Climb Nova Scotia’s annual Clean and Climb took place at Mainface this year. Mainface, our largest and tallest crag, had fallen back to nature over the last few years as young whippersnapper crags like GSpot, Sorrows End and Columbus Wall started getting more attention. Like all fads, however, what’s old is new again and Mainface is what’s hot for 2014.
Our dedicated team of almost 20 volunteers led the charge with two days of scrubbing, shovelling, chain sawing and trundling. We were able to clear an accumulation of dead fall from the cliffside path and rescue at least ten separate lines from obscurity. A grizzled veteran of the the NS climbing scene even said it was ‘our most successful clean and climb ever.’ Here’s a list of the weekend’s activity:
- Upper North Buttress
- Attack of the Killer Hummingbird
- Main Line (top two pitches)
- Blind Man’s Bluff
- Banjo Crack
- The Lost Hurrah
- Point of View
- Skinny Dipping
- Chain anchors added to the Meat Grinder Rappel
- Chain anchors added to the top of Up Over Down Under and Slipline
- Second bolt and ring were added to the existing single ring on the Lunch Bucket Ledge
- Anchors for Deep Throat were relocated to the top of the cliff and a suspicious bolt was removed from the previous top anchor
- At least three new sport lines were bolted (more details to come in a separate post)
What this means for you is that a large number of moderate, enjoyable routes are now much more accessible so let’s everyone dust off our cams, nuts and draws and get on some of the fantastic climbing at Mainface!
Many thanks to our volunteers for making this such a successful event and to our sponsors The Trail Shop and Highland Drive Storehouse for keeping us well-supplied and rolling in sausages throughout the weekend.
***Disclaimer: CLIMBING IS DANGEROUS. Fixed hardware is to be used at your own risk. Climb Nova Scotia and its volunteers accept no responsibility and make no assurances about the quality or reliability of any anchors or fixed gear. Please do not toprope through fixed anchors. If you aren’t sure how to rig a safe anchor, don’t do it. Don’t let someone rig anchors for you if there is any question of their competence. Read John Long’s “Climbing Anchors 2nd Edition”, practice at home, ask questions, and understand the limitations of your equipment.CLIMBING IS DANGEROUS. ACCIDENTS HAPPEN AND YOU COULD DIE OR KILL SOMEONE ELSE. GRAVITY IS UNFORGIVING.