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BJ

climber
Aug 5, 2013 - 12:55pm PT
My guess is it was somebody falling from the southern portion of the ledge, of Stairway to Heaven
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 5, 2013 - 04:26pm PT
Thanks for your note BK.

The identity of the gal who fell seems to be a mystery; sounds like she was on her own. A fall from Bellygood Ledge by a hiker would be a very lost hiker indeed. I hope it wasn't someone trying to solo across the thing because they were lost. Horrible stuff.

Condolences to friends and family...
BJ

climber
Aug 5, 2013 - 04:35pm PT
http://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1109761/Re_squamish_fatality#Post1109761
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Aug 5, 2013 - 05:17pm PT
Yikes, this is terrible news re: falling off bellygood. Condolences to family & friends.


Bruce, hoping to head up there in a few weeks. Any word on how beat in that trail is? Should i bring the machete? I'll give u a shout for some beta before we go. Cheers.
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Aug 6, 2013 - 01:44pm PT
Pretty grusome tragedy for sure. I heard there was a large chunk of rock that dislodged from the sword pitch an hour before she fell, an unrelated occurance of course. It just missed climbers below.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Aug 8, 2013 - 01:08am PT
Bump!

What is this one. Tell me & I'll show another. Should be easy.


Agonal
Agonal
Credit: RyanD
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Aug 8, 2013 - 05:43am PT
My condolences to the family of the victim. That's sad news.

Just got back from a first visit to Squamish. It's an interesting town. The rock is great. The views from the top are fantastic. Mt. Garibaldi beckons like a siren.

We hiked to the top of the second summit. There are definitely places where you could get into big trouble.
MH2

climber
Aug 8, 2013 - 06:43am PT
Looks like Agonal, Ryan.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 8, 2013 - 08:55am PT
^^ I agree ^^^
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Aug 8, 2013 - 09:54am PT
I thought that would be easy for u guys!

Brownie dancing
Brownie dancing
Credit: RyanD
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Aug 16, 2013 - 09:53am PT
I was going to put this on the Gondola thread, but it seems to have vanished...

This was written by Frank Baumann and is reposted with his permission. I'm not trying to stir up any old wasp nests that may have been generated in the Gondola thread; it's for info only.

Dave Southam, the District Manager at the Squamish office of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations has informed me that the public road across Crown Land from the Stawamus River into the Shannon Creek watershed will be gated at a point behind the Stawamus Chief where the road was blocked for many years by rockfall. You will be able to walk or bike from there to the Mt. Habrich, Sky Pilot, Petgill Lake, and Goat Ridge areas- but you won't be able to drive a vehicle up there as was the case for many, many years.

Dave also confirmed that this is being done to help preserve the commercial interests of the Sea to Sky Gondola gang, who don't want the public to be able to just drive up there and use their facilities at the top station of the gondola.

I believe the Sea to Sky Gondola gang should not be allowed to restrict access to a public road and Crown Land. If they want to protect their commercial interests, they should do what most other private companies are required to do: erect a fence and place signs along the boundary of their tenure area to keep non-paying people out.

If you feel, as I do, that this move to restrict access to Crown Land sets a dangerous precedent, especially given the long term historic use of this beautiful Alpine watershed by mountaineers and hikers, then take a moment to express your concerns to Dave at the following address:

Dave Southam, District Manager, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Sea to Sky District Suite 101-42000 Loggers Lane Squamish BC V8B 0H3

Telephone: 604 898-2100 Facsimile: 604 898-2191 E-Mail: Forests.SquamishDistrictOffice@gov.bc.ca

You might also want to send a copy of your letter to the Minister responsible at the following address:

The Honourable Steve Thomson PO Box 9049 STN PROV GOVT VICTORIA, BC V8W 9E2

Telephone: 250 387-6240 Fax: 250 387-1040 Email: FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca

Of course, it's a lost cause, and exactly what I and others predicted.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Aug 16, 2013 - 02:26pm PT
Thanks Tricouni. I'm not too surprised by this either.
Hoser

climber
vancouver
Aug 16, 2013 - 04:27pm PT
Tough call on that one, I was under the impression that after the kids rolled off that cliff the forest folks put the boulder blockade up to stop people from going up in cars. When I asked Jayson Faulkner about it he said that at worse the gate would be at the old boulder blockade but with a parking lot...at best it would be at or near the memorial.

So in that sense we never had access and we were never going to...furthermore for quite a while they gated the road right at the turn off for Mamquam to stop people from going up the Stawamus...so its really tough to buy Franks argument even if I agree that we should be able to drive to the Habrich trail head as we could many years before.


Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Aug 16, 2013 - 04:45pm PT
So are you saying that it's ok for forestry to allow a private company exclusive access to what was a public road??
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 16, 2013 - 05:49pm PT
I remember driving my 4x4 to the landing beneath Habrich in '89.

Was the gate put on the road to keep local teenidiots from driving up there and dying? If so, it puts a bit of a kink into Frank's argument.

But , honestly, people die on roads every day and those roads aren't gated.

So if the road is fixed up then there should be public access if it's a public road.

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 16, 2013 - 07:00pm PT
Agreed Tami. There should be a fence for their tenure, but the road should remain open.

Nice pics Ryan! Thanks for all your contributions here lately man. Visions of places I dream to hang. Truly inspirational.

Thanks to everyone else who contributes here as well. This thread is amazing because of the people who choose to hang here.

My condolences to friends and family of the unfortunate hiker. Quite an unfortunate tragedy.

MH2

climber
Aug 16, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
Back at you, Big Mike. This thread has done wonders in giving Squamish a presence on Supertopo.

Could traffic on that road really be much of a threat to the commercial interests of the gondola operation? Would the washrooms be over-used? It seems to me that only a very marginal business would be hurt by people arriving up there by car rather than gondola.
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Aug 16, 2013 - 07:40pm PT
Forestry companies get to gate logging roads all the time?
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Aug 16, 2013 - 07:51pm PT
NBD on the gated road, it'll only be like that for a year until they go out of biz & we get to bail them out :-)


Thanks Mike, hope ur doin good buddy! Call me soon if ur down.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Aug 16, 2013 - 07:51pm PT
They way I have always looked at it is this: The worst case scenario - gated at the old blockade - is still superior to the way it was, which was a typical water barred, unmaintained and constantly eroded fully 4WD track always teetering on the edge of impassable washout, which of course describes any coastal forestry road these days which isn't active logging. From now on the road is to be maintained and I'm sure a little sweet talking could push the gate further.

I also think that there is another likely reason for gating, which is security and in fact that is what I was told. Nothing new there. Many roads are gated and I believe the companies are actually obliged somehow to provide a key for those who request access. Maybe a similar process could occur here? Most of us here are familiar with this process and we know the issue of security is no joke. There has been enough logging machinery totaled by Surrey idiots over the years to make Fukashima look like kids in a sand box. I really doubt its some nefarious scheme to squeeze a few dimes out of a bunch of typical skin flint mountaineers.

Anyway, right now its a buffed AWD sort of thing almost as far as we used to get back in the eighties, which is about 11 km. The gate opens at 0700 and closes at 1630 which gives you just enough time for Habrich or Sky pilot, or you could park at the gate at 9 km just to be sure.
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