Subscribe

SAS VP Brian Moorhead is BC Parks Volunteer of the Year

BC Parks have recognised Squamish Access Society vice-president Brian Moorhead as their 2017 “Volunteer of the Year“. Along with society secretary, Todd Gerhart, Brian is one of the two members of SAS’s board who have served since the society’s inception.

Brian’s award primarily recognises his work at Murrin Provincial Park over the last few years; in particular his vision, design and realisation of the Murrin Loop Trail. Not only has that trail been a catalyst for extensive new cliff development at Murrin, but it has also become a signature hiking trail for Squamish. That result echoes Brian’s philosophy when he drove similar work in the Smoke Bluffs Park a few years before: that, when possible, climbing trails should benefit the general public as well as climbers. Away from the rocks, Brian is also the man behind the legal access approach to Furry Creek beach.

All of this work has involved countless hours labour by Brian himself as well as many weekends managing volunteer trail-building groups. From his years of experience, Brian has developed a concept for SAS that he calls “10-3” for trail work with volunteers; ten people being the optimal group size and three hours being the best duration. Brian often gets repeat bookings from groups who have enjoyed working for him so he is obviously doing something right!

Though rumoured to be well into his eighth decade, Brian continues to be inspiringly active. Last winter he could be found skate-skiing at Callaghan with his wife Norah – an accomplished mountaineer in her own right – and training on routes up to 5.10 at Squamish’s Ground Up gym. He is planning several new trail projects for this summer and beyond.

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...
    Read more
  • 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...
    Read more
  • 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...
    Read more
  • 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...
    Read more