New Climbing Permit System at Rumbling Bald

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:

Accidents in NC

As most folks know by now, there were 2 accidents in NC on Monday, March 10th. At Crowder's Mountain, long-time local and friend to many, Mark Byers, died while climbing alone.  One thing we do know is there was no anchor failure involved, despite what the Charlotte Observer article says. We have confirmed this with the park and with an actual climber evaluation of the scene.

Laurel Knob Party Report

At Camp Merrie-Woode on Saturday, May 9th, CCC and Cashiers-area climbing enthusiasts celebrated the completion of CCC's Laurel Knob acquisition. Because of the generous support of the outdoor and rock climbing industry, as well as rock climbers the world over, the loans which made the initial purchase of Laurel Knob possible are now completely paid off. Climbers from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and elsewhere attended the party.