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SCC acquires new Boulder Field!

November 6, 2012. Gadsden, AL –The Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) is pleased to announce that it is under contract to acquire the Hospital Boulders in northeastern Alabama. The Access Fund is providing a bridge loan of $75,000 from the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) to finance the acquisition. The SCC is now asking the climbing community to show their support and help fundraise $80,000 to complete the purchase.

Read More...   ( Views: 3033 ) Posted by michael_wurzel on Tues, Nov 06
Help Protect Climbing Access in Chimney Rock State Park
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The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources recently released a draft of the Chimney Rock State Park Master Plan for public comment until December 13. The draft plan is available online at www.greenways.com/chimneyrock_download.html

Chimney Rock State Park includes the classic Rumbling Bald cliffline and boulderfield. In addition, the park includes or is slated to include several lesser-known, high quality cliffs such as Ghost Town, the north side of Rumbling Bald, Eagle Rock, Cloven Cliffs, and the cliffs of the Chimney Rock attraction. Some of these outlying areas have 20+ years of climbing history.

The Chimney Rock State Park Master Plan will guide land management in the park over the next 20 years. Currently this plan makes misguided statements about the impacts of climbing and endangers the future of climbing in Hickory Nut Gorge.

The Carolina Climbers' Coalition and the Access Fund are working together to provide key comments regarding climbing access and management. Help ensure climbers' voices are heard. Visit the Access Fund website and use their letter-writing tool to urge park planners to protect current and future climbing access in Chimney Rock State Park.

The park planners need to hear your thoughts today.

Read More...   ( Views: 1936 ) Posted by Will_Eccleston on Fri, Dec 03
Access Threatened at Sunset (TN)

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John Dorough on Invisible Touch 5.12a
Climbing at Sunset Park, one of the premier trad areas in Tennessee, is in danger of being nothing but a bittersweet memory, according to representatives of the Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC).

Matthew Gant, a member of the SCC board, said the National Park Service was recently on the verge of shutting down climbing at Sunset.

Read More...   ( Views: 2705 ) Posted by TVA on Thur, Mar 20
High Rocks/Hospital Boulders in Gadsden To Be Auctioned Off 11/09/06

Click for larger image A boulderfield in Gadsden, AL known as High Rocks/Hospital Boulders is on the chopping block and slated to be auctioned to the highest bidder on Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 11:00am CST. The SCC is furiously working with local climbers to save this area from being sold to developers. Procurement of a 40 acre parcel identified as lot 15 would secure the entire High Rocks area and a portion of the Hospital Boulders

Read More...   ( Views: 4393 ) Posted by michelle on Tues, Nov 07
Immediate help with Laurel Knob Purchase

Message from Mark Lassiter of Carolina Climbers Coalition:

Closing is Feb 1st for the CCC’s purchase of Laurel Knob, and they are several thousand dollars short. As the bottom and top of this great cliff are developed, if the CCC acqusition fails this giant will be lost to climbing forever. Anything you can contribute will be much appreciated.

Read More...   ( Views: 3830 ) Posted by kirkbrode on Tues, Jan 17