Document type : vocene
Date : 2009-11-10
Description : VOCene #21
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VOCene #21  November 10th, 2009

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In this VOCene:

I. Upcoming Events and Trips
1) MEC Clubs Night - Nov. 10
2) Annual Smith Rock Climbing Trip - Nov. 11-15
3) Red Heather Skiing/Snowshoeing - Nov. 14-15
4) Ski Movie 'Flakes' - Nov. 17
5) Beginner Brew Hut Ski Trip - Nov. 21-22
6) Intro to Wilderness Survival - Nov. 21-22
7) Jared Stanley Memorial Lecture - Nov. 25th
8) Avalanche Skills Training 1 Course - Dec. 12-13 or Jan. 16-17
9) Avalanche Skills Training 2 Course - Jan. 23-24, 30-31

II. Miscellaneous
1) VOC Photo and Video Contests

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I. Upcoming Events and Trips

1) MEC Clubs Night - Nov. 10

This is tonight! Are you one of those people who can't step foot into MEC without lightening your wallet considerably? Or perhaps you're new to the whole outdoors gig, and wonder what this MEC place is that people keep talking about. Whichever the case, you probably want to come along to the MEC clubs night.

10% off retail prices! This event is for members of the VOC and ACC, in addition to getting a good price on gear it will give you a chance to see what these clubs are all about and how your free ACC membership works (did you know you get a free ACC membership as a VOC member?). Be there at 7:00pm for a quick presentation about what MEC, the VOC, and the ACC can do for you, hear about the screenings at the upcoming Banff Mountain Film Festival and then shop 'till you've got all the gear you need, you run out of money, or 9:00pm - whichever comes first!

You must sign up on the wiki to attend. If you have previously signed up but won't be able to make it, be sure to remove yourself from the list so someone can take your place!
http://www.ubc-voc.com/wiki/Nov2009_mec_clubs_night
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=1&i=45035&t=45035


2) Annual Smith Rock Climbing Trip - Nov. 11-15

Smith Rock State Park is the premier rockclimbing destination in Central Oregon and is famous worldwide as an early birth place of bolted sport climbing in North America. The VOC traditionally has a trip there over the Remembrance Day holiday, but this year that falls on a Wednesday. The current plan is to drive down on the Wednesday, and stay until the Sunday. Climbing is on two primary volcanic rock types. The welded tuff of the main formations provides knobby and pocketed face and irregular crack climbs at all angles and all difficulties. The basalt columns of the upper and lower gorges provide steep splitter cracks and delicate bolted face climbs.

Top-ropeable climbs are limited in number as most formations are more than 1/2 rope length high. However there are numerous quality bolted and traditionally protected climbs at easy grades for the beginner lead climber. More details on the message board and wiki:
http://www.ubc-voc.com/wiki/Smith_Rock_Climbing_Trip_2009
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=3&i=10322&t=10322


3) Red Heather Skiing - Nov. 14-15

Maki and Roland are organizing a trip for this weekend. It was originally planned to be a hiking trip to the Brew Hut, but ridiculous(ly good) amounts of snow have foiled that plan. It looks like they will be heading up to Red Heather.

It seems as though more drivers are needed, so if you have a car then you'll probably be looked upon favourably! Pre-trip meeting at 5:30 tonight (Nov. 10) in the clubroom.

See the forum and wiki for more details:
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=3&i=10963&t=10963
http://www.ubc-voc.com/wiki/Brew_Hut_2009


4) Ski Movie 'Flakes' - Nov. 17

The VOC will be presenting a showing of the telemark ski film Flakes by Powderwhore. It will be shown in the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Room 182 on Tuesday, Nov. 17th at 7:30pm. Admission will be by donation, with any proceeds going to the Canadian Avalanche Centre. Bring your friends!

"So we only get a paragraph to describe our latest film? I don't know if that's enough room to describe the 70 hours of HD footage we painstakingly condensed into one action-packed hour of powder-filled backcountry skiing. Now I've already wasted two sentences. Down to business: We spent last winter breaking trail into the backcountry with some of the top telemark skiers in the world like Nick DeVore, Andy Jacobsen, Jason West, Will Cardamone, Megan Michelson, JT Robinson, Dylan Crossman and many others. Our goal? To try and capture the joy and freedom that is powder skiing and bring that vision to you. We traveled from Colorado to Utah, and from Argentina to Alaska, searching for the most challenging and beautiful mountains to ski. After five years of two brothers putting out films, it's still tough to effectively capture our amazing experiences in a few sentences."

Trailer on youtube, more info on the message board:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcorGsIUPQ0
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=1&i=45221&t=45216


5) Beginner Brew Hut Ski Trip - Nov. 21-22

Early season is the time for hut skiing, and Brew the classic destination.

It seems to happen every year in the early season - keen new VOCers head into the gear room, get themselves a tele setup, and head on up to the Brew Hut. Back in the day, before GPS and before the hut was moved to the top of the ridge, this usually involved not finding the hut and sleeping in a snow cave. These days we seem to do a bit better, although epics have occurred.

This will be an overnight trip, up to the Brew Hut. We'll ski in on Saturday, and ski/climb Brew/enjoy the views once we're up there. Come down on Sunday. Guaranteed memorable. If you have never been backcountry skiing before, but are willing to suffer a bit in order to learn, this is the trip for you. There is also 'beginner' space available for those who are not really beginners, but perhaps not such good skiers or don't have much backcountry experience... call them 'moderates'?

More details on the message board and sign-up on the wiki:
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=3&i=11075&t=11075
http://www.ubc-voc.com/wiki/Brew_Hut_Nov_21_2009


6) Intro to Wilderness Survival - Nov. 21-22

This is a wilderness survival instructional trip that will take place the weekend of the November 21st, 2009.

The general idea is to drive into the backcountry and spend as much time as possible practicing skills, having discussions, and generally have a good time camping out. The focus will be on learning and practicing skills, so to maximize time there will not a self-propelled approach. This is not a competition or anything like the reality shows on TV. We will not be practicing the ridiculous stuff that Bear Grylls does. In fact we will probably make fun of him a lot.

The goal of this trip is to learn how to prepare for, avoid, and practice skills for short term wilderness survival. For example getting stuck out overnight on a day trip due to bad weather, injury or whatever.

More details on the message board and sign-up on the wiki:
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=3&i=11062&t=11062
http://www.ubc-voc.com/wiki/Intro_to_wilderness_survival


7) Jared Stanley Memorial Lecture - Nov. 25th

UBC student Jared Stanley passed away in January 2005 while backcountry skiing at Mount Seymour. This is the fifth annual lecture to honor his memory and remind us all to be aware of the risks we take in the backcountry.

Join North Shore Search and Rescue's Time Jones for a presentation and slideshow, followed by a showing of the new avalanche awareness film 'The Fine Line.'

Mode details on the message board:
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=1&i=45631&t=45631


8) Avalanche Skills Training Course - Dec. 12th-13th or Jan. 16th-17th

Taking an avalanche course is a great idea for anybody who will be in the mountains in winter. On skis or snowshoes, with the VOC or without the VOC, no matter what this course will be of great benefit. The VOC is organizing four different avalanche courses; two in December and two in January. The courses are run by Canada West Mountain School, but are offered through the VOC for a significant discount!

This course in the AST1 course, which is the first level of training offered by the Canadian avalanche association. It is the first step towards being aware of and managing risks in the backcountry. Avalanche course students learn about some snow science basics, terrain, route finding, snow stability testing and rescue. The courses are being offered either at Mt. Seymour or a combination of Whistler and Mt. Seymour, and will cost $170 or $210 depending on whether you need a Whistler lift ticket. Spaces are limited, and it fills up quickly so make sure to sign up early if you want a spot. Last day for payment is Nov. 16th for the December courses and Dec. 14th for January courses.

More info on the message board:
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=3&i=10817&t=10817


9) Avalanche Skills Training 2 Course - Jan. 23-24, 30-31

This is the next level for people who have already taken the AST1 course, or for those who feel they want more training than just a weekend course. This years course is being done by Canada West Mountain School. The price is $500 excl. backcountry passes to whistler (add another $80 for passes) and must be paid before December 14th. Payment can be made to any exec in the clubroom.

See the message board and wiki for details:
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=3&i=10998&t=10998
http://www.ubc-voc.com/wiki/AST2_2010


II. Miscellaneous

1) VOC Photo and Video Contests

In addition to the annual VOC Photo Contest, this year we'll also be holding the inaugural VOC Video Contest. Details of the contests have yet to be decided, but remember to keep shooting photos and video of anything you deem worthy while you're out with the club! Around this time of year there are guaranteed to be some spectacular tele bails which could make some interesting clips!

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