Category Archives: Ski

Ski Touring, Ski Mountaineering

Asulkan Valley Base Camp

The original scheme for this trip was to ski some big lines in one of the more seldom visited, but undeniably magnificent areas of Southwest BC; The Tantalus Range. In the days leading up to the pre-trip however, conditions were … Continue reading

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Take II: Feuerzangen-Brew Ski Trip

On Saturday February 11th at 8am, three carloads of the VOC left the Squamish Tims to head up to the famous Brew Hut for a Family Day long weekend in the backcountry. Arriving at the bottom of Chance Creek forest … Continue reading

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Red Heather for a beginner

On Saturday January 28th 12 keen VOCers headed to Red Heather for some beginner friendly skiing. To make hauling all the ski gear easier Tim Fisher’s van was utilized and we all met downtown to pile the gear in at … Continue reading

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(SC)² = (Some Clouds) x (Supercouloir); January 25-26, 2017.

Supercouloir  (Noun.) = The 1000m couloir beneath Spire peaks that is plainly seen from the traverse across the Garibaldi neve. Many are called, but few choose to embark on the long journey required to ski it. The avalanche danger was … Continue reading

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Women’s backcountry adventure

It’s Monday at 10:00 am and I just got up. My body is screaming – which is a good sign. It tells me I have been on an adventure this weekend; that I have pushed myself to new limits. Even … Continue reading

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A Minor Fiasco (Red Heather January 22)

Participants: Old, flappy Jeff Mottershead and Devlin Mottershead I’m supposed to be a climber, but even in the middle of summer my son, Devlin, would rather hike up to some random snow patch or glacier and get some turns in … Continue reading

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Not the Cream of the Stonecrop (Stonecrop Glacier Jan 4, 2017)

Trip Report as promised to Foam-in’ Gobin. Wednesday January 4, 2017 There had been almost no snowfall  all year! (since Dec 30, 2016) and Avvy conditions were looking pretty stable. Unfortunately, the alpine winds had been super heavy. Specifically North/ … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Poor Snow, an Old Van, and an Excellent Weekend

This was my first VOC trip, and thus it fell to me to write the trip report. I’d been meaning to go on a VOC trip pretty much every weekend since September, but somehow there was always something else that … Continue reading

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Metal Rods and Metal Domes; How I confirmed I have truly amazing friends

WARNING 1: this article contains gratuitous quantities of sentimental mushiness. Though in the authors opinion its probably still not enough… WARNING 2: This article contains a couple fairly graphic descriptions of a pretty mangled leg. Especially those of the parental … Continue reading

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Ice worms, rain, and burning skins – “Interesting” Skiing on the Pemberton Icecap

Pemberton Icefield traverse May 20-23, ~60km, lots of elevation Mike Cancilla, Luca Malaguti, Ross Campbell, Birgit Rogalla Following an email discussion, preparations for this trip started on Monday night (May 16th) when we all met up at the Veenstras’ place … Continue reading

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