Happy New Year everyone! Though we are now officially into the new year, we wanted to take this week to look back on some of the major successes from last year.
The Ohio Climbers Coalition was founded in part to keep access open for climbers around the state, and we had a major access win this past fall as the Cleveland Metroparks announced that they have chosen to eliminate the individual rock climbing permit that used to be required to climb at Whipp's Ledges. This is something that we had been working on for quite some time, and we are thrilled that individual climbers will no longer be required to obtain a permit to access the awesome climbing in that area!
For more information about this major access win from November, please see the original announcement below:
CLEVELAND METROPARKS ELIMINATES INDIVIDUAL ROCK CLIMBING PERMIT
On October 18, 2018, the Cleveland Metroparks Board voted to eliminate the individual rock climbing permit at Hinkley Reservation, Whipp's Ledges. Individual permits are no longer needed after November 17, 2018.
The Ohio Climber's Coalition talked with some of the Cleveland Metroparks Staff during the Whipp's Adopt-a-Crag Event in August 2017 concerning the possibility to remove the rock climbing permit at Whipp's Ledges. The OCC would like to thank Dan, Ashley and Zach, staff members and climbers from the Cleveland Metroparks for their tireless efforts in supporting climbing at Cleveland Metroparks.
Please keep in mind that groups still need to obtain a permit through the Cleveland Metroparks permitting process. The permit information will be updated on the Cleveland Metroparks website and the old signage will be removed soon. It is also important to remember that Whipp's is the only area in Cleveland Metroparks open to climbing at this time.
Cleveland Metroparks will update its website to reflect these new changes and any future issues concerning rock climbing at Whipp's Ledges. It will also be adding a Non-Cleveland Metroparks Program Permit application for anyone offering instructional classes throughout the park. This would include climbing instruction.
The Northeast climbing community is very lucky to have a jewel like Whipp's Ledges so close to home. For more information about Whipp's visit the Cleveland Metroparks website at https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/…/…/hinckley-reservation.
For directions and information about individual climbs at Whipp's, visit Mountain Project at: https://www.mountainproject.com.