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Submitted by: Kevin Shorthouse
Date Added: 29-Dec-2011

Looking to buy used ice climbing boots for womens size 8.5 US.

Please contact me: kevin.shorthouse@gmail.com.

Cheers.
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 22-Dec-2011

Should you rest your rope between falls? http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/journal/climb/qclab/qc-lab-do-ropes-need-to-rest-between-falls?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Submitted by: Andy Williamson
Date Added: 20-Dec-2011

Hi all.
I am in Thunder Bay for the Christmas holidays and looking to get out on some ice.  I am here until January 1st and am looking to pair up with someone interested in climbing.  I have all my own gear and have been climbing ice in the rockies for the past few seasons.  If interested contact me at 622-1410 (leave a msg and I'll get back to you).

Thanks and happy climbing,

Andy
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 16-Dec-2011

Sarah Hueniken is a LU grad. See: http://ht.ly/81RbB
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 16-Dec-2011

No More Icy Fingers: Warm Tips from the Wilderness Medicine Institute: http://findout.rei.com/blog_detail/?contentid=9054985033587196532
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 15-Dec-2011

Things to remember if you play in the mountains: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxDMlAnULWE&feature=youtu.be
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 14-Dec-2011

Thanks to Wes for a great session on the nuances of sharpening ice screws. Remember - if any member has a messed up screw they think is beyond repair, Wes has offered his skill and is up to the challenge of bringing it back to life.
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 12-Dec-2011

Stuck rappel? Sing louder! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9Qg39Fvg1c&feature=youtu.be
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 09-Dec-2011

This just in from Getoutdoor​s.com Outdoor Blog: Watch Cold Tonight! Posted: 08 Dec 2011 06:00 AM PST Attention all armchair mountaineers! Outside Online http://www.outsideonline.com/ is going to show the epic mountaineering video Cold in its entirety tonight at 7 pm Mountain Time. For all you readers out there who don't know that there's a Mountain Time, it's an hour behind Pacific and two hours before Eastern. But I digress... The film has really captured some attention, won a bunch of awards including Grand Prize at Banff, and bagged cimber/filmaker Cory Richards a National Geographic Adventurer of the year nomination. It shows the trials of Richards, Simone Moro and Dennis Urubko as they complete the first winter assent of a gnarly 8000 meter peak in Pakistan called Gasherbrum II. You can catch both the 19-minute film and participate in an internet Q&A with Richards and the other climbers and the other filmmakers following the show. Gotta say this is a cool opportunity that I really, really hope I remember. Check out the trailer before to whet your appetite…let's just say I am whetted… COLD - TRAILER from Forge Motion Pictures on Vimeo. http://vimeo.com/23336972 Thanks to Adventure Blog
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 07-Dec-2011

The human icicle. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2071056/The-human-icicle-Climbers-hang-upside-to-scale-450ft-Canadian-waterfall.html
Submitted by: Wes Bender
Date Added: 07-Dec-2011

Once again this season I am offering my screw sharpening services FREE to club members. Give me a call and we can arrange a time for you to drop them off and pick them up. I have never had to throw out a screw because it was unrecoverable. You think you have one I can't sharpen, bring it on. I am up for the challenge.
627-9583 call before 8pm please.

Wes
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 03-Dec-2011

The future for ice climbing?? (World Cup 2012_Trailer) http://www.theuiaa.org/ice_climbing_2012.html
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 02-Dec-2011

If you aren't already getting the ACC NewsNet weekly email bulletin, you can subscribe here: http://www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/news/newsnet.html
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 02-Dec-2011

If you're looking for a special gift or putting together your climbing bucket list, this might be what you needl: http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/fred-beckeys-100-favorite-north-american-climbs?p=BK570-0-000
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 30-Nov-2011

Some follow-up comments on the "What if" incident in the previous Shout: http://willgadd.com/?cat=1
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 25-Nov-2011

"What if" scenarios are always a good thing to consider when you're out there climbing, especially if you're really "Out There!" So, what if this was you? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ovr55k6evE&feature=player_embedded
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 24-Nov-2011

If you got the "Stay In An Alpine Hut" brochure from the national office, check out the pics at the bottom of the (third last) page titled "Join the Club!" That's yours truly on Gomar Falls and a team on Myopic Adventure (I think) at Lost Falls. Nice to see some local clours on the national scene.
Submitted by: Will Gregorash
Date Added: 18-Nov-2011

Just want to thank everyone who helped me get into climbing this summer-Thanks for taking the time to help me out- Much appreciated- cheers.
Submitted by: Joe Duncan
Date Added: 13-Nov-2011

Hey everyone!

