(Part 1 of 17 in 2016 Red River Gorge)
This post presents a gallery of ALL images in this series. You can click on any to enlarge; you can even click on the first, sit back, and it’ll run them all as a slide show. The gallery is dynamic so it will automatically grow as I add more posts to this series.
(Part 2 of 17 in 2016 Red River Gorge)
WOW! Westward flight left pre-dawn and I was treated to the most spectacular sunrise and Belt of Venus (wikipedia it!) I have even seen! These are two photos of diff exposures. No filters. I’ve never seen GREEN like this. More to come! Also: GOOD MORNING CHICAGO (just for a layover tho’)
(Part 3 of 17 in 2016 Red River Gorge)
Two pano’s squeezed out the window. Diff exposures, no filters. Some distortion from jet bumps and window etc. Looking south. On far right you can see the ‘wedge’ of the Earth’s shadow projected up onto the lower edge of the sky. On the left you can see the southern side of the sunrise. From this altitude, you clearly get the sense of how this color “show” rotates around that south point in the middle of the photo; Like a two panel beach ball, with these spectacular colors where the two hemispheres meet. Of course, the sky and sun aren’t moving… ;) Flying westward this show lasted so much longer than when you are standing still.
(Part 4 of 17 in 2016 Red River Gorge)
The Puffin doubles as a leg rest when lounging awaiting a ride! Hello Kentucky! I am in you. #whereisthepuffin
(Part 5 of 17 in 2016 Red River Gorge)
First day at Red River Gorge. Mike picked me up at the airport and after a few provisioning stops… A short hike, hot and humid… but the grip on these rocks is awesome!
(Part 6 of 17 in 2016 Red River Gorge)
If you ask me, this was a pretty sweet place to start climbing! Super easy warm up… before we moved onto some much harder stuff. I can just barely climb the “easy” climbs here. Lots of insane over-hanging stuff that is way beyond me.
(Part 7 of 17 in 2016 Red River Gorge)
Cook breakfast and get ready for day two!
(Part 8 of 17 in 2016 Red River Gorge)
Rained all night and all morning… finally cleared up and now this terrible drive thru some lousy national forest or something… #whereAreTheRocks !
(Part 9 of 17 in 2016 Red River Gorge)
This wall was just a few degrees from vertical. Standing on tiny features like edge of a nickel. The upper lip is about 200 feet, and roofed out at least forty feet. Route started with this sheer, wet, mossy wall with a fist-jam crack (insert entire hand, make fist so it can’t come out and the walk up the wall :) Spent all day climbing all over this wall, and then one other route.
(Part 10 of 17 in 2016 Red River Gorge)
Then we moved a bit left on that same wall. This was crazy hard to make the first move to get up onto the wall.
(Part 11 of 17 in 2016 Red River Gorge)
Straight up the middle of this. Blank and mossy until you get to this unique feature mid-face.
(Part 12 of 17 in 2016 Red River Gorge)
Once we had our top rope up, we spent the rest of our daylight here. Staright up, dihedral with a 5.8 finger jam crack. Paste your feet on the right and bury your hands… four attempts, but I couldn’t quite pull this one off.
(Part 13 of 17 in 2016 Red River Gorge)
What do you at 1am when you’re on the way to the airport for a 6am flight?? …got off the highway at the airport exit and BAM!!
(Part 14 of 17 in 2016 Red River Gorge)
As I mentioned earlier, the first flight left before dawn provided an extended (because flying westward) pre-dawn and sunrise show. When I fly, I always try to look for optical phenomenon and this flight was the most spectacular I have ever seen.
(Part 15 of 17 in 2016 Red River Gorge)
On our first day in Red River Gorge, we drove to a nearby “roadside crag”. After a brief walk in, we encountered this magnificent block covered in 10a+ routes.
(Part 16 of 17 in 2016 Red River Gorge)
It’s hard to convey the sheer scale of the rock faces in Red River Gorge. These photos are from the walk into the Middle Gorge. About 20 minutes of steep hiking, and suddenly these ~200 feet tall rock faces appear overhead through the trees.
(Part 17 of 17 in 2016 Red River Gorge)
Various photos of a few of the routes we worked on day three, in the Upper Gorge. This area is “trad[itional]” climbing. In many areas, hangers are bolted into the rock for clipping in safety gear. In this area, you have to bring your own hardware which you temporarily insert into the nooks and crannies of the rock.