Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve (PMRP)
> Red River Gorge
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 300 routes in 20 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…
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
The Red River Gorge Climber's Coalition
(RRGCC) asks that climbers at PMRP complete this online liability waiver/rules agreement
before climbing at PMRP.
- Do not park next to oil wells. Do not block oil wells or oil
- 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
- No operation of motorized vehicles off established roads is
- 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.
- Overnight camping (no longterm camping) is permitted as long
as it is not in a climbing area, along a trail, or near any oil
Climber on KSB in the Red River Gorge
On the approach to Chica Bonita wall
The Shire in Red River Gorge
Joe making his way up "A Wave New World" @ PMRP - Drive By Crag
Another of the giant cave between Volunteer wall and the Gallery
The giant cave in between Volunteer wall and the Gallery
Jen on Johnny B. Good, 5.11a
Sore Heel Hollow parking lot sign
Tom DeFilippo on the rock after a couple of years top roping "Buckswheats Climb for Stef" 5.6 at hte Crossroads, Fixer, KY