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Immediate Falcon Closures

BC Parks has issued a list of climbs that should not be climbed for 2010: Negro Lesbian Europa above pitch 2 Millenium Falcon above pitch 2 The Gauntlet above pitch 2 Supernaut above pitch 2 Planet Caravan above pitch 2 Clean Corner Sports Illustrated Warriors of the

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Smoke Bluffs Update

Here are some updates on what is new in the Smoke Bluffs Park.  A huge thank you goes out to the Smoke Bluffs Park Committee (SBC), its chair Brian Moorhead, the myriad of volunteers active in the park and the District of Squamish. Final phase of the

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Falcon Update

The SAS has continued to liaise with Parks on the 2010 Falcon Closure issue. Parks has been monitoring a falcon presence on the Grand Wall to the right of belly good ledge but to date has not confirmed nesting behaviour.  As a result, there are currently (as

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BC Park Trail Improvements

In coordination with the SAS, in 2009 BC Parks completed work on the trail at the base of the Chief.  It is now far easier to navigate the stretch between Rutabega (especially just below the black Dyke area) all the way north to Seasoned in the Sun

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New Chief Campground Rules

The SAS is aware of changes which occurred last year in the running of the campground at the Chief.  In particular the payment regime, definition of “parties”, and mode of collection were altered to bring the park more in line with provincial policy.  This was met with

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Squamish Mountain Festival 2010

The dates for the 2010 Squamish Mountain Festival have been set.  The fun this year happens between July 14th and 18th.  A temporary site has been set up here, with links to clips and beta from last year’s festival.  Confirmed speakers for 2010 include none other than

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Falcon Closure Update

The traditional falcon closure window is in effect.  No closures are in effect at this moment (April 9th 2010) The following information is from the BC parks website: Notice to Rock Climbers: Since the mid-1980’s Peregrine Falcons have been returning to nest in the Dihedrals Area. Climbers

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New SAS President

The SAS is stoked to announce that Charlie Harrison has adopted the post of President.  Charlie has been a board member since 2009 and has been pivotal in recent initiatives such as the Climbing Advisory Group.  Out-going President Tyrone Brett is staying engaged on the board and

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SAS Board Update

After about half a dozen years at the dashboard of the Squamish Access Society, I have recently resigned as president effective February 2010.  Change is a good thing and it’s time the SAS gets a fresh breath of leadership and time I reposition my personal priorities. My

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Changed Access to Skypilot

The following information was forwarded by email to the SAS regarding the re-opening of the Stawamus/Indian River Forest Service Road.  This has relevance for those seeking access to the Sky Pilot/ Habrich/etc… area and is effective as of January 19th 2010. Re: Rescinding closure order on the

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LATEST NEWS

  • 2017 Falcon Closure
    Effective Immediately – Falcon Closure. BC Parks staff and climber volunteer attempts have been attempting to locate the falcon nest in the Squamish Buttress/ Apron/ South Gully area this week. Their work along with additional climber reports (Thanks guys!) indicate that falcons have nested in the Lower...
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  • 2017 Climbing Season update: camping, parking and other issues
    There are several changes that are happening in and around Squamish for the 2017 Climbing Season, particularly with regard to camping and parking. Below we (the Squamish Access Society, SAS) breakdown the general issues (#vanlife, “wild” camping and parking) as well as updates to specific climbing areas....
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  • Mt Habrich via ferrata proposal
    Squamish Access Society learned recently of a proposal to build a Via Ferrata (“VF”) on Mt Habrich. The proponent is Stanley Yntema, a self-described “community organiser” based in Surrey, BC. Mr Yntema is not well-known to the Squamish climbing and mountaineering community and has not sought feedback...
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  • Smoke Bluffs management plan completed
    On 21st March Squamish council voted to adopt a new Management Plan for the Smoke Bluffs Park. Squamish Access Society took a lead role in the development of this plan over the last two years through its representation on the Smoke Bluffs Park Advisory Committee (“SBPAC”). SAS...
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