Preserving, protecting, and expanding your climbing opportunities
From Marshall Ellis, Mountain Regions Biologist, North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation:
The question of access to the Big Pinnacle at Pilot Mountain gets asked quite often, both by climbers and non-climbers. The Big Pinnacle has been closed to visitor access since the late 1970s when the old staircase finally gave way and was dismantled, and over the intervening years, the division's policy has been to keep that area closed to visitor access. There are a number of reasons for that, both operationally and ecologically. Constructing and maintaining an access and then safeguarding the public once they were on top would inevitably lead to extensive railings, stairs, safety barriers, etc. that would detract significantly from the local views of the Big Pinnacle. All things equal, we've opted to keep that view as natural as possible.
From a climbing perspective, the decision was made early on to limit climbing in the park to the cliffs along the Ledge Springs Trail. As it happens, the Big Pinnacle and the Ledge Springs cliffs share a number of cliff-dwelling species and natural community types, so basically, an ecological trade was made that sacrificed the cliffside species and natural communities along the Ledge Springs cliffs in exchange for preserving those on the Big Pinnacle. We've made similar trade-offs at all of the other climbing parks as well in an attempt to accommodate recreation and resource protection.
I'm happy to announce that we now have implemented on-line Asheboro passes. Current CCC members should see a "My Asheboro Pass" link over in the left-hand menu right below "My Account". Click that link and use the printer friendly link to print out your Asheboro pass. This link will always be available as long as your membership is current. When your membership expires, you will see a message on that page letting you know it has expired and prompting you to renew. Once you renew, the pass will become available.
Straightening out user accounts has been one of the biggest challenges of this migration. Any given person could have had a forum username, an amember username (the system we used to use to manage CCC memberships) and those could have been the same, had the same e-mail or been completely different. Sorting through this has been like a logic puzzle of ever changing variables.
All the amember username and passwords were brought over and are tied to the membership info (visible on the CCC member tab on the "My account" page). Anyone who was is/was a CCC member (current or expired) should be able to log in with their amember username and password.
Friday October 2nd, the CCC held its 14th annual public board meeting at the kickoff event for the 7th Triple Crown Bouldering Competition. A big thank you goes out to Jim Horton, Chad Wykle and the Triple Crown Bouldering Competition for providing us with such a nice venue to host our public meeting. We also appreciate all those who came and provided us with input.
The highlights of the meeting were:
Join us on Oct. 24 as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Looking Glass Outfitters with a CCC Fundraiser, Mount Everst Summit Slide Show presented by Ron Sanga, Steve Longenecker Perigrine Falcon Presentation and MORE!
Oct. 24th at Looking Glass Outfitters
2-4 Evolv Shoe Demo at the Brevard Rock Gym with Elaina Smith and Costume Bouldering Comp
6-10 at Looking Glass Outfitters
$2 at the door: All proceeds go to CCC!
$1 Burgers and Hotdogs: Proceeds go to CCC!
Keg 'o Beer!
Schwag and givaways!
Mt. Everest Slide Show by Summit Veteran and local climber Ron Sanga
We have completely overhauled the CCC web site. The new site is much more interactive and lets you, the CCC member, contribute content somewhere other than just the message boards. We have also overhauled and replaced the membership system and integrated it into the site as well. CCC members (current and expired) can log in with their old amember username and password - if you forgot your password, use the "request password" link to get a new one.
The 2010 CCC Calendar is on and we need the best Carolina climbing imagery you've got! Submit your Carolina climbing photography forthe 2010 CCC Calendar today.
We want photos that get folks psyched, photos that make the Carolina climber want to get out there and crank! So, whether it's photos of first ascents, repeats, classic lines, obscure lines, highballs, lowballs, bolts, gear, pads, trads, moderates, test-pieces, whippers or clippers, crimps or slopers--let's see what you've got! This is your chance to showcase your best work, so send your climbing photos in now and help inspire Carolina climbers in 2010.