Are you looking for guidance as to how to manage rock climbing on property you own or are responsible for managing? The Ontario Alliance of Climbers can provide you with information, options, and consultation at no charge that can help. We know that successful climbing management depends on cooperation between Land Management and the Climbing Community. By building policies together we can help ensure effective compliance and build stewards for your land of the climbing community. Together we can build a realistic climbing management plan that works.
See what these other Land Managers in Ontario who have chosen to work with the OAC have to say…
The Ontario Alliance of Climbers (OAC) has worked closely with us to reopen bouldering at Halfway Log Dump in Bruce Peninsula National Park. Using the “Recreational Activity Assessment Process”, together we developed a plan that has resulted in a great bouldering opportunity for the climbing community, and helps meet our national park objectives to provide memorable experiences that support the protection of the park. The OAC have been responsive and accommodating. They are ambassadors for the sport and for the national park. We look forward to our continued partnership.
Frank Burrows, Park Superintendent
Bruce Peninsula National Park /Fathom Five National Marine Park
…A work party has been scheduled with volunteers from the climbing community to replace some of the aging bolts along the climbing routes. This ongoing project is being carried out to assist with improving safety along the climbing routes…
Chris Hachey, Land Management Coordinator
Hundreds of OAC members and volunteers believe strongly that recreation and preservation go hand-in-hand and we prove it year after year. We hold annual clean-ups and invasive species days at cliffs to help Land Managers that work with the OAC accomplish their preservation goals. We have access to resources that can assist you with environmental assessments, legal issues, and technical climbing concerns.
We recognize that climbing and bouldering can be perceived as high risk activities because of the media. The reality is that modern equipment has made this sport very safe. Would it surprise you to learn that climbers are many times more likely to assist in rescues of hikers or other land users than to require rescue themselves?
During the 80’s and 90’s scientific research concluded that climbed cliffs had roughly half the biodiversity of unclimbed faces, but the latest studies (published by the same leading researchers) have flipped this idea on its head. Why? Initial studies had neglected to consider that climbers were not attracted to climbing vegetated cliffs in the first place. Unfortunately, the bad press from these studies continues to live on in rumours. We can help you distinguish fact from fiction and have the research to prove it.
We hope that you will take the time to learn how the OAC can help you.