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

Next board meeting: Wednesday, May 20th at 7:00PM

Questions about closures and reopening of Western Mass climbing areas? Want to know how you can get more involved? Interested in hearing what happens behind the scenes at the WMCC and other Local Climbing Organizations? Everyone is welcome to join the meeting!

Agenda:

  • COVID response update (Access Fund, other LCO’s, etc.).
  • Farley Closure status (any feedback on compliance, local authorities, etc.).
  • Hanging Mountain updates, both funding and development.
  • Nominations and Election for new Vice President (since Cam is stepping down).
  • Other WMCC activities: social and/or fund-raising (as discussed in last meeting).

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Covid-19 Closure

Farley parking lot driveway. Text on picture reads closed.

Dear climbers,

The WMCC board members have met and voted unanimously, in the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic, to close the properties we own – the Farley Ledges parking lot as well as our Hanging Mountain property – and to formally urge rock climbers to stay home from all Massachusetts crags we manage.

Although these two actions may seem contrary to our primary mission of preserving access to climbing resources, we believe these decisions are vital in order to protect all the citizens of the commonwealth, not just climbers.

We reach these decisions only after extensive deliberation with our national affiliate – the Access Fund – as well as reaching out to our local partners in New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut.  Furthermore, these actions are consistent with the guidance all citizens of Massachusetts are receiving from our elected officials.  Lastly, our actions are in concert with Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, the majority owner of both Farley and Rose Ledges, which has officially closed it’s property.

Our rationale is as follows:

Because the Coronavirus Pandemic is an international crisis.   And since climbing is an inessential activity, which typically involves the following elements:  travel beyond one’s home community, close biological distance through sharing holds, anchors, trails and/or parking lots, and the very real possibility of an accident that would necessitate activation of – and potentially infection of –  local, volunteer search and rescue teams as well as burden already stressed medical resources.  Therefore, the WMCC believes Massachusetts climbers should place the welfare of the larger community above our own recreational needs.

Thanks for respecting our decisions.

The WMCC will continue to provide a venue for discussion and work hard to preserve and protect climbing access. Indeed, we believe these decisions will do just that by demonstrating to all stakeholders that rock climbers are responsible stewards of the land and dependable partners in a time of great need.

Thank you,

Western Mass Climbers Coalition

 

Published April 19th, 2020

2nd Quarterly Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 15th, 7:00PM

Quarterly board meetings are open to everyone. This meeting will be held via Zoom. You can use Zoom from your desktop, laptop, or smart phone. For more information about joining a Zoom meeting, please click here.

Agenda:

  • COVID-19 response (local plans and discussion of AF webinar)  – Wayne
  • Sandisfield update (funding and development) – Rob
  • Plans for Virtual activities (fund-raising, media release, etc.)
  • Farley signage update – Tony

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Social Distancing

Hey Climbers,

Due to the current COVID19 situation, we are discouraging climbing at Farley. This is both to allow social distancing as well as to limit possible impact on local health and rescue resources. If you do choose to climb outdoors, we recommend you travel in very small groups (2-3), climb with extra caution, and seek out the less traveled crags. Be particularly aware of social distancing in the parking lot and trailheads. We will keep you posted on email and social media as the situation evolves. Our message is consistent with similar cautions in New England and worldwide.

Thanks and take care,

WMCC

Published March 19th, 2020

3rd Quarterly Board Meeting– Sept. 18th

3rd Quarterly Board Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 18th at 7:00 PM, CRG Hadley.

Get in on the action! WMCC board meetings are full of lively discussions about places you climb. Everyone is welcome.

Agenda items:

             -Farley signage and rescue plans

             -Sandisfield acquisition updates and timeline

             -Sandisfield fund-raising plan

             -Membership

             -Swain guide response

             -Farley maintenance

             -Falcons

             -Tekoa Mountain

Spring Trail Day, 2019

Spring Trail Day

Farley Ledges,
Sunday, May 19th
9:00-3:00

What to Expect:

Never been to a trail day before? That’s Ok! Please bring work gloves and safety glasses. If you have a favorite shovel or other tool, bring that along too (labelled with name and phone number). We’ll provide coffee and a light breakfast.

Meet us at the Farley parking lot and we’ll tell you where to go from there!

WMCC Board Meeting

Thank you to all who came!

Wed. Jan. 23, 7-9 PM at CRG Hadley.

Please join us at the WMCC board meeting to discuss plans for 2019. The meeting agenda items include:

  • Access –  parking and building relationships with neighbors, Firstlight, and the town of Erving.
  • Upcoming events – Winter Seminars, Silent Auction, Spring Trail Day, and Fall Rendezvous.
  • Membership – Updated database, membership drives and benefits.
  • Stewardship – Trail maintenance, bolts, signs.