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Climbers Raise Funds For Stewardship Efforts at Rumbling Bald Climbing Area

Posted on: January 24th, 2014 by lhummel

By Kayah Gaydish

On January 15, 2014 over 150 rock climbers gathered for a fundraising event at Black Dome
 
Mountain Sports in Asheville, NC.  The goal was to raise $3,000 for the Carolina Climbers
 
Coalition (CCC) and Friends of Chimney Rock State Park’s stewardship efforts at Rumbling Bald
 
Climbing Area at Chimney Rock State Park.  Any money over that amount would be given to to
 
the American Alpine Club’s (AAC) Live Your Dream grant program.
Rumblin

Climbers gather at Black Dome Mountain Sports in Asheville, NC to support the ‘Rumble in the Rhodos’ fundraiser

 

 
Participants at the event enjoyed food and beverages, as well as a silent auction, raffle prizes, a
 
slide show and presentation by professional rock climber, Pat Goodman.  Many climbers traveled
 
far to attend this event on a Wednesday night, some as many as five hours.  Comments were made
 
about this being the greatest social event rock climbers have had in many years, as well as interest
 
to make it an annual event.  Through the silent auction, small entrance fee, and raffle tickets, over
 
$4,400 were raised!

 

From the funds raised, a check for $3,000 was presented to Chimney Rock State Park
 
Superintendent, James Ledgerwood on behalf of the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park, CCC,
 
and AAC.  The money will be spent on trail improvements at Rumbling Bald, and climbers will
 
volunteer to do the work needed.  In addition to climbers being great stewards of the land, through
 
volunteerism at trail days, they have also come to the table through fundraising efforts to further
 
facilitate improvements at Chimney Rock State Park.

Superintendent and check

Friends of Chimney Rock State Park, the Carolina Climbers Coalition, and the American Alpine Club representatives present Superintendent of Chimney Rock State Park, James Ledgerwood, with a check for $3,000 towards trail improvements at Rumbling Bald, NC

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