New website coming soon

July 13th, 2016

CNS is currently in the process of renovating our website to bring you something bigger and better but we need your help. Do you have a picture of someone rope climbing at a crag in Nova Scotia? If so (and you don’t mind CNS using it on the new site), send an email to telling us:

  • Who you are
  • Where the picture was taken
  • Who is in the picture
  • A link/attachment of the picture (in the largest format you can)

We can’t guarantee your picture will be used on the site but would love to get enough to have at least one picture of someone climbing on each crag in Nova Scotia.

Boulderfest 2016 tickets are sold out!

July 11th, 2016

We hope you were able to purchase your tickets at Seven Bays Bouldering or online as all tickets for Boulderfest 2016 are now sold!

Boulderfest 2016 Tickets Now Available

July 7th, 2016

Fill out the information below and pay with PayPal while there are still tickets available. (only 55 are available)

How old are you?
What size shirt do you wear?

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can you hold a ticket for me?
A: No, sorry.

Q: Where is Boulderfest?
A: Boulderfest is held on Dover Island, 1km offshore from West Dover, Nova Scotia, Canada, which is in North America, which is on Earth. Driving directions from Halifax, Nova Scotia are here.

Q: What do I get for my weekend pass ticket fee?
A: Transportation to and from Dover Island, parking on the mainland, dinner on Saturday night, coffee and breakfast on Sunday morning, an event t-shirt and goodie bag, the chance to win lots of awesome prizes, and the sickest bouldering you’ve ever seen

Q: Will you mail me a physical ticket before the event?
A: No. We will have a list of Boulderfest ticket holders on the day of the event and we will give you an event wristband before you get on the boat. The Trail Shop and Paypal will each issue you with a receipt at the point of purchase – keep this and consider bringing a copy with you to the event.

Q: Why do I need an event wristband?
A: All non-competitive prize draws will be based on your wristband number. Don’t lose your wristband – it gets you food and the number on it will be used to draw for fantastic door prizes!

Q: What is not included?
A: You must bring your own water, climbing equipment, camping gear, snacks, camera, and appropriate clothing. A full list of suggested supplies will be emailed to you before the event if you buy a ticket.

Q: How many tickets are available for the weekend?
A: Less than 100. Dover Island is a fragile ecosystem and too many people out there at one time can cause irreparable damage to the flora and fauna.

Q: Can I bring my dog and some glass bottles to Boulderfest?
A: No. Dogs are not permitted at Boulderfest. Please do not bring glass bottles to Boulderfest, you will be asked to leave them on the mainland.

Q: I am under the age of 18, can I still come to Boulderfest?
A: Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Each attending parent must also purchase a ticket in order to accompany their child. This requirement is for the safety and enjoyment of all participants and is not negotiable.

Q: What if I buy a ticket and then don’t want it anymore?
A: There will be NO REFUNDS on Boulderfest tickets UNLESS THE EVENT IS CANCELED. You may sell your ticket to someone else as long as you notify Climb Nova Scotia who you have sold it to so we can email them event details. The person you sell it to will get the t-shirt size you ordered.

Q: Where can I sell or buy an unwanted ticket?
A: CNS suggests using the forums to sell or buy unwanted tickets, or try posting on the Climb Nova Scotia Facebook wall. Please remember to let CNS know when tickets are bought or sold so that the ticket-holder’s name and email makes it onto our list.

Q: I don’t have a credit card, how can I buy a ticket?
A: Paypal can bill your bank account directly; a credit card is not required. If you don’t trust the banks and keep all of your money under your mattress, you will need to put on your tinfoil anti-mindcontrol hat and go to the Seven Bays Bouldering in Halifax to pay with cash.

Q: Isn’t this climbing stuff dangerous?
A: Yes, it certainly can be. You are responsible for your own safety while on Dover. All participants will be required to sign a waiver on the day of the event before being allowed on the island. You can read and sign the waiver ahead of time here.

Boulderfest Early Bird Tickets are SOLD OUT

July 4th, 2016

Early bird tickets are now sold out! Keep an eye on our blog and Facebook page for when the online tickets are available online on July 7th at 9:00 am.

Boulderfest 2016 Early-Bird Tickets

July 1st, 2016

Boulderfest 2016 early-bird tickets can be purchased exclusively at SEVEN BAYS BOULDERING, from 10am Monday 4th July for $60 (cash only).

Anyone under 18 that purchases a Boulderfest ticket must also have at least one of their parents purchase a ticket to ensure a legal guardian is present on Dover Island as this is required by CNS.

Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled.

New online waivers must be signed before ANY tickets can be purchased. Go here to complete your waiver beforehand:

Boulderfest 2016

Thursday Night Bouldering 2016

April 4th, 2016

Every Thursday, climbers will meet at the Armdale Rotary in the parking lot in front of St. James Church at 6pm sharp!  From there climbers will carpool to the climbing area scheduled for that evening.

Climbers of all skill levels are welcome! This is a great way to discover new bouldering spots and get to know other climbers.

Make sure you wear appropriate footwear as you will likely get your feet swamped at least once.  A flashlight or headlamp is always handy as we usually always hike out after dark.  Dress in comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and bring climbing shoes, chalk and a crash pad if you have them.  Be prepared to chip in for gas if you’re catching a ride with someone – it’s always appreciated.

Date Area Location
May 5 LOC The Strip or Laundromat
May 12 West Pennant Thoughtful Spot
May 19 LOC Gros Poisson and Jungle
May 26 LOC Memorial Boulder and Wall
June 2 LOC Nouveau Riche
June 9 Polly’s Cove Joey Ramone Area
June 16 Chebucto Head Twin Sisters
June 23 Polly’s Cove Warm-up
June 30 Polly’s Cove Holiday Wall
July 7 Crystal Crescent Beach Main Boulder
July 14 Polly’s Cove Proper
July 21 Chebucto Head Tsunami Area
July 28 Chebucto Head Chebucto Foot
August 4 LOC Moon and Soeil
August 11 LOC Scrappy Boulders
August 18 LOC Mega Boulder and Grand Finale
August 25 LOC Eggs
September 1 Musquodoboit Jessie’s Diner
September 8 Musquodoboit Gibralter
September 15 Musquodoboit Myra Road
September 22 Musquodoboit Roadside Boulders
September 29 LOC Corn and Bung
October 6 LOC Scoop
October 13 LOC Dog House

*** NOTE: We understand these areas may not cater to everyone. Therefore, if it is necessary, we may change the destination without notice. Please try to be at the rotary before departure at 6:00pm so you are in the loop! ***

Erosion prevention in the LOC

April 1st, 2016

Climb Nova Scotia volunteers recently installed erosion prevention measures to protect ecologically sensitive marshland in the popular Land of Confusion bouldering area. Two hundred feet of raised boardwalk now span the sphagnum bog on the approach to Memorial boulder.

New boardwalk to Memorial et al.

New boardwalk to Memorial et al.

This infrastructure prevents erosion and protects flora such as the beautiful pitcher plant from damage caused by foot traffic.

Sarracenia purpurea, the "Soldier's Drinking Cup", is a delicate carnivorous plant found throughout the LOC

Sarracenia purpurea, the “Soldier’s Drinking Cup”, is a delicate carnivorous plant found throughout the LOC

As an added bonus, the new boardwalk will keep your feet dry. Note that this trail is used to access not only the Memorial boulder, but also Skillz Inventory, Eggs, River Styx, Trailside, and Godzilla boulders, as well as the Bug City sport climbing crag!

If you have never tried the five star classic lines of Godzilla (V0), 111 (V3), Persephone (v4), Loose Shoes (v5), and Check Out My Blog (5.11c), there’s never been a better time to go check em out!

CNS 2016 Annual General Meeting April 7 6:30pm Call for Nominations

March 18th, 2016

This is your invitation to come and see what we’ve been up to over the last year and what we have planned for the upcoming year at our AGM.

This year we’re holding the AGM at CNS executive member James Kesten’s workplace at Suite 107, 1601 Lower Water St, Halifax. We will give you tasty snacks.

The location of the AGM has been changed to Saint Mary’s University in room 175 of the Loyola Academic Complex (LA) building. Parking is free after 5:30pm as long as you avoid the ‘Faculty Only’ parking spots. To view a map of the SMU campus to help you find the building, click here.

CNS is currently accepting nominations for all executive positions for elections at the annual general meeting. If you are considering a place on the ballot, you must be nominated (or nominate yourself) by emailing Nominations will be accepted until April 1 2016 at 11:59pm.

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 April 1, 2016 at 11:59pm.

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, 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.
  • Youth Representative – Interface with public school system, support youth climbing competitions and workshops, 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 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!

Please note, you must be a member in good standing of Climb Nova Scotia to run for a position on the board, and to attend the annual general meeting. You can purchase a membership by clicking here or with cash at the meeting.

Hope to see you there! RSVP at

Formation Halifax Outback Climbing Club

March 17th, 2016

Or ‘FHOCC’ for short, those military guys do love an acronym! Regardless of the name, the “Dockyard” Climbing Gym in our very own Halifax is AWESOME, and much more so are the folks that make it happen. As with any volunteer run organisation, a tireless and dedicated crew of local climbers are what’s needed to keep things running, and that they do with a great attitude.

Bright and early, on what turned out to be a very wintery Saturday morning, Phill & Bekah drove down from the valley; tools, coffee, climbing gear and bread trays (I’ll explain why later) in hand. They arrived to the warmest of welcomes from the regulars at the FHOCC for its annual Re-set. Most were quite bemused as to why two people they had never met, or ever been to the base, wanted to waste their weekend helping them…..but in the nicest, and most humble of ways. A few of their volunteers had spent the prior evening stripping the wall and preparing to clean the few hundred holds that lay on the floor. This is where the ‘bread trays’ and a pressure washer come in handy….

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Their newly elected president, a rather upbeat fellow by the name of Matt Corbett was in full go-mode and psyched to unveil the five new volumes purchased from Montreal based company, Dimension. They truly are a work of art, and we helped get them set into their pre-designated areas before the major setting was to take place.

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Yes, thats Phill……on a rope! Who would have thought it.


Then there was pizza…..Then there was more setting, and  then there was a massive snow storm!

The next day was full focus on getting the wall ready for its regular winter climbing hours and ensuring there was a wide variety of problems for all comers. Cleaning up, taping and naming all the problems is always a task at the end of a long weekend. Matt and his fellow base-dwellers also recently took their instructor certification with Heather Reynolds, so no matter what your ability level, these guys can show you the ropes!


C’est Fini!

A huge shout-out to everyone that came out to help, whether it be for a few hours, or the whole weekend. It was tiring work, but we felt most welcome from the minute we walked through the door, to when we were escorted off the base. Don’t worry, that is apparently normal practice?! (or so Matt told me?)

For more information, visit the Formation Halifax Outback Climbing Club facebook page. (You have to get your name added to the list)

Bouldering Youth Nationals 2016

March 10th, 2016

This year Climb Nova Scotia sent local young-gun Avery Schrader and his coach Adam Conner all the way to Ontario to show those Middle-Canada folk that on the East Coast, we not only have a “real life” aquarium, but that we can rock it with the best of them when it comes to climbing. In what was to be the perfect proving ground for all his hard work and dedication to the local climbing scene, Avery was to find out what it takes to make national finals, and what he needs to focus on in his attempts to put himself and his province on the map in the coming years. We were very proud to play our part in helping the both of them on their way. Here are some words from the horses’ mouths, and what they both gained from the experience…..


The Road to Youth Nationals by Adam Conner

I’d like to preface this story by thanking Climb Nova Scotia for all of the support, both financial, and more importantly the resources and people it has provided to help establish the Annapolis Valley youth climbing scene. I wouldn’t even be able to call myself a climbing coach if it wasn’t for the amazing support I’ve received from some of the amazing people associated with this awesome organization. Also, It’s a bit longer than some other posts and I won’t be offended if you don’t read it all 🙂

The journey from a small town in the Annapolis Valley region of Nova Scotia all the way to the Youth Bouldering Nationals in Toronto has been an experience like no other. To start, it has been a two and a half year journey for me, Adam Conner (AVCC climbing coach), and one of my climbers, Avery Schrader, who I’m sure some of you already know. I first met Avery in my Science 10 class at NKEC where I am a high school math and technology teacher. He had never heard of rock climbing, but I convinced him it was a lot of fun and that he was going to have to listen to me talk about it every day anyway so he might as well find out what it’s all about.

