30 October 2007


Highway Work Near Boulders

    Highway work near the Drive By and Dump boulders is imminent. Current flagging indicates the limit of intended brush clearing and orange stakes indicate the location of the toe of the slope of the new highway bed. Read more about it...

The Chief

    New Trail at Base of Apron; funding for others
    A major new trail is being planned which will connect the Apron parking lot with the old highway trail near the end of the Apron descent trail. The trail will be 6 feet wide and bike friendly, and will start behind the current outhouse at the Apron lot, skirt below The Bottom Line area and connect just past the Porn Boulder to the existing Hydro access point. Read more...

The Papoose

    Status: A Season Lost
    As is evident from the blasting and clearing still going on, the entire season of climbing at the Papoose was lost due to highway construction. Needless to say, the extensions of closure from the first anticipated date of May have been a disappointment. Of course, this was due in large part to circumstances beyond the control of the contractors. Nonetheless, it is with regret that we still note the closure sign indicating May as the opening date, despite our best efforts to request updated signage.

    The latest indication from the highway work contractor is mid-to-late October.

Smoke Bluffs

    Redpoint Development
    Because of its proximity to the Smoke Bluffs Park, the SAS has formulated an official position on the Redpoint development plans. Read the statement here...

    Ongoing Trail Work
    Work continues in the Smoke Bluffs Park with substantial upgrades to some of the trails. Climbers will have noticed the new stairs at Octopus Garden this year, and work has already started on the Eastern section of the Loop trail. Read more about SAS's work and view photos...


    Skaha Update

    A press release refers to an extension granted to the fund raising initiative around Skaha Bluffs (January 15, 2008). Read the statement here.

    Reel Rock Tour
    On September 1, 2007, Squamish hosted the premier of this year's Reel Rock Tour. Tommy Caldwell presented slides and footage of his climbing feats in Yosemite, and the film "King Lines" featuring Chris Sharma, and an out-take of "Committed" (about bold British trad lines) were shown. A silent auction raised $1,200 for the Squamish Access Society and The Climbers' Access Society of BC.

    Thanks again to all the volunteers and sponsors, in particular Ivan Hughes and The Squamish Mountain Film Festival for putting on the show.

    Squamish Access Society Tool Chest

    With the help of Rona, Climb On and Mountain Equipment Co-op, the SAS has been able to create a significant tool chest for use on trail days. The spades, cutters, pick-axes, etc... are housed at Climb-On and are available for crag/crag trail maintenance upon request and approval of the SAS. Contact info (AT) squamishaccess (DOT) ca or drop by Climb On. Learn more about the SAS Tool Chest...