Author Archives: Cassandra Elphinstone

Switzerland (Sept 15-21)

Photos: Cassandra Elphinstone, Esther Frei, and Martin Heggli After a week at the International Tundra Experiment (ITEX) Meeting in Parma, Italy (Sept 9-14), I had a free week (Sept 15-21) before I needed to visit a lab in Vienna, Austria. … Continue reading

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Exploring South Creek

Context Harrison Hut is a spectacular alpine hut, situated in a beautiful glaciated valley at 1725m. It provides access to the Pemberton Icecap in the spring and numerous mountaineering opportunities in the summer and fall.  The hut was built in … Continue reading

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Mount Frosty and the Golden Larches

Oct 5th and 6th, 2019 Photos: On Oct 5th a group of 20 VOCers headed up to Manning Park in search of golden larches. After a few hours of hiking up to Frosty Camp and setting up camp in … Continue reading

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Scotland, Bell’s Bothy, and the Inaccessible Pinnacle

At the end of April, I had the opportunity to visit Scotland for a conference on Arctic plants. At the time, Ross Campbell was in Scotland as well. He was waiting to return to Canada and eager for a VOC-like … Continue reading

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Athelney Pass

Photos:by Cassandra and Caroline I had never heard of Athelney Pass before Caroline suggested doing a trip there over the Labour Day long weekend. Strangely, I noticed that there were no VOC trip reports from the area so I thought … Continue reading

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Snowspider Hut – and my first VOC trip

After seeing that the weather forecast was not going to be suitable for the Squamish-Cheakamus traverse we decided to try to go into Snowspider Hut via Vantage Col. However, in the days leading up to the weekend the avalanche forecast … Continue reading

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written by Roland Burton photos by Paloma Gros and Cassandra Elphinstone This wasn’t my trip.  It was Paloma’s trip.  When she proposed the trip, it sounded like I could get away from home for a whole week, as this was … Continue reading

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Two and a half VOC Huts in a Week

by Cassandra, Isabel, Tom and Roland Participants: Tom, Benoit, Roland, Isabel and Cassandra This trip was altogether a special trip! Even though we set out to visit and fix up three of the four VOC huts in a week, only … Continue reading

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Burton Hut Feb 19th – 21st

It is difficult to write a better trip report than Roland’s so I thought I should just add some details and quote his summary of the trip. “Executive Summary: Sphinx Camp seemed small this year. Just Cassandra and me. Can’t … Continue reading

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G2 at Wedgemount Glacier, September 6-8, 2013

“The youngest writes the trip report.” This is what Olek told me before we began the hike down from Wedgemount Lake. It wasn’t that I had not heard this before but I had never taken it seriously. Last year for … Continue reading

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