Proposal for a Squamish Obstacle Course Trail

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Update: The Squamish Chief did a write up on our proposal. Check it out.

With the popularity of activities like Crossfit, Parkour, fitness bootcamps and races like the Tough MudderThe Warrior Dash and the Spartan Race, more and more people are interested in taking part in obstacle course type races. Both of these races have taken place in the Sea to Sky in the past. Tough Mudder was at the Whistler Olympic Park and last year the Spartan Race took place at Brennan Park in Squamish. Both these events have great turnouts which tells me that people love to run obstacle courses.

A few nights ago on a walk around the Squamish Oceanfront with my family, the idea struck me that a permanent obstacle course in Squamish would be a great asset to the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada. So, I’m taking on the task of proposing the idea to see what others think.

Updates: I’m adding detail as I go so this post will be updated as new ideas come forward and as the concept evolves so check back again later.

If you like what you see, have some ideas to add to it or have a question, please leave a comment below this post or reach me on Twitter. This is just an idea at this point to gauge interest.

Overview

The proposed Squamish Obstacle Course Trail would consists of a trail equipped with obstacles or stations distributed along its length for exercising and physical fitness training. The course could have various circuits between 5km and 20Km with 15 to 20 obstacles or fitness stations. Runners could start at the official start, possibly the adventure center or anywhere on the course. They could run a short 5km circuit or the full 20km course. A similar timer like the what is used for the Grouse Grind could be used to help runners keep track of their personal times and a leader board could be posted in the Adventure Centre.

Trail Map

The course could follow existing trails in the Squamish area focusing on the area from the Oceanfront to Brennan park community center.  The following is a proposed trail map with potential obstacles/ training stations in red. This is just a proposal at this stage for illustration purposes. More research and community involvement would be needed to determine the exact trail, number of obstacles and obstacle locations. proposed trail map

Proposed Obstacles and Fitness Stations

The proposal would include 15 to 20 obstacles or fitness stations placed on the designated trail circuit.

Here are examples of the types of obstacles and fitness stations that could be setup on this course throughout Squamish.

Slackline

The slack-lines on the Oceanfront are a great example the types of obstcles t to this course.

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Hand held Zipline

This is the simple zipline, low to the ground that requires that the person hold on with their arms to bridge the distance. Could be created as the image below or between two trees.

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Wall Climb

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Cargonet Crossover

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Teetering Traverse

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Balance Beam

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Monkey bars

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Ladder climb

ladder climb

Rope climb

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Rope Scramble

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Tunnel Crawl

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Over under

over under

Balance Beam

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Tire chase

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Tire flip

tire flip

This is just a sampling of possible obstacles. There are many different obstacles and fitness stations that could be used on this course. Here are obstacles from the Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, The RAID race and the Warrior Dash.  They could be made out of the natural timber and the terrain of the surroundings. What would you like to see?

Benefits

  • The obvious benefits are the health benefits of the people that would use the trail and the obstacles fitness course.
  • A fitness tourism attraction for trail runners from Vancouver and the lower mainland
  • Local Boot Camp programs could use the course
  • Crossfit athletes could use the course for training
  • A yearly race could be created for this course
  • People could train here for races like Tough Mudder, and the Spartan Race.
  • Potential revenue source for Adventure Centre through Timer

Would you support this?

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4 thoughts on “Proposal for a Squamish Obstacle Course Trail

  1. I love the idea! I’ve had similar thoughts about how perfect our area would be for its own obstacle course while running around nexun beach myself. I’ve been looking to run as many obstacle races as I can ever since the Spartan race came to Squamish last year and every event I’ve been to has had a great turnout so I definitely think it would be a great draw for Squamish (look at how many people already come up just to do the chief). I would fully support this if you took this proposal to council.

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