Red River Gorge Fixed Gear Fund
The Red River Gorge Fixed Gear Fund was created to facilitate a partnership between developers, climbers, industry, and non-profits to promote sustainable climbing in the Red River Gorge. 100% of your donation is used for improvement and maintenance of fixed gear in the Red. This effort can be broken down into 4 separate funding initiatives:
1.) Community Subsidized Stainless Steel Fixed Gear for New Development
   Community donations are pooled with developer's contribution to purchase stainless steel bolts. We offer both stainless steel expansion bolts and glue ins to developers at a reduced price that allows continued development with more sustainable materials. The RRG Fixed Gear is proud to have partnered with ClimbTech to provide us with the hardware required for new development. From November, 2013 to July, 2014 over 2200 stainless steel subsidized bolts have been purchased and distributed to developers. All bolts are placed at crags that have, or are expected to have public access and routes will follow a normal grade distribution that is common of the Red.
1/2" x 4 3/4" SS Power-bolt
ClimbTech SS Wave Bolt
SS Legacy Bolt allows use of the original hole for bolt replacement
2.) Community Funded Stainless Steel Fixed Gear for Re-bolting
   Much of the zinc-plated fixed gear in the Red River Gorge is well past it's first decade of use and is showing it's age. A group of a few dedicated developers have been willing to donate their time and effort to the critical enterprise of re-bolting routes. Until this year, the majority of the costs were the burden of those who chose to help out. Recently, we have been extremely fortunate to benefit from a partnership with the American Safe Climbing Association. They have been instrumental in providing materials for re-bolting including stainless steel bolts (ClimbTech Wave Glue-ins), epoxy, brushes, bits, and patching glue. However, there are additional costs incurred in re-bolting including chain and quick links for anchors that are now being supported by the Fixed Gear Fund.
3.) Permadraws
   Permadraws are also considered to be fixed gear in the Red. It is understandable that people have differing opinions as to how and if these should be used in the Red River Gorge. However, history has shown that dangerously sharp aluminum carabiners will pop up in the absence of permadraws. It is also important to recognize that permadraws are also anything but and they too will wear, albeit about ten times slower than their aluminum counterpart. It is also understood that not every climber benefits from the existence of permadraws. Due to this, we will keep funding for permadraws completely separate from the general Fixed Gear Fund. Specific campaigns will solicit for permadraw funding and will be supported to the extent that the community chooses. This gear will be placed as sparingly as possible, on a case by case basis.
4.) Fixed Gear Community Purchase
   We have purchased a few basic items that the community can purchase at the Red River Rockhouse to assist with the inevitable wear of fixed gear. 9/16" combination wrenches are available so that people can attempt to tighten down loose bolts. Additionally 3/8" quicklinks and ClimbTech steel oval carabiners are for sale for anchor maintenance. Any modest proceeds from the sale are put back into the Fixed Gear Fund.
Please consider making a donation to support this effort.
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Questions? Send an email to the Mank Bank
Warning: Rock climbing is inherently dangerous. All climbers are personally responsible for learning the proper techniques and using good judgement. Never trust your life to a single piece of gear and backup protection whenever possible. Fixed gear is not foolproof - inspect every piece before clipping in and back-off if the gear looks marginal. Climbers are responsible for their own actions and decisions. Failure to follow these warnings can result in severe injury or death.
Disclaimer: 100% of the donation WILL go directly to placement of stainless steel bolts in the Red. However, in order to avoid liability there will be NO transparency regarding how, where, or if these bolts are placed. If you do not feel comfortable with donating under these conditions DO NOT donate.
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