Conflicts of interest and what we do about it

August 26th, 2015

Climb Nova Scotia relies on volunteer efforts of individuals within our tight-knit community of climbers. It is not uncommon that one or more members of the CNS Board may have a personal interest, or know someone who has a personal interest, in the outcome of decisions made on behalf of the organization. Since board members have a duty to always act in the best interests of Climb Nova Scotia and not for personal benefit, it is important to CNS that any actual or perceived conflict between a board member’s personal goals and those of Climb Nova Scotia be addressed fully and transparently.

CNS has been aware of the potential for conflicts of interest for some time and we have informally addressed them on a case-by-case basis. The Board is committed to serving members and the climbing community as a whole fairly and impartially. In the interest of improving governance and accountability, the Board has recently voted to implement the following written Conflict of Interest Policy:

Download the PDF file .

As always, Climb Nova Scotia invites comments from members relating to this and any other policies.

 

 

Earth Bones Climbing Kickstarter

August 19th, 2015

Nova Scotia climber and entrepreneur David MacMillan has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter to generate revenue and hype for his business, Earth Bones Climbing. Earth Bones makes custom bouldering pads right here in Nova Scotia.

Climb Nova Scotia is very appreciative of Earth Bones’ support at Boulderfest 2015 where they made demo pads available all weekend and donated products including the grand prize: a one-of-a-kind CNS bouldering pad!

Earth Bones CEO David MacMillan hands off the Boulderfest 2015 grand prize to lucky winner Jack Bennet

Earth Bones CEO David MacMillan hands off the Boulderfest 2015 grand prize to lucky winner Jack Bennet

If you are in the market for a new bouldering pad, chalk bag, interested in getting your existing pad restuffed, or just want to support an enthusiastic and innovative local business, please head over to the Earth Bones Climbing Kickstarter page and make a pledge. The campaign wraps up on September 3rd so you would get your new pad right in time for fall sending temps!

Come on out to the CNS Thursday Night Bouldering Series any time this season if you want a hands-on demo of Earth Bones top quality products!

Boulderfest 2015 Tickets

June 25th, 2015

Boulderfest 2015 tickets are sold out!

Early bird tickets sold out in half an hour! If you weren’t one of the lucky few, you’re now in luck as the tickets for general public are now available.

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Fill out the information below and pay with PayPal while there are some still available.




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 Please read the FAQ below before you email us.

CNS will not respond to questions that are answered below.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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

Q: When is Boulderfest?
A: August 1st & 2nd 2014. If it rains, the event might be pushed back a day to Aug 2nd & Aug 3th (which is a holiday Monday)

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 climbeasterncanada.com 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 Trail Shop 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 the waiver ahead of time here.

West Kings Gets a Re-vamp

June 22nd, 2015

One of the oldest bouldering walls in the Nova Scotia school system, the facility at West Kings District High School was in need of some long overdue TLC. Resurrected from neglect in 2012 by combined efforts of teacher Adam Conner and our very own Diversity Liaison Phill Craik, the wall gets enough use these days that it’s starting to need more regular maintenance.

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The wall was originally constructed as an in-house work protect for the Options and Opportunities Programme. This excellent education stream allows youth who have an interest in a more trade-based future learn some hands on skills in that field during high-school.

Phill has been working in timber framing and rough carpentry for the last little while, and used this opportunity to give something back to the wall that kick-started climbing again in the Annapolis Valley. After beginning with a presentation to the kids about his climbing history and timber framing experience, they then set about making some sawdust!

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Phase one involved making a top-out bar to make finishing problems a little safer and more enjoyable. Under guidance from Phill, the kids made all the measurements, cut the 2×4, routered and sanded it smooth and drilled it into position. It was really inspiring to see these kids work as a team, challenge themselves and take some ownership of their own climbing facility for the betterment of the school.

The second step was finding, replacing or repairing damaged t-nuts and pinning them with small screws. As any good route-setter knows, hearing the ping of a popped t-nut is the stuff of nightmares. This was dusty, dirty and cramped work in behind the wall, but the kids seemed to relish the challenge of not only putting things right, but getting it done well.

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Lastly the wall was rough sanded, scraped and will be painted in a few weeks by some volunteers. A full re-set, complete with a huge new hold order will take place in mid-July. By the next school year the wall will look as good as the day it was built, and more than ready for another year of climbing.

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Big thanks O2 teacher, Pete Morse, Frasers Home Pro Centre, Adam Conner, and all the kids who grafted hard for two days whilst Phill drank cups of tea, took very regular breaks and looked on with a proud eye to what could potentially be the next batch of home-climbing wall builders in the making!

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Boulderfest 2015 Early-Bird Tickets

June 18th, 2015

Early bird tickets are sold out!

Boulderfest 2015 early-bird tickets will go on sale at The Trail Shop on Quinpool Rd. in Halifax on Thursday June 25th.

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.

Boulderfest 2015

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions below before you email us.

Climb Nova Scotia will not respond to questions that are answered below.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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

Q: When is Boulderfest?
A: August 1st & 2nd 2014. If it rains, the event might be pushed back a day to Aug 2nd & Aug 3th (which is a holiday Monday)

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 climbeasterncanada.com 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 Trail Shop 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 the waiver ahead of time here.

New workshop, new format, new kids!

May 10th, 2015

NKEC Climbing Clinic

Almost three months in the planning, six routesetters, seven workshop leaders, one very strict timekeeper and a dedicated videographer who made it in the nick of time. That’s what it takes to pull off the biggest youth climbing workshop in the province.

Sunday 19th April saw 24 youth convene at Northeast Kings Education Centre to learn new skills, make new friends and get stoked for climbing! This year, however, it was not just the number of kids that was remarkable, but over half of them were completely new to climbing. Most notable was the small group from Landmark East School in Wolfville; a boarding school dedicated to students with language and learning difficulties. It was proof that climbing as a sport really has no barrier when it comes to participation, fun and accessibility.

For this years workshop we decided to take a more structured approach, with breakout sessions focussing on specific skill sets. From cross-training, balance, movement, spotting & route setting we tried to cover all aspects of climbing in order to show the kids there is more to just pulling hard in becoming an accomplished climber. It also helped them to engage with one another, ask questions, and work together to overcome barriers. The session on spotting was particularly popular, and saw the kids really have to learn to trust one another and work as a team.

Big shout out as always to the Annapolis Valley Climbing Club, and our volunteers. Some old, some new, and some on the way….!

Thursday Night Bouldering is back!

April 27th, 2015

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 sometimes 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 7 LOC The Strip and Laundromat
May 14 LOC Gros Poisson and Jungle
May 21 LOC Lake Boulder
May 28 LOC Memorial Boulder and Wall
June 4 LOC Nouveau Riche
June 11 Polly’s Cove Joey Ramone Area
June 18 Chebucto Head Twin Sisters
June 25 Polly’s Cove Warm-up and Holiday Wall
July 2 Prospect Prospect
July 9 Crystal Crescent Beach Main Boulder
July 16 Polly’s Cove Proper
July 23 Chebucto Head Tsunami Area
July 30 Chebucto Head Chebucto Foot
August 6 LOC Moon and Soeil
August 13 West Pennant Porcupine Fortress
August 20 LOC Mega Boulder and Grand Finale
August 27 LOC Area 51 and Scrappy Boulders
September 3 Musquodoboit Jessie’s Diner
September 10 Musquodoboit Gibralter
September 17 Musquodoboit Myra Road
September 24 Musquodoboit Roadside Boulders
October 3 LOC Corn and Bung
October 10 LOC Dog House
October 17 LOC Eggs
October 24 West Pennant Thoughtful Spot

*** 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! ***

CNS Halifax Public Libraries Donation

April 26th, 2015
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The donation card that you’ll see inside of every boook

CNS is happy to announce its donation of a collection of climbing-related books, magazines and movies to the group of Halifax Public Libraries. CNS worked with staff at the downtown location to source and procure approximately 50 titles that will be housed both in the central location in downtown Halifax and on a rotating basis throughout the libraries’ other 13 locations throughout the HRM.

Our approach with this donation was to build a collection of instructional materials that climbers can use to increase their technical and safety knowledge. If this collection is well-received and used by the climbing community (we can collect stats on title usage) then we may branch out into other topic areas next year.

The books are available now. If you don’t have a library membership yet and would like one you can sign up in the branch.

Each book should have a insert card that says ‘Donated by Climb Nova Scotia’ so you’ll know when you have one of the books from this collection.

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Quick look at some of the titles before they go out for circulation

 

The full list of titles is:

Better Bouldering John Sherman
Build Your Own Climbing Wall Steve Lage
Climbing Anchors John Long and Bob Gains
Climbing Anchors Field Guide John Long and Bob Gains
Complete Guide to Rope Techniques Nigel Shepherd
Conditioning for Climbers Eric Horst
Crack Climbing! Lisa Gnade and Steve Petro
Flakes, Jugs and Splitters Sarah Garlick
Girls on the Rocks Katie Brown
Glacier Mountaineering Mike Clelland
Glaciers! Michael Strong and Eckerhard Doerry
How to Climb: Advanced Rock Climbing John Long and Craig Luebben
How to Climb 5.12 Eric Horst
How to Climb: Big Walls John Long and John Middendorf
How to Climb: Building Your Own Indoor Climbing Wall Ramsay Thomas
How to Climb: Clip and Go! John Long and Duane Raleigh
How to Climb: How to Rappel! Craig Luebben
How to Rock Climb! John Long
How to Rock Climb: Gym Climb John Long
How to Rock Climb: Sport Climbing John Long
How to Slackline! Hayley Ashburn
Knots for Climbers Craig Luebben
Learning to Climb Indoors Eric Horst
Long on Adventure John Long
Maximum Climbing Eric Horst
Mixed Climbing Sean Isaac
Rapelling Bob Gaines
Rock Climbing: The AMGA Single Pitch Manual Bob Gaines and Jason Martin
Self-Rescue David Fasulo
Toproping Bob Gaines
Trad Climber’s Bible John Long and Peter Croft
Training for Climbing Eric Horst
Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete Steve House and Scott Johnston
Mountaineering Freedom of the Hills: 50th Anniversary 1960-2010, 8th Edition The Mountaineers Books
Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue, 2nd Edition Andy Selters
Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, High and Fast Mark Twight
The Rock Warrior’s Way Arno Ilger
Magazine Subscriptions
Gripped
Alpinist
Rock and Ice
Climbing
Accidents in North American Mountaineering

We’ve been told that some of the magazines are in electronic format, meaning you can check them out online using some internet magic that I don’t understand. There are also ~12 film titles from the folks who make the Reel Rock movies available for checkout at the downtown branch.

We hope everyone takes advantage of these books – just make sure that you double check that fancy new knot you learn with a real person who knows what they’re talking about before you try to aid climb your way up a 5.12.

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Matt and Mick with Darlene Beck, Adult Services Regional Manager at the Central Library

 

 

Mount Traber Workshop

April 21st, 2015

Better late than never right?

IMG_1669Last June (2014) Heather and Chris spent an afternoon with the Mount Traber Bible Camp Summer Staff.  Staff members were excited to receive a great selection of new and colorful holds, belay bags, gri gris, locking biners and wrenches.

IMG_6378MTBC staff were given a lesson on wall maintenance including how to move and put up new holds, what to do if a bolt gets stripped, how to inspect and safely put harnesses on children and how to belay using a Gri Gri and belay bag.

IMG_6380Staff also had an opportunity to practice each of these skills.  It was a fun afternoon for all, please enjoy the pictures of some campers enjoying the new holds and safe climbing!

 

CNS Annual General Meeting and Call for Nominations – May 19 2015

April 6th, 2015

The Climb Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 19 2015 from 6:30pm-8:30pm in Room 201 at the new Halifax Central Public Library on Spring Garden Road in Program Room 201. Come on out and hear what we accomplished over the past year, enjoy a special guest presentation from Nova Scotia Rock guidebook author Sean P. Cassidy, and socialize with fellow climbers. Refreshments will be served.

CNS is currently accepting nominations for all executive positions for elections at the annual general meeting on Tuesday May 19 2015. If you are considering a place on the ballot, you must be nominated (or nominate yourself) by emailing climbnovascotia@gmail.com. Nominations will be accepted until April 30 2015 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 30 2015 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.