Preserving, protecting, and expanding your climbing opportunities
Things are really cooking in our efforts to increase climbing access in SC--I apologize for not being more persistent with getting the word out. In the past few months we’ve met with executive staff of SC’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (PRT) about bouldering and climbing potential on lands they manage. They are really interested in opening up some areas and are excited about partnering with the CCC.
We received the response below to our letter about climbing in the Chimney Rock State Park draft master plan:
Thank you for the CCC’s and Access Fund’s comments on the draft master plan.
We all recognize that Chimney Rock State Park offers tremendous potential for climbing and that the CCC has a good reputation with the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation as partner in maintaining climbing areas which allow for responsible outdoor recreation and protection of our state’s valuable natural resources. We very much appreciate the input from climbers at both the public open house in May 2010 and now in the draft master plan review. Your input and review can only make our park plan better.
December 13, 2010
General Management Plan Coordinator
N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation
1615 MSC Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1615
RE: CAROLINA CLIMBERS’ COALITION AND THE ACCESS FUND COMMENTS TO THE DRAFT MASTER PLAN FOR CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK.
General Management Plan Coordinator:
The National Park Service has imposed a temporary closure for the ice climbing at Doughton Park for the 2010 season. The Park Service is doing a guardrail construction project and needs to close the area for construction purposes. As more infromation is available we will post it.
The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources recently released a draft of the Chimney Rock State Park Master Plan for public comment until December 13. The draft plan is available online at www.greenways.com/chimneyrock_download.html.
Chimney Rock State Park includes the classic Rumbling Bald cliffline and boulderfield. In addition, the park includes or is slated to include several lesser-known, high quality cliffs such as Ghost Town, the north side of Rumbling Bald, Eagle Rock, Cloven Cliffs, and the cliffs of the Chimney Rock attraction. Some of these outlying areas have 20+ years of climbing history.
The Triangle Rock Club, in cooperation with the Kenneth Kratz Family Charitable Trust, has generously offered $2,500 in matching funds for the Rumbling Bald Boulders. Donations made as a part of the Triangle Rock Club Challenge will be matched, up to a total of $2500.
In addition, thanks to Great Outdoor Provision Co., making a donation of $10 or more -- Please consider giving more! -- enters you in a raffle for $500 in outdoor goods. Prizes include a $100 GOPC gift certificate, as well as $400 more in climbing gear.
Donations must be made through our TRC Challenge page in order to be eligible for the raffle.
Here's another chance to make our voice heard, Lets be loud this time!
RALEIGH – A draft master plan for Chimney Rock State Park will be presented online for public review starting Nov. 29, and public comments on the plan will be accepted through Dec. 13, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
Comments will be considered for the final master plan expected to be completed in early 2011.