Rock Review: Cragging @ The Racetrack - Saturday, Jun 24, 2023

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up.
The Basics:
Event Type: Rock Climbing 
Event Location: Barrier 
Date(s) & Time:   Saturday, Jun 24, 2023 10:00 AM (Carpool Departure: 09:45 AM @ Canoe Meadows)  
Registration Cut Off:   Friday, Jun 23, 2023 06:00 PM  
Event Duration: Until dinner time! 
Difficulty Rating:   D4 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Shaun Luong

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 4
Minimum Group Size: 2
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 0
Number Registered So Far:   4 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No


Cragging @ The Racetrack - A Rock Review Event

The Racetrack is a newly developed climbing area on the northeast side of Barrier Mountain. It has lots of good climbing across the 5.10 range. The climbing is rather technical on mostly excellent rock. The crag gets a bit of sun in the morning, but is shady for most of the day.

This trip is for more advanced climbers (see the grades on the topo below), but I'm happy to set up the odd top rope; however, it is still expected that participants are mostly independent and can lead their own climbs, at least the easier ones. I may increase the group size if enough 5.10+ lead climbers sign up, so let me know if you can do so in the Notes section.

No climbing instruction will be given.

You must register at the bottom of this page to attend this event.

Please also note when you register for this event if you are bringing a rope/draws/sport anchor, so I can ensure we have enough. Where do you note this? In the Notes section on the screen after you enter your name/password on the bottom of this page and press Continue.

Required Items to Bring:
  • harness, helmet, belay device, rock shoes
  • rope/draws/sport anchor if you have them
  • lunch, water, rain clothes

Recommended Items to Bring:
  • sunscreen, chalk, bug spray

How to Get There:
Event Directions:  

Park at the small (~10 cars) parking lot located directly west of the highway about ~ 1 km before you hit the normal Barrier climbers parking (ditch). Cross the highway and head up and slightly right towards the trees (cairn). Look directly behind the cairn for some flagging and follow it using game trails to the base of the rock face (25 min from the car). Turn left and follow the trail for another 3 min to the crag.

Carpool Departure Time:   09:45 AM
Carpool Location:   Canoe Meadows
Carpool Directions:  

See Rock Review event page for details.


Trip Hazards – Must read BEFORE registering.

Rock Climbing

  • Rockfall

    • Rockfall can be caused by natural forces, or by people travelling through the terrain (e.g. climbing/scrambling/hiking). What are the risks? Impact from a falling rock can result in injury or death and can also damage equipment such as ropes.

  • Terrain

    • Trees, forest deadfall, and tree stumps

    •  Creeks

    • Rocks and Boulders

    • Variable and difficult walking terrain

    • Impact or collision with other persons or objects

    • Encounters with domestic or wild animals

    • Contact with poisonous flora or fauna

    • Loss of balance or control

    • Slips, trips and falls.

  • Falls and Belaying

    • Rock climbing presents the risk of falling from the wall causing the climber to collide with the wall or ground, which can lead to injury or death

    • The risk of belay failure is also present which can contribute to the risk of a ground fall

  • Communication, rescue and medical treatment

    • Communication can be difficult and in the event of a accident rescue and treatment may not be available

    • Adverse weather may also delay the arrival of treatment and transport out of the field

    • If an Injury occurs in challenging terrain movement to an evacuation point may be slow

    • Mitigated by

      • First Aid Training

      • Rescue Training

      • Satellite Communications

  • Other

    • Slips, trips and  falls both outdoors and indoors

    • Infectious disease contracted through viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi which may be transmitted through direct or indirect contact

    • Equipment failure

    • Negligent first aid

    • Negligence of other people

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    Registration for this event closed on Friday, June 23, 2023 at 06:00 PM.