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Hyalite Ice Climbing: a love story

Ice Climbing; a love story. So fair warning folks; this may turn out to be more of a cloying love letter to ice climbing than a legitimate trip report. Also, it’s pretty damn self-centred. Tough. You’ve been warmed. The cast: … Continue reading

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Rockies Ice 2014: Part 5 – The Thunder Down Under

I arrived in the Calgary Greyhound station weary, and battered. Sleep had come hard, as was typical on such ventures, and the ride from Vancouver was not made any easier by being on the tail end of a flight form … Continue reading

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Zoa Peak: An intro to Voile Strap Bindings

The night before was full of excitement, not knowing what to expect from my first real backcountry ski trip. Overwhelmed with excitement, I almost couldn’t sleep that night. What would teleskiing be like? Would I tumble down the mountain upon … Continue reading

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Phelix New Years 2013

Day 1: With Derry and Greg, Carolyn and I started off on our first backcountry ski trip, dark and early at 0530 on December 28, 2012. The Jeep was pretending to be a coffee house, complete with tunes, breakfast wraps … Continue reading

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Brewski Brew Ski

Rain and a lot of snow… pretty much the same weather than the last attempted trip to Brew Hut two weeks ago. Because we were only 5 instead of 20, we came to the conclusion that we would be faster, … Continue reading

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Baker Backcountry – perfect start to a year!

33 years after my last VOC adventure I have to admit to being a newbie in the backcountry. I have strained the boundaries of countless ski resorts but have finally broken FREE and love it. Thank you to Ran for … Continue reading

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Thank you

Well I guess this is a trip report of sorts, just of a very long trip…. On August 31st, 2011, I stepped off the plane to a grey, drizzly Vancouver morning. I didn’t know a soul. Everything I had to … Continue reading

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The loss off the learning curve.

Participants: Katherine Valentine, Nick Matwyuk, Artem Bylinskii, Samuel Mckoy, Jessica Litman, Kate Wootton and Helene Gylling The trip started saturday morning, promissing late (6.20) with a drive to Pemberton to pick up Sam. The convoy consisted off 2 cars (not … Continue reading

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Joffre NW ridge

Some time ago Sam McKoy emailed me basically saying “let’s do something hard involving skis”. A little hunting around at photos suggested that we might be able to keep the grade on Joffre NW ridge down by bypassing difficulties out … Continue reading

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Nick stands on some rocks that someone named after our club

Due east of Whistler, just beyond the Spearhead Range, lies a mountain that was named after our club. “VeeOcee Mountain” was named in 1964 and first climbed in 1966 by a party that included one R. Burton. It has been … Continue reading

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