New Route Development Initiative

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My name is Aric Fishman and I'm looking for support to help me continue my passion in developing the Northwestern Ontario climbing scene and sharing it with others! 
       I live in Thunder Bay, Ontario; it's one of those places that most have heard of, but not many people know just how truly incredible it is for outdoor adventure. I've been a dedicated and well traveled climber for about 15 years now, and when I moved to Tbay from Southern Ontario in 2007, I really had no idea just how much world-class climbing and breathtaking landscapes there was here to enjoy! This place has it all..

    After spending a number of years climbing a vast number of already established routes, I began putting my eyes towards all the un-established walls and lines that were just begging to be climbed. There truly is no way to describe to someone who's never been here just how much untapped trad and sport climbing potential there is. With all the unlimited opportunity for sick new lines, it's also mind-boggling that there's so few people working on route development here. Maybe because it takes a grueling amount of work, dedication, tons of experience to establish quality lines, technical systems knowledge,'s definitely not for everyone, but sure is rewarding!
    This is where I come in, but also need your support. Due to the nature of the rock here, there is quite a bit that goes in to developing a safe route for others to enjoy. Cutting trails, cleaning loose rock from potential routes, scrubbing lichen and dirt off the hand/footholds, establishing safe anchor points, etc. I Love It!! Not only is it extremely time consuming, but it is also very costly. As an example, just to establish a single 2 pitch sport climb on the walls me and my partners have been focusing on costs about $160.
A single bolt+hanger costs $6, and a rappel station (2 bolts + 2 hangers w/rappel rings) costs approx $18. To establish a 1 pitch sport climb requires approx 10-12 bolts+hangers per pitch coupled with safe rappel anchors to get back down.
To establish a traditional climb, it often needs the rappel anchors set up, as well as a ton of sitting in a harness cleaning loose rock and scrubbing holds. 
Some examples of awesome new trad and sport lines I've already established with good friends that you can enjoy include:
Everything Goes Brown - 5.10b - 3 pitches
Praying Mantis - 5.10b - 2 pitches
Birds of Prey - 5.11c - 2 pitches
Cold Feat - 5.10c - 2 pitches
Jammin n Cammin - 5.11c - 2 pitches
Lost Keys - 5.9+ - 2 pitches
Flight of the Frenchies - 5.11c - 1 or 2 pitch 
Lengends of Animikee - 5.11b - 1 pitch
The Portal - 5.12c/d - 1 pitch 
I Lichen It - 5.9 - 1 pitch
Cheeseburger - 5.5 - 1 pitch
Snake Bite - 5.9 - 1 pitch
The Milkman - 5.11c/d - 1 pitch
Back Home - 5.10a - 1 pitch
Spiritually Invested - 5.10d - 1 pitch
Dog and Bone - 5.11b - 1 pitch
Inspiration Station - 5.12a - 2 pitches watch the video

    I absolutely love all that goes in to the discovering, cleaning, establishing, climbing, and then the sharing of new climbs to everyone! With the help of friends, I have already established a bunch of single pitch and mutli-pitch climbs in Thunder Bay and I see no end in sight. 
    I'm a rock and ice climbing guide in Northwestern Ontario (check out 'Outdoor Skills And Thrills '), and with that I seem to dedicate most of my extra cash towards getting people out climbing! I recently made a large purchase to get all new gear for my clients to use, so unfortunately I don't have much extra funds for a while to afford all the additional equipment I need to continue developing lines on a consistent basis.
Your contribution will really help me: 
-Buy an industrial cordless hammer drill so I don't have to keep borrowing from others all the time
-Get a few fresh rock drill bits
-Purchase bolts+hangers as needed
-Purchase rappel anchors as needed
-Get some more specialized gear for the task at hand (static ropes, big wall hammer, pitons, hooks, beaks,etc)   
-Get some better rock cleaning equipment (heavy duty brushes, bigger crowbars/prybars, leather gloves, etc)
-Buy more trail building tools and materials 
-Continue building up the psych and climbing scene in Northwestern Ontario with epic new routes! 

    I think that having a good spread of grades from easy to hard is important for an area for many reasons. Up to now, using my own funds I have focused on putting up climbs 5.10 and up - but with the help of this funding I will be able to focus more on seeking and putting up easier grades at the crags too. Who doesn't enjoy a fun moderate!? Everyone benefits :)
    If you're a climber who enjoys lines that have been cleaned and established by route developers, please consider contributing whatever you can and help us continue putting up sweet lines! If you're not a climber, but an outdoor adventure enthusiast who supports initiatives like this that are aimed at opening up new areas for like-minded people, please also consider lending a helping hand.

Your support and contribution to help me in the development of safe epic new climbs in Northwestern Ontario is truly appreciated, and I'm pretty sure you will enjoy the results! 
Please consider sharing this with your friends and loved ones cause every dollar helps! 
Thanks you so much for checking this out and happy adventuring everyone :) 

Aric Fishman 
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Hard New Sport Route in Thunder Bay!

