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Longhike is a very popular annual event usually held on a weekend in late September.  Despite the name, for the most part it does not involve hiking, although some years there is a "rock 0" hike.  On Saturday there is a "rock school" in [[Squamish]].  This consists of small groups led by an instructor who is a VOC member with climbing experience.  Groups climb at either Murrin Park or the Little Smoke Bluffs.  All ability levels are welcome and no climbing experience is necessary.  There are 3 levels of instruction:
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Longhike is a very popular annual event usually held on a weekend in late September.  Despite the name, for the most part it does not involve hiking, although some years there is a "rock 0" hike and/or a "rock 2.5" intro to sport climbing.  On Saturday there is a "rock school" in [[Squamish]].  This consists of small groups led by an instructor who is a VOC member with climbing experience.  Groups climb at either Murrin Park or the Little Smoke Bluffs.  All ability levels are welcome and no climbing experience is necessary.  There are 3 levels of instruction:
  
 
*'''Rock 1''': for people will little or no climbing experience, and who want to learn how to get off the ground safely. Topics covered include tying in, buddy checks, belaying, and possibly rapelling.  
 
*'''Rock 1''': for people will little or no climbing experience, and who want to learn how to get off the ground safely. Topics covered include tying in, buddy checks, belaying, and possibly rapelling.  

Revision as of 12:42, 15 February 2007

Longhike is a very popular annual event usually held on a weekend in late September. Despite the name, for the most part it does not involve hiking, although some years there is a "rock 0" hike and/or a "rock 2.5" intro to sport climbing. On Saturday there is a "rock school" in Squamish. This consists of small groups led by an instructor who is a VOC member with climbing experience. Groups climb at either Murrin Park or the Little Smoke Bluffs. All ability levels are welcome and no climbing experience is necessary. There are 3 levels of instruction:

  • Rock 1: for people will little or no climbing experience, and who want to learn how to get off the ground safely. Topics covered include tying in, buddy checks, belaying, and possibly rapelling.
  • Rock 2: for people with some climbing experience who want to learn how to build anchors and set up top ropes. Topics covered include anchor building and rappelling.
  • Rock 3: for people with extensive seconding experience who want to learn how to lead climb. Topics covered include belaying a leader, gear placement and rope management

Longhike is one of the few VOC events which has an associated cost. The reason for this is that you are provided with a place to stay, a hearty dinner, and music for a big party on Saturday night. The past few years this has been at the Coast Mountain Outdoor School outside of Pemberton.

Sunday is a do what you want day, where you can put your newfound rock climbing skills to the test. Many instructors will have a club rope with them that they can lend out for Sunday... remember, these are for top-roping only. Because Longhike is on the long weekend, keeners could also camp out in the Chief campground, and climb until Monday if they wish.

Volunteering and Workhikes

Longhike needs volunteers to make it happen. The food at this year's longhike will be cooked by the onsite staff, but the club still needs volunteers to sell t-shirts and songbooks, and cleaning up following Sunday's breakfast. Anyone can help with this. Patient, safe and comptent climbers are needed to be instructors for the event. All volunteers get credit for a workhike, and instructors a get free party and meals. Due to lodging restrictions however, instructors are usually expected to bring their own tents.

Past Events

2006

Main article: Longhike 2006