4th Quarterly Board Meeting – Dec. 10th, 2020

Thurs. Dec. 10th, 7:00pm

Looking for a way to stay connected with the climbing community as it gets colder? Join our board meeting! Board meetings are open to the public. Crack a beer and join us on zoom to welcome our newest board members, discuss the latest news about Hanging Mountain and more.


  • New Board Members
  • Hanging Mountain Updates
  • DEI Committee Updates
  • New Sustaining Membership & Membership Packets
  • Proposed Roles and Committees
  • Proposed Bylaws Update

This meeting will take place on Zoom.
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DEI Information Session – Dec. 1st, 2020

Tues. Dec. 1st, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Curious about what Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion looks like in the outdoors world? Wondering how you can be apart of this work? WMCC and Briana Blanchard of the Red River George Climbers Coalition are hosting an info session to explore these topics! Join us for a discussion on the framework for Justice, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in the climbing world, ways this work fits into the Western MA climbing community and an open space for questions and conversation.

Briana lives in Cincinnati and has been climbing in the Red since 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Miami University and has been working in non-profit for five years.  Briana enjoys sport, bouldering, and traditional climbing, and when she isn’t outside she can be found on her basement training wall or in the local gym, accompanied by her husband and their son, Atticus. Look her up on Instagram @Dirtbagmomma.

Click here to register in advance for the DEI Information Session.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Hanging Mountain Update

We hope to announce a date for the soft opening of Phase One in the next two to three weeks! We are currently awaiting permitting before opening, and Hanging Mountain remains closed to the public at this time.


The 2020 Phase One opening of Hanging Mountain will include six crags on the right side of the cliff, featuring about 60 established pitches of diverse grades and styles. The left side of the cliff is still largely undeveloped and will not be open until Phase Two in 2021.


We want to thank everyone for their continued support of such an epic project!


Volunteers stand near the new Hanging Mountain kiosks in the Hanging Mountain parking lot.

Photo by Dan Jazwinski

WMCC Listening Session: Thurs. Oct. 15th, 7:00-8:30pm

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee invites you to a 90 minute listening session on Zoom, on Oct. 15th, moderated by Sarah Rasmussen. This is a space for climbers from marginalized communities to share their experiences, stories, suggestions, and ideas for how to create more welcome and inclusive outdoor spaces. Members of the DEI Committee hope to partner and collaborate with the individuals who offer their narratives to create a focused task list for addressing the many ISMs in our outdoor spaces.

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Female sport climber climbing at Mormon Hollow. Information for Listening Session: Thurs. Oct. 15th

Photo by Michelle Bourget

-Published Sept. 30th, 2020-

Hanging Mountain Zoom Presentation Oct. 7th

-Hanging Mountain Zoom Presentation-

Wed. Oct. 7th, 7:00-8:00pm


Curious about what the WMCC/RMF Joint Stewardship Committee has been working on this summer? Join us on Zoom for an eye opening presentation on the Conservation Easement and Management Plan, MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, a brief overview of routes, infrastructure, and finances, as well the phased opening plan!


Missed the meeting? No worries. Here is a link to the Zoom presentation:

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Passcode: @HangMount1

-Published Sept. 25th, 2020

-Last updated Oct. 13th, 2020

Sept. 16th, 2020 Board Meeting Zoom Recording

Missed the last board meeting? Take a minute to watch the recording.

Agenda items from the meeting included:

  • Nominations and elections
  • Finances
  • Hanging Mountain Update
  • JEDI committee proposal
  • Membership
  • Draft of Farley disclaimer notice
  • New business


Third Quarterly Board Meeting

Wed. Sept. 16th, 7:00pm
Temperatures are dropping and it’s time for the next board meeting. We will be hosting the meeting on Zoom and everyone is welcome to join! We are currently accepting nominations for board members and will be holding elections during the board meeting.


  • Nominations and elections
  • Finances
  • Hanging Mountain Update
  • JEDI committee proposal
  • Membership
  • Draft of Farley disclaimer notice
  • New business


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Farley Lot Reopens July 6th, 2020

Good news; the Farley lot is reopening Monday, July 6th!

WMCC volunteers will be present the first weekend after opening, and updated maps of Farley crags and trails will be available at the main lot.

