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Sunny G1 on Brandywine

What do Brandywine Glacier and Katy Perry have in common? They were both a lot bigger in the early 2000s and are most definitely Hot and Cold. This weekend 60 VOCers occupied Brandywine Glacier for 2022’s annual Glacier School G1, … Continue reading

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A Feature-length Pinecone Burke Traverse

Trip Dates: June 30th – July 4th, 2022 Ever since stumbling across Richard, Birgit, Vincent, and Cassandra’s 2017 trip report, the idea of doing an extended version of their “Pinecone Burke Traverse” had been kicking around my head. During a … Continue reading

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Climbing Mt.Robson

I had never actually seen the summit of Mount Robson. Every time I drove by in the past the top half of the mountain was engulfed in a boiling tower of clouds. Standing in the parking lot with Seton Kriese, … Continue reading

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Colonel Foster in Winter

Earlier this year, my friend Liam Gilchrist and I took advantage of the first week of school closures due to COVID-19 to make our second, successful attempt at climbing the East face of mount Colonel Foster on Vancouver Island in … Continue reading

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Mount Rainier log

Friday, August 9, 2019 12:48 Manuel Stähelin, newly arrived from Switzerland, posts on the Message Board that he is looking for mountaineering partners. 21:26 I reply and suggest the destinations Wedge, Sky Pilot and Rainier. 22:05 I go to bed. 22:16 Manuel calls me. … Continue reading

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Ripple Ridge Cabin with some extra action

On October 18th we went to the Ripple Ridge Cabin in Kootenay Pass. We left after school on Thursday because Friday was a Pro-D day. We went to A&W in Osoyoos. We got a baby mug (holds about 75ml). We … Continue reading

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A quality VOC introduction!

Last weekend I joined my first ever VOC trip; a backcountry adventure up to Semaphore Lakes organised by Graham Brown. I knew we were off to a good start when I was immediately offered tea (I’m British!) and a big, … Continue reading

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G2: oh Shucks, Son, we almost made it (Mt. Shuksan pre-summit)

September 9-10, 2017 Eight hopeful glacier enthusiasts wake up Saturday morning to expand their glacier-travel skills and attempt to conquer Mt. Shuksan. Zack Wentz leads the group, but also includes a Swiss Mountaineer for 16 years, Pascale Vonaesch, who was … Continue reading

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Alpine Skills Course 2017

On July 15th 2017, several VOCers were able to gain invaluable skills from the ever-knowledgeable VOC alumnus Sam McKoy. The wonderful Else Bosman and Luca Malaguti, participants from the last year Alpine Skills course, were also there to impart their … Continue reading

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The Jervis Expedition: Three weeks of kayak-accessed mountaineering

I know this is kind of a big deal to say, but I have to call it as I see it right now: I’m not convinced we can pull off the eastern half of this route. I don’t think it … Continue reading

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