As of July 6, 2016 all of the closures for Peregrine Falcons have been lifted for the Pisgah and Nantahala ranger districts. This means all the routes in NC that were subject to closures are now open.
The North or "dark" side of Rumbling Bald had been closed to climbing for some time now, much to the chagrin of those looking for more rock in the Hickory Nut Gorge that can be climbed later in the season as temperatures rise. On June 4th, representatives from the CCC and the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park joined park staff on a reconnaisance hike for a possible new trail to the North side from the current climbers parking lot. This scouting mission was the result of several years of continued conversation with the park and arose from a proposal that Mike Reardon and Kayah Gaydish submitted to the park last year. That proposal was signed by a number of other groups interested in seeing the trail system at CRSP expanded and the area opened.
The Commonwealth of Virginia has recognized Hidden Valley as one of it's "Virginia Treasures". The Virginia Treasures program recognizes "Virginia's most important ecological, cultural, scenic and recreational assets as well as its special lands".
The CCC Board met on March 19th, 2016 at Brad Caldwell’s house after a day of climbing at Big Rock, SC. Brad was kind enough to hook us up with home brews and food and let us take over his basement for a meeting. A number of topics were discussed, here's the highlights.
It's long overdue, but finally here - a fresh new web site! We've made a number of changes, most of which are due to the volume of spam accounts we were managing on the old site and the impacts those were having on our email newsletters and volunteer server admin time. Here's what changed
The 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.
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/
The annual CCC meeting was held on 12/11 at the Lake Lure Community Center basketball court. We went old school. In addition to general updates, 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!
At the 20th anniversary event we presented 3 awards to 3 individuals who have gone above and beyond to benefit climbing in the Carolinas.
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.