Halfway Log Dump Site Hosts 2014 – Volunteers Needed

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Another great season of bouldering at Halfway Log Dump is here. So many people are asking how they can help the OAC keep crags open – well, this is your chance to help!

The OAC and Bruce Peninsula National Park are looking for help from the climbing community in the form of volunteer weekend Site Hosts. Site Hosts, like a Camp host, act as stewards or Caretakers for the area during their time volunteering. The Site Host program has been a huge success since the launch in 2010, so the OAC and the Park are looking again for volunteers for 2014. If you want to help access efforts and become a Site Host for a weekend, click HERE to fill in the volunteer application.

The guide for Halfway Log Dump is available for FREE from the OAC. If you download this guide we hope that you will take the time to become an OAC member, or make a donation if you are already a member. Click HERE to download the “HWLD Interpretive Bouldering guidebook” .

What does a Site Host do?
Site hosts act as ambassadors for Halfway Log Dump while they volunteer. They ensure everyone is having a good time, communicate the rules that are in place, point out the endangered Lakeside Daisy, explain bouldering to curious tourists and, of course, know all the beta on every problem.;) These honoured volunteers will receive free camping!!! (as available), luxurious pre-paid parking ($11.70 per day), and free volunteer apparel. This is all courtesy of Bruce Peninsula National Park. A thanks to those of you who volunteer from your fellow climbers for stepping up to help out the sport you love!

Who makes a good site host? If you like to boulder outside, can get yourself to the Bruce Peninsula, and are interested in helping access in Ontario, you would be a great site host!

I would like to help, but I have never been to Halfway Log Dump. Can I still volunteer as a site host?

It might be your first visit or your hundred and first visit to Halfway Log Dump. This honour is still open to you. We can tell you what you need to know. It’s not hard. You can put it on your resume and land that promotion you’ve been after.

Yeah, but, if I go there I want to focus on climbing

The time commitment of site host at the boulders is minimal and can easily be incorporated into a regular day at the crag. You will be walking by other boulderers and they will be walking by you. In talking to other boulderers, you may discover that they know something you don’t about the latest lines, new beta, local weather, best dining, local plants, or a shortcut home.

Beaver Valley Climbing Festival Raises $4500 for sustainable climbing access

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Beaver Valley Climbing Festival - logo

 

The first annual Beaver Valley Climbing Festival (BVCF) took place on August 24th at Metcalfe Rock with great support from organizations in the climbing community and local business from the Beaver Valley area.  The event was embraced by a great turnout of local climbers and local community who enjoyed outdoor climbing, slacklining and yoga clinics. A friendly outdoor competition format, aerial silk performance, bike demos, and professional massages all were very popular.  Once the sun set, the evening featured generous prize draws, live music and catered food and camping at The Rob Roy Dogsled Farm.

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The whole event was the brain child of Jennie Elmslie (Free Spirit Tours) and Leslie Timms (On The Rocks Climbing) who pulled it together in only about
two months. The $4500 in funds raised from the event benefited the Ontario Access Coalition whose mission is to preserve and promote sustainable access to Ontario climbing resources. The OAC has already lined the funds up for a special project in partnership with Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources to help ensure the sustainability of climbing in Kolapore Uplands where the festival occurred.

 

Major sponsorship for the event that made it all possible was provided by Joe Rockheads and Boulderz Climbing Centre, with a long list of other organizations providing needed support. Immediately upon the events conclusion talk turned to not only the great success, but excitement about next year’s festival!  For more information about the Beaver Valley Climbing Festival please visit www.beavervalleyclimbingfestival.com

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Team effort to protect "The Swamp"

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The OAC and the MNR are looking to collaborate on a joint project towards the assessment the area known as “the Swamp”.   This assessment will consist of the following goals:

a) an assessment of natural heritage resources of the cliff and climbing staging areas. The goal is to have this assessment conducted by Masters level Academic Professionals.   Input from local climbers on specific climber use patterns and from Brock University Recreation and Leisure Studies program on recreation value will be provided by the OAC.

 b) Development of a plan for the ongoing management of climbing activities at “the Swamp” including maintenance, trails, signage, etc. to help ensure “Leave no trace” climbing practices are followed

 c) Creation of a research paper to help share the findings and success of the project and collaborative management practices

 The OAC and MNR look forward to working together closely on the project to ensure that the ongoing use of the area for rock climbing meets the natural heritage protection goals of the MNR while providing excellent opportunities for safe and leave no trace rock climbing.

Funds raised from the upcoming Beaver Valley Climbing Festival will be used to sponsor this project  (buy tickets HERE).  Thank you to the “Team” – The climbing community, the Ministry of Natural Resources, Brock University and The Beaver Valley Climbing Festival for making this project possible.

Team effort to protect “The Swamp”

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The OAC and the MNR are looking to collaborate on a joint project towards the assessment the area known as “the Swamp”.   This assessment will consist of the following goals:

a) an assessment of natural heritage resources of the cliff and climbing staging areas. The goal is to have this assessment conducted by Masters level Academic Professionals.   Input from local climbers on specific climber use patterns and from Brock University Recreation and Leisure Studies program on recreation value will be provided by the OAC.

 b) Development of a plan for the ongoing management of climbing activities at “the Swamp” including maintenance, trails, signage, etc. to help ensure “Leave no trace” climbing practices are followed

 c) Creation of a research paper to help share the findings and success of the project and collaborative management practices

 The OAC and MNR look forward to working together closely on the project to ensure that the ongoing use of the area for rock climbing meets the natural heritage protection goals of the MNR while providing excellent opportunities for safe and leave no trace rock climbing.

