The OAC invites all members to partake in our 2013 annual general meeting. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions and offer your input on the direction of the OAC. The meeting will be held at Joe Rockhead’s Climbing Gym, in Toronto, on Monday, June 24th, at 7 :30PM.
To be eligible to vote at the AGM, you must be a member of the Ontario Access Coalition. To allow for the processing of new members, please ensure applications are submitted prior to June 15th, 2013. Please visit our membership page at http://www.ontarioaccesscoalition.com/join/ for further details.
Three members need to be elected to the Board of Directors for a two-year term. New ideas, leadership and energy are important to maintaining the health of organizations. Although members can be nominated at the AGM, if nominations are submitted by June 4th, 2013, profiles of the nominees will be distributed to membership in advance and will facilitate the voting process. Interested members are encouraged to contact the OAC in advance.
Further details will be provided to members 14 days prior to the AGM. If you do not receive notification by email, please send us a note (email@example.com).
This year, climbers will once again showcase our collective strength in helping cleanup one of Ontario’s most popular climbing and conservation areas – Rattlesnake Point. We’re working with Conservation Halton to identify target areas in need of attention. They are delighted to have reliable stewards coming back year after year to help take care of the area they love.
Registration opens at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 4th at the Upper Pavilion. A free BBQ picnic will be offered to those who participate, followed by raffling of prizes and climbing activities in the afternoon.
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!
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).
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.
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
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.
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!
A number of members of the climbing community have contacted the OAC regarding concern over the removal of fixed protection at Mount Nemo.
Through 2011 and 2012, the OAC has worked with Conservation Halton (CH) in conducting an environmental assessment to determine a climbing anchor strategy at Mount Nemo. The strategy aims to eliminate cliff-top impact, manage mid-face impact caused by climbing, and maximize climber safety.
An ecologist from CH documented the condition of the entire cliff line managed by CH, with the help of an OAC representative. The report from this assessment, which is currently pending, will guide the development of the strategy by CH and OAC.
The OAC continues to collaborate with CH in the official process to develop a detailed anchor strategy for Mount Nemo. Once the strategy is approved, we anticipate inviting volunteer work teams to implement the strategy, and hope to enter into potential funding agreements for the cost of hardware. Modification of the cliff-top, mid-cliff or cliff-bottom environments jeopardizes the process.
The OAC remains committed to maximizing climbing opportunities while collaborating with CH to help them effectively manage their properties. CH is a leader in incorporating climbing management into the operational models that they manage.