The Southeastern climbing and conservation community lost one of its best people on Sunday, December 20th when Kayah Gaydish died from a fall from the anchors of a route at Hidden Valley, VA. Kayah was a mother, the Secretary of the board of the Carolina Climbers Coalition and the NC Conservation Coordinator for Wild South and she was known for her infectious enthusiasm for wilderness, people and climbing. She loved to share the wild places in NC with anyone and everyone and worked tirelessly to protect them.

Kayah loved to climb not because of difficulty or physical challenge, but because of the community of people and the relationships that climbers have with each other and with the places where we climb. She leaves behind a heart-broken community of friends and two children whom she loved more than anything. Memorial service details will be posted as soon as we have them. 

A fund has been set up to help support her 2 children. Please donate if you can

On behalf of the entire CCC board and everyone you touched - we will miss you Kayah and thank you for everything you did in the time that we were privileged to share with you.

You can download the PowerPoint slideshows from the Black Dome fundraiser below.