Preserving, protecting, and expanding your climbing opportunities
We're passing along a message from the Friends of State Parks. Since many NC climbing areas are in State Parks, we all have a vested interest in issues that affect the parks. Please see the info below and respond / take action as you can.
Saturday, March 12th, 2011, CCC's local Charleston reps, Bryan Deel and Chris Whisenhunt raffled off shirts and sold tasty treats to the climbers and spectators of the James Island County Park Palmetto Pump Climbing Competition in an effort to raise money and awareness. Thanks to all the hungry locals and out of state participants and the support of JI Climbing Wall Manager, Robert Lavarnway and employees, $250 was raised to benefit the CCC. It may have been the exponential growth of Charleston's passionate climbing community or the Mamma Whisenhunt homemade cookie recipe, but the CCC booth was busy with contributions and genuine interest.
Better than anticipated crowds really brought about great energy, strong climbers, and a respectable sum for the CCC! I want to thank Michael Lacour, Andrew Brownlow and the entire Clemson Climbing Club for helping bring attention to the CCC and all its efforts.
Hopefully by next year’s comp we’ll have even more SC spots open for bouldering and climbing.
SC Rep CCC
The ever persistent Brad C. (aka Phoenix Fire) discovered another impressive collection of boulders in the Jocassee Gorges. Contrary to the slabby problems common to SC’s foothills, the Beasley Gap Boulders tend to be crimpy and slightly overhanging. Like Little Eastatoee, there are problems and potential to suit all skill levels.
Brad has created a mini guide (attached).
The parking area is small (3-4 cars) so please respect the law and park only where permitted. If a spot is not available I recommend that you check out Little Eastatoee’s boulders or continue onto Brevard or Cashiers (each about 45 minutes away).
Recently, a handful of folks have asked if they could volunteer their time and vehicles to help run a shuttle at Rumbling Bald. In order to make it easier to do so, we (Brian, our websmaster) have added a new feature to the website. Brian has added a tab (that says, "Rumbling Bald Shuttle") on the side of the webpage to help inform folks of those who will be shuttling and for approximately how long.When your info is saved it will post it in this section of the website.
If you would like to volunteer, please do so by clicking this tab. It will allow you to fill out some forms that will help people connect with you.
Little Eastatoee (LE) Bouldering
Though not destined for the fame of Rumbling or Grandmother, Little Eastatoee bouldering has problems to suit everybody. Plenty of V1s, and several short boulders, make it great for beginners while the more experienced can enjoy some hard classics as well as root out some FA’s. For locals or others that find themselves near upstate SC these overhanging, slopey, slabby, crimpy, and mantly problems merit some attention and exploration.