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

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Rope climb

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Rope Scramble

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Tunnel Crawl

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Over under

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Balance Beam

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Tire chase

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Tire flip

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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?

Sources & References

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Redesigned our WYSIWYG Ventures website

We redesigned the WYSIWYG Ventures website recently to simplify the navigation and layout as well as get a simplified message to our visitors as to what we do right when they hit the home page.

The new desktop version of the home page looks like the image on the left and the mobile version is on the right. It’s a fully responsive web design that works on all browsers and on all devices. We added a portfolio section to showcase the work we’ve done and are still adding more projects to this section.

Mobile version of website
Mobile version of website
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Desktop version of website

Go check it out and let us know what you think. We’re always interested in hearing feedback on our work.

Active Projects in Squamish & Sea to Sky region

English: Squamish main street taken by Jess La...
English: Squamish main street taken by Jess LaFramboise.

I started a new page my blog here to help keep track of the many projects going on in and around Squamish. Right now there are several large scale projects in the initial proposal stages, the start up stage and even the construction stage inculding the Squamish Oceanfront development, Garibaldi at Squamish, the Sea to Sky Gondola and many others.

I wanted to create a quick easy page that references various project information and links to the news that each of these projects are generating.

You can check out the page here. If you know of any projects that I should add, leave me a comment at the bottom of the page.

MAKE: Skateboard picnic table

My wife found this cool table on Etsy and we both thought it would be a fun project for our little man to enjoy.

We put out a request on Facebook and Twitter for some used skateboards and right away, one of my wife’s cousins offered up a stack of his old decks. Off to Home Depot we went to pick up the other wood and hardware we needed.

Materials & Tools

The materials are very simple. A few pieces of wood, some screws, bolts and we’re ready to go.

  • 4 old skateboards, preferably nicely used and colorful for the “cool” effect.
  • 8 – 3 inch bolts with washers, and locking nuts
  • 2 – 2×3 boards for the structure
  • 24 – 21/2 inch screws
  • Saw
  • Drill with wood bit & screw bit & a good wrench
  • Measuring tape & pencil

Here’s our finished picnic table.

How to lose $10 million a minute

That’s what it can cost when you implement technology systems poorly. A news story today about Knight Trading losing over $440 million dollars due to “a computer glitch” from a recent implementation of a new trading system reminds me of the resistance I have often experienced from leaders of organizations on how to implement new technology systems.

Like I’ve talked about before, Enterprise change needs to be executed in the order of the People, Process, Technology. This concept has been proven over and over again, yet many of today’s old school executives think “it’s just a technology upgrade” and proceed to implement it without focusing on the people and processes that will change due to the upgrade. They don’t dedicate the right type and amount of resources and think you can just muscle in a new system. I’ve seen it many times from inexperienced Sr. executives that don’t understand technology, don’t embrace project management best practices and don’t have a good working relationship with the IT department. They think project management, governance, business analysis and documentation add too much cost to a project and therefore discount it’s usefulness. The thinking that using a project methodology adds too much red tape to the process of implementing technology is a clear sign that you’re in way over your head.

Knight Trading’s experience highlights a great example of what can go wrong on technology projects when poor leadership, planing and governance are not in place. I don’t know the details of exactly what went wrong but having been apart of many large software implementations I would bet this “glitch” had more to do with leadership, planing and governance than it did with technology.