Document type : vocene
Date : 2007-05-09
Description : VOCene #4
Content :
VOCene #4 - May 9, 2007
In this VOCene:

I. Trip Reports
     1) McBride
     2) Gear Swap
     3) Other
II. Upcoming Events and Trips
     1) Red Heather May (12/13)
     2) The Reel Paddling Film Festival (May 15)
     3) Beginner Rock (May 26)
     4) Frisbee (ongoing)
III. Other
     1) Genetics/Risk Taking Study
     2) Arctic Trip
I. Trip Reports

1) McBride
Scott N, Sandra N, Krystil K and I embarked on a 9 day ski traverse of
the McBride range on April 28.  We started at Blackcomb and skied down
into the McBride.  Then we got stuck in a whiteout for 3 nights before
deciding to retreat back and finish the world's longest Spearhead
traverse.  A map of our route can be seen here: (campsites are black

2) Gear Swap
Many people went to the MEC gear swap and apparently got some good
stuff... with some new skis etc. for the club.  Thanks to everyone who
helped get the club some new gear!

3) Other
People have been doing other things outside.  Afton and Vince went
close to the Lions, Richard S tried tele skiing in mountaineering
boots (2 sizes too small) etc.  Lots of snow out there.  Still pretty
much too early to start hiking to high places.

II. Upcoming Events and Trips

1) Red Heather
When: May 12/13
Roland and others are probably making a "beginner friendly" trip to
Red Heather this weekend.  Check the message board for more details
and rides.  Quite possibly the only thing you need is some boots.

2) The Reel Paddling Film Festival
Where: Pacific Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC
When: May 15, 7:00pm-10:00pm

Join Mountain Equipment Co-op, for a night of the best international
canoeing, whitewater and sea kayaking films of the year.  The Reel
Paddling Film Festival showcases a small selection of films from the
World Tour, including the six festival category winners.  Join
passionate filmmakers as they explore rivers, lakes and oceans with
paddlers pushing the limits of their sport.  Ticket holders are
entitled to a free subscription for RAPID Magazine and entry to win
door prizes.
Tickets $6.00 at Mec or $8.00 at the door

3) Beginner Rock
When: May 26
Where: Squamish
A group of instructors will take a group of beginners for some
introductory rock climbing.  Ideally this is for people with no
outdoor experience, and maybe even no indoor experience.  Sign up on
the wiki (either as an instructor or student) and check the message
board for more details as the trip approaches.

4) Frisbee
People seem to be playing frisbee on the beach on a regular basis.
Next event is tonight (May 9).  Watch the message board for details if
you are interested!

III. Other

1) Genetics/Risk Taking Study
Are you an intermediate, advanced or expert skier or snowboarder?  If
so, we need volunteers for a study with UBC HKIN - looking at whether
genetics play a role in certain risk taking/sensation seeking
behaviours in sport.
Who?  Males and females, ages 19-40 years.  Intermediate level (can
ski/ride a blue run comfortably).  The study will take 20 minutes and
may be done at your convenienvce and remotely (at home).  It's simply
2 questionnaires and a cheek swab.  Sorry, no money to be handed out
Please contact Cynthia Thomson at (a fellow

2) Arctic Trip
Where: Quttinirpaaq National Park, Ellesmere Island
When: July 19-August 1

From July 19 to August 1, 2007, a group of British Columbia
Mountaineering Club and Alpine Club members will be base-camping near
Tanquary Fiord (82 degrees north), day hiking and backpacking.  This
will be a unique adventure to see polar ice-caps, musk oxen and maybe
arctic wolves in a vast empy wilderness, especially in this
International Polar Year.  Backpacking experience important.  Cost
from Resolute on Cornwallis Island: $3,100 (A one-tenth share of a
twin otter charter)
To join, e-mail Kathy Nemis at
                 or phone 604 254 1170
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