Preserving, protecting, and expanding your climbing opportunities
Carolina Climbers Coalition is celebrating 20 years!
Come out to the Rumbling Bald portion of Triple Crown Bouldering Series to help celebrate 20 years of Carolina climbing. Along with climbing, food, guest presenters, a raffle, a competition, and our CCC Climbing Community Awards, we'll also be kicking off a yearlong CCC 20th Anniversary Membership Drive, with special benefits for new* members signing up from December 13 at this event 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.
Friday, December 12 - CCC 20th Anniversary Celebration
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 administrative costs. Now we need your help to pay off the purchase. You can donate on-line now.
William McKee, a Cashiers local, and all around sports enthusiast died too soon and suddenly on Saturday, October 25. Known to many Cashiers locals and visitors, William was a climber, hiker, runner and cyclist. He was active with the Carolina Climbers Coalition, the Tour de Cashiers, Friends of Panthertown, the Cashiers summer music series. He was a savior to many, offering rides out from Laurel Knob in summer storms and was instrumental in helping private land owners better understand climbers. He will be missed and we send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
As many of you know, the CCC is celebrating its 20th anniversary and are hosting a celebration Dec. 12th and 13th in Lake Lure, NC during the evenings of the Triple Crowne. On that Friday, the 12th at 7:30 PM, part of the celebration will include presenting 3 awards to 3 individuals who have gone above and beyond to benefit climbing in the Carolinas. You now have the chance to submit names of people who believe are deserving of recognition in the following areas:
Lifetime Acheivement Award (for those who have a history of improving our access or areas over the years)
Vertical Maintenance Maniac (for those who have relentlessly replaced rotten tat and hardware)
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!