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
9

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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."

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."

August 2013
22

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A New Bridge For Kinnaird

for Kootenays

written by Vince Hempsall

Kinnaird Bluffs has seen yet more love this past week with the replacement of the decrepit, rotting bridge that linked the car pull-out to the access trail.

Volunteers yanked out the old bridge and replaced it with a solid one built out of pressure-treated lumber by Dave Lussier, a director of TAWKROC, which is a chapter of CASBC.

The initiative was spurred by The Association of West Kootenay Rock Climbers and the organization also doled out the $90 for the lumber. A huge thanks goes out to the volunteers who included Castelgar climbers Graham Cocksedge and Laurel Tench, Nelson rope gun Marley Bassett and TAWKROC directors Vince Hempsall and Dave Lussier.

It took Dave a few days to build and paint the bridge and the other four spent about 1.5 hours removing the bridge and installing the new one. The old bridge literally disintegrated when it was pulled from the bank and any boards with nails in them were removed from the site. A small portion of the bank was dug away to provide a foundation for 2 three-foot pieces of 4x4s and the ends of the new bridge is now affixed to those with screws. The new bridge is now higher than the old one and, given it's solidly built structure, should last for years to come.

This marks yet one more step in the process to upgrade Kinnaird Bluffs, one of the oldest rock climbing areas in the entire province. With the help of CASBC, TAWKROC continues to replace old, warn anchors at the crag.

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July 2013
23

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Send, Shoot, Submit!

written by Eric Goodwin

CASBC is looking for your best photos showcasing climbing in BC. Post your photos to the CASBC Facebook page.

Prizes
1st Arc’Teryx Atom Jacket
2nd Black Diamond Hoodwire Quickpack
3rd Metolius Contact Hangboard

Official Rules
Post your photo to the CASBC Facebook page showcasing the amazing climbing in British Columbia

Tag Climbers Access Society of BC in your photos along with our prize sponsors, must tag all 3 sponsors to be eligible.
@Arc’teryx
@Black Diamond Equipment Ltd
@Metolius Climbing

You must be a current CASBC member to be eligible, join today!
http://www.access-society.ca/signup

Photos will be judged by the number of likes on Facebook along with a judging panel

Amateur photography only, photos taken by professionals will not be eligible for prizes

Contest runs until September 2013

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