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*'''Wednesday: Alfred Larsen 12:00-13:00''' (Last Wednesday gear hours is Dec 12th (with Caitlin) until January)
*'''Wednesday: Alfred Larsen 12:00-13:00''' (Last Wednesday gear hours is Dec 12th (with Caitlin) until January)
*'''Thursday: Fisal Elstone 18:30-19:30'''  (Last Thursday gear hours is Dec 13th)
*'''Thursday: Fisal Elstone 18:30-19:30'''  (Last Thursday gear hours is Dec 13th=> CANCELLED, make up gear hours will be held Tuesday December 18th 6:30-7:30)'''<--Last gear hour before winter break!!'''
*'''Friday: Ian Johnston 16:30-19:30'''(Last Friday gear hour is Dec 14th)'''<--Last gear hour before winter break!!'''
*'''Friday: Ian Johnston 16:30-19:30'''(Last Friday gear hour is Dec 14th)

Revision as of 12:09, 13 December 2012

Gear Rental Hours (when the Clubroom will be open)

  • If you need to meet the Quartermasters outside of gears hours due to scheduling conflicts, ask nicely. Your best bet is to email the quartermaster and be prepared to bring some small bribe (food or drink generally works well).


  • Monday: Lea Zhecheva 12:00-13:00 (Last Monday gear hours is on Dec 10th)
  • Tuesday: Tom Curran 12:00-13:00 (Last Tuesday gear hours is Dec 11th until January)
  • Wednesday: Alfred Larsen 12:00-13:00 (Last Wednesday gear hours is Dec 12th (with Caitlin) until January)
  • Thursday: Fisal Elstone 18:30-19:30 (Last Thursday gear hours is Dec 13th=> CANCELLED, make up gear hours will be held Tuesday December 18th 6:30-7:30)<--Last gear hour before winter break!!
  • Friday: Ian Johnston 16:30-19:30(Last Friday gear hour is Dec 14th)

GEAR FOR OVER THE HOLIDAYS The last gear hours for all quartermasters will be the week of Dec 10-14th. If you would like gear for the holidays, borrow it during that time, and you will be allowed to have it for longer than the usual 1 week - ie you can bring it back in January when classes start again. However some of us will still be around after the 14th and over Christmas (if we aren't playing in the mountains or eating Christmas dinner) so if you are in dire need of gear, your best bet is to send us a nice email and bring us lovely things like lots of cookies or beer or hot chocolate.

QM's still around during winter break: Alfred until 17th/18th, Lea the entire time (variable availability), Ian until 20th, Fisal till the 18th (evenings only)


If you would like to contact the quartermasters, you can email: [email protected] dot com .

If we aren't busy with gear, we can help you out with VOC membership or VOC library loans, belay testing, etc.

Club Gear

  • Objectives: to make gear available to all members, to not lose gear, to keep gear in good condition, to maintain a gear plan, to find good deals on gear.
  • Club gear is managed by the Quartermasters, who are elected members of the VOC Exec. We appreciate getting help with gear; if you would like to help out, please volunteer to be a Helper. Quartermasters and Helpers follow gear policy
  • As Club gear is maintained by the quartermasters and club members, it is subject to the time constraints of busy students. This means the gear you receive may not be in the best condition. You must examine and/or test borrowed gear before you take it on a trip. Report damage to the quartermasters. Usually you can earn a workhike by maintaining or repairing the club gear you borrow.
  • Club members (Student Members and Associate Members, but not Alumni Members) can borrow gear for free if they leave a deposit. In addition, after a 3 rental grace period everyone is supposed to do a workhike before borrowing club gear.

Gear Rental Rules

  • Using Club gear is one of the privileges of being a fee-paying (Student or Associate) Member. Alumni Members don't pay fees and are not entitled to use Club Gear; presumably by the time you get to be an Alumni Member, you have bought your own gear.
  • Members are entitled to use one set of gear at a time, not gear for yourself and your friends (unless they are Members). If your friend needs a beacon and you need a beacon, your friend should join the Club.
  • After a 3 rental grace period you are supposed to have completed a work hike. See Workhikes. If you haven’t done yours yet, discuss this with the Gear Person. Usually you can earn a workhike by maintaining or repairing the club gear you borrow.
  • Rental is free, but a large cash deposit is required to take out Club Gear. The cash is returned to you when you bring back the gear.
  • Gear rental period is for a week. Please bring it back during the week following the week you took it out. Bring it back as soon as you can, as others may be waiting to use it. There may be penalties for bringing gear back late.
  • If you need to take out gear for longer than a weekend, discuss this with the Gear Person, who may let you take it out for longer, especially over the Winter Holiday, or Reading Break.
  • If you need gear for two consecutive weekends, you may be able to renew your rental for the next weekend, if demand for the gear is not high at the moment.
  • Don't try to reserve gear. If you need something, take it before somebody else gets it.
  • Look over your gear carefully to ensure it is all there and it will work for you. Make sure your boots both fit your feet and the skis, and that your skins fit. Check for loose screws in the bindings. Check both halves of the pair. People have managed to borrow two left boots, for example.
  • Return gear in good condition boots should be dry. If something broke, tell us about it. If you lost something, be prepared to replace it.
  • Don't hog the gear. If you find you are having trouble with returning Club gear, or it has been sitting in your closet for a while, this is an indication that you are using the Club gear without respect for the needs of the other Members. Maybe it's time to get your own gear.


In the clubroom in the basement of the SUB, by the Bike Kitchen. This map will guide you.


All gear is borrowed on a deposit system. When you return the gear, you get your deposits returned. Below are some of the deposit amounts. We don't accept personal cheques for deposits, and we don't do credit cards, so that leaves cash only. Deposit amounts are high to encourage you to bring the gear back.

Gear We Don't Have

We don't attempt to provide tents or sleeping bags, as these quickly deteriorate unless they are well cared for and we don't have the personnel to do that. MEC might rent these items to you.

We don't supply outdoors clothing, but sometimes stuff gets abandoned in the Clubroom, so it is worth while to check out the "free bin" from time to time.

Gear List (and deposits)

Mountaineering Gear

Item Deposit Notes
Rope $100 top rope only, not suitable for leader falls
Harness $40
Climbing shoes $40
Helmet $40
"Climbing package" $100 Harness, shoes, helmet
Ice axe $40
Mountaineering boots $40 stiff boots suitable for crampons
Crampons $40 bring your boots for fitting
Hiking boots $40 not suitable for crampons
Packs $40
Sleeping mats $20

Snow Sports Gear

Make sure your skis, boots, poles, feet, skins, all fit together properly before leaving the Clubroom!!
Item Deposit Notes
Snowshoes $40
Gaiters $20
Telemark skis + skins $120
Plastic tele boots $80
Poles $40
"Ski Package" $200 Skis + skins, boots, poles
Avalanche transceiver or beacon $200 batteries are not included!
Shovel $40
Probe $40
"Avalanche package" $280 beacon, shovel, probe

Other Gear

Item Deposit Notes
Books/maps $20
Whitewater Kayaks $200 includes boat, skirt and paddle. Rented at Caitlins discretion.

Gear Plan

After many months of discussion and debate, a 5-year plan (2007-2011) was put forward to revitalize our gear. We have over achieved our plan! Success... a new plan will be posted when we have one.

Other Gear Rental Locations

Mountain Equipment Co-op is probably the best source of rental equipment. More information can be found on their MEC's rental page

Another place you might go to rent gear is Valhalla Pure Outfitters