Thanks to your incredible support, contributions, and continuous help from stoked friends, we now have another new line at Silver Harbour that's really awesome, pretty hard, and sure to be an instant classic in the area! Want to give a special shout out to Andy Noga who spent lots of time cleaning this line while I outfitted it :)

It was hard to name this one because of the infamous route that it's next to (Nasty Girls - 5.11b/c); but now you can also give 'The Milkman - 5.11c/d' a try on the far right end of the cliff! (Just left of 'Snake Bite - 5.9' and 'Nasty Girls - 5.11c/d')

The Milkman - 5.11c/d - 5 bolts + 2 bolt rappel anchor - 13 meters
Take on the bouldery start in a couple different ways to reach the bomber hold and clip the first bolt. Enjoy the next section of awesome holds with fun movement before finding yourself under the roofs and into the business section. Using a pumpy series of crimps and slopers, unlock the tricky sequence to reach a delicate crimp which may not be there forever! Get up above this to clip the last bolt and cruise your way to the top on big fun holds.

It's super fun!!! Enjoy and safe climbing!

As always though - climbing is dangerous and those who pursue it should always be very experienced and knowledgeable. Be very careful and aware, especially on new routes - always wear your helmets!

Check out if you've been looking to get out rock or ice climbing in thunder Bay, I can show you the ropes ;)
Andy.N climbing 'The Milkman 5.11d/12a'
Andy.N climbing 'The Milkman 5.11d/12a'
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Hey hey!
I have been hard at work in the last couple of weeks thanks to everyone's support through my New Route Development Initiative; now there are 3 fun moderate new sport routes in Thunder Bay for everyone to enjoy! They all took a huge amount of rock brushing and block dropping, but they are now good to go and really fun new additions to that part of the crag! Also makes for a really nice way to access the top of the cliff if you want to set up the harder climbs around there on top-rope.
Many climbers have already now been on these new climbs as say they love em and glad there's a new wall to climb at Silver Harbour! But as with any new route, please be cautious and always wear a helmet just in case the climber takes off any stray pebbles or rocks.

You can help me continue the development of awesome new climbs in Thunder Bay by contributing any dollar amount to this new route initiative, or by sharing it with your friends.

Cheeseburger – 5.5, 12m, 4 bolts + rap anchor – start on the ledge and go up and left to the second bolt. Follow the easiest line up and right all the way to the top using steps and ledges along the way, a great beginners lead!
F.A & F.F.A - Aric Fishman & Victoria Wilen

I Lichen It – 5.9, 12m, 4 bolts + rap anchor – grab the really sweet feature with really cool texture and climb it up to the crux moves (trying not to use the right wall for feet), get through it and you’re home free to the top! Shares anchor with Cheeseburger.
F.A - Aric Fishman
F.F.A - Aric Fishman, Andy Noga, Paul Desaulniers

Snake Bite – 5.9, 12m, 4 bolts + rap anchor – solve the start to gain the big holds and then work your way back and forth up the dihedral through fun moves. Enjoy the final sequence at the top heading right after the last bolt and clipping the anchor on your left.
F.A - Aric Fishman
F.F.A - Aric Fishman, Andy Noga, Joseph Anawati
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Thanks to everyone contributing to the 'New Route Development Initiative' so far, yesterday I was able to buy the hammer drill and went straight out to put up a new beginner route at Silver Harbour! Brand new 5.5 sport route that I bolted on lead with my good friend Vic on belay :)
We called it 'Cheeseburger - 5.5' and it's a really wicked beginner climb! F.A & F.F.A: Aric Fishman & Victoria Wilen, June 18, 2015
Buy Drill - Check!
Vic Wilen climbing 'Cheeseburger - 5.5'
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I'm almost speechless at the incredibly generous donations and support I've had on this first day! I feel super grateful and energized and want to give a very special thanks to Ted Gilverson who was my first supporter and donated an awesome $100! Marc-Andre Lacroix who also gave a very generous donation of $100 towards the new route initiative! Dan Puttkemery for an incredible $320 contribution showing his huge amount of stoke and support for the area! Sylvia Tsoukalas is not a climber (yet..) but even still contributed with an incredibly generous donation of $100 recurring monthly! Definitely not overlooked are the very kind and extremely helpful contributions donated by Kendra E, Dayna T, Dayln B, and Mary E :) You're all amazing and thank you from the bottom of my heart because Tbay climbing is going to get another good boost soon!
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Raised by 23 people in 45 months
Created June 11, 2015
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jody bernst
1 month ago

word on the street is; you need a longer crow bar, I hope this helps with the surgery...

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Faye Noga
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Aric and Andy! The 'A' Team!

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Some love from Colorado!

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