Gear Rental

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VOC members can "rent" out gear from the Clubroom. Rental is free but a large cash-only deposit is required, which is returned when you bring back the gear. This page lists the gear hours and policies regarding equipment rental, as well as what gear is available.

Gear Hours or Pay for Membership

If you wish to rent gear or pay for membership, please stop by during our gear hours listed below. If you are not able to make it during these times, you can email [email protected] dot com to arrange another time to come in, but there is no guarantee that a gear person will be able to rent gear to you outside of the hours listed below. Keep in mind that it takes time to take out gear, fit the right size of boot, etc, and the gear persons may have to leave on time to go to class. Don't tell us, five minutes before we have to leave, that you have to go and find a bank to get your deposit money.

Check the gear hours before you come in. They change frequently.

Club Gear

  • Objectives: to make gear available to all members, to not lose gear, to keep gear in good condition, to maintain a gear plan, to find good deals on gear.
  • Club gear is managed by the Quartermasters, who are elected members of the VOC Exec. We appreciate getting help with gear; if you would like to help out, please volunteer to be a Helper. Quartermasters and Helpers follow gear policy
  • As Club gear is maintained by the quartermasters and club members, it is subject to the time constraints of busy students. This means the gear you receive may not be in the best condition. You must examine and/or test borrowed gear before you take it on a trip. Report damage to the quartermasters. Usually you can earn a workhike by maintaining or repairing the club gear you borrow.
  • Club members (Student Members and Associate Members, but not Honorary Members) can borrow gear for free if they leave a deposit. In addition, after a 3 rental grace period everyone is supposed to do a workhike before borrowing club gear.

Gear Rental Rules

  • Using Club gear is one of the privileges of being a fee-paying (Student or Associate) Member. Honorary Members don't pay fees and are not entitled to use Club Gear; presumably by the time you get to be an Honorary Member, you have bought your own gear.
  • Members are entitled to use one set of gear at a time, not gear for yourself and your friends (unless they are Members). If your friend needs a beacon and you need a beacon, your friend should join the Club.
  • After a 3 rental grace period you are supposed to have completed a workhike. See Workhikes. If you haven’t done yours yet, discuss this with the Gear Person. Usually you can earn a workhike by maintaining or repairing the club gear you borrow.
  • Rental is free, but a large cash deposit is required to take out Club Gear. The cash is returned to you when you bring back the gear.
  • Gear rental period is for a week. Please bring it back during the week following the week you took it out. Bring it back as soon as you can, as others may be waiting to use it. There may be penalties for bringing gear back late.
  • If you need to take out gear for longer than a weekend, discuss this with the Gear Person, who may let you take it out for longer, especially over the Winter Holiday, or Reading Break.
  • If you need gear for two consecutive weekends, you may be able to renew your rental for the next weekend, if demand for the gear is not high at the moment.
  • Don't try to reserve gear. If you need something, take it before somebody else gets it.
  • Look over your gear carefully to ensure it is all there and it will work for you. Check for loose screws in the bindings. Make sure your boots both fit your feet and the skis, and that your skins fit. Check both halves of the pair. People have managed to borrow two left boots, or two boots of different size.
  • Return gear in good condition. Boots should be dry. If something broke, tell us about it. If you lost something, be prepared to replace it.
  • Don't hog the gear. If you find you are having trouble with returning Club gear, or it has been sitting in your closet for a while, this is an indication that you are using the Club gear without respect for the needs of the other Members. Maybe it's time to get your own gear.
  • It is not appropriate to leave gear outside of the clubroom when there are no gear hours.


If you would like to contact the quartermasters, you can email: [email protected] dot com .

Gear List (and deposits)

Climbing/ Mountaineering Gear

Item Deposit Notes
Rope $100 top rope only, not suitable for leader falls
Harness $40
Climbing shoes $40 should fit tightly, but not utterly destroy your feet
Helmet $40
Starter Trad Rack $200 0.3-3 Camalots, Double set of GW nuts. For Rock-4 instructors/students
#4/#5/#6 C4 Cams $200 Includes the set of 3. See: Squamish Offwidth
"Climbing package" $100 Harness, shoes, helmet (Note: not for use in the Aviary)
Ice axe $40
Ice tools $200 Quarks, Cassins, Vipers (*One set only for dry tooling)
Ice crampons $80
Mountaineering boots $40 stiff boots suitable for crampons
Crampons $40 bring your boots for fitting
Hiking boots $40 not suitable for crampons
Snow Picket $20 Various lengths
Backpacks $40 20L - 80L
Sleeping mats $20 Mostly Z-Lite mats

Snow Sports Gear

Make sure your skis, boots, poles, feet, skins, all fit together properly before leaving the Clubroom!!
Item Deposit Notes
Snowshoes $40
Gaiters $20
Telemark skis + skins $120
AT skis + skins $120 We only have a few
Splitboard + skins $200 We only have three, you need your own snowboard boots and telescope poles.
Plastic tele boots $80
Poles $40
Ski crampons $20
"Ski Package" $200 Skis + skins, boots, poles
Avalanche transceiver or beacon $200 batteries are not included!
Shovel $40
Probe $40
"Avalanche package" $280 beacon, shovel, probe

Other Gear

Item Deposit Notes
Books/maps $40
Whitewater Kayaks $200 Includes skirt, paddle, and helmet. You will need to discuss your intentions with us before renting. Rented at Alastair's discretion.
Folding ORU Double Kayak $200 Includes paddle. Rented at our discretion.
GPS (Etrex 30) $40 Comes loaded with some maps
Two-way radios $60 Per pair
Canoe $200 Includes life vests and paddles. Rented at quatermaster's discretion.
SPOT locator $100 currently non operational, batteries not included. (Free for trip leader).
inreach $100 We have two. Two way communication, text with emergency contacts, call SAR (Search and Rescue)
Crash Pad $80 One week rental.
Bike Pannier $60/ea We have two.
Double Portaledge $500 Metolius Double Bomber portaledge and rainfly. You will need to discuss your intentions with us via email before renting. Rented at our discretion.
Haul bag 125L $100 Metolius Half Dome 125L haul bag.

Canoe Rental Calendar

This calendar is used exclusively for Canoe rentals/reservations. We make an exception to our 'no reservations' rule since canoe rental involves coordinating a car.

If you are picking up the canoe, you need to bring a friend to help you, as the QMs cannot leave the clubroom during gear hours.


  • DEMO: DD/MM/YY to DD/MM/YY; First Name Last Name
  • REAL: 09/11/21 to 15/11/21; Jackson Lowell

Last updated: 12 October 2021

We Don't Have Tents, Sleeping Bags or Clothing

As of July 2021, MEC no longer rents sleeping bags or tents. Try Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist to find cheap gear or the VOC's Facebook page to ask to borrow gear.
We don't supply outdoors clothing, but sometimes stuff gets abandoned in the Clubroom, so it is worth while to check out the "free bin" from time to time.

Other Gear Rental Locations

Mountain Equipment Company is probably the best source of rental equipment.

Another place you might go to rent or buy gear is Sports Junkies. They have winter clothing, tents, other camping gear, plus we get 10% off. Or you could try Valhalla Pure Outfitters.