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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Hi All:
Do you like climbing new routes and problems? Of course you do. Everyone does. Well here's your chance to show your favourite "digger" some love and appreciation (besides you girls giving them a huge flesh pressing hug at a minimum) as The Squamish Access Society is accepting nominations for the Inaugural Golden Scrub Brush awards to be awarded at our AGM or possibly a separate award ceremony/ partay. Awards are to be in the following categories:
1) Best new trad or mixed crag route (single pitch) hard 11 + , moderate 10-
2) best new sport route, hard 11 + , moderate 10-
3) best contributing boulderer
4) Best new multi-pitch
5) Best new crag or area.
6) Best re-scrub and retrofit.
7) Best new route name and back story

Nominations for a separate award for lifetime achievement (Induction into the Fellowship of the Golden Scrub Brush) will also be accepted for an individual or team. Candidates for this award can be currently active or retired local developers still living in the Squamish catchment area who have developed a significant body of quality climbs.

Nomination Rules:
1) Please choose routes developed since 2009. We wish to appreciate developers who have created the Second Golden Era of Squamish climbing.
2) Self Nomination in all categories EXCEPT CATEGORY 7 (BEST Route name and Story) will result in immediate disqualification. Category 7 nominations can be either self nominated or community nominated.
3) Nominations shall be accompanied by a brief rationale (max one paragraph) as to merits for nomination. This rationale should be more intellectual and have more substance than "because it is mega sick dude."
4) Internet flaming of other nominations will result in immediate disqualification of your nomination with ZERO exceptions.

Please submit your nominations to SAS's facebook page ... 1370216065. Nominations will be vetted by an esteemed panel of judges and selected nominations will be subject to public vote on our facebook page. Selected Best route name and back story candidates will be asked to present their story at a later function (10 min max) and the award will be presented based on audience response. Winners will get a beautiful trophy, bragging rights, our undying love and affection, and possibly some swag. We hope to make the awards ceremony a super evening out.

Chris Small
Squamish Access Society

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Many thanks to Michelle Smallman at NOLS for providing an excellent work party at Murrin Park today. ...

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