Rumble at the Bald
Rumble at the Bald
By Eric Alston, Park Technician
On February 17 and 18, the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access at Chimney Rock State Park was once again the site of the Carolina Climbers Coalition’s bouldering competition, better known as “The Rumble”.
Last year’s event, which would have been the 3rd annual, was cancelled due to focused efforts supporting Chimney Rock State Park in wake of the Party Rock Fire of November 2016.
Preparations for this year’s event renewed anticipation for a good turnout, but inclement weather on Saturday posed a threat of cancellation. Fortunately, a clear forecast Sunday kept optimism alive and indeed resulted in a wonderful turnout.
As in previous years, camping for the climbers was set up at Morse Park near the Lake Lure Community Center. Free shuttle service was offered to transport participants from campsites to the staging area at the Rumbling Bald parking lot. As Sunday approached, over 200 climbers arrived. Group meetings and safety briefings were held from 9:30-10 am followed by the competition, which took place from 10 am – 4 pm. Participants gathered at 6 pm for an awards ceremony, dinner, and after-party to celebrate top competitors and the climber’s efforts.
Chimney Rock State Park wishes to thank supporters of this event: Chimney Rock Management LLC, Chimney Rock Volunteer Fire Department, Lake Lure Fire Department, Appalachian Mountain Rescue, as well as the various vendors, who were all very instrumental in making this a rewarding and successful event.
Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park:
Operating Hours for Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park are subject to change throughout the seasons. Consult this website or chimneyrockpark.com for up-to-date information when planning your visit.
*January 1-March 11: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30 pm. Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. *March 12-November 4: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm. Ticket sales and admission end at 5:30 pm. *November 5-21: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm. Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30 pm. *Closed Thanksgiving Day (November 22). November 23-25: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm. Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30 pm. *November 26-December 24: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30 pm. Closed Christmas Day (December 25). *December 26-31: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Ticket sales and admission end at 4:30 pm.
Rumbling Bald Climbing Access:
January - February: 8am to 6pm
March - April: 8am to 8pm
May - August: 8am to 9pm
September - October: 8am to 8pm
November - December: 8am to 6pm
Closed December 25, Christmas Day.
There is no fee for this access.