Rock Party

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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 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.

Gear

Climbing equipment for Longhike 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 Longhike 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

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.

History of Longhike

The longhike event dates back at least to 1954[1], although at that time the trip was a hike and not a rock climbing school.

Past Events

2006

Main article: Longhike 2006