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Chek logging update

The road building on the Conroy Creek FSR required for logging operations in the area will start on Friday 14th July, several months later than originally advised, and continue 7 days per week.Work sites on the FSR are well beyond the Chek parking lots, but heavy machinery

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development plans proceed at Squamish Adventure Centre parking lot

District of Squamish have recently approved two leases that will effectively remove the majority of the parking capacity at the Squamish Adventure Centre overflow parking lot. This lot is frequently used by local and visiting climbers for car pool purposes. Squamish Access Society campaigned against one of

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Chek campsite update

Contractors have finished phase 1 of the campground expansion at the Cheakamus Canyon Recreation Site. At the upper (main) parking area there are now sixteen campsites with grills, tables and bear-proof storage. Of these five are drive-in and the remainder walk-in (but seconds from the parking area).

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2017 Falcon Closure

There are currently no closures. From the BC Parks website: June 29, 2017: Closure of climbing routes to protect falcons are no longer in effect Juvenile falcons at Stawamus Chief have fledged and are flying well, so climbing routes in the South Gully area of the Chief

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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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Chek and Cat Lake logging from April 2017

Do you climb at Chek Canyon and at Cat Lake? You should be aware of a number of industrial activities that are occurring on the Conroy FSR and Culiliton Creek FSR this spring. Areas above Chek Canyon recreation site on the Conroy FSR and along the Culliton

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2016 Annual Report

Following on from January’s AGM, the society is making available its 2016 Annual report.

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Luke Zimmerman joins SAS board

Squamish Access Society is pleased to announce that prolific local boulderer Luke Zimmerman has agreed to join the board. He was elected to the board at yesterday’s AGM. Luke’s involvement with SAS will help improve the society’s communication with the bouldering community and start new initiatives that address

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LATEST NEWS

  • comment on recent Grand Wall boulders incidents
    The Squamish Access Society would like to call attention to two incidents of unfortunate and destructive activity which have recently occured in the Grandwall Boulders. Specifically climbers have been manufacturing holds, and using a blowtorch on the rock. While climbing is a sport in which we are...
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  • Squamish election – SAS questions to successful candidates
    Before the municipal election, SAS asked all of the candidates to answer four questions. About half the candidates responded. Of the seven candidates recently elected to council, five gave responses. The questions and responses are noted below. QUESTIONS 1. Low-cost visitor camping Context. In May 2018 our...
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  • Recent donations and assistance, summer 2018
    SAS is very grateful to the following organisations for generous donations during the summer: Rampage DMM We are also very grateful to Steve Swenson for gifting us copies of his book “Karakoram” for re-sale at the Arcteryx academy event, and also for helping at our booth. Thanks...
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  • Cragkeepers program
    A couple of years ago, SAS began its Cragkeepers program. The objective of the program is to encourage and support self-organised volunteer groups in retro-scrubbing Squamish cliffs that have begun to moss over. Initially we approached Vancouver-based climbing and mountaineering clubs to work on this, but we...
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