Here are the results. For details on the methodology and elaboration on conclusions read the full report here... http://rrgcc.org/documents/Economic.Impact.of.Rock.Climbing.on.the.Red.pdf
The Red River Gorge (RRG) is a canyon system in Eastern Kentucky containing world class climbing areas.
An estimated 7500 unique climbers visit the RRG every year to participate in its vibrant climbing culture.
Our research team worked with community partners to establish climbers’ economic impact upon the region.
Our major findings include:
- Climbers spend an estimated $3.6 million dollars in the regional economy each year.
- Climbers generate an estimated $2.7 in total revenues for local business owners and support an estimated 39 full-time jobs in a region with high poverty rates.
- Climbers are generally highly educated, with the majority having (or working on) college degrees.
- Climbers are strongly interested in selective economic development in the RRG utilizing locally owned businesses.
- We strongly recommend that local policy increase access to climbing areas to further increase climbers’ economic impact.