Hidden Valley Access Alert, May 15-June 1

Hidden Valley is under an access advisory May 15-June 1 2020. 

C4 Job Application


Instructions: If interested in applying for the C4 Trail Crew, complete the answers below and return to tcaldwell@carolinaclimbers.org by May 5, 2020. The email should have “C4 Applicant” in the subject line. Copy and paste the questions into a word document, google doc, or email format. Do not send resumes or CV's. Applications will be reviewed by a hiring committee and results will be announced May 12, 2020.


***Please limit all answers to 250 words or less.***

Candidate Information


Are you 18 years old or above?:  

Contact email, address, and phone:

Candidate Experience

Related work experience and certifications:

Do you have any prior trail building experience or CCC volunteer experience?:

Do you either 1) Carry your own liability insurance and wish to be a 1099 contractor, or 2) Do not have your own liability insurance and wish to be a W2 employee covered under the CCC's general liability?:

Candidate Relevancy to the C4 Program

Are you currently unemployed and/or has your employment been affected by the Covid-19 crisis?:

Describe your physical condition in relevance to the requirements of the job. Those requirements include working in heat, working in remote locations, heavy lifting, digging, and walking for miles each day on uneven terrain.:

Do you have any medical conditions that would affect your performance?:

What is the earliest date you can start work?:

Are there any days of the week you cannot work?:

Are you able to provide yourself with transportation, food, and water for up to three days a week to one or all of the following locations: Table Rock State Park, SC, Big Rock, SC, or Chimney Rock, NC?:

Are you aware this is temporary employment?:

Why do you believe you would be a good fit for this position in the C4 program? Please explain in less than 250 words.:


Project Report: Looking Glass Trails

The CCC has adopted the four National Forest trails that lead to Looking Glass Rock; North Face, SunWall Trail (AKA The Nose Trail, Slick Rock Falls Trail (AKA South SIde Trail), and the Looking Glass Rock Trail (AKA the summit trail). Many sections of these trails were heavily degraded and eroded. In 2019, we were awarded a National Forest Foundation grant to coordinate the rehabilitation of those four trails. In the summer of 2019, we were also awarded funding from Transylvania Always to assist or rehabilitation work and volunteer coordination efforts.

C4 (Carolina Climbers Conservation Corp)


Carolina Climbers Conservation Corp (C4):

The Carolina Climbers Coalition is lucky enough to share the CCC acronym with another amazing group of people, the Civilian Conservation Corp. Spend any amount of time in the Table Rock State Park cabins or on their trails and you will see their beautiful work. During the Great Depression, many people were put back to work through the CCC. The current COVID19 crisis and the effect it is having and will continue to have on unemployed families inspired us to recreate the spirit with our own Conservation Corp.

We are relieved to announce we will be hiring those affected by the loss of jobs due to the pandemic. The CCC will employ a crew, provide training, and provide tools for cutting trails while maintaining CDC safety guidelines. The first major project will be trail enhancements and erosion mitigation at Big Rock, SC.  We hope the next major focus will be to cut a portion of the Pumpkintown Trail, leading to a newly opened cliff in South Carolina.  We are lining up other potential new access spots in the Hickory Nut Gorge area, and another potential spot north of Asheville. If the fundraising pool is large enough, we will continue the program throughout the Carolinas at various areas in need of climbing infrastructure. Employment will last until the fundraiser pool is gone. This is where we need help from our membership.

Not everyone in the community is in jeopardy of losing their job. Those that are losing their job, the stimulus checks just don’t go far enough. The economic effects COVID19 will be long lasting. Many of those jobs that have disappeared will not come back. The CCC is kicking this fundraiser off with $5000, but we need your help. All money donated to this project will go straight to the unemployed we are going to start hiring.

 Our target goal to complete this project is $25,000. We will begin hiring contract workers in early May. Stay tuned for updates as this project progresses. Let’s give everyone something to look forward to and while supporting our community in need.

Carolina Climbing Museum

The Carolinas have a vast history of climbing. The Carolina Climbing Museum, inside Asheville's Black Dome Mountain Sports has a dedicated space for many items and stories. You can access much of the history of Carolina Climbing at www.carolinaclimbingmuseum.org 

Stay Fit and Engaged During Covid-19 Crisis

You're stuck at home, I am stuck at home, we are all stuck at home. We created this landing page for the climbing-need in you. Several of our partnering gyms have created inventive and downright incredible ways for climbers to stay fit and stay engaged in the climbing community right from your own home. Although we love climbing outside, we all know that now is not the best time to visit climbing areas.

Here are some great indoor options for fitness and engagement from climbing gyms or business partners we know and love:

2019 Kayah Gaydish Stewardship Awards

We are pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Kayah Gaydish Stewardship awards. Established in honor of Kayah, a former board member and beloved member of the local climbing and conservation communities, these awards recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to sustain or expand climbing areas in the Carolinas. 

Our 2019 Kayah Gaydish Stewardship awardees are: James Ledgerwood, Adam Tripp, and Michael Trotter.


Climbers Help Shape the Next Two Decades of Pisgah/ Nantahala Forest Management

The U.S. Forest Service is currently finalizing a new forest plan for all activities and designations within North Carolina’s Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, including climbing. These public lands are home to some of the most popular climbing in the East, including Looking Glass Rock, Linville Gorge, and Whiteside, to name just a few. The forests boast more than 3,000 routes and over 75 cliffs, crags, and boulder fields that offer an enormously diverse range of climbing: bouldering, sport, trad, aid, ice, and even 1,000-foot multipitch walls.