Preserving, protecting, and expanding your climbing opportunities
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.
Effective July 2, 2014 The Forest Service has lifted the closures at Whiteside, Looking Glass, Shortoff, Big Lost Cove, Buzzard's Roost and the Victory Wall. Closures still remain in effect at White Rock and the NC Wall in Linville Gorge. See the attached notice for more info. As always, thanks to everyone for observing these closures!
The Town of Lake Lure, lead by town manager Chris Braund, has recently created a beautiful park located on the north eastern flanks of Rumbling Bald Mountain. Buffalo Creek Park is now equipped with a three mile loop trail perfect for mountain bikers. The Town of Lake Lure also noted sizable boulders within the park and has invited us, the CCC, as caretakers. This is an incredible opportunity because we can plan for mitigating user impact before it happens. It will also be a good alternative to Rumbling Bald, with similar rock. CCC board members and Access Fund members have been working with the Town of Lake Lure to establish a trail that heads directly to the boulder field. Stay tuned for a trail day this summer to build this trail. In the meantime, go climb!
Recently there have been a couple of instances of fires at the Asheboro boulders as well as people camping on the property. The owner does not think that climbers are responisble for this, but we want remind people that there is absolutely no camping at the Asheboro boulders, including in the parking lot. Please be aware that there is now someone living below the saucer area on the backside. Dale is also looking after the land for the owner. Should you run into him, please be courteous and polite and respect the fact that he has a home near the boulderfield by keeping your noise down and practicing good stewardship of the area.
We heard from the Pilot Mt. Superintendent that the voluntary closure for the the Beach area has been lifted. Thanks to everyone who helped demonstrate that climbers are responsible stewards by observing the closure. You are now free to sweat your way up the routes in that area.
There has been some confusion surrounding the tragic incidents leading up to the death of local Piedmont climber Mark Byers. On a personal note, I'd like to start by saying that Mark was an occasional climbing partner of mine and a regular at my home crag of Crowder's Mountain State Park. Media and eyewitness testimony have created some confusion as to the cause of Mark's tragic fall. In an attempt to shed some light on the event, Bradley Woolf, Robert Hutchins, and I met with park staff today to examine the scene.
Chimney Rock State Park is adopting the same climbing permit system that is in place at Hanging Rock, Stone, Pilot and Crowder's. Please be sure to fill out a permit when you head up to the cliffs or the boulders. Since the CCC boulderfield flows into the park, even if you plan on staying on the West Side it would be a good idea to fill one out and it helps the park understand how much value we place in Rumbling Bald. Here's the press release from the park: