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So, what's in your pack? What do you need for a Winter Hut Trip with the VOC? · Tuesday, November 1st
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Start: Tuesday, Nov. 1st, 6:00 pm
The Buy Nights are coming! The Buy Nights are coming! Cheap prices at Atmosphere and MEC mean that a lot of people will be looking to pick up gear for the coming winter season. The problem is, there's a totally bewildering array of gear out there. Some of it works really well, and some of it, well sucks. Instead of blindly buying stuff, or listening the staff members with dubious qualifications who are trying to handle 100 customers at once, learn from crusty old VOCers (who are probably those same dubiously qualified staff members) about what gear works and what gear doesn't based on personal experience.
Experienced club members will bring in their packs, ready to go for a weekend hut trip. You'll be able to dig through their gear and find out why 50% of the sleeping bags you seen in VOC huts are MEC Merlin bags and why Nick, Veenstra and Phil all rock headlamps special ordered from a different continent. Heck, you'll even learn why most people use the green polyethylene Nalgene bottles instead of the polycarbonate ones (if you care).
If you think you've got your gear sorted, then bring your pack ready to go and get an experienced club member to go through it and see if they have any recommendations (like burn your cotton 'base layer').
Our hope is that we can save less experienced club members money be preventing them from having to buy gear twice (first the 'I'll save money by buying this synthetic sleeping bag that's larger than I am! Followed quickly by 'yup, I'll take that Merlin -10 please...) and prevent more experienced club members from tearing their hair out when someone shows up at the trail head with a stuffed 90L pack for an overnight trip.
The theme here is definitely 'Ski Hut Trip', if you've got questions about tents and stuff, I'm sure people would be happy to answer them though.
Location: WOOD 5
Post Event Refreshments/VOCDT Meeting: The Gallery