Echols Dorm: Brick Wall By Side Door
Red River Gorge, KY
Don’t have any plans for break? Come to Kentucky to climb LOTS ‘O ROCKS. All of the rocks. No other rocks are important.
Ok, that might be a little bit over zealous, but in all seriousness the Red River Gorge is a world-class climbing destination that is within a (relatively) easy driving distance of our dear Charlottesville. It draws beginners and professionals, sport climbers and trad climbers alike. With hundreds of areas and thousands of climbs to choose from, I can’t think of a better way to spend our break.
The plan is to depart from Charlottesville on the afternoon of Friday, March 8th (time TBD), and drive the 7 hours to Slade, Kentucky. We will climb Saturday through Tuesday, then depart Wednesday the 13th to return to Charlottesville by the afternoon/early evening.
We will stay at Miguel’s Pizza, the epicenter of climbing in the Southeast. Miguel’s is a pizza joint with a fully-equipped campground attached, where the majority of climbers in the area spend their evenings. There are two options for lodging: camp outside, or pay a little extra for a cheap room above the bathhouses. We will discuss the options as the trip grows closer, but I have reserved rooms just in case. Check out what Miguel’s has to offer here: http://www.miguelspizza.com/
We will choose our climbing areas based on the weather and overall skill of the group. These will probably be decisions made as a group the night before each day. If you’d like to scout out some sick climbs, check out the online guidebook at: http://www.redriverclimbing.com/RRCGuide/
–Though the Red River Gorge is relatively beginner friendly, for the good of the group I am going to require some climbing experience. Leading experience is not necessary, but you must be able to climb at 5.10 cleanly on top rope, and you must be able to top-rope belay. I will waitlist everyone to screen for skills. If you have a question about whether or not you should sign up, email me.
–A HIGH LEVEL OF PSYCH. This place is awesome, let’s act like we’re happy to be there
–Personal climbing gear: shoes, harness, chalk bag, rope and draws if you have them
–Personal camping gear: sleeping bag, pad, tent, headlamp if you have them
–Money for food for the trip to and from Kentucky
–Optional: Extra cash for a room at Miguel’s
–additional snacks for the week
–WARM CLOTHES. It’ll probably in the 60s during the day, but it got down into the 20s overnight when we were there last Spring. Don’t be caught unawares
–Rain gear. BE PREPARED.
–Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner for Saturday-Tuesday (as well as breakfast Wednesday)
–8 dollars per person per night for lodging.
–Additional climbing gear
–Additional camping gear
–A ride, and up to $150 of gas money for drivers.
I’m putting a $40.00 fee, just because it is always best to have cash and stay safe.
If you have any questions/concerns, don’t hesitate to email me.
Olivia Rappe is co-leading this trip! Awwww yeaahh.
****IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT THIS TIME: Lindsey Shall will be headed back to the Red at the end of March!