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.
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.
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.
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:
We are pleased to announce that Jeremy Blumel made the first ascent of The Pegboard (5.12) on the Apron in Squamish, BC.
First cleaned by Evan Stevens in 2010, the line sits high on the Apron right before the last steep hand crack of St. Vitus Dance. According to Stevens, the line involves a lot of gear on locker fingers with no feet to a slow rising traverse.
For all those travelling to the Sea to Sky this weekend, there are a few things to note (other than the rain this morning).
1. Chek Canyon Campground Update
The Chek Canyon Campground Development is in full effect and the results are a bit startling. The upper parking lot has been expanded along with a substantial amount of tree being taken down to make way for six ‘van-friendly’ camp spots right across from Foundation Wall. On Friday afternoon, it looked as though the upper parking lot may be open for the weekend, but if not, parking is limited to the middle parking lot so park courteously for others. See more photos below.
Early season reports from the Squamish Access Society were no joke. Cars that are parked illegally or overnight are being towed at the Stawamus Chief. One group of climbers who were on the wall overnight left a note on their car to explain the situation only to find their car gone when they returned.
Big downpour early this morning that lasted an hour followed by cloudy skies. That’s all folks! Continue reading »
We are pleased to announce that Danny Guestrin, Jon Rigg, Chris Trull, (Ben Stanley) have established a new line up the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, BC.
The line, Pantera (A3+ 5.10), climbs the seldom explored wall above Ghostdancing, then incorporates a pitch and a half of great aid climbing on Bald Egos up to Vulcan’s Artery. Above Vulcan’s artery two pitches of engaging nailing in a fine position (including a bitchin’ tree climb!) breach the Pan Wall to the summit.
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