Climbers' Access Society of British Columbia

The Access Society represents everyone who supports public access to the cliffs and mountains of B.C., and conservation of them. It was founded in 1995. We encourage anyone who supports our goals, particularly all climbers and mountaineers, to become involved, and support our work.

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March 2016
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Skaha Park Watch

for Okanagan

written by Allen Agopsowicz

The Skaha Bluffs Park Watch Society is a registered non-profit society, incorporated September 11, 2015. The purpose of the society is to deter auto crime in the Skaha Bluffs parking lot by informing patrons of the potential of vehicle break-ins. The SBPWS observers will work hard to educate the public about safety in the parks, act as ‘goodwill ambassadors’ for the area and make patrons aware of the ecological importance of the area

This program needs the support of all user groups. Skaha Bluffs Park Watch is not only an extremely cost effective crime prevention program but also an excellent way to provide tourism information to our many visitors

Please consider making some small donations at the parking lot, your Loonie or Toonie helps fund this program and helps keep your vehicle and possessions safe.

The Skaha Bluffs Park Watch Society is continually accepting donations to assist in its goal to provide full-time monitoring of the Skaha Bluffs parking area. At some point in the near future, the Society also plans to offer advertisment space in a brochure that will be handed out by the monitors to all visitors. This brochure will also detail items such as theft prevention, environmental best-practices for the area, and information about at-risk species.
Our website http://www.skahabluffsparkwatch.com

Please make donations to the Park Watch Program with CASBC and get a tax receipt, follow these steps:

• Go to http://access-society.ca/ and click the "Donate" button in the middle of the screen
• Enter the amt you wish to donate
• Click the "Log in" to Paypal button below
• On the left, underneath "Climbers' Access Society of BC" you'll see "Add special instructions to the seller." Click that.
In the field that opens, type "For Skaha Bluffs Park Watch."
• Click the "Donate" button at the bottom of the screen.
• CASBC will issue the tax receipt.

Thank you

Rolf Rybak
skahabluffsparkwatch@gmail.com

January 2016
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Save Kinnaird Bluffs!

for Kootenays

written by Vince Hempsall

For those who might not know, Kinnaird Bluffs in Castlegar are historically significant. People have been rock climbing on them since the 1960s as a training ground for the Valhalla mountains and there are currently 70+ routes there.

The current owner is looking to sell the 17-acre parcel of land that harbours ALL of the cliffs for $57,000. We have to act fast to ensure some developer doesn't buy this up and raise "No Trespassing" signs. The owner is cognizant of our plight and has taken down her real estate ad for the time being while we fundraise, but money talks and she's going to sell it to the first serious bidder, she says.

A few different organizations have expressed interest donating towards the land purchase including the Columbia Basin Trust but they're looking for donations "in good faith" from the climbing community to prove this is an important piece of land. We are currently trying to raise ten thousand dollars to help tie up the current owner in an offer that would be "dependent on funding." The cost of the property isn't a lot and we'll eventually be able to raise all the money no problem but the issue at stake right now is anyone can make an offer and we want to be the first ones to do that.

As for the official purchaser of the property, that currently is being debated. Options include making a private offer, tying up the current owner and then switching the purchaser to a society. Perhaps the Kootenay Climbing Association or another. (CASBC does not hold land but is a part of the fundraising campaign.) Eventually the property will be donated to the City of Castlegar as a park.

If you would rather make a donation via CASBC and get a tax receipt, follow these steps:

• Go to http://access-society.ca/ and click the "Donate" button in the middle of the screen
• Enter the amt you wish to donate
• Click the "Log in" to Paypal button below
• On the left, underneath "Climbers' Access Society of BC" you'll see "Add special instructions to the seller." Click that.
In the field that opens, type "For Kinnaird Bluffs purchase."
• Click the "Donate" button at the bottom of the screen.
• CASBC will issue the tax receipt.

For more info, please email Vince Hempsall at vhempsall@access-society.ca

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Save Kinnaird Bluffs!

for Kootenays

written by Vince Hempsall

For those who might not know, Kinnaird Bluffs in Castlegar are historically significant. People have been rock climbing on them since the 1960s as a training ground for the Valhalla mountains and there are currently 70+ routes there.

The current owner is looking to sell the 17-acre parcel of land that harbours ALL of the cliffs for $57,000. We have to act fast to ensure some developer doesn't buy this up and raise "No Trespassing" signs. The owner is cognizant of our plight and has taken down her real estate ad for the time being while we fundraise, but money talks and she's going to sell it to the first serious bidder, she says.

A few different organizations have expressed interest donating towards the land purchase including the Columbia Basin Trust but they're looking for donations "in good faith" from the climbing community to prove this is an important piece of land. We are currently trying to raise ten thousand dollars to help tie up the current owner in an offer that would be "dependent on funding." The cost of the property isn't a lot and we'll eventually be able to raise all the money no problem but the issue at stake right now is anyone can make an offer and we want to be the first ones to do that.

As for the official purchaser of the property, that currently is being debated. Options include making a private offer, tying up the current owner and then switching the purchaser to a society. Perhaps the Kootenay Climbing Association or another. (CASBC does not hold land but is a part of the fundraising campaign.) Eventually the property will be donated to the City of Castlegar as a park.

If you would rather make a donation via CASBC and get a tax receipt, follow these steps:

• Go to http://access-society.ca/ and click the "Donate" button in the middle of the screen
• Enter the amt you wish to donate
• Click the "Log in" to Paypal button below
• On the left, underneath "Climbers' Access Society of BC" you'll see "Add special instructions to the seller." Click that.
In the field that opens, type "For Kinnaird Bluffs purchase."
• Click the "Donate" button at the bottom of the screen.
• CASBC will issue the tax receipt.

For more info, please email Vince Hempsall at vhempsall@access-society.ca

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September 2015
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CASBC/TAWKROC to Sign Stewardship Agreement for CIC Slabs in Nelson

written by Vince Hempsall

A Nelson climbing area known as the CIC Slabs has been donated to the Regional District of Central Kootenay by the Order of the Sisters of St Ann of the Roman Catholic Church.

The granite rock climbing area, found in the forest above Selkirk College Campus, is located on the 7.5-acre property formerly owned by the Church (and partly in the West Arm Provincial Park). The first climbs were developed there in the early 1990s and today there are over three dozen routes ranging from 5,7 trad to 5.11d sport.

The RDCK, BC Parks and the Association of West Kootenay Rock Climbers (a chapter of CASBC) will be entering into a partnership agreement to oversee the stewardship of the rock climbing area. A stewardship agreement is being drafted along with an Adopt-a-Crag application so the area's trails can be improved and the older climbing hardware on the walls updated.

If you have any questions regarding the partnership, please contact CASBC director Vince Hempsall at vhempsall@access-society.ca

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April 2014
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No Off Leash Dogs At Skaha

for Okanagan

written by Eric Goodwin

Parks BC just sent us a message regarding dogs being off leash at Skaha.

"I wanted to give climbers a heads up that we are going to start ticketing for this. The bluffs have been a park for a few years now, we’ve got signs up, we’ve written warning tickets and I’m still seeing dogs off leash. This is an offense under the Park, Conservancy and Recreation Area Regulation Section 19(3) and carries a fine of $115. It’s also an issue at this time of year for bighorn sheep that are in the area and other wildlife, not to mention other climbers and park users. I don’t like writing tickets, ruins my day, but it’s an issue at the bluffs that I’d like to get a handle on. Other suggestions for getting people to keep their dogs on leash would be most welcome."

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