Archive:Winter Longhike 2010

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Main article: Winter Longhike

Everything is different when you go into the backcountry in the winter; that's why there is Winter Longhike, an introductory trip for winter camping. This is usually a big trip with lots of keen people aboard who want to get out, learn some new skills, and sleep in their very own snow shelter while still managing to have fun too. It's an easy, beginner friendly trip, so if you've never even seen snow before you can still have a good time. Other fun activities that often happen at Winter Longhike are a cooking competition, sing alongs, costume competitions, and the occasional great ski run on Sunday.

Past destinations have included:

  • Red Heather Meadows in Garibaldi Park
  • Fat Dog Creek in Manning Park
  • Falls Lake (Coquihalla)
  • Mt. Seymour


January 9th - 10th, 2010

Pre-trip Meeting (Mandatory)

Date: Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
Location: WOOD 1
Time: 6:00pm

This is a mandatory pre-trip meeting. We will be covering some winter camping basics and arranging rides, food groups etc... If you absolutely can't make it, contact Paul

  • Note: We will be trying a new system for this trip. In order to ensure drivers are fairly and appropriately reimbursed, we are asking all passengers to bring the money for their driver to the pre-trip meeting. This will avoid the need to split up costs at the end of the trip and drivers won't have to worry about driving up with an empty car if their passengers bail. Check out this page to get an idea of the costs of taking a car on a VOC trip.

The exact amount to be paid will be dependent on the location of the trip (still to be decided) and will be up to the discretion of each driver. Count on something like $10-$20 per passenger for a destination like Red Heather, a bit less if we go to Seymour, a bit more if we go to Manning or the Coquihalla.



Driving Directions




Return time on Sunday is negotiable with your driver.

Equipment List

Main article: Winter Longhike


In winter especially, none of your clothing should be made out of cotton. Anything synthetic is safe. Just remember, Cotton Kills.

  • sleeping pad, or two, if you have them.
  • sleeping bag (rated for winter, or 3 season if you sleep warm)
  • garbage bags (2-3)
  • warm jacket (fleece or down)
  • warm pants (fleece or thick long underwear)
  • long underwear
  • layers (fleece or wool sweaters)
  • toque, mitts (2 pairs, or a set of waterproof shells)
  • goggles and avalanche beacon if skiing Sunday
  • warm socks (2 pairs, wool/wool mix)
  • waterproof jacket (goretex or coated nylon)
  • waterproof pants (goretex or coated nylon)
  • gaiters
  • cup, bowl, spoon, knife
  • good waterproof boots (wax them before the trip) or ski boots
  • skis and skins if skiing, or snowshoes, or just boots if you can't get skis or snowshoes
  • poles
  • toothbrush etc.
  • sunscreen and sunglasses (we can hope, right?)
  • water bottle (1L)
  • lunch, snacks, breakfast, dinner contribution (in winter you will need 2500-3500 calories per day, fat-rich stuff keeps you warm)
  • headlamp
  • gas money for your driver
  • camera if you want

If you want to go skiing on Sunday before heading out to the cars, make sure to bring

  • avalanche transceiver
  • shovel
  • probe (optional but recommended)
  • you don't need avalanche gear to ski down the road to the car, but you might want to do practice rescues.

Small Group

3-4 people per group, organized at trip meeting along with car groups

  • shovels (1-2)
  • probe
  • stove + fuel + lighter (you'd be surprised how often one of these stays home). If using white gas, for each person bring 150 mL.
  • pots

Big Group


  • first aid kits (2)
  • song books (4)
  • snow saw
  • maps, compass, etc

Sign Up

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Put your name down as well as if you have any experience winter camping or building snowcaves.

