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 be there 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 likely 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.
- Monday (return only): James 12-1
- Tuesday (return only): 12:00 - 1:00 (Jacob), Kaylie 1-2 (Cancelled March 28)
- Wednesday: 7:15am-8:15am Addie, CANCELLED mar 22 Joe is sick :( 2-3 (Joe), 4:00pm-5:00pm (Zac)
- Thursday: 11:15-12:15 Bella, 5pm-6pm Ethan (Cancelled Mar.23rd)
- Friday: Emily 2-3
***Starting on Feb.27th (first week back from reading week) Gear Hours are going to change a bit! Mondays and Tuesdays will be for gear returns only. Wednesday through Friday will be for taking gear out only. As such please make sure when renting gear that you have a plan to get the gear back on Monday or Tuesday or tell the QM why you cannot and what day you will be able to bring it back on instead when renting the gear out. This change is intended to ensure gear is available in the clubroom when people looking to rent come in, and provide us with time to make any necessary repairs to gear before it heads back out. Thank you all for your cooperation with these changes.
***Splitboard rentals are currently on hold due to their poor condition.
- 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 cash 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. Working on one of our huts, trails, or carrying firewood is another popular workhike option.
- 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 are late fees of $5/week for snowshoes, avalanche beacons, AT skis, and ice tools, up to 50% of the deposit. Fees are charged after a one-week grace period.
- 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.
- Ski rental use is limited to backcountry use and using VOC ski gear in the resort is not appropriate.
- The single exception to this is for Tele school attendees who are learning to ski on Tele skis. This exception applies for the duration of the season following tele school.
If you would like to contact the quartermasters, you can email: [email protected] dot com .
Gear List (and deposits)
Climbing/ Mountaineering Gear
|Rope||$100||top rope only, not suitable for leader falls|
|Climbing shoes||$40||should fit tightly, but not utterly destroy your feet. Please respect that climbing shoes are for outdoor use only.|
|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 tools||$200||Quarks, Cassins, Vipers (*One set only for dry tooling). Late fees apply.|
|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!!
|Snowshoes||$40||Late fees apply.|
|Telemark skis + skins||$120|
|AT skis + skins||$120||We only have a few. Late fees apply.|
|Splitboard + skins||$200||We only have three, you need your own snowboard boots and telescope poles.|
|Plastic tele boots||$80|
|"Ski Package"||$200||Skis + skins, boots, poles. Late fees apply to AT Packages|
|Avalanche transceiver or beacon||$200||batteries are not included! Late fees apply.|
|"Avalanche package"||$280||beacon, shovel, probe. Late fees apply|
|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. Will be located in the clubroom as of July 22nd, Please see rental calendar below.|
|GPS (Etrex 30)||$40||Comes loaded with some maps|
|Two-way radios||$60||Per pair. For Club trips only|
|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. Emergency personal locator beacon (plb) with two way text communication as well. For Club trips only.|
|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 and ORU Rental Calendar
This calendar is used exclusively for Canoe and ORU 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 (Canoe/Oru)
- Example: 07/02/23 to 07/02/23; Jacob Grossbard (Oru)
- 11-12/02/2023; Jade Quinn-McDonald (canoe)
Last updated: 07 February 2023
We Don't Have Tents, Sleeping Bags or Clothing
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.
We don't supply tents or sleeping bags as we don't have space to get them dry. 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 or message board to ask to borrow gear (Note that to access the message board, you must be signed in).
Other Gear Rental Locations
Mountain Equipment Company is/was 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.