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Rumbling Bald

North Carolina State Parks are threatened by possible winter season closure due to budget constraints. Since Winter is the prime season for rock climbing throughout much of the southeast, climbing areas and climbers will be heavily impacted. The specific climbing areas affected by the closure would include: Rumbling Bald, Stone Mountain, Pilot Mountain, Crowder’s Mountain, Dixon School Road boulders, Cook’s Wall, Moore’s Wall, and Two Mile.

The potential closure is in the early stages of the legislative process and now is the best time to voice concern. If North Carolina’s State Parks are important to you—especially those that contain climbing areas—then write your state representatives and urge them to keep them open year round!

We need your help: please take a moment to voice your concerns using The Access Fund’s easy-to-use letter writing tool. You can simply send the letter that the Access Fund and Carolina Climbers Coalition have drafted, or take a few minutes to personalize your own letter.


Special Thanks to The Access fund and Carolina Climbers Coalition for bringing this vital issue to our attention.

CLICK HERE for more information from The Access Fund.

Access Fund presented a Bebie Leadership Award to the Triple Crown Bouldering Series and the event’s organizers, Jim Horton and Chad Wykle. The Triple Crown has contributed over $100,000 to the successful crag and boulder acquisition efforts of the Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) and the Carolina Climbers Coalition, lending cash support to purchase or maintain access to areas like Hound Ears, Boat Rock, Asheboro Boulders, Horse Pens 40, Laurel Knob, Stone Fort, and Deep Creek.

Its support has also been instrumental in the success of Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign projects with the SCC at the cliffs of Steele and with the CCC in Rumbling Bald’s boulder field. Outside of the Triple Crown, Chad and Jim are active in their local climbing communities, whether stewarding local climbing areas or serving on the board of their local climbing organization.

Let’s give a big shout-out to Jim and Chad!

New River Alliance of Climbers

Posted: November 21, 2011 in Access, climbing

The Wilderness Land Trust has named Jacqueline Van Dine to their board of directors. Van Dine is a cofounder and brand director for Ahnu Footwear in San Francisco, California. Her role includes creating brand vision, marketing strategy, and product design. Under Van Dine’s leadership, Ahnu has donated more than $250,000 to environmental and health-focused non-profit organizations since the brand’s inception in 2007.

“Our Board of Directors has a long history of incredibly successful work and Jacqueline’s deep roots in the outdoor industry bring unique and welcome strengths to our group,” said Reid Haughey, Wilderness Land Trust President.

As a board member, Van Dine will join Chairman Mark Trautwein and eight others in oversight and guidance of the Wilderness Land Trust.  She will serve a three-year term on the board.

“The wilderness movement is growing and evolving as it addresses emerging issues like climate change, making this an extremely important time to be involved,” said Van Dine.  “The Wilderness Land Trust has a simple, strong goal, and can provide some immediate, permanent support to challenged ecosystems throughout the National Wilderness Preservation System — which now includes 757 areas (109,512,959 acres) in 44 states and Puerto Rico.”

The group’s mission is rooted in the history of wilderness in the United States.  In 1964, The Wilderness Act created the landmark National Wilderness Preservation System.   Under the system, once a wilderness area is created, its boundary and ownership can only be altered by an act of Congress.

While this landmark legislation allowed for the preservation of millions of acres of wilderness, many of those areas have included private lands – or “in-holdings” – such as mining claims, homesteads, timber claims and railroad grants.   In the US, in-holdings within wilderness areas account for more than 400,000 acres.