happen that we owe our thanks to.


Peter McDermott

Eleanor Krause

Andrew Bundy

Amelia Bryant

Jereme Ransick

Travis Long

Josh O’Bryan

Bill Strachan (RRGCC Executive Director)

Dave “the Animal” Jasperson

Tim Fraser

Will Sweeney

Sally Minges

Pat Marrinan

Tim Black

Grant Sperry

Chuff-on-John Sites

Dan Chandler

Michael Miller

Angela Cecil

Brent Dupree

David King (RRGCC BOD Member)

Many Hostetlu

Sarah Brengosz

Amy Schneider

Benton Mcdaris

Sara Liles

Logan T Smith

Quinn Hill

Josephine Neff (RRGCC BOD Secretary)

Curtis Gayle Dyer

(Sorry if I left anyone out or butchered your name)

Special thanks to Travis Peek, the Assistant Land Manager. Without his help, it could not have happened! Thanks, brother.

April 1st, 2013 by Yasmeen
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March 11th, 2013 by Yasmeen

rrg cragThe RRGCC has been working hard on your behalf to secure more climbing. At this time we need the help of all Access Fund members.

We have located a piece of property that is 309 acres and has the potential for over 250 new routes. We are still negotiating the cost and terms of the agreement. Since the deal has not been signed, we are not releasing more information at the request of the seller. We hope to have everything finalized soon.

This is where we need your help. Access Fund members will have received an email asking to approve grant proposals. The RRGCC has applied to the AF for a grant to help with the cost of the purchase. Please open the link and click on the RRGCC’s grant request as a 5 (high priority).

We certainly understand that everyone would like more information about this deal, but please be respectful that these negotiations are fragile and we certainly do not want to lose this opportunity. We will provide more information as soon as we are authorized to release it.

Thank you for your support!

Your BOD

February 28th, 2013 by Yasmeen

The 2013 Annual Meeting of the Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Pine Crest Camp Lodge located at 200 Pine Crest Camp Rd, Beattyville, KY 41311. Prior to the meeting, a continental breakfast will be served from 8:30 – 9:00am. A regular RRGCC Board meeting will then be held from 9:00 – 9:30am. This will be followed from 9:30 – 10:00am by a presentation and discussion of the Coalition’s Strategic Plan for 2013. Major initiatives to be pursued by the RRGCC in 2013 include finalization of an updated Memorandum of Understanding with the US Forest Service and Daniel Boone National Forest, further development of mountain biking opportunities on the Coalition-owned Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP), and establishment of a fund for potential future land acquisitions. If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP on our Facebook page or to rrgcc@rrgcc.org so that we can get an idea of how much food and hand-outs we need to have.

January 18th, 2013 by Yasmeen

Many people returning home from the Red have to drive past Lexington. On Sunday, February 17th, shake up your drive home by stopping at the Kentucky Theater at 5:30pm to catch a showing of the movies that are part of the Reel Rock 7 film tour! Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the night of, and since this is a benefit for the RRGCC, we’ll get the proceeds from the ticket sales.

reel rock 7

January 9th, 2013 by Yasmeen


Shenandoah National Park


The Access Fund and Shenandoah National Park need you to help promote their climbing management plan (read more about “ROMP” here).

Please take a moment to comment on the document.

If you don’t know exactly what to say, the 3 bullet points in the action alert and the sentence before them make a good template:



The Access Fund, Mid-Atlantic Climbers, and New River Alliance of Climbers reviewed the ROMP and are in support of the management direction in Alternative B, subject to a few concerns outlined below.

  • Rock outcrops compose only 2% (3,920 acres) of the SHEN’s entire 197,438 acres. It is important to emphasize that other activities, such as hiking, camping, and vista enjoyment draw far more people and cause far more impacts than climbers. As stated in the ROMP, Old Rag is visited by an estimated 50,000 people annually, but the number of climber use-days for all of SHEN is estimated at only 500.
  • While the ROMP provides general information about the impacts causing concern, more information should be provided about the specific impacts at each rock outcrop where restrictions are in place or being considered. For instance, climbing at Hawksbill is prohibited, but the concerns leading to the climbing ban are not fully explained. More detailed information should be provided to further explain the need for restrictions.
  • Because climbers make up only a small percentage of rock outcrops users, the Park should consider if some climbing access can be allowed (even if other user groups are restricted or otherwise more directly managed) before restricting access to specific rock outcrops (especially those on the “watch list”). Park planners should consider ways to protect the natural resources without prohibiting access to climbers completely.
October 10th, 2012 by Yasmeen

