Adventure Hiking and Rappelling Fall 2018

Trip Date: October 13

Trip Description: a guided off-trail adventure that involves hiking, scrambling, and rappelling in the heart of the Red River Gorge – rappel 220 feet!

  • Location: Red River Gorge
  • Cost: $30
  • Registration: NOW – Friday, October 12 at 4 pm
  • Cost Includes: group transportation, rappelling gear


8:30am: Meet in the Johnson Center lobby

9am: Leave from Johnson Center (1-1.5 hour drive)

10am-10:30am: Arrive at Bison Way Trailhead

Begin adventure:

Scramble up to Adena Arch

Hike trail to Indian Arch

Rappel under Indian Arch (30-40ft)

Hike trail to Indian Staircase

Scramble up Indian Staircase

Rappel off of Frog’s Head (220ft)

Hike trail back to parking lot

4pm-8pm: Leave Bison Way Trailhead (drive to Miguel’s Pizza or drive home – time dependent)

5:30pm-9:30pm: Arrive in Lexington

Mandatory for all trip participants:

  • At least 2, 1-liter Nalgene-style water bottles
  • Hiking appropriate (close-toed) boots or shoes
  • A flashlight
  • Pack and bring a sack lunch and snacks
  • A small backpack for carrying water, food, flashlight, extra layers, rappelling gear, and additional items

Recommended for all trip participants:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • A headlamp-style flashlight
  • Check the weather prior to trip, and pack accordingly - dress in layers (cotton and denim are not recommended)
  • Rain gear (waterproof jacket, pants, and pack cover) – even if it’s not in the forecast
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, camera
  • Money for dinner at Miguel’s Pizza

Assessment of Difficulty: This trip will be very strenuous! Hiking/scrambling will total around 2.5-3 miles on varying terrain. This type of activity will require an advanced level of physical fitness.

Environmental Hazards: Risks include, but are not limited to: hypothermia, heat-related emergencies, snake or insect bites, soft tissue injuries, dislocated joints, sprains, strains, fractures, concussions, and potentially death. However, proper preparation and adherence to guidelines will minimize many of these risks. The trip will continue through rain or shine. Participants may encounter wet and/or cold conditions.