When going climbing outside, aside from a climber’s typical arsenal of gear, guide books are crucial. These books offer vital information such as grades, number of bolts, route differentiation and information on the history and development of the different crags. My personal favorite place to climb is the Red River Gorge located in Slade, KY. The perfect overhanging, pocketed sandstone offers very dynamic climbing and is a great destination for sport and trad climbing. Slade also offers local food and campsite options such as Miguel’s Pizza. Miguel’s Pizza is the place to be after a long day of climbing and with pie’s made with local and organic ingredients, nothing tastes better after sending your project. The one thing I make sure I take with me when heading to one of the best east coast climbing areas is my Red River Gorge Rock Climbs guide by Wolverine Publishing. This book is filled with colorful pages and tons of information on routes at every crag. The best thing about it could be the detailed maps showing you how to get to each cliff. So stop by Inner Peaks today and speak with our gear expert, Brett Crawford, to get your Red River Gorge Rock Climbs guide and start planning your trip to Kentucky in the fall!