Uniting Canada's Largest Climbing Community

Old Baldy Access Victory
The Ontario Access Coalition (OAC) with help from MEC, Ontarioclimbing.com, the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC), the Bruce Trail Conservancy, the Nature League and Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (GSCA) has successfully negotiated the purchase of 45 acres of land below Old Baldy Conservation area. This land purchase ensures future climbing access to this incredible area, which has over 100 of Ontario's finest climbs.
Old Baldy Conservation Area

Old Baldy

The purchase is the result of over two years of planning and hard work spearheaded by Randy Kielbasiewicz of the OAC and is arguably the most significant access victory in Ontario's climbing history.

“This is an exciting time for Ontario climbers,” says Kielbasiewicz. “Not only have we ensured access to one of Ontario’s most beautiful crags, but we've also strengthened our relationships with many land managers as well as other outdoor user groups.”

The funding for this project was provided by:  
MEC - $100,000
The Alpine Club of Canada Toronto Section - $10,000 (plus $1,410 from members)
Ontarioclimbing.com - $6,000
The Alpine Club of Canada National - $5,000
The Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) - $25,000
The Nature League - $2,000 

OAC Cheque for Old Baldy

A total of $130 000 was donated by the OAC.

While climbers had been visiting Old Baldy since the 1970s, it was only during the late 1980s, after Chris Oates and Judy Barnes began adding bolt-protected routes, that interest in the area began to peak. The cliff's pocketed walls and solid rock made it an excellent candidate for modern sport climbing.

"We simply wanted to climb on the best rock regardless of the grade and Baldy not only had excellent stone, but also incredible views," says Oates.

The property will be owned and managed by GSCA and the $25 annual climber's access fee will no longer be in effect.

Read more about Old Baldy and this incredible access victory at the Ontario Access Coalition.
Dave Robinson from MEC

Dave Robinson from MEC signing over the cheque.

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Gus Alexandropoulos is a freelance writer who has been involved in the outdoor industry for over 35 years. During his career he has been the editor at Canada’s national climbing magazine, as well as the gear editor for a national cycling magazine, triathlon magazine and running magazine. His work has been published in Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and he has been a guest on television and radio broadcasts. His passion for climbing began in Ontario in the mid-80s and he continues to travel extensively in search of crisp conditions and steep rock.