December 2010


Hall Siding Work Party

for Kootenays

written by Doug Brown

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.

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November 2010



for Lower Mainland

written by Peter Winter


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.

October 2010


New North Walls Trail - Adopt-a-Crag

for Chief

written by Jeremy Frimer

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!

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North Walls Adopt-a-Crag

for Chief

written by Jeremy Frimer

BC Parks and CASBC are looking for volunteers for an Adopt-a-Crag---to help improve a trail to and along the base of the North Walls of the Chief.

Date: Sunday, October 17th
Time: 10:00am
Meeting Location: Apron Parking Lot
Materials: The CASBC/SAS tool cache has plenty of clippers, shovels, and mattocks to go around. Come clothed for the weather.
Questions/Comments: Jeremy Frimer,

Description of the Project: The North Walls are home to some of the great climbs of Squamish, including Alaska Highway/The Calling, Astrologger, New Life, Gone Surfing, and many others. The trail, which begins near the base of Angel's Crest, is in need of some maintenance. The goal of this Adopt-a-Crag is to both improve access to existing climbs and to encourage route development in this vastly untapped but high-potential area.

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September 2010


Upper Malamute saved

for Malamute [issues]

written by Peter Winter


SQUAMISH – The B.C. government has reached an agreement to acquire almost 10 hectares of land adjacent to Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, West Vancouver-Sea-to-Sky MLA Joan McIntyre announced today.

“This is an important piece of land to the community,” said McIntyre. “Thanks to the excellent work of BC Parks and our partners, we’re protecting important wildlife habitat and recreation features, as well as the extraordinary views of Howe Sound and the Squamish River estuary for residents and visitors.”

The land, valued at $1.66 million and located on the west side of Highway 99 across from Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, is an important access point for rock climbers and provides good falcon nesting habitat.

The parcel was acquired from Malamute Holdings Ltd., a private development company, through a land exchange involving provincial Crown lands valued at $1.25 million, a $333,000 gift from Malamute Holdings Ltd. through Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program, and $81,000 from the B.C. government.

“Malamute Holdings Ltd. was pleased to work with the provincial government to complete this transaction and protect the conservation and recreation values of this site,” said Steve Miles and Paul Turner, principals of Malamute Holdings.

Legislation will be introduced by Environment Minister Barry Penner in 2011 to add these lands to the provincial park following First Nation consultations. The Stawamus Chief holds significant spiritual, historical and cultural values for the people of the Squamish Nation and is a rock climbing area of international significance.

“This is a local success story about working together to sustain healthy and dynamic outdoor spaces,” said Penner. “The Land Conservancy of British Columbia got the ball rolling on this land acquisition. Since then, with the persistent encouragement of MLA Joan McIntyre, the provincial government, and the private firm have worked together to find a way to protect this important site for future addition to the park.”

With the addition, Stawamus Chief Provincial Park will span 526 hectares.

“The District of Squamish is pleased we were able to help deliver a significant recreational amenity and natural gateway to our community into the public trust,” said Mayor Greg Gardner. “The addition of the Malamute lands to the provincial park will help foster a legacy of Squamish as a climbing destination and the outdoor recreation capital of Canada for generations to come.”

The B.C. government has invested more than $107 million over the past five years to improve park infrastructure and acquire additional parkland. Today, 14.27 per cent – 13.5 million hectares – of British Columbia is protected, more than any other province in Canada.

Since 2001, the B.C. government has established 65 new parks, 144 conservancies, two ecological reserves and nine protected areas, and expanded more than 60 parks and six ecological reserves, protecting more than 1.9 million hectares of additional land.

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