Despite only 31 of 151 respondents supporting the project and 114 of 151 not supporting the location of this project, the District’s Chief Administrative Officer recommended that the District move forward on this development. Potentially losing a public asset for the next five years (and perhaps ten), this seems extremely short sighted by the District, given that this parking lot serves as overflow to the Smoke Bluffs Parking Lot and could potentially be the answer to the rising parking crisis at all major outdoor hotspots in the Sea to Sky Corridor.
The vote to finalize the lease agreement for this proposal will take place on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017. Squamish Climbing Magazine urges everyone to write the Squamish City councillors immediately and stand up for use of these public lands. Please write the City council @ email@example.com
Climb and Conquer, an organization dedicated to supporting at-risk youth build leadership skills through rock climbing mentorships is expanding this summer. The following is an excerpt from the Squamish Chief.
The group’s goal is to expand its programs to get more vulnerable youth out into the backcountry and ascending and rappelling Squamish rock faces.
At a budget workshop just prior to the Christmas holidays, leaders from the non-profit The Climb and Conquer Project appeared before mayor and council for the first time to present their plans and request grant in aid support.
“We bring youth out climbing and do a lot of one-on-one mentorship,” Climb and Conquer’s spokesperson, Joseph Wong, told The Squamish Chief.
WoGü is one of the best known multi-pitch routes in Europe: not only for its difficulty but because it also carries a little bit of history with it. Beat Kammerlander bolted it in 1997 in honor of Wolfgang Güllich after he died in a car accident. That´s why it bears his initials, WoGü. It is considered one of the most difficult multi-pitch lines at the moment.
Before the end of December, a business proposal was put forward to Squamish city council to consider the installation of an Aerial Rope Course that would take up at minimum 50% of the parking lot capacity at the Squamish Adventure Centre parking lot. Despite objection from members of the climbing community who attended this meeting, the council voted in favour of moving forward on this proposal, which is now in a period of public comment until January 10th, 2017.
We are excited to announce that despite ice in the forest, Jamie Finlayson made a quick ascent of The Deputy (v12) in the North Walls. This line, first put up by Jimmy Webb and given v12 has been sought by many but has seen few ascents. In his instagram post, Jamie suggests the grade v13 may be more appropriate. Congratulations!
With only eight days left in his trip, Evan Hau has sent the route Seleccio Natural (9a) in Santa Linya, Spain. Evan has been slowly creating an impressive list of ticks over the past few years as his focus has now turned to completing as many 14d’s as he can as well as getting stronger for his projects in the Bow Valley. Cannot wait for more to come from Evan this year. It also looks like Evan is getting engaged! Congratulations!
Evan on Seleccion Natural (9a) yesterday. Photo courtesy of @firnenburgbrothers
Professional climber Alex Luger made his dream come true: After two years of hard training and preparation he redpointed the route “The Gift” in one day. With a difficulty of 11- (8c) and 7 pitches, the route is one of the most difficult multi-pitch routes in the Austrian Rätikon mountain range.
With her send of Dinosaur Highway (5.14a) at Horne Lake, BC,Island-based climber Amanda Berezowski became the seventh Canadian female to accomplish 5.14a. Amanda has made substantial gains in her climbing this year that she attributes her move to Vancouver island that gave her the focus she needed to realize her goals. We thought it would be best to catch up with Amanda before her trip to Spain (in which she has been crushing!). Here is what she had to say,
We are pleased to announce that Evan Hau sent La Esencia de la Resistencia (8c+) today in Terradets, Spain. A staple of the Bow Valley, Evan continues to push himself year after year! Congratulations Evan!
From time to time, there are issues that come up in the district of Squamish that affect the lives and culture of the climbing community surrounding our mountain town. As a climbing publication, Squamish Climbing Magazine is dedicated to providing information about these issues. However, it should be noted we are not without bias, as we are an advocate for climbers needs throughout the sea to sky corridor. Without representation in our community, the needs of climbers and climber groups may not be known to the greater community and for that we are all responsible.
In the upcoming week (Tuesday to be exact), an adventure ropes course, designed by local company Kristall Turm, is once again being considered for the parking lot across from the Adventure Centre. This development was originally proposed in March of this year, when council had to a re-zone the site to permit commercial activity. During a council meeting in March, where the re-zoning took place, was the first time that the proposal received public attention. Other meetings regarding the proposal took place “in camera” or out of public view. Covered in detail by the Squamish Chief, this proposal seemed to come and go with rumours of support for this proposal dying out.
We are pleased to announce that Steve Townsend has made the FA of an old project at the Secret 13 crag in Red Rocks. Dubbing the climb, Herbivour Dyno-soar (5.14a), the route requires a little bit of flying action. Congratulations Steve!
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