Access to the Papoose

While highway construction at the Papoose is looming, we have not been informed of any permanent closures. When blasting begins, the current news from the contractor is that appropriate signage will be placed at the entrance way concerning the access situation. The newest way in to the parking lot of Shannon Falls Provincial Park has been moved to the north by a hundred feet or so because of work on the bridge. If one parks there, one has to walk south along the highway (the old entrance road is off limits) to access the new approach trail. The other option is to find ?alternate? parking and cross the highway at the lights and head straight up the embankment to the clearly marked trail. There is a ‘No Entry’ sign at the old entrance, but we have not been informed that this is to prevent climbers from briefly skirting the right side of that road before heading up into the woods on the approach trail.

Unfortunately, the trees on the buttress between the Papoose and the highway have been felled in preparation for blasting sometime in the next 12 months (read more below). When blasting begins, we will work with the contractor to provide appropriate signage and communication regarding access to the crag. Our objective is to have the contractor provide appropriate and timely on-site information; more so than was forthcoming initially at Nightmare Rock and what is currently available at Comic Rocks.

Some Background: Historically, the Papoose climbs have enjoyed a relatively sheltered exposure to highway noise and presence, and throughout MOT?s Recreation Focus Group process it was declared by MOT as an area where there would be no impacts. However, early in 2005 MOT curtly declared they would be four-laning below the crag, with the consequence that the protective tree and rock cover along the highway?s edge would be blown away, along with some climbs just off the current highway. The full impact of four lanes of traffic in full view below the crag will bring a new and unpleasant aspect to the Papoose climbing experience. Regrettably, neither BC Parks nor the District of Squamish offered objection to this.

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