Club gear is managed by the Quartermasters. Club members can borrow gear for free if they leave a deposit. A full VOC gear policy should be made available. Everyone is supposed to do a workhike before borrowing club gear, although exceptions are sometimes made for new members early in the year.
Club gear is maintained by the quartermasters and club members and as such 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.
Please return your gear on time if you don't want to join the Wall of shame.
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.
- A large cash deposit is required to take out Club Gear. The cash is returned to you when you bring back the gear.
- Normally gear is loaned out for a week. Please bring it back within a week, or sooner. Others are probably 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.
- 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.
- It's best to not 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.
- 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.
Gear Rental Hours (when the Clubroom will be open)
The current gear hours are listed below. If you need to meet the Quartermasters outside of gears hours due to scheduling conflicts, ask nicely. Over the holidays, it might be a good idea to email first, if you are planning to come in.
Updated for Winter 2011!!
- Monday 12:00 - 13:00
- Aron Zahradka
- Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00
- Julia Stafford
- Wednesday 18:00 - 19:00
- Caitlin Schneider
- Thursday 11:00 - 12:00
- Todd Mackenzie
- Friday 12:00 - 13:00
NOTE: If you need to meet outside of these posted gear hours, your best bet is to email the quartermaster (gear at ubc-voc dot com) and be prepared to bring some small bribe (food or drink generally works well).
In the clubroom in the basement of the SUB, by the Bike Kitchen. This map will guide you.
If you would like to contact the quartermasters, you can email:
gear at ubc-voc dot com
If you want to contact an individual Quartermaster you can find them at:
jacobslosberg at gmail dot com
caitlin.m.schneider at gmail dot com
todd at phas dot ubc dot ca
aronadka at gmail dot com
julia dot stafford at comcast dot net
We can also help you out with VOC membership or VOC library loans, or perhaps also other VOC related stuff...
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.
Rock Climbing Gear
- Rope $100 (top rope only, not suitable for leader falls)
- Harness $40
- Climbing shoes $40
- Helmet $40
- "Small Climbing package" $100 (Harness, shoes, helmet)
- Ice axe $40
- Mountaineering boots $40 (stiff boots suitable for crampons)
- Crampons $40 (bring your boots for fitting)
- Miscellaneous Camping gear $40 per item (limited selection of overnight packs, mats, one stove, etc)
- Books/maps from our library $20 each
Snow Sports Gear List
- Snowshoes $40
- Gaiters $20
Make sure your skis, boots, poles, feet, skins, all fit together properly before leaving the Clubroom
- Telemark skis $80
- Skins $40
- Poles $40
- Plastic tele boots $80
- "Small Ski Package" $200 (Skis, plastic boots, poles, and skins)
- Avalanche transceiver, or beacon $200 (batteries are not included)
- Shovel $40
- Probe $40
- "Avalanche package $xxx (beacon, shovel, probe)
After many months of discussion and debate, a 5-year plan (2007-2011) has been put forward to revitalize the current gear in the clubroom.
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