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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
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 email@example.com today!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
October 30th, 2013
Please do not go to the Pit boulders in West Pennant until further notice, they are officially closed as per landowner request. Don’t go there.
The landowners have contacted Climb Nova Scotia and are very concerned at the recent development including scrubbing, trail blazing, and tree felling on their land without their permission. Climbers have apparently been parking on their private road as well. Please do not do this.
There are climbing areas on Crown land in and around West Pennant, but the Pit boulders and the approach to them are privately owned.
October 18th, 2013
Being sequestered in Norway is not enough to stop Roger Fage from compiling and releasing an update to his critically acclaimed Guide to Nova Scotia Ice Climbing.
Climb Nova Scotia is proud to support this initiative and the new edition is enough to make you look forward to the winter (kinda)!
Guidebook author Roger Fage on the lead for the first ascent of Equanimity WI5 with Dr. Seb Launcelott.
Photo by Matt Peck
Pick up your copy today at MEC Halifax and visit Roger’s blog too.
September 26th, 2013
The Kohler Klimb wall in Truro will be conducting Grand Opening celebrations this Saturday, September 28th, and they need experienced climbers to just climb the wall from 2-4pm. This is a great opportunity to let the public see what climbing is all about. The new gym is a great facility for top roping and sport climbing so show up and show your support!
This is an artificial climbing wall, just like Kohler Klimb.
September 20th, 2013
Hunting season this year began on September 9th and continues until March 31 2014, so remember:
WEAR ORANGE WHEN YOU GO INTO THE WOODS
Hunting is not officially allowed on Sundays, but we’ve definitely heard gunshots all week long this time of year in the past so play it safe.
Your dog also needs orange (and lots of it) if she’s going to come climbing with you.
Nova Scotia 2013/14 Hunting & Trapping Season Summary
Deer: Sept 9 – December 14
Bear: Sept 9 – Dec 7
Moose: Sept 30 – December 12
Furbearers: Nov 1 – March 31
Snowshoe hare: Nov 1 – Feb 28
Grouse: Oct 1 – Dec 31
Pheasant: Oct 1 – Dec 15
Source – http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/hunt/pdf/SeasonDates.pdf