Board of Directors

The Carolina Climbers Coalition is comprised of everyday climbers from North and South Carolina, who represent a wide range of backgrounds, climbing styles, and experience. Feel free to contact the CCC. We represent your climbing interests!

President
Brian Payst
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I was born in Raleigh and started climbing "back in the day" years ago. I learned to lead at Moore's and have that NC ethic steeped in me. I have climbed lots of different places throughout the U.S., Canada, Malaysia and elsewhere, but still think we have some of the best cliffs on the planet. I've been back and forth over the past few years between exclusively bouldering and roped climbing. Right now I'm enjoying whatever I can get to do. I am the father of 2 children and work in IT when not in servitude to the CCC. I am really pleased to be able to make a small contribution with my time and efforts to help the CCC preserve and protect our climbing resources for now and for my kids.

Vice President
Phil Hoffman
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Born and raised in the S.E. Phil Hoffmann has been enjoying the outdoors since a very early age. He started climbing regularly in 1997 after many years at Falling Creek Camp learning from other climbers especially Steve Longenecker. As climbing took hold he completed a B.A. in Recreation from Catawba College and then a M.A. in Outdoor Recreation Collegiate Program Development from Prescott College and has been employed by many different recreation based institutions such as Inner Peaks Climbing Center and NOLS. Phil continues to learn from the ever changing challenges that climbing provides in the S.E. Favorite destinations include The New River Gorge, Tennessee Wall, and his home crag Looking Glass in Brevard, NC. He currently resides in Boone with his wife Jessica.
Treasurer
William Goodson
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As a North Carolina native, Will has been exploring the Carolinas ever since he was able to walk.

Will is equally psyched on long runouts at Whitesides, clipping bolts at Sauratown, groveling top outs at The Bald, and digging fresh trails to new destinations. He first experienced rock climbing in the 90’s as a camper at Camp Broadstone in Valle Crucis, which is a neighbor to the homegrown Misty Mountain Threadworks. Those early experiences sparked an obsession to pursue rock climbing as a student of Western Carolina University. At WCU, he had the golden opportunity to be mentored by climbers that imparted the ethics of the area and emphasized stewardship. After WCU, Will dirtbagged in the back of his truck across the country honing his skills on all rock types returning the NC every tax season to refresh the travel funds.

Now a proud father, you can find Will and his beautiful daughter Magnolia climbing and exploring the Southeast’s wildest places. Will is a self employed accountant in beautiful Ashevegas, and handles all the financial processes of the CCC and organizes the annual Rumble competition.

 

 

Secretary
Cameron Cassan
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At an early age, I was exposed to some of the Southeast’s most popular cliff lines and boulder fields. Throughout high school, I worked as a lead climbing instructor at Stone Summit, one of the nation’s largest gyms. Over the last four years, I have guided for Rock Dimensions in the High Country of North Carolina. I’m happiest on crisp fall days at the base of beautiful rock faces or splitter cracks. I value images of the outdoors as tools of inspiration.

Northern Piedmont Rep
Neil Rankin
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I first went climbing at Crowders Mountain when I was 16 years old. That first outing was intimidating, and I didn’t really get up very much, but I was intrigued enough to buy some shoes and a chalkbag. Soon after I found more experienced climbers who showed me the wonderful boulder field at Dixon School Road, just south of Kings Mountain. For the remainder of high school, I was obsessed with that boulder field and I spent many hours there, often alone, learning to move over rock.
Those small, early adventures in high school had a profound impact on my life. I chose to attend Appalachian State University because of its proximity to good rock climbing, and after graduation I moved to Bishop, California, for even more exposure to mountains, boulders, and cliff. But after ten years living in the American West I missed North Carolina and chose to return here to study and practice the law. I couldn’t be happier with that decision. North Carolina climbing is special, and the community is the friendliest and most inspiring that I’ve seen. So it is a real pleasure to work with the CCC to promote and secure access for current and future climbers.
Southern Piedmont Rep
Corrina Yerke
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South Carolina Rep
Brad Caldwell
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I was born, raised and am still local to the little town of Pickens in the Upstate of South Carolina.  I quickly became obsessed with rock climbing, bouldering, mountain biking and kayaking, especially in Pisgah and the beautifully rugged lands that would eventually become the Jocassee Gorges in northwest South Carolina.  After graduating with my B.S. in Biological Sciences and Secondary Education from Clemson, and while doing research on bears in the newly formed Jocassee Gorges for my M.S in Zoology during grad school at Clemson, I realized the amazing treasure that was in my backyard…not only the encyclopedic ecological diversity and natural wonders, but also the extensive recreation opportunities it provided!  Since then, I have focused much of my time and attention towards exploring and finding more bouldering, mountain biking and kayaking adventures in the Jocassee Gorges, especially since moving into the Gorges in 2005.  In the meantime, I have bouldered in 7 different countries and 10 different US states and still find the blocks at Rumbling Bald, the North Side of Looking Glass and in the Jocassee Gorges to be some of the best granite I’ve touched!!!  I am married to an amazing woman, have an incredible little daughter, and lucky to have both of them to support me in my adventures!  After helping Stephen Scoff, the previous CCC SC rep, out with SC climbing and bouldering for a few years, I’m excited to now work directly with the CCC to help advocate for and expand climbing in South Carolina!

Southern Mountains Rep
Mike Reardon
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For the past decade, Mike has been exploring the southeast’s wilderness honing a backpack, a sketchbook, or a climbing rope. As a father, husband, artist, teacher and climbing guide, he has been trying his damnedest to kick his filthy climbing habit. To mitigate this strange addiction, he prefers long walks through rhododendron chocked chigger thickets in search of rarely visited poison ivy enriched Henderson Gneiss. You can help him in his search for a cure by loaning him a fresh rack of cams and some cortisone cream. In 2012, Mike released Cedar Rock and Satellite Crags and is currently co-authoring a guidebook to rope climbs at Rumbling Bald.
Southern Mountains Rep
Jeremiah Haas
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Northern Mountains Rep
Mike Trew
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I’ve been climbing for almost 30 years now and love it as much now as my first time out (I’m a lifer). I came to school at Appalachian State and fell in love with the mountains. After finishing up college at NC State I headed back to the mountains and was introduced to climbing and I was immediately hooked. Since I started as a traditional climber (that was our only option back then since our only sport crag was Stone Mountain) it’s my first love and my favorite type of climbing, but I do love to boulder and sport climb as well. I’ve been involved with the Boone Climbing Coalition since its inception and have worked hard for local access and to keep our climbing community; active, organized, and informed. I’ve climbed in the Winds, the Valley, J-Tree, the City of Rocks, Red Rock, Hueco, Sinks, The Needles, Devils Tower, HP-40, the T-Wall, Obed, the Red, the New, Seneca, and a bunch in the Southeast. I’m married to very understanding wife and I have two beautiful daughters that get out with me occasionally. I love climbing and our climbing community!
At-Large Board Member
Corey Winstead
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At-Large Board Member
Laura Boggess
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Laura is a biologist and climber, born and raised in western North Carolina. She teaches biology and environmental science at Mars Hill University, outside of Asheville. She attended graduate school at Appalachian State University, studying the ecology of cliffs in the Big South Fork (TN) and hopes to put those skills to work for the CCC. Helping scientists, land managers and climbers communicate almost invariably opens crags. She loves all forms of climbing and can be found flying off boulders, clipping bolts, or placing gear. She's also a yoga instructor who likes to evangelize about how yoga and climbing complement each other so well. (Look for a Yoga for Climbers class at Climbmax in the spring!)