Save the Date: SOIce Fest 2019!

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The OAC is pleased to be presenting the Southern Ontario Ice Climbing Festival! If you’re an avid ice climber or someone who’s never tried it before but think kicking crampons and swinging ice axes into frozen water could be your climbing destiny, then this fest’s for you!

We’ve also got all the really good stuff like cool prizes, hot meals, and icy cold drinks in the small town of Maynooth, Ontario. Only a hop, skip, and a three hour jump from Toronto, you’ll definitely want to bring your friends because this is a weekend to remember (and carpool karaoke is better with a friend). More of the lone wolf ice climbing type? We’ll have tons of clinics and belay buddies ready for you.

Mark your calendars for February 8 – 10, 2019 and keep an eye out for registration opening in a couple weeks. Clinic spots fill up fast, so you want to stay glued to @soicefest or the SOIce Facebook page for all the latest and be ready to pounce when the big announcement comes.

Register for the 2018 Beaver Valley Climbing Festival Now!

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The 2018 Beaver Valley Climbing Festival is THIS weekend!  We’re excited to celebrate Ontario climbing with you in the year’s biggest party.  We have a great line up of clinics, vendors, and raffle prizes in store — all capped off with a night of live entertainment from the lovely Ariana Gillis.  What more could you ask for?

Monika Wii on Bear on a Wire by Will Tam

Monika Wii on Bear on a Wire by Will Tam

Last year we came close to our 300 person max capacity, and we recommend registering now to secure your spot.  Climbers from all over Ontario — and even outside the province — will be arriving to partake in the festivities.  Your $44 registration fee covers camping, food, and live entertainment, plus all proceeds go directly toward maintaining open climbing access in Ontario.  Help protect the lands you climb on WHILE enjoying them!

Don’t hesitate, get your name on the list now — Sign ups after noon on Friday must be done on-site and the price will be raised to $45.

See https://www.ontarioallianceofclimbers.ca/bvcf-2018/ for more details and to sign up.

Beaver Valley Volunteer Coordinator Wanted!

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Are you interested in helping us run the Beaver Valley Climbing Festival? We’re in need of a volunteer coordinator who can help manage our efforts. If you’re great at directing, have good organizational skills, and are enthusiastic about climbing, we want to hear from you!

Please contact info@ontarioaccesscoalition.com by June 9th if you’re interested in taking on this task — we’re looking for someone who is excited about seeing BVCF continue to be the number one climbing celebration Ontario has to offer.

OAC Annual General Meeting: June 28, 2018

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The OAC invites all members to partake in our 2018 Annual General Meeting on June 28, 2018. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions about the organization and our on-going projects, in addition to sharing your input on the future direction of the OAC.  We’ll be holding the election for board membership, talking about the past year’s accomplishments, and discussing what’s on the horizon. 

The meeting will be held at Joe Rockhead’s Indoor Rock Climbing Gym (29 Fraser Ave, Toronto, ON) on Thursday June 28th at 7:00 PM. There will be a discounted climbing day pass ($10+hst) for all attendees!  OAC membership is required for the discount.  Come climb and stay for the evening!

To be eligible to vote at the AGM, one is required to be a member of the Ontario Access Coalition. To allow for the processing of new members, please ensure applications are submitted prior to June 11th. Please visit our membership page at https://www.ontarioaccesscoalition.com/join/ for further details.

The OAC is very interested in increasing its capacity by attracting new ideas, leadership, and energy. At this meeting, we will elect three members to the Board of Directors (for a two-year term each). As always, we are also looking for portfolio managers and general volunteers. While members can be nominated to the Board at the AGM, any nominations submitted by June 11th will have their profiles distributed to the membership in advance. This will facilitate a structured voting process. Interested members are encouraged to contact the OAC in advance.

Potential board members should have:

  • An interest in (learning about) outdoor climbing access issues in Ontario
  • A varied skill set with a self-starter attitude
  • A positive, proactive team-based approach to problem solving

As a board member the individual will:

  • Attend monthly board meetings
  • Lead projects and/or access portfolios
  • Participate in developing and executing the OAC’s strategic goals

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 ( info@ontarioaccesscoalition.com ).

Beaver Valley Logo Contest

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Calling all creatives! We’re looking to bring new energy to this year’s Beaver Valley Climbing Festival with an update to our festival logo. Do you have ideas for a new way to represent the BVCF and celebrate Ontario climbing?

The winner will receive admission for TWO to the festival and a $250 MEC gift card — so that means you and your belayer can get in for free! Plus you’ll get recognition for redesigning a logo which will soon be recognized by the entire Ontario climbing community.

Here’s what we need from you:

File Format:

  • PREFERRED: Vector eps file (such as an Adobe Illustrator eps) with all fonts converted to outlines. This file format is preferred because vector-based art can be resized without degrading shape or colour.
  • Also acceptable: Raster image file (such as an Adobe Photoshop file). The logo must be a minimum of 2″ wide or 2″ high (whichever is the larger proportion) at 300 dpi. The image file may be delivered in any of the following formats: psd, tiff, png, or jpeg.

Ideally, two separate files should be submitted:

  • Colour logo. 4-color (CMYK) logo is preferred if possible
  • Single colour version (black & white) with no tints or screens (i.e., 100% black, no gray)

Submissions will be accepted from now through July 8th 2018. Please send your entries to submissions@ontarioaccesscoalition.com with ‘BVCF Logo Contest Submission’ in the subject line. We’re looking forward to seeing what you’ve got!

(Post updated on June 3 to include new MEC prize and new deadline.)

Crag Stewardship Day – May 5th 2018

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Help us preserve the environment and fight invasive species at one of Ontario’s most popular crags, Rattlesnake Point. Join us at the OAC’s annual weed pull and garbage pickup, held in conjunction with Conservation Halton, this May 5th!

All volunteers receive:

  • FREE entry to Rattlesnake Point
  • BBQ lunch
  • Entry for epic prize giveaways
  • Cliffs available all afternoon

This is an all-day event.  Register here!  And bring a friend or two, the more the merrier.  We’re excited to see you!

(Don’t have Facebook?  Feel free to email info@ontarioaccesscoalition.com to let us know you’re coming!)

Want to spread the word? Please post the flier where other climbers might see it!  2018 Garlic Mustard Pull Flyer

Submit your photos for the 2018 OAC Crags Calendar

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Dear amateur and professional photographers, have you ever wanted to see your work published and hung on walls? We are putting together our annual Ontario Crags calendar and we need your help! Please consider donating a photo to help raise awareness and funds in support of the Ontario Access Coalition.

Mike Penney on “The Big Boss” at the Swamp Photo by Dennis Barnes

The Ontario Crags calendar aims to celebrate and highlight the wide variety of climbing that Ontario has to offer. We want to showcase everything from as many different crags and seasons as possible — ICE, SPORT, TRAD and BOULDERING are all honoured here. Valid photo submissions must have LANDSCAPE orientation (i.e. horizontal), and be of climbers at Ontario crags only (of course!).
Please send your best shots to Bonnie at bonniedb@hotmail.com by THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5th for a chance to have your photo featured and credited in the calendar! Chosen entrants will get a free copy of the 2018 calendar as well as a credit complete with your name and website.

Thanks in advance for your efforts to support the OAC!

Leslie Timms on “You’ve Been Hibbed” at Lion’s Head Photo by Colin Field