In Nov. of 2019, the WMCC and Ragged Mountain Foundation accepted a $79,500.00 Climbing Conservation Loan from the Access Fund to purchase the Hanging Mountain property. Since then, the WMCC has invested $31,750 into the driveway and parking lot and more on materials for trail work and biological surveys.
This campaign is to raise the funds to pay back the Access Fund loan and to build critical infrastructure, such as a driveway, parking lot, kiosk, and trails.
The WMCC and RMF have already secured several grants that have moved us closer to our goal:
The Conservation Alliance Grant - $30,000
Access Fund Climbing Conservation Grant - $7,000
Appalachian Mountain Club (Berkshire Chapter) - $8,000
Mass Trails Grant - $25,000
Thank you to all of the grantors and to all of you who have already donated!
More About Hanging Mountain
Hanging Mountain is a unique Massachusetts crag. Sections of the cliff fall under MassWildlife's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program as priority habitat because there are several protected species that live on or along the cliff. The Hanging Mountain Joint Stewardship Committee is working with a well respected biologist/climber to complete and ecological survey of the area and potential impacts of recreational use to protected species, which will support the Land Management Plan. Efforts to protect these rare and endangered species, as well as Covid-19 related concerns, have delayed infrastructure building and projected opening. We appreciate your patience and continued support!
Hanging Mountain will open in two phases:
Phase One opening of Hanging Mountain will include six crags on the right side of the cliff, featuring about 70 established pitches of diverse grades and styles.
Phase Two opening will include the left side of the cliff, which is still largely undeveloped.
These phases are dependent upon the approval of our MESA review by MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP). Find out more about the MESA review at https://climbgneiss.org/hanging-mountain/.
There will be route information available when HM is open to the public, and eventually, there will be a guidebook.
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