|Skaha Bluffs Access Closure, BC|
Skaha Bluffs are a very popular group of crags near Penticton in southern B.C. (www.skaha.org). For many years, climbers have depended on the kindness of the Dunlop family, owner of Braesyde Farms, for the only access to Skaha. Braesyde is being sold in April 2007.
Parking at Braesyde, and access to Skaha from there, is now closed. All possible alternatives for parking and access involve acquisition or at least use of private land. Considerable money is likely to be needed to implement any alternative.
Skaha rockclimbers are working hard on finding a solution, with the effort being led by The Land Conservancy of B.C. (TLC - www.conservancy.bc.ca), and support from Mountain Equipment Co-op (www.mec.ca), the Climbers Access Society of B.C. (CASBC - www.access-society.ca), and others. A task force including climbers, representatives from the city and the province, TLC, and other interested parties has been formed.
It is hoped that there will be at least a short-term solution for spring 2007, although a permanent solution may take longer.
In the meantime, keep informed, and pass the news on to your friends. Be patient - it's possible that a solution won't quite be in place by the start of the spring climbing season. When or if there's a need to write letters and e-mails, make phone calls, or attend meetings, it'll be publicized at www.skahabluffs.blog.com
See www.skahabluffs.blog.com for full information and updates.