  1. Mark Freeman (Basics winter camping years ago)
  2. Bruno Godin (winter camping experience, haven't built a snow cave since I was a kid)
  3. Sam Mason (no experience with either; built some sweet snowball fight forts as a kid if that helps)
  4. Nick Matwyuk (winter camping experience, haven't built a snow cave since I was a kid)
  5. Champagne (been to a few Winter Longhikes)
  6. Adrian Armstrong
  7. Todd Mackenzie (have been winter camping a few times and have built many many forts)
  8. Paul L (winter camping experience, built a snowcave when I was a kid)
  9. Jennifer Yip (neither, but have experience in face washing)
  10. Toby Hopkinson (built half an igloo then covered it with a tarp for sleeping)
  11. Greg St Aubin ( I hella heart snowcaves)
  12. Stan Nowak
  13. Gwyn Thomas (built and slept in a quinzee around 7 years ago)
  14. Anthea Song (no experience with either, but eager to learn and help)
  15. Jessica Dorzinsky
  16. Edward Budiman (total n00b)
  17. Matt Hansell (experience with camping in winter, but not snow-caves)
  18. Steve Lerch (No experience)
  19. Zoé Kruchten (little winter camping experience, wants to build a snow-cave!)
  20. Anna Szeitz (I like to backpack, but never been in winter)
  21. Martin Kusak (two weeks winter camping last year, we slept only in tents)
  22. Jitka Hyrsovska (two weeks winter camping last year, we slept only in tents)
  23. Colin V (knows a few things...)
  24. Sophia Dagher (No winter camping experience, super stoked to build a snow cave!)
  25. Anna Sobieniak (No winter camping experience)
  26. Fleur Smit (built quinzees as a kid, but rarely lasted the whole night through)
  27. Aaron Post (Slept in my hammock in snow a couple weeks ago, that is all)
  28. Ryan Goldsbury (no experience)
  29. Sarah Koch (very little experience with camping in winter, no snowcave experience)
  30. Jacob Slosberg
  31. Sarah Stepec (attended winter longhike last year)
  32. Miriam Bujak (no experience with either apart from building snow caves as a kid)
  33. Helena Weiner
  34. Simeon Burgenmeister
  35. Jennie Thunman (some winter camping experience but it was quite awhile ago)
  36. Chantelle C (attended last year, loved the snow cave, hated the snowshoes, will ski)
  37. Leslie Whittaker (no winter experience)
  38. Craig T (What's snow?)
  39. Brittany H (No winter camping experience)
  40. Janine Welton (tent experience, no snow cave...beginner tele)
  41. Carleigh Lobban (no winter camping experience)
  42. Sverre Frisch (can help out supervise snow cave building)
  43. Luke Kysow
  44. Frances Sharpe (co-built a quinzee 2 years ago. I like to dig.)
  45. Ben SP (Been to a few Winter Longhikes)
  46. Bastian Hablitzel (First time with VOC but 11 years in boyscouts including winter-camping)
  47. Jared Easton (No winter camping experience)
  48. Andrew McGechaen (previous Winter Longhikes)
  49. Nina Varsava (no winter camping exp)
  50. Eden Imbeau ( No winter experience)
  51. Ankur Gupta (No winter camping experience)
  52. Liam Harrap
  53. Brad Ward
  54. Andrew Silversides (other)
  55. Ron Maharik (no winter camping experience)
  56. Dana Hoffmann (no winter camping experience)
  57. Kara Serenius (winter camp experience with boy scouts many year ago....)
  58. Kai Chaplin (no winter camping experience, will be snowshoeing and snowboarding)
  59. Ran Z (good at removing snow. I want to build igloo, anyone halp ?)
  60. Philip Ketterer (no winter camping experience)
  61. Mie Winstrup. Beginner tele, slept in a tent in the snow before.
  62. Alexander Westbye. Some snowcamp experience.
  63. Katie Gibson :)
  64. Nick C (usually confine my digging to walling my tent in, but am open to idea of pointless labour!)
  65. Deanna White (no experience)
  66. Dan Cooper (snowshoe/boarder, built a quincy (sp?) once)
  67. Sara Parke (no experience winter camping; some snowshoe/downhill/cross country)
  68. Kelly Paton (built a quinzee as a kid, but no real winter camping experience; alpine skier, want to learn to tele)
  69. Angela Phung
  70. Adam Palmblad
  71. Lucy Squibb
  72. Maddie Crowell


Remember to contact your driver to sort out pick up time, place etc.

  • If any drivers are going up that did not attend the pre-trip meeting, please post your carload here so that we can have a checklist of who all is coming
  • Driver's Name [email, location leaving from, # of passengers]


  1. Bruno Godin (14th and Québec)
  2. Martin Kusak - 6993 Balmoral St., Burnaby
  3. Jitka Hyrsovska - 6993 Balmoral St., Burnaby
  4. Miriam Bujak (Fairview, UBC)
  5. Mie Winstrup (Gage, UBC)
  6. Alexander Westbye (UBC)
  7. Sara Parke (3rd and McDonald, Kits)
  8. Kelly Paton (4th and MacDonald, Kits)
  9. Angela Phung - 55th & Victoria,South van
  10. Gwyn Thomas (45th and Main)