EARTH Magazine
ALEX MANDRILA

Collaboration with writer Lucas Joel for EARTH Magazine to photograph the the Red River Gorge Geological Area and its climbing culture.

Climbers coalesce from near and far at "The Red" to climb the unique sandstone cliffs, formed mainly by river and wind erosion. Its canyon system is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest where one can find more than 100 natural sandstone arches. The rock faces take many forms, from overhanging with plates and pockets to inclined and “slabby”.

Capturing climbing culture included visits to popular climber accommodations such as Miguel's Pizza, a restaurant, shop and campground, and climbing photography at various cliffs. We also hiked to features such as Courthouse Rock and Gray's Arch to capture the unique geology.

The article was published in the February 2016 issues of Earth Magazine. Read it here.

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