Preserving, protecting, and expanding your climbing opportunities


2011 Western North Carolina Climbers Weekend

Fox Mountain Guides will host their 2nd annual Western North Carolina Climbers Gathering September 24th and 25th. Last years event was a blast and helped to raise over $1900.00 for the CCC. This years event is promised to be even better. Please go to the following link for a detailed summary of the weekends events. Saturday will kickoff the event with the annual Adopt-a-Crag project to buff out Looking Glass.

Please come join us for some work, some fun, some climbing, food and friends.

SAVE THE DATE: December 10, 2011 SC Table Rock State Park

SOUTH CAROLINA ROCKS!!

Please plan to join us for an Adopt a Crag at one of the Southeast most impressive granite faces.  Table Rock State Park's east face boasts routes up to four pitches in length whose crisp features arguably rival those found on the Bald.

This area sees far too little attention given its quality and unfortunately its trail is often overtaken.  So please set aside this date for such a great climbing resource and you may discover something you’ve been missing!

Phoenix Fire and I plan to make a bit of an event out of this (schwag, cookout, etc.) so stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, please feel free to contact me regarding suggestions, contributions, etc.

Stop Mountain Top Removal at the New River Gorge

Mountaintop removal coal mining has come to Fayette County, home to the New River Gorge. The New River Alliance of Climbers has joined the battle to prevent this environmentally disastrous practice from degrading the playground that we love and value so much. A group of committed and experienced activists is leading the charge. A court hearing will happen on Tuesday, July 12. Please help NRAC demonstrate to the powers that be that we will not accept this practice.

CRSP Master Plan released

The Master Plan for Chimney Rock State Parks was made available for public release last night. The plan from a quick read through offers significant revisions of some of the more controversial topics concerning climbing in the region. It outlines a course of cooperation with the climbing community as well as a direction for future development and consideration of additional climbing opportunities. We appreciate the efforts of all who made their comments known and responded to help develop the perspective needed for this document. The CCC would like to extend a special thanks to Brady Robinson and Joe Sambataro of the Access Fund for support and guidance in crafting a response that provided a thoughtful response to the initial draft. The CCC also wants to thank the Park Planning staff as well as Superintendents Tom Jackson and Adrienne Wallace for their continued commitment to working with the climbing community and various other user groups to help develop this special resource in a balanced way.

The document can be found by accessing this link

Visit Altamont Brewing Company for a cold one and support the CCC's efforts to purchase Rumbling Bald's West Side Boulders

The Altamont Brewery in Asheville has a strong commitment to supporting the outdoors and efforts of those advocating for outdoor recreation. This month they have chosen the CCC as their designated charity organization. All June, they will have a beer of the day special which will be a normally priced beverage with $1.00 from each sold going to the CCC.

What does this mean? GO in to the brewery, get your self a beer, get one for your friend(s), get another and be psyched you are raising money to help pay loans on some of the best bouldering close to Asheville. Tell your friends, have them tell theirs, go to have a cold one in honor of the CCC at the Altamont Brewery!

CCC Board Members meet with CRSP Officials

Tuesday April 5th, Phil Hoffman, CCC Southern Mountains Rep, Zachary Lesch-Huie CCC VP, Sean Cobourn CCC emeritus, and Anthony Love, CC President, met with District Superintendent Tom Jackson, CRSP Superintendent Adrienne Wallace, NC State Parks wildlife biologist Marshall Ellis, and Natural Heritage Biologist James Padgett at Lake James State Park.

The meeting was very productive and indicated to all present the state's strong commitment to working with the CCC and the climbing community. Our discussions ranged from questions regarding specific issues to conversations about how to develop a state park that not only is a destination for climbers and other users, but one that supports and bolsters the economy of the surrounding area. The strongest message from the meeting was that the State Parks do support climbing in Chimney Rock State Park and do have a vested interest in helping us to create a future where more climbing exists in the park.

North End Closure Lifted

No Peregrines at Moore’s Wall this year, and the Wildlife Resources Commission staff who work on the monitoring cleared the state park to open the north end as of April 7th, 2011.  The state parks send their thanks for everyone's continuing help and cooperation with this closure. Moore’s is the easternmost nesting site for peregrines in North Carolina and is a significant range extension for the species, so it’s an important spot in the continues conservation of this bird.

Now get out there and get pumped on some steep quartzite!