• 04 Oct 2016 7:24 AM | Allen Agopsowicz (Administrator)

    The instigation of the concern for the access to Amon Rudh began when a group of climbers on the wall saw a helicopter drop off engineers at the base of the wall, thinking that fallers were beginning work in the area they were concerned and upset about the destruction of an old growth ecosystem and the access trail to the wall that was built in 2008.

    Immediate action was taken in the form of social media outreach and an online petition against logging the old growth below the wall.  The local climbing community attended a meeting with Western Forest Products where we were assured that no logging was going to happen in the immediate future.  I have a verbal commitment from Western Forest Products to GPS the existing access trail to Amon Rudh,

    I met with Darwin, the representative from Western Forest Products , this afternoon.  my purpose was to educate them about the recreational climbing development in the Eldred Valley, and to start a positive relationship with them.  I provided them with a map of the climbing trails already established and talked about the climbers camp and the history of climbing in the area. 

    The Eldred Valley has the eyes of the global climbing community on it right now due to social media, its not the way I had imagined the Eldred Valley being portrayed to the world but its already out there.  The exposure has created pressure on the community and may have created an opportunity to make a real difference in how climbing and recreation planning in the Eldred is developed for the future.      Christie Dione


  • 04 Jul 2016 11:38 AM | Allen Agopsowicz (Administrator)

    An old climbing area has been updated in the Victoria area, it's called Glen Lake Crags. You'll find it on the North side of Sooke Lake Road as you leave Langford

  • 26 Jun 2016 1:21 PM | Allen Agopsowicz (Administrator)

    Alongside the beautiful beaches and rolling hills of Quadra Island,  there is a lot of rocky shoreline and craggy rock outcrops so it's no surprise that there is some excellent rock climbing to be found. Climbers have been exploring the bluffs on Quadra, Cortes and the neighbouring Discovery Islands since at least the 1980s. Breton Island, the Gorge on Cortes Island and the crags at Morte Lake all have some history going back more than 35 years.

    Over the past few years a renewed effort has resulted in the development of over 150 routes, adding to the incredible recreation opportunities of the island and drawing climbers from further afield.

    The best and most developed areas are at Chinese Mountains, Morte Lake and Breton Island with some undeveloped potential being identified at Clear Lake, Kanish Bay and Granite Point.

    The crags are well equipped for a safe and enjoyable climbing experience. The majority of the climbs are bolt-protected 'sport' climbs with easily and/or safely accessed top anchors. The high quality of the rock, the interesting, positive holds and stunning, scenic aesthetic of the Quadra Crags make for one of the best rock climbing areas in the Vancouver Island region.

    Guidebook: a detailed local guidebook is a available from Wild Isle Publications by mail order or locally on Quadra Island at Book Bonanza in Quathiaski Cove or the Yak Shack in Heriot Bay.

    The climbing on Quadra Island will especially appeal to moderate climbers. The majority of the established routes are between 5.7 to 5.10 with just a handful of lines harder than 5.11. There are some outstanding hard lines waiting to be sent though, just takes someone to come, equip and climb them!

    The routes breakdown into the following grades:
    <5.5 • 10 routes
    5.6 • 10 routes
    5.7 • 20 routes
    5.8 • 25 routes
    5.9 • 30 routes
    5.10- • 30 routes
    5.10+ • 15 routes
    5.11 • 15 routes
    5.12 • 1 route

    The average length of the routes is ~30m mostly single pitch that can be top roped with a 60m rope. But there are some longer climbs too especially at Eagle Crag which has a couple of dozen routes between 45 & 60m some climbed as 2 or 3 pitches.
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