Audrey with coworkers and MiguelSome people have a knack for finding creative ways to bring about positive change. Audrey Sniezek is working with Microsoft to bring technology education to Lee County High School. As part of the TEALS (Technology Education And Literacy in Schools) program, students will have the opportunity to learn about computer programming from online courses taught by Microsoft employees. At the same time, their teachers will be learning how to teach the courses, so that in the future, they can take over and continue the classes with next year’s students.

students attending an online computer class

Upon graduation, students will have opportunities to intern with Microsoft, and to potentially begin careers in the tech industry that will allow them to work remotely – or perhaps to return to their school as teachers in technology education, and make the same difference in the next generation’s lives that Audrey is helping to facilitate in theirs. :)

The RRGCC applauds the initiative Audrey has taken to give back to the community in which she loves spending her time. Please visit Audrey’s blog and check out the KY School Boards Association’s article on the topic for more details.

October 10th, 2012 by Yasmeen

We Own It!


We all went into this year’s Rocktoberfest knowing it would be something special – the RRG community has been working toward this for a decade now; and on Saturday night, everyone at the venue got to celebrate together as the big check for the final payment on the PMRP was presented to the Access Fund. While that moment was a big part of Rocktoberfest, it wasn’t all that comprised the weekend. Luckily, our amazing photographer, Elodie Saracco, made sure that no fun went undocumented. Since most of us can’t be everywhere at once the way she was, check out her albums for an excellent visual run-down of the festivities.

Rock and Ice and Moosejaw have also posted write-ups of the event. :)

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who participated in the weekend – whether you are Emily Harrington and saved most of us a trip to Everest with your breathtaking pictures and amusing pre-summit video clips, or Karina, the bad-ass who won Bluegrass Bouldering‘s crate stacking comp (28 crates!); whether you competed in the Clip ‘n’ Go Comp on Saturday or learned new tricks from the pros at a clinic on Sunday; whether you belted out encouragement to the beasts in Benchmark‘s arm wrestling tourney or contributed quietly via the silent auction; whether you served dinner/the surprise late-night snack/breakfast to hungry attendees or Spencer Victory’s water balloons to the Idiot Boy. We’ll get you details when we finish crunching the numbers, but we are confident that this was by far the best money-raising Rocktoberfest ever!

You all made this happen. You are all the reason that WE OWN IT.

October 10th, 2012 by Yasmeen
Our annual Clip ‘n’ Go Climbing Competition took place on Saturday, October 6th at the crags that branch off of the Sore Heel parking lot: Curbside, The Gallery, Volunteer Wall, Left Field, The Playground, Shady Grove, Bronaugh Wall, Purgatory, North 40, Courtesy Wall, Rival Wall, and What About Bob Wall. While the morning following the previous night’s downpour was chilly and cloudy, the day ended up being one of the most beautiful so far this season. The 28 competitors had crisp temps and bluebird skies for most of their 10am-5pm window.


Spirited Clip 'n' Go Competitors
PTPD on the PMRP!


Thanks to our generous sponsors, the winners in each division won killer prizes, including hundreds of dollars in gift certificates and quickdraws they can use when they come back for more next year. :)


Teams: Beer
First: Beer 2
Second: Team Kaylin
Third: M.E.T.


Teams: Bourbon
First: Team Jeff GoldBloom with 306 points!
Second: Jeff & Yasi
Third: Carrie & Kimball


Women: Jalapeno
First: Laurel Hata
Second: Sami Bruce


Men: Jalapeno
First: Ben Kunz
Second: Jonathan Shen
Third: Andy Constantino


Women: Habanero
First: Tania Allen with 181 points and 21 routes!
Second: Sarah Brengosz
Third: Anna Hayes


Men: Habanero
First: Blake Bowling with 559 points and 40 routes!
Second: Dan Beck


September 10th, 2012 by Paul Vidal

rock·to·ber·fest /räk toeber fest/

Noun: Rocktoberfest is an annual event held by the Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition located in the Red River Gorge.

Rocktoberfest NostalgiaRelated Terms
 2012 /räk toeber fest twente twelv/

  1. A Rocktoberfest event unlike any other in history.
  2. A Rocktoberfest that marks the final payment of one of the most historic purchases for climbers in North America.
  3. A Rocktoberfest only a fool would miss.

