The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Cragkeepers scrubbing session (co-posted with a BCMC trip) - Sat, Jul 8 2017

Print-Friendly Version
Download to your Outlook Calendar

PRE-REGISTRATION MAY BE REQUIRED. Please review the event details carefully, and if registration is required and you'd like to join us, you must sign up at the bottom of this page. Non-member guests must contact the leader (see Notes below) to register. If payment is required for this event, you will be expected to send your payment to the Event Leader - payable to the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section.

The Basics:
Event Type:Rock Climbing
Event Location:Smoke Bluffs
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 8 2017  8:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jul 7 2017 3:00:00 PM
Event Duration:8 hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Difficult
Event Leader(s): Eva van Emden
You must be logged in to get the Event Leader contact information.
Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Registration is First-Come/First-Serve
Number Registered So Far: 2 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)


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, ACC, 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.

This trip is co-posted with this BCMC event (, which you can join as a guest member if the ACC trip is full.

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

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, the ACC, and the Cragkeepers program. If no one wants to be the ambassador for the whole time, we can trade off.

Required Items to 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.)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- lunch and water - slings and carabiners for tethering brushes - aiders to stand in - knee pads - ascender

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Meet at the Smoke Bluffs parking lot.

- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in ACC VA events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Etiquette Guidelines!
Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!

Web Site design and development by Andwa Consulting.
Copyright © 2019 - Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Section - Legal Notices