Climbing in the Tri-State
Written by: James Mobley
My wife will tell you that I’m obsessed with climbing. I say I’m passionate about climbing. Either way it is a key part of my life! I’ve been climbing for over 13 years and continue to get more involved in the climbing community. It challenges me to grow my mind, body, and spirit every time I climb, all year long. I fail more times than I succeed but when I do achieve a particular goal it is very gratifying and I grow as a person. I enjoy going to climbing areas and meeting new people in the climbing community. I meet people from all over the world and we all have a common bond, our passion for climbing.
So where do I go to fulfill my passion to climb? I moved to Cincinnati mainly to be closer to The Red River Gorge in Slade Kentucky. The Red is a worldwide destination for climbers. Gritty sandstone, pocketed lines, and steep roof routes make it the mecca of Midwest climbing. Climbing guides for the Red River Gorge are available at Roads Rivers and Trails, located in downtown Milford. The guide will give you ideas for climbing, camping, and restaurants. My favorite place to find all three is Miguel’s Pizza. Miguel’s Pizza is an icon around the world for supporting the climbing community. Their dedication to climbers is evident through their business; gear shop, food, climber camping, and their ongoing support in all the yearly climbing events that take place in the area. On top of all of that, they make the best pizza on the planet, no joke!
But wait, there’s more! Living in Cincinnati gives me access to a number of other great climbing destinations. You can urban climb right in Cincinnati, at Eden Park. The New River Gorge in West Virginia offers features, such as, splinter cracks, ledges, horizontal cracks, and clean lines. On a hot summer day the New also offers great places to jump into the water to cool off after a day of climbing! All this is available within a short drive. Just north of Cincinnati, in Springfield Park, you can boulder limestone rock. Just west of Cincinnati, in Muscatatuck, Indiana, you can boulder along a creek bed. A southeast day trip offers bouldering in Athens, Ohio. In summary, amazing climbing surrounds the Cincinnati area.
If you’re looking for a new way to get fit and meet great people I encourage you to try climbing; be it in one of the local gyms or one of these outside locations! I feel lucky to live in a place with so many great options!