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11th Annual Jared Stanley Memorial Lecture · Wednesday, November 18th

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Organized by: Cora Skaien.

Start: Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 7:00 pm


In January 2005, Jared Stanley, a UBC student, passed away while back country skiing on Mount Seymour. An annual memorial lecture was held for the first couple of years after Jared's death, but as many of Jareds friends and colleagues left UBC running the event became more difficult. One year the VOC decided to adopt the lecture series and every year since, the VOC has hosted the Jared Stanley Memorial Lecture: this year's will be the 10th installment. While Jared wasn't a VOCer, he's the sort of guy that probably would have ended up knocking on the VOC's door at some point, so we sort of adopted him and the lecture. 

Jared's family, Anna and Bob Parton, fly out from Texas every year to attend the lecture and speak a little bit about Jared. The Partons are great speakers and great people. In previous years, after learning about SPOT devices from our guest speaker, a Search and Rescue team member, they promptly went out and bought the club a three pack of the devices because they felt that if such a device had existed back in 2005, then maybe Jared would still be with us. Much like the VOC sort of adopted Jared, the Partons sort of adopted the VOC. 

The Partons memories of Jared will be followed by a talk given by Richard Riquelme, a tenured guide and AIARE avalanche instructor working for the American Alpine Institute in Bellingham, WA; often regarded as the #1 guide service in North America! For further background on the American Alpine Institute and Richard's bio, please follow these links: and

This is an interesting, emotional, and insightful event for members of all experience levels we encourage everyone to come out and bring your friends! The more the merrier! 
This is open to the public, not just club members.

Date and time: Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 7:00 pm 
Location: ESB (Earth and Ocean Sciences) Room 1012


About American Alpine Institute

The American Alpine Institute (AAI) has been spreading the Spirit of Alpinism since 1975 as a pioneer in teaching technical climbing, mountaineering, and leadership.

With guided climbs and instructional programs in 6 states and 16 countries, AAI offers courses that cater to all skill levels and in all backcountry disciplines (from rock, ice, and glacier climbing – to avalanche hazard assessment, extreme skiing and split-boarding - to technical rescue, and guide training).  

With the mission to grow its clients into self-sufficient alpinists, AAI continues its tradition of teaching skill mastery and self-leadership, an approach that contributes to AAI’s extraordinary record of safety and success in the great mountain ranges of the world.  

AAI is the longest accredited guide service in the U.S.  Jon Krakauer has termed in "North America's best all around climbing school and guide service."

Information about American Alpine Institute courses and guiding can be found at



Posted: 2015-10-08 17:11:42
Last modified: 2015-11-04 16:49:23