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New Climbing Area Purchased in Kentucky

The Access Fund and the Red River Gorge Climbers' Coalition (RRGCC) have just purchased a 309 acre plot of land in Beattyville, Kentucky, which holds a cliff line with potential for hundreds of high-quality sport routes.

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Jonathan Horst climbing <em>God&#39;s Own Stone</em> (5.14a) in the Red River Gorge. ” src=”https://d1vs4ggwgd7mlq.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/Article-Images/News-Photos/Jon_GodsOwnStone.jpg” />The Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition (RRGCC) and the Access Fund have just purchased a 309-acre plot of land in Beattyville, Kentucky, which holds a cliff line with potential for hundreds of high-quality sport routes. Now named the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve, the land sits only seven miles from the already established Pendergrass Murray Recreational Preserve. </p>
<p>The land was previously owned by longtime Lee County resident Libby Roach, who contacted the RRGCC after seeing the positive impacts of climbing on her community. Roach was quoted in the RRGCC’s press realease, saying:  “I care very much for Beattyville and Lee County. It is my hope that our decision to sell this beautiful land will only bring positive things to all.” </p>
<p>The RRGCC enlisted the help of the Access Fund, who provided a $10,000 grant and a $200,000 loan from the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign. The RRGCC was able to provide the remaining $35,000 to purchase the property for a total of $245,000. Visit <a href=rrgcc.org for more details on the recent purchase of the Miller Fork Recreational Preserve and to help out the cause with a donation.