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Main Face Clean and Climb – June 21-22 2014

Climb Nova Scotia will be holding a Clean and Climb event at Main Face on the Summer Solstice weekend.  We have rented the cabin from 10:30am Saturday, June 21st to Sunday, June 22nd and we want YOU to come on out and lend a hand.

RSVP to climbnovascotia@gmail.com if you are planning on attending so we have an idea how many folks will be there. Come for an afternoon or bring a tent and stay the whole weekend. CNS will rig fixed lines for scrubbing and have limited brushes and personal protective gear available (so please bring your own work gloves, wire brushes, eye protection, and helmets if you have them).


With your help, some Main Face line could get cleaned and climbed! (Photo by Roger Fage, used without permission from https://sponsormeow.wordpress.com - Gavin on 3D at Columbus Wall)

With your help, one of Main Face’s forgotten gems could get cleaned and climbed! (Photo by Roger Fage, used without permission – Gavin on 3D at Columbus Wall)

Like many other rope climbing areas in Nova Scotia, Main Face ‘s classic lines see enough traffic to keep them clean, while other routes need a helping hand every few years. Come discover your new favorite route and tidy it up so other folks will climb it and keep it clean. Crusty trad climber volunteers will be on hand to help you navigate the cliff. Many hands make light work, so the more the merrier. There might even be time for climbing our freshly cleaned lines afterward!


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Climb Nova Scotia 2014 Annual General Meeting

Climb Nova Scotia will hold its 2014 Annual General Meeting tomorrow, Wednesday May 28 at 7pm at the Trail Shop in Halifax on Quinpool Road. Come on out and hear what we accomplished in the last fiscal year and our upcoming plans. Attendees can also meet the candidates for the 2014/2015 executive and elect the new board. Following the AGM agenda, the Trail Shop is offering one hour of tax free shopping to CNS members in attendance for the meeting!


Please note that the AGM is open to CNS members only. If you wish to attend but are not currently a member, please click here to purchase a membership now.

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CNS wants YOU (to take a position on the executive)!

Do you have a vision for the future of climbing in Nova Scotia? Are you motivated to get other people active in the sport you love? Do you need to pad your resume with volunteer experience so you can get into a graduate program or maybe even get a job after university? Look no further!

CNS is accepting nominations for all executive positions for elections at the annual general meeting on Wednesday May 28 2014. If you are considering a place on the ballot, you must be nominated (or nominate yourself) by emailing climbnovascotia@gmail.com. We need people to run for Access Chair, Secretary, and Membership Coordintor as the incumbents are not running for re-election!

A typical CNS executive meeting

A typical CNS executive meeting

Please include your name, the position you are interested in, and a short summary (300 word maximum) of your qualifications and why you want to sit on the board. Nominations will not be accepted after 17 April 2014.

Positions and descriptions are as follows:

  • President – Ensure alignment of CNS activities with organizational goals and funding qualification criterion, draft meeting agendas, chair monthly meetings, delegate tasks, oversee financials, attend events, deal with government stakeholders, website posts, answer emails, (many) other duties as assigned.
  • Treasurer – Manage financials, prepare budget, retain records, steer spending toward targets, attend monthly executive meetings, website posts, answer emails, other duties as assigned.
  • Membership Coordinator – Retain up-to-date membership list, mail correspondence and membership cards, attend monthly executive meetings, website posts, answer emails, other duties as assigned.
  • Communications Representative – Handle external matters, book event venues, postering, advertisement campaigns, approach sponsors, primary email responder, attend monthly executive meetings, website posts, other duties as assigned.
  • Access Chair – Monitor all climbing area access issues, uphold excellent relationships with landowners, organize clean and climbs, organize and execute trail maintenance, attend monthly executive meetings, website posts, answer emails, other duties as assigned.
  • Diversity Liaison – Social outreach, engagement of new climbers and underrepresented groups, organize and attend events, attend monthly executive meetings, website posts, answer emails, other duties as assigned.
  • Secretary – Attend monthly executive meetings, record and distribute meeting minutes, website posts, answer emails, other duties as assigned.

Executive members (with the exception of President) all have a vote in major Climb Nova Scotia undertakings and are expected to exercise their right to vote when called upon. All executive positions are a 1 year term, except for President, which is 2 years in duration.

Executive members are not paid (except in pizza), and typically spend up to 5 hours a week on CNS activities when there’s nothing happening, and more when we are busy. President tends to be busier.

If you want to help with CNS but aren’t interested in sitting on the board please let us know. There’s plenty to do and we can always use volunteers for specific projects!

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Toprope day recap

To save everyone from the onset of the winter blues, CNS thought that we’d remind you of a greener, brighter day from the summer when tank tops weren’t just for masochists and people could complain about too much sun and still be taken seriously.

On June 22, after more than few rain delays, 16 men and women came out to Sorrows End to get a day of rope climbing in without the hassle of lugging gear and setting anchors. Michelle Lloyd and a host of volunteers put on CNS Top Rope day to provide a safe, welcoming setting for people new (and old) to the sport of rope climbing to come out and try their hand at the fantastic cracks and face climbs at Sorrows End. Volunteers provided demonstrations on rope management, belay techniques and general safety awareness throughout the day to help everyone climb as safely as possible.

Sorrow's TR Day 2013, photo by Kerrie

Sorrow’s TR Day 2013, photo by Kerrie

The day was a rousing success. Everyone involved had a great time and the more experienced climbers had the pleasure of helping one of the participants get on their first ever climb on real rock, which is always fun to watch as it reminds the rest of us about why we were so excited to climb in the first place. Its experiences like these that help solidify Climb Nova Scotia’s reputation as being welcoming and inclusive to climbers of all experience levels.

Thanks again to Michelle Lloyd, all of the other volunteers and most importantly all of the climbers that came out and made it such a successful event!