Funds raised from the upcoming Beaver Valley Climbing Festival will be used to sponsor this project  (buy tickets HERE).  Thank you to the “Team” – The climbing community, the Ministry of Natural Resources, Brock University and The Beaver Valley Climbing Festival for making this project possible.

Beaver Valley Climbing Festival

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Free Spirit Tours and On the Rocks Climbing have organized the first climbing festival in Southern Ontario.  The Beaver Valley Climbing Festival is loaded with cool events and  opportunities for the climbing community to come together and  celebrate the great climbing that the Beaver Valley area has to offer.
Set for August 24th, 2013, the festival will be offering a full day of climbing clinics, competition, yoga and Aerial Silks Performance at Metcalfe Rock. Then come out for an after party complete with beautiful central camping (Dog Sled Farms in Rob Roy), music, dancing, food, bon fires, vendors and much more!  Did we mention massages too?
The festival is brought to you by the two local guiding companies of the area, Free Spirit Tours and On the Rocks Climbing and sponsorships from climbing related and local business are lining up with Joe Rockhead’s and Mountain Life being the first to jump in with their strong support.
The festival will be raising funds for the Ontario Access Coalition.  The OAC is currently working with Land Managers in the area such as Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (Old Baldy), the Ministry of Natural Resources (Kolapore: Metcalfe and Swamp) and Ontario Parks (Devil’s Glen) to ensure sustainable opportunities for climbing continue.  The festival is a great opportunity to showcase the great businesses, people and landscape that this area has to offer.
For more information on the climbing clinics, climbing competition and other fun things the festival has to offer see http://www.beavervalleyclimbingfestival.com/  or email beavervalleyclimbingfestival@gmail.com.
Tickets go on sale July 1.  Get yours early.

Climbing Tourism in Bruce County

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On June 13 the OAC presented to The Bruce County Council, Agriculture  Tourism and Planning Committee with the goal of educating and gaining support from the local community for climbing in the county.  Bruce County contains all crags from Owen Sound to Tobermory including Lion’s Head, Cape Croker, Halfway Log Dump and others.

The OAC presentation shared with the council information on existing climbing tourism, environmental sustainability and the economic impact climbing has on local communities in the Bruce (thanks to those of you who complete our annual climber survey!).  The OAC requested the councils support in upcoming Ontario Parks management planning activities.  The Council voted in favour of working with the OAC to help ensure continued access to selected climbing areas in Bruce County.

Climbing at Lion’s Head, unknown to many climbers, is not formally permitted due the park’s current “Nature Reserve” classification, but is tolerated as a “non-conforming use” in the interim management plan. Lion’s Head is at significant risk of closure to climbing when the new Ontario Park’s Management plan is finalized.

Climbers are encouraged to adhere strictly to all posted user regulations, climb safely, follow ‘leave no trace’ practices and encourage all other visitors to do the same.

 

The Owen Sounds Sun Times picked up the story as well…read here….http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/2013/06/19/bruce-peninsula-cliffs-bring-in-daring-tourists

OAC Discussion Series #1

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On March 2nd at 7pm, the Ontario Access Coalition (OAC) is organizing an event, hosted by the True North climbing gym, to improve relationships between climbers and land managers.

OAC executives and volunteers will be attending this event and climbing in the gym, starting from 3pm. Speakers will also present information on access group successes across North America.

We hope to see many of you there!

(Free admission applies to the event itself, not to the climbing beforehand).

Ontario Access Coalition Discussion Series #1

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Climber’s Survey

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Yes, we know it’s 2013 already but we would love to hear about your climbing experiences from last year. CLICK HERE to take the 2012 OAC Survey

By completing the survey you are helping climbing access in the province. The information you provide is used in aggregate to assist the OAC in representing climbers when asking Land Managers to consider how to balance preservation and recreation. Survey data collected on this survey will be kept strictly confidential and the entire survey should take you about five minutes to complete. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Climb safe and tread lightly.

Climber's Survey

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Yes, we know it’s 2013 already but we would love to hear about your climbing experiences from last year. CLICK HERE to take the 2012 OAC Survey

By completing the survey you are helping climbing access in the province. The information you provide is used in aggregate to assist the OAC in representing climbers when asking Land Managers to consider how to balance preservation and recreation. Survey data collected on this survey will be kept strictly confidential and the entire survey should take you about five minutes to complete. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Climb safe and tread lightly.

OAC at Reel Rock 2012

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On Saturday, November 24th, True North Climbing gym hosted the 2012
Reel Rock film tour. Volunteers from the OAC were on hand at this great
event to help raise awareness of climbing access in Ontario. Thanks goes
to the many existing and new OAC members who took the time to visit our
table. Additional thanks to our very supporting Corporate member, True
North Climbing for including the OAC as part of the Toronto Reel Rock
Tour.

If you haven’t yet taken the time to become an OAC member please take a
moment to sign-up (see the Membership tab) and add your name to the long
list of climbers in support of sustainable climbing in Ontario.