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North Carolina Access News


by Editor

December 15, 2003

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Access to this unique central North Carolina bouldering area has been under dispute ever since the neighboring property owner claimed that the road leading to the bouldering area is on their property and does not want climbers using it any longer. Negotiations have been on-going for the past two years trying to resolve the road ownership issue.

Mike Dean a local climber and access advocate reports that the landowner hopes to reach an agreement with his neighbor that will move the access road further away from their home and bypass the existing gate. The re-routed road will be for climbers’ use with no restrictions on what day of the week it can be used. There is still the chance that the neighbors could turn down this option. This could lead to fighting it out in court, which neither party wants.

The landowner is pro-climbing and has asked everyone to be patient with the process of getting the road issue worked out. He is going through great expense, in finances and time for the climbing community and himself. He has also been prohibited from using the road, since leasing the land to the Carolina Climbers’ Coalition (CCC). He was offered the use of the road if he would keep the climbers out, which he declined. He has assured climbers that he will re-initiate the lease as soon as the area is re-opened.

Climbers are reminded that the CCC NO LONGER has a lease to the land, so if you're out there, you're trespassing. New updates will be posted as Mike receives more information (


The Boone Climbers Coalition and NC Bouldering held a cleanup of the parking area at the Blowing Rock Boulders. Twelve climbers showed up and collected a dozen bags of trash and other assorted items. Trash bags and gloves were donated by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Later in the evening, a Kicking Access Party highlighting Friction Addiction, a film by Kurt Smith was hosted by Footsloggers (Boone, NC), the BCC and North Carolina Bouldering ( The party got underway with a short meeting of the BCC to discuss the impending Climbing Management plan for the Blue Ridge Parkway.


In a recent meeting, members of the Pisgah Climbers Coalition discussed plans for year 2004 that includes staging area restoration projects at the Nose and South Face areas of Looking Glass Rock. Additional parking for 6 vehicles at the New North Face Trail Head, the possibility of a small North Face info kiosk and the feasibility of an orientation day or evening for all climbing trip leaders were also discussed.
Visit: for more information on the Pisgah Climbers Coalition.

News courtesy of the Access Fund, submitted by Aram Attarian

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