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SAS position on Squamish Canyon project

SAS has been asked by news media on several occasions to comment on the Squamish Canyon tourist destination project. As a climbing advocacy group we look at land-use proposals in Squamish purely in terms of: direct impact on climbing assets within the proposed area indirect impacts on

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Grand wall boulders trail work

SAS is pleased to announce the construction of cedar fencing in the Grand Wall boulders. With the growing popularity of bouldering, there has been an increase in the number of climbers frequenting this area. Many of these climbers are wandering off trail, causing unnecessary impact. The purpose

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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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Golden Scrub Awards timing change

The Golden Scrub Brush awards event, which honours new route development in Squamish, was launched by Chris Small in 2014 and has run each year since. Last year the event was a joint venture with Climb On. The event has been very popular. However several people have

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Recent donations and assistance, spring 2018

SAS is very grateful to Varsity Outdoor Club for an extremely generous donation. Thanks also to staff at MEC headquarters who helped us raise significant funds and new membership sign-ups at the Tommy Caldwell lecture event last month. Thanks also for online donations so far in 2018

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2018 Falcon Closure

See BC Parks closure notice here. Closed routes include Alaska Highway, The Calling, Gone Surfin’, The Ron Zalko Workout, and the Astro Ledge between the top of Alaska Highway and the bottom of Gone Surfin’.

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New bus service linking Squamish “south parks”

A seasonal bus service linking the Squamish “south parks” is starting on June 16th. SAS encourages climbers to use this service if it is convenient for them, rather than driving, as parking at the Chief and Shannon Falls is very constrained in peak season.

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LATEST NEWS

  • Chek film shoot 7th – 30th August
    SAS has been asked to share the following statement: “Starting in the second week of August, a film company will be preparing for filming on Conroy FSR at Cheakamus Canyon. The area they are applying to occupy is north of the main parking lot.  They are in...
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  • Uncertain future for Murrin
    The BC provincial government is in the process of transferring several crown land parcels to Squamish Nation as part of the Squamish Nation’s agreement with Woodfibre LNG. An agreement between the parties was reached in March 2019. In May 2019, SAS learned that one of the land...
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  • 2019 Falcon Closure
    See BC Parks closure notice here. Closed routes include upper parts of Planet Caravan and Warriors of the Wasteland (above pitch 4 on Planet Caravan and above pitch 3 on Warriors of the Wasteland).   UPDATE: closure was lifted on 1 August...
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  • definitive map of Murrin Loop trail system
    SAS is pleased to share a definitive map of the Murrin Loop Trail system. The trail is rapidly becoming one of Squamish’s favourite hikes, and, of course, links the growing number of developed cliffs in the area. Brian Moorhead’s work on the trail over many years was described...
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