This is the definitive guidebook covering the northern half of the Red River Gorge climbing area in eastern Kentucky. The guidebook covers those crags that lie north of Miguel's Pizza and the Mountain Parkway, and is volume 1 - of a two-volume series. With some fantastic solid well-featured sandstone, this area gives some steep, spectacular climbing, varying from traditionally protected cracks to some of the hardest sport climbs in America.
The classic and historic crags of Military Wall, Left Flank, Long Wall and Funk Rock City are included. Areas covered include Gray’s Branch, Lower Gorge, Middle Gorge, Northern Gorge, Upper Gorge, Eastern Gorge, and Tunnel Ridge Road.
At the start of each main area there is a location map and approach details with a brief description of the type of climbing to be found. The routes have a star grading, with the length of the route & when the best time of day is to climb (season dependent). The guidebook also has a 3 colour guide: Blue = Sport Climb, Red = Traditional and Green = Boulder. All the routes are clearly shown on colour photo-topos along with a detailed description. At the beginning of the guidebook there is great map featuring the main roads and crag locations. There is also information about the local areas, about where to eat, where to stay and get fuel.
Published by Wolverine Publishing in January 2013, this is the 5th edition of this guidebook, and includes many great action photographs.
Number of pages is 250.
Size is 150mm x 230mm.