CACC Receives 2023 Community Fund Grant for BReaks Park
We are honored to receive the 2023 Cumberland Forest Community Fund Grant for Breaks Interstate Park! This effort was in direct collaboration with Breaks Park land manager Austin Bradley and would not have been possible without our positive relationship with the park. $20,000 of this grant will go directly for multi-use trail rehab with the Access Fund Conservation Team, $7,500 for a Trail System Master Plan to tie in the developing climbing resources with the existing hiking trails, and the remaining $2,500 will go towards hardware to develop new climbing routes at the park. Be on the look out for trail building opportunities at Breaks.
CACC Builds parking lot & Kiosk for "ben's Branch" crag in appalachia
This is a HUGE victory for climbing here in Appalachia. The CACC began working with the town of Appalachia in 2018 in order to gain access to climbing to support and promote the town and its region. These 100ft sandstone cliffs are a great resource for folks living in the surrounding communities and beyond as they are an hour or less drive for a large portion of the tri-cities. Thanks to the town of Appalachia for their help and support through this process.
CACC Installs Game Cameras to monitor and protect peregrines
This was an exciting day at the Breaks Interstate Park as CACC volunteers worked with park staff and Virginia DWR to install game cams at known peregrine falcon nesting sites. The process involved rappelling down a near 300' cliff and mounting home welded mounts (thanks Nick Proctor) at known nesting sites. Peregrines are a rare species that shares a natural habitat with climbers. We are happy to help track their activities so we can interact with our environment in ways that help the natural world flourish.
ACCESS FUND BUILDS SUSTAINABLE TRAILS FOR CLIMBERS AT BREAKS PARK
During our annual "Spring Breaks" work/play event, the Access Fund trail team helped facilitate a group of volunteers in cutting new trail in the Pinnacle Rock area! The trail team continued their efforts for another few weeks and connected major trails around the park. Learn more about the Access Fund and their conservation efforts below.
AVP Boulder Donated to Grayson Highlands!
The Access Fund and Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition (CACC) are thrilled to announce a new land donation to Grayson Highlands State Park, in southwest Virginia. The parcel buffers state park land from private development, protects undeveloped hardwood forest, supports recreational access, and—most important to rock climbers—safeguards an outstanding house-sized boulder known as the AVP Boulder.