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Bon Echo midweek climbing

August 13 - August 14

Bon Echo midweek climbing
Custodian: Mark Hurst
Thursday, Aug. 27 – Friday, Aug. 28 

The Bon Echo property has reopened on a limited scale and those wishing to camp and climb should read the revised protocols closely.

• There can only be 10 people on the site atone time. Owing to this cap, bookings this summer are limited to paid-up ACC members only.

• To reserve a camping spot, send your request to ACCBE.request@gmail.com. Requests will be accepted first come, first served — any excess requests go on a waiting list. To give others a chance at a spot, you may apply for only two trips total in July and August (September – October dates still to come). A spot is not secured until paid for. 

• One exception: if we’re getting close to a midweek trip and it hasn’t filled yet, there will be a call-out to people who may want to come and this will not count as one of your two trips.

• Custodians will not be handling booking requests so do not send them any. Their contact details are simply for arranging pickup times and other logistical matters.

• The new hut fee is $30 a day. This is to be paid through PayPal to the Toronto Section. There will be a conditional refund policy. There will be no payments accepted at the hut.

• We’re allowing midweek camping this season, but only if a custodian is available and a full slate of campers has signed up. Midweek climbers should be off the cliff at 3 p.m. to allow for the weekend switch-over.

• Until the government says otherwise, the hut and the sauna must remain closed for regular use. So all cooking, eating,dishwashing and socializing will take place outdoors. You must bring your own camp stove, dinnerware, cutlery and a pot or pan.

• Standard social distancing protocols apply both on the ACC property and in the park. Everyone must stay 2 meters apart. If that’s not possible, you must wear a mask. You must bring your own mask and hand sanitizer.

• Only one driver and two passengers are allowed in the boat unless the passengers are from the same household/social bubble. Masks must be worn in the boat.

• Copies of the full protocols and other relevant documents are available online. You are strongly advised to read them.


The cliff at Bon Echo is in a beautiful setting, rising 300 feet out of Mazinaw Lake. There is a large number of existing trad routes, from 5.0 to 5.12. However, there is no sport climbing or top-roping.

Because the cliff lies within a provincial park, there are rules that must be observed (mandatory helmets is one). Make yourself familiar with them. As well, the annual peregrine closing is currently in effect. All routes from The Slab (#23) north are closed until further notice.

The ACC hut is on the far side of the lake, and most climbers get there by the club boat. For midweek climbing, pickup times at the public dock on North Mazinaw Heights Rd. are 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Other times must be arranged ahead of time with the custodian.

CUSTODIAN: Contact Mark Hurst at (647) 704-2471 or leafspider@gmail.com to let him know when you are arriving or if you’re running late. (Do not try to book a spot through him.)

HUT FEES: $30 per day/night for paid-up ACC members. Fees include boat transport to the dock and cliff. Unfortunately non-members cannot book spots while pandemic limitations are in place.


 You must read and understand it aheadof time and sign a colour copy in ink on arrival at the dock: 2020 waiver


August 13
August 14


North Mazinaw Heights Road, N Mazinaw Heights Rd, Ontario K0H, Canada