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by Editor

October 31, 2002

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Southern Mountains

Thanks to a generous grant from the Access Fund, the Pisgah Climbers Association (PCA) and the United States Forest Service constructed a new Climbers' Information Kiosk at the Sun Wall Trail (the Nose area) parking area. Local building suppliers donated discounted construction materials.

The "official" opening of the new climbers’ trail to the North Face of Looking Glass has been delayed due to the discovery of a rare/endangered plant species. For now, the trail project is on hold until the area can be re-assessed. The PCA is undertaking a major project that involves rehabilitating and protecting the staging areas beneath the three major climbing routes at the Nose area: the Nose, Peregrine, and Sundial Crack. The Nose Restoration Project will address the constantly eroding floor of the Nose area by re-building the base of the routes. The project is scheduled for completion during Spring-Fall 2003. The PCA is also working on developing a draft report of Commercial Use Standards, which commercial users must follow when applying for permits in Pisgah National Forest. For more information on the PCA, visit

Central Piedmont

After two years of negotiations with a private landowner, the Asheboro Boulders (Ridges Mountain) are open to the public. The landowner assisted in developing a lease (which requires a $1500 annual fee) and requested that two portable toilets be installed. The Access Fund paid for the first year lease, while the Carolina Climbers' Coalition and a generous donation from climber Jon Lane covered the toilet expenses. Kudos to Mike Dean for working with the landowner, and to Sean Coburn for compiling the lease. The CCC will manage the area.

Northern Mountains

Climbers in the Boone area have been working closely with National Park Service (NPS) staff on a number of projects: anchor placement on the summit of Ship Rock, Tanawha Trail maintenance, construction of fencing to discourage parking along the Blue Ridge Parkway, distribution of climber information at local climbing shops, and a fixed anchor moratorium. Currently, the Boone Climbers' Coalition is assisting the NPS in developing a Climbing Management Plan for the Blue Ridge Parkway/ Grandfather Mountain Corridor. The primary issues include: fixed anchors, endangered flora and fauna, trampling at staging and bouldering areas, parking, and increasing impacts.

News courtesy of the Access Fund.

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