Save the date for Saturday, Nov. 9th! (We’re excited to bring back this competition for its second year and we’re well underway setting up another great comp for the community! Last year we had nearly 50 competitors and gave out more than $5000 in prizes, so mark your calendars and keep an eye out for more posts to register!
Leading up to the big event, a group of us have put together a planning committee. We have problems mapped out, rules in the works, and many logistics already in progress but there’s definitely space for your help and ideas!
Interested in volunteering? You can lend a hand with the big event (or at the cleanup and Adopt-a-Crag event we’re planning in October). Stay tuned for more details!
You can reach out to us about volunteering, being a sponsor, or donating prizes at sneclimbers [ @ ] gmail.com
BACKGROUND ON SNECC
Our mission is to protect, maintain, and establish rock climbing access by being a voice and advocate for the climbing community in our region.
We’ve spent the last year or so getting lots of ducks in a row to establish SNECC as a nonprofit. We’re now officially a 501(c)3, an Access Fund affiliate, and we’ve started getting some progress on projects at Lynn Woods, the Promised Land, Red Rocks, and more!
Our coalition fills a hole in the Access Fund network, which previously had no local climbing coalition in the region to support our local climbing areas in eastern Massachusetts and the surrounding crags. Most of our board members are based in Massachusetts, though we also have climbers in Rhode Island and Connecticut involved. Many smaller crags, or spread out ones are at a high risk of being vandalized, destroyed, or even closed for access.
Many favorite climbing areas in New England are already covered by groups in New Hampshire including the Rumney Climbing Association, the Western Massachusetts Climbers Coalition, and the Ragged Mountain Foundation in Connecticut.
One of our open projects mentioned above is focused on protecting a bouldering area in Peabody called the Promised Land. A portion of the boulders have already been destroyed for a housing development. The remaining land is owned by a public utility company which we are speaking with about access for climbers.
How did this whole thing get started? Check out more from Tim McGivern, a climber in the greater Boston who started talking online, at the gym, and outdoors with fellow climbers about the nearby crags that had no one looking out for them.