Muir Valley, for those that don’t know, is a sport climbing area in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. However, calling it a sub-area of the RRG is somewhat misleading as it is actually an entire destination unto itself. Spread over 400 acres of beautiful land and home to over 250 routes (and growing), it has quickly become one of the most popular places for climbers to visit since it opened a few years back.
How did Muir Valley come to be you might ask? How did climbers become so fortunate as to have 400 acres on which to develop some of the better routes at the Red? It is all thanks to the land owners Rick & Liz Weber. Despite common climber/private landowner problems like crapping, cussing, dogs, and a sometimes familiar sense of entitlement from climbers, they have always strived to make Muir Valley a safe, fun place for people to climb at…almost entirely at their own expense.
The road to Muir Valley recently needed some maintenance to protect the majority of safe drivers from a select few who made the single lane road their rally race playground. In fact, one of the neighbor’s of Muir Valley was struck by a car while riding his horse! The Weber’s quickly took action by closing the area for a brief period to revamp the road…at their own expense presumably. Fortunately the work went quickly and Muir Valley is now re-opened.
With this recent news in mind, and climbingnarc.com money burning a hole in our pockets, Mrs. Narc and I sent off a $100 donation to the Friends Of Muir Valley to show our appreciation as well. If you are someone that has frequented Muir Valley over the years, consider making a small donation to FOMV to show your appreciation. And while you’re at it, check out the newly redesigned Red River Gorge Climber’s Coalition website, and help out with a donation to preserve access to the 750 acre Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve.
Remember, any ad revenue donated by ads located throughout this site will continue to be donated to causes such as this. If you know of causes that could use donations in increments of $100 (along with some publicity) please let me know. It doesn’t just have to be the Red River Gorge either.
Speaking of the Red. If you are in the greater Red River Gorge area next week, keep an eye out for this guy. Ask him how he can help you improve your trip packing methods!