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Rufus the Destroyer goes to Langley

Sometimes I worry that people are complaining that I’m putting up useless garbage that doesn’t meet the standards of a VOC trip report. But sometimes I get mail telling me that I’m not being sufficiently ridiculous, so here we go. … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day and Garibaldi Lake

Participants: Nadine Bruneau, Oliver Capko, the legendary Christian Veenstra Back when we were replacing the roof on the Brian Waddington Hut, we had a bunch of VOC volunteers, who were there for the weekends, Jacob, who stayed the whole time, … Continue reading

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September Powder Day

It was a crisp 4:30 am on September 24th, and two first-years set out with hope in their hearts to ski a glacier on Rainbow Mountain. I was new to the VOC, and when I saw a trip titled “September … Continue reading

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New Years at Phelix: Or, My First Real VOC Trip

Dec 29 2023, 11:30pm. I couldn’t sleep.  I was worried about the weight of my bag. It was my first time backpacking overnight and I’m a horrible, horrible packer. Do I really need about three meals worth of mashed potatoes … Continue reading

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Fooling around near the Elkhart gas station a few days before Groundhog Day

I’d had my vehicle in the shop for most of January, and I had a groundhog to install, which meant my son, Devlin, and I hadn’t done any backcountry together going into the last weekend in January, and we had … Continue reading

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Dew Drop Diaries: Paddling to the West Coast of Haida Gwaii

Hello friends, today I am going to tell you the story of a short kayak trip with some of my closest friends. Setting the scene for this tale: Alex Beauchemin and I met at the start of our second year … Continue reading

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A First Foray in Patagonia Pt.2

Part 2 of 2. A long trip report detailing our time climbing in the Fitz Roy massif, Patagonia. You should read part one here first: https://www.ubc-voc.com/2023/10/03/a-first-foray-in-patagonia-pt-1 January 30-31: Mermoz misadventure We hiked back up to Piedra Negra, swapping our approach shoes … Continue reading

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Subterranean Shenanigans: Uncle of Underground

This November, a keen group of VOCers embarked on the first-ever Uncle of Underground – a trip from Vancouver to Port McNeill (involving 6 hours of travel to the northern end of Vancouver Island). Little did we know, this journey would have … Continue reading

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Helena Beat

Participants: Lucas Braun, Kevin McKay, Allen Zhao (In Spirit), Albert Yip (In Spirit), Kevin Lam (In Spirit). Over Christmas break, Kevin McKay and I returned home to Calgary. Allen, Albert, and Kevin Lam had plans to drive up between Christmas … Continue reading

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Pristine Paddling at Sphinx (workhike)

I would like to start this report with a big thank you to BC parks for facilitating our workhikes at Sphinx Hut by allowing us to store canoes up at Garibaldi Lake. A lot of important work gets done at this … Continue reading

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