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Boulderfest 2015

Friday, August 28th, 2015
Now approaching its 15th Anniversary, Boulderfest is a mainstay among East Coast climbers and has been steadily increasing its reach further afield. Bouldefest sold out in a record breaking 22hrs, the 85 lucky climbers from as close as Prospect to afar as Calgary enjoyed this year’s almost too perfect weather on Dover Island. The sun came out, stayed out, and aside from a blusterySaturday evening the sendage was as high as the thermometer. As always the blood-orange full harvest moon made for an eerie setting on our night sessions.

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The introduction of a new mini V-grade competition encouraged people to really check out those obscure climbs and avoid traffic at the high-value areas like The Bear and The Wave. The winner of this year’s competition ended up leaving with a brand new crash pad from a local company called Earth Bones Climbing! The Trail Shop, Evolv, Seven Bays Bouldering, Ground Zero & Bandha Bar were also on hand to ensure that everyone left with at least something. We don’t remember prizing quite like it, and after a stomach filling supper, the kegs were cracked and a great night session ensued.

Another notable difference was the amount of activity in and around the camp site area. New lines were being sighted, sent and flailed on! Perhaps the heat encouraged those guys to stay closer to the shade of the tents? Either way, new lines on Dover Island are always welcome.

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


Next year Boulderfest will be 15 years old! It may seem hard to believe but the youngest climber on the island this year was not even born when the original event was held out at Prospect the first year. That makes for some exciting and enlightening statistics when you consider how a growing youth and new-climber population is helping to continue to grow the sport in the province.
We would love to hear from our members as to what they think Climb Nova Scotia could do to make 15 years stand out? We already have more fireworks on the list, so that suggestion doesn’t count!

Earth Bones Climbing Kickstarter

Wednesday, 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

Thursday, 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.

Boulderfest 2015
Fill out the information below and pay with PayPal while there are some still available.




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

Boulderfest 2015 Early-Bird Tickets

Thursday, 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.

Boulderfest 2014 Recap

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Dover Island saw another successful Boulderfest this year, completing the negative trifecta of a successful event: no rain, no accidents and no overflowing porta-potties (thanks Rob). Once again we had a mix of local and extra-provincial climbers and a LOT of first timers, including a handful of youngsters that showed all the crusty old folks how to get it done.

A big thanks goes out to our volunteers, especially Buck North, Miles and those two guys who carried the kegs from the boat to the kitchen. We’d like to send an electronic round of applause out to Rod and Giz for ferrying everyone back and forth all weekend. Finally, our sponsors killed it again with great prizes and support; Boulderfest wouldn’t be the great event it is without them so thanks again to:

  • The Trail Shop
  • Propeller
  • Ground Zero
  • Evolv

We also had the lovely and talented Katrina Pyne on hand to shoot some footage for a short film we’ll be showing everyone in the next few months. You can check out more of her work here: http://katrinapyne.com/

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Jeff Zwicker getting some air at the warmup wall

If you have any feedback or suggestions on how to make the event better (or stuff you really liked) you can reach us at climbnovascotia@gmail.com. Otherwise, see ya’ll next year!

Boulderfest 2014 tickets – SOLD OUT

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Boulderfest tickets are SOLD OUT available now, while supplies last. $55 includes a 1-year membership to Climb Nova Scotia. If you already have a membership we will add a year to your account automatically.

Background photo by Ruby Photography, used without permission but with great gratitude.

Background photo by Ruby Photography, used without permission but with great gratitude.

Boulderfest 2014 tickets are SOLD OUT! Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket – it’s gonna be a blast. If you missed out, consider posting on the Climb Nova Scotia Facebook wall in case someone needs to sell their ticket. See you on the island!

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 2nd & 3rd 2014. If it rains, the event might be pushed back a day to Aug 3rd & Aug 4th (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.

Boulderfest 2014 early bird tickets on sale Monday June 30 2014 at Trail Shop

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Boulderfest 2014 early bird tickets on sale Monday June 30 2014 at Trail Shop in Halifax at 9am!

Background photo by Ruby Photography, used without permission but with great gratitude.

Background photo by Ruby Photography, used without permission but with great gratitude.

Online ticket sales begin Thursday, July 3rd at 9am Halifax time, right here at climbnovascotia.ca

 

Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled.

