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The CCC is aiming to add 200 new* members to our team during our 20th anniversary year!  Help support our recent purchase of Hidden Valley,

At the 20th anniversary event we presented 3 awards to 3 individuals who have gone above and beyond to benefit climbing in the Carolinas.

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CCC 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Carolina Climbers Coalition is celebrating 20 years!

Thanks for coming out to the Rumbling Bald portion of Triple Crown Bouldering Series to help celebrate 20 years of Carolina climbing! We're into  a yearlong CCC 20th Anniversary Membership Drive, with special benefits for new* members signing up from December 13 through the end of 2015.  And later in 2015, we'll be hosting ASCENT: CCC 20th Anniversary Exhibit & Silent Auction, featuring art by climbers and/or about climbing, to raise funds to support our ongoing mission. 

* "New" members are those that:

- Have never been a member of the CCC before

Hidden Valley

File 2895On October 3rd, 2014 the CCC closed on a 21 acre parcel that permanently reopens approximately 1/2 of the cliff at Hidden Valley near Abingdon, VA. With support from the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign and funds that the CCC had on-hand (much of which came from the Rock and Rave fundraisers) we put together the $45,000 purchase price and the survey and other administrative costs. Now we need your help to pay off the purchase. You can donate on-line now.

The Climbing

William McKee

William McKee, a Cashiers local, and all around sports enthusiast died too soon and suddenly on Saturday, October 25. Known to many Cashiers locals and visitors, William was a climber, hiker, runner and cyclist. He was active with the Carolina Climbers Coalition, the Tour de Cashiers, Friends of Panthertown, the Cashiers summer music series. He was a savior to many, offering rides out from Laurel Knob in summer storms and was instrumental in helping private land owners better understand climbers. He will be missed and we send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Sauratown Access

File 2868 Last season we were able to reopen Sauratown for a limited number of weekends through a paid lease agreement with Camp Hanes. The decision to commit the funds for only one season of guaranteed access was debated for some time by the board. In the end, we felt like we had an opportunity to demonstrate to the land owner that climbers could be responsible stewards and we could access the cliff and not impact the camp in any way. It was somewhat of a gamble as people accessing the cliff on the closed weekends or other potential issues would have likely meant we would lose access forever.

Land and Water Conservation Fund

File 2863On August 6th, the CCC joined conservation organizations, state and federal parks staff and others at an event in Asheville with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. Pretty cool that us dirtbag climbers got a chance to be included. You can read more about the event and why she was visting in this Charlotte Observer article.

Climbers and Rescue Teams

In March 2014, a climber rescue at Shortoff Mountain in Linville Gorge required a helicopter rescue and resulted in another climber receiving a ticket from the US Forest Service for disorderly conduct during the rescue. This rescue was covered live on local media stations and the ticket resulted in an uproar in the NC climbing community and was also criticized in local media. Numerous conversations among various parties followed the rescue and resulted in an agreement to hold a joint meeting between rescue personnel, including those involved in the Shortoff rescue, and representatives from the climbing community.

New Organized Groups Policies in NC State Parks

The state parks have come up with a new set of management policies for organized climbing groups (groups that are with a guide or instructor). The attempt is to create a consistent set of rules across all the parks with climbing (Hanging Rock, Crowder's Mountain, Stone Mountain, Chimney Rock), wheras before each park had a different set of guidelines. For individual climbers or groups of friends climbing together, nothing has changed. You should still fill out the climbing permit at each area just as you do now and keep a copy with you.