Author Archives: Melissa Bernstein

Stoke then Soak (Nov 20-21, 2021)

the abridged version: some skied, some attempted to ice skate but ended up hiking in the snow, then there was hotsprings and a fire and a pork loin that was on sale and seared and songs and spiked hot chocolate and then more hotsprings. … Continue reading

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Girlz Trip to Garibaldi

Nearing the end of the summer, I organized an all girls trip to Garibaldi Park (Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh land) with some friends. Some bailed, others were busy. But the final crew to go was Lucy Luo, Sahar Mavali, Georgia Carswell, … Continue reading

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Bike-Hike-Bike in the South Chilcotins

Between Friday July 30 and Monday August 2nd, 3 VOCers went out to do something they had never done before. Well, 2 of them. And there is no coincidence that this group bikepacked the same route that Isaac Borrego hiked last … Continue reading

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Burton (Sphinx) Hut “Workhike” September 5-7, 2020

By Melissa Bernstein, with help from Cassandra Elphinstone and Ross Campbell I never thought my first trip to Garibaldi Lake would be what went down on this trip. Before this trip, I had only been up to Garibaldi Park once, … Continue reading

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Glacier School 1 (G1) Brandywine

By Kai Schwarz and Melissa Bernstein Intro On the weekend of September 19-20, 2020, the yearly VOC trip Glacier School 1 (G1) ran, this time in a different format. Some years there is also Glacier School 2, but not this … Continue reading

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Golden Larches at Mt. Frosty – Oct 3-4, 2020

Did you know Golden Larches are one of the only tree species to thrive above 2,000 meters? How about that the larches are one a few deciduous conifer trees? Or that that many Golden Larches are over 2,000 years old? On October … Continue reading

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Coffee on the Beach, Ep. 1

Last night I set my alarm for 6:45am and packed a bag with a nalgene full of water, a tea bag, ramen, a spoon, chopsticks, my stove, and a pot. I think my body was so excited that it decided … Continue reading

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Eccentric False Creek Kayaking

On Friday, May 15, 2020, I took a day off from work. I was feeling really burnt out and needed some time outside and offline. So I called up my good friend and go-to adventure buddy, Jacob Grossbard, and begged … Continue reading

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Type 1.5 Fun: Ski Touring near Red Heather Hut

I have been meaning to join the VOC for a few years and only recently did I finally sign up and find a trip to go on, with encouragement from Jacob Grossbard and Cass Berno among others. I was planning … Continue reading

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