Holy Boulders! Double Lung Transplant! More Rock Climbing News!

Climber falls 250 feet, dies in Eldorado Canyon: KDVR.com
Sad. Too many wilderness accidents happen when folks are alone.

Climbers get rise out of Rocks of Sharon: Spokesman.com
Wilderness area in Spokane Valley became public only three years ago. Just published climbing guide to benefit Dishman Hills Conservancy.

Local rock climbers get a hand:The Southerner.com
Access fund purchases, protects bouldering stronghold Holy Boulders in Illinois.

Rock Climber Exceeds Expectations After Double-Lung Transplant: UCSF.edu
After a double lung transplant, Rowan Jimenez is back on big walls.

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

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.