The Fish­ery

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for its stellar rock climb­ing at Claghorn, Black Stur­geon Road, just west of Nip­igon, is also home to a hand­ful of ex­cel­lent mixed climbs. With time to burn on the tail end of grad­u­ate school, I learned some vis­it­ing east coast climbers had es­tab­lished a qual­ity trad route, Jig­gin’ for Cod M6 WI5+, which I was keen to re­peat. On my first at­tempt I no­ticed the po­ten­tial of the crag. Af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced by a mu­tual friend, I struck up a friend­ship with the ta­lented Min­nesota climber James Loveridge. Af­ter see­ing the crag he saw the same po­ten­tial and we so­lid­i­fied our friend­ship over 15 very cold days spent de­vel­op­ing the more ob­vi­ous routes.We re­sorted to all man­ner of an­tics to es­tab­lish the routes dur­ing an ex­tended cold snap of - 40C tem­per­a­tures, with the be­layer co­cooned in a funky sleep­ing bag he could walk in, while the leader wore a back­pack stuffed with foam-in­su­lated bat­ter­ies and shake n’ warms to drill new bolts. The re­sult of our ef­forts, with con­tri­bu­tions from many oth­ers, was The Fish­ery, home to a small num­ber of qual­ity sport routes from

Left: James Loveridge on a re­peat of his route She-Ra and the SNAG M7+, Ori­ent Bay

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