Boulderfest 2013 Information

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Please read the following information and and we’ll see you at the event this weekend.

PARKING is at OCEAN SPRAY B&B (Rod’s place) in West Dover.  Please try to park at the rotary and carpool.  See https://www.facebook.com/climbnovascotia.


Click here for driving directions from the Esso at the Armdale Rotary in Halifax

Boulderfest Schedule

Day 1

0900h – First boat to Dover
1200h – Last boat to Dover
1800h – Dinner served at sponsor tents
1900h – Doorprizes awarded
2037h – Sunset
2300h – Fireworks!

Day 2
0604h – Sunrise
0800h – Breakfast served at sponsor tent
1200h – First boat back to main land
1500h – Last boat back to main land


In the event of rain, the event may be rescheduled for a day later
 – meaning that boats will leave Sunday morning and return Monday. If CNS decides to reschedule we will notify you via email and on the website and forum at noon on Friday, August 2nd. Please be respectful of Giz and Rod’s efforts and try to arrange a full return boat with a group of climbers prior to Sunday.

Menu on the island will be cheese and spinach filled pasta with sauce options (tomato based and pesto) as well as cheese and meat toppings. a garden salad with dressing options, and a bread roll. Coffee and tea will be served in the morning with fruit and probably pastries. IF YOU CAN’T EAT THIS MENU YOU NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN FOOD.

Please practice Leave No Trace ethics while on the island. This means pack up all your trash, tape and food scraps and take it off the island with you. Please be respectful of plants and wildlife. Stick to existing trails and watch where you pitch your tent (please stick to the main camping area near the beach and try to pitch your tent in areas that have seen use).

cartoon-sleeping-camperHere is a list of items you will need to bring:

  • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and/or tarp & bivy bag
  • 4L of water per person minimum!
  • Eating utensils (plate, bowl, fork, knife, spoon and mug)
  • Lunches & snacks (CNS will provide supper for everyone on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday – all other food is the responsibility of the individual)
  • Head lamp and extra batteries
  • Small first aid kit (bandaids, alcohol wipes, gauze, antibacterial ointment, baby wipes)
  • Camera
  • Solid, sturdy hiking or approach shoes
  • Sweater and other warm clothing (hat, extra socks etc)
  • Swimwear and a towel
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
  • Rainwear (if we all bring it, it won’t rain!)
  • Climbing Gear (shoes, pad, chalk, chalk bag, lucky underwear, magic sending talisman, etc.)

***PLEASE DO NOT BRING GLASS BOTTLES TO DOVER ISLAND***

***YOU MAY BE PHOTOGRAPHED OR VIDEO RECORDED AT THIS EVENT***

***DOGS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON THE BOAT***

***LEAVE NO TRACE***

 

Special Boulderfest Attendee Discount at Nova Shores!

Boulder Fest 2013, Climb NS paddling discount

15% off all NovaShores East Dover Tours

25% if you have 4 or more paddlers.  Must call our direct line to book with discount.

902-852-3875    valid until end of October 2013

E-mail:  gcoltman@hotmail.com

Buy Bfest 2013 tickets here – SOLD OUT

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Boulderfest tickets are available now, while supplies last. SOLD OUT! $55 includes a 1-year membership to Climb Nova Scotia. If you already have a membership we will add a year to your account automatically.

CNS Boulderfest 2013 tickets on sale now! Buy thru paypal today!

CNS Boulderfest 2013 tickets are sold out!

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 3rd & 4th 2013. If it rains, the event might be pushed back a day to Aug 4th & Aug 5th (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. 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.

Boulderfest 2013 tickets on sale next week

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Boulderfest tickets will go on sale online at climbnovascotia.ca next Friday, June 28 at 9am Halifax time.

A limited number of early bird tickets will be available at the Trail Shop in Halifax from Tuesday, June 25. Early bird tickets are all gone!

Get some.

Boulderfest will be August 3-4th 2013, rain date is Aug 4-5th, brought to you by Climb Nova Scotia, The Trail Shop, The North Face, Evolv, and Propeller Brewing Company.

No refunds unless the event is cancelled. No glass bottles. No dogs. No minors without parental accompaniment.

No excuses. Be there.