A tiny abandoned kitten strayed into the hearts of a group of climbers. “Meet Red, a stray we found in a gravel parking lot at Muir Valley, Red River Gorge, Kentucky. He adopted us by following us for half a mile through the woods,” said Eric C.

“He followed us the whole way from the parking lot at Muir down the trail to Tectonic Wall, and stayed at the crag with us all day. We couldn’t leave him,” Jennifer S. said.

Red is quite a hiker. He tagged along with his human friends he just met when they were hiking up the hill. When the kitty didn’t feel like walking, he wasn’t shy to ask for assistance. “He rode on my shoulders or backpack, but insisted I hunch over. He’d sleep in my helmet, but didn’t like being carried in it as much. What worked best was letting him sleep in our jackets, with a strap around the bottom so he wouldn’t fall out,” Eric added.

They fell in love with the little unexpected furry friend. When they were leaving that day, they went home with a new addition. “I may have adopted a kitten or a kitten may have adopted me,” Eric wrote.

A tiny abandoned kitten found a group of climbers at Red River Gorge, Kentucky. “He adopted us by following us for half a mile through the woods.” They named him Red.

black kitten adopts climbers

When Red wanted some rest, he wasn’t shy to ask for assistance. “He rode on my shoulders or backpack, but insisted I hunch over.”

black kitten adopts climbers

“You are my human now!”

black kitten adopts climbers

 He discovered their helmet. It’s a perfect fit!

black kitten adopts climbers

Red snuggled into Eric’s jacket, ready for a nap.

black kitten adopts climbers

 They fell in love with the little unexpected furry friend.

black kitten adopts climbers

“I may have adopted a kitten or a kitten may have adopted me.”

black kitten adopts climbers

 Much bigger now. Red is the boss in the house.

cat rescued by climbers

Photos courtesy of Jennifer S. and Eric C. Thank you for saving Red!