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Rock Party 2023 · Sat. Sep. 30th, 2023 - Sun. Oct. 1st, 2023

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Organized by: Anton Afanassiev.

Start: Saturday, Sep. 30th, 8:00 am
End: Sunday, Oct. 1st, 11:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Sep. 26th, 6:40 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: IRC 2 MAP


General sales start on Tuesday Sep 19, 2023 @ 8:00 AM
There will be a second, smaller drop of tickets at 8:00 PM the same day.

The password is on the signup page.

The VOC welcomes you to the annual Rock Party!! 

 This is a weekend-long instructional rock climbing, BBQ, and dance party extravaganza held in Squamish. It is many VOC members' first trip - so if you are new to the club (and perhaps UBC or Vancouver) - welcome! If you are an experienced climber, please join us as an instructor!


We acknowledge that this year Rock Party is happening on Truth and Reconciliation Day. We encourage participants and instructors to take time during the day to reflect. We will be donating a portion of event profits to the Indigenous Life Sports Academy, an organization with strong local ties, supporting indigenous youth in getting outside and into sport.


Trip Rundown


You and 300 of your new friends head up to Squamish on Saturday morning for a full day of learning some sweet rock climbing skillz in groups of 6-10 students with 2 instructors* based on your ability (see below). In the evening everyone heads to Mamquam River Campground for a BBQ, beer & cider, and dancing into the wee hours of the morning. Sunday is a free day (no instruction) - so you can try out some of your new moves and check out the crags with some new friends.


Note: this is at a campground. Meaning you will be sleeping in tents and sleeping bags (which are NOT provided). There are no cabins, kitchens, washrooms (except outhouses), etc. Only Saturday night’s bbq dinner is provided, you are responsible for bringing your own food for all other meals.


Climbing levels are:


  1. Introduction to Rock Climbing 
  2. Anchors + Rappelling
  3. Sport Lead Climbing
  4. Trad Climbing
  5. Introduction to Multi-Pitch Strategy and Rope Management 

If you would like to see a thorough rundown of the curriculum for each level, please see this link.


*The instructors on this trip are NOT professional - they are just club members with climbing experience who want to spread the stoke. At the VOC we think this is a great way to learn outdoor skills - from more experienced friends. But be aware that your safety is your own responsibility and these are not professional guides. 




Because this is such a large trip and involves so many logistics, it is by ticket only and only current members can buy tickets. (I’ll leave the signup tool open so you can see who else is going, and have the trip show up on your profile - but signing up means nothing if you haven’t bought a ticket).


If you buy a ticket and can no longer attend, you can try to sell it to another club member BUT they must be in the same Rock Level that you signed up for and you must email about the change and it must be before the pre-trip meeting as they MUST attend


Student: $50

Instructor: $25

Ticket Password in the sign-up page

 If cost is a major barrier for you to attend Rock Party, please check out our Rock Party scholarship. Note that this is only intended for those who could not afford to go otherwise, and not as a free ticket. Details can be found here:

*If you are a looking to instruct but you are not an active member, feel free to email Ethan Somji ([email protected])




Meeting Info:
Date: September 26th, 2023
Time: 6:40-8:15 pm, with a gear hour afterward
Location: IRC 2

The pre-trip meeting will be in-person and is mandatory

There will be a gear hour following the pretrip.




Want to be an awesome club member, get to know people, and give back? You should volunteer! Volunteering will not impact your ability to learn climbing skillz and will count towards a workhike (each member is required to complete at least one annual workhike to retain the ability to rent gear). Links to the signup sheets for volunteering will be posted on this page soon. Volunteers are really what allows this event to happen, so please consider signing up, and take that responsibility seriously - I really need you. If you sign up as a volunteer, you will still pay the full price when you buy your ticket, and I’ll give you $10 back when you actually show up for your shift at the event. Volunteer spots are only available to existing ticket holders. We will not be selling separate volunteer tickets at this time.


***More information will be posted here as the event date approaches, so check back regularly.**


Gear list:



- Camping gear: tent (can be shared), mat, sleeping bag, extra clothes, toiletries

- Bfast + Lunch for Saturday, food for Sunday. Also, dinner if you're coming down on Friday.

- Helmet, Harness, Rock Shoes

- Water, the campground does not have access to running water



Rock 1:

  1. Harness (can rent that from the club room). Make sure it fits you (ask the quartermaster for help fitting it).
  2. Helmet (also available at club room. Bicycle helmet works too but this is not ideal. It's not so much about hitting you head, it's more about stuff being dropped onto your head, such as stones or gear). Yes, you HAVE to have this - we won't let you climb without it.
  3. Climbing shoes. They should fit snugly but not so tight that they 'really' hurt. Available at the club room.
  4. locking carabiner and a belay device. The VOC does not rent those out due to liability concerns. You can get them at MEC. These can be shared in teams of two as only one will be climbing and one will be belaying. Most people get an ATC belay device. It's relatively cheap but still works perfectly. For carabiners, get one with a screw lock and one that isn't too small (D- and Pear shape are best for belaying).


Optional*** If you want to learn how to rappel: a prussik cord is available from the club or MEC, and we will show you how to tie it, etc.


Rock 2:

  1. Everything from Rock 1 (harness, helmet (MANDATORY!), climbing shoes, locking carabiner & belay device)
  2. Something to anchor yourself such as a 48" sling or two 24" slings will do but it may be less comfortable (this may vary depending on your instructors' teaching preferences; discuss with your instructors at the pre-trip meeting before buying any unnecessary gear).
  3. Recommended: 4 locking carabiners for anchors, cordelette, cord for tying friction hitches (e.g. prussik)


If you have a rope or can borrow one from a friend, please bring that as well (**although please only borrow a rope from your friend if you are aware of the history of their rope care.**)


Rock 3:

  1. Everything from Rock 2 (harness, helmet (MANDATORY!), climbing shoes, locking carabiner & belay device, slings, carabiners for anchors, cordelette, prussik)
  2. Rope and quickdraws if you can borrow them from a friend. 


Rock 4:

  1. Everything from Rock 3 (harness, helmet (MANDATORY!), climbing shoes, locking carabiner & belay device, slings, carabiners for anchors, cordelette, prussik, rope, quickdraws)
  2. Traditional lead protection (nuts, cams, tricams, etc). Please do not purchase these items before Rock 4. No need to bring these unless you can borrow from a friend without too much hassle.


Rock 5:

  1. Everything from Rock 4
  2. More locking biners and slings


Posted: 2023-06-13 17:48:00
Last modified: 2023-09-18 11:35:54