Ground Up, Backwoods Development at the Red River Gorge

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“For years, we’d be listening to Heath Rowland rave about the potential for new-routing in the Red. Rowland, a Kentucky native, has been climbing in the Red for years, and for the past several, has devoted most of his time to ground-up first ascents in unexplored areas of the Gorge.

“Most of these climbs aren’t in the standard guidebooks or even on Mountain Project. And they’re done entirely on gear. Adventure climbing in it’s truest form, sprouted from time in the Red, and a place were sport climbing is the main attraction.”

Read more in Kentucky Alpine: Seeking First-Ascent Trad Lines in America’s Sport Climbing Capital on Mountain Project.

Video by Alton Richardson.