March 2013


Best Practices Guide for Route Development

for Squamish

written by Peter Winter
"BC Parks and a volunteer group of climbers have developed the below strategy to manage rock climbing in Stawamus Chief, Shannon Falls and Murrin Provincial Parks. The strategy will be used to direct management activities related to rock climbing in the three parks. It must be stressed that this strategy is site specific and will not be applicable to the situations found in many other provincial parks."

February 2013


Annual Report

written by Peter Winter

You can view our Annual Report here:

January 2013


New route hardware discount now available.

written by Vince Hempsall

In addition to supplying hardware for retro-bolting projects, CASBC has been able to negotiate a substantial discount (25%) on hardware from MEC.

The following prices are available to CASBC members only:

• Fixe 3/8" Bolt Hangers: $1.58
• Fixe 3/8" Rap Hangers: $4.50
• Hilti KB3 3/8" x 3" Bolts: $2.03
• Hilti KB3 3/8" x 2 1/4" Bolts: $2.33
• Fixe 3/8" Belay/Rap Station: $11.63
• Fixe 3/8" Chain Anchor with Ring: $10.50
• Fixe Descending Ring: $2.70
• Fixe Glue-in Rap Hanger: $4.50
• Fixe 12mm Bolt Hanger: $1.58
• Fixe 8mm Maillon: $2.18
• Fixe 12mm Drill Bit: $10.88
• Fixe Triplex 12mm Bolt: $3.68
• Fixe 10mm Maillon: $3.30
• Fixe Clip Gym Carabiner: $3.53

To be eligible for these discounts, you must be a member of CASBC and you need to submit your order (item description and quantity of each) to before February 12, 2013.


Logging still planned......

for Stillwater bluffs [issues]

written by Peter Winter

Logging is still being planned for Stillwater. Please view the following links for more information and how you can help.

A Small Victory re: Darkwoods

for Kootenays

written by Vince Hempsall

CASBC celebrated a small victory in November when the Nature Conservancy of Canada concluded that, given their insurance requirements, our organization could apply for the standard access permit which will allow vehicle access from July to September, on weekends only, to the Darkwoods area. This includes access to Topaz Tower and other potential big-wall climbing areas off Jersey, Blazed, Topaz and Porcupine roads.

This area has been an ongoing access concern for a number of years. In 2008 the NCC purchased a 55,000 hectare block of land south of Nelson known as Darkwoods. Public access to this land had been severely restricted by the previous owner (a German Duke who logged the land extensively), and the NCC had significantly tightened those restrictions, effectively closing public access to the alpine rock routes on the granite batholith of Mt Hulme as well as many scrambling peaks. Two years ago the Kootenay Mountaineering Club met with the NCC to discuss possibilities for allowing some public access to climbing objective within Darkwoods and access was granted.

However, because of the regional changes to the NCC, access permission was lost in the shuffle and climbers were again told they could not get into Darkwoods. Further negotiations ensued and the new regional office of the NCC has decreed we can apply for permission to once again enter Darkwoods.

This application process has now begun.

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