Managing Bouldering Impacts at Stone Fort

Date: 5/17/2012

As one of the three locations known for hosting the Triple Crown Bouldering Series, Stone Fort boasts some of the best boulders in the southeast. And its growing popularity has led to an increase in user impacts.

But thanks to the proactive efforts of two local groups—Rock/Creek gear shop and the non-profit Wild Trails—local climbers and volunteers have rallied to mitigate these impacts. Wild Trails and Triple Crown funded an environmental impact study of the area and used the results to target several spots for improvement.

With help from the Southeastern Climbers Coalition, volunteers gathered this past March to plant trees in the Genghis Khan, Wave, Fire Crack, and Crescent areas. In all, 45 trees were planted, and green spaces were defined in the Wave/Fire Crack Area, Crescent Area, Space and Odyssey Area and the hillside below the Cable Route.

A huge thanks to all of the volunteers and businesses who donated their time and resources to mitigate these impacts.

Read more on the Rock/Creek website.