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Our Mission 

The Western Massachusetts Climbers' Coalition (WMCC) is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer climbers' organization that works to build cohesive relationships with advocacy groups, state and local governments, landowners, and conservation groups to keep climbing areas open and conserve the climbing environment in Western Massachusetts.

Our Purpose

The WMCC builds grass routes support for climbers concerns and promotes the natural resources of Western Massachusetts for outdoor recreation through environmental stewardship and education.

The WMCC recognizes that the various types of climbing (i.e. traditional, sport, and bouldering) are all valid. The WMCC does not seek to promote one type of climbing over another, but rather strives to preserve the unique character of climbing that has developed within each of the climbing areas in Western Massachusetts.

Executive Summary

The remarkable and varied climbing resources located throughout Western Massachusetts have attracted climbers since the early 1950's. These resources represent some of the finest climbing opportunities in Massachusetts and New England; however private property and land ownership issues make many of these areas subject to closure due to increased use. As the popularity of recreational climbing rapidly increases, the impacts felt by landowners and the environment are becoming more apparent. Developing a solid working relationship and understanding between climbers, landowners, state and local agencies, and other associated groups will begin to resolve current conflicts and help to preserve future climbing resources. Protected open space, such as state forests and trail networks like the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, abut a number of these climbing areas and would present new opportunites fo rhikers, bird watchers, bikers, skiers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. The WMCC's goal is to assure responsible climbing access to climbing areas and protect these valuable environments through education and increasing climber awareness.

Board Members

Jeff Squire
Ward Smith
Alan Rubin
Peter Gill
Josh Surrette