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.

OAC at Reel Rock 2012

By | Events | No Comments

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.

OAC at Reel Rock 2012

By | Events | No Comments

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.

OAC at Reel Rock 2012

By | Events | No Comments

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.

OAC at Reel Rock 2012

By | Events | No Comments

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.

OAC at Reel Rock 2012

By | Events | No Comments

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.

OAC Social Media 2.0

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The OAC is very pleased to announce our Social Media launch 2.0. We have heard the climbing community loud and clear that you want to know more access info.  Well now the OAC is connecting to the climbing community in more ways then ever before.
Check us out on…
Twitter  @OACClimbing
Facebook Page: Ontario Access Coalition
We also continue to respond to questions through info@ontarioaccesscoalition.com and now additionally through theOntarioClimbing.com bulletin board.
Of course do not forget to visit our website www.OntarioAccessCoalition.com to get the latest on access efforts or to download the latest Crag Status document and get the latest and most accurate information about our Ontario crags.
Through these new sites we will look to share information that is exciting, relevant and informative with the community.  Connect to us today!

Swamp Update

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The OAC has been receiving inquiries from the climbing community asking for an update on climbing access to “The Swamp”.  The popularity of “The Swamp” rose very sharply after news of its existence spread in the community during the 2010 climbing season. The area features both sport and traditional climbing on cliff lines and detached pinnacles in a pleasant forested setting.

The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) manages the area and currently tolerates climbing thanks to the efforts of the OAC. In 2010, the OAC met with the MNR in a successful effort to prevent the closure of the area. The MNR is currently conducting an assessment of the environmental Natural Heritage of the larger area which includes “The Swamp” climbing area.  The OAC is in regular contact with the MNR regarding “The Swamp” and is working hard on behalf of the climbing community to ensure sustainable access to the area.

Rumour has spread that climbers should steer clear of the area while the Natural Heritage Assessment occurs. In an effort to update the climbing community with correct information Shawn Carey, Area Manager (and an ex-climber himself) with the MNR has issued this statement:

 

“MNR and OAC have been in regular contact regarding climbing activities at the Kolapore Uplands.  OAC is aware that MNR is currently conducting a natural heritage and trail inventory in an attempt to better understand the ecological features and functions in the area and also to assess the potential impacts of various recreational uses on those features.  Our goal is to ensure that recreational opportunities continue to exist but are managed in a way that ensures adequate protection of the unique features in Kolapore. OAC has been very helpful in providing advice and recommendations with respect to assessing the climbing routes and looking at various management options for the future.  MNR continues to encourage climbers to follow “leave no trace” practices and understands that their actions during this process will impact the outcome.  MNR looks forward to continuing to work with OAC and appreciate their efforts to date. “

 

As always, please follow the OAC’s “Code of Ethics” when climbing at “The Swamp” and other Ontario crags.

 

Kelso Access Update

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Climbing at Kelso is scheduled to re-open Sept 30, 2012.  Halton Conservation is working hard to expedite construction and allow climbing to resume as soon as possible.

Premature climbing in the area may compromise the construction permit and cause a further delay. A further meeting scheduled for mid-August is expected to build on increased mutual understanding to date of the OAC’s, climbers’ and Conservation Halton’s perspectives.

The OAC would like to thank Jon Rigg for his volunteer efforts in facilitating conversations with the Park Superintendant and doing a fine job representing the interests of the climbing community.

We can’t wait to get back on some of the classics like DraglineZip and Jolly Roger.

 

Thanks to Leslie Timms and the ACC!

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Thanks to Leslie Timms and the ACC!

For those of you that missed it – Leslie and the ACC put on a great night at Gabby’s Grill House on June 14. Leslie’s recollections of her first days on the rocks, road trips, hard redpoints and guiding exams entertained a great crowd. To show support for the OAC, Leslie auctioned off prizes that she donated from her sponsors to raise well over $500 for the OAC! Leslie’s guiding service “On The Rocks Climbing” at www.ontherocksclimbing.com is the latest corporate member to join the OAC. Check out more about the evening on Leslie and the ACC’s website.