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TBT2: The Co-op and the Alpine Fastbuck (1971)

Editors Note: This week for TBT I pulled up rather humorous reflection about the beginnings of our favorite Canadian outdoor gear cooperative, MEC. Founded by dirtbag VOCers back in 1971, mainly to save money and buy cheap gear without having … Continue reading

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TBT1: Unusual Climbs in Garibaldi (1958)

The VOC is turning 100 next year, as Archivist I thought it would be cool to revisit some old VOC Journals and archives to share some of the interesting stories and articles we’ve accumulated. I’m hoping to find stories which … Continue reading

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Keyhole Hot Spring April 17-18

I wanted to get to Keyhole hot springs to make up for our unsuccessful trip last November, and perhaps hang some trail markers. It was on my “Summer Plans with VOC” list. Timing Weekends can be a bit of a … Continue reading

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2016 VOC Photo Contest

Each year the VOC holds a contest to show-off the best photos taken by members. There are six categories: Action Shots, Club Life, Flora and Fauna, Portrait, Miscellaneous, Landscape and an Overall Best Photo winner. 1. Action Shot 2. Club Life … Continue reading

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Snow Caves on Seymour January 23

Tr Caves Here’s a brief summary of what I saw on our snow caves trip. The rest of the cavers aren’t down yet, but I hope they will post their experiences. Some of it might be useful for people organizing … Continue reading

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Hot Springs Adventure, December 11 – 12

Executive Summary: We were four beautiful people, plus an old hairy guy with a Jeep. I drove for 11 hours on Friday, and 5 hours on Saturday. We didn’t get to Keyhole due to excessive snow and other excuses but … Continue reading

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Lead Ladder 2015

This years Lead Ladder was a huge success! Many thanks to all the instructors who dedicated their time and energy to help teach us all the techniques and tricks of trad climbing. A special thanks goes to Jon for putting … Continue reading

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Going light but sticking with Tele

Is it possible to go light without going AT? Maybe. Once upon a time telemark gear was as light as it got; if you just wanted to move around in the mountains, that’s what you used. AT bindings were basically … Continue reading

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Early spring trudge to Elfin Hut

On a Thursday morning, Feb. 19th, a newly inducted VOC member Kelsey Miller (and myself) took off from Vancouver in her ol’ boat of a Chrysler.  We made the lovely morning drive along the Sea-to-Sky, and arrived at the Elfin/Diamond … Continue reading

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MEC Outdoor Nation Summit

150 youth from across Canada gathered at the Cheakamus Centre in Squamish for the first ever MEC Outdoor Nation Summit in Canada. I must say that it was an amazing experience to partake in this conference! Arriving at 9am downtown Vancouver, … Continue reading

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