Fast forward to Spring of 2015: Avery has been climbing hard now for a little over 18 months, he is climbing outdoor grades of V6+ and indoor grades even higher. He has long since blown me away with his dedication to the sport and he tells me he wants to set the goal of qualifying for the Youth Bouldering Nationals event in 2016. We sit down and work on some strategies to help him achieve his goal and before long he’s training like a machine.


Because there isn’t a qualifying event for nationals in Atlantic Canada (*cough* yet), Avery set his sights on qualifying in Ontario at their provincial championships. This was a lofty goal since Ontario was churning out a very high concentration of young and strong climbers. Avery went up and placed 9th in his category (Junior Boys – ages 18/19). Unfortunately he needed to place 8th or higher to qualify.

This is where a lot of people would have thrown in the towel and resigned that their goal would have to wait for another year. But, that just isn’t how Avery operates. He contacted the OCF and the FQME and worked out an arrangement that allowed him to attend a sanctioned competition in Quebec to provide him another opportunity to qualify for nationals. This event was actually the finals of the Quebec Bloc Cup series and every other climber there had already qualified through previous events. He worked very hard that weekend and with the support of his mother who went with him and sent me lots of pictures and videos, he placed 8th place in his category securing his ticket to nationals.

When Avery returned from Quebec he only had about 3 weeks before the nationals competition was going to start and so there wasn’t much to do in the way of training. It was a lot of preparing warm-up routines and mental strategies as opposed to trying to pull a Rocky IV training montage to get super strong super fast.

Myself, Avery and Frenzi (Avery’s lovely girlfriend) all set off to Toronto for a Valentine’s day weekend full of climbing and unfortunately a little bit of heartbreak. Avery went into the competition with a perfect mindset, a very relaxed attitude and a lot of determination. He pulled hard on all five of the qualifying problems and came one top away from securing a place in semi-finals. I got complimented from other coaches on his amazing attitude with which he always presents himself.

We then got to watch the competitors climb in the semi finals and in the finals rounds, and learned a lot about what was standing in his way of being one of those finalists. Avery had a great attitude after he finished his climbing and has told me time and again what a great learning experience it was. We’re both really excited about this year of training Avery has ahead of him and about his Nationals competition that he fully intends to attend next year as well!


The Most Vertical Of Roads by Avery Schrader

After two years of a positively life altering obsession, I managed to fight my way far enough through the toughest climbs I have faced to land myself a spot in the 2016 Youth Bouldering National competition in Toronto. Accompanying me along the way, my longtime climbing coach and personal hero Adam Conner as well as my girlfriend and newly recruited training partner Frenzi Ritter.

The process of getting there was simple really, perform a gazillion foot-switches and hope for the best. Technical training was my personal cup of tea, and I spent a lot of time dancing on slabs and and trying to beta-break burly problems. That did carry me through local youth competitions, but I am certainly not a contender for the next Beastmaker International Footless Festival. In Ontario,  and then Quebec and finally Toronto, I noticed that the key difference between myself and higher placing contenders was brute strength.

I want to be sure to thank Adam and Frenzi, as well as my sponsors Earth Bones Climbing and Bandha Bar, two fantastic local businesses who I am very proud to have supporting me. A special thank you to Climb Nova Scotia who made it possible for Adam and I to fly to nationals and back. If you are interested in following my climbing journey you can follow me on instagram @Mraverydylan or add me on Facebook, both of which I post primarily climbing updates and competition results!

Finally, I want to thank the Nova Scotia climbing community, who have done nothing but supportive in my climbing experience.

So it begins.. The road to Canadian Youth Bouldering Nationals 2017