Rock Climber Perspectives of Management Issues in the Red River Gorge

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The Ohio State University

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Rock climbing has been a popular recreational activity in the Red River Gorge for many decades. With the increase in recreational users throughout the Gorge, the United States Forest Service implemented the Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) process in the summer of 2004. This ongoing project will determine which recreational users are making an impact, where the impact is being made, and to what extent. The goal of this study was to gain the perspective of the rock climbing constituent in the Gorge and their opinions on current and future regulations that may occur due to the findings of the LAC process. This study found that rock climbers are generally unaware of the activities involved in the LAC process, leading to a decrease in the potential success of the project.



Rock Climbing, Limits of Acceptable Change