posted by dpm on 10/19/2008

Last week, over six hundred climbers pulled pockets and dropped coin at the 3rd annual Rocktoberfest in the Red River Gorge. Tents, music, the Sender Film Festival, and climbers from all over the world converged on the Red River Gorge in an effort to help the RRGCC in the fight to secure climbing areas in and around the area.

Last year's event was cloaked under the veil of Petzl Rock Trip, drawing thousands to the RRG including some heavy hitters from the Petzl Team. This year, the event lacked the draw of Rock Trip, however it still drew in players like Tommy Caldwell, Lisa Rands, Carlo Traversi, Daniel Woods, Micah Dash, and Emily Harrington.

Manufactures tents lined the perimeter of the event site drawing climbers into the dyno comp arena and the "big top" tent, where the Sender Film Festival and local bands from Lexington entertained the crowd.


Blessed by sunny skies, albeit balmy temps, the crags were buzzing with activity all weekend long. Saturday, RRGCC's Clip n' Go Competition, allowed climbers who donated $15 to the RRGCC's cause, an escape from the weekend ruckus at other crags. All day long, the Sore Heel climbing area was devoid of crowds, allowing those who donated a quiet, stress-free, and friendly competition, where bolts were the only thing counted for points.

On Sunday, the crowds at Sore Heel were back, and climbers clambered for one more attempt at their projects before returning home. Daniel Woods waited until dusk Sunday evening to return to the Bob Marley Crag to send 50 Words for Pump (14c), a long endurance climb that ascends the left side of an ever-steepening wall of pockets and sloping edges.

At the end of the weekend, tired hands and battered egos returned home. The Red River Gorge Climber's Coalition dusted the dirt off and counted the loot. In the end, the RRGCC's "Pay the Mortgage Party," raised over $25 thousand dollars, giving them the necessary funds needed to secure the mortgage payment for 2009. Bentley Brackett and other comp organizers wish to thank everyone who came to support the cause, and look forward to making next year's event even better. To find out more information on the RRGCC, visit