Document type : vocene
Date : 2008-01-02
Description : VOCene #32
Content :
VOCene #32 - Jan. 2, 2008
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In this VOCene:

I. Trip Reports
     1) New Year's at Phelix

II. Upcoming Events and Trips
     1) Skiing this weekend, Jan. 4-6
     2) The Great Blue Heron - A Coastal British Columbia Icon, Jan. 9
     3) Winter Longhike, Jan. 12-13
     4) "Smells like GREEN Spirit!" Jan. 18-19

III. VOCJ 50
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Happy New Year!  Sorry for the lack of VOCenes over the past couple of
weeks.  I was off in the flat land of Ontario and remote-VOCenes
aren't in my contract.

I. Trip Reports

1) New Year's at Phelix
A large (25ish) group of VOCers piled into the Brian Waddington Hut
over the holiday break.  Aside from a few rescue missions and general
stinkyness it seems like a good time was had.  "Nipple-deep" powder
was reported and the naked hut circumnavigation was completed.
Full TRs:
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=3&i=1687&t=1687

II. Upcoming Events and Trips

1) Skiing this weekend, Jan. 4-6
Some people are organizing a trip for the weekend.  Check it out:
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=3&i=1681&t=1681

2) The Great Blue Heron - A Coastal British Columbia Icon, Jan. 9
7:30 pm Wednesday January 9, 2008, Free
Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level, Central Library
350 West Georgia St, Vancouver

The Great Blue Heron is an iconic symbol of the Pacific coast of
Canada. A talk by biologist Ross Vennesland, Parks Canada's Species at
Risk Recovery Specialist for the coast of BC.  The Great Blue Heron is
an iconic symbol of the Pacific coast of Canada. Residing in wetlands,
on the seashore and even in farmer's fields, this species is a potent
symbol of the value ecosystem conservation. Join us to learn about the
life history and conservation status of this species on the coast of
British Columbia. Talk by biologist Ross Vennesland, Parks Canada's
Species at Risk Recovery Specialist for the coast of BC.

For more information please contact the Vancouver Public
Library at 604-331-3603, www.vpl.ca
Sponsored by Parks Canada, www.pc.gc.ca, (604) 666-8800

3) Winter Longhike, Jan. 12-13
Pre-Trip Meeting Jan. 9 6pm, Clubroom
Everything is different when you go into the backcountry in the
winter; that's why there is Winter Longhike, an introductory trip for
winter camping. This is usually a big trip with lots of keen people
aboard who want to get out, learn some new skills, and sleep in their
very own snow shelter while still managing to have fun too. It's an
easy, beginner friendly trip, so if you've never even seen snow before
you can still have a good time. Other fun activities that often happen
at Winter Longhike are a cooking competition, sing alongs, costume
competitions, and the occasional great ski run on Sunday.
http://www.ubc-voc.com/wiki/Winter_Longhike_2008
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=3&i=1679&t=1679

4) "Smells like GREEN Spirit!" Jan. 18-19
The UBC Student Environment Centre is hosting their annual conference
"Smells like GREEEN Spirit!" on Jan. 18-19.  Here is some info from
them:

The snows of Kilimanjaro are melting. What's next? Grouse? Whistler?
If things keep going the way they are, much of the Lower Mainland
could end up as one big swimming pool. Unless YOU help prevent
it. Find out about environmental issues and how to take
environmental action. Come to UBC's annual environment conference,
"Smells Like Green Spirit," hosted by the Student Environment Centre,
January 18-19, 2008. Join us as we share information on the
environment's critical state, and provide means by which we as global
citizens can set positive change in motion.

For more information, or to register, contact secconference@gmail.com.

III. VOCJ 50

The 2007-2008 issue of the VOC Journal (VOCJ) will mark the fiftieth
anniversary of the journal. In celebration the journal will be bigger
(higher page count) and brighter (more colour pages) and will feature
a retrospective section including articles by alums, spotlights on
some gems from the archives, and profiles of key figures and events in
VOC history. We'll send free copies out to all contributing alums and
advertisers. This issue will take more resources (human and monetary)
to put together, so we'll need a lot of help

To help, you can:
-submit an article
-submit photos
-suggest advertisers
-suggest alumni we can profile or contact to write an article
-suggest current VOCers we should harass to write articles
-skim the archives for restrospective vignettes
-sign up to write one of a the suggested articles (on the wiki page)

The deadline is February 11, 2008, but the sooner the better!  Early
submissions (eg. NOW) are greatly appreciated by the editor.

All this info and more is on the wiki page:
http://www.ubc-voc.com/wiki/VOCJ50
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