Archive:Longhike 2009

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Main article: Longhike

Longhike is the club's popular, annual rock climbing & party extravaganza. Small groups are led by an instructor who is a fellow VOC member with climbing experience. On Saturday there is a "rock school" in Squamish and groups climb at either Murrin Park or the Little Smoke Bluffs. All ability levels are welcome and no climbing experience is necessary. An alternative hiking trip will also be planned for those who do not wish to climb, but still want to be part of this fabulous weekend. Saturday night will feature dinner at Evans lake followed by a dessert potluck and a huge party with a DJ. Sunday and/or Monday is open to climbing (and/or hiking) and there will be no formal instruction. This is the perfect time to try out your newly learned skills with people that you have met climbing or partying.

Instructional Levels

Rock I - no climbing experience, or need a refresher on basic safety and how to tie in, belay, etc
Rock II - comfortable with Rock I techniques, learn to set-up anchors
Rock III - comfortable with Rock I and Rock II techniques, learn to lead climb

Hiking - an alternative to climbing (no actual instruction provided), no hiking experience necessary


Directions (pdf) to Evans Lake from Highway 99

October 10th - 11th, 2009


We will be meeting on October 10th, 2009 at 9:00 am SHARP in the Smoke Bluffs parking lot. Note: It takes a good solid hour of driving from Vancouver to get here so plan accordingly.

Driving directions from UBC (Westbrook Mall & University Boulevard) to Smoke Bluffs parking lot (Google Maps)


We will then meet at Evans Lake at 5:30 (Rock I + hikers) or 6:00 pm (Rock II + Rock III) for dinner. Make sure you organize your car to collect people from wherever they are since people may get split up during the day.

Driving directions from Smoke Bluffs parking lot to Evans Lake Forest Education Centre (Google Maps)


Climbing in Squamish (Smoke Bluffs or Murrin Park), followed by a huge climbing party and sleepover at the Evans Lake Forest Education Centre. You'll be staying in cabins that fit 8-10 comfortably in bunk beds. Bring a sleeping bag, since there is no