Growing Youth Climbing Scene

April 10th, 2014

The NEW Wall at North East Kings Education Center!!!

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We built 406 square feet of climbing wall in 31 hours with 5 volunteers and the help of some O2 students, climbing youth and tech teachers.



The wall is 29 feet long and 14 feet high with a slab and multiple angles, prows and arêtes designed by Adam using Google Sketch Up. This climbing wall is an amazing addition to the school allowing kids another opportunity to stay fit. It is also a great tool for teachers to teach youth problem solving and team work, while helping youth to build confidence and have fun.


The Youth Comp/Grand Opening

End with holds

Finished and Freshly Set

On March, 23, 2014 seventeen youth descended on the NKEC’s new climbing wall to experience the 45 quality problems set by the volunteers the previous day.  These youth ranged in age from 8-18 years old but were all pulling hard.  Their goal was to get as many points as possible during their 3 hours of climbing and many of the youth climbed right to the end!  Thanks to the great sponsors every youth went away with a prize (or two).

A special thanks to all the parents for coming out and supporting your kids, we couldn’t put on these events without you!

Climbing Kids

Youth Attack!

The North East Kings Education Center Climbing Wall and the Youth Competitions could not have happened if it was not for the hard work and dedication by Adam Connor and the other volunteers.  Without their help, the construction, setting and supervision of climbers could not have happened. Thank you Phil, Bekah, Heather x2 and Chris.

CNS wants YOU (to take a position on the executive)!

April 1st, 2014

Do you have a vision for the future of climbing in Nova Scotia? Are you motivated to get other people active in the sport you love? Do you need to pad your resume with volunteer experience so you can get into a graduate program or maybe even get a job after university? Look no further!

CNS is accepting nominations for all executive positions for elections at the annual general meeting on Sunday 17 May 2014. If you are considering a place on the ballot, you must be nominated (or nominate yourself) by emailing We need people to run for Access Chair, Secretary, and Membership Coordintor as the incumbents are not running for re-election!

A typical CNS executive meeting

A typical CNS executive meeting

Please include your name, the position you are interested in, and a short summary (300 word maximum) of your qualifications and why you want to sit on the board. Nominations will not be accepted after 17 April 2014.

Positions and descriptions are as follows:

  • President – Ensure alignment of CNS activities with organizational goals and funding qualification criterion, draft meeting agendas, chair monthly meetings, delegate tasks, oversee financials, attend events, deal with government stakeholders, website posts, answer emails, (many) other duties as assigned.
  • Treasurer – Manage financials, prepare budget, retain records, steer spending toward targets, attend monthly executive meetings, website posts, answer emails, other duties as assigned.
  • Membership Coordinator – Retain up-to-date membership list, mail correspondence and membership cards, attend monthly executive meetings, website posts, answer emails, other duties as assigned.
  • Communications Representative – Handle external matters, book event venues, postering, advertisement campaigns, approach sponsors, primary email responder, attend monthly executive meetings, website posts, other duties as assigned.
  • Access Chair – Monitor all climbing area access issues, uphold excellent relationships with landowners, organize clean and climbs, organize and execute trail maintenance, attend monthly executive meetings, website posts, answer emails, other duties as assigned.
  • Diversity Liaison – Social outreach, engagement of new climbers and underrepresented groups, organize and attend events, attend monthly executive meetings, website posts, answer emails, other duties as assigned.
  • Secretary – Attend monthly executive meetings, record and distribute meeting minutes, website posts, answer emails, other duties as assigned.

Executive members (with the exception of President) all have a vote in major Climb Nova Scotia undertakings and are expected to exercise their right to vote when called upon. All executive positions are a 1 year term, except for President, which is 2 years in duration.

Executive members are not paid (except in pizza), and typically spend up to 5 hours a week on CNS activities when there’s nothing happening, and more when we are busy. President tends to be busier.

If you want to help with CNS but aren’t interested in sitting on the board please let us know. There’s plenty to do and we can always use volunteers for specific projects!

Toprope day recap

March 24th, 2014

To save everyone from the onset of the winter blues, CNS thought that we’d remind you of a greener, brighter day from the summer when tank tops weren’t just for masochists and people could complain about too much sun and still be taken seriously.

