Document type : vocene
Date : 2016-06-14
Description : VOCene #7 2016
Content :
Adventures make one late for dinner.
Photo of the Week: what ~500kg of yellow cedar looks like. Join the workhike on June 25-26 ( to help carry it up to Brew Hut! Picture taken by Roland Burton. Please send your nominations to the VOCene editor.
Team Bad Idea visits Bell's Bothy ( :
A long awaited post about Artem Bylinskii's trip to Scotland.
Back in March, I received the Neil Mackenzie Adventure Grant as provided by the Neil Mackenzie Trust and Varsity Outdoor Club. I took off to Scotland immediately to catch the tail end of Scottish winter climbing season. I want to thank the selection committee and everyone who made this possible for me, in particular Neil’s folks, whose dedication to the cause is heartwarming. This is one of my many adventures.

Updated Harrison trail access information. (,118358)
Upcoming Trips

Tools sharpening (
June 14 --- Clubroom (TONIGHT!)
Help sharpen some of the dull tools in the clubroom to make trail building that much more enjoyable. Please bring files!

Golden Ears or Lions hike (,118516)
June 18 or 19
Talk to Vincent if you're interested in going for a hike this weekend!

Summer Solstice at Seymour (
June 21 - 22 --- Mt. Seymour
Celebrate the longest day and the start of the summer on top op Mt Seymour with some weekday camping!

How many VOCers does it take to replace a helicopter? (
June 25 - 26 --- Brew Hut
The VOC has a long tradition of attempting the ridiculous. This trip IS ridiculous. It might just work. Ross wants to recruit a small army to help carry wood from the summer trail head (much closer than the winter trail head) to the hut. If, over the course of the weekend we can carry half a tonne of wood then we will have proven that we don't need to pay the big bucks for a helicopter! Message board discussion (,118379) .

Learn to Climb Outside (
June 28 (flexible) - Squamish
Want to get climbing outside? Never climbed before or have only climbed inside? Gabe wants to show you outdoor climbing.

Mountain Tinder (
July 1 - 4
Mountain Tinder® is a fun way to discover new and interesting mountaineering partners nearby. 10 billion matches have been made on Mountain Tinder. Here is how it works: If you’re interested in connecting with someone on Mountain Tinder, then just anonymously take note of their names to Like them; or don't to Pass. If someone likes you back, then it’s a match! Chat with your matches and get to know them at the pre-trip.
Past Trips
Ms. Manners enjoys sharing your trip pictures. Please send them her way (so that she doesn't have to harrass you to get them)!
Panorama Ridge hike: A few people (Vincent, Emily and Crystal) set out for Panorama Ridge this past weekend based on the forecast promising "some clouds" at night. They had a wonderful time navigating to Panorama Ridge in white out conditions based off of memory of the area and a compass. At the top there was no view to be seen. Nevertheless, they enjoyed camping on the ridge under a pyramid tarp. No pooping was done on the ridge. They finally walked out of the white abyss on the way out and were treated with a view of Garibaldi Lake. It was a fantastically whimsical weekend with fantastic friends. Pictures taken by Vincent Chan-Ying.

Brew wood-cutting: Saturday the forecast was predicting not-so-good weather. Roland talked with Ross and agreed that it would be good to see what preparing 1000 lbs of firewood entails. The Jeep was loaded with the chain saw, fuel, oil, the poo liner, axe, frame pack for carrying the poo liner, scale for weighing wood, assorted rain gear, gloves, overnight car-camping gear, food, Ross and Birgit.  We cut about 500 lbs of wood, had lunch, then cut another 700 lbs of wood. The wood is fine grain, yellow cedar. Pictures taken by Roland Burton.

Message Board Notes
* Minors, outdoors, and the law (,118434)
* Artem's looking for a partner for the Chief Girdle Traverse (,118358)
* Exploration partners for Wyoming (,118489)
* Digital outdoor resources (,118515)
* Squamish Hostel discount (,118501) for VOCers
* Revive the Recipe Wiki (,118409) !

Ms. Manners
Dear Ms. Manners,
I've heard that if I want to make a huge dookie and if I can't find a nice luxurious outhouse to deposit it in, then I'm supposed to carry it out with me. Gross! I also heard of people digging holes in the ground to bury their dookies and apparently that's okay but rolling a rock on top of it is not.
Ms. Manner's, what am I supposed to do with my dookies when there's no outhouse around?
Severely Backed-up

Dear Backed-up,
What you do with your dookies, do-do, crap, depends on where you are. In some places you can dig a cathole (ideally 15-20 cm deep and at least 60 m from any water source, trail, or camp) to relieve yourself. In the alpine it is too cold for the majority of the year for any poop to decompose and so you should carry it out. Do your business in a bag and add another layer of protection to prevent spills. If you have an old water bottle or Tupperware kicking about, mark it clearly for use of waste and put your zip-lock bag within. This will help prevent any leaks/squishes and other unwanted problems.
Ms. Manners

Ms. Manners is the VOC's resident expert on mountaineering and outdoors etiquette. Do you have a question for Ms. Manners? Email the VOCene editor and it will be forwarded on to Ms. Manners, with a reply posted the following week.

VOCene #7, June 14th 2016

Ye Olde VOC:
A weekly recollection of the past of the club.
TBT #3: (  Mikey's Offwidth Journal by Artem Babaian.
Quote of the Week:
"The difference between climbers and normal workers is that climbers are glad of the mondays, so they can rest."
~ Guillame Dargaud

Weekly recipe:
Every now and then I'll include a recipe from the VOC wiki ( here. Try them out and share yours!

Carly's secret stuff (
When on the go, eating early and steadily is probably the best thing you can do to keep you energy high. Carly P shared this recipe for sweet potato paste which you can customize with different amounts of carbs/fats depending on what you're used to and different tastes.
Other things people were upto this weekend:
A little field mouse spotted while climbing. Picture taken by Roseanna.
President Cora is learning to play the Ukelele. Jam with her! Picture taken by anonymous.


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