The club has a reasonably extensive selection of books including hiking, climbing, and skiing guidebooks as well as instructional manuals and more. Most of the newer books and/or commonly used books are now listed here, but there are many more. Drop by the clubroom to browse.
- 1 Guidelines: How to Use the VOC Library
- 2 Guidebooks (Recent/Popular)
- 3 Guidelines: How to Use the VOC Map Collection
- 4 List of Purchases
- 5 List of archives
- 6 Digitized Archives
Guidelines: How to Use the VOC Library
If you find a guidebook/magazine/map that you would like to borrow, locate an exec member that can sign it out for you. Quartermaster helpers are also able to do this. The deposit for each library article is $20 (no exceptions) and the borrowing period is 2 weeks. Maps should NOT be taken on trips (except the tearproof ones).
For exec members
- All library articles (includes books, guidebooks, magazines, maps, VOC journals, other journals, videos, DVD’s etc) should be checked out using the Gearmaster.
- A separate entry must be used for library articles. For example, if someone gets skis+skins+boots+1 guidebook+1 map, you need one entry for the skis+skins+boots and one entry for the guidebook + map. As with gear, if someone has borrowed two or more library articles (or a combination) and returns only some of them, mark that entry as returned and make a new entry, which should contain the books/maps they they still have and the deposit that we still hold for those books/maps.
- Make sure to write the title of the book (or other article) and if there are several editions, note the edition too.
- The deposit for each library article is $20 (no exceptions, treat like gear)
- The deposit should be deposited in the exec drawer, in the black folder, under "library". It should NOT go with the gear money.
- The "library folder" will not be used anymore. At all.
- Maps should not be taken on trips, except for the waterproof/tearproof ones (Callaghan, Garibaldi, etc). Please tell this to people every time someone borrows a map. They should photocopy the section that they need or just use it for reference.
- The default period for letting out books and maps is be 2 weeks. If people come back and ask for an extension, this can be granted ONCE (for a total of 4 weeks). If this is a high use guidebook of which we have only one, don't give an extension and consider only letting people borrow it for a week. Examples of these books are: Exploring the Coast Mountains on Skis (the new 3rd edition), Alpine Select, Scrambles, Climbers Guide to Squamish (McKlane), Freedom of the Hills (new edition), Skaha Rockclimbs, etc. If people keep on begging for extensions, kindly suggest them to invest their $20 deposit in a shiny new guidebook of their own.
Hiking and Scrambling
- 100 Hikes in the North Cascades, Ira Spring and Harvey Manning
- 103 Hikes in SW BC, Mary and David Macaree
- 109 Walks in BC's Lower Mainland, Mary and David Macaree
- A Guide to Climbing and Hiking in SW BC, Bruce Fairley
- Cascade Alpine Guide: Climbing and High Routes, Rainy Pass to Fraser River, Fred Beckey
- Colorado Scrambles, Dave Cooper
- Easy Hiking Around Vancouver, Jean Cousins
- Giant Cedars, White Sands, Juan de Fuca Marine Trail Guidebooks, Donald C. Mills
- Hiking from here to Wow: North Cascades, Cathy and Craig Copeland
- Hiking Guide to the Big Trees of SW BC, Randy Stotlmann
- Hiking Near Vancouver, Dougald MacDonald
- Hiking the Gulf Islands, Charles Kahn
- Hiking the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Tim Leadem
- Hot Springs of Western Canada, Glenn Woodsworth (2nd Edition)
- Mountain Footsteps (Hikes in the East Kootenay of SE BC), Janice Strong (3rd Edition)
- One Day Getaways from Vancouver, Jack Christie
- Scrambles in SW BC, Matt Gunn
- Stein Valley Wilderness Guidebook (2nd Edition), Gordon White
- The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, Matthew Payne & Adam Vasilevich
- The West Coast Trail, 8th Edition, Tim Leadem
- Where the Locals Hike in the West Kootenays, Kathy and Craig Copeland
Climbing: Bouldering, Ice, Mountaineering, and Rock
- Better Bouldering, John Sherman
- Climbing Anchors, John Long
- How to Climb 5.12, Eric J. Horst
- Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills (8th edition +)
- Rock Climbing Anchors, Craig Luebben
- Rock Climbing, Moving up the grades, Malcolm Creasey
- The Complete Rock Climber, Malcolm Creasey
- Wilderness Mountaineering (2nd edition), Phil Powers
Climbing: Specific Area Guides
- Bay Area Rock: A Climber's Guide,
- Bouldering in the Canadian Rockies, Fink, Norman & Tremaine
- Bow Valley Rock, Chris Perry, John Martin and Sean Dougherty
- Canadian Rock: Select Climbs of the West, Kevin McLane
- Cascade Alpine Guide (3 volumes), Fred Beckey
- Climber's Guide to Smith Rock, Alan Watts
- Mixed Climbs in the Canadian Rockies, Sean Isaac
- Skaha Rockclimbs, Howie Richardson
- Smith Rock Select, Jonathan Thesenga
- Sport Climbs in the Canadian Rockies, John Martin and Jon Jones (5th edition)
- Squamish Bouldering, Marc Bourdon (2nd edition)
- The Rockclimber's guide to Squamish, Kevin McLane
- West Coast Ice, Don Serl
- West Kootenays RockGuide, Aaron Kristianse and Vince Hempsall
- Yosemite Valley Free Climbs, Greg Barnes, Chris McNamara, Steve Roper and Todd SNyder
Skiing and Avalanches
- Backcountry Avalanche Awareness, Bruce Jamieson
- Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering, Martin Voken, Scott Schell, and Margaret Wheeler
- Backcountry Snowboarding, Christopher Van Tilburg
- Cross Country Ski Tours: Washington's South Cascades and Olympics, Tom Kirkendall & Vicky Spring (2nd edition)
- Exploring the Coast Mountains on Skis, John Baldwin (3rd edition + )
- Free Heel Skiing, Paul Parker
- Mountain Skiing, Vic Bein
- Ski Touring in the West Kootenays, Trever Holsworth
- Snowshoe Routes: Washington, Dan A. Nelson
- Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper
- Summits and Icefields: Alpine Ski Tours in the Rockies and Columbia Mountains of Canada, Chic Scott
- The ABC's of Avalanche Safety, Sue A Ferguson and Edward R. LaChapelle (3rd edition)
- The Avalanche Handbook, David McClung and Peter Schaerer (3rd edition)
GPS Made Easy, Lawrence Letham Wilderness Navigation Handbook, Fred Touche The Outward Bound Wilderness First Aid Handbook
Bicycling Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, Simon Priest Cycling the Kettle Valley Railway, Dan and Sandra Langford Mountain Biking British Columbia, Steve Dunn (2nd edition)
Guidelines: How to Use the VOC Map Collection
- Find out which map sheet you need (see below).
- Start following the red numbers on the cabinets, which go from most likely to find map here (1) to least likely to find map (4). This might require some digging. The cabinets have a note on them giving a rough list of the contents.
- Once you’ve found your map, locate an exec to lend it out to you, and pay the $20 deposit per map (to be returned to you when you return it)
- Maps should not be taken on trips under any circumstances (except the tear proof ones), since they damage easily. Please photocopy the map that you need and return the map to the appropriate location.
How to Figure Out Which Map You Need
Let’s assume you are looking for a 1:50,000 map. The “map sheet code” should look something like 92J/3. The code of the map is indicated in most guidebooks, or you can look it up by place name (http://geonames.nrcan.gc.ca/search/search_e.php), by latitude and longitude (http://atlas.nrcan.gc.ca/site/english/maps/topo/map) or you can locate it on the index map (http://www.ubc-voc.com/wiki/Image:Bc_150dpi.jpg). Hint: Maps in SW BC are typically in the 92 series.
Some common 1:50,000 maps you might be looking for:
- VOC Huts: 92J/3 (Brew), 92J/10 (Phelix), 92G/15 (Sphinx), 92J/11 (Harrison)
- North Shore: 92G/7 (Mt. Seymour), 92G/6 (Howe Sound Crest Trail)
- Garibaldi PP: 92G/14 &15 (Paul Ridge, Elfin Lakes, Mt. Garibaldi, Garibaldi Neve), 92J/2 (Wedge), + excellent tear-proof map by the library
- Callaghan: 92J/3, + excellent tear-proof map by the library)
- Duffey: 92J/8 (Cerise, Joffrey, Matier, Marriot, Rohr)
- Coquihalla: 92H/11 (Needle, Zoa, Zupjok, Yak)
Note: the VOC also has some other types of maps, such as 1:250,000 maps, index maps, marine charts, forestry maps, road maps etc. Finding these might require significant digging – look at the contents notes on the cabinets to try and find the right cabinet. The tear proof maps are typically kept on the shelves of the library.
As a recommended alternative, if you’d rather print out the map (or a section of it) or you can’t find the map you need in the VOC Collection, the maps are available online for FREE, and with MORE detail! (1:20,000) . For more information, check out Online_mapping.
List of Purchases
The VOC Library currently has an annual budget of 200 CAD. The budget is mostly spent on guidebooks, although the purchase of tearproof/waterproof maps might be considered from time to time. In general, we purchase a combination of guidebooks of local interest, and guidebooks for farther places. The idea is that the local guidebooks would be useful if you are new in town or getting into a new activity, others will probably end up buying their own copies of these guidebooks (or borrow from friends). The guidebooks for farther places are useful for people considering a roadtrip or longer trip and in order to spark curiosity about faraway places.
- New editions of Squamish Climber's Guide (to be published), Skaha Climbing and Alpine Select (all expected in 2012)
- Hiking in the Gulf Islands (new edition)
- BC Car Free
- Another copy of Ski guidebook?
- Don't Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies by Kathy and Craig Copeland
- 103 Hikes in SW BC by Jack Bryceland and Mary & David Macaree (6th Edition)
- Camp free in BC by Kathy and Craig Copeland
(To be completed in the spring)
- Freedom of the Hills
- Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain
- West Coast Ice
- Canadian Rock
- Squamish Bouldering by Marc Bourdon (2nd edition)
- White Water in Southwest British Columbia by Claudia Schwab
- Hiking from here to WOW (North Cascades), by Kathy and Craig Copeland
- Mountain footsteps (East Kootenay), by Janice Strong
- Stein Valley wilderness guidebook, by Gordon White (new ed)
- Hiking the gulf islands, by Charles Kahn
- Where locals hike in the west Kootenay, by Kathy and Craig Copeland
- Cycling the Kettle Valley Railway, by Dan and Sandra Langford
- Vantage guide book (new edition)
These are not yet online, but are listed so that volunteers know which parts of this project are complete, in order to avoid duplication.
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