CASBC supports projects aimed at maintaining or improving access to climbing in BC. Support comes in the way of funding, tools, expertise, and corporate sponsorship (gear prizes). Projects should be locally initiated and carried out by local, volunteer effort. These days tend to be fun, social, and allow folks to give back to their community.
Part I - Rules
- Project proposals need to be submitted online as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org any time. Proposals will be reviewed on the 1st of January, March, May, July, September, and November. Applications will be judged on the basis of (a) importance to BC climbers' access, (b) feasibility, and (c) community involvement. Applicants will be notified within 14 days of the review date.
- Applicants must either be (a) a CASBC director, or (b) an active CASBC member. Members whose application is successful will be in dialogue with a CASBC director on an intermittent basis throughout the project.
- Funding for approved applications will be paid in the form a cheque to the applicant only after (a) the project is completed, (b) CASBC receives receipts for expenses, equipment rental and/or other disbursements, and (c) CASBC receives the post-project report. Exceptions to the rule will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Successful applicants must send a post-project report to email@example.com on project completion and post a report on the CASBC website within two months of the completion date.
- Owned Land
- If your project is proposed to be located on privately owned, crown/federal or municipal land, you must receive approval from the land owner or responsible government agency prior to doing any work. Contact the CASBC directors directly to receive assistance on this matter.
- Use of heavy power tools (e.g., chainsaws). If your project involves the use of power tools, ensure that anyone using these tools has the applicable training, as required by WorkSafe BC.
Part II - Resources
- The Access Fund (US) provides useful resource for organizing an event. Download a useful Adopt-a-Crag guide
- CASBC has general liability insurance covering up to $2,000,000. This automatically covers all people involved in CASBC events.
- CASBC provides funds for access project.
- CASBC has caches of tools in various part of the province. Ask a director if these are available for your project.
- CASBC events tend to receive generous support from corporate sponsors, which means gear handouts for volunteers.
- CASBC can help recruit volunteers for your event through the website and email bulletins.
- The CASBC directors are experienced adopt-a-cragers. They can be a useful source of information and advice.
Part III - Brainstorm of Projects
- Squamish - Grand Wall Base trail system. Trail from campground to Seasoned in the Sun.
- Squamish - North Walls trail from Angel's Crest to Squaw/Slhanay trail
- Nelson - Grohman Narrows access trail. Trail from road to base of bluffs - currently, only access in is via rap and out via a 5.8 trad route.
- Castlegar - outhouse for Waterline crag. Lots of use, lots of "excrement", no facilities to deal with the issue.
- Nanaimo- (Greg Sorensen). Nanaimo river. Continue trails system on "The Sunny Side" and "The Dark Side" as well as route maitenance ie: (we are pressure washing the routes this was supposed to be done last year but I ran into a snag.) Continue work on development of new climbing area on Mt. Benson (Crown Land) This includes establishing new routes as well as trails. There are several other areas in Nanaimo as well but this will do for now.
- As for the rest of North island I will check out some other ideas. Re: Port Alberni (Sproat Lake Area) Where we have put up a few routes on an easy access wall with room up to about 50 routes plus more bluffs in the surrounding area. Also up in Comox Lake and Crest Creek.
- Victoria - Fix up trails to Mt Wells. Lots of trees down due to wind storms last year. Erosion due to high traffic is also a problem.
- Chilliwack area - Mt. Slesse - Crossover Pass Descent trail
- Squamish - chainsaw use certification course so that volunteers can legally use chainsaws for trail maintenance in the Chief Park.
- Whistler - Nordic - main trail up to the wall in disrepair
- Squamish - Cat Lake - belay area below sharkies wall needs to be terraced etc
- Squamish - Chek - base of Conroy's Castle (Charlotte's Web)