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Date : 2004-09-28
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VOCene #9 - September 28, 2004
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It's been a busy week for the VOC! Clubs Days was a phenomenal success
as we have heaps of shiny & happy new members – Hello to you all and
welcome to the VOC. To top it off, many of these new members
participated in the annual Longhike this past weekend, which was an
absolute blast. So what's coming up? Read on…

THIS ISSUE:
1. UPCOMING TRIPS
    - Squamish rockclimbing, Saturday Oct 2
    - Crown Mountain/The Camel on the North Shore, Saturday Oct 2
    - alpine snow/ice climbing (skills required), Saturday Oct 2

2. CLUB NEWS
    - membership renewals
    - Wednesday slideshows
    - VOC apparel

3. CLUB TRIP REPORTS
    - Longhike 2004 
   
4. POINTS OF INTEREST
    - MEC Gear Swap
    - Alpine Club of Canada Leadership course

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UPCOMING TRIPS:
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The best resource for keeping up to date on trips is the message board
on the VOC website (www.ubc-voc.com). New members: you should have
received (or will soon) a confirmation email which will permit you
access to the site.

ROCKCLIMBING AT SQUAMISH

Catch the rockclimbing bug at Longhike? Here's your chance to practice
all those new skills. A quickly-growing group of VOC'ers will be
heading up to Squamish this Saturday to get in some more rock time.
Check the message board or contact Jordan Tam
(jtam@interchange.ubc.ca) for more info.


CROWN MOUNTAIN/THE CAMEL

Anyone interested in a daytrip to a North Shore Classic this weekend?
Where: Crown Mountain/The Camel (Strenuous Dayhike with possible climb
side-trip)
When: Saturday October 2nd
The Plan: 
Meet up at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. Hike up the Lynn Valley
Trail, and up Haines Creek. Then hike up Crown Mountain, and
intrepid-types can climb over and up the Camel (4th Class). Return
over to Grouse mountain and either hike down the Grind (for
purists,hard-core, or low-budget people) or take the tram (for softies
and the wealthy-I think it's $20 to take the ride down)

**This is a pretty strenuous trip (maybe 15km and 4000 ft up and down)
*** If the weather is going to be crappy, I am going to bail. 

What to bring: Day-hiking stuff. Sturdy boots, lunch, warm clothes,
rain gear. If people are interested in the Camel then a harness,
helmet, and we should co-ordinate an appropriate amount of ropes and
gear.
This is also a CAR-FREE trip! Get some use out of the U-Pass.
How to get to Lynn Valley. Get yourself to the SeaBus and take it to
Lonsdale Quay. The Seabus leaves at quarter past and quarter to the
hour. Then catch the 228 Lynn Valley. Get off at the last stop (at
Dempsey Road). Hike along the road into Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.
We'll meet at the bridge/Info centre at the park at 8:00. This means
catching the 7:30 bus, and therefore the 7:15 SeaBus.

Give Dave Campbell a ring (221 1725) or email (dcamp@geog.ubc.ca) if
you are interested.


ALPINE SNOW/ICE CLIMBING

There may be a trip out this weekend for those who already have more
technical experience and looking for something more challenging.
Destination is still TBA (Wedge, Joffre, or Baker); keep an eye on the
board to see what develops if you're interested.

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CLUB NEWS
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MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Your 2003-04 membership expires at the end of September. This
means no more VOCene, no more access to the message board, no more
gear rentals - you will basically be excommunicated from the outdoors
scene. To avoid this untenable situation, swing by the VOC booth
during Clubs Days this week or drop down to our fairly spiffy new
Clubroom in the SUB's basement during lunchtime to renew your
membership. You'll be glad you did.

WEDNESDAY EVENING SLIDESHOWS

This weekly VOC event kicks off Wednesday at 7PM in the clubroom as we
inaugurate our new gleaming white "screen". This week's slideshow will
showcase a 4 month sailing and mountaineering trip in Alaska by VOC
member Roberta Holden. Roberta followed the North Star up the coast to
the Aleutian Island chain of Alaska and also climbed Mt. Fairweather
(15 300ft) from sea level.

VOC APPAREL

We have some stylin' VOC shirts for sale. Long sleeve tees are $15,
short sleeve are $12. There are also some older styles going for $5
(CHEAP!!). Want one? (Say "Yes"). Come by the clubroom and snag one -
supplies are limited!

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TRIP REPORTS
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LONGHIKE 2004

Got a story to tell about this weekend? Was it your first time
climbing? Were you sober enough to remember (and regret) what you did
at the apres-climb party? Send me a short blurb and it will be
included in the next VOCene. Remember, trip reports come from members
and show other members what's happened and what they're missing. So
send me those reports!!
On a related note, a number of links to Longhike pictures have been
posted on the message board - worth checking out as there some wicked
shots!

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POINTS OF INTEREST
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MEC GEAR SWAP

The bi-annual Mountain Equipment Gear Swap is this Sunday. If you're
prowling for cheap quality gear, this is a good place to start. More
info is on the MEC website:

http://www.mec.ca/Apps/events/eventsDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=618035&catCode=BC&Id=9790&bmUID=1096425154026


LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT WEEKEND
Oct. 23-24, 2004

If you are interested in developing your leadership
skills, whether as a trip leader or participant, this
will be a great workshop weekend for you.

Highlights include: a leadership assessment tool where
you will learn more about your leadership style and
identify areas that can be improved; role-playing to
practice decision making and communication in tough
situations while on a hike; and an opportunity to meet
other club members, learn, and have fun--all at the
same time!

Cost:  for ACC members:  $25.00; for non-ACC members:
$30.00; for Varsity Outdoor Club members: $20.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.  To
register, contact Zoran Vasic at 604-438-9066; email:
zvasic@telus.net, before Monday, Oct. 18.

If you call, please leave your email address with
Zoran, as we will be contacting you ahead of the
weekend by email with materials for the workshop.

The workshop will be held at a learning facility in
the North Shore mountains; you can find out more when
you register.  Space is limited, so sign up early!

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