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Climbers’ Behaviour Threatens Current Access Negotiations For The Turtle

  •  Climbers’ Behaviour Threatens Current Access Negotiations For The Turtle

    Climbers’ Behaviour Threatens Current Access Negotiations For The Turtle

Opened in 2018, The Turtle was not only Southern Ontario’s premier moderate sport crag, but it was also the region’s first climbing area developed on private property with the explicit consent of the landowner.

Unfortunately, excessive noise and some inappropriate behaviour resulted in the cliff’s closure later that same year.

Access negotiations that include the original crag developers, the Ontario Alliance of Climbers and the landowner are currently ongoing with hopes of re-opening the cliff, but recent climber activity at the crag threatens progress and may compromise future access.

Climbers are strongly urged to climb elsewhere to avoid jeopardizing these critical discussions.

You can read more about The Turtle and its development in this previous article.
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Gus Alexandropoulos is a freelance writer who has been involved in the outdoor industry for over 25 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.