Group seeks to replace climbing bolts, anchors in gorge

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A group is seeking to replace aging hardware that climbers use at the Red River Gorge.

The gorge, which attracts climbers from around the world, has bolts and anchors embedded into the rock face to create more than 2,000 climbing routes. Many of the zinc-plated bolts and anchors have started to corrode and need to be replaced.

A statement from the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet says the Fixed Gear Initiative was created as a collaborative effort between developers, climbers, industry professionals and nonprofit groups as a way to rebolt the gorge and promote sustainable climbing.

Fixed Gear Initiative Director Ian Kirk said the project is expected to take decades.

The group has established a website, , where people can learn more and find out how to help.


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