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Archive for January 2008

Chief Parking Lot Construction

The current main parking area looks somewhat like a war-zone, however all access is still maintained. The highway-side parking lot is still open, as are the upper lots near the campground. The SAS will work with the contractor to clarify the status of the parking lots in […]

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Signs for Apron Trails

As part of the contribution offered by the Sea to Sky Highway Improvement Project to climbing resources within provincial parks used by climbers in the area, the SAS and BC Parks agreed to the merits of some permanent signs at the entrance of the trails which lead […]

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New Apron Trail

The new trail at the base of the Apron is now complete. While access through the current Apron parking lot is not optimal due to the storage of highway construction material, one can walk uninterrupted from the lot, along the trail, and exit at the junction with […]

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Squamish Mountain Festival 2008!

Following on the success of the festival in 2007, the dates for the 2008 Squamish Mountain Festival have been set. The festivities will run from July 16th to July 20th 2008. Planning is already underway and look for details to be unveiled throughout the spring. As was […]

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More Smoke Bluffs Trail Work Completed

More trail work at the Smoke Bluffs has been completed. The most recent work has been focused on the eastern part of the Loop Trail. Traditionally this section was, in essence, a dried creek bed (which during wet times became, well, a creek). Significant work has made […]

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Update: Highway Impact on Boulders

In November of 2007, the SAS met with several of the engineers responsible for the highway improvement work being undertaken in the general vicinity of the Chief. The purpose was to inform the engineers of the bouldering resources in the area and to get an indication from […]

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Skaha Access Secured!

We are very pleased to be able to report that permanent access to Skaha bluffs has been secured. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the drive to come up with the necessary funds for the purchase of the lands critical to arriving at a long term solution. […]

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Proposed Ski Resort: Garibaldi at Squamish

In the fall of 2007 the Squamish Access Society participated in a meeting between representatives of various mountain and backcountry groups and the proponent of the Garibaldi at Squamish Development (a resort near Brohm Ridge reaching down to Highway 99 and embracing the landscape near both Brohm […]

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Although the Mamquam Forest Service Road has opened following the rock fall today, the trail to Angel’s Crest remains closed due to an extremely high risk of rock fall. Further information will be posted as it comes available. ...

A pair of common ravens has built a nest on a rock ledge within the Sunshine Chimney Centre climbing route, which is located on the Campground Wall behind the cooking shelter at the Stawamus Chief campground. Climbers have reported agitated behaviour from the ravens when climbing in this area. To protect the ravens and climbers, BC Parks is closing the Sunshine Chimney Centre as well as the Swedish Touch climbing routes until further notice. The nest will be regularly monitored so that the closure can be lifted when the chicks have left the nest, which should occur by mid-June. ...

SAS would like to thank to SRG guides Emilisa Frirdich and Conor Hurley (and their energetic friends). Their efforts yielded some excellent rock stepping at the start of the new "Capilano Connector" trail at Murrin Park. (2 photos) ...