Economic Impact Study, Rumbling Bald

In coordination with the economics division of the College of Charleston, we will be organizing an economic impact study of Rumbling Bald. We hope to get a good idea of climber-based economic impact to the Hickory Nut Gorge region including the Town of Lake Lure and Village of Chimney Rock. 

531 bad bolts replaced in 2019!

CCC volunteers replaced 531 bolts in 2019! Yes 531! The replacements were 1:1 and the majority of the old bolts were pulled, with new bolts placed in the exact same hole. 

This effort is one of the biggest rebolting efforts in the nation! Thank you to the ASCA and Access Fund for your generous gifts of hardware. Thank you to all of those who contributed to the Hidden Valley bolt fund. Also, thank you board member Shannon Millsaps for spearheading so many of these replacement efforts! 

2019 Annual Report

Here is our 2019 Annual Report. We could not be more proud of the work completed by our community this year. If you were a volunteer, individual donor, access supporter, or business partner, thank you! We could not do this without YOU!

See the attached PDF.


2020 Peregrine Closures

You’ll see a few changes to this year’s National Forest closures. See the attached PDF for specific closures within the National Forest system.

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.

Annual Meeting 2019

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 this PDF version for the presentation and updates given during the meeting. 



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.