It’s rare that events like this happen. When we started out with Rocktoberfest, we were simply looking for a way to raise some money to build trails and to get people involved with the RRGCC for the first time. Now, twelve years later, here we are – ready to make the final payment on a historic piece of property, one that has literally redefined the way climbing conservation is considered.

There is one reason that we are at this point in our history – because of you. Your donations have created and carried this organization through the years. This year, we hope that you’ll join us for a party unlike any you’ve ever been to while we make our final payment on the PMRP. This year, this special occasion, this special celebration, we invite you to party with us at Rocktoberfest 2012 to celebrate what we’ve done in the past and what we can do in the future.

So pack your bags, cash out your vacation days, and plan on celebrating the land we’ve bought together at Rocktoberfest 2012 on October 5th, 6th, and 7th.

Event Overview

For those of you with short attention spans.
Don’t forget – pre-registration will save you cash! 

  • Friday
    • Crate Stacking
    • Spencer Victory’s Water Balloon Sideshow
    • Emily Harrington’s Slideshow
  • Saturday
    • Outdoor comp
    • Shoe Demo
    • Crate Stacking
    • Movies from locals and others
    • Arm Wresting Tournament
    • Silent Auction
    • Dinner with Meaty, Veggie, Vegan, and Gluten-Free options
  • Sunday
    • Breakfast from SRCFC with gear giveaways
    • Clinics led by the pros


Natural Bridge Campgrounds, host to several past Rocktoberfests, will again be our venue in 2012. 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. So “rest” easy ;)

This is a rough map of this year’s Rocktoberfest location.


  • We’re not sure if you’re ready to handle it but.. crate stacking is back. With the help of Bluegrass Bouldering and J&H Lanmark, crate stacking will be around Friday and Saturday nights. J&H Lanmark will be bringing the prizes and, if you’ve been to their store before, you know you don’t want to miss out. So do yoga, chakra tests, and tea leaf reading to get ready to win some booty!
  • Most of us have an old rope hanging around somewhere. And I’m sure most of you have grand plans of making a rope rug out of it. Instead of leaving it piled in the corner with the rest of your idle dreams, why not to it in the Rope Recycling Program’s bin this weekend. All weekend Sterling Ropes will be running their Rope Recycling Program. For those of you that truly pony up and toss in those old ropes, Sterling will be auctioning off a brand new rope of their own making.
  • If the temperatures turn south a bit, Outdoor Research has graced us with some custom beanies and hats. We don’t have all the pricing information just yet but, even without it, you should know all the proceeds go to yours truly. Great gear, great cause – two great reasons to keep that noggin’ warm!
  • Emily Harrington will be giving a slideshow Friday evening about stepping outside of comfort zones and her trip to Everest. Believe us – you’ll want to catch this slideshow. Put aside your pre-conceived notions about alpine climbing, apply a$$ to seat, and watch this one before you miss it forever.


  • If you haven’t burned yourself out on Friday or stayed up too late driving from the far reaches of the east or west, throw all the juice you have left at the Black Diamond sponsored Clip-n-Go Climbing Comp in the PMRP. Yes, you are special so the PMRP is yours while you pull down and try to win some of the best gear BD has to offer. Be sure to pre-register for the comp.. if you forget, though, show up Saturday morning at the venue and leave time to drive to the PMRP by the comp start, 9am. At 4pm, it’s pencils down and we’ll head back to the venue for grub and gear. We will be offering a shuttle back to the venue after the comp but it will be first come, first serve.
  • Before you head for the comp or just your standard day’s proj-crushin’, stop by Miguel’s to try on some of the vendors’ latest shoes. Evolv, MadRock, Scarpa, Tenaya, 5.10, and La Sportiva are holding a shoe demo at Miguel’s at 9am. So if you’re not feeling the most confident about your shoes but you’re just not ready to drop the cash on a pair you haven’t field tested, stop by and try out some of the latest shoes.. for free!
  • Saturday’s dinner, though, you will. Bourbon n’ Toulouse will again be supplying us with some of the most amazing food this side of the Bourbon Street. Check out their menu or just look below for what we’ll be serving. Notice, we do have gluten-free options! Supper hits the table around 6pm.. so don’t work that project so hard you miss the food you need for a proper recovery. And bring your own bowl or expect the intense hazing that will ensue!
    • Jamabalaya - Meaty, Gluten-Free
    • Red Beans with Smoked Sausage - Meaty, Gluten-Free
    • Cajun Red Chili - Meaty, Gluten-Free
    • Artichoke and Parmesan Cream with Mushrooms - Veggie
    • Black Beans and Caramelized Corn - Veggie, Gluten-Free
    • Vegan Black Beans - Vegan, Gluten-Free

