Climbers Buy Red River Gorge Land

Acquire several new miles of cliff

Jun 3, 2013
Outside Magazine

One of America's premier climbing destinations got a little bit bigger this week with the Red River Gorge Climbers' Coalition's announcement that it purchased several new miles of largely undeveloped cliffline in Beattyville, Kentucky.

The land's previous owner, Libby Roach, approached the RRGCC about selling the tract in early 2013, the organization said in a blog post announcing the sale. According to Climbing Narc, the RRGCC came up with the $245,000 using a $10,000 grant and a $200,000 loan from the Access Fund, making up the difference using its own budget.

"Like the [Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Reserve], Miller Fork is going to change the game in the Red," said RRGCC President Paul Vidal. "Acquiring this property illustrates the strength of the climbing community in this region and its importance to the area."