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).
Gear hours are updated for Fall 2013 ❤ Your QMs
- Monday: Annie Maurer 13:00-14:00
- Tuesday: Julien Renard 12:00-13:00
- Wednesday: Jens Vent-Schmidt 18:00 - 19:00
- Thursday: Fisal Elstone 12:30 - 13:30
- Friday: Marie-Eve Myrand-Lapierre 12:00-13:00 Update: She will run her gear hour until Friday December 20th, and will start again on January 10th
Last updated 2013 December 9th
If you would like to contact the quartermasters, you can email: [email protected] dot com .
- 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 Honorary 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. Honorary Members don't pay fees and are not entitled to use Club Gear; presumably by the time you get to be an Honorary Member, you have bought your own gear.
- 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. Check for loose screws in the bindings. Make sure your boots both fit your feet and the skis, and that your skins fit. Check both halves of the pair. People have managed to borrow two left boots, or two boots of different size.
In the clubroom in the basement of the SUB, near CopyRight. 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)
|Rope||$100||top rope only, not suitable for leader falls|
|Climbing shoes||$40||should fit tightly, but not utterly destroy your feet|
|"Climbing package"||$100||Harness, shoes, helmet|
|Mountaineering boots||$40||stiff boots suitable for crampons|
|Crampons||$40||bring your boots for fitting|
|Hiking boots||$40||not suitable for crampons|
|Tent||$80||But we don't usually rent tents|
Snow Sports Gear
|Telemark skis + skins||$120|
|Plastic tele boots||$80|
|"Ski Package"||$200||Skis + skins, boots, poles|
|Avalanche transceiver or beacon||$200||batteries are not included!|
|"Avalanche package"||$280||beacon, shovel, probe|
|Whitewater Kayaks||$200||includes boat, skirt and paddle. Rented at Caitlins discretion.|
|SPOT locator||$100||batteries not included. (Free for trip leader).|
|Crash Pad||$80||We have only one, so one week rental.|
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