Rumbling Bald Parking Lot Ribbon Cutting

The CCC were proud to be a part of the ribbon cutting of the expansion of the Rumbling Bald parking lot. At the ceremony, we presented James Ledgerwood, Chimney Rock State Park Superintendent, with the Kayah Gaydish Stewardship Award for his dedication to our crags and boulderfields. Thank you Chimney Rock State Park! Photo by NC State Parks.

Public Access Preserved at Big Rock

We have an exciting announcement about a major access improvement at Big Rock. Big Rock owners Naturaland Trust and the CCC have teamed up to secure a .9 acre lot adjacent to the current Big Rock parking area. This lot is a mostly flat, and would offer expanded parking and a more sustainable parking entrance. If we had not helped the purchase of this lot, a home would likely have been built near our existing lot, causing unforeseeable parking inssues in the future. With this purchase, we now have room to grow! The CCC contributed $5,000 towards this purchase.

Graffiti Removal in the High Country and Beyond

In 2019, the CCC partnered with Wild South, Misty Mountain Threadworks, and the Blue Ridge Parkway service to rid the highway 221 boulders of graffiti. Our team of stewards also worked with Chimney Rock State Park staff to rid Eagle Rock of graffiti. in 2019, CCC volunteers have erased over 100 graffiti tags on boulders throughout NC. Thank you volunteers and partners!

Take a look at this video outlining the project. Video by Millsaps Creative.

Hound Ears Public Meeting 2019

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We had a great meeting at Hound Ears, with many community members and board members present. Thank you Triple Crowne Bouldering and Marmot for making this event possible. See the above PDF for the presentation and updates given during the meeting. 

Partners

 

Climbers need partners and these organizations know it. The organizations below support the access and stewardship efforts of the CCC on a continual basis. We plan to refresh this list on an annual basis. Note; organizations who sponsored a specific event like the Rumble are not listed here.  If you are an avocate of outdoor access, consider supporting these great businesses! If you are a business who wishes to join the businesses below in support of the CCC's efforts, visit our Business Partners page with premiums listed.

Fathom at Laurel Knob

Update 7/28/19: This closure has been lifted.

There is a confirmed active Peregrine Falcon nest on the route Fathom Escape Hatch at Laurel Knob. The CCC has institued a closure of Fathom and the nearby routes to help protect the nest. The adult pair is very active in the area and they will likely dive bomb you if you enter the closure area. Please respect this voluntary closure and stay off the routes around Fathom until further notice. Thanks for your cooperation.

Trail Stewardship

Trail stewardship leads to more climbing access, less erosion, a more enjoyable user experience, and helps establish better relationships with land managers. In 2018 alone, CCC volunteers built 1.85 miles of sustainable trails and helped maintain 5.35 miles.

Our Trail Crew Leaders are expereienced trail builders and maintainers.  Please email [email protected] if interested in volunteering for trail work.

 

Stewardship

The CCC is actively engaged in a wide variety of stewardship projects from trail days to fixed anchor replacement. Trail days are a great way to give back to the places you love and we announce those here on the events page as well as on our Facebook page. 

The rebolting list contains a list of routes which have seen hardware replaced by volunteers. Much of the replaced hardware is being provided by the American Safe Climbing Association and we are very grateful for their support!

 

CCC Hires Executive Director

After 24 years as a volunteer-run non-profit, the work of the CCC and the opportunities to enhance climbing across the Carolinas led the board to decide that a full-time position was the best way to accomplish our goals. Thanks to generous donations from Trango e-Grips and the VF Foundation, we were able to fund the start of this new phase of the organization’s growth. After a search process, the Carolina Climbers Coalition is very pleased to announce the hiring of Mike Reardon as the organization’s first Executive Director.

Protectors Program - 2019

The CCC, in partnership with Rab, Petzl, Scarpa, Joey Henson Art, Nicolas Colquitt Art, Ground Up Collective, and Ground Up Publishing, are proud to continue the Protectors Program. If you love the fact that the CCC has protected or created public access to areas like Laurel Knob, Buckeye Knob, Hidden Valley, Asheboro Boulders, Big Rock, Buffalo Creek, Eagle Rock, Rumbling Bald, Gerton Ice, Melrose Mountain, Sauratown, then this program is for you.

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