Change to Muir Valley Parking Policy

by FoMV » Sun Jan 31, 2016 3:51 pm

We want to thank the climbing community of Red River Gorge for your
support of Muir Valley.

We have some important news to share with you concerning changes for
the 2016 climbing season.

As you know, Muir Valley is one of the most popular climbing
destinations in North America, with over 40,000 visitors each year.
This enthusiastic utilization requires significant resources to
maintain and operate the preserve, as well as continue ongoing
improvements such as vault toilets in the valley, emergency response
system upgrades, and new trail development. FOMV is fortunate to
steward such an amazing place, and we couldn’t do it without the
dedication and support of the climbing community.

Muir has become so popular, however, that our parking lots are full
to overflowing most weekends and some weekdays throughout the
climbing season, necessitating the hiring of staff to manage the busy
lot, and occasionally visitors have had to be turned away when we
reach capacity.

We are developing a plan to achieve a fairer distribution of support,
and to avoid over-crowding, by charging a fee for parking at Muir
Valley. Climbing in the Valley will remain free, but we will
institute a daily parking charge of $10 per car starting March 1,
2016. Visitors may purchase a 2016 annual parking permit for $120,
and we will provide a laminated ID to display on the dashboard while
visiting. All revenue raised by parking fees will go to FOMV and
will be used to operate, maintain, and further enhance Muir Valley.
Parking fees will augment the donations made by our generous
supporters, enabling us to continue making Muir such a special place
to climb, hike, and enjoy nature.

Beginning in March, there will be a kiosk as you enter the Muir
Parking area. We will have staff present as much as practically
possible to assist you, to process your cash or credit/debit card
payment, and to give you a receipt to display on your dashboard while
parked. At other times, when it is not practical to staff the kiosk,
the plan will operate on an honor system with instructions and
routine monitoring, as is done in many other climbing areas. In case
the kiosk is not staffed, please plan to bring $10 cash (per car, not
per person) so that you can use the honor system.

Alternatively, you may go to, complete an application
for an Annual Muir Valley Parking Permit, and pay $120 by PayPal,
credit, or debit card. We will then send a laminated Annual Permit
(good until Dec 31, 2016) to your postal address.

Thank you for your support and cooperation. We value your feedback
as well as your support. If you have questions or comments, please
contact us at [email protected] . We look forward to seeing
you in the spring!

2016 Valentine Fixed Gear Fundraiser is Live

by climb2core » Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:55 pm

Hey Folks, it's time to show the Red some love again.

Please donate to the 2016 Vday Fundraiser. With new development slowing down a bit, we are going to ramp up our re-bolting efforts.

The beta and link to donate can be found at:



Climbers That Care 2015

by RRGCC » Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:17 pm

An Event Benefitting the Needy in Lee County, Kentucky

Until December 18, 2015 donations will be accepted at the following locations to benefit the Beattyville Helping Hands Food Bank:

Slade, KY – Daniel Boone Trading Post

Louisville, KY – Climb Nulu

Cincinnati, OH – Climb Time of Blue Ash & RockQuest Climbing Center

Everyday canned food items including tuna, chicken, vegetables, beans, fruit, and soups along with boxed pastas are needed.

The Helping Hands Food Bank is preparing Christmas food boxes for 160 families and has already collected the corn, green beans, gravy and cranberry sauce for the boxes. However, meat (turkeys and hams), stuffing, pie, and bread still need to be purchased. They are currently $600 short of the funds needed. To contribute for these fresh food items please send a check for your tax deductible donation on or before December 15th (with “Climbers That Care” in the memo line) to the RRGCC, PO Box 22156, Lexington, KY 40522-2156.

Volunteers NEEDED for Rocktoberfest

by crazyhair » Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:16 pm

Hey guys, Rocktoberfest is in a few days (ahh!) and we need more volunteers!

Here's why you should volunteer:

1) You're helping the RRGCC be more profitable, which allows them to continue to buy & maintain more land for YOU to climb on!
2) You get to volunteer alongside the coolest, BEST group of RRG climbers ever
a) You meet people who you can become friends with and eventually trick into being your belay slaves/rope guns/ etc.
b) It will make the evening more fun, because you won't have to awkwardly stand around by yourself, hoping somebody will talk to you (pigsteak, I'm looking at you)
3) You get in for FREE the night you volunteer!
4) You get a FREE volunteer shirt, that you can wear at the crag/gym to prove you're better than everyone else and you give back to the climbing community
5) You get additional FREE stuff from our sponsors- the amount you get depends on how much you volunteer, but trust me, you will not be disappointed!
6) You get to attend the volunteer appreciation party put on this year by Mountain Ranks (free tacos, anyone?)
7) I will personally give you bourbon, because you just saved me from the heart attack I will definitely get if we don't have enough volunteers.

Sign up here:

and pat yourself on the back, because you're awesome!

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