Camping / Climbing

Rock Climbing in Red River Gorge, Kentucky

Our next destination is Red River Gorge in Kentucky, known for one of the best sport climbing spots in the USA or the World!? There are variety of cliffs and projects that you can work on. We decided to climb on Practice wall and Bruise Brothers wall in Muir Valley. The trails are well maintained/marked and most walls are within 20 minutes walking distance. The type of rock is sandstone and most routes are protected with bolts every 10 feet or so. This helped a lot as we havn’t done rock-climbing for about a year so.

この1年押し入れに眠っていたクライミングギア。日記を振り返ったら最後にクライミングをしたのは昨年2015年の8月1日だった。この旅ではぜひクライミングをしようと意気込んでギアを積んできたけれど、ティートンでもコロラドでも予定や天気が悪かったりでなかなかできず。ただの言い訳。と、ここまで延び延びになってしまったけれど、ようやく岩場に取り付くチャンスがやってきた。場所はケンタッキー州東部にある、Red River Gorge。通称The RED! ここはスポートクライミングのメッカで、クライマーの間では世界トップクラス級とも言われている人気スポットだそうだ。

At Practice Wall

The only disadvantage was that it rained a lot and was quite humid in July. We climbed some wet slimy walls and the sandstone wasn’t easy to deal with in such weather.. Anyway, we climbed there for 2 days and were able to lead some of 5.8 projects.


Trail is well marked

R is “investigating”  the route before sending!

Project name & grade is embedded on the wall. Pretty cool!

R is Setting the anchor under the massive overhang

As for the base camp, we found a pizza restaurant that also provides accommodations. This is a must go place among climbers and you can stay in a room for about $40 or pitch a tent at the”climber only campsite” for only “$2” a night. There are bathrooms, kitchen sink, coin operated showers($1 for 4 mins) and big outside patios. Even more, a slice of cheese pizza is only $2! Everything is reasonably priced here and extremely climber friendly. We stayed in one of the room this time but we would love to camp out next time!

今回のお宿であるベースキャンプに選んだのはクライマーフレンドリーなMiguel’s Pizza。一見、田舎町によくある普通のピザ屋なんだけど、実は宿泊できる部屋が4つあり、今回はその1室に3泊お世話になった。この風変わりなピザ屋は、1泊なんと2ドルで張れる”クライマー専用”のテント場も併設。本業がピザだけにピザも美味しく、チーズピザは1切れ2ドル。シャワーは1ドル(タイマー式で制限時間は4分。かなり短くて、初日は泡まみれで4分が終了するも、次の日から色々切り詰め最終日は15秒もあまった!髪が長い日女子でもやればできるw)。朝昼を自炊すれば1日10ドルで十分過ごせてしまうというヒッピーなクライマーのオアシス!夏休み中ということもあって連日かなりの賑わいだった。

There is a gear shop right next to Miguel’s Pizza

“Climber Only” campsite

The pavilion is available for cooking your meals or just hanging out!

Visited on 7/9 to 7/11/2016

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