Partner& some practical info - 20 october - 22 november

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Partner& some practical info - 20 october - 22 november

Post by José » Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:43 pm

I'm a newby flying from across the ocean for my first trip to the Red River Gorge :)
I'll be landing in Chicago and drive down with a rental car (after a little sleep-over in Lafayette, airbnb, on the way).

It would be great to receive some tips from you guys! Some questions that I have:
- Where to meet people? It sounds like Miguels pizza is the best place to camp when you are traveling alone like me? Looking to climb some 12c/d - 13a/b.
- Where to get the guidebook? Or should I go for the online app?
- Groceries and especially gas (Anny change on camping gas? or white spirit?) for the stove, what is the best place to go to? I don't think there is anything nearby Miguels is there? So stop on the way in a big town I guess is the best option?

Anny info is highly appreciated and I'm looking forward to meet the climbers in the Red River Gorge!

Greetings from Utrecht (The Netherlands)
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Re: Partner& some practical info - 20 october - 22 november

Post by EricDorsey » Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:50 pm

Miguel's is the best place to meet up with people and you will have no trouble finding partners that time of year. You could also try posting on here a week before your arrival. Guidebook I would say buy online before your arrival if you want to look through it or Miguel's gear shop will have copies for sale when you arrive. You would also probably be fine without a guidebook by using the online guidebook here and meeting up/sharing with other people around Miguels.

The closest spot to get groceries is Krogers in Stanton, KY about a 20 minute drive from Miguel's but you will pass it on the way in. Not sure of the best place to get white gas though... probably a bigger city like Winchester or Lexington?

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Re: Partner& some practical info - 20 october - 22 november

Post by José » Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:57 am

That sounds perfect :)
And is there any proper wifi around? I'm a freelancer and I will need to send some data files every few couple of days.
I like to be more sociable instead of playing around with the laptop ;) But work needs to be done :shock:

Thanks for your reply!

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Re: Partner& some practical info - 20 october - 22 november

Post by milspecmark » Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:02 am

Miguels has wifi

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Re: Partner& some practical info - 20 october - 22 november

Post by nik » Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:21 am

miguel's has wifi, but it's been really slow at times this year, especially when it's busy. i sometimes do work down at the red and the rockhouse is usually a better bet for consistent wifi.

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Re: Partner& some practical info - 20 october - 22 november

Post by vertical1 » Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:14 pm

milspecmark wrote:Miguels has wifi
Miguel's internet will be useless for you. The best places around for wifi would be the Rockhouse, the coffee shop at Daniel Boone Trading Post (1 mile from Miguel's) or the Art Factory Coffee Shop in Beattyville (about 20 miles)

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Re: Partner& some practical info - 20 october - 22 november

Post by milspecmark » Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:00 am

good to know, I have never attempted to use wifi at Miguels but I know the Rockhouse has good wifi. About 4 miles down the road from Miguels. Daniel BOone Trading post is closer for sure

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Re: Partner& some practical info - 20 october - 22 november

Post by DrRockso » Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:04 am

Skybridge station usually has pretty consistent wifi, it's a 15 minute drive from Miguel's. I would stop at a Walmart somewhere for white gas.

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Re: Partner& some practical info - 20 october - 22 november

Post by José » Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:46 am

Sounds good :) Can't wait to start climbing in the RRG :)

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Re: Partner& some practical info - 20 october - 22 november

Post by milspecmark » Fri Sep 16, 2016 12:30 pm

At the grade you are climbing, you are going to love the red.

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Re: Partner& some practical info - 20 october - 22 november

Post by José » Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:20 pm

milspecmark wrote:At the grade you are climbing, you are going to love the red.
I've waited for about 5 years to finally plan this trip, partly because I wanted to get a bit stronger to try some nice lines, so yes I'm hopeful to climb some nice routes!
Last couple of questions: How many draws do the average route take? Is it normal to leave draws in your route in the RRG? And last but not least: tempertures, I guess mid november can get pretty cold? Take propper warm clothing with me?

Thanks for all the usefull replys :)

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Re: Partner& some practical info - 20 october - 22 november

Post by nik » Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:57 pm

average route? i don't know, 8 draws plus anchors. 12 draws will get you up the vast majority of routes.

leaving draws up is generally frowned upon, though it does happen sometimes. best to plan on cleaning every time out.

november can be cold, yes. as in, below-freezing at night. you will definitely want cold-weather clothing, especially if you're going to be camping.

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Re: Partner& some practical info - 20 october - 22 november

Post by Cathy » Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:58 pm

Newbies climb 12c/d and 13a/c?????? I want to be a newbie again!

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Re: Partner& some practical info - 20 october - 22 november

Post by climb2core » Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:24 pm

Most classic hard routes have permadraws. If the route is a short term project and draws are hard to hang or clean, leave them up and just make sure to grab them before you leave. Some areas it is not ok to leave them up so ask a local or post up on here before doing so.

Good luck and have fun.

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Re: Partner& some practical info - 20 october - 22 november

Post by José » Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:50 pm

Cathy wrote:Newbies climb 12c/d and 13a/c?????? I want to be a newbie again!
Don't worry Cathy, I'm not a freeby to climbing, i've been sportclimbing for about 10 years. I'm just a newby to the Red River Gorge :D

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