Preserving, protecting, and expanding your climbing opportunities
On 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 adminstrative costs. Now we need your help to pay off the purchase. You can donate on-line now.
From the USFS:
NEBO, N.C., Oct. 15, 2014 -- The U.S. Forest Service Grandfather Ranger District will close the Table Rock Picnic Area and parking lot Oct. 20 through Dec. 1, 2014for repairs. The Forest Service will also close the paved, upper section of Forest Service Road 99, which leads to the picnic area, for repairs.
Foot and bicycle traffic will be permitted in the area while repairs are made.
The work will repair sections of the road damaged by a July 2013 weather event
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.
On August 6th, the CCC joined conservation organizations, state and federal parks staff and others at an event in Asheville with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. Pretty cool that us dirtbag climbers got a chance to be included. You can read more about the event and why she was visting in this Charlotte Observer article.
In case you haven't heard yet, the Triple Crown Bouldering Series has added a 4th stop this year at Rumbling Bald. You're not going to want to miss that as it's sure to be a good time. You can find more info and a registration link on their web site. On Sunday after the comp the CCC is hosting a trail day in the boulders and we're working on some other cool things for the weekend in partnership with the awesome folks at the Triple Crown, so stay tuned. Registration is open now and the comps tend to fill up fast, so if you are thinking of going get to it!
In March 2014, a climber rescue at Shortoff Mountain in Linville Gorge required a helicopter rescue and resulted in another climber receiving a ticket from the US Forest Service for disorderly conduct during the rescue. This rescue was covered live on local media stations and the ticket resulted in an uproar in the NC climbing community and was also criticized in local media. Numerous conversations among various parties followed the rescue and resulted in an agreement to hold a joint meeting between rescue personnel, including those involved in the Shortoff rescue, and representatives from the climbing community.
The state parks have come up with a new set of management policies for organized climbing groups (groups that are with a guide or instructor). The attempt is to create a consistent set of rules across all the parks with climbing (Hanging Rock, Crowder's Mountain, Stone Mountain, Chimney Rock), wheras before each park had a different set of guidelines. For individual climbers or groups of friends climbing together, nothing has changed. You should still fill out the climbing permit at each area just as you do now and keep a copy with you.