On June 21st, 2022 the Carolina climbing community lost a true friend and partner when Benjamin Crotts, Jr. passed away at 93. Ben was the owner of Ridge's Mountain - known to climbers as the Asheboro boulders, and a fervent protector not only of the land, but of climbing on that land. The CCC leased the Asheboro boulders from Ben and his wife Eunice (who passed away in 2019) and over the years we made several attempts to purchase the property from him.
Good news for climbers; many peregrine closures have been lifted early this year! The CCC works closely with biologists of the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commision, as well as the USFS to ensure that protections of the species and climbing management are in balance. Close monitroing of peregrine eyries that result in early closure-lifts are one example of the benefit of that relationship. Thank you to all people who respect these closure zones.