Access Updates

Changes to Grassi Closure StatusThe initial plans for the upgrading the trails, platforms and other infrastructure for the climbing area at Grassi Lakes called for a two month closure of the entire area starting in May. For a variety of reasons Covid related (e.g., staffing and crew availability, materials availability) there has been changes to the plans. Rather than the full closure of the area for the entire time, access restrictions to the climbing site will be done on an as needed basis. Practically, it means that there will windows of time where people can access some or all of the climbing areas while the construction is being done. Great news given the other closures in the area!The downside of the greater access is that it will be difficult to plan ahead or schedule when these closures or partial closures to the climbing area will happen. In normal circumstances the variables involved in a project like this include weather, site conditions, and crew availability. With Covid and supply chain problems with materials, it will be more unpredictable. The result is that there will be short notice on the closures. Parks is recommending that everyone who is planning to go climbing at Grassi Lakes should check on the advisory page before going, and go with the expectation that access may be restricted to some areas or entirely. The construction at Grassi is expected to start later in June. Announcements about the start of the project will be on the AEP website, and of course we’ll have it on the CASA website and share it on FB. We’ve been ensured AEP will strive to have the advisory page on their website updated in a timely manor. Obviously, understanding of the situation and some patience on the part of the climbing community will go a long way to making this work for all involved.
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Just a heads up and reminder for people planning and organizing their climbing over the next while in the Bow Valley. We’ve mentioned over the past while that there would be much needed trail work and construction at Grassi Lakes this summer. Our understanding is that the final details of the work are being settled (i.e., start and and estimated completion times). There’s no official announcement yet, but work could start soon after the May long weekend. Of course we’ll be letting everyone know once the official announcement is made, but in the meantime its good to be thinking of some alternatives.
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Great to see this longstanding event continue through Covid!
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