Trip Reports

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Trip Reports are written first person accounts of VOC trips, trips a VOCer did but can also be about outdoor philosophies, ethics, or just expressions of love for the mountains. They can be an instruction guides for how to make some piece of gear, or if you're really into the history of some outdoor sport, an article about it. Everything vaguely about non-motorized outdoor sports is welcome!

VOC members can submit a Trip Report here for publication to the website. If you're unfamiliar with the style of Trip Reports, read a few first and refer to the style guidelines below. Most trip reports also end up as articles for the VOC Journal but not all VOCJ articles are published online as trip reports.

Trip Report Category

All online Trip Reports need to be placed in one or more overarching 'Category' based on activity.

  • Hike: day hikes, trail running, backpacking, snowshoeing
  • Climb: scrambling, rock climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing
  • Ski: touring, ski mountaineering
  • Other: cycling, paddling, socials, unclassified

Additionally, select if the trip report also falls within the special categories of

  • Accident: trip contains an accident, injury, or near-miss
  • Workhike: trip was a VOC workhike
  • Huts: trip was to one of the VOC huts

Trip Report Tags


Trip Report Style Guidelines

This is just for reference. If you're a kind soul you'll try to follow it, but if you don't it's fine for Trip Reports. The copy editors may fix inconsistencies in editing. But if you try to dispute an editorial decision that's specified on this style sheet, the style sheet will win.


  • write from your own experiences
  • give full names in the first mentions of any people in your article
  • use active voice whenever possible
  • use enough photos to tell the story and no more
  • give photographers photo credit in the caption
  • for VOCJ articles, there is a 2000 word limit

Spelling, Grammar, and Units

  • use Canadian spelling (per Canadian Oxford Dictionary)
  • use metric units; or at least give a metric conversion to any imperial units you use
  • use series (Oxford) comma (i.e., bananas, apples, and oranges. NOT bananas, apples and oranges.)
  • time of day should be written like this, 6:30am
  • avoid using "this" and "that" as pronouns rather than demonstrative adjectives
  • don't use emoticons and gratuitous exclamation points. If you do they will be unceremoniously eliminated
  • enclose dialogue in "double quotation marks"
  • enclose phrases or words that require definition within single quotation marks
  • words in languages other than English should be italicized.
  • give full names for the first mentions of any potentially unfamiliar acronyms
  • use single spaces after all punctuation
  • use two short dashes for dashes separating phrases; use one short dash for hyphenated words.
  • spell out numbers from one to ten; use numerals for everything else, and use a comma in figures with four or more digits. (e.g. 2,568). Exception: use numerals when using decimals, metric units (e.g., 400 m, 30 km), and percentages (e.g., 28 per cent—note that "per cent" is spelled out as two words)
  • it's "gaiters," kids—not "gators." Unless you're actually talking about alligators.
  • use "workhikes"--not "work hikes"