ACCESS NEWS - October 12th, 2006
The following projects may be of interest, and need volunteers:
1. Centre Creek Road (Mt. Rexford) - Saturday October 14th
Gerry Kollmus is organizing a group to clear bush from the Centre Creek road, so that it remains passable for pedestrians if not cyclists. It has become overgrown, making climbing access to the east side of Mt. Rexford, and to Mt. Lindeman, very difficult. No more logging is planned for the area, so the road will not be rehabilitated. Meet at 7:00 AM at the Chevron station at Boundary Road & Grandview Highway in Vancouver. Bring loppers, saws, sturdy footwear, rainwear, first aid, and personal equipment. Gerry is at (604) 992-8055, or gkollmus(at)telus.net.
2. Mountain Lake (Britannia) - Sunday October 15th
Brian Moorhead is organizing a group to work on the new Mountain Lake trail to the B.C. Mountaineering Club cabin, from the headwaters of Furry Creek. Meet at 9:00 AM at the Furry Creek Discovery Centre - the real estate office, at the entrance to Furry Creek. Brian is at (604) 896-1940 or piton(at)telus.net. Bring appropriate tools, sturdy footwear, rainwear, first aid, and personal equipment.
3. Suicide Bluffs (Nairn Falls)
B.C. Parks wants to remove the tyrolean cable across the Green River, placed for access to Suicide Bluffs several years ago. The tree anchoring one end of the cable was dislodged by floods, and the cable is now attached only at one end. It is unusable, unsightly, unsafe, and if it becomes detached may cause tangles or logjams downstream. It may also pose a navigation risk to kayakers. B.C. Parks is looking for help with this job - perhaps those who placed the cable could help remove it and associated debris. The work has to be done during low water. Contact John Tisdale at (604) 898-3678 x 233, or john.tisdale(at)gov.bc.ca.
B. HELP WANTED
The Access Society needs help with two aspects of its work, bookkeeping and the website. Committed, skilled volunteers welcome, but modest remuneration is possible. Details:
We need someone to look after our books. The books and statements are currently produced using Simply Accounting. The bookkeeper will will review the established accounts, amend them as needed, and enter 2005-06 revenue and expenses and produce statements for the year. A new program may be considered. The bookkeeper will set up accounts and systems for 2006-07, enter revenue and expenses monthly, and produce quarterly statements and a year end report. (There are about 1,000 entries/year, and thorough records.) The initial work may involve 20 - 30 hours, and then perhaps a few hours a month. The work as bookkeeper may be expanded to processing and entering memberships and renewals, deposits, and related matters.
We need someone to evolve, maintain and occasionally update the website, working from the current version. This will include working with the website committee to review current information and organization, and developing and implementing recommendations on improvements to structure and content. We intend that the website be informative and attractive, reasonably modern, contain current news and bulletins that can be easily updated, and be robust (not bleeding-edge). The work will not involve writing much content. The site, and underlying wizardry, will continue to allow on-line memberships, database and donations, eventually a map function, and perhaps other useful features. This job may involve some effort to get things set up, then a few hours/month in updates and maintenance.
If you're qualified, experienced and interested in either job, please contact us at (604) 228-1798 or info(at)access-society.ca.
1. John Bachar - Fundraiser
American climbing legend John Bachar was seriously hurt in an accident on August 13th. His business partner Steve Karafa died. John broke five neck vertebrae, and had major surgery for this in September. Rehabilitation and therapy will take some time, although a full recovery is expected. John has incurred substantial expenses, which are only partly covered by insurance. Several fundraisers have been held to help. A raffle has also been organized, with excellent prizes from the entire climbing industry. See http://bachar.gr-outdoors.net for more information, or to buy a raffle ticket. Steve and John's company, Acopa Shoes, will continue in business.
2. 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/
3. Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting was on Sunday October 8th at Skaha, a cold wet morning. It covered all the usual business, although not a lot more, and was followed by a directors' meeting. More information in the next Access News.
4. Thank Yous - Volunteers
Far too many to list here, but including all 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.
5. Yosemite National Park (U.S.)
The Yosemite Facelift, organized by the Yosemite Climbing Association (www.yosemiteclimbing.org), took place September 27th - October 1st. It involved 1,157 volunteers and 9,256 volunteer-hours, and picked up nearly 12,000 kg of garbage from many corners of the park. (Much from commercial and industrial activity.) It also generated US$166,978 for the park, under a fee matching program, and included social events and raffles. The YCA's Ken Yager was presented with the Yosemite Award by the National Park Service for his work on the Association, its proposed climbing museum for Yosemite Valley, and the Facelift.
On a related note, in 2005 Werner Braun was presented with the Department of the Interior’s Conservation Service Award and the President’s Call to Service Award for his efforts with Yosemite National Park Search and Rescue. Werner is a long-time resident of Camp 4 and Yosemite, an exceptional climber, and in his career has participated in over 1,500 rescues. www.nps.gov/archive/yose/news/2005/wern0217.htm
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.
8. Squamish Climbers Festival - 2007
Planning has begun for the 2007 Squamish Climbers Festival. We welcome feedback on the 2006 festival, and suggestions on how to build and improve the event.
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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