May 2010
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Postponed Until June - Fleming Beach Membership Drive

for Vancouver Island - South

written by Eric Goodwin

We're postponing the Fleming Beach Membership Drive until June now. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Still feel free to come down this Sunday and have a climb in the sun. We'll let you know when we have a new date, and if you just can't wait to get you membership the Esquimalt Rec Center is just down the road.

April 2010
20

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Eldred River Adopt-a-Crag /Blue Sky Weekend

for Eldred

written by Peter Winter

Greetings all, climbing season is here! and with it time to invite you all on behalf of the Powell River Climbing Comunity to the 9th annual Eldred River Adopt-a-Crag /Blue Sky Weekend. The event will be held from May 14-16 2010 under the blue tarp at mile 34 in the Eldred Valley. Come prepared to camp,climb,do trail work and indulge in some serious fun! this years trail project is the rebuilding of the psyche slab approach trail obliterated by power line construction
Friday 14- Campfire is lit.
Saturday15(weather permiting) rockclimbing followed by potluck wild salmon barbeque
Sunday16 trail work
Any questions: email info@access-society.ca for contact info

Chief Falcon Closure Update

for Chief

written by Peter Winter

As of May 8th, 2010 there are no closures currently in effect.

The following from the Squamish Access Society www.squamishaccess.ca:

The SAS has continued to liaise with Parks on the 2010 Falcon Closure issue.

Parks has been monitoring a falcon presence on the Grand Wall to the right of belly good ledge but to date has not confirmed nesting behaviour. As a result, there are currently (as of May 8th 2010) no closures in effect. It is the evidence of nesting behaviour which triggers any closures. Climbers are asked to call 604-898-3678 ext 2221 with any information

Notice to Rock Climbers:

•Since the mid-1980’s Peregrine Falcons have been returning to nest in the Dihedrals Area. Climbers have observed a voluntary closure to protect the nesting falcons from disturbance. Following up on this effort by climbers, BC Parks places restrictions on certain routes from March 15 - July 31. Route closures may change pending peregrine falcon behaviour.
•Please report any observations to: 604-898-3678 ext 2221.
The annual closure program was recently discussed with BC parks at the Climbers Advisory Group established under the Climbing Stewardship Strategy. The discussions follow on the heels of concerns initially voiced to BC Parks by the SAS in a meeting held in June 2009, following the unprecedented closure of part of the Grand Wall route.

For the upcoming season, BC Parks is committed to work under an enhanced draft-monitoring program based on scientific data that comprises the following:

•starting March 2010, working with a wildlife biologist specializing in falcons, look for key indicators of nesting behaviour
•focus on traditional closure area since early indications don’t suggest a broader cast is necessary
•if nesting location is confirmed, communicate closure of affected area to climbing community
•determine approximate time of fledging, pull back monitoring but keep closure in effect
•monitor calculated fledging time and re-open any closures after fledging is confirmed.
Falcons have been observed by climbers this year, and that information has been passed on to BC parks.

The SAS would like to thank BC Parks for their continued engagement with climbers on this front.

Fleming Beach Membership Drive

for Vancouver Island - South

written by Eric Goodwin

We're going to be having a membership drive at Fleming Beach in Victoria on May 16th. If you're in town feel free to come by for some bouldering beside the sea.

Fleming Beach is a great urban climbing area in Esquimalt, BC just minutes from downtown Victoria. There are fun bouldering traverses as well as quite a few top roped climbs.

To help maintain the area, the City of Esquimalt require a $10/year membership fee to use the area. It's well worth it and as well as renewing memberships for CASBC we'll also be helping the city with their membership drive. If you can't make it out on the 16th but enjoy climbing at Fleming, feel free to drop by the Esquimalt Rec Center to pick up a Fleming Beach membership card.

Keep checking back here and I'll post more details as we get closer to the event.

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February 2010
23

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PEMBERTON WORLD MOUNTAIN SPORTS FESTIVAL

for Pemberton

written by Peter Winter

I wish to invite all climbing enthusiasts to Pemberton for our festival. www.pembertongames.com or the birth of the PEMBERTON WORLD MOUNTAIN SPORTS FESTIVAL . By uniting several sports under one umbrella we will appear stronger in the face of media and potential sponsors and not seen as only a “ fringe “ group or sport . Pemberton is full of nearby and exciting climbing possibilities. These range from arid desert of Lillooret and nearby Marble Canyon or the granite cliffs of Soo valley towards Whistler . There are also various excellent bouldering opportunities nearby . I am asking to see if there are any persons interested in helping to co-ordinate a climbing outing out of Pemberton during our fest. My aim is to have various sports groups doing activities during the day , then gathering in the evenings for films, presentations, bonfires, dj, etc. Just look at the ski/snowboard model www.wssf.com . Other confirmed activities include paragliding, mountainbiking , kite skiing, ski mountaineering, BASE , Sky Diving . Please get in touch and help us represent climbing at our fest .
Regards
Peter Chrzanowski
www.explorex.net
604-894-2492 tel

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