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Valley View Nature Preserve

Valley View nature preserve is a hidden gem that should not be overlooked. “We had been in Milford for over a year and yet I had yet to venture back to the preserve. It was a group trail run that led me back into Valley View, and since then that path has been one of my most traveled.” Says RRT Owner Bryan. The best part was that the beautiful trails that cut through field and forest are less than a mile from the doors of RRT.

The property hosts wildlife, a community garden, a trail system, a hops field, river access, and a walk through history. Although their footprint is relatively smaller at about 150 acres, it is easy to find yourself exploring a new trail or stumbling upon an old barn or beautiful farmhouse on the property. Their message is simple: conserve land, preserve history, and share with the community.

This message resonates loudly with the crew at RRT. We understand the importance of accessibility to the outdoors for all. That is why we strive to be strong partners with the Valley View . We want to encourage all of our neighbors to visit and support the organization and to take advantage of this gem in our backyards. In 2018, RRT owner, Bryan was elected on to the the board for Valley View so that he can have a greater impact with the organization in both fundraising and outdoor recreation. Bryan’s first task was to help organize the resurgence of “Run for the Bottoms”, a 5k and 10k race through the grounds. With over 80 participants year one we had a great success in raising nearly $3,000 for the foundation.

RRT has worked to financially support the foundation since 2015 when they held their first in-store fundraiser. That year we were able to write a check for an additional $500 to the Foundation, followed by $650 in 2017 and over $1,000 in 2018. We also sponsor and promote their “Toast to the View” fundraising event with premier raffle items like our popular kayaking package!  Teaming up with Patagonia we released a limited edition tee celebrating VVF’s work in the future removal of the low head dam on the East Fork of the Little Miami.  2019 marked our first secured grant for the foundation, given from our friends at Patagonia. The $1,000 grant will help fight invasive plants on the property.

Bryan is now the chair for the programs committee and organizes events to welcome people on property, tell the Valley View story, and help them reconnect with nature. Look for more RRT and Valley View events like our new “Howl at the Moon” full moon hikes once a month. For more information on the Valley View please visit:

Valley View

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Friends of Red River Gorge

The more we personally visit the Red, the more in love with it we become. This place captivates all of its visitors, both hiker and climber alike. We all enjoy the break from the city, where the skies shine bright with stars, the wind and rain have been allowed to carve the landscape, and the true beauty of nature surrounds you. For the adventure seeker it is often the first place we point out for your next weekend jaunt and for the climber it is where to find world class climbing at all levels. The gorge is unique and breathtaking. It is also precious, delicate, and sometimes dangerous.

It is important to educate the people who want to enjoy these areas and to work our best to provide safe, reliable, and sustainable solutions to our outdoor recreation. That is why RRT makes a strong effort to support not for profit initiatives in the Red River Gorge. From 2018-2020 we worked with the Climbers’ Coalition. In July of 2018 RRT hosted their first in-store fundraiser for the coalition, bringing local craft beer, an awesome raffle from Rab and Black Diamond, and a coalition update all together to raise almost $700 year one!

RRT has been a member of the RRGCC since 2015. We have supported the coalition with our sponsorship, attendance, and promotion of their annual Rocktoberfest fundraiser inprevious years. We also designed and created a series of shirts, hats and stickers that celebrate the Red but also have a portion of proceeds that contributed to the RRGCC from 2015-2019.

Our fundraising efforts and sponsorship totaled over $7,000 in contributions. If you want to learn more about the RRGCC or their Rocktoberfest festival (which is amazing!) please click the link below:

Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition

Today our partnership with a safe and protected RRG continues as we support Friends of Red River Gorge (FoRRG). From liter clean-ups, tree planting, awareness events and public engagement events to education, the FoRRG is heavily involved in preserving and protecting the Red. To learn more visit them below:

Friends of Red River Gorge

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