Sea to Sky Route Development Fund

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Raised by 182 people in 16 months
Fellow climber,

Have you ever climbed at the Commonweatlh in Murrin Park? How about sport climbed at the Playground, or Fern Hill or even climbed the classic multipitch Sunset Strip on the Chief. These are merely a few examples of new routes and crags that have been created in the last few years. To keep that progress going I am establishing a Gofundme account to help offset the cost of hardware that is borne by the route developer in the Sea to Sky corridor. Over the last number of years over 500 pitches have been established in the Sea to Sky corridor. From independent new lines to entirely new crags, thousands of hours have been put in by the route developer to create these routes. This involves trail work, cleaning the route and adding bolts and anchors if necessary. While the hours put in only cost time and energy, the cost of hardware is straight out of one's pocket. Currently, a bolt and hanger cost around $3.50, that's if purchased in bulk. Anchors, can range from $15 to $25 depending on the setup. Therefore a 10 bolt sport pitch can be at least $50. Not to mention the $1000 cordless hammer drill needed to install the bolts. Over the years the climbing public has asked route developers how they can help and the best way is with the almighty dollar! So it's time to ask the climbing community to chip in and help fund the routes they enjoy.

The objective of this fund is to raise up to $3500 to offset the purchase of bolts,hangers and anchors for ongoing development of routes and entire crags that span the entire grade spectrum from 5.6 to 5.13, trad and sport.  1000 bolts have already been purchased and we would like to buy 1000 hangers as well as anchors. 

The route developers that would intially access the fund have put up crags within a broad range of grades and styles such as: Commonwealth, Playground, Cat Lake, Neverland, Sanctuary, Courtyard, Paradise,
Sanitarium, Garden of Gethsemane, Fern Hill,Trestle, Pilot's Lounge, Forgotten Wall,Valley of Lost Tribes, Altamont, Quercus,Down among the Cedars, Rainbows and Unicorns,Top Shelf, Longhouse, New Delhi Cliff as well as routes on the Chief like Sunset Strip and Long Time No See, plus numerous other independant lines scattered throughought the corridor. There also new crags and routes being developed right now.  The people behind these new lines are: Tess Egan, Jack Fieldhouse, Jason Green, Eric Hughes, Colin Moorhead, Rob Richard, Jason Robertson, Chris Singer, Chris Small, Stu Smith, Harry Young, Kris Wild, Peter Winter, amongst others. 

As new routes are developed and ready to be climbed we will provide the info here. 

Any donation is appreciated and comments or suggestions to improve this fund are welcome. 
With your support the development will continue which means more routes and crags, covering a full range of grades and styles, for you to enjoy. 

To satisfy the GoFundMe terms of service I have to provide the following information:

GoFundMe is not "free"as indicated on their site, they do take a percentage of your donation.

Me: I am a Squamish resident and have been climbing for 30+ years. I started developing routes around 2000.

Beneficiaries of the fund will be any route developer in the Sea to Sky that has already established at least 5 pitches on their own dime. Those who have not can purchase the hardware at cost. The developers mentioned are not an exclusive list. I am friends with most of them.

As previously mentioned the funds will be used for the purchase of hardware: bolts, hangers, anchor materials (chain, quick links). As already shown on this page, the materials are already being purchased by me,and receipts posted to the site I will use the money to reimburse myself. Unused money will be left in a bank account for further orders. The longer term plan is to move the money into a proper organization that can deal directly with route development.
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New sport route at Fern Hill:
Tall is Awesome 12b
FA: P.Winter
Far left end of cliff between Who's Next and Story of My Life. Big reach to start the first boulder problem. No hands rest to the piece de resistance: a fall away dead point to a good hold and one more tough move. Grade will be harder if your under 6'2 as you'll have to dyno.
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Update on hardware purchased so far:
3500 bolts @ $4000
2400 hangers @ $6500
Chain, mallions,fixe anchors @ $1500
Receipts available upon request.
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From Chris Small:
Today I am proud to release the topo for my new trad crag Splitzville near Murrin Park. To give some perspective of the time and labour involved to create this cliff I have enclosed some pre and post development photos. My time investment to develop this new area: 900 hrs over the last year and a half with another portion still to come. On average I spent a minimum 40 hours on scrubbing, arboriculture, excavating, trundling, anchor setting etc. per trad pitch and I, compared to others, have some highly specialized tools and techniques to help expedite the process. And while the glory tends to be in the higher grade routes, the lower grade moderates which many more people climb actually require way more time and repetitive, often dangerous, labour to create. With this said, I thank all of you who have contributed to the Sea to Sky Route Development Fund and hope you continue to support us in the future. Also if you particularly enjoyed a recently developed new route (from 2017 to present) consider nominating that route or crag for a Golden Scrub Brush award. It communicates your appreciation and helps feed a route developers stoke and motivation to create more routes. "

Here is the link for the topo!!
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New Multipitch in Chek.
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