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VOC 2019 Trail Series 1: Pacific Spirit Half-Marathon

March 23, 2019 For whatever reason it seems as if trail running is the new thing in the VOC crowd. Maybe we’re all too scared of dangerous things like climbing cliffs and paddling raging whitewater? In any case, it is … Continue reading

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Son of caves; The clan of the Caves

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At 5 am the car was waiting outside full of likeminded cavers ready for adventure. The drive to Horseshoe bay was through the silence and dark city, Vancouver, where only the shadows, of a people once known as homosapiens, crawled around. … Continue reading

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Garibaldi Lake Run – Sept 15, 2018 (aka Plan B to the Annual Cheakamus-Rubble Creek Traverse)

The Cheakamus-Rubble Creek traverse is a breathtaking backcountry route through Garibaldi Provincial Park, stretching from the Cheakamus Lake parking lot to the Rubble Creek parking lot. After meeting at a VOC trail running version of the traverse in 2015, Michael … Continue reading

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Iron Chef at Brew Hut

The legendary Iron Chef at Brew Hut started off strong as, although our organiser Joe “Energy Legs” O’Brien told us to expect snowy slushy hiking, we came up to the most beautiful of sunny and mostly dry days. The initial … 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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Prussiks and Pulleys: Hauling VOCass at the Anniversary Glacier [Glacier School 2]

By: Elliott Skierszkan and Alberto Contreras-Sanz Sept 9-10, 2017 The Participants: Julien Renard (Leader), Caitlin Schneider (Leader), Matthew Van Ootsdam, Alberto Contreras-Sanz, Andrew Cavers, Elliott Skierszkan Looking for help to pull someone out from a 15-m deep crevasse? We’ve got … Continue reading

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Swimming with the Seals. For 1.7 kilometres.

Although I had to fly to a conference early Sunday morning, I didn’t want to let this weekend go by without a great adventure. Hence, Ilya Capralov and I set out on an adventure that wouldn’t take us long — … Continue reading

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A Moonlight Memorial Walk at Seymour

January 11, 2017 marked two years since we lost Neil Mackenzie and Steffi Grothe, two wonderful and inspiring club members in a tragic climbing accident on Joffre Peak that also claimed the life of Elena Cernicka. Many of our newer … Continue reading

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Snowshoes and Snowy Views

Sunday, December 2nd 2016, twenty-five eager beavers from the VOC woke up dark and early to snowshoe to the Red Heather hut in Garibaldi Park. Drivers got their passengers picked up in the windy darkness and zipped up the Sea … Continue reading

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Island Caving Extravaganza

The trip was limited to five people; At first I was confused as to why the group size was so small, but when you find yourself in a tunnel so tight that to move forward you have breathe in, it … Continue reading

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