    Stallone Strong

    Benchmark’s George T, getting pumped for the Arm-Wrestling Tourney

  • With all that powerful, ragin’ cajun food pumping through your veins, have a seat and use that cajun power sauce to score some killer gear! The Benchmark Outfitters in Lexington is running an arm-wresting tournament that will have you screaming, “My whole body is an engine. My fist is a fireplug and I’m gonna light him up.” Sit down and hold on while you fight for your right to win gear in a ol’ fashioned, tourney-style arm wrestling competition. And should you blink, you’ll even be able to buy your way back in. There will be tables set up throughout the night with bouts happening in a moment’s notice. We’ll move the final rounds up to the stage to watch some strong men and women mark off against each other under the lights. Regardless of whether you walk away with armloads of winnings or simply a hurt pride, all the grunting and sweating will be worth it since every dollar is going to the RRGCC and our fight to go “over the top”.
  • Crate stacking will be fully featured again, again with amazing prizes. We really shouldn’t have to convince you. It’s so simple that it’s bound to get under your skin when you fall three crates into it.
  • Thanks to our very generous sponsors, we’ll be running our silent auction. This is your chance to get your dream gear at your dream prices.. and all of the proceeds go to the RRGCC. Everyone wins.. that is, of course, if you win (I’m looking at you, penny pinchers).
  • You know, we tend to gorge (pun intended) ourselves on BnT.. but after a hard day’s climbing, sometimes we get the late night munchies. And that’s where Marmot comes to save the day with some tasty and perfectly timed hot dogs! Straight off the grill, they’ll donate all proceeds to.. oh yeah, the RRGCC ;)
  • They’ve been with us for years, through the hard times and the good. The 23 String Band will be there now to help us celebrate paying off the last of the PMRP. We couldn’t be happier – they’ve been jamming with us through the night at events from past Rocktoberfests to Johnny and Alex Trail Days (and here) to Red River Reunions. Come out, kick your shoes off, and dance to the joy of the present and the promise of the future!


  • One of the best things about professional athletes coming to Rocktoberfest is that they’re good folks and want to share the love and knowledge. To give them a canvas on which to perform their art, we’ll be hosting professional clinics taught by some of the sport’s best athletes. If you missed them during pre-registration, stop by the registration desk for more information on what clinics are open and where and when they’ll be held. Below is a list of available clinics:
    • Elite Climbing by Kris Hampton
    • Sport and Redpointing by Kevin Wilkenson and Alli Rainey
    • Burl Like A Girl byAudrey Sniezek
    • Intro To Trad by Shingo Ohkawa
    • Multipitch Efficiency by Brittany Griffith
    • Footwork and Technique by Margarita Martinez
    • Quick Fix Techniques by Karsten Delap
    • Learn to Lead by Emily Harrington
    • Injury prevention and Yoga for Climbers by Akia Yoshida
    • Introduction to Sport Climbing with Beginner Tactics by Nick Duttle
  • I’m sure you all will be waking up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Sunday morning without the least bit of fog between those ears of yours. If you don’t, though, the Solid Rock Climbers For Christ will be around again to serve up coffee and all the tasty trappings of a homemade breakfast. Be sure to drop in a little love – they donate all the proceeds to the RRGCC. That and anyone that wakes up that early to help make you breakfast deserves a little thanks and a proper smile.

Now that you have the full scoop.. what are you waiting for?!

Register Today!

Also, we’re going to take a moment and give a special “Thank You” to our Rocktoberfest sponsors. They’re here (and have been there) for all of us, making Rocktoberfest happen behind the scenes, adding schwag and fun times, and helping us secure access throughout the area.

Our Rocktoberfest Sponsors

Outdoor Research
Black Diamond Keen
Marmot Petzl
West Sixth Brewing The North Face
Red River Outdoors Access Fund American Alpine Club Avery Brewery
Benchmark Outfitters Bluewater Ropes Evolv Five Ten
J&H Lanmark La Sportiva Miguels Pizza Bluegrass Bouldering
Moose Jaw Mountain Gear Mountain Ranks Patagonia
Rockquest Scarpa Sterling Rope Trango
The 23 String Band Ale-8-One CamelBak Joshua Tree Products
Solid Rock Climbers for Christ Rock Candy Holds Power Company Climbing Rocksport
So iLL Quest Outdoors Perfect Descent Mad Rock