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Another triumph of climber ownership, the PMRP is a 700-acre area in the southern section of the Red River Gorge. It is owned and maintained by the Red River Gorge Climbers' Coalition. More than 500 routes in 25 separate areas are available to climbers thanks to the efforts of the RRGCC.

Climbing in the PMRP began in the 1990s not long after the discovery of the Motherlode just east of the area. At the time, this sizeable tract of land was owned by the Pendergrass family descendents, and much of it was leased out for oil exploration. As climbers began developing the numerous crags in the area, the RRGCC worked toward an accommodation of the various public and private interests there. Finally, in 2004, the coalition purchased surface rights to the tract, ensuring continued climbing access.

As with Muir Valley, the other major climber-owned section of Red River Gorge, climbers must sign a liability waiver before climbing in the PMRP. For more information and rules on the area, go to the RRGCC web site. Direct link to the liability waiver smartwaiver.com/w/51c2134a2…

Getting There Suggest change

To get to the PMRP, travel south on KY 11 south of Torrent Falls. Depending on the area you're heading to, turn off on either Fixer Road or Bald Rock Fork Road. Park only in designated parking areas and steer clear of all oil production equipment.

Please slow down when driving past homes on Bald Rock Fork Road (aka the road that leads from 498 to the Motherlode/PMRP). The speed limit on this road is 10 mph and driving too quickly creates dust which negatively affects the residents along the road.

NOTE: Access to many crags in the PMRP may be problematic without a high-clearance vehicle. 2WD cars should park at the top of the hill before descending down into the canyon and be mindful not to block oil machine and other access roads.

Waiver and Rules

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The Red River Gorge Climber's Coalition (RRGCC) asks that climbers at PMRP complete this online liability waiver/rules agreement before climbing at PMRP.

* As of June 2018, there is no overnight parking allowed on any Coalition properties (PMRP, BRRP, MFRP). Primitive camping is still allowed,
  just as long as you do not park a car there (i.e. dropped off or hike in).
* Do not park next to oil wells. Do not block oil wells or oil workers’ trucks.
* Please climb responsibly and follow “Leave No Trace” practices. Please remove all refuse and bury human waste.
* All dogs must be leashed or under control of their owners.
* Stay off all tagged projects and do not touch or use any project ropes, draws, or other gear.
* Hike on established trails and do not mark or damage trees or  other vegetation. Approval by the RRGCC is required prior to the establishment of any new crags or trails.
* No hunting, trapping, digging for archaeological artifacts is permitted.
* No operation of motorized vehicles off established roads is permitted.
* No open fires are permitted due to the oil extraction activity in the area and the enormous threat a forest fire in a region of
  numerous oil wells would pose.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP)

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 366
Cheaper Than a Movie
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 1,428
27 Years of Climbing
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 438
Boilerplate
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 626
Brown Eyed Girl
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 1,413
A Brief History of Climb
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 930
Breakfast Burrito
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 605
Fire and Brimstone
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 792
Whip-Stocking
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 817
Johnny B. Good
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 413
Toker
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 577
The Preacher's Daughter
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 637
Amarillo Sunset
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 353
Random Precision
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 355
Starry Night
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 411
Check Your Grip
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cheaper Than a Movie Chica Bonita Wall
 366
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
27 Years of Climbing Gallery
 1,428
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Boilerplate Crossroads
 438
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Brown Eyed Girl Chica Bonita Wall
 626
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
A Brief History of Climb Gallery
 1,413
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Breakfast Burrito Drive-By Crag
 930
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Fire and Brimstone Drive-By Crag
 605
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Whip-Stocking Drive-By Crag
 792
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Johnny B. Good Gallery
 817
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Toker Bob Marley
 413
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Preacher's Daughter Gallery
 577
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Amarillo Sunset N 40
 637
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Random Precision Gallery
 353
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Starry Night Gallery
 355
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Check Your Grip Drive-By Crag
 411
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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