Looking to Buy/borrow ice climbing axes for one week from 18-27 Nov, attending the ice camp in Alberta.

My email address is ; joeyandrita@hotmail.com


Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 07-Nov-2011

I'll be working on the winter events schedule over the next few weeks and will have the final draft done by the end of the month. If you have any creative/wild/innovative ideas for events you'd like to see run this winter, or suggestions, comments or especially "enthusiasm-to-lead-an-event," send me a PM so I can get started. Tnx! Frank fpianka AT hotmail DOT com
Submitted by: Terry Prodanyk
Date Added: 29-Oct-2011

Spooktakular Day!! We got lucky and the sun finally came out to play. Great to see so many costumes. We'll definitely have to make this an annual event. Thanks to Hiedi and John for the "Grab Bags", Frank for the "Gift Bags", and to everyone who helped out with the setting-up of the climbs. It was a beautiful day for our final rock event of the season. See you all on the ICE! Terry 


Submitted by: Terry Prodanyk
Date Added: 29-Oct-2011

Pass Lake is a GO for today.  (Three different weather sites still have 3 different forecast for today and tomorrow!) Looks to basically be clearing in the NW and over the lake. I'll be out there for noon today and hopefully have a few climbs set up by then.  BOO! 
Submitted by: Frederic Giroux
Date Added: 23-Oct-2011

Hey everyone,
I am looking to buy/rent/borrow a canvas wall tent for an Agawa Canyon trip. If anyone has any information, please contact me through email. fgiroux AT lakeheadu DOT ca.
Thanks
Fred
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 18-Oct-2011

Tuesday evening open climbing is now wrapped up for the season - too cold and too dark too soon. Thanks to all the trip leaders who helped manage the sometimes huge turnouts and run things safely, but special thanks to all the section members who made it so much fun to be there. See y'all on the ice!
Submitted by: Jonathan Chester
Date Added: 17-Oct-2011

Here is a great idea for a club event!
Submitted by: Joe Duncan
Date Added: 16-Oct-2011

Looking for; ICE CLIMBING EQUIPMENT

 

1. Two ice axes

2. Ice climbing boots with or without crampons

Email me at; joeyandrita@hotmail.com


Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 15-Oct-2011

LOST FALLS CLIMB/GPS: Meet at Robins, Hwy 61 & Riverdale Rd. at 10 am. We will do GPS/LN stuff in the morning and work toward the Lost Falls parking spot in the early afternoon. If it's warm enough and the W wind isn't too bad then, climbers may be able to get in to Lost Falls crag for some climbing. Info: Frank, 577-7950.
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 14-Oct-2011

A reminder to all that the Reel Rock Film fest is on tomorrow night, Saturday, October 15, at the Finlandia club, 7 pm. Tickets from The Wilderness Supply Store or at the door. $15.
Submitted by: Heidi Zettel
Date Added: 05-Oct-2011

Just a shout out about the newly updated Spooktacular Rock Climbing event out at Pass Lake as a season ender (Oct 29 on the events schedule).  It's going to be a crazy costume themed bonanza people so come on out.  Fingers crossed for beauty weather, and bomber prizes for anyone who can "one up" whatever Frank's costume will be this year (no pressure Frank :P) Super stoked to see everyone there to wrap up the ACC rock season with a bang.
Submitted by: Wes Bender
Date Added: 02-Oct-2011

Kama Bay area was hit by a fairly substantial rain event in the last Month. 2 rivers I fish east of Kama Bay were up more than a foot from the beginning of Sept. Probably not enough to saturate the ground, but it is a good start. Powerline fall is normally a trickle this time of year. It was a full on waterfall today. Not sure on the water situation in OB yet.
Think cold thoughts. Might be time for PLICE.

Wes
Submitted by: Terry Prodanyk
Date Added: 25-Sep-2011

Shovel Point Pilgrimage: Awesome Day south of the border! Ten of us enjoyed a perfect, sunny day at Shovel Point on the Minnesota North Shore. Conditions couldn't have been better. Holy anchors Batman!! Tettegauche Park really knows how to welcome and appreciate its climbers. The anchors at the tops of many of the popular routes have massive bolts and hangers that must have a 1000kN rating. Great for setting up bomber anchors. Special thanks to Frank for suggesting this alternate site and helping to lead this event, and to everyone who helped with the gear and making this a memorable first time at Shovel Point for all of us. 
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 25-Sep-2011

ROCKTOBERFEST! - Next Saturday, October 1st - Check the Events Calendar for details and be sure to sign up if you're coming.
Submitted by: Joe Duncan
Date Added: 22-Sep-2011

My bike tour video from the spring time in europe-check it out!   PART 1 http://youtu.be/g68OdzhyTcc

 PART 2 http://youtu.be/6JATPnyOVg0.  If anyone needs a ride to the U.S for Sundays climb email me at

joeyandrita@hotmail.com


Submitted by: oman norquay
Date Added: 22-Sep-2011

"I'll do this one" at the power line is much harder now that a hold broke off 1/3rd up.
Submitted by: oman norquay
Date Added: 22-Sep-2011

Spent last weekend climbing and camping at Orient Bay. Definitely prime time for that place, no bugs dry climbs and great weather. Sorry to hear about the injury Shaun I've got your draws. A Replacement fixed line up to survival streak would be nice, it's about 10m. Fire in me eye has a new lower bolt. Campsite was a bit of a mess with old ropes and tarps but still has enough fire wood for a couple of nights. I found a headlamp and insulated jacket email me if u think it's yours. Omannorquay@gmail.com. Enjoy
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 20-Sep-2011

Climbing at the Bluffs is cancelled for this evening - just ahead of the wall of water coming at us over the next few hours: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/maps/caon0688?ref=rlink_weather_satrad Terry will send out a text message to the usual suspects.
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 18-Sep-2011

We managed to run the beginner's rock at the Scenic Bluffs between light sprinkles today and with an eye on the weather radar, we pulled out just in time. First time climbers (with awesome potential) got a good taste of what it's all about, a group got a lot of rappel practice and our newer volunteer leaders practised anchor set-up. Thanks to all for helping out. See you on Tuesday!
Submitted by: Terry Prodanyk
Date Added: 12-Sep-2011

Mt.Helen Trip. Beautiful day yesterday! Little warm but better than too cold. Thanks too all who attended and made it a great, safe, memorable event and extra thanks to Jeff and Monica for helping out with the multi-pitch belay stations. Keep those eager climbers moving! I'll post some pictures in the next few days.
Submitted by: Joe Duncan
Date Added: 09-Sep-2011

If you require a ride to Silver Bay for 10am Saturday rock climb send me an email ; joeyandrita@hotmail.com
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 02-Sep-2011

This just in from Mila . . . Hey Guys, Just wanted to let you know that we have booked the Sixth Annual Reel Rock Film Fest for October 15th to happen at the Finlandia Club again starting at 7 p.m. Tickets will be on sale soon. If you could pass on this info on to all your members and trip leaders it would be much appreciated. Thanks again. Logan & Mila -- Wilderness Supply Thunder Bay 244 Pearl St, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 1E4 807.684.9555 (tel) 807.344.9457 (fax) www.WildernessSupply.ca
Submitted by: Shaun Bos
Date Added: 01-Sep-2011

Was out at Orient Bay this week and had a bit of an injury on Captain Chronic Tokes Again (first sport climb on Da Projects wall) which is now marked by a pool of blood at its base and had to bail and leave 4 or 5 quickdraws on the route. I don't know the next chance I'll be able to get out there because I'm going out of town for the weekend, so if anyone happens to be out there and sees quickdraws on the climb, if you could snatch them up for me and let me know I would be extremely grateful. Thanks, Shaun
Submitted by: Adria Hussain
Date Added: 29-Aug-2011

Just moved to town and don't have a car but I'd like to join the Tuesday night Bluff sessions. I could chip in for gas/beer and I'd be extremely grateful if anyone could give me a ride from town. I live near LU but could meet you somewhere on my bike.
Thanks,
Adria: 778-839-0642 (BC number, text me and I can call you back)
I am also looking for climbing partners for weekend/evenings or the LU gym.
Submitted by: Terry Prodanyk
Date Added: 28-Aug-2011

Sport route at Outward Bound: Anybody know anything about this route for sure?? Name/Rating? When it was put up? By who? Is is actually done / or still a project? I think it's missing a bolt in the top section still and proper sport anchors were never put on the top. I also suspect a piece broke off below the 2nd last hanger making it essentially useless in it's current position. Get back to me at terryprodanyk@hotmail if you know something for sure. Thx.
   
