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

Everyone needs to bring $2 to the trip meeting for the mulled wine that will be provided at camp. If you don't bring money, I won't be able to buy wine, and everyone will be sad.

  • 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. Bruno Godin (winter camping experience, haven't built a snow cave since I was a kid)
  2. Sam Mason (no experience with either; built some sweet snowball fight forts as a kid if that helps)
  3. Nick Matwyuk (winter camping experience, haven't built a snow cave since I was a kid)
  4. Champagne (been to a few Winter Longhikes)
  5. Adrian Armstrong
  6. Todd Mackenzie (have been winter camping a few times and have built many many forts)
  7. Paul L (winter camping experience, built a snowcave when I was a kid)
  8. Jennifer Yip (neither, but have experience in face washing)
  9. Toby Hopkinson (built half an igloo then covered it with a tarp for sleeping)
  10. Greg St Aubin ( I hella heart snowcaves)
  11. Stan Nowak
  12. Gwyn Thomas (built and slept in a quinzee around 7 years ago)
  13. Anthea Song (no experience with either, but eager to learn and help)
  14. Edward Budiman (total n00b)
  15. Matt Hansell (experience with camping in winter, but not snow-caves)
  16. Steve Lerch (No experience)
  17. Anna Szeitz (I like to backpack, but never been in winter)
  18. Martin Kusak (two weeks winter camping last year, we slept only in tents)
  19. Jitka Hyrsovska (two weeks winter camping last year, we slept only in tents)
  20. Sophia Dagher (No winter camping experience, super stoked to build a snow cave!)
  21. Anna Sobieniak (No winter camping experience)
  22. Fleur Smit (built quinzees as a kid, but rarely lasted the whole night through)
  23. Aaron Post (Slept in my hammock in snow a couple weeks ago, that is all)
  24. Ryan Goldsbury (no experience)
  25. Sarah Koch (very little experience with camping in winter, no snowcave experience)
  26. Jacob Slosberg
  27. Sarah Stepec (attended winter longhike last year)
  28. Miriam Bujak (no experience with either apart from building snow caves as a kid)
  29. Helena Weiner (No winter camping experience)
  30. Simeon Burgenmeister
  31. Jennie Thunman (some winter camping experience but it was quite awhile ago)
  32. Chantelle C (attended last year, loved the snow cave, hated the snowshoes, will ski)
  33. Leslie Whittaker (no winter experience)
  34. Craig T (What's snow?)
  35. Brittany H (No winter camping experience)
  36. Janine Welton (tent experience, no snow cave...beginner tele)
  37. Carleigh Lobban (no winter camping experience)
  38. Sverre Frisch (can help out supervise snow cave building)
  39. Luke Kysow
  40. Frances Sharpe (co-built a quinzee 2 years ago. I like to dig.)
  41. Ben SP (Been to a few Winter Longhikes)
  42. Bastian Hablitzel (First time with VOC but 11 years in boyscouts including winter-camping)
  43. Jared Easton (No winter camping experience)
  44. Andrew McGechaen (previous Winter Longhikes)
  45. Nina Varsava (no winter camping exp)
  46. Eden Imbeau ( No winter experience)
  47. Ankur Gupta (No winter camping experience)
  48. Liam Harrap
  49. Brad Ward
  50. Andrew Silversides (other)
  51. Ron Maharik (no winter camping experience)
  52. Dana Hoffmann (no winter camping experience)
  53. Kara Serenius (winter camp experience with boy scouts many year ago....)
  54. Kai Chaplin (no winter camping experience, will be snowshoeing and snowboarding)
  55. Ran Z (some experience, skier, may also bring a guitar )
  56. Philip Ketterer (no winter camping experience)
  57. Mie Winstrup. Beginner tele, slept in a tent in the snow before.
  58. Alexander Westbye. Some snowcamp experience.
  59. Katie Gibson :)
  60. Nick C (usually confine my digging to walling my tent in, but am open to idea of pointless labour!)
  61. Deanna White (no experience)
  62. Dan Cooper (snowshoe/boarder, built a quincy (sp?) once)
  63. Sara Parke (no experience winter camping; some snowshoe/downhill/cross country)
  64. Kelly Paton (built a quinzee as a kid, but no real winter camping experience; alpine skier, want to learn to tele)
  65. Angela Phung
  66. Adam Palmblad
  67. Lucy Squibb
  68. Maddie Crowell
  69. Phil Tomlinson (built a snow cave last year on longhike)
  70. Vicky Alfred (Zilch experience with snow caves, but excellent sufferer)
  71. Emily Ackroyd
  72. Chris Yuen (Newbie)
  73. Angela H (driving if destination is Seymour or Garibaldi)
  74. Trevor M
  75. Evan M (built a couple of mediocre caves, igloos, and a quinzee)
  76. Greta R (been to Longhike)
  77. Lee Wasilenko
  78. Diana Dragomir (build a quinzee during last longhike, and it didn't collapse)
  79. Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine (see above)
  80. Bob L (been to long hike a few times, built a few caves & quinzees)
  81. Maki Sumitani (have camped in snow but no real experience building snow caves)
  82. Megan Taylor
  83. Fisal Elstone(Built a quinzee once,I love snow!)
  84. Jonathan Desautels (winter camping but not in snow shelter)
  85. Anthony Desautels (winter camping but not in snow shelter)
  86. Helen Dulfer
  87. David McVea - some winter camping experience. Have car.
  88. Roland Burton Might have a car
  89. Ryan Gustafson - winter camping experience, have car with room for 3 passengers.
  90. Sahriar Kabir - No winter camping experience
  91. Steve Mullen - I parle snowcave
  92. Igor Puzanov - I play a snowcave on TV
  93. Ryan McKenzie - have car
  94. Annie Maurer
  95. Michelle Schmitt- Have car and space for 2-3 people
  96. Ryan Schmitt
  97. Shauna Clarke - i like summer camping!
  98. Maya Kurokawa - i've made a snowcave and it was awesome
  99. Craig Lam - No winter camping experience
  100. Stephanie Schmitt- I have a car, and I can ski your socks off.
  101. Jennifer senez- very excited- outdoor enthusist
  102. Joti Sara- down for any adventure
  103. Seolyeong Baek - no winter camping experience
  104. Len Goff - will pack in guitar no matter what
  105. Justin Hall have a car
  106. Rick Havlak - winter camping experience, have car
  107. Phil Provencher - winter camping experience
  108. Tiffany Shen
  109. Cameron Bathgate- Willing to bring all the snow for the snow cave (Emily, fancy seeing you here (Hello to you as well Rebecca))
  110. Emily Payne - whoo, yeah! some winter camping experience (oh, hey cam!)
  111. Rebecca Beaton
  112. Ben Webster
  113. Brett Gallagher - Have Car, Space for 3 people, No winter camping experience
  114. Jonathan Elmer - Have car/minor winter experience
  115. Kristen Hemminger
  116. Christian Veenstra (with Line, have car and space for 3 more)
  117. Line Veenstra
  118. Emily Browning
  119. Alireza Sharif
  120. Lewis Kitchen
  121. Aisling Smyth, summer camping experience, car with room for 4
  122. Mario Park, camping experience in Peru
  123. Rahim Kaba
  124. Khalil Walji, Winter Camping experience in Northern Ontario.
  125. Aparna Timblo.
  126. Kai Milliken, Experienced camping in Zimbabwe.
  127. Toby Sirzyk-no experience winter camping but love to ski


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. Chris Yuen (have to leave in the morning for work in Richmond at 2pm)
  • Jonathan Desautels [6 passengers, NOT SURE OF GOING YET THOUGH]
  1. Anthony Desautels

  • Martin Smoragiewicz [4 passengers]
  • Nick C [Driver + 4 passengers - This is so the organizer can estimate capacity. Please don't ask me for a ride before the meeting.]
  • Sam M [Driver + 3 passengers, from Richmond - What Nick said; don't sign up, we'll figure it out pre-trip]
  • Ryan Goldsbury [Driver + 3 passengers - Kitsilano]
  • Ryan Gustafson [Driver + 3 passengers - Main and 23rd, planning to snowboard sunday]
  • Veenstramobile [Driver, wife, Muffin, + 2 more passengers - Dunbar. In Iceland, returning after pretrip. Don't email for rides, hopefully Muffin can represent at the pretrip, otherwise preference for people who want to go skiing Sunday. If Red Heather gas is 10 each for a full car, Seymour 5]
  • Evan M [Driver, Greta and 3 passengers; Kits/Pt. Grey area; Preference for skiers because want to ski Sunday]
  • Andrew M [Driver, 3 passengers; UBC; snowshoeing]
  • Ryan M [Driver, 4 passengers; 16th and Arbutus; probably skiing]


  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. Bastian Hablitzel (Fairview, UBC)
  6. Mie Winstrup (Gage, UBC)
  7. Alexander Westbye (UBC)
  8. Sara Parke (3rd and McDonald, Kits)
  9. Kelly Paton (4th and MacDonald, Kits)
  10. Angela Phung - 55th & Victoria,South van
  11. Gwyn Thomas (45th and Main)
  12. Nick Matwyuk (Marine Drive Residence, UBC)
  13. Steve Mullen (SW Marine & Dunbar-ish)
  14. Anna Sobieniak (Kits)
  15. Matt Hansell (UBC)
  16. Luke Kysow (UBC)
  17. Ron Maharik (4th Ave, Kits)
  18. Dana Hoffmann (4th Ave, Kits)
  19. Todd Mackenzie (14th and columbia)
  20. Janine Welton (Gage, UBC)
  21. Helena Weiner(UBC)
  22. Summer (Fairview,UBC)
  23. Emily Payne (4th Ave, Kits)
  24. Rebecca Beaton (4th Ave, Kits)
  25. Toby Sirzyk (Ritzumeikan, UBC)
  26. Maki Sumitani (Gage, UBC)
  27. Mario Park (Place Vanier UBC)
  28. Rahim Kaba ( Place Vanier UBC)
  29. Khalil Walji ( Place Vanier UBC)
  30. Aparna Timblo (Place Vanier UBC)