Parking is always a concern when climbing at Farley Ledges. In order to secure a spot in the main lot, plan to arrive early in the morning or later in the afternoon for the ‘second shift.’ There is parking across Route 2 on along Bridge street, but this area can quickly become overwhelmed as well. Please have a backup plan prepared and visit another climbing area, such as Mormon Hollow, Rose Ledge, or Hideaway if there is no parking available for Farley.

Please consider the following social distancing guidelines:

  • Climb with just one partner when possible. Keep groups small.
  • Wear a mask in the parking lot, on crowded belay ledges and near other parties.
  • Keep gear organized and in your pack- “no junk shows at the base.”
  • Spread out and explore new crags. There are over 450 routes and 500 boulder problems at Farley. If you don’t know where to go, ask whoever’s around for suggestions and directions.
  • More guidance is listed in the letter signed by Northeast LCO’s

-Posted July 3rd, 2020-

Access Update 6/20/2020

The WMCC is now condoning climbing at all western MA crags (see climbgneiss.org) EXCEPT Farley and Hanging Mountain, and will keep the Farley parking lot CLOSED until Rumney opens again. The Farley parking lot is not able to handle a large influx of climbers and illegal parking is an issue which has jeopardized climbing access to Farley in the past.

When climbing, please follow social distancing etiquette. Please travel in small groups and within reasonable distances, and always have a backup plan if your first destination looks full. No single day of climbing is worth overcrowding and potentially risking long term access to our crags.

Thank you all for your patience!

Posted 6/20/20

North East Local Climbing Organization Letter to Climbers

Dear Fellow Climber:

Local Climbing Organizations, Access Fund, partner organizations and land managers throughout the Northeast have been in discussions regarding what it means for us as society begins to reopen. Between being cooped up inside, gyms being closed, and nicer weather upon us, we sympathize with your desire to get out and climb. However, we are also concerned about how our behavior may impact the current situation as we head back out to the crag. When that time comes or if you do plan on climbing, please keep these notes in mind.



  • Distance: With high levels of COVID-19 cases in Eastern Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, traveling outside your local area may adversely affect mitigation efforts in our region, and contribute to the spread of the virus.
  • Density: We have a lot of climbers and only so many climbing areas. Too many people at a crag will make it difficult to practice social distancing; not only for fellow climbers but also for park employees, rangers, and trailhead volunteers. It may also overwhelm infrastructures such as parking areas, public resources, and trails and belay areas.


  • Know and follow government regulations and health guidelines for your area.
  • Do not climb at areas that are not currently open, or on private or restricted property – this could impact longer-term access. Check with your Local Climbing Organization, or refer to the list of closures maintained by the Access Fund at https://bit.ly/CragClosures.
  • If you do go climbing, Stay Local – the closer you stay to your home the less chance for you and others to be affected by the virus.  Less than a 30-minute distance is ideal.
  • Respect rural communities that are still urging climbers not to visit.
  • Don’t go to the crag if you’re having any COVID-19 symptoms or think you may have been exposed.
  • You could be an asymptomatic carrier, so try to climb with those in your household or those you have been in routine close contact with.
  • Try to limit your group size to only you and your partner.
  • Don’t add to the burden on our first responders – select objectives that are well within your limit and climb cautiously. If an accident were to occur, it could put more people, besides the climbers, at risk of infection.
  • Avoid busy climbing areas and crowded trailheads. If you encounter a busy trailhead or crag, go to a second option, and maybe even a third or go home.
  • Don’t put the rope or gear in your mouth.
  • Don’t climb directly next to someone. Apply the six to ten-foot social distance guideline to your route selection.
  • Use hand sanitizer before and after climbing a route, belaying, and snacking.
  • Bring your mask and wear it when passing other parties on the trail or at the base. Consider belaying in your mask as well.
  • Be self-sufficient with food and water, and try to limit your use of public resources.
  • Be prepared to dig a cat hole or use a wag bag if public restrooms are unavailable.
  • Avoid sprawling your belongings at the base of a route.  Minimize the need for other people to touch your gear.

Our personal decisions on if, when, and how we climb will impact our communities on a level we could never have imagined before. We are asking for your help to keep our crags and communities safe in an effort to keep them open. Do what you can now so we can all climb in the future.

*The WMCC is still encouraging climbers to stay home and not climb at any of the Western Mass climbing areas. We appreciate all the people who have been respectful our decision.*
Published May 23rd, 2020