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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 Rock | 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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'''Rock Party''' (formerly know by its historical name '''Longhike''') is a very popular annual event usually held on a weekend in late September.  Despite the former name, for the most part it does not involve hiking.  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, the Smoke Bluffs, Area 44, or Check Recreation Site.  All ability levels are welcome and no climbing experience is necessary.  There are 5 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.  
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*'''Rock 1''': top-roping: Learn to put on a harness, belay and climb rock.  
  
*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.
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*'''Rock 2''': anchor building: Learn to build different type of anchors for the purpose of top roping. Learn how to rappel.  
  
*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
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*'''Rock 3''': sport climbing: Learn to clip bolts, lead belay, how not to back-clip or z-clip, etc...  
  
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.
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*'''Rock 4''': trad climbing: Learn how to place a variety of protection, build trad anchors, etc...
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*'''Rock 5''': introduction to multipitch climbing: Learn how to use rope systems, build tree anchors, belay from the top of the climb, switch leads, etc.
  
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 [[ropes|club rope]] with them that they can lend out for Sunday... remember, these are for top-roping only.
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More details on rock levels can be found here [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wZEc-Xao8yOwigmOwNstdxLPVWOXKUw0-4elxiQd2dQ/edit?usp=sharing]
  
==Volunteering and Workhikes==
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Rock Party is one of the few VOC events which has an associated cost ($40 for students and $20 for instructors in recent years).  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. 
  
Longhike needs volunteers to make it happen.  Anyone can help with cooking or cleaning up dinner or breakfast.  Patient, safe and comptent climbers are needed to be instructors for the eventAll volunteers get credit for a [[workhikes|workhike]], and instructors a get free party and meals.  Due to lodging restrictions however, instructors are usually expected to bring their own tents.
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Sunday is a do what you want day, where you can put your newfound rock climbing skills to the testMany instructors will have a [[ropes|club rope]] with them that they can lend out for Sunday... remember, these are for top-roping only. Usually, a number of VOCers help with volunteer activities on Sunday as well, including trailwork, cleaning activities or other miscellaneous tasks where help is needed by the Mamquam River Campground (venue) staff or by the Squamish Access Society (SAS - local rock climbing advocacy and volunteer group).  
  
== '''2005 Longhike''' ==
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==Gear==
  
Contact person: Janet Draganov, VP
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Climbing equipment for Rock Party can be borrowed from the [[gear|VOC gear room]].  Contact one of the quartermasters to arrange what you need (Helmet, Harness and Rock Climbing Shoes).  Note that Rock Party is very popular and VOC equipment is limited, so you may have to share a harness or borrow from someone else.  When you borrow VOC gear, you will have to sign up for a [[workhike]], which must be completed before you can borrow gear again.  Many instructors may have extra equipment they are willing to lend out to a student if you ask nicely.
  
Hey guys,
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==Volunteering and Workhikes==
It's almost time again for the biggest climbing trip of the year...Longhike!
 
 
 
*When: October 8th-9th
 
 
 
*Where: Climbing in Squamish, followed by a huge apres climbing party and sleepover at the Coast Mountain Outdoor School in Pemberton
 
 
 
*Cost: $30 includes climbing instruction, gear rental (plus a refundable damage deposit), accomodation for the night, and all the food you can eat the night of the party and breakfast the next morning, as well as a dessert potluck!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tickets are now available and can be purchased at our clubs days booth (outside the SUB) this week from 12-4pm and in the clubroom between 11ish-3ish..depending if there is anyone in there.
 
 
 
There will be a mandatory dryschool a few days before the trip (date to be announced) in order to plan out rides and other details. I am also looking for instructors and people to help out with the cooking so if you are interested in either let me know. I will post a thing about it on the wiki soon so that people can sign up.
 
 
 
So everyone come buy your tickets soon because space fills up fast! The weekend will be great! We usually get around 100 people at this event, so it's a great way to meet the existing and new members, party, and get some rockclimbing in. We have lots of great plans for this year's trip so it will be tonnes of fun!
 
 
 
=== '''2005 Longhike Instructor Sign-Up''' ===
 
 
 
Name(s) and Level you can instruct
 
# Janez Ales (1-3)
 
# Greg Dennis (1-2)
 
# Tim Norris (1-3)
 
# Martin Le-Huu (1)
 
#Eirik (1-2 maybe 3 but with a broken wing)  also thinking of bringing my (landlord's) portaledge and hanging it somewher to hang out in.
 
# Bram van Straaten (1-2)
 
# Scott Fiddes (1-3)
 
# Boris Khramtsov (1-3). Would prefer 1, if it's all the same....
 
# Fiona Campbell (1-2)
 
# Mike Young (1-3)
 
# Jan McPhee (1)
 
#Krystil Koethler 1-2
 
#Al Ross (1-2)
 
# Brad Christensen (1-3)
 
# Troy Lyne (1)
 
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===RIDES TO LONGHIKE===
 
Please put your name and phone number/email!
 
 
 
Non-Driver: FULLER (is no longer going to longhike)
 
 
 
Driver: Jason Bedard (604-435-0200/[email protected] -- pickup @ Patterson station 6:50am, will leave by 7:00am)
 
May do dayhike or stop in whistler on sunday so be prepared to be home late sunday.
 
1 left
 
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Driver: Nicholas Edgar (driving up Saturday, and now driving down Sunday) Cell# 604 762 0230
 
#Philipp Winter (604-224-8775, pwinter86 "at" hotmail.com)
 
#Edward Wong (778-885-4658 [email protected])
 
#Thomas Eyraud ([email protected], 604 261 7835)
 
#Josh Zukewich ([email protected],  778 899 6785)
 
  
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Rock Party needs volunteers to make it happen. We will have a Saturday night BBQ and bar. In addition we need people for setup on Saturday, selling raffle tickets & beer tickets, checking IDs, clean-up around the campground, and volunteer activities on the Sunday. Anyone can help with this (although certain requirements may apply for certain tasks such as being 19 or older and having Serving It Right or the Special Event Server course certification for alcohol related activities).  Patient, safe and competent climbers are needed to be instructors for the event.  All volunteers get credit for a [[workhikes|workhike]], instructors get $20 off their ticket price, and volunteers get $10 off their ticket price.
  
Driver: Troy Lyne - Space for 2.  I need to be back Sunday Morning.  604-727-1743/[email protected]
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==History of Longhike==
# Daniel Been [email protected]
 
# Fiona Haight
 
  
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The longhike event dates back at least to 1945 (see VOCJ50 article by Tami Knight, page 28)(ref. to 1954 event)[http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/ubyssey/UBYSSEY_1954_10_07.pdf], although at that time the trip was a hike and not a rock climbing school. 
  
Driver: James Painter. Space for one other person 604-616-3710, [email protected] Can pick up from within 10 minutes of 10th and Blanca (I.E. UBC campus, Kits, Kerrisdale) Pleae call to confirm.
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In 1958 Longhike consistied of taking a Ferry to Britannia, hiking up mount Shear, and partying all night. Next morning people slept in, then went to a rock school or a tour of the copper mine.
# Alexandra Arbeit
 
  
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In 1960 prospective Members of the Varsity Outdoor Club were required to complete a LongHike before being voted into the Club.  A "Short Long Hike" was created some weeks later to accommodate those who could not make it to the LongHike.  For LongHike, a ferry was chartered to take Long Hikers to Woodfibre where we were put up in the school gym, and served spaghetti.  After a wild party we got to sleep on the gymn floor.  The next day we set off in various groups to climb probably Roderick or Wrottesley, or maybe Sedgewick, before catching the chartered ferry back to Vancouver.  This completed the "hiking requirement " for membership.
  
Need rides
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In the 1970s there was usually a rock school in Murrin Park on Saturday, while some went hiking or climbing to other locations. One year the rock school portion was even done on second peak after hiking up the Chief. On Saturday night there was dinner at the Whistler cabin followed by dancing the night away, often to the club's traditional "Salty Dog Rag". Sunday was usually a hike to various locations with smaller groups.
#Martyn Bryant (21st and Dunbar, marty_b83 "at" hotmail.com)
 
#Scott Chang (close to UBC,604-626-6621, [email protected])
 
#Adela Matejcek (778-999-5951, [email protected].ca)
 
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==Events==
  
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See [[:Category: Rock Party]] and [[:Category: Longhike]] for both past events and the next trip. The new trip page for the year is usually posted in early September.
  
[[Category:Events]]
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[[Category: Events]]
[[Category:Rock Climbing Trips]]
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[[Category: Rock Party]]
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[[Category: Longhike]]
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[[Category: Climbing]]

Latest revision as of 18:28, 18 February 2019

Rock Party (formerly know by its historical name Longhike) is a very popular annual event usually held on a weekend in late September. Despite the former name, for the most part it does not involve hiking. 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, the Smoke Bluffs, Area 44, or Check Recreation Site. All ability levels are welcome and no climbing experience is necessary. There are 5 levels of instruction:

  • Rock 1: top-roping: Learn to put on a harness, belay and climb rock.
  • Rock 2: anchor building: Learn to build different type of anchors for the purpose of top roping. Learn how to rappel.
  • Rock 3: sport climbing: Learn to clip bolts, lead belay, how not to back-clip or z-clip, etc...
  • Rock 4: trad climbing: Learn how to place a variety of protection, build trad anchors, etc...
  • Rock 5: introduction to multipitch climbing: Learn how to use rope systems, build tree anchors, belay from the top of the climb, switch leads, etc.

More details on rock levels can be found here [1]

Rock Party is one of the few VOC events which has an associated cost ($40 for students and $20 for instructors in recent years). 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.

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. Usually, a number of VOCers help with volunteer activities on Sunday as well, including trailwork, cleaning activities or other miscellaneous tasks where help is needed by the Mamquam River Campground (venue) staff or by the Squamish Access Society (SAS - local rock climbing advocacy and volunteer group).

Gear

Climbing equipment for Rock Party can be borrowed from the VOC gear room. Contact one of the quartermasters to arrange what you need (Helmet, Harness and Rock Climbing Shoes). Note that Rock Party is very popular and VOC equipment is limited, so you may have to share a harness or borrow from someone else. When you borrow VOC gear, you will have to sign up for a workhike, which must be completed before you can borrow gear again. Many instructors may have extra equipment they are willing to lend out to a student if you ask nicely.

Volunteering and Workhikes

Rock Party needs volunteers to make it happen. We will have a Saturday night BBQ and bar. In addition we need people for setup on Saturday, selling raffle tickets & beer tickets, checking IDs, clean-up around the campground, and volunteer activities on the Sunday. Anyone can help with this (although certain requirements may apply for certain tasks such as being 19 or older and having Serving It Right or the Special Event Server course certification for alcohol related activities). Patient, safe and competent climbers are needed to be instructors for the event. All volunteers get credit for a workhike, instructors get $20 off their ticket price, and volunteers get $10 off their ticket price.

History of Longhike

The longhike event dates back at least to 1945 (see VOCJ50 article by Tami Knight, page 28)(ref. to 1954 event)[2], although at that time the trip was a hike and not a rock climbing school.

In 1958 Longhike consistied of taking a Ferry to Britannia, hiking up mount Shear, and partying all night. Next morning people slept in, then went to a rock school or a tour of the copper mine.

In 1960 prospective Members of the Varsity Outdoor Club were required to complete a LongHike before being voted into the Club. A "Short Long Hike" was created some weeks later to accommodate those who could not make it to the LongHike. For LongHike, a ferry was chartered to take Long Hikers to Woodfibre where we were put up in the school gym, and served spaghetti. After a wild party we got to sleep on the gymn floor. The next day we set off in various groups to climb probably Roderick or Wrottesley, or maybe Sedgewick, before catching the chartered ferry back to Vancouver. This completed the "hiking requirement " for membership.

In the 1970s there was usually a rock school in Murrin Park on Saturday, while some went hiking or climbing to other locations. One year the rock school portion was even done on second peak after hiking up the Chief. On Saturday night there was dinner at the Whistler cabin followed by dancing the night away, often to the club's traditional "Salty Dog Rag". Sunday was usually a hike to various locations with smaller groups.

Events

See Category: Rock Party and Category: Longhike for both past events and the next trip. The new trip page for the year is usually posted in early September.