Ben Crotts, owner of the Asheboro boulders, finds it a bit funny (and, I imagine, also probably a bit frustrating) that we have trouble operating his lock. He has had to replace that lock a few times in the past 18 months because folks have broken the key off in the lock. (Personally, I am loathe to admit that I broke a key off in that lock a few years back.) We, the CCC, have offered to purchase a new lock for him in the past, but he has previously declined that offer because he has about eight folks that need keys.
The CCC has never condoned parking in the Fire Fly Cove (FFC) property
boundaries to access Chimney Rock State Park (CRSP) or the Carolina Climbers Coalition (CCC) owned West Side Boulder field. In
fact, we completed trail work to erase the trail leading from the FFC
property to the CCC property but that clearly was ignored by not only
climbers but hikers as well. The CCC is not in the business of policing
but more so impact mitigation and preservation. Until a secondary over
flow parking area is established by either the CRSP or an enterprising
individual we have strongly encouraged parking at the Lake Lure
Community Center in Lake Lure and carpooling, or getting a good SE
Calling all Carolina Climbers! Lets make it to Atlanta for this event! The CCC is one of the primary benefactors!
This event has it all and they need the help of our strong community to make it happen.
TICKETS ARE $25.00 EACH & ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE ACCESS FUND WEBSITE
Use this link to buy tickets.
The CCC, Friends of Chimney Rock, and Chimney Rock State Park are teaming up to organize a trail day at Rumbling Bald, rerouting the heavily eroded east side trail. This trail leads to the beloved climbing and hiking areas known as the Cereal Buttress, Cereal Wall, and East Side Boulders. This trail day will be the first phase is a multi phase trail rebuilding system throughout Rumbling Bald in order to benefit climbers and hikers.
This climbing season started off with a generous out pouring of gifts for the CCC! Over the course of a weekend two grass roots fundraisers generated $600 benefiting the CCC.
Sean Cobourn selflessly donated his time at the Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF) at the NOC by selling used climbing ropes to boaters and other as tie down accessories for there gear. Sean literally carried a truck load of used climbing cords to GAF and sold 'em out quick scoring the CCC a cool $300!
Yes, the North End at Moore's is open. There may be a few signs hanging about that say that it is still closed, but we can ignore these.
In addition, and more importantly, because peregrines have not nested at Moore's home for quite a few years, the park has decided there will be no need for an automatic seasonal closure. The return of nesting peregrines will likely mean a return to seasonal closures, and so the park system has asked us to keep an eye out for peregrines at Moore's.
Are you too shocked to believe you eyes? Well, here it is straight from the horse's mouth, or in this case, straight from an email I received from Matt Haynes of Hanging Rock State Park:
We are still on people! Half day of service, half day of bouldering, and an evening of fun!
PLEASE RSVP ME ASAP. stephenscoff [at] gmail [dot] com
Please meet us at the location designated here @ 8 AM on Saturday, March 24. (http://www.mapquest.com/?version=1.0&hk=5-3kTlG8Xh)
Please bring shovels, picks, pruners, garden rakes, hand saws, trash tongs, etc. Please wear work gloves, boots, and pants. Eye protection is recommended.
The CCC has been informed by Superintendent Wallace that the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park will have their very first meeting on Thursday, March 1 from 6-8 PM at the Lake Lure Town Hall. We encourage all climbers in the area to make time to attend this meeting. Thursday will be a great time for us to turn out in force and remind the park as well as the local community that we are, after all, the root cause of CRSP's existence.
The town hall facility is at 2948 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, NC.
Special thanks to Appalachian Mountain Institute, The Brevard Rock Gym and Looking Glass Outfitters for CCC fundraising efforts in this venture. Most importantly thank you to the 50+ participants that came out and donated, enjoyed food and drinks plus a great climbing flick all in the name of protecting and preserving climbing in the Carolinas! We have the best climbing community in the country and we can't do it without each other.
Thanks again and see you at the crags!