Rare Plant Identification

Use this rare plant identification guide to educate yourself about endemic species! Try to maintain minimal impact while climbing!

Board Meeting Minutes December 2017


The members of the Carolina Climbers Coalition board met on December 3, 2017 at the REI in Asheville, North Carolina. We utilized their meeting room to talk about our status and future. We appreciate the continued support of REI.


Brian Payst, President

Will Goodson, Treasurer

Cameron Cassan, Secretary

Mike Trew, Northern Mountains Rep

Mike Reardon, Southern Mountains Rep 1

Climbing and Conservation

A great crowd turned out at Black Dome Mountain Sports to hear from Conserving Carolina, Wild South, state biologists and CCC board member Laura Boggess about the intersections of climbing and conservation. This important discussion included topic such as rare plant communities and how climbers can help (of special importance in Linville Gorge). We also gave a check for $15,000 to Conserving Carolina for the construction of the Eagle Rock Trail in Chimney Rock State Park. That trail work is funded by grants from REI & the American Alpine Club as well as the CCC.

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 climbing areas in the Carolinas. 

This year's winners are:

Annual Meeting - 2017

The CCC's annual meeting was held on October 6th at the Fosce Community Center. 50+ people were there to hear updates on the year and a discussion of the future of the CCC. If you missed the meeting, here are the highlights and the full presentation:

Forest Planning Comments

The Natahala-Pisgah forest planning process ie entering a new phase and comments and plans have been submitted. Thanks to Zachary Lesch-Huie of the Access Fund for spearheading a lot of this work for the climbing community. The Access Fund and the CCC have signed on to the Forest Partnership group's recommendations, which included our language on fixed anchors in the forest, and submitted our own letter specifically addressing the climber desired outcomes in the process.

Conservation Alliance Grant

We're honored to be one of the recipients of a Conservation Alliance grant for 2017. The $35,000 grant will go towards the Buckeye Knob acquisition and will make a huge dent in our initial fundraising. Conservation Alliance also supported the Laurel Knob acquisition with a $30,000 grant in 2005 and we're thrilled to have their support again. The connection between recreation and conservation is increasingly becoming an important part of overall land protection strategies in the U.S.

CCC and Access Fund Team up to Purchase Buckeye Knob

Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen. Special thanks to our partners at the Access Fund for providing the financing that enabled the purchase. Read more about our partnership here.

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Buckeye Knob Video

With special thanks to Adam Johnson, who also made our Big Rock video, have a look at the special place that is Buckeye Knob and some of the people who are making it happen.