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 firstname.lastname@example.org