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:
- 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. This year's longhike will be held at the Evans Lake Forest Education Centre, approx 20 minutes drive north from Squamish.
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.
Contact person: Richard So, [email protected]
This year, the venue has changed to Evans Lake Forest Education Centre. The good news is that is very close to Squamish, meaning more climbing! Tickets will start selling during Clubs day, Sept 20-22. Look for our booth outside the SUB south entrance. If you can't make it to the booth at those times, drop by the clubroom around lunchtime.
When: October 7-8, 2006
Where: Climbing in Squamish (Smoke Bluffs or Murrin Park), followed by a huge climbing party and sleepover at the Evans Lake Forest Education Centre. You'll be staying in cabins that fit 8-10 comfortably, bring a sleeping bag. If the weather is good, there's also a lake!
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!
There will be a mandatory dryschool on October 4th at 6pm in order to plan out rides and other details. I am also looking for instructors so if you are interested in either let me know.
2006 Longhike Instructor Sign-Up
There is also a list outside the clubroom. If you prefer, you can just email Richard at [email protected]
Name(s) and Level you can instruct
- Daniel Rudmin (1) (Or can help with any other details)
Contact person: Janet Draganov, VP
Hey guys, 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)