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The Carolina Climbers Coalition almost half way to fundraising summit for Rumbling Bald Project. They still need help.

Carolina Climbers' Coalition - Rumbling Bald Project

The Carolina Climbers' Coalition started 2010 off with the purchase of the West Side Boulders at Rumbling Bald. This purchase serves as the fourth project of the Access Fund's Land Conservation Campaign, a revolving loan program that provides local climbing organizations the funds and expertise needed to act quickly to save threatened climbing areas.

The Carolina Climbers Coalition secured in 2010 a six-acre tract of land in an effort to gain control and protect one of the southeast’s preeminent bouldering fields, the Rumbling Bald Boulders. Now part of Hickory Nut Gorge State Park, Rumbling Bald is perhaps North Carolina’s best Winter climbing destination. However, much of the region remains unprotected and the purchase of the Boulders was a terrific benchmark for the regional climbing community.

Since most true climbers don’t spend their weeks managing hedge funds, a financial belay is needed to pay back the loan granted by The Access Fund to secure the fields. The above video discusses the CCC’s efforts and this video from The Access Fund shows the CCC volunteer crews hard at work on trail building, tree clearing and boulder preservation.

Coming up on 2011, the CCC has 43 percent of the required funds. You can donate here.

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