Every province has access groups that work hard to maintain access to climbing areas across Canada and all climbers owe them a big thank you for their efforts.
In Ontario, the Ontario Alliance of Climbers (OAC) is doing great things for the sport of climbing in Ontario. Over the past few years, they’ve helped keep access open at popular crags and have helped new climbers to understand the culture of climbing. This past weekend, the Rattlesnake Spring Fling took place at Rattlesnake Point on the Niagara Escarpment near Toronto.
The Spring Fling was open to all climbers with clinics offered to people who’d never climbed outside. There were gym to crag sessions and mentorship clinics. Plus climbers got to see the many newly bolted routes the OAC added to the crag, mostly 5.5 to 5.10. The event was a big success with dozens of new climbers roping up and learning about outdoor climbing.
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While we may not be the best at filming sweet climbing vids, we’ve got bolting routes and upping access to climbing down pat. – The Rattlesnake Project, in partnership with @conservationhalton, was a big undertaking for the OAC, but it’s also a big win for the Ontario climbing community. With over 30 new routes (most of which graded between 5.6 and 5.8), cleaning stations for teaching, and easy access (hello single staircase!) we’ve made Rattlesnake your go-to for cutting your sport climbing chops. – Bolting all these routes didn’t come cheap. The whole project cost over $5000, and the OAC would love your support in recouping the cost so that we can continue bringing great projects like these to a crag near you! – Be sure to swipe, swipe, swipe to get the full scoop from OAC co-chairs @mike__penney and Randy, and newly appointed director @wilsonkacy. For more information on the project – wait, this video is perfect, what more do you need?! (Link in bio) – Thanks to all who flocked to Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area yesterday for our first (and maybe even annual) Spring Fling! #ontarioclimbing #climbing
Niagara Glen Graffiti
The OAC partnered with the Buffalo Climbing Coalition and Niagara Parks to launch the Niagara Glen graffiti removal project. “We have started with a test on the Maha and Pondering boulders.
“The graffiti on Maha has been around for 10+ years so we are quite pleased with the initial result. We will be testing another application to these boulders soon and are hopeful that this can be a better alternative to cover up jobs.”
The OAC is working to ensure climbers respect the property they’re climbing on, to climb safely and to be good ambassadors of the sport, while working with landowners and parks. They’re also working to improve the areas where we climb.
Be sure to support your local access group because as climbing becomes more popular, having groups to care for the crags, trails and parking areas will be more important than ever.