It’s all about the boulders and how to climb up to them, on them and around them.  It is of course about protecting and conserving the lands where these fantastic rocks reside.  Mike Reardon of The Carolina Climbers Coalition (CCC) has a committed and clear passion for doing just that.  

Mike Reardon of Carolina Climbers Coalition climbing the rock.

The newest endeavor is the Chimney Rock Village Boulders Trail.  The trailhead starts behind The Gathering Place next to Burntshirt Winery and there is plenty of parking in the main Chimney Rock parking lot.  This trail, which is still being finished at the top, is the result of years of collaborative effort by the Carolina Climbers Coalition and private and municipal land owners.  

The climb is relatively short but steep and offers opportunities for bouldering on many skill levels as well as expansive views to the Village of Chimney Rock and views to the surrounding cliffs of Chimney Rock State Park.   The hike is considered strenuous.  The CCC hopes that this trail could ultimately connect to Chimney Rock State Park and the Hickory Nut Gorge State Trail to allow future expanded climbing opportunities.   After a morning of hiking or bouldering this trail one can enjoy a nice lunch or libation right in town within walking distance.

The Carolina Climbers Coalition is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation since 1995 and has dedicated itself to protecting, preserving and expanding your climbing  opportunities.  For information of how you can support this group go to carolinaclimbers.org. 

Submitted by Moe Bay