Overall my first trip to the Red was fantastic, but one route in particular stands out in quality of rock and movement that parallels or exceeds the best climbs I've seen from around the world.
I remember getting bored on my first long road trips. I did my best to prepare with an arms load of books, journals, or playing cards. I would even try out new hobbies like knitting or baking or something. Usually I wouldn’t really like these hobby, the books would get read, my writing wasn’t all that notable and at the end of those long, long rest days I wanted something else to DO.
This years Rocktoberfest at the Red River Gorge was again a success. Great weather, great climbing, and a great event put on by the Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition. The purpose of the event is to help pay for the Pendergrass-Murry Recreational Preserve (AKA Muir Valley) which hosts some of the most aesthetic routes at the Red. Area legend and developer, Porter Jarrard once told me the climb Cell Block Six in the Muir Valley area is the best route he has climbed at the Red.