ACCESS NEWS - October 1st, 2006
A. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - OCTOBER 8TH - SKAHA
The Access Society's annual general meeting will be at Skaha (Penticton) on Sunday October 8th, at 9:00 AM. It will include all the usual - minutes, reports, finances, elections, announcements, area issues. Plus some refreshments and prizes. Meet at the Braesyde parking lot fruit stand at 9:00 AM sharp. The meeting shouldn't be long, an hour at most. You can join or renew your membership on the spot.
We are seeking a few new directors. If you're interested, please contact Rolf Rybak at (604) 980-4186 or lgdrolf(at)shaw.ca, or Anders Ourom at (604) 228-1798 or aiourom(at)telus.net.
B. SQUAMISH CLIMBERS FESTIVAL - REPORT
The 2006 Squamish Climbers Festival took place on September 9th & 10th, and was a great success. It included:
Adopt-a-Crag: Over 40 volunteers turned out in heavy rain. They rebuilt the Petrifying Wall stairs, worked on the parking area and trail for the "Squaw", and did work in the Smoke Bluffs. Thanks to team leaders Rolf Rybak, and Tyrone Brett, D'Arcy Bloom and Brian Moorhead from the Squamish Access Society.
Michael Reardon: An excellent presentation by this amazing free solo climber, at the Brennan Park Leisure Centre.
Party: A party, DJ, and raffle at the Squamish Adventure Centre.
Competition: An informal, fun competition, with about 20 entrants.
Thanks again to everyone who participated, the volunteers, the sponsors, and special thanks to Michael Reardon.
Presenting Sponsors: Arc'Teryx, The Edge Climbing Centre, Mountain Equipment Co-op.
Partners: District of Squamish, Squamish Adventure Centre, B.C. Parks, Squamish Access Society.
Gold Sponsors: Valhalla Pure Outfitters, Climb On, On Sight Equipment, Black Diamond, Petzl, Flashed, Metolius Mountain Products, Escape Route, Ascent Public Affairs & Kimanda Jarzebiak.
Silver Sponsors: Rock & Ice, Gripped, Lions Gate Drywall.
Bronze Sponsors: Therm-a-Rest, Merrell Canada, Pause Cafe, Nice Industries, Trango, Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company, Starbucks Squamish.
Adopt-a-Crag Sponsors: Blurr Designs, The Edge Climbing Centre, Mountain Equipment Co-op.
Michael Reardon Presenting Sponsor: The Edge Climbing Centre.
Party Presenting Sponsor: Arc'Teryx.
Party Supporting Sponsor: The Edge Climbing Centre.
Competition Presenting Sponsor: The Edge Climbing Centre.
Planning has already begun for the 2007 festival. Feedback on 2006, suggestions, and sponsors, all welcome.
1. Canadian Maps
Natural Resources Canada plans to discontinue printing paper topographic maps, and close the Canada Map Office, in January 2007. Maps would still be available on-line, although printing costs and technology would create considerable barriers, and the decision has aroused some debate. Many climbers and mountaineers rely on printed maps, as do researchers, scientists, and the resource industries. Maps for Canadians opposes the decision, and argues that continued access to paper maps is in the best interests of all Canadians - see www.mapsforcanadians.ca/
2. Thank Yous - Volunteers
Far too many to list here, but including all the Adopt-a-Crag volunteers and organizers, the local climber organizations all around B.C. that the Access Society works with, our directors and officers, those who represent us in various issues, and so on. You know who you are - we couldn’t do it without you.
3. Camp 4 (Yosemite)
Camp 4, one of the most famous climbers' campgrounds in the world, was placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2003. A ceremony was held on October 1st, 2006, to place a plaque commemorating this status. The ceremony was at the conclusion of the 2006 Yosemite Facelift, organized by the Yosemite Climbing Association. The facelift took place over five days, and involved large number of volunteers, including many climbers. They picked up garbage all around Yosemite National Park, did other public service, and participated in evening socials and fun. In 2005 there were over 600 volunteers, about 4,500 volunteer hours, and nearly 2,000 kg of garbage collected. In 2006, with one day left, volunteers had already collected nearly 8,000 kg of garbage.
Since 1993, climbers and the public have depended on Braesyde Farms for access to Skaha. Hugh Dunlop and family have provided parking, a trail across their land, stairs, and other services. Organizing this, and keeping it going, has taken a lot of work and advocacy. We all owe the Dunlops thanks for their hospitality and help, and the Skaha rockclimbers for all their work.
Braesyde Farms may be sold in the near future, to a private purchaser. Parking there is only guaranteed through the end of 2006. Discussions have been ongoing since the spring, involving the climbing community, the city of Penticton, other governments, the Dunlops and now the prospective purchasers, and other parties. The talks continue, and we're working hard on this, although we can't tell you much more yet. The Access Society is committed to ensuring that there is a viable arrangement for continuing public access to Skaha by the start of 2007. We'll publish any further news when it becomes available.
5. Bugaboo Provincial Park
The Friends of Bugaboo Park held a trail work day on September 21st. They worked on replacing cables on the trail to the Conrad Kain Hut at Boulder Camp with stainless steel chain, removed loose rocks, corrected drainage problems, and repaired and built stone steps. The group plans a yearly event - contact Marc Piche at marcp3(at)telus.net if you're interested.
6. On-Line Memberships, Renewals & Donations
You can now join the Access Society on-line, renew your membership, or make a donation. Go to www.access-society.ca/getinvolved/membership.aspx, complete the form, and pay via PayPal. (Credit card needed, and donations also welcome.)
7. Access Fund News
See the Access Fund website for what's happening in the United States - www.accessfund.org. You can also subscribe to an e-mailed newsletter.
The Access Society faces many challenges in our pursuit of public access to B.C.'s cliffs and mountains, and conservation of them. Please support the Access Society in any way you can - become a member, make a donation, or volunteer! We believe the Access Society is doing an important job. It represents all those who cherish B.C.’s cliffs and mountains.
We hope this message is useful, and encourage you to share, post and forward it. Our apologies if it is unwanted! If so, please let us know and we'll remove you from our list. If your e-mail has changed, please let us know. (In a few cases this message is a duplicate, due to overlapping directories.) Also, we welcome information and contributions - please send to info(at)access-society.ca.
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