Red River Climbing

We picked it right when we decided to head to the Red last weekend. The temperatures were fantastic and the leaves were spectacular. We don't make it to the RRG that often, but this was the perfect weekend to head to Kentucky. Despite hosting Roctoberfest the weekend before, Slade was still hopping the next weekend, as evidenced by Miguel's parking lot overflowing up and down the road. Saturday we headed to Funk Rock City with an old friend and 2 new friends, and were thrilled to be the only party at the crag. Yet, this soon changed. Perhaps the RRG crowd had a late Friday night, because climbers arrived in throngs as lunch time arrived.

Despite the crowds, we had a blast on Funk Rock classics like Headstone Surfer, There Goes the Neighborhood and Go Easy Billy Clyde! Sunday we headed to Long Wall and saw very few parties. Routes in the sun were a bit warm, but we still had a blast on Autumn, Rock Wars and Game Boy. We'll have to come back on a cooler day and check out the stellar looking B3, as it was mighty warm when we took a look at it.

By Monday, our forearms were rapidly powering down. So, we headed to the Zoo for a short day, where we never saw another climber. We finished with Phil doing a great job on Hippocrite and called the RRG portion of our trip a wrap.

We camped off of Tunnel Ridge Road, where there is excellent primitive camping, but a permit is required. The campers next to us were fined $75 late one evening for failure to observe the fire ban. So, if you head to the RRG, spring the $5 for a camping pass and obey any current fire restrictions! The dry weather has made for an incredible string of excellent climbing weather, yet the fire danger is currently very high.

On the homefront, Marcus has been doing an excellent shop of manning the shop. Pop in and say hello and admire the new super sweet goodies from Mammut!

Climb Globally, Shop Locally
Looking Glass Outfitters
69 Hendersonville Hwy
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

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