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Access to The Chief

As of summer 2006, no access changes have yet occurred at the Chief as a result of the Highway 99 upgrade. However, major changes to the Chief frontcountry are upcoming, starting later this year or in early 2007 when Peter Kiewit Sons’ begins construction in that area. These changes are positive news for climbers, so stay tuned for more information.

There have been some issues in the recent past around access during times when commercial filming has been allowed in the park, in particular, the bouldering areas. The SAS has offered its input to the ministry in charge of the park regarding appropriate timing and extent of commercial filming. The degree to which these are officially incorporated into guidelines is still pending.

On a further front, BC Hydro has recently blasted within their right of way under the Hydro lines for the purposes of sinking new poles. The degree of notice afforded the park administrators and affected user groups was completely unacceptable, considering not only park resources but safety of individuals was at risk. The SAS has met with Parks to voice its concerns on this development. During attendant upgrade work, the Apron parking area was closed for three days in the week of September 11th 2006. Park and BC Hydro employees were on sight to direct access options. The SAS, along with the Climbers’ Access Society of B.C., voiced its concerns with Park managers regarding the time and extent of this closure. We are unaware of any further work beyond this timeframe.

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