On June 22, after more than few rain delays, 16 men and women came out to Sorrows End to get a day of rope climbing in without the hassle of lugging gear and setting anchors. Michelle Lloyd and a host of volunteers put on CNS Top Rope day to provide a safe, welcoming setting for people new (and old) to the sport of rope climbing to come out and try their hand at the fantastic cracks and face climbs at Sorrows End. Volunteers provided demonstrations on rope management, belay techniques and general safety awareness throughout the day to help everyone climb as safely as possible.

Sorrow's TR Day 2013, photo by Kerrie

Sorrow’s TR Day 2013, photo by Kerrie

The day was a rousing success. Everyone involved had a great time and the more experienced climbers had the pleasure of helping one of the participants get on their first ever climb on real rock, which is always fun to watch as it reminds the rest of us about why we were so excited to climb in the first place. Its experiences like these that help solidify Climb Nova Scotia’s reputation as being welcoming and inclusive to climbers of all experience levels.

Thanks again to Michelle Lloyd, all of the other volunteers and most importantly all of the climbers that came out and made it such a successful event!

Climbing fundraiser in Truro, March 23 @ 9am

March 14th, 2014

Sunday, March 23rd from 9am-5pm Climb Nova Scotia’s own Michelle LeBlanc is going to climb 3484m, the vertical height of Everest Basecamp to Summit, at the Kohler climbing wall, in Truro, NS. That means 250 pitches!

She’ll be raising money and awareness for the Canadian Mental Health Association (Truro Branch) to support recreation programs for youth and young adults with Mental Health illnesses.

*Artist's conception

*Artist’s conception

WHAT: Play Happy, an eight-hour event that will see Michelle LeBlanc climb the Kohler Klimbing Wall 250 times

WHEN: March 23, beginning at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Rath Eastlink Community Centre, Truro

WHY: Raising money for the Truro branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association and promote healthy, human powered recreation!

Come out to support, climb, and have a good time! Climbing day passes will be on a donation basis (minimum $5); however you need to know how to belay with a Gri Gri.

** If you are interested in sharing a story about how climbing or adventure has affected yourself or someone you know in a positive way, please feel free to share with Michelle by e-mailing her at:

Blast From the Past – A Lifetime of Achievement

February 9th, 2014

At the Climb Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting way back in April 2010 we honored Ghislain Losier, Sean Therien, and Todd Foster with lifetime memberships to CNS and commemorative granite plaques. The two other recipients were not able to attend the AGM, but eventually we were able to track down Heather Reynolds and Sean Cassidy and award them the same recognition.

SeanT – Gym owner/operator and climbing advocate

Zig – hardman developer and guidebook author

Todd – CEO of Pulldown Productions

Heather Reynolds is presented with her Lifetime Achievement Award during the closing ceremonies of the Tour De Bloc 2010 bouldering competition at the Dalplex Rock Court

Heather Reynolds is presented with her Lifetime Achievement Award during the closing ceremonies of the Tour De Bloc 2010 bouldering competition at the Dalplex Rock Court

Cassidy – guidebook author, hard route developer

Zig, Heather, Todd and The Seans have made up the bedrock of climbing in Nova Scotia for the last decade and we were very sad to see Ghislain move away in 2011. Ghislain and Cassidy each literally wrote the book(s) on climbing in Nova Scotia. Todd and Pulldown Productions have gotten the word out about NS climbing to the rest of the world, and in doing so captured a slice of our province’s colorful history and community spirit. Heather and Therien are both responsible for introducing hundreds of people to climbing each year and lead the drive for getting youth interested and excited about rocks and plastic.

Between them, these five awardees are responsible for dozens and dozens of first ascents on classic climbs and testpieces all across the province. They are in it for the long haul and have put an astonishing amount of effort into their passion, largely for the benefit of those of us who come after them. Without Heather, Cassidy, Zig, Therien and Toddles there would be little if any established climbing in this province and certainly no Climb Nova Scotia.

Thank you all so much for all that you have done and continue to do for the Nova Scotia climbing community.

Registration CLOSED – CNS Ice Fest – Feb 9 2014

December 25th, 2013

Registration for this event is now closed. To maintain a safe ratio of new to experienced climbers, we cannot accommodate any more participants at this time. If you are an experienced climber and interested in belaying & helping people tie in, please contact CNS.

CNS Ice Fest 2014 is scheduled for SUNDAY FEB 9th from 11am-5pm at Halls Harbour West. Come on down and try out ice climbing for the first time or sharpen your tools and show the newbies how it’s done – everyone is welcome. You must register by emailing by Friday Feb 1st. A limited number of spots are available. This event is now at capacity and registration is closed. Let us know if you need a helmet/harness/ice tools/crampons/boots, or if you can share your own equipment. We will try to have spare stuff available, but you should try to bring your own crampon compatible boots at least (ski boots will work, snowboarding boots won’t unless they have toe-bales).

cns ice fest 2014 poster

If you need a drive or can offer one, post on the Climb Eastern Canada forum or on the CNS Facebook page. Registration is free for CNS members, $20 for everyone else. Everyone must sign a waiver, and if you print one in advance and bring it with you that’s even better. RSVP to today!

Rockin’ Youth Competition in the Valley

November 30th, 2013

3 hours, 50 problems including dynos, crimpers, slopers, roof climbing and top outs, a huge age range of psyched climbers, a great group of supportive parents, some dedicated organizers and setters, a tasty BBQ and  prizes for all…what more can I say?  

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This past weekend 24 youth ages 9-18 participated in the 2nd Annual Youth Climbing Competition at West Kings District High.   Not only were these youth pulling hard they were positive, respectful and encouraging to other climbers and the organizers.  I was so impressed by the skill of these climbers, one who has been climbing for less than two months.  These youth just wouldn’t give up.

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A big shout out to the Ground Zero Geckos and their Coach Nate who traveled to the Valley to climb as well as some young climbers from Truro.


Also, a big thank you to Adam Connors  for all his hard work designing and applying for grants to build climbing gyms and then supporting the O2 program by having them help to build the wall.  He is doing an amazing job promoting climbing in the Valley.

Male: 1st Place – Alex Griffin; 2nd Place – Keigan Tulloch; 3rd Place – Jake Hoare.

Female: 1st Place – Tamar Gazit; 2nd Place – Lobke Rotteveel; 3rd Place – Sarah Zinck.

Erosion prevention in the Land of Confusion

November 25th, 2013

Climb Nova Scotia volunteers have installed an early Christmas / Hanukkah / Kwanzaa / Children’s Day / Festivus  gift out at The Scoop and Area 51 in the Land of Confusion! Scoop is a great winter bouldering destination, with warm southern sun exposure and sheter from north winds.

Remember: NEVER EVER BUILD FIRES AT BOULDERING AREAS.  Fires make a mess, the heat can make rocks brittle, ash gets everywhere, vegetation is destroyed for fuel, existing fire pits encourage more fires, and it’s just a generally an eyesore. CNS knows it can still be cold out there, so don’t forget to dress warmly, bring your hand warmers, thermos, and a camp stove if you need it.

jessa swamp

A boardwalk as been constructed across the bog to the Scoop boulder to improve access and minimize erosion from repeated bush whacking through the bog. A new trail is in place from Scoop to Area 51 on dry solid ground and has been well flagged. Enjoy and leave no trace. That means picking up any garbage you see, packing out what you bring in, scrubbing your tickmarks, and staying on the established trails.

Annapolis Bouldering Competition – Nov 24 2013 @ West Kings District High

November 11th, 2013

It’s time again! Get registered for the upcoming youth competition. If you are 18 or under, come on out for an awesome time and some amazing problems and climbing!

Sunday, November 24 2013 from 11am-3pm at West Kings District School.

Contact Adam Conner to pre-register at or 902-698-6878

Your $10 fee gets you lunch and climbing and some fantastic prizes from our sponsors: Adventure Climbing Gym, Ground Zero Climbing Gym, Climb Nova Scotia, We’re Outdoors, and our primary sponsor The Trail Shop. You can register at the door, but will need to have a signed waiver form if you have not already signed one for your school club in the AVRSB. Comp starts at 11am, registration/signup starts at 10am.

West Kings Comp 2013

Reel Rock 8 comes to Halifax

November 8th, 2013

Climb Nova Scotia, The Trail Shop, and the Dalhousie Environmental Law Students’ Society bring you the Reel Rock 8 climbing film screening!


6:30pm Sunday, November 10 2013

Dalhousie Univeristy McCain Building, Scotiabank Auditorium

$10 or $5 with food bank donation