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Trip Information
Name: Cragkeepers scrubbing session
Starts: Sat Jul 08, 2017
Meetup: 8 am, Smoke Bluffs parking lot
Return: Sat Jul 08, 2017

Registration opens: Tue Jun 06, 2017
Event category: Rock Climbing
Difficulty grade: A5  [?]
For members only: No
Screening used: No
Max participants: 8

Organizer: Eva van Emden
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Trip Planning Questions

Will you be scrubbing, or are you volunteering only for ambassadoring?

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Participant Information


The Squamish Access Society works on behalf of climbers to maintain access to climbing, maintain trails, update and fix anchors and bolts, support crag development, and maintain climbs. Because Squamish is such a wet environment, crags quickly get dirty and mossy, and the Squamish Access Society has asked the community to help them keep the climbs in good shape. The BCMC and other clubs are stepping up to help with the Cragkeepers initiative: a group chooses a crag, gets about ten people to spend three hours scrubbing and brushing it, and then spends the rest of the day climbing.

The schedule

Scrub from 8 to 11. Take a break for lunch/snacks. Then spend some time climbing at the same crag or another, depending on group preference.

What we provide

  • brushes and tools for scrubbing
  • ropes

What you should bring

  • helmet! Really important because we'll be working side by side and could drop a tool or knock something loose.
  • harness
  • belay device and backup prusik
  • work gloves
  • comfortable hiking shoes
  • clothes that you don't mind getting dirty
  • equipment for climbing afterward (climbing shoes, chalk bag, rope, etc.)
  • optional gear that you might find useful: slings and carabiners for tethering brushes; aiders; knee pads; ascender

Skills required

You need to know how to rappel safely with a prusik backup, unless you'd like to volunteer to be the "ambassador." The ambassador will stay at the base of the crag to warn passers-by about falling crud, explain why the crag is temporarily closed, and generally boost the Squamish Access Society, the BCMC, and the Cragkeepers program. If no one wants to be the ambassador for the whole time, we can trade off.

Trip Photos
The VRCG got off to a quick start. This is the VRCG Cragkeepers scrubbing Commonwealth Wall.
_The VRCG got off to a quick start. This is the VRCG Cragkeepers scrubbing Commonwealth Wall.
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