Preserving, protecting, and expanding your climbing opportunities
Hey guys, the season at Rumbling Bald is winding down for the summer but it's the perfect time to take care of the resource there we all love. As you know the Carolina Climbers Coalition, the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park and Chimney Rock State Park did two projects last fall: Around the "Ladder" boulder and the "Moby Dick" boulder. We are excited to continue that project with a work day happening on April 27th that will focus on the Trailside area including trailside boulder, doug reed top rope and others!
We wanted to let everyone know about the Hawksbill reroute trail day on April 6th. This has been an ongoing project for the past year by the group SAWS ( Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards) and the DRAFT ( Dirty Rogue Ales For Trails) crews. They have been rerouting the old eroded trail by hand as no power tools are allowed in the wilderness. The new trail follows the contour of the mountain and is approved by the forest service as a permanent solution as the old trail is beyond repair. This project will take much more work, so a good number of people are a must to see this completed.
All you week-day warriors looking for some feel-good
conservation work this week should roll out to Rumbling Bald. The Carolina Mountain Club’s DRAFT crew will
be working on the trail that connects the East Side Boulder field to the West
Side boulder field. 8am-3pm. Contact Kayah Gaydish for details - kayita79 [at] gmail [dot] com.
This past weekends Rock and Rave event went BEYOND successful, and Mike Reardon and I had the pleasure of representing the CCC. If you missed it we sure missed you because this was an event that everyone could enjoy. From the Velcro Wall to the silent auction that must have had over 10k in retail value there was something for everyone. One of my personal highlights was watching Chris Sharma not only climb, but sit at the Sterling Rope booth and sign posters, hats, harnesses, shoes and whatever else for 2+ hours without a break. Countless photos, hand shaking and greetings to the autograph line making a virtu
Ben Crotts, owner of the Asheboro boulders, finds it a bit funny (and, I imagine, also probably a bit frustrating) that we have trouble operating his lock. He has had to replace that lock a few times in the past 18 months because folks have broken the key off in the lock. (Personally, I am loathe to admit that I broke a key off in that lock a few years back.) We, the CCC, have offered to purchase a new lock for him in the past, but he has previously declined that offer because he has about eight folks that need keys.
The CCC has never condoned parking in the Fire Fly Cove (FFC) property
boundaries to access Chimney Rock State Park (CRSP) or the Carolina Climbers Coalition (CCC) owned West Side Boulder field. In
fact, we completed trail work to erase the trail leading from the FFC
property to the CCC property but that clearly was ignored by not only
climbers but hikers as well. The CCC is not in the business of policing
but more so impact mitigation and preservation. Until a secondary over
flow parking area is established by either the CRSP or an enterprising
individual we have strongly encouraged parking at the Lake Lure
Community Center in Lake Lure and carpooling, or getting a good SE