Archive:Intro to Ice Climbing 2011

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This is the sign up and organization page for an old trip. It already happened. Please do not sign up for it.


February 5th -6th, 2011, Friday evening departure preferred

Pre Trip meeting Wednesday Feb 2nd 2011, 6pm, clubroom, before the slideshow


This is the VOC's annual trip which aims to introduce ice virgins into the realms of ice climbing. We will drive up to Marble Canyon near Cache Creek, which is one of the most reliable spots for ice climbing accessible in a weekend from Vancouver. Since it's a long drive friday evening departures are encouraged. We will camp at the campsite by Crown lake and spend both days climbing ice - top roping, for the most part. The actual ice is just a short walk away from the campsite. Saturday night will hopefully involve a bonfire (probably good to bring a bit of firewood with us). Depending on cars,instructors and conditions people can drive to a different spot on Sunday and then drive down via Pemberton if desired - this will be finalised at the pretrip meeting. In previous years we usually hung out in Marble Canyon for both days and there was enough to do there.


All students must have some experience rock climbing, and MUST be experienced belaying climbers on top rope. If in doubt, just ask me... (Piotr) Appreciation for helmet-wearing is also mandatory.


  1. Rigid(ish) mountaineering boots
  2. Harness
  3. Belay device, some screw-gates
  4. Helmet
  5. Crampons
  6. Ice tools
  7. Waterproofs, jacket+pants
  8. Gloves (lots of pairs, thin ones for climbing and thick ones to thaw your hands while belaying)
  9. Toque
  10. Headlamp !!!!
  11. Camping gear - tent, stove, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, warm clothes etc etc

The Club gear room has some double plastic mountaineering boots, and a huge supply of harnesses and helmets. We have a supply of decent climbing crampons too. You will however need to have your own belay device, and ideally a few screw-gate biners to go with it. If you have slings, quickdraws, daisychains etc, bring those too. I will try to organize ice axes for everybody closer to the time by borrowing tools from everybody I know who won't be instructing, but if you can arrange your own then please please please do - there will be a shortage.

Instructors will be responsible for bringing ropes, screws and draws/extenders/screamers, however I will help out with finding screws and ropes if we don't have enough.


Marble Canyon on Highway 99 between Lillooet and Cache Creek, at the Crown Lake camping site. We will try to leave Vancouver on friday evening (but not before 6pm). Crazy-early saturday departures are acceptable but not encouraged. I'm afraid it's a long drive.

Student Sign Up

The student signup is capped at 14. Sorry folks. Caitlin and Katherine are now officially "The Broken Club", and will only be hanging out with us... :-(

  1. Caitlin Schneider
  2. Katherine Valentine
  3. Spencer Rasmussen
  4. Skyler
  5. Eva Kaltenbacher
  6. Wiebke Frerichs
  7. Matt Parisien
  8. Fabienne
  9. Kathrin Lang
  10. Todd Mackenzie
  11. Gwyn Thomas
  12. Jacob Cramm
  13. Brad Ward
  14. Kristian D

Waiting list

  1. Adam Lewis
  2. Lee Wasilenko(has own gear, tools and some pro)
  3. Nisan Haramati
  4. Shuvi Haramati
  5. Angela Phung

Instructor Sign Up

  1. Piotr F.
  2. Christian Veenstra
  3. Line Veenstra (help setting up top ropes and such)
  4. Anne Vialettes
  5. Josh Zukewich


  • Piotr - 5 spots total, leaving from Commercial and 1st Ave on friday, ca 7pm. Can do close-by pick-ups, otherwise pls bus over for maximum efficiency...
  1. Piotr
  2. Kathrin

  • Veenstra
  1. Veenstra I
  2. Veenstra II

  • Nisan - 5 spots total, leaving from Granville and 70th area. Probably leaving Friday as well. Dependent on making it through the waitlist
  1. Nisan
  2. Shuvi (also dependent on waitlist)
  • Car 3

Tents & Food Groups

Will fill this section at the pretrip meeting and therafter here on the wiki, unless people really want to start planning food already.

Car groups are encouraged to form food groups among themselves, if they wish to do so. We'll be camping right next to the cars, so you won't have to carry anything very far.

Driving Instructions

Highway 1 to Hope (150km)
Highway 1 to Cache Creek (190km) - don't go the usual way E, up Highway 5 towards Merritt and Kamloops!! That'd suck!)
Highway 97 N from Cache Creek towards Prince George for 11km, then take a left onto Highway 99
Highway 99 for 25km to Marble Canyon (Crown Lake)

The guidebook says the alternative route from Lytton (Highway 12 to Lillooet) is shorter but slower, so don't take it :-)

The carpark and campground are at Crown Lake; the climbs are 200m across the frozen lake...

The trip organiser will hopefully be pitching a tent there sometime around midnight on friday night... See you all there!


There are many inherent risks in ice climbing. VOC 'instructors' are not certified ACMG guides, just folks who want to share their love of climbing cool frozen stuff. Everyone is ultimately responsible for their own actions.

Ice climbing is also highly dependent on conditions, therefore this trip will turn into a backcountry hotsprings trip should we get a total meltdown over the next 2 weeks - although this is rather unlikely.