Jon Cardwell going through the process of projecting on Papichulo.
Another successful year at the 2017 Rock The Blocs Bouldering Festival in Kelowna, BC thanks to the hard work of Andy White and other locals. Here is a breakdown from Andy on the weekend.
Over 250 people participated in the competition on Saturday and there were well over 100 people again on Sunday for a day of tours, clinics and lots of climbing. A total of between 350-400 participants over the 2 day event, and this was definitely the best year yet. Good weather, awesome climbs, and lots of fun. With no Eric Sethna or Alannah Yip to defend titles this year, and with Staci White guiding this year, it left the door open for a new men’s and women’s winner. Josh’s scorecard was the best ever at RTB.
1st- Josh Muller (Nerf Roof (V12), Driven (V11)- flash, Detour (V10)- flash
2nd- Scott Eveleigh,
3rd- Andrew Funk
1st- Tiffany Melius
2nd- Rebecca Bowman
3rd- Alison Stewart-Patterson
Permin Bertle on Ruta de Cobre (9a/5.14d in Chile.
At the beginning of this year, the Climbers Access Society of BC put their bolt program on hold in order to re-evaluate a number of issues regarding the program including liability, hardware specifications, and a new application program.
Last week, the CASBC Board of Directors reinstated the Crag Development Program (previously the CASBC Bolt Fund) along with a number of tweaks that rose from discussions between board members to best serve the greater climbing community across British Columbia.
We are very very VERY excited to announce that Jared Nelson sent his long-term project Pulse (5.14a) yesterday in Chek Canyon, Squamish, BC. This was a route that Jared put more effort into than any other route, spanning across two years. We are very excited for him. Congratulations Jared! Word on the street is that he made it look pretty easy!
We are pleased to announce that Hans Monenegro has sent Vince Pinch Low in the Grandwall Boulders, Squamish, BC. After sending the regular version on Monday, Hans went back for the low yesterday. Hans is on fire these days!
Mummut is always making an effort to record the history of climbing. Great video featuring Midnight Lighting (v8) featuring Ron Kauk.
Canadian nonprofit Parkbus launches express bus service from downtown Vancouver to B.C. provincial parks
Article originally posted in The Georgia Straight.
Vancouverites without vehicles will have a new way to reach some of the province’s most visited destinations starting this Saturday (June 17), when nonprofit transportation service Parkbus arrives in B.C.
Founded in 2010, the startup operates express bus rides to and from various outdoor sites, so that city dwellers—especially the environmentally minded and those who do not own cars—have an opportunity to access far-off hiking trails, campgrounds, and other recreational spots.
Parkbus will take off in B.C. with bus service to Shannon Falls, Stawamus Chief, Alice Lake, Garibaldi, Joffre Lake, Cypress, and Golden Ears Provincial Parks. The launch comes after a successful pilot run in B.C. last year.
For full article and details, please visit The Georgia Straight!
Nice liitle flick featuring Steve McClure on Rainman 9b.
Notice from Squamish Access Society June 13th, 2017.
Effective Immediately – Falcon Closure. Falcon activity in the Squamish Buttress area along the South Gully access trail from the Apron has prompted BC parks to issue a falcon closure of the following routes: Squamish Buttress, Butt Lite, Progress Can’t Wait, Heat wave, and Gemini. Also included in this closure are routes using the Apron- South Gully Trail to access the Upper eastern side of the South Gully – these include Upper Echelon, Gravity Bong, Teddy Bears Picnic, and the Ultimate Everything.
Previous notice below
Well, that is a wrap for the 2017 IFSC World Cup Bouldering event in Vail, Colorado. Special shout out to Sebastian Lazure who placed a personal best of 13th and was the top placing Canadian athlete. Below are highlights from the entire event.
To close off an amazing trip to Maple Canyon, Graham McGenere continues to crush after sending Defcon 1 (5.14a). In the final days of the trip, Graham sent Millenium (5.13d) in the Pipe Dream Cave and Close Quarters Combat (5.14a) at the Compound. As Graham and Kim make their way back to Canada, lets hope they haven’t lost too much crimp strength in the cobblestone heaven of Utah!
This weekend the IFSC World Cup Bouldering has it’s stop in Vail, Colorado. One of the best stops on the tour for North American athletes, Vail often gets a lot more coverage than the other IFSC events. After a difficult qualification round for both Men and Women, the only Canadian to make Semi-finals was Montreal-based climber Sebastian Lazure despite strong performances from Jesse Taplin and Jason Holowach as well as Eva Thompson and Alannah Yip.
Below is a qualifications round recap followed by the live feed for Semi-finals and Finals.
Released last week on Epic TV but only youtube today, Stefano Ghisolfi Sending First Round First Minute! Bam!
We are loving these new Patxi Usobiaga videos. Part 2.
We are pleased to announce that local climber and Squamish Climbing Magazine contributor Luke Zimmerman has sent Something Wicked This Way Comes (V12). This problem climbs out the roof on the ride side of Gibb’s Cave and features almost 30 moves of intricate granite climbing. Luke managed to capture the ascent on video. Check it out here:
This video features a presentation of Qiezi Mountain in XiAn, China. We thought both the footage and the location were pretty inspiring for anyone who wants to explore the known unknown.