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ROCK at the RED

Now announcing Eastern Kentucky University and College Outside’s newest event: ROCK at the RED! 


The brand new 2018 Regional Outdoor Conference in Kentucky will be held at the famous mecca of sandstone crags, the Red River Gorge! Running from April 13-15, this conference offers students the opportunity to both climb and develop their professional skills through workshops and clinics, led by all sorts of rad outdoors-people. Surrounded by 100 other students from 20+ universities, you’ll meet other outdoor leaders, establish some quality relationships, and try out new outdoor activities!

The Who:Stoked College Outdoor Leaders like yourself!

The What: Develop your professional skills and climb at the same time! Learn from speakers with rad experiences, engage with people who work in the outdoor industry, enter a mind-blowing raffle and most importantly, make new friends from 20+ outdoor programs and clubs!

The Where:The Red River Gorge, Kentucky. Do we need to say any more?

Sooo… what does my ticket include?

April 13th:

9:00am-4:00pm Pre-conference events (Lunch included $5 per person): ‚ÄčLadies Climb at Roadside Crag, Hiking Cloud Splitter, Canoeing Red River


9:00am-4:00pm          Check-in & University pre-registration 5:30pm-7:00pm          Conference Dinner

7:30pm-11:00pm        Social with free beer for 21+, Live Bluegrass Music provided by Southern Blend, Bouldering, Ping Pong, Foosball, Air-hockey, and more

April 14th:

7:00am-7:30am Pre-Ed Session Workshops (Sunrise Yoga)

8:00am-9:00am Breakfast

9:15am-10:00am Round Table Discussion

Professionals from various universities discuss current trends and changes

9:15am-12:00pm Presentations (9:15-12:00)

9:15am-10:00am (Ed. Session 1a, Ed. Session 1b, Ed. Session 1c)

Title: How to Take Photos on Trips
Presenter: Anas Almassrahy
Institution: Ball State University
Location: Hanger 1
Description: Discover the necessary skills for how to take photos during trips, while developing an understanding for equipment, photo tips (time, landscape, light, people and photography rules) and finish with an interactive exercise.
Title: Don't Lose Your Middle Class
Presenter: Silas Arnold
Institution: Western Kentucky University
Location: Hanger 2
Description: As Outdoor Professionals its easy to focus on training our brand new staff and letting our "rock stars" take off and run with the program. Let's talk about ways to keep our "middle class" of outdoor staff engaged and motivated so we maximize their experience and development.
*Final session at 9:15 TBD
Located Outside

10:15am-11:00am (Ed. Session 2a, Ed. Session 2b, Ed. Session 2c)

Title: Making Dreams Come True: Student Trip Planning
Presenter(s): Callie McMullin & Maria Lanham
Institution: Eastern Kentucky University
Location: Hanger 1
Description: Trips should be planned for students and therefore planned by students. Take an in-depth look at what Eastern Kentucky University is doing for its student trip leaders to allow them to lead, schedule and plan all of their Adventure Trips.
Title: Active Older Adults: How they influence Adventure Programming Opportunities
Presenter: Greg Petry
Institution: University of Minnesota-Duluth
Location: Hanger 2
Description: Within the context of adventure programming Ewert (1983) calls attention to older adults’ influence on society, identifies that their desires for programming have been largely ignored, and predicts a need for such programming. Colby and Ortman (2014) support Ewert’s claim of societal influence, and state that the 65+ population will be 20% by 2030.
This presentation will highlight preliminary findings from "Motivations and Trends of Active Older Adult Users and How They Influence Outdoor Adventure Program Opportunities" Petry, 2015, and suggest programming changes based on those results.

11:15am-12:00pm (Ed. Session 3a, Ed. Session 3b, Ed. Session 3c)

Title: Backcountry Leadership & Decision Making
Presenter: Silas Arnold
Institution: Western Kentucky University
Location: Hanger 1
Description: Trip leaders face a variety of situations while in the back country. Depending on the type of trip, length of trip, and experience of participants trip leaders are tasked with choosing which leadership style and decision making model fits them self and the activity the best.
Title: Fundamentals of Search and Rescue: Red River Gorge
Presenter(s): John May & Mark Ryan
Institution/Organization: Wolfe Country SAR
Location: Outside
Description: Learn what it takes to work as a Search and Rescue Volunteer with Wolfe County in the Red River Gorge, while practicing some fundamental skills for success. Continue the conversation and your development even further by listening to some of the life changing stories/events that have occurred and what could have been done to prevent them.


12:00pm Lunch

6:00pm-7:00pm Dinner Provided

7:30pm-9:00pm Outdoor Flick (movie) (REEL ROCK 12), sponsored by Miur Valley

10:00pm-11:00pm      Raffle and Giveaways

April 15th:

Universities Depart

*Possible Post-Conference Events

Early Bird Registration ends April 1st, so get your ticket ASAP!

Students: $60

Professional: $75

April 2nd-April 13th:

Student: $75

Professional: $90 

Arrive a day early, and go on one of these RAD adventures. Registration can get a little tricky, so be sure to read the directions and follow these steps:

1. Click Here to Register

2. Click Become a Guest

3. Fill out the requested information then click Next

4. Fill out the requested information; Then under Online Credential Options click the + for Create Your Username and Password

5. Create a Username and Password, then Confirm Password and click Next

6. Underpayment Summary Page Click Next

Now that you have created an account Proceed Home and follow the below steps to register

1. Click Program Registration

2. Select Special Events

3. Click View Programs and choose either Professional or Student and add that item to your cart.

4. Then complete all payment requirements and submit payment.

*If you have questions please contact

Click Here to Reach the Presentation Proposal Page

Click Here to Reach the Sponsorship Page 

Click Here to Reach the Pre-Conference Event Page

If you would like to be a sponsor for the event please contact

Flyers and Marketing Materials

If you are in need of marketing materials for your program see the below links to assist you in gaining interest for ROCK at the Red. 

Rock the Red 4X6

Rock the Red 11X17

Rock the Red Logo

Rock the Red Pamphlet (contains a sample itinerary of the event)


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