RRG -- 60m or 70m rope?


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Abbie R · · Denver, CO · Joined Mar 2017 · Points: 5

For those very familiar with the Red River Gorge -- would you take a 60m or a 70m to climb there for a couple of weeks?

Thanks!

BrianWS · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 790

60M is fine unless you're doing the extremely long steep (hard) routes -- if you're doing moderate trad and sport, 70 is overkill.

Rick Lewis · · Indianapolis, IN · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 50

Most everything can be done easily with a 60, there is the odd ball route every-once in a while where its nice to have, but 60 will do you fine.

Parker Wrozek · · Denver, CO · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 83

I always bring my 70M from Denver but it is overkill. I can't think of any route I have been on that I needed it. 


P.S. spend as much time as you can in the gym bouldering/leading overhung routes. 

Abbie R · · Denver, CO · Joined Mar 2017 · Points: 5

Thanks, folks! 

Would you also recommend the two Ellington guidebooks the MP page for RRG mentions, or something else?

Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 190

60M is fine unless you're climbing hard (12+).  Even then, it's select routes, mostly at the Motherlode.  Ellington books are fine...you'll probably be able to get away with one or the other unless you're really spending some time there.  In general, Sport: South. Trad: North.

BrianWS · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 790

It depends on the style of climbing you want. For trad, the northern guide is a must. If just doing sport, the southern guide is all you really need. Miller fork is a separate guidebook as well. 

Therw is also an online guide. You can always buy additional books from gear shops/Miguel's when you are there. 

Parker Wrozek · · Denver, CO · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 83

The RRG south book is good, the new version is nice. I agree with Ted that you probably only need one or the other. The Miller Fork book also might be nice to have, there is quite a bit of climbing there as well. 

amarius · · Nowhere, OK · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 20

RRG South, the new edition is OK, but already out of date at some crags.

Online database is the most up-to-date, but even there some routes are missing - Red River Climbing Guide

I created Excel sheets of all crags in the Red based on the database, grab the latest zipped file, RRG_20170623.zip here - google drive shared folder

Abbie R · · Denver, CO · Joined Mar 2017 · Points: 5

Wow, thanks for all the great info, folks! 

Parker Wrozek · · Denver, CO · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 83

You can always do the Rakkup app 2 month rental for $9. Works offline and is very up to date. 

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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