Archive:Winter Longhike 2011

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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, 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

Christian Veenstra is organizing this trip, but it would be best to post on the message board.


January 8th - 9th, 2011

Pre-trip Meeting

Date: Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Location: BUCH A202
Time: 6:00pm

You are kidding yourself if you think Veestra has time to arrange personal details for you - there will likely be 100 people on this trip! At the pre-trip we will be covering some winter camping basics and arranging rides. You will also have the opportunity to interact with other VOCers and arrange snowcave groups and food groups at the pre-trip... If you absolutely can't make it, find somebody to represent you and make sure they have enough information to do so!

If you've sorted all this stuff out on your own that's fine. Email Veenstra and let him know you're coming, so we have an idea of the numbers and buy the correct number of poo bags.

  • Note: This is all basically up to your driver, but we will be encouraging the pre-pay system for this trip. In order to ensure drivers are fairly and appropriately reimbursed even with flaky passengers, 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 $5-$20 per passenger, depending where we go.


Falls Lake off the Coquihalla, or Mt. Seymour depending on conditions.

Equipment List


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

  • burly overcontainer for your poo bag (pack it in - pack it out!)
  • 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

Interested people

Remember that writing your name here does not ensure you get on the trip. Come to the pre-trip meeting. There is no limit on the numbers for this trip.

  1. Veenstra
  2. Stephanie Grothe
  3. Clemens Adolphs
  4. Gwyn Thomas
  5. Marcin Mirski
  6. Derry Lappin
  7. Phil Tomlinson
  8. Vicky Alfred
  9. Conrad Koziol
  10. Mariya Skvortsova
  11. Caitlin Schneider
  12. Michael Duncan
  13. Riley Patterson
  14. Julia Macdonald
  15. Andrew Primavera
  16. Sam Mckoy
  17. Christopher Yearwood
  18. Matt Parisien
  19. Laura Morrison
  20. Katherine Valentine
  21. Shuvi (shuval haramati)
  22. Charlie Beard
  23. Champagne
  24. Michael Uhlmann
  25. Christina Schaldecker
  26. Yanna Martinek
  27. Nisan Haramati
  28. Aidan Campbell
  29. Laurent Roberge
  30. Anthea Song
  31. Tessa Terbasket
  32. Chantelle Chan
  33. Kathrin Lang
  34. Lea Schanz
  35. Dave Perez
  36. Chester Hitz
  37. Scott MacPherson
  38. Cara McCulloch
  39. Annie Maurer
  40. Noriko Okamoto
  41. Skyler
  42. Nastassia Koenig
  43. Rebecca Abernethy
  44. Daniel Schweizer
  45. Shelly Fan
  46. Sophia Phillips
  47. Emily Payne
  48. Geoffrey Martin
  49. Mrs. Veenstra
  50. Carolyn Prentice
  51. Len Goff
  52. Anna Szeitz
  53. Ran Z
  54. Eva K
  55. Evgeny Sorkin
  56. Chelsea E
  57. Liz K
  58. Ashley Smith
  59. Daniel Joseph
  60. Tera Holmes
  61. Cameroon Bathgate
  62. Sida Zhou
  63. Piotr Forysinski
  64. Amelia Hardjasa
  65. Shane Duan
  66. Rebecca B
  67. Phoebe Wong
  68. Justin Lau
  69. Tom Curran
  70. Dan Eagen
  71. Ryan Mckenzie
  72. Murray Down
  73. Rick Havlak
  74. Jennifer Y
  75. Alex Annejohn
  76. Sebastian Max
  77. Bieke Gils
  78. Claire Bouffard
  79. Nicole Ong
  80. Jeff Taylor
  81. Martin Matej
  82. Christian Sampaleanu
  83. Maddy Doherty
  84. Emily Ackroyd
  85. Shasta Coombes
  86. Anthony Melnick