The "Steppes" is located in the Lantzville foothills in the North end of Nanaimo. It is one of the more frequented climbing crags in Nanaimo with 52 lines to choose from ranging from 5.6 to 5.12b. The rock is sharp Basalt, and so it still has some loose rock, helmets are reccomended. Most of the routes finish at a Fixe belay rings on the face with the occasional back up set back from the cliff.
Gear: There are sport, mixed and a few trad routes to satisfy every type of climber. The routes vary in length from 7 to 21 meters.
On June 19, 2010 The Access Society and TAWROC collaborated in a work parting at Hall Siding, a small but popular crag near Nelson.
Twenty volunteers built steps and retaining walls to improve access and reduce erosion. A non-work party and slide show following the event, including CASBC supplied swag.
CLIMBERS' ACCESS SOCIETY OF B.C. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & WILL STANHOPE SLIDESHOW
The Annual General Meeting for the Climbers' Access Society of BC will take place at The Edge Climbing Centre at #2-1485 Welch Steet, North Vancouver on Saturday, November 20th at 6pm. This meeting is only open to members of CASBC. The Edge is also offering CASBC members free climbing at the gym from 2pm onwards. Will Stanhope will follow the meeting with a slideshow and we will have a prize give away and raffle which will include ropes, packs, cams, draws etc. Please try to attend.
In collaboration with BC Parks (Katy Chambers, Senior Park Ranger), CASBC organized 8 volunteers for a trail-building day at the base of the North Walls of the Chief. Below the walls was a rough or non-existent trail. After 6 hours of hard work, the crew succeeded in making a pleasant trail from the North Gully all the way to New Life (passing Astrologger, Alaska Highway, other routes, and much potential for future development). Thanks to everyone who came out and to BC Parks for their leadership. Also, a big thanks to Bean Around the World (Brackendale) for supplying the crew with hot coffee, and to MEC and Blurr for supplying "door" prizes!