The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

ACC-VI: City Of Rocks Climbing Road-Trip - Sun, Jun 10 2018

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The Basics:
Event Type:Social
Event Location:City of Rock, Idaho
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jun 10 2018  6:30 PM
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jun 10 2018 5:00:00 PM
Event Duration:Evening/Overnight
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Event Leader(s): Raz Peel
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Member Cost:$45.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Registration is First-Come/First-Serve
Number Registered So Far: 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)

Last year the Vancouver-Island section ran a week long City of Rocks climbing trip in Idaho. It was very popular so there is another trip running this year too!

The Climbing
These are not “cragging areas” like those we might be familiar with in Squamish or the Island. Most climbs will require a climber comfortable with leading and the majority of climbs are trad though there are plenty of bolted climbs as well. Not all climbs have rappel anchors and many are over 35m in length, and because of this it is not always possible to clean anchors and rappel the route climbed. It will often be necessary for leaders to provide a top belay for followers and some climbs will require leaders to be able to establish gear anchors. Descents will require down-climbing from the formations or rappelling from designated rappel anchors (often with two ropes). There are a range of multi-pitch routes in the area, and Castle Rocks has a range of bouldering problems available as well. It will not be possible to set up top ropes on all climbs.

Because of the above details, climbing is best suited for smaller groups of individuals who are comfortable with leading/following trad and multipitch climbs. There is an abundance of moderate and well-bolted climbs, from one to six pitches in length.

The intent will be that the camp will operate much the same as ACCVI Summer Camps, with a social element in the evenings and the ability for smaller groups to decide on objectives and make plans for the following day. Because top roping is not always possible this trip will likely not involve a large group that climbs together on a daily basis.

More information on CoR climbing can be found here: rocks/10573932
Similar site for Castle Rocks:

The Hiking
A number of participants in 2017 were not climbers and enjoyed a week of hiking in the area, enjoying beautiful trails and scenic views. This included the opportunity to summit a few nearby non-technical mountains.

Getting There
CoR is approximately 12-15 hours from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. Trip participants would be responsible for arranging their own transportation, though car-pooling would be encouraged. Trip participants would also be responsible for their own food, though I’d be willing to organize some pot-lucks and group meals if there’s a desire.

There is a cost of $45/person for this trip to cover the camping fee. This does not include the cost of transportation or food. There are no entrance fees for the City of Rocks National Reserve, but entrance to nearby Castle Rocks State Park costs $5/vehicle per day.

Since this is being hosted by our Island friends, contact Alois Schonenberger (Al) to sign up:

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Member Cost:$45.00/Person
Cost Includes:Camping
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