Red River Gorge Rock Climbing Research

Red River Gorge route 8-ball Photo by Jim Winn

Earlier this month two EKU professors, Dr. James Maples and Brian Clark presented the economic impact of rock climbers in the Red RIver Gorge to the Red RIver Gorge Climbers' Coalition, the Access Fund, and other local community leaders. Since that presentation there has been a tremendous amount of media outlets diplaying their findings. See below for some examples of a few:

http://chainringreport.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-economy-of-rock-and-dirt...

https://www.accessfund.org/news-and-events/news/new-study-shows-rock-cli...

http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article68545792.html

http://www.climbing.com/news/new-study-shows-rock-climbers-spend-36-mill...

The study reveals that rock climbers in the red river gorge are spending $3.6 million annually. This is a significant amount, especially in rural eastern Kentucky which is home to some of the most economic deprived counties in the country. This is the first time that a study of this stature has been done in a rock climbing area. Now that the data is out there the Kentucky office of advenutre tourism and public land management agencies are hoping to be able to put this information to good use.

Published on March 30, 2016

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