June 2011


Gondola Proposal

for Squamish

written by Jeremy Frimer

A new proposal for a gondola in Squamish was announced yesterday. The proposed gondola would launch from the gravel pit nestled between the Chief and Shannon Provincial Parks, ascend through BC Parks, and top out at a forested shoulder west of Mt. Habrich. Information about the proposal is available at http://www.seatoskygondola.com/

Representatives from CASBC and Squamish Access Society (SAS) recently met with developer David Greenfield (GroundEffects Development Inc.; www.grndfx.ca) to learn more about the proposal. The developer is seeking support from the various interest groups (including CASBC) before deciding whether to move forward.

The gondola would have a number of implications for Squamish residents, the local economy, tourists, climbers, backcountry skiers and other interested groups. CASBC has yet to take a position on the proposal. The CASBC Board is interested in members' views. We are exploring the proposal thoroughly and will be meeting with the developer again in the coming weeks or months.


Lantzville Foothills Trails

for The Steppes

written by Eric Goodwin

It seems that the Lantzville foothill trails are opening back up to the public after the new landowner closed them last year. If we get any more concrete news we'll let you know.

"The fence and gate at the Harwood entrance were removed. Presumably if the new owners wanted to continue to keep people out they wouldn't have removed the barriers and signs. Also the Vipond access gate has a sign stating hiking and biking are allowed." via. ryanguy on islandclimbing.com

Birds of Prey, block gone

for Squamish

written by Jeremy Frimer

Regarding the loose block on Birds of Prey, the route is all clear. On Sunday morning, a team of Squamish climbers safely trundled a 4m x 4m flake, which had been sitting precariously atop the 2nd pitch of Birds of Prey. The block seemed to have wiggled loose and was resting gingerly on a straining tree. With a look-out on the ground and danger signs and flagging tape blocking the trails, the climbers trundled the block with minimal effort. The falling block took with it the supporting tree. All debris on the pitches below was removed. And bolts on climbs below were inspected and replaced where damage had occurred. The event was captured on video, which will be released soon.

Loose Boulder on Birds of Prey

for Slhanny

written by Peter Winter

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.

Hall Siding – New and Improved!

for Kootenays

written by Doug Brown

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.

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