Document type : vocene
Date : 2016-05-31
Description : VOCene #5 2016
Content :
Adventures make one late for dinner.
Photo of the Week: Some chose to flee the rain this past weekend by going climbing in Skaha. Turns out the weather wasn't any better there. Picture taken by Sarah Taylor. Send your nominations to the VOCene editor.
Upcoming Trips

VOC Barbeque (
June 1 @ 6pm --- Locarno Beach
Come on out for a social gathering and recount adventures! Look for the VOC flag.

Advanced Crevasse Rescue (  (advanced)
June 4 - 5 ---
Practice for dealing with a crevasse fall on a two-persons rope team. This trip is intended for people who go out in the mountains regularly as a two-persons team.

Elfin Lakes (and beyond) (  (beginner)
June 4 - 5 --- Elfin Lakes
Elfin Lakes is still full of snow, with about 5 km of bootpacking (snow starts somewhere along the trail up to Red Heather). The weather is warm and inviting, the views breathtaking and the snow soft. Some wayfinding and skiing skills are required.

Mt. Currie (
June 4 - 5 --- Pemberton
Hike the relatively new trail partway up Mt. Currie. The plan is to drive up Saturday morning and carrying day packs, wander up until it looks high or scary enough. Camp somewhere near the car and drive home Sunday.

Cameron Lake Bikepacking Trip (
June 4 - 5 --- Nanaimo, Vancouver Island
Ride around Cameron Lake using the most sophisticated off-road route possible. Conditions of several spots on the route is a question mark, so the plan may change on the go. Expect that the adventurous spirit will not leave us until we get to Parksville! Mountain bike with wide tires required.

Light and fast on Colliseum (
June 13 --- Lynn Headwaters Regional Park
Not a strict trail running trip, more so a 'walk and run with very little gear to try and go fast' 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)!

Lizzie Creek Workhike:  Summary from Roland: As we marched up the Lizzie Valley the weather deteriorated dramatically so that by the time we got to the one-log bridge at km7, it was raining buckets and we were all soaked. Fortunately Julian had brought a large plastic tarp and rigged it at the camping site, and while the others went off to slay slide alder and get soaked, Taniya, Jin and I made a campfire, so that when the others got back, only a small amount of shivering was done. Sunday, after considerable work on the brush saw to make it run, further brush was removed to within about 2 km of the lake.

Brew Hut Workhike: Read the trip report here ( .
Message Board Notes
* Harrison Hut changing access (,118309) !
* Backcountry skiing map by OSM (,111554)
* Anybody want laying hens? (,118324)
* Older GPS for sale (,118322)
* Looking for sturdy haul bags (,118299)

Ms. Manners
Dear Ms. Manners,
All of my life I've been using MSR white gas stoves. Recently I've heard of people burning their alcohol to cook food. I say blasphemy! What say you?
Inebriated Cook

Dear Inebriated Cook,
I guess if you're carrying up beer, why not bring up some more alcohol for cooking? Alcohol stoves are cheap and lightweight if you don't have to do much cooking. White gas stoves on the other hand work well at low temperatures and are relatively lighter if you're going on long trips. Propane stoves are somewhere in between in cost, are light, but can't really be shielded from the wind. So, what stove works best depends on how many cold, windy, long trips you plan to do!
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 #5, May 31st 2016

Ye Olde VOC:
A weekly recollection of the past of the club.

TBT #2: The Co-op and the Alpine Fastbuck (1971). Read here ( .

Mountain News/Articles:
If you have an article you would like to write/share, send it to the VOCene editor and it will be featured here.

It's not your imagination; those empty places are dissapearing (

Revitalizing native trout in Glacier National Park (
Quote of the Week:
"Take only pictures, leave only footprints."

Please send in your nominations for Photo of the Week to the VOCene editor.

Tip of the Week:
If you are worried about the amount of time it takes for a group to get ready in morning, just set your alarm half an hour earlier without letting anyone know. Generally nobody will notice, and you'll be on your way earlier


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