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Burns ‘n’ Turns Part III: Theme Song ©Jim Steinman, with substitutions by Amanda M. Johnson

(Turned around) Every now and then I venture into backcountry when I know I’m not prepared (Turned around) Every now and then I don’t try out rental gear before I hit the trail (Turned around) Every now and then I … Continue reading

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Lynn Peak and the Baden Powell Trail to Deep Cove, Sunday 23rd November.

Last weekend seemed liked the ideal time for a short escape from the city, just enough time to forget about the impending doom of finals. So a group of 10 of us, new and experienced VOCers alike set off on … Continue reading

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Scraping up the Scree – Beginner Friendly Scrambling in Wedgemount Lake

Standing outside my house early on Saturday morning, my pack fully loaded with gear, I was struck by how quiet and serene the city is in the early hours of the morning, while most normal people are still in bed. … Continue reading

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Hot Springs – Party Weekend! A First VOC Encounter

I had just joined the VOC and this would be my first hike with the crew. My friend Shuvi had been begging me to join for years, and now that he was about to leave the city for a few … Continue reading

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Barr Creek Log Pullarama

This is a fairly late trip report, but better late than never. I’d been prompted by Ben Singleton-Polster to remove the log jam that threatened the bridge over Barr Creek for over a year. I had intended to do this … Continue reading

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Harrison Hut Renos: a week of hard work in a beautiful place

There was a bit of confusion as to whether I was going in the first place, but after many of my other summer plans had fallen through, I was pretty determined to get up to the Harrison Hut for a … Continue reading

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Advantageous route traffic on the Mouse’s Tooth (September 6th)

After a Friday afternoon of bouldering in Squamish, Ted Angus and I drove north of Pemberton to search for a mythical alpine climb called “The Mouse’s tooth”. Purportedly, “The best alpine climb on the coast.” Specific route information for this climb is sparse. The route … Continue reading

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How Mount Rainier Defeated Us

What the hell am I doing here? This feeling of uncertainty, disbelief, of surreal adventure leading up to this moment and of the impending challenge leading away from it, has become an addiction since I joined the VOC. So when … Continue reading

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How I Learned My Limitations in Mountaineering: G2 at Slalok Mountain and Matier Glacier

Objective: Practice mountaineering skills by crossing Stonecrop Glacier to summit Slalok Mountain, then descend to cross the Matier Glacier. If time, explore a route on Matier Mountain. Disclaimer: distances, angles and sizes of things are in relation to how I … Continue reading

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Alpine climbing in the Manatee Group (Aug 1st – 9th)

Somewhere above the Lillooet valley a great tower of rock rises out of the glacier below, imposing itself upon the surrounding landscape. The group to which it belongs, the Manatees, is a remote place. It sees just a few visits … Continue reading

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