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.