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The CCC is aiming to add 200 new* members to our team during our 20th anniversary year!  Help support our recent purchase of Hidden Valley,

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

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CCC 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Carolina Climbers Coalition is celebrating 20 years!

Thanks for coming out to the Rumbling Bald portion of Triple Crown Bouldering Series to help celebrate 20 years of Carolina climbing! We're into  a yearlong CCC 20th Anniversary Membership Drive, with special benefits for new* members signing up from December 13 through the end of 2015.  And later in 2015, we'll be hosting ASCENT: CCC 20th Anniversary Exhibit & Silent Auction, featuring art by climbers and/or about climbing, to raise funds to support our ongoing mission. 

* "New" members are those that:

- Have never been a member of the CCC before

Hidden Valley

File 2895On 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 administrative costs. Now we need your help to pay off the purchase. You can donate on-line now.

The Climbing

Linville Gorge Fire and Trail Closures

Rain is on the way and should take care of it, but currently there is a fire in Linville Gorge near Shortoff. The trail to the NC Wall, Amphitheater, Shortoff is currently closed. Here's the info from the USFS:

ASHEVILLE, N.C., April 12, 2015 - The Blue Gravel wildfire is burning in a remote area east of Shortoff Mountain outside of Linville Gorge Wilderness area on the Pisgah National Forest. The size of the fire is estimated at 100 acres. The U.S. Forest Service's North Carolina Type 3 Incident Management Team is assessing the fire to identify management actions. The wildfire, which started Saturday afternoon, is currently moving slowly and forecasted precipitation could aid firefighting efforts.

Hidden Valley Hoedown, April 23rd! Black Dome in Asheville

 

http://grounduppublishing.com/?p=919

A few good reasons to come on out to Black Dome on April 23rd at 7:30:

  • Fund raiser for the  Carolina Climbers Coalition’s purchase of Hidden Valley, VA
  • Book release party for Rumbling Bald Rock Climbs by Mike Reardon and Sean Cobourn
  • Slide show by Sean Cobourn
  • CCC Membership Drive
  • Great raffle items including two 60 M ropes and an original topo drawing from Rumbling Bald Rock Climbs
  • Beer, food, and raffle proceeds are given to the CCC for the purchase of Hidden Valley
  • Outlandish stories told by all
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.

2015 Peregrine Closures

It's that time of the year again, when Peregrine Falcons return to nest on some NC cliffs. Please respect all closure signs and do not enter the posted areas at the affected cliffs from January 15th to August 15th:

  • Whitesides Mountain, Nantahala Ranger District

  • Big Lost Cove Cliffs and Linville Gorge (Shortoff Mountain and NC Wall), Grandfather
    Ranger District

  • Whiterock Cliff and Buzzard’s Roost, Appalachian Ranger District

  • Looking Glass Rock (north face) and Victory Wall, Pisgah Ranger District 

Details in the attached announcement from the USFS.

Nantahala - Pisgah Planning

The Nantahala and Pisgah national forests are undergoing a planning process for forest management. The CCC and Access Fund have been working closely both with each other and with a number of other organizations to submit comments, attend meetings and provide feedback on the planning. Most recently, we submitted joint comments on the Nantahala and Pisgah Land Management planning process documents on Desired Conditions, Management Areas, Recommended Wilderness, and Place Based Recreation. That letter can be found attached to this post.