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 up to the discretion of each driver. Count on something like $10-$20 per passenger to Red Heather. Your driver should be collecting to cover car expenses, plus $5 per camper/caver, which s/he will put in the Parks cash box at the parking lot.


Red Heather Meadows in Garibaldi Park

We will meeting at the Diamond Head parking lot (directions below) and continuing up the winter trail to the Red Heather Meadows area. We will be camping a short distance away from the day shelter to avoid congesting that area.

Driving Directions

Take Highway 99 North from Vancouver to Squamish, at the second major intersection in Squamish there is an enormous Canadian Tire, where you turn right (there should also be some signs indicating that's the Garibaldi/Diamond Head area). Continue along the more major street, going first through a neighbourhood then onto an old logging road. Out of nowhere a freshly built University campus will appear (weird), then it will resume being a gravel road. Follow the signs for Diamond Head / Red Heather / Garibaldi Park when they appear.

Note that the road gets progressively steeper as you progress. Winter tires and chains are recommended, and often required depending on the conditions. When you are near the top there are two parking lots, with a downhill in between. If you don't have 4wd and/or chains you should choose the lower parking lot. Parking here adds an extra 2km of fairly easy walking to the trail head, but most importantly, reduces your risk of sliding off the road, something that happens very often on the upper section.

If it gets too steep for your vehicle to continue, remember not to leave it blocking the road.

Google Maps directions


You should arrange to pick up your passengers and be driving over the Lions Gate Bridge by 7:00 am. If you plan on stopping at Tim Hortons in Squamish, adjust your departure time accordingly.

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. Aaron Post (Slept in my hammock in snow a couple weeks ago, that is all)
  23. Ryan Goldsbury (no experience)
  24. Sarah Koch (very little experience with camping in winter, no snowcave experience)
  25. Jacob Slosberg
  26. Sarah Stepec (attended winter longhike last year)
  27. Miriam Bujak (no experience with either apart from building snow caves as a kid)
  28. Helena Weiner (No winter camping experience)
  29. Simeon Burgenmeister
  30. Jennie Thunman (some winter camping experience but it was quite awhile ago)
  31. Chantelle C (attended last year, loved the snow cave, hated the snowshoes, will ski)
  32. Leslie Whittaker (no winter experience)
  33. Craig T (What's snow?)
  34. Brittany H (No winter camping experience)
  35. Janine Welton (tent experience, no snow cave...beginner tele)
  36. Carleigh Lobban (no winter camping experience)
  37. Sverre Frisch (can help out supervise snow cave building)
  38. Luke Kysow
  39. Frances Sharpe (co-built a quinzee 2 years ago. I like to dig.)
  40. Ben SP (Been to a few Winter Longhikes)
  41. Bastian Hablitzel (First time with VOC but 11 years in boyscouts including winter-camping)
  42. Jared Easton (No winter camping experience)
  43. Andrew McGechaen (previous Winter Longhikes)
  44. Nina Varsava (no winter camping exp)
  45. Eden Imbeau ( No winter experience)
  46. Ankur Gupta (No winter camping experience)
  47. Liam Harrap
  48. Brad Ward
  49. Andrew Silversides (other)
  50. Ron Maharik (no winter camping experience)
  51. Dana Hoffmann (no winter camping experience)
  52. Kai Chaplin (no winter camping experience, will be snowshoeing and snowboarding)
  53. Ran Z (some experience, skier, may also bring a guitar )
  54. Philip Ketterer (no winter camping experience)
  55. Mie Winstrup. Beginner tele, slept in a tent in the snow before.
  56. Alexander Westbye. Some snowcamp experience.
  57. Katie Gibson :)
  58. Nick C (usually confine my digging to walling my tent in, but am open to idea of pointless labour!)
  59. Deanna White (no experience)
  60. Dan Cooper (snowshoe/boarder, built a quincy (sp?) once)
  61. Sara Parke (no experience winter camping; some snowshoe/downhill/cross country)
  62. Kelly Paton (built a quinzee as a kid, but no real winter camping experience; alpine skier, want to learn to tele)
  63. Angela Phung
  64. Lucy Squibb
  65. Maddie Crowell
  66. Emily Ackroyd
  67. Chris Yuen (Newbie)
  68. Angela H (driving if destination is Seymour or Garibaldi)
  69. Trevor M
  70. Evan M (built a couple of mediocre caves, igloos, and a quinzee)
  71. Greta R (been to Longhike)
  72. Lee Wasilenko
  73. Diana Dragomir (build a quinzee during last longhike, and it didn't collapse)
  74. Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine (see above)
  75. Bob L (been to long hike a few times, built a few caves & quinzees)
  76. Maki Sumitani (have camped in snow but no real experience building snow caves)
  77. Megan Taylor
  78. Fisal Elstone(Built a quinzee once,I love snow!)
  79. Jonathan Desautels (winter camping but not in snow shelter)
  80. Anthony Desautels (winter camping but not in snow shelter)
  81. Helen Dulfer
  82. Roland Burton Might have a car
  83. Ryan Gustafson - winter camping experience, have car with room for 3 passengers.
  84. Sahriar Kabir - No winter camping experience
  85. Steve Mullen - I parle snowcave
  86. Igor Puzanov - I play a snowcave on TV
  87. Ryan McKenzie - have car
  88. Annie Maurer
  89. Michelle Schmitt- Have car and space for 2-3 people
  90. Ryan Schmitt
  91. Craig Lam - No winter camping experience
  92. Stephanie Schmitt- I have a car, and I can ski your socks off.
  93. Jennifer senez- very excited- outdoor enthusist
  94. Joti Sara- down for any adventure
  95. Len Goff - will pack in guitar no matter what
  96. Rick Havlak - winter camping experience, have car
  97. Phil Provencher - winter camping experience
  98. Tiffany Shen
  99. Cameron Bathgate- Willing to bring all the snow for the snow cave (Emily, fancy seeing you here (Hello to you as well Rebecca))
  100. Emily Payne - whoo, yeah! some winter camping experience (oh, hey cam!)
  101. Rebecca Beaton
  102. Ben Webster
  103. Brett Gallagher - Have Car, Space for 3 people, No winter camping experience
  104. Jonathan Elmer - Have car/minor winter experience
  105. Kristen Hemminger
  106. Christian Veenstra (with Line, have car and space for 3 more)
  107. Line Veenstra
  108. Emily Browning
  109. Alireza Sharif
  110. Lewis Kitchen
  111. Aisling Smyth, summer camping experience, car with room for 4
  112. Mario Park, camping experience in Peru
  113. Rahim Kaba
  114. Khalil Walji, Winter Camping experience in Northern Ontario.
  115. Aparna Timblo.
  116. Kai Milliken, Experienced camping in Zimbabwe.
  117. Toby Sirzyk-no experience winter camping but love to ski
  118. Ali Nezampour (no winter camping experience)
  119. Xena Hinson
  120. Araya Ngeash
  121. Kelly Bapty (winter camping experience, have built a couple snow caves, first time Tele!)


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

  • Chris Yuen (have to leave in the morning for work in Richmond at 2pm)
  1. Katie G
  2. Sarah K
  3. Sahriar K
  • Nick C [Driver + 4 passengers]
  1. Lewis
  2. Khalil W
  3. Rahim K

  • Sam M [Driver + 3 passengers, from Richmond ]
  1. Jen L
  2. Sophia
  3. Aparna
  • Ryan Goldsbury [Driver + 3 passengers - Kitsilano]
  1. Helena
  2. Mie W
  3. Sara
  • Ryan Gustafson [Driver + 3 passengers - Main and 23rd, planning to snowboard sunday]
  1. Ran
  2. Toby S.
  3. Open Seat - call me at 6043139722 if you still need a spot
  • Veenstramobile [Driver, wife, Muffin, + 2 more passengers - Dunbar]
  1. Line
  2. Muffin

  • Evan M [Driver, Greta and 3 passengers; Kits/Pt. Grey area; Preference for skiers because want to ski Sunday]
  1. Greta
  2. Helen
  3. Champagne
  4. Bob L
  • Ryan M [Driver, 4 passengers; 16th and Arbutus; probably skiing]
  1. Len Goff
  2. Gwyn Thomas
  3. Martin K
  4. Jitka H
  • Carleigh Lobban [4 passengers - Kitsilano]
  1. Cam
  2. Xena
  3. Mario
  4. Miriam
  • Roland Burton near UBC
  1. Janine Welton
  2. Emily Payne
  3. Maki Sumitani (not confirmed yet, still waiting to hear from her)
  4. Sarah Stepec (not confirmed yet, still waiting to hear from her)
  • Ali Nezampour (I will have a rental car, so I will charge my passengers a little bit for the car (only $6 per person, I got it for a very good deal) plus gas. Also note that I don't have winter tires or chain, so, be prepared to walk to from the lower parking lot)
  1. Ron Maharik
  2. Dana Hoffman
  3. Vivian
  4. Luke Kysow
  • Rick Havlak VGH area but have to go to kits anyway
  1. Phil Provencher
  2. Joti
  3. Jenn
  • Diana Dragomir (Kits)
  1. Francis
  2. Sev
  3. Anna S
  • Paul L (UBC)
  1. Kai C
  2. Dan Cooper
  3. Alex W
  • Stephanie Schmitt (UBC/Pt. Grey)
  1. Jennie
  2. Nick M
  • Steve (East Van)
  1. Igor P
  2. Stan N
  • Brett G (UBC)
  1. Aaron P
  2. Toby H
  3. Craig
  4. Britt
  • Ashling Smyth (Downtown)
  1. Kristen
  2. Kelly
  3. Simeon
  • Kelly (Dunbar)
  1. Lee
  2. Ben
  3. Oker


  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. Nick Matwyuk (Marine Drive Residence, UBC)
  12. Steve Mullen (SW Marine & Dunbar-ish)
  13. Anna Sobieniak (Kits)
  14. Matt Hansell (UBC)
  15. Luke Kysow (UBC)
  16. Ron Maharik (4th Ave, Kits)
  17. Dana Hoffmann (4th Ave, Kits)
  18. Todd Mackenzie (14th and columbia)
  19. Helena Weiner(UBC)
  20. Rebecca Beaton (4th Ave, Kits)
  21. Toby Sirzyk (Ritzumeikan, UBC)
  22. Maki Sumitani (Gage, UBC)
  23. Mario Park (Place Vanier UBC)
  24. Rahim Kaba ( Place Vanier UBC)
  25. Khalil Walji ( Place Vanier UBC)
  26. Aparna Timblo (Place Vanier UBC)
  27. Kai Milliken (Place Vanier UBC)
  28. Xena Hinson (Place Vanier UBC)
  29. Araya Ngeash (Place Vanier UBC)
  30. Anna Szeitz (Kits)