The club has a reasonably extensive selection of books including hiking, climbing, and skiing guidebooks as well as instructional manuals and more. Most of the newer books and/or commonly used books are now listed here, but there are many more. Drop by the clubroom to browse.
- 1 Guidelines: How to Use the VOC Library
- 2 Guidebooks (partial listing)
- 3 List of archives
- 4 Digitized Archives
Guidelines: How to Use the VOC Library
If you find a guidebook/magazine/map that you would like to borrow, locate an exec member that can sign it out for you. Quartermaster helpers are also able to do this. The deposit for each library article is $20 (no exceptions) and the borrowing period is 2 weeks. Maps should NOT be taken on trips (except the tearproof ones).
For exec members
- All library articles (includes books, guidebooks, magazines, maps, VOC journals, other journals, videos, DVD’s etc) should be checked out using the Gearmaster.
- A separate entry must be used for library articles. For example, if someone gets skis+skins+boots+1 guidebook+1 map, you need one entry for the skis+skins+boots and one entry for the guidebook + map. As with gear, if someone has borrowed two or more library articles (or a combination) and returns only some of them, mark that entry as returned and make a new entry, which should contain the books/maps they they still have and the deposit that we still hold for those books/maps.
- Make sure to write the title of the book (or other article) and if there are several editions, note the edition too.
- The deposit for each library article is $20 (no exceptions, treat like gear)
- The deposit should be deposited in the exec drawer, in the black folder, under "library". It should NOT go with the gear money.
- The "library folder" will not be used anymore. At all.
- Maps should not be taken on trips, except for the waterproof/tearproof ones (Callaghan, Garibaldi, etc). Please tell this to people every time someone borrows a map. They should photocopy the section that they need or just use it for reference.
- The default period for letting out books and maps is be 2 weeks. If people come back and ask for an extension, this can be granted ONCE (for a total of 4 weeks). If this is a high use guidebook of which we have only one, don't give an extension and consider only letting people borrow it for a week. Examples of these books are: Exploring the Coast Mountains on Skis (the new 3rd edition), Alpine Select, Scrambles, Climbers Guide to Squamish (McKlane), Freedom of the Hills (new edition), Skaha Rockclimbs, etc. If people keep on begging for extensions, kindly suggest them to invest their $20 deposit in a shiny new guidebook of their own.
Guidebooks (partial listing)
Hiking and Scrambling
- 100 Hikes in the North Cascades, Ira Spring and Harvey Manning
- 103 Hikes in SW BC, Mary and David Macaree
- 109 Walks in BC's Lower Mainland, Mary and David Macaree
- A Guide to Climbing and Hiking in SW BC, Bruce Fairley
- Cascade Alpine Guide: Climbing and High Routes, Rainy Pass to Fraser River, Fred Beckey
- Colorado Scrambles, Dave Cooper
- Easy Hiking Around Vancouver, Jean Cousins
- Giant Cedars, White Sands, Juan de Fuca Marine Trail Guidebooks, Donald C. Mills
- Hiking from here to Wow: North Cascades, Cathy and Craig Copeland
- Hiking Guide to the Big Trees of SW BC, Randy Stotlmann
- Hiking Near Vancouver, Dougald MacDonald
- Hiking the Gulf Islands, Charles Kahn
- Hiking the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Tim Leadem
- Hot Springs of Western Canada, Glenn Woodsworth (2nd Edition)
- Mountain Footsteps (Hikes in the East Kootenay of SE BC), Janice Strong (3rd Edition)
- One Day Getaways from Vancouver, Jack Christie
- Stein Valley Wilderness Guidebook (2nd Edition), Gordon White
- The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, Matthew Payne & Adam Vasilevich
- The West Coast Trail, 8th Edition, Tim Leadem
- Where the Locals Hike in the West Kootenays, Kathy and Craig Copeland
Climbing: Ice, Rock, Mountaineering, Bouldering
Climbing: Specific Area Guides
Skiing and Avalanches
Cycling and other
These are not yet online, but are listed so that volunteers know which parts of this project are complete, in order to avoid duplication.
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