Successful Event at McMaster U!

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The OAC was represented at a recent event at McMaster University featuring Red Bull Athlete Will Gadd. The event, sponsored by Red Bull, saw world-renowned climber and adventure athlete Will Gadd present an overview of his lifetime of ‘rad’ accomplishments and adrenaline-infused feats. Will shared insight into his various philosophies regarding risk, goal-setting and living an active, motivated life. OAC Outreach Ambassador Patrick Lam presented to a crowd of approximately 80 keen listeners prior to Will’s slideshow and talk, and outlined the OAC’s history, successes and the many opportunities for the climbing public to get involved. OAC Public Outreach Coordinator Josh Smith answered questions following the talk and signed up new members, including Will himself! With his $50 donation and a grin, Will affirmed the importance of sustainable, cooperative access work; he is proud to be a member of the OAC and we are proud to add him to our member list. Special thanks to Will Gadd, Marla Henderson (Red Bull Canada), and Max Robertson (McMaster Climbing Club) for allowing the OAC to present at this energizing event!

Get your 2013 Ontario Crags calendar today!

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Just a reminder to get out and buy your 2013 Ontario Crags calendar! It makes a great gift, or pick one up for yourself to be reminded on a daily basis of the beautiful rock and ice we have in this province! You can also use it to schedule your climbing trips, Earth Day clean-ups, Reel Rock tour and other fun OAC events! All proceeds go to the OAC, to continue the work for climbing access in Ontario!

Calendars for sale at the Mountain Equipment Coop in Toronto and Barrie.

A Big Thanks!

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The OAC would like to extend its gratitude to Steve Swenson, who donated the honorarium he recently received from the ACC to support the OAC. Steve was in Toronto recently for the Toronto Section of the Alpine Club of Canada’s AGM. As inspiring as his Saser Kangri II climb was (for which Mark Richey, Freddie Wilkinson and he won the coveted 2012 Piolet D’Or), the real highlight of the evening was hearing Steve advocate for the value of beloved partners that you put before yourself and trust with your life – both in life and in climbing. Well done!

2013 Ontario Crags Calendar On Sale Now!

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The OAC’s Ontario Crags calendar for 2013 is available now at the Mountain Equipment Coop in Toronto (in the climbing department) and, this year, at the Barrie store too!

Featuring images of some of the best rock and ice climbing and bouldering crags in Ontario, the calendar will make a great gift for any climber on your list.

A big thanks to all of you who submitted photos! And thanks for your support of the OAC through your purchase! Here’s a sneak preview:

Kelso Clean-up Success!

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On Saturday October 27th, McMaster’s Climbing Club braved the rain to help clean up Mount Kelso in Halton as part of the club’s first ever Clean and Climb event. Although the climbing was postponed due to the weather, the clean up was a great success! Members of the club made quick work of the cliff edge and base bringing back mattresses, wooden frames, beer bottles and much more. The clean up even extended beyond the cliff to include sections of the Bruce Trail.

The club executives would like to thank the Ontario Access Coalition, Halton Conservation and Mountain Equipment Coop for their help and support in organizing this event and look forward to future, similar events at cliffs across Ontario. All are welcome (including Mr. Sunshine)!

Submit Your Photos for the 2013 OAC Ontario Crags Calendar

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Amateur and professional photographers, we are now putting together the 2013 Ontario Crags calendar and we need your photos! Please consider donating a photo to help raise awareness and funds in support of the Ontario Access Coalition.
The photos should be LANDSCAPE orientation (i.e. horizontal) and of climbers at ONTARIO crags (of course). We would like to highlight the wide variety of climbing that Ontario has to offer, i.e. ICE, SPORT, TRAD and BOULDERING and as many different crags and different times of year as possible.
Send your best pics to Bonnie at by MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH at the latest for a chance to have your photo featured! If your photo is chosen, you will get a free copy of the 2013 calendar as well as your name and website information printed (if applicable).
Thanks in advance for your efforts to support the OAC!

2012 Garlic Pull

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Join the OAC and friends at Rattlesnake Point on Sunday, May 6, 2012 for the second annual “Garlic Pull, BBQ and Climbing Session.” This event is a great opportunity brought to you by the OAC and Conservation Halton to help preserve the environment in the places we climb.

Garlic mustard is an invasive species that slowly destroys the existing ecosystem. The plant is spreading on Conservation Halton lands and will eventually decimate large parts of the forests. Join your fellow climbers for the garlic mustard pull and enjoy free access to Rattlesnake Point for the day, a delicious BBQ, big prize draws and, of course, a great day of climbing. We look forward to seeing you at 9am! All you need to bring is a pair of gardening gloves, a big appetite and your climbing gear. 🙂

Please help spread word of the event and bring along friends and family. This event is rain or shine. See you there!

Come Climb at Lake Kushog

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The rock and ice climbing around Lake Kushog offers wonderful opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, but amazingly it isn’t well known. The Firehouse Restaurant has reached out to the OAC to reach out and build a long-term relationship with the climbing community. Together, we have identified areas of concern and erected signage clearly communicating best practices for that area. Even a Climbers’ Special menu item has been announced to encourage climbers to refuel in the restaurant after climbing.

AGM + Film/Slide-show featuring Madaleine Sorkin

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A reminder to everyone that our Annual General Meeting is happening Wednesday, June 15th 2011, at True North Climbing Gym at 7pm.

Please join us following the meeting for an abridged version of Madaleine Sorkin’s “MAD tour”, which was originally scheduled. Due to unforeseen circumstances, she is unable to join us in person. However, we will be showing a short film of her trip to climb Mt. Proboscis as well as slides and video-clips from other big-wall adventures, including her ascent of Free Rider with Kate Rutherford!

Hope to see you all at the AGM and post-AGM presentation, which is also a fund-raiser for Girls Education International!