Access Society Update for April

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Access Society Update for April

Post by meingh » Thu Apr 20, 2006 3:02 pm


ACCESS NEWS - APRIL 19th, 2006


The Access Society will hold an Adopt-a-Crag volunteer weekend at Conroy Creek (aka "Chek") this weekend. Location of the popular Foundation Wall, Conroy's Castle, Main Event, etc. Plans are to install a toilet, notice board and picnic table, to do some trail work and clean up, and to assess and remove hazard trees.

Dates: Saturday April 22nd and Sunday April 23rd (help welcome either or both days)

Time: Meet at the Starbucks at Squamish Station (near Valhalla Pure Outfitters), and leave there at 9:00 AM each day. Or come directly to Conroy Creek, 24.5 km north of the turnoff for downtown Squamish. Please carpool!

Bring: Lunch, drinks, rainwear, work clothes and boots, first aid kit & safety equipment, strong back, a pick up, and any construction tools you have - shovels, rakes, hoes, chainsaws, wheelbarrows, hammers, saws, etc.

On Saturday, we'll pick up materials in Squamish, truck them to Conroy, get started on building the toilet and notice board, and get any other needed materials. Sunday, we'll finish the toilet, notice board and table, plus do trail work.

RSVP: If you can make it on either or both days, rsvp info(at), or (604) 228-1798.

Thanks to the Ministries of Forests and of Tourism, Sport & the Arts for the work they've already done at Conroy, and for donating the toilet, notice board and table. Thanks also to the Alpine Club of Canada (Vancouver Section) and the Alpine Club of Canada (national) for support for these projects. The plan is that the area will become a day use recreation site.

We'll have some draw prizes and refreshments for volunteers, and an informal social on Sunday afternoon.


The Access Society will be holding an Adopt-a-Crag volunteer weekend at the Eldred River climbing area, northeast of Powell River, on May 5th - 7th. It will be based at the Eldred Valley walk-in climbers camp, at mile 34 on the Goat Lake Main road. Bring camping equipment and supplies, climbing gear, and work equipment.

Friday (5th): Bonfire.

Saturday (6th): Climbing, followed by potluck and salmon bake.

Sunday (7th): Trail work, to improve access to Carag-dur.

RSVP: Colin Dionne at (604) 487-0487 or fjordcoast(at), particularly if you want to carpool from Powell River to the Eldred.


Several other volunteer events are planned this spring, including:

Skaha: Contact Janet Black at (250) 497-5164 or janito(at)

Crest Crags (Campbell River): Contact Chris Barner at (250) 487-4611, or sgsears(at)

Victoria (Fleming Beach): Contact Allen Agopsowicz at (250) 477-2259, or mr-al(at)

There'll also be other events later in the year, at dates to be announced:

Stawamus Chief: This event will be combined with a special event/fundraiser.

Nanaimo Area

Smoke Bluffs (Squamish)

More information with the next broadcast. If you want to organize an Adopt-a-Crag in your area, please let us know. We'll help with planning, publicity, draw prizes, funding, and other resources. If you can provide support – funding, draw prizes, materials, promotion – please also contact us.

Adopt-a-Crag is an initiative of the Access Fund, sponsored by Recreational Equipment Co-op, W. L. Gore, and Clif Bar. In 2005 it involved nearly 120 volunteer stewardship events at cliffs and mountains around the United States, and one in Canada. Adopt-a-Crag is now a year-round program; by courtesy of the Access Fund, we use the name for ‘non-official’ volunteer events.


Braesyde Farms will be undergoing agricultural development in spring/summer of 2006. It is the site of all (legal) parking for climbers at Skaha. Owner Hugh Dunlop has assured us of continuing access to and parking for Skaha during 2006. It appears that Braesyde will continue to host the parking in 2007 and beyond, although the location and arrangements may change. Thanks to the Dunlops and Braesyde for their hospitality, including rebuilding the stairs last year, and the kiosk. The use fee for the area is C$5/person/day, however one arrives. The fee is mandatory for all users, and helps make the parking arrangement viable and so guarantees access. Please pay the fee, keep all dogs leashed at all time, and be respectful of others.


1. Aidan Oloman (1976 - 2006)

Aidan died in an avalanche near Fernie on January 14th. She is survived by partner Sean Easton, parents Mab and Colin, and sister Rowan. Aidan was a very active and much-loved member of the Squamish and Canmore climbing communities, an outstanding climber, and a guide. There was a celebration of her life in Vancouver, on February 19th. The Aidan Oloman Fund has been set up in her memory at the Vancouver Foundation, to help empower women to gain physical and personal strength through outdoor pursuits. Information about Aidan is at, and information about donations at

2. 1 Man 7 Summits

Ravil Chamgoulov climbed Vinson Massif in Antarctic in late December, and now has only three summits to go in his quest to become the first person to solo the highest mountain on each continent. He is doing so to raise money for cancer research and care in B.C. - see

3. Thank Yous - Donations

Marcus Dell, Sheila Broughton & Dave Lane, Ben Waller, Judith Joseph, Ric LeDuc, Liz Grant, Martina Metzler, Sandy Briggs, Vince Beasse, David McKie, Claude Tani, Lindsay Eltis, "Best of BC" show (Scott Close), Christie Beever, John Brodie, Petrina & Jonathan Fisher.

4. Squamish Weather Information

There are several sources for Squamish-area current conditions, apart from the Environment Canada website ( They include two webcams. One is operated by the District of Squamish, and is on top of the radio tower above the Smoke Bluffs - It looks out over Squamish and Howe Sound. The other is at Squamish Terminals, mainly for the windsurfing site, but does pan around for views of Garibaldi and the Smoke Bluffs - Climbers are also welcome (within reason) to call the Valhalla Pure Outfitters store in Squamish, at (877) 892-9092. During the climbing season, the store has a current conditions report on the website - Click on "Staff Observations" and you can read an informal description of the day's weather, and of weather over the last few days andweeks.

5. World Backcountry Freeride Jam

This will be on April 21st - 23rd in Whistler, and is part of the "World Ski and Snowboard Festival". Events include free demo gear (Scarpa, Ortovox, Prior Snowboards, Black Diamond and many others), the North Face Whistler Dash, the North Face Spearhead Passage (a competition, with substantial prizes), free tours, clinics by the Escape Route and Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau, speakers, a centennial party for the Alpine Club of Canada, and Radical Reels films for the Canadian Avalanche Centre. For more, see The event is sponsored by Movement Skis, Deuter Packs, and Cloudveil. Proceeds will in part go to support the construction of alpine huts, and to the Canadian Avalanche Association.

6. Mt. Trudeau

Mt. Trudeau, in the Premier Range in the Cariboo Mountains, will be officially named on June 10th. Other peaks in the Range are named for other Canadian prime ministers. There will be a ceremony in Valemount, which dignitaries and family members will attend.

7. Sea-to-Sky Highway Trail Information

Access to the west end of the Baden Powell/Black Mountain trail, and parking for it, may be affected by the Sea-to-Sky Highway project. Work is about to start on the Eagleridge Bluffs area, although it is being protested by residents who believe a tunnel would have less impact than the planned overland route ( Access to the parking area (exit 2, Trans Canada Highway) is now blocked, and hikers must find parking on Eagleridge Drive on the other side of the highway. If the highway project proceeds as planned, there will eventually be a parking area on the south side of the highway, with a pedestrian overpass to the foot of the Black Mountain trail.

The new bridge on the Binkert (Lions) Trail, at the Harvey Creek crossing, may have been damaged by a falling tree.

8. 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.


The Access Society was founded in April 1995. We've had some successes, but face 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. See, under “Get Involved”, for more.

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)

Climbing and related activities are dangerous, and can injure or kill you. The Access Society tries to ensure that this information is accurate, but you rely on it at your own risk!

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