Currently there is a very large boulder/flake halfway up the route Birds of Prey. Obviously use caution on this route. Apparently there is a plan underway to remove the boulder so be on the lockout for flagging tape or people trying to keep you away from the route.
On Saturday, May 28, 2011, Hall Siding Adopt-a-Crag: a work party of 11 Kootenay climbers braved the rain and completed a two year project that greatly improved the access trails and belay stances at the Hall Siding rock climbing area south of Nelson.
As any Real Man knows, a work party needs lots of power tools, and this project didn't disappoint: chain saws, grinders, skilsaws, and various drills were supplemented by some serious human earthmovers. Earth was moved, rocks stacked, bolts placed, chain cut and stairs built on the upper central and right-hand areas of the crag. The new stairs and platforms were added to help control erosion at the base of the climbs and create safe belay stances. The work has opened up access for new areas of the cliff and there is now a race between Nelson route developers to put up new lines there.
The day after the work party, Gravity Climbing Centre kindly offered free climbing to all work party participants, and there was a draw for cool gear generously donated by ROAM Shop (Nelson), Valhalla Pure Nelson, Outdoor Research (care of sponsored athlete Margo Talbot), Petzl, Mountain Equipment Co-op and the Access Society.
Funds for the project were donated by the Access Society and TAWKROC.
As part of BC Parks’ centenary celebrations, we are proud to announce the Community Legacy Program. This new initiative offers opportunities for registered not-for-profit societies, CHARITIES, First Nations Governments, Bands or Tribal Councils, local governments, schools, School Districts and post secondary institutions to apply for project funding of up to $20,000 to carry out improvements and enhancements to BC Parks in 2011.
Projects may include educational facilities and signs, trail building and enhancements, infrastructure to support recreational activities, conservation and restoration projects, and upgrades that make Parks more accessible to a variety of users.
This program provides a unique opportunity for British Columbians to share in the stewardship of BC Parks, and to leave a lasting legacy in our cherished parks and protected areas. BC Parks is looking forward to a variety of exciting community projects taking place in parks and protected areas across the province.
Further detailed information, about the Community Legacy Program, is available on the BC Conservation Foundation's website.
Located a 20 minute drive north of Squamish, Chek is one of the busiest climbing areas in BC. It is predominantly a sport climbing area and includes over 100 routes, some of which are the hardest in the province.
Within the last year, after lobbying by us and the Squamish Access Society, Chek was given Designated Recreation Site status by the Provincial Government. The next step was to take some “ownership” of the area by the people who use it the most-the climbers. Last week, we signed a Partnership Agreement with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources -Recreation Sites and Trails Branch to manage the Chek climbing area north of Squamish. With this partnership agreement, there will be funding from the ministry to provide new outhouses and other infrastructure that we believe is required. In return we and the Squamish Access Society will be expected to watch over the area and make sure it is kept in a reasonable state for it’s users. This is a win-win for all parties and we be looking at other areas in BC that could benefit from such an agreement. If you frequent the area and have suggestions for improvements please let us know.