Fathom at Laurel Knob

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.

Shortoff Closure Lifted

As of 4/22/2019, the Peregrine Falcon closure at Shortoff has been lifted by the Forest Service. Please be aware the adults and recently fledged chicks are still in the area and they may dive bomb you if you get too close. 

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.

North End of Moore's Wall

From NC State Parks:

The seasonal wildlife closure of Moore's Wall's North End is now in effect.  The closure will run through 08/31/2019, but may open earlier depending on Peregrine activity.  Climbing, bouldering, and hiking by park visitors beyond the North End trail point will be prohibited during the closure. 

 

Moore's Peregrine Update (4/11/2019)- The state wildlife biologist was out there recently and there is at least one bird moving around the cliff, hanging around Sentinel buttress in particular. She has not yet been able to find signs of a nest.

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.

Survey Results

A few months back we rana survey to assess a number of different questions about climbing in the Carolinas, the focus of the CCC and more. The full survey results are linked below, but here's a summary:

Annual Meeting - 2018

The annual meeting of the CCC was held on October 5th, 2018 at the Foscoe-Grandfather Community Center. Many thanks to everyone who came out for the meeting and for your patience with our traffic-induced delayed start! We elected a new set of board members, with several new members and some changes in current member's roles. We want to send a special thanks to the following people who are leaving the board after many years of service to the community:

Climbing & Conservation in Pisgah

Minimizing our impact on the places we climb is a critical part of sustaining access. One often overlooked aspect of that is the plants found around the cliffs and boulders. CCC Board Member Laura Boggess is also an ecologist and authored the attached guide to some of the plants to keep an eye out for in the Pisgah forest area crags. Check it and keep an eye out next time you're climbing.

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