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by Anders Ourom
Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: Squamish Climbing Forum
Topic: Apron Descent Hand Line Needs Replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 10611

Re: Apron Descent Hand Line Needs Replacement

No, I'm referring to the rappel line to climber's right (west) of Rock On. I believe it was established a few years ago, more or less on the line of "Bad Pants Party". We did the usual rappel starting just over from the top of Rock On to Broadway, and then Kris and Reuben rappelled and I walked.
by Anders Ourom
Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:07 pm
Forum: Squamish Climbing Forum
Topic: Apron Descent Hand Line Needs Replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 10611

Re: Apron Descent Hand Line Needs Replacement

After Kris, Reuben and I explored the lower half of Squamish Buttress on Tuesday, we did an experiment. We rappelled to the top of the Apron - a point just south of Baldwin Ledge. They then rappelled via the relatively new rappel route into South Gully. I walked down. Kris and Reuben did two double ...
by Anders Ourom
Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:42 pm
Forum: Squamish Climbing Forum
Topic: Squamish Buttress - Second Ascent (?)
Replies: 2
Views: 6245

Squamish Buttress - Second Ascent (?)

The probable second ascent of the lower half of Squamish Buttress was done on August 26th, 2014, by Kris Wild, Reuben Shelton, and me, partly as research for the history project. The first ascent was in May 1959 by Hank Mather, Fred Beckey and Don Claunch (Gordon). They named the climb "South Arete"...
by Anders Ourom
Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:34 pm
Forum: Squamish Climbing Forum
Topic: Apron Descent Hand Line Needs Replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 10611

Re: Apron Descent Hand Line Needs Replacement

There's much to be said for using the original descent route, which is more enjoyable and perhaps safer. Essentially, where you emerge from the forest, go a bit left (facing downhill), and rock hop and scramble down through the boulders. There are some faded bits of orange paint to help show the way.
by Anders Ourom
Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:50 pm
Forum: Squamish Climbing Forum
Topic: Vehicle breakins - Garibaldi Lake/Black Tusk trailhead
Replies: 0
Views: 5661

Vehicle breakins - Garibaldi Lake/Black Tusk trailhead

There's a report of numerous break-ins, perhaps 25 or more, at the parking lot for the trail to Garibaldi Lake and Black Tusk. All vehicles having windows smashed, with theft of valuables from some. Such things seem to happen in waves, so keep your eyes peeled at all trailheads in the area, and don'...
by Anders Ourom
Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: Squamish Climbing Forum
Topic: Squamish Mountain Festival Coming mid-July
Replies: 7
Views: 10052

Re: Squamish Mountain Festival Coming mid-July

Thanks for another good festival! The history of these festivals is longer than some may know. AFAIK, the first climbers' festival in Squamish was in 1986, for the 25th anniversary of the ascent of the Grand Wall. It was organized by John Howe and friends. There were are variety of events, speakers ...
by Anders Ourom
Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:37 am
Forum: Squamish Climbing Forum
Topic: Logging planned above Squaw/ Olson creek
Replies: 20
Views: 15691

Re: Logging planned above Squaw/ Olson creek

There may be other aspects to this question that should be considered. It may be in the best interests of Squamish, climbers, and the Park, that logging resume in both upper Olesen Creek and, when the time comes, in upper Shannon Creek. Perhaps limited logging, using the best modern techniques and w...
by Anders Ourom
Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: New Routes / Cleaning / Trail Updates
Topic: Slab Alley Restoration Project
Replies: 85
Views: 37571

Re: Slab Alley Restoration Project

Sorry that the above photos have vanished. They were stored on a photohosting site, and either due to inadvertence or clumsiness, the account seems to have gotten cancelled. Anyway, just reporting that Slab Alley had its annual spring cleaning - particularly the traverse crack on the second pitch, w...
by Anders Ourom
Mon Nov 04, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: Squamish Climbing Forum
Topic: Frank Baumann in fatal single vehicle accident
Replies: 2
Views: 3101

Re: Frank Baumann in fatal single vehicle accident

This is very sad news indeed. Frank was very active in B.C.’s climbing, mountaineering and backcountry ski communities from the 1960s on, and made a number of significant ascents in southwest B.C. and on the Stawamus Chief. Perhaps his most notable climb was the first ascent of Warbler Ridge on Moun...
by Anders Ourom
Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: New Routes / Cleaning / Trail Updates
Topic: New Free Route in North Walls
Replies: 10
Views: 7499

Re: New Free Route in North Walls

Congratulations! Monday must have offered ideal conditions for the climb. Hopefully not too many Higgs' bosons around, either.

Those interested in what tempted Saint Anthony - well, one of the Saint Anthonies - can see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_the_Great
by Anders Ourom
Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:21 pm
Forum: Squamish Climbing Forum
Topic: Climbing at Squamish: The First 50 Years (History Project)
Replies: 5
Views: 4699

Re: Climbing at Squamish: The First 50 Years (History Projec

Work continues on this project, and indeed seems to be speeding up. It takes some time and effort to collect together journal and magazine articles, other documents, photos, and so on, and get them organized. And even more to visit and interview people, and record the interviews for archival purpose...
by Anders Ourom
Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:38 pm
Forum: Squamish Climbing Forum
Topic: Here we go again (Squamish Gondola proposal)
Replies: 156
Views: 49962

Re: Here we go again (Squamish Gondola proposal)

(Part 1) Thanks to FrankB for the helpful information. It is unfortunate that the project never underwent the transparent, independent public scrutiny it ought to have had. The Ministry of Environment acted as though its role is to facilitate development in provincial parks, rather than to protect a...
by Anders Ourom
Sat Aug 24, 2013 4:40 pm
Forum: Squamish Climbing Forum
Topic: Here we go again (Squamish Gondola proposal)
Replies: 156
Views: 49962

Re: Here we go again (Squamish Gondola proposal)

Thanks to FrankB for raising some very important issues. For background, the forest road into upper Shannon Creek watershed was built in the 1960s. Logging occurred there in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, and the road was usually driveable before, during and for some time after logging occurred. Most ...
by Anders Ourom
Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: Squamish Climbing Forum
Topic: Poll: Sea to Sky Gondola Proposal
Replies: 17
Views: 16064

Re: Poll: Sea to Sky Gondola Proposal

"benny": Do you have any personal, business, financial or other connection with the developers? Do you live in Squamish, and if so how long have you lived there? You're presumably aware that the Stawamus Chief and Shannon Falls are provincial parks, with national if not international attributes? Giv...
by Anders Ourom
Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:16 am
Forum: Squamish Climbing Forum
Topic: South Apron Closed: Rock Fall Hazard - until further notice
Replies: 5
Views: 2899

Re: South Apron Closed: Rock Fall Hazard - until further not

Hopefully the news will get out quickly, especially with southern visitors for the 4th July weekend. It's amazing that that little tree stopped the block shown. Trundling the block shouldn't be a problem, once the situation is assessed and the area cleared of vehicles, climbers and pedestrians. Stab...