We are pleased to have been able to recently acquire a wooded tract of land encompassing Gilbert’s Rock, an integral part of Falling Creek Camp’s progression-based climbing program. This was a smooth transition from previous owner, Chuck McGrady/Taproots Corporation, Director Emeritus of Falling Creek. This will allow FCC to continue to meet the high instructional level that we have become accustomed. Parts of Gilbert’s surface are highly featured and allow ample hand and foot holds for new climbers, making it a great place for teaching.
The long tradition of climbing this beautiful rock began when area rock climbing pioneers Steve Longenecker and a friend (Wally Wallace) made the first ascent as technical rock climbers in 1965. They also were the first to christen it “Gilbert’s Rock”. Local residents called it “Tater Knob” and certainly must have climbed it as a dare many years before Longenecker and Wallace discovered the rock face. Yates’ first rock climbing experience was on Gilbert’s in 1978, with Steve, when he attended June Camp.
Although, recreational climbing by individuals is not permitted, approximately 16 camps and organizations in the area will be offered continued use. Ultimately, all the campers served will benefit from the rewarding feeling when they reach the top!