SCALE THE CLIFFS OF THE RED RIVER GORGE
The Red, as it’s known, is a 26,000-acre climbers’ playground in the Daniel Boone National Forest, with 1,600 routes—including the Golden Ticket and Pure Imagination, two legendary overhung sport climbs, both rated 5.14c and located 50 feet from each other. The Red also has tons of lesser-known gems, such as Gettin’ Lucky in Kentucky (5.10b) and Jesus Wept (5.12d). The cliffs aren’t huge, at least not compared with ones out west, but you’d be hard-pressed to find better juggy, single-pitch sport routes anywhere else in the country. After a day of scaling the walls, grab a slice at Miguels Pizza, a popular climbers’ hangout, in Slade.
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