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Red River Gorge Climbers' Coalition Teams up with Access Fund to Secure Access to the Motherlode

11 January 2017

Yasmeen Fowler
Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition
Zachary Lesch-Huie
Southeast Regional Director
Access Fund

December 19, 2016. Beattyville, Kentucky — The Red River Gorge Climbers' Coalition (RRGCC) and Access Fund, with assistance from Trango Climbing Gear, are thrilled to announce the purchase of the Bald Rock Recreational Preserve in the Red River Gorge of Kentucky. This acquisition secures access to a popular set of world-renowned climbing areas—including the Motherlode, the Chocolate Factory, the Bear's Den, and the Unlode. The 102-acre acquisition secures access to these areas for climbing and land conservation.

Climbers discovered the Motherlode over 25 years ago, developing some of the stiffest and steepest lines in the Red River Gorge, capable of testing the sport's elite. Today, the Motherlode and adjoining areas offer routes that climbers of all abilities enjoy. The acquisition of this property secures access to 226 routes ranging from 5.2 to 5.14c. In early July, the private landowners (who historically allowed climbing access) decided to sell the property, putting access to the Motherlode and surrounding crags at risk of indefinite closure. The RRGCC approached the landowners and began negotiations to purchase the property to prevent it from falling into non-climbing friendly hands. The RRGCC approached Access Fund for a loan of $225,000 to cover the majority of the $235,000 purchase price. In 2011, the Ventura Family (owner of Miguel's Pizza) purchased the land above the cliff line, and now the RRGCC's purchase of the land beneath the cliff line and the surrounding areas ensures that these iconic crags are climber-owned. …Click for more


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