Document type : vocene
Date : 2016-04-26
Description : VOcene #43 2016
Content :
Varsity Outdoor Club
VOCene #43, April 26 2016


** In This Issue:
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** Recent Trips
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** Upcoming Trips
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** Message Board Highlights
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** Ms. Manners
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** Recent Trips
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* Arran and Joane very nearly made their way to Pitt River Hot Springs (http://www.ubc-voc.com/2016/04/20/second-overland-attempt-to-pitt-river-hot-springs) .
* Roland Burton and a few others made it to Keyhole Hot Springs. (http://www.ubc-voc.com/2016/04/19/keyhole-hot-spring-april-17-18)


** Upcoming Trips
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THIS WEEK

Last day of Exams · Wednesday, April 27th (http://www.ubc-voc.com/tripagenda/details.php?tripid=1138)
Woo hoo! Excellent time for trips to start happening!

''Backcountry'' skiing aka Skinning Cypress Resort · Wednesday, April 27th  (http://www.ubc-voc.com/tripagenda/details.php?tripid=1213)
Is anyone interested in skinning up Cypress ski area and skiing a lap or two on the closed ski runs this Wednesday evening?

It's always worth the trip.

THIS WEEKEND

The May bikepacking expedition · Sat. Apr. 30th - Fri. May. 6th (http://www.ubc-voc.com/tripagenda/details.php?tripid=1207)
7-day biking trip! Should be beautiful terrain.

NEXT WEEK

VOC BBQ at Locarno 1st Installment · Wednesday, May 4th (http://www.ubc-voc.com/tripagenda/details.php?tripid=1196)
Come by! We'll have a big VOC flag. We like to do this once a month.

NEXT WEEKEND

**Son of Rock (Learn How to Climb Outdoor Rock in Squamish!)** · Sat. May. 7th - Sun. May. 8th (http://www.ubc-voc.com/tripagenda/details.php?tripid=1195)
This is the annual spring learn-to-rock-climb event in Squamish. Highly recommended.


** Message Board Highlights
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-There's been a slew of off-brand Petzl harnesses on eBay (http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum5/read.php?1,117931) . Buy your safety gear from reputable sources!
-Richard Shaw (http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum5/read.php?1,117961) could use some crampons.
-Roland's heading for Calgary May 1 (http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum5/read.php?1,117932) , in case that helps somebody.


** Ms Manners
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Ms Manners is the VOC's resident expert on mountaineering and outdoors etiquette, and answers questions from VOCers once a week in her advice column, here. Do you have a question for Ms Manners? Email the VOCene editor and it will be forwarded on to Ms Manners, with a reply posted the following week.

Hey Ms Manners,

I'm heading across the border for a trip. What travel insurance do I need?

Thanks!

Hey,

Good question! Having medical insurance during climbing trips into the US (or any other country, for that matter) can prevent a pretty major fiscal headache. The Co-operators were frequently recommended amongst the VOC for a while, but they've stopped offering insurance for climbers.

The ACC (https://www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/acc-trip-insurance/) recommendsTuGo (https://www.tugo.com/en/company/contact-us/) for Emergency Medical Insurance among other things. It's ~$20 for a couple of days, which is pretty reasonable.

Stay safe out there,
Ms Manners

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