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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

Pilot Mountain Rebolting Complete

From Bill Webster:

On March 8, 2015 I worked with Alberto Luna to replace the anchors on Black and Blue Velvet. I believe that work completes the Pilot Mountain project that was started about three years ago. I believe that the work has transformed the cliff in many ways. Gone are the scary, old, rusty bolts and pins. New sport routes were added. Many new top rope anchors were set. If I missed something please let me know and I’ll be happy to go back and fix the problem.

2015 Peregrine Closures

It's that time of the year again, when Peregrine Falcons return to nest on some NC cliffs. Please respect all closure signs and do not enter the posted areas at the affected cliffs from January 15th to August 15th:

  • Whitesides Mountain, Nantahala Ranger District

  • Big Lost Cove Cliffs and Linville Gorge (Shortoff Mountain and NC Wall), Grandfather
    Ranger District

  • Whiterock Cliff and Buzzard’s Roost, Appalachian Ranger District

  • Looking Glass Rock (north face) and Victory Wall, Pisgah Ranger District 

Details in the attached announcement from the USFS.

Nantahala - Pisgah Planning

The Nantahala and Pisgah national forests are undergoing a planning process for forest management. The CCC and Access Fund have been working closely both with each other and with a number of other organizations to submit comments, attend meetings and provide feedback on the planning. Most recently, we submitted joint comments on the Nantahala and Pisgah Land Management planning process documents on Desired Conditions, Management Areas, Recommended Wilderness, and Place Based Recreation. That letter can be found attached to this post.

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 - 5 year agreement

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.