Archive:Gender neutral / LGBTQ positive / intersex just wanna go skiing Jan 31 2009

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Rainbow flag flapping in the wind.jpg Diversity Friendly Trip! Rainbow flag flapping in the wind.jpg
This trip celebrates diversity in all its forms. If you sign up for this trip, please be ready to leave your prejudices at the trailhead.

If you are in the VOC, and like to ski, then probably, like me, you care more about how good the skiing is than the gender of your pow-shredding compadres. It is not that I don't like the company of just girls, sometimes, and just guys, other times, often both (in different ways) but really, in the end it's all about the gnar. Therefore I think it is time that the VOC celebrate skiing, again. Nothing new there then. It is, however, time to include everyone, across the entire spectrum of gender and sexuality, who isn't going on the girls-only trips this weekend. It is time for cutting soft beautiful curves in the powder. Or face-planting with skis exploding everywhere, if that's what you're into. It's all good with me. It is time for hot chocolate and Baileys, fine single-malt and desert potlucks. It is time for singing meatloaf on the way to the trailhead with both low and high voices. It is time for the VOC's first (but hopefully not last) officially declared beginner-friendly, gender-neutral, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer and intersex-positive trip. Hell, this trip is so non-judgmental you can even AT and nobody will make fun. Maybe.

Beginner Friendly

This is a beginner friendly trip. It is recommended that you are in reasonably good shape as it is a reasonable way in to the hut (13km, 1250m elevation gain). Beginner friendly means that people with experience will be there to provide some help and make sure you don't get lost. It doesn't necessarily mean "easy". Brew Hut is a relatively good destination for your first overnight trip on skis, but good prerequisites include having hiked at least this distance carrying an overnight pack, and having skied before (uphill on skins as well as downhill) or at least survival skied (snowplough). Note the usual VOC disclaimer. If you have any questions about this trip before the pre-trip meeting, or aren't sure if this trip is for you, please email me.

Trip Meeting

The mandatory trip meeting is Wednesday January 28th, 6:00pm, in the hallway outside the clubroom. The trip meeting is mandatory for beginners, and if you want a ride. Talk to me in advance if you don't think this applies to you.


The trip is January 31st to February 1st, 2009


We will be going to the Brew Hut. The ski in is about 13km and 1250m of elevation gain.

Equipment List

Note that you can borrow equipment from the club for free. Gear rental does require a cash deposit, however. Also, the club is very short of poles, consider Cheapskates, MEC, or borrowing.

Personal items are in regular font, shared items are in italic font


  • water bottle (at least 2L, unless you know yourself)
  • headlamp and batteries
  • sunscreen
  • sun glasses and/or goggles
  • map
  • compass
  • backpack
  • pocket knife
  • whistle
  • lighter and/or waterproof matches
  • first aid kit
  • Toilet Paper

Clothing / Equipment

  • warm jacket (fleece or down)
  • long underwear (top and bottom)
  • toque / hat
  • mitts / gloves
  • weatherproof jacket (goretex or coated nylon or softshell if weather is forecast to be sunny)
  • weatherproof pants (goretex or coated nylon or softshell if weather is forecast to be sunny)
  • hiking poles?
  • gaiters (optional if your pants have an integrated snow cuff)
  • warm pants (fleece or down)
  • insulated booties (optional)


  • Lunch and snacks x2
  • Breakfast x1
  • Dinner x1


  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping pad
  • ear plugs, because somebody will snore (optional)

Cooking and Eating

  • bowl, spoon
  • Stove with fuel. If using white gas, for each person bring 150 mL
    • May use hut stove if available
    • 300mL to run each lantern
  • Pot and matching pot gripper
  • Toothbrush

Ski hardware

  • ski helmet (optional) (most climbing helmets do not protect from frontal or side impacts and are not acceptable substitutes)
  • skis (must have touring bindings that allow the heel to be free) or a split snowboard
  • skins for going uphill. They must fit your skis and have reasonable glue. Test them.
  • bindings. Applies particularly for splitboards.
  • poles
  • boots to match your skis or snowboard - there are many different kinds of binding interfaces. Make sure to test that both your boots fit into your bindings before the trip.
  • ski repair kit

Avalanche Safety Gear

  • 457kHz avalanche transceiver (with batteries, tested in advance)
  • shovel
  • probe
  • snow saw (optional)
  • rutschblock cord (optional)
  • loupe (optional)
  • crystal card (optional)
  • CAC Avaluator card (optional)
  • CAC Public Avalanche Bulletin Printout{{#if:|

===Climbing Gear===}}


Sign Up

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The initial limit is 12, the capacity of the Brew Hut.

  1. Matthew Carroll
  2. Kai Chaplin
  3. Rory Johnston
  4. Len Goff
  5. Kaan E.
  6. Adam Palmblad
  7. Jasper Clarke
  8. Eric Buckley
  9. Andrew Gertge


Please indicate here if you have a car, where you are leaving from and how many people you can transport. Rides will be arranged at the trip meeting, but it would be good to know in advance who has cars.

  • Driver Name (contact details, leaving from, number of passengers)
  • Adam Palmblad (5th & Dunbar, 5 total)
  1. Kaan Ersahin
  2. Matthew Carroll
  3. Eric Buckley
  4. Len Goff
  • Rory Johnston (UBC, 4? total)
  1. Kai Chaplin
  2. Jasper Clarke