On January 20, 2004, the RRGCC obtained purchased the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP), which is a 750 acre tract of land. Realizing the fragility of access to climbing on private land in the Red River Gorge Area, the Murray Property was identified by the RRGCC as containing a significant amount of existing climbing routes with a number of quality cliffs. The purchase of the PMRP is important because it secures access to an area containing over 400 existing climbing routes and in short because, “If we own it, they can’t close it!”
In the following years, the land has been developed for public enjoyment through the creation of hiking paths, mountain biking trails, and of course rock climbing. July 15, 2012 marked the final payment of the property, now renamed the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve. The land will forever remain open to climbing.
- Map of the Coal Bank property and Bald Rock Fork property.
- FAQs that include questions/answers about the PMRP.
- Ray Ellington’s Red River Gorge South guidebook, with more info on PMRP routes and crags than you can imagine – and he’s donating 5% of the profits to the RRGCC!
- Ray Ellington’s online guidebook, which contains listings of Pendergrass-Murray routes and crags.*
*Please be patient with details concerning approach trails to crags, as the RRGCC respects developers’ privacy while they are working on their routes, and also prefers to build trails to the crags before they begin to get heavy traffic.