As I approach the climbs the smell of thick sweet crude oil reminds me of my location. The Red River Gorge area in Kentucky. The climbing is extensive with two new guidebooks loaded with sport and traditional routes and countless secret crags with more to be found. The locals are a friendly bunch of southerners welcoming us where ever we climb. The Red River is steep sandstone full of pockets, rails and huecos. The routes tend to be long with hefty run outs at the top, one must be ready to push onward above the last bolt to clip the chains.


Muir Valley area – sweet approaches to the climbs.


A favorite of Terry – Fire and Brimstone *****


Drive by Crag – with sports action all day long.


Getting started on a rain day – plenty of dry routes to be had.


Gung Ho, steep and pumpy – a project for me.


Sunny crags are rare in the deep woods of Kentucky.

We found some light at the Bruisebrothers Wall!


Great 5.10 routes on this wall.


Muir Valley is tricked out with crag beta, routes tags and rescue info. great area that well maintained by Rick and Liz Weber.

Awesome trip to the Red River – can’t wait till next fall.

Art Mooney