Submitted by: Nick Buda
Date Added: 20-Aug-2011

Been to Pass Lake recently? Did you get home and notice a cam missing from your pack? Found one that looked as if it had been dropped from a pack at the end of the day on top of the crag above the Go Joe area. Phone me with a description 627-2349 and it's yours. Be nice to see this relatively new and expensive cam returned to it's rightful owner!
Submitted by: Bradley Kulbaba
Date Added: 19-Aug-2011

New climber with personal gear, rope, looking for partner / group for weekend climbing. Willing to drive. Cell (204) 333-9039.
Submitted by: Brian Bottan
Date Added: 17-Aug-2011

A BIG thanks to all those who helped setup, take down, carry the gear in/out, belayed, and watched over eachother last night.  It was an awesome evening and well deserved after that past few rainy Tuesdays.  A change of location put many to the test and lots left with new projects to work on.  Good job everyone...see you all next week!
Submitted by: Eric Tallon
Date Added: 17-Aug-2011

 

I was out at Silver and I broke Blockbuster.  That nice little nub that everyone used to climb onto the block is now sadly gone. It will be missed, let us take a moment and remember the good times.


Submitted by: Jenn Chikoski
Date Added: 14-Aug-2011

CALL FOR NEWSLETTER ITEMS...we haven't had an issue of Outcrops for a while and with all the new members over the last few months and a great rock season, I'm working on a fall newsletter. If you're not familiar with Outcrops, take a look at past issues and see what's its all about. If you have anything you would like to share with others: pictures, trip stories, articles, your favourite climbing event, etc. or anything you would included in the fall issue please send them to me via the Contact Us tab, or to jmchikoski@yahoo.com by Sat. Sept 3. Please pass this message on to other members. Thanks! Jenn Chikoski, Newsletter Editor
Submitted by: Rob Pilaczynski
Date Added: 11-Aug-2011

I am driving up to Thunder Bay from Duluth, MN for a week and a half, and am looking to climb just about every day.  If anyone is looking for a partner from 8/15-8/24, give me a call at : 1-651-261-0667

I am looking to lead or follow anything and everything up to 5.12 trad and 5.13 sport.   This will be my first time (rock) climbing in the area, so I\\\'d love to climb your favorite climb!

-Rob
Submitted by: Wes Bender
Date Added: 07-Aug-2011

Abandoned Gear!
If you left some of your gear behind at the bluffs, call me with what it is you left behind and you can have it back.

Wes
627-9583
Submitted by: Terry Prodanyk
Date Added: 06-Aug-2011

U.S. Adventure Day! Four of us enjoyed a good day at Carlton Peak near Tofte, MN today.  Very interesting rock there; anorthosite - similar to Mt.Helen in texture.  After checking-in with the local park authorities we made our way up to the base of climb area through the old 3M mine roads. Definitely need a 4WD to get in there! Unfortunately it was cloudy and hazy today, which impaired the amazing panoramic view of the north shore, but it was a great experience and we all can't wait to go back. Maybe we'll plan a fall visit there again and more members will be able to attend. Thanks to Will, Jared & Monica for helping with the gear and making this a memorable day.
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 05-Aug-2011

Four of us section members and a crew of six from Imaginarium Studios worked under the hot sun this morning to film the rock climbing part of a commercial they are preparing for the city of Thunder Bay to promote our city's (silent sport) recreational opportunities. The film crew hauled in a lot of gear and were pretty happy with the results obtained at the Bluffs, the city's climbing cornerstone. Terry and I rigged and supervised while the much more photogenic (and fit) Monica and Will did no less than 500 laps of the same climb. Tough life, that acting! Thanks to all for a great day.
Submitted by: Brian Bottan
Date Added: 02-Aug-2011

Tuesday night climbing cancelled today.  With all the rain and lack of sun to dry things up we unfortunately have to cancel this evenings event.  See you all next week. 
Submitted by: Wes Bender
Date Added: 02-Aug-2011

Shawn,
The bolts are the only anchor. They look pretty new so they should be good. Give them a look over before trusting them. The "leap" is about the only way to have a decent anchor for that climb. Clip a teather into the 1 remain bolts on main land, then giver. If you come up short or over shoot, you won't deck, just slam into the wall a tad. That bolt is good. It has been inspected and re-torqued. The other was bad so it was removed.

On another note, it appears we have a Hanger thief amongst us. Several of the new hangers in the Powerline Corridor have been pilfered. Hangers are $2 dude, buy your own. you are not stealing from any one person, your stealing from us all. Those bolts weren't someones personal project, they were TR anchors installed for the entire community.

Everyone, lets keep an eye out for the people removing bolts hangers from any area. Either let them know they are doing something wrong, or let me know, and I will be sure to let them know. These anchors are placed there for us all to utilize. Making setup easier and safer since a lot of the anchor trees are getting blown over.

Wes
Submitted by: Shaun Bos
Date Added: 24-Jul-2011

Was out at Bluffs today and was looking to hop on Flying Dutchman. Was wondering how people generally set it up on top rope. Do you have to make the leap over to the rock and then use the bolts? Or is there a maybe not-so-risky way to do it? Any help would be great as I really wanna start working Dutchman and Sick and Afflicted. Thanks, Shaun
Submitted by: Terry Prodanyk
Date Added: 23-Jul-2011

Six of us enjoyed a break in the hot, sunny weather today at Lost Falls; until the rain started around 1:30.  We were all out-climbed by a baby mouse that free-soloed up Green Lantern...and then a bird swooped in and almost had a quick lunch. Luckily we're all higher on the food chain. Thanks to everyone that showed up and helped make the day a great (uneventful!) success.
 
Submitted by: Brian Bottan
Date Added: 18-Jul-2011

Members interested in learning how to setup top ropes please try to show up early for Tuesday night climbing and we'll do our best to explain the do's and don'ts. 
Submitted by: kyle brooks
Date Added: 15-Jul-2011

found a guide book at pass lake call me if you lost one. 622 0407 kyle brooks
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 14-Jul-2011

What? Another recall from the giant - Petzl? Chinese knock-offs, Gri-Gri 2, now this? Probably of little concern to most of us, but if  you had plans for a trip to the Dolomites to try one of the classic Via Ferrata routes . . .

http://news.consumerreports.org/safety/2011/07/climbing-lanyard-harness-recalled-flawed-stitching-fall-hazard.html
Submitted by: Terry Prodanyk
Date Added: 09-Jul-2011

Lost Falls CANCELED: With all the rain we had on Saturday, we've decided to cancel the event for Sunday. The climbs will still be too wet without any sun on Saturday evening. The event will be rescheduled for Saturday, July 23 in place of the Orient Bay event which is also being canceled/rescheduled (...to the fall events?) at this time.

Anyone interested in joining a group of us heading out to SILVER HARBOUR on Sunday instead is welcome to join anytime after 11am. Hopefully the south facing climbs will dry out by then and the temps won't be as high as forecast near the lake. This is NOT an official Club event. Please bring any of your own gear you wish to use. I'll be available if anyone has any questions about the crag or setting up any climbs.       
Submitted by: Terry Prodanyk
Date Added: 09-Jul-2011

Lost Falls Sunday: If the weather cooperates we'll meet at the Robin's on Hwy61/Riverdale Rd at 10am instead of the Tim's on Arthur. Any questions...terryprodanyk@hotmail.com
Submitted by: Joan Robinson
Date Added: 06-Jul-2011

That's my black hoodie :)

 

Thanks!

Joan Robinson


Submitted by: Brian Bottan
Date Added: 05-Jul-2011

Yet another awesome Tuesday night of climbing.  If you lost a black hoodie with the brand name "climawear" we have it in the gear bag.  You can claim it next Tuesday night.  See you then.
Submitted by: oman norquay
Date Added: 30-Jun-2011

Lost earring at lost falls today. It's silver with turquoise ring in it, no more than a cm across. Bring boots for muddy approach and prepare yourself for an epic bug attack. Danebat wet before crux made for a real struggle. Happy climbing, Oman
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 30-Jun-2011

Three Intermediate level rock climbing events have been added to the summer schedule. "Intermediate" means you have all your own basic gear (harness, helmet, belay/rappel) and self-sufficiency skills (belay, rappel). You can build your SS (self-sufficiency) EXPERIENCE by using the OPPORTUNITY to pick the relevant KNOWLEDGE from the volunteer leaders willing to coach you  at the Tuesday evening open climbs which will run all summer. E=K+O.
Submitted by: Joan Robinson
Date Added: 29-Jun-2011

Looking to get out and do more rock climbing..is there any one that is open to having me come along? I am a beginner. Thanks Joan
Submitted by: Brian Bottan
Date Added: 29-Jun-2011

Awesome turn out again last night for Tuesday night climbing.  We've decided to mix it up a bit with in addition to climbing we are providing rappel instruction as well as anchor and knot tying demo's.  Remember we are continuing Tuesday night climbing throughout the summer so we hope to see you out over the coming months.
Submitted by: Shaun Bos
Date Added: 26-Jun-2011

Hi, There Gearswap page won't seem to let me post, so I'll say it in here. If anyone has some Trad gear that they are willing to part with (mostly nuts/cams up to #3) I am very interested in investing in some. Also, I found a very interesting climb out at Silver Harbour that doesn't look like it's been attempted due to the fact that its still pretty dirty, but I went up top and found nearly nothing I could set top anchors to, without 10 meters of webbing that is, but a good place for some top bolts. If someone could give me a tutorial on doing bolts, it would be much appreciated. I'm getting antsy waiting to try this new route! My email is: sbos@lakeheadu.ca Cheers, Shaun.
Submitted by: Terry Prodanyk
Date Added: 22-Jun-2011

GriGri 2 RECALL
http://www.petzl.com/us/outdoor/us/recall-replacement-grigri-2
Excessive force on the release handle can cause it to jam open and cause internal damage to the GriGri2.
Check your serial number!
Submitted by: Brian Bottan
Date Added: 22-Jun-2011

Tuesday night climbing WILL continue throughout the summer months...pass the word along.  The events calendar has been updated.  Thank you to everyone who helped setup/take down the climbs last night and pack the gear in and out.  See you all next week. 
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 21-Jun-2011

While slathering on OFF before committing to the Lost Falls trail for Project Peregrine, I thought it would be an idea to dig up a reference to a subject that comes up every bug season - DEET and climbing ropes. See: http://rockclimbingrope.blogspot.com/2010/08/rock-climbing-ropes-and-deet.html
Submitted by: Brian Bottan
Date Added: 14-Jun-2011

Oh what a night!  Tuesday night climbing has really taken off this season with over 30 climbers coming out tonight.  I would like to welcome the new members to our section who saw first hand the energy in the air on Tuesday nights.  So to everyone... keep coming out, have fun, continue to build your skills and network with other climbers for weekend events or a cold refreshing pint .  Safe climbing everyone...and we'll see you all next week.
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 12-Jun-2011

Eight of us enjoyed a sunny day at Claghorn on Sunday. The noise of our arrival spooked a small black bear from the camping area next to the parking spot, but that was the only 'bar what we saw all day. Good thang! It was the first time to Claghorn for all but three of us so it was fun seeing the crag through their eyes Between cramking some hard moves and lazing in the sun, the team was "toast" by about 4 pm, except for a few hardy boys that went to Silver Harbour afterwards for more. Great time!!
Submitted by: Brian Bottan
Date Added: 07-Jun-2011

Not sure if climbing will go tonight as a result of the heavy rains today but I'll be there just in case things dry up enough.


Submitted by: Terry Prodanyk
Date Added: 06-Jun-2011

Lost Falls: Intermediate Climb

Six of us did a good job of feeding the mosquitoes, black flies and ticks yesterday. In between that, we enjoyed the beautiful weather and did some good climbs.

When we first got in there, some other keen climbers had already beat us to the main wall. That was ok since we all opted to hike to the top anyway and enjoyed the view for a while as our bodies converted some fat stores into more energy. We set up a couple climbs on the east face to start and the challenging corner arete climb on the SW corner.

After donating enough blood and flesh to the local bug population we opted to clear out of there before supper.  


Submitted by: Eric Tallon
Date Added: 02-Jun-2011

This is for everyone that is enjoying the forgotten season. BUG SEASON  :)

The black flies, the little black flies.

Always the black fly no matter where you go!

I'll die witt the black fly picking my bones

in North Ontario.

It was black fly, black fly everywhere

crawling in your whiskers, crawling in your hair

swimming in the soup, swimming in you tea,

oh the devil take the black fly and let me be.

The black flies, the little black flies.

Always the black fly no matter where you go!

I'll die with the black fly picking my bones

in North Ontario.

 


Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 31-May-2011

Tuesday Night Open Climbing for May 31 is back ON.
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 30-May-2011

Seven of us enjoyed a cool day beneath dark clouds on the routes of Mt. Helen on Sunday because we were rained out on Saturday. It appeared that the area had not seen much traffic lately because the trails and routes were not as clean as they have been. Oman Norquay brought his ACMG guiding acumen to the challenge of coaching for multi-pitch rock climbing . . . and everyone "passed!" (Oman liked that joke.) There's a good core of climbers now familiar with the routes there so the area should see some more traffic. It's a terrific spot. Thanks to everyone for a safe, fun day.
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 28-May-2011

There have been some recent (end of May) reports of "ticks" in the area. People hiking in the Crescent Lake and Lost Falls areas have found ticks on them afterwards so be sure to cover up any exposed skin around the ankles especially and do a complete body check (focus on waist line, neck, hair, groin area, pits) when you get home. It may also be a good idea to leave your pack outside until you have checked it thoroughly for hitchhiking ticks. The difference between wood ticks and deer ticks (potential carriers of Lyme disease) can be seen here: http://www.oes.org/html/how_2_identify_different_ticks.html Tick removal guidelines here: http://www.anapsid.org/lyme/removingticks.html
Submitted by: Terry Prodanyk
Date Added: 18-May-2011

CAMP Carabiner RECALL

See the following links:
http://www.camp-usa.com/inspection-notices/2011/CPSC%20Press%20Release%20-%20Photon%20Carabiners.pdf
http://www.rockclimbing.com/News/Manufacturers_and_Gear/CAMP_USA_Recall_1290.html
Submitted by: Eric Tallon
Date Added: 11-May-2011

Anyone looking to get out and climb more often or in need of a climbing partner, feel free to give me a call. 

I will climb pretty much anywhere and try pretty much anything.  Top Rope,

Trad and Sport.  I have all my own equipment.  Just looking to get out and climb as much as I can

Cell: 708-7316

Eric


Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 08-May-2011

Security Alert for Silver Harbour - The weekend of May 1, an LU student briefly left her pack unattended by the side of the road near the Silver Harbour crag. When she returned, it had been "scooped," possibly by one of the three occupants of what may have been a green Ford Focus which was seen driving slowly through the parking lot earlier. Her losses included an expensive Nikon camera. The incident was reported to police and serial numbers were given to various pawn shops. If you're going to Silver Harbour, stay alert to the possibility that this area may be "shopped" again by thieves.
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 07-May-2011

Thanks to everyone that showed up for the annual Scenic Bluffs spring cleanup on Saturday, May 7. We hauled away about 55kg of archeologically insignificant stuff that constantly reminded us that there are still some pre-human lifeforms that frequent this area. There were quite a few new blow-downs along the trail both top and bottom and the area was still pretty wet, so be careful near the cliff edge if you're out there!
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 26-Apr-2011

The Spring events schedule is now posted - thanks to all who provided feedback on the initial drafts. Please feel free to give me a call if you have any ideas about our current or future events schedule. Tuesday Night Open Climbing at the Scenic Bluffs will start on May 10th and will run from about 4:30 until just before dark. Please remember, you must be a member and have signed the waiver to participate. Climb on! Frank Pianka 577-7950 fpianka@hotmail.com
Submitted by: Wes Bender
Date Added: 15-Apr-2011

The new schedule will be posted next week. All the events will appear in Yellow on the calendar above. There are no events in the NEW calendar module as of yet so that is why you can't access them.
Wes
Submitted by: Eric Tallon
Date Added: 15-Apr-2011

Is there anything scheduled coming up? I don't seem to be able to access the calander.

Side note -  Been to the bluffs a few times this season allready, sure feels nice to get out.


Submitted by: Matt Houston
Date Added: 08-Apr-2011

A couple weeks ago myself, Dylan S. and Katelyn P. got an early start to the rock climbing season by heading south to the Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Arkansas! It's about a 17hr drive, for year round sport, bouldering and trad. Classic routes are available from well bolted 5.6 to 5.14s, perfect cracks and endless bouldering. You have over 300 routes to choose from, all within walking distance from your campsite. It costs $5 a day to climb and $5 a night to camp. There's no crazy multipitch climbing, but if you're looking for the cheapest warm enough place to climb in the winter, I highly recommend checking it out! Thought I'd share a short video that we made of our trip (props to Dylan for doing all the editing!). Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UatEqydplI


Submitted by: Bryce Brown
Date Added: 04-Apr-2011

Still lots of ice out there folks! And some of us even managed to climb it this weekend. But Nick just went to the home and garden show with his wife!
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 29-Mar-2011

Be sure to check out the New Routes - Ice to see what prolific Paul has been up to this spring! How do you spell adventure? B-E-R-G-E-R.
Submitted by: Wes Bender
Date Added: 22-Mar-2011

THIS IS A MUST READ

Watch THIS video posted on Will Gadd's blog. Try and pick out the many issues leading up to the result. Then read everything Will has written and see if your thoughts differ from his. This entire scenario could have been avoided. This is a very hard lesson a lot of people have to learn. I too have noticed the switch in thinking when it comes to people’s perception of ice climbing. Not sure when it happened but the attitude I see now days, wherever I go, is “Get After it” rather than “Learn how”. I suppose that has something to do with the “I want it now.” society we are starting to become. It really makes me shake my head.  Anyway, I hope this video and Will's words can bring a few people back from the dark side.

Wes
Submitted by: Jason Dayman
Date Added: 12-Mar-2011

I'm looking for someone to split on driving and gas in my car for a trip to the red in Kentucky. I'm planning on leaving on March 28 and returning for April 7. One more would be returning with us on the way back so gas would be even cheaper and it's only $2/night for camping. I know it's a long shot but if anyone's interested give me a call. Jason 807-472-7444
Submitted by: Wes Bender
Date Added: 03-Mar-2011

I am finished with the site update. If anyone finds anything not working please send me an email via the contact page or send me a message via the Message Centre. So far it looks like I have squashed all the bugs. Now that I've said that a whole new batch of caos is going to show up. I hope you enjoy the new look.

Wes
Submitted by: Wes Bender
Date Added: 02-Mar-2011

I am still working on the upgrade so there may still be some apps not working or pages not found. Stay tuned

Wes
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 27-Feb-2011

If you left some gear behind at the top between Tempest and Pause for a Whisper at OB, give me a description including metallurgical composition and serial numbers (lol) and you will be reunited with your gear.
Submitted by: Wes Bender
Date Added: 28-Jan-2011

Here is the interview that Frank and I did with Amy Hadley of CBC radio.

http://www.cbc.ca/video/news/audioplayer.html?clipid=1756768870


Submitted by: Wes Bender
Date Added: 20-Jan-2011

Tune into CBC Radio 88.3 FM (Thunder Bay), 98.7 FM (Kenora), 90.5 (Fort Frances), 690 AM (Ignace) at 8:15 AM 21-Jan-2011 to hear Amy Hadley interview Frank and myself as we haul her up ice Stud.
http://www.cbc.ca/video/radio-popup.html#/networkKey=cbc_radio_one&programKey=thunderbay
Submitted by: Terry Milne
Date Added: 20-Jan-2011

Thanks everyone! Yes those are the new quarks, I love them. They are super light and have been working super well for me.
Submitted by: Brian Bottan
Date Added: 19-Jan-2011

Terry...great job on the video.   Thanks to all three of you for the post.  The helmet cam caught some really neat perspectives.  Were those the new Quarks in the video?  If so, how are they? 
Submitted by: Joey Miller
Date Added: 19-Jan-2011

My roommate Terry Milne made the video he deserves all the credit!
Submitted by: Frank Pianka
Date Added: 19-Jan-2011

In case Joey misses it in the messages area:

Hey Joey,

VERY nice job on the Lost Falls video! I'm pretty sure that's a first for the club's condition reports page. Looks like you've raised the bar for everyone. Keep it up!!

Frank Pianka
ACC Thunder Bay section rep
Submitted by: Joey Miller
Date Added: 18-Jan-2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hevf3v49LeY

Great video of Lost Falls Ice Climb in current conditions!
Submitted by: Brian Bottan
Date Added: 09-Jan-2011

Blast of a beginners clinic.  Two thumbs up to those that believed and trusted that the sun would shine on us today for the first beginners clinic of the season.  What a great day of climbing.  Thanks to those that helped hump in the gear and carry it back out.  Its always a treat to see how quickly participants take to ice climbing, learn to trust the gear and surprise even themselves by the end of the day.  Maybe next time the temps will better and the ice a bit softer.  Remember, "Pub Night" this Tuesday at Tony and Adams.  Should be fun.
Submitted by: Bryce Brown
Date Added: 03-Jan-2011

We managed to lose a screw somewhere on Alpine Outing new years eve- good karma and beer for its return! Contact me and I will describe it for you. Thanks! brycebrown99@gmail.com
Submitted by: Wes Bender
Date Added: 02-Jan-2011

I have fixed the issue with the Shout Box database. Happy New Year everyone. I hope 2011 is a fun and safe climbing year for all.

Wes

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