Category Archives: Other

Socials, esoteric adventures and unclassifiable

A European Best Buds Reunion Part 1: Dolomites, Italy

Jake Jones and I became best buds and regular adventure buddies during his time on exchange at UBC. Sadly, he had returned to Manchester to finish his degree. When Nicole Barrette and I received the Neil Mackenzie Adventure Grant and … Continue reading

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Prussiks and Pulleys: Hauling VOCass at the Anniversary Glacier [Glacier School 2]

By: Elliott Skierszkan and Alberto Contreras-Sanz Sept 9-10, 2017 The Participants: Julien Renard (Leader), Caitlin Schneider (Leader), Matthew Van Ootsdam, Alberto Contreras-Sanz, Andrew Cavers, Elliott Skierszkan Looking for help to pull someone out from a 15-m deep crevasse? We’ve got … Continue reading

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Swimming with the Seals. For 1.7 kilometres.

Although I had to fly to a conference early Sunday morning, I didn’t want to let this weekend go by without a great adventure. Hence, Ilya Capralov and I set out on an adventure that wouldn’t take us long — … Continue reading

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A Moonlight Memorial Walk at Seymour

January 11, 2017 marked two years since we lost Neil Mackenzie and Steffi Grothe, two wonderful and inspiring club members in a tragic climbing accident on Joffre Peak that also claimed the life of Elena Cernicka. Many of our newer … Continue reading

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Snowshoes and Snowy Views

Sunday, December 2nd 2016, twenty-five eager beavers from the VOC woke up dark and early to snowshoe to the Red Heather hut in Garibaldi Park. Drivers got their passengers picked up in the windy darkness and zipped up the Sea … Continue reading

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Island Caving Extravaganza

The trip was limited to five people; At first I was confused as to why the group size was so small, but when you find yourself in a tunnel so tight that to move forward you have breathe in, it … Continue reading

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Crevasse rescue practice June 2016

Caitlin Schneider and I (Julien Renard) went to the Wedgemount glacier to practise crevasse rescues. Are you confident travelling on a glacier? Can you self-arrest? Can you rescue people out of a crevasse? While these are perfectly valid questions to … Continue reading

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Thimble berries found. (The Veenstra Traverse Owl-Tenquille Lakes 6-7th August)

Executive summary (TL;DR): Christian runs a well organized hike somewhere in British Columbia. There were a lot of thimble berries. Thimble berries are delicious. The Veenstra Traverse. “It’s a club classic” Caitlin [Schneider] had said. A great way to begin … Continue reading

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How to write a Trip Report

Try and figure out what you want to say. This isn’t easy when you are half brain dead from the weekend’s outings, but don’t wait too long or you will forget the details. A trip report can be informative or … Continue reading

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TBT3: Mikey’s Offwidth Journal (2002)

Summertime is here in full swing and it’s time to scope out projects and things to do. Like many mislead souls in the past I’ve set my sights on Pipeline and am terrified. I’ve compiled a Squamish Offwidths Checklist for … Continue reading

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