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Scrambling, Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Ice Climbing

The Engine and The Guard

An early season ascent of Phyllis’ Engine and a standard season ascent of The Guard Dates: April 25 – 28, 2018 Participants: Duncan Pawson, Nick Hindley, Tobias Huxol Prologue: The trip planning started as all classics do, with a good … Continue reading

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Oreos for breakfast – Daughter of ice 2018

Before I arrived in Vancouver in August it was inconceivable to me that I would ever enjoy climbing, but soon enough my roommate convinced me to give it a try. Next thing I knew, I was in a car headed … Continue reading

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A Hard Lesson About a Soft Rock

This is the story of the time I fell 10m, ripped all 3 pieces of gear, and caught myself on an Arbutus tree at my belayers feet over a 20m drop. Lesson of the day: limestone is not granite; it does not hold … Continue reading

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Exploring Scotland: The Highlands, Sea and Skye

Carly Peterson and I, Kelsey Miller, were on the verge of completing our undergraduate degrees when we decided to plan a trip to celebrate our efforts over the last five years. We were hungry for escape from the confines of … Continue reading

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A European Best Buds Reunion Part 1: Dolomites, Italy

Jake Jones and I became best buds and regular adventure buddies during his time on exchange at UBC. Sadly, he had returned to Manchester to finish his degree. When Nicole Barrette and I received the Neil Mackenzie Adventure Grant and … Continue reading

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G2: oh Shucks, Son, we almost made it (Mt. Shuksan pre-summit)

September 9-10, 2017 Eight hopeful glacier enthusiasts wake up Saturday morning to expand their glacier-travel skills and attempt to conquer Mt. Shuksan. Zack Wentz leads the group, but also includes a Swiss Mountaineer for 16 years, Pascale Vonaesch, who was … Continue reading

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38 years in the making – Mt Birdwood via Lizzie’s Ridge

Mt Birdwood is a limestone mountain in the Canadian Rockies located in the Kananaskis area. The peak stands at 3097m in elevation. There are two established routes to the summit, The NW Ridge (II, 5.5) and the less common Lizzie’s … Continue reading

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Watersprite Lake and Gibson peak

Trip date (Aug 12-13/2017) Watersprite Lake and Gibson Peak VOC Trip The journey began early Saturday morning when myself (Glen) and Mike picked up our car mates and took off for the weekend. We met briefly at Galileo’s Café at … Continue reading

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Alpine Skills Course 2017

On July 15th 2017, several VOCers were able to gain invaluable skills from the ever-knowledgeable VOC alumnus Sam McKoy. The wonderful Else Bosman and Luca Malaguti, participants from the last year Alpine Skills course, were also there to impart their … Continue reading

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Captain Morgan’s Pose with Captain Morgan at Cypress Peak

Trip participants: Josh, Bobby, Nikhil, and Vincent —————— “You sure you want to be wearing those hardshell pants?” I asked Nikhil as he stepped into my car. “Nah man, I think I’ll be fine,” he replied as I started driving. … Continue reading

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