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Kayah Gaydish

File 3071The Southeastern climbing and conservation community lost one of its best people on Sunday, December 20th when Kayah Gaydish died from a fall from the anchors of a route at Hidden Valley, VA. Kayah was a mother, the Secretary of the board of the Carolina Climbers Coalition and the NC Conservation Coordinator for Wild South and she was known for her infectious enthusiasm for wilderness, people and climbing. She loved to share the wild places in NC with anyone and everyone and worked tirelessly to protect them.

2016 Peregrine Falcon Closures

The annual closures for Peregrine Falcon nesting are in place from January 15 through August 15th. Please respect closure signs and notices. It's not unusual to see these lifted early in some areas, but until we get offiicial notice from the Forest Service the following areas are closed:

 

Nantahala - Pisgah Forest Planning

The comment period for the forest plan review has closed, but we have had some big successes this time around. The CCC signed on to a memorandum of understianding with 30 other groups that lays out a recreational and wilderness preferred plan for the forests. This is a huge success, bringing varied interests together to provide a united message to the Forest Service about what we want to see. The effort has been well covered by the media, here's a good article from Blue Ridge Outdoors that explains what the group is trying to acheive: http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/issues/new-protections-proposed-for-north-carolina-national-forest/

Board Updates

The annual CCC meeting was held on 12/11 at the Lake Lure Community Center basketball court. We went old school. The board proposed the following list of candidates for various positions where current terms will expire and all were approved by those present. Congratulations to new and returning board members!

President: Brian Payst 

Vice-President: Phil Hoffman 

Secretary: Kayah Gadish

Treasurer: William Goodson

Southern Mountains Rep (Cashiers area): Jeremiah Haas

Southern Piedmont Rep: Corrina Alice

At-Large: Tom Caldwell

At-Large: Corey Winstead

20th anniversary chalk bag
CCC Logo Chalk Bags

Limited edition custom-made Misty Mountain chalk bag with the CCC logo. Since no one likes an empty chalk bag, thanks to the fine folks at Friction Labs, you also get a free 1 oz sample pack of their awesome chalk with your purchase! All proceeds support climbing access in the Carolinas. Be the envy of all your climbing partners (or buy them one too!). Includes a chalk bag belt and a general feeling of awesomeness.

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$25.00
CCC Community Award Winners

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

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.