Archive:Winter Longhike 2008

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Main article: Winter Longhike

Everything is different when you go into the backcountry in the winter; that's why there is Winter Longhike, an introductory trip for winter camping. This is usually a big trip with lots of keen people aboard who want to get out, learn some new skills, and sleep in their very own snow shelter while still managing to have fun too. It's an easy, beginner friendly trip, so if you've never even seen snow before you can still have a good time. Other fun activities that often happen at Winter Longhike are a cooking competition, sing alongs, costume competitions, and the occasional great ski run on Sunday.

Past destinations have included:

  • Red Heather Meadows in Garibaldi Park
  • Fat Dog Creek in Manning Park
  • Falls Lake (Coquihalla)
  • Mt. Seymour


January 12th - 13th, 2008

Pre-trip Meeting

There will also be a mandatory dry school on Wednesday Jan 9th at 6pm in the VOC clubroom to arrange rides, food, driving instructions, and go over some snowcave theory.


Falls Lake, Zoa

Falls Lake Topo 


Driving directions from UBC to Falls Lake exit off Coquihalla Highway (Google Maps)

Winter Longhike 2008 Directions Map.JPG

Equipment List

Main article: Winter Longhike


In winter especially, none of your clothing should be made out of cotton. Anything synthetic is safe. Just remember, Cotton Kills.

  • sleeping pad
  • sleeping bag (rated for winter, or 3 season if you sleep warm)
  • garbage bags (2-3)
  • warm jacket (fleece or down)
  • warm pants (fleece or thick long underwear)
  • long underwear
  • layers (fleece or wool sweaters)
  • toque, mitts (2 pairs, or a set of waterproof shells)
  • goggles and avalanche beacon if skiing Sunday
  • warm socks (2 pairs, wool/wool mix)
  • waterproof jacket (goretex or coated nylon)
  • waterproof pants (goretex or coated nylon)
  • gaiters
  • cup, bowl, spoon, knife
  • good waterproof boots (wax them before the trip) or ski boots
  • skis and skins if skiing, or snowshoes
  • poles
  • toothbrush etc.
  • sunscreen and glasses (we can hope, right?)
  • water bottle (1L)
  • lunch, snacks, breakfast, dinner contribution (in winter you will need 2500-3500 calories per day, fat-rich stuff keeps you warm)
  • headlamp
  • gas money for your driver
  • camera if you want

If you want to go skiing on Sunday before heading out to the cars, make sure to bring

  • avalanche transceiver
  • shovel
  • probe (optional but recommended)

Small Group

3-4 people per group, organized at trip meeting along with car groups

  • shovels (1-2)
  • probe
  • stove + fuel + lighter (you'd be surprised how often one of these stays home)
  • pots

Big Group


  • first aid kits (2)
  • song books (4)
  • snow saw
  • maps, compass, etc


Since this is such a big trip, rides are usually coordinated at the dry school on Wednesday January 9th to match drivers with passengers who live close to them. However, please indicate here if you have a car, where you are leaving from and how many people you can transport.

  • Driver's Name [email, location leaving from, # of passengers]
  1. Colin Pither
  2. Jenifer Moore

  • Bob Lai [leaving from UBC. 6 passengers. Can pick up in Kits if you're nice.]
  1. Andrew (is very nice)
  2. Christian S.
  3. April Hall
  4. Sarah Long
  5. Sophia Toft Moulton
  6. Anne Vialettes (very nice and live in Pt Grey)

  • Fred Touche (Leaving from North Van.)
  1. Eva Oberle
  2. Shauna Connaughton
  3. Rawan AlAsad

  • Mahdi (Leaving from UBC)
  1. Mohammad Mohammad Nia
  2. Oliver McLean
  3. Moritz Bonse

  • Jason Bedard (Leaving from Burbany)
  1. Laura Morrison
  2. Maggie Lam
  3. Matt Parisien
  4. Richard So
  5. Chris P. (por favor)

  • Mike Blicker (Leaving from Pt. Grey)
  1. Eddie Rothschild
  2. Conrad Koziol
  3. Sev

  • Andrew Paré
  1. Julie Valk
  2. Michael Kaye