August 2011
11

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Applebee clear

for Bugaboo Provincial Park

written by Peter Winter

Latest reports are that Applebee is clear of snow and the spires are in good condition. Parties have been up the Beckey-Chouinard, however the Howsers are still looking a bit "snowy".

July 2011
25

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CASBC awarded $14,000 grant

written by Peter Winter

CASBC has been awarded $14,000 from the BC Conservation Foundation’s community legacy program in partnership with BC Parks. Four research projects will be conducted in six BC Parks sites in order to address waste management systems employed in BC Parks, and to test a variety of environments and challenges. Research results will be shared amongst all agencies participating in this project, thereby building knowledge and capacity.

Human waste management in most remote climber access areas is fossil fuel intensive and thus unsustainable. Suposedly 'green' composting toilets are proving to be dysfunctional, producing material that is far from safe compost. This research grant to CASBC builds upon previous research completed in climbing and hiking areas such as Skaha, Bugaboos, Yoho, and area in Alberta, Washington, and California by testing alternative solutions including modifications to dysfunctional compost toilets with the addition of earthworms (vermi-culture) and a renovation of the helicopter fly-out-barrel to house more worms. Both of these waste management strategies utilize urine diversion, which on its own can reduce toxic excrement mass by 60% (urine is generally sterile and a beneficial fertilizer for plant growth). Urine diversion is popular in Europe and in some places is replacing fossil fuel derived fertilizer for agriculture. Both vermiculture and urine diversion is used at toilets in Chamonix with great success even at high elevations with cold annual temperatures. Four research projects will be conducted in six BC Parks sites in order to address each type of waste management system employed in BC Parks, and to test a variety of environments and challenges. Research results will be shared amongst all agencies participating in this project, thereby building knowledge and capacity.

Falcon closure lifted

for Chief

written by Peter Winter

Effective immediately the falcon closure has been lifted by BC Parks

Cat Lake Adopt-A-Crag

for Cat Lake

written by Peter Winter

As with Area 44, another party did some very hard work on improving the trails and belay areas on a very technically challenging piece of terrain.

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Area 44 Adopt-A-Crag

for Area 44

written by Jeremy Frimer

In conjunction with the Squamish Access Society (SAS) and as part of the Squamish Mountain Festival, CASBC volunteers did an Adopt-a-Crag on the approach trail to Area 44. The work involved creating switchbacks and stairs through steep/slippery sections on the first half of the approach trail. Future work will be required for the second half of the trail and for the base of the climbs. Thanks to our sponsors, including MEC, Arcteryx, Metolius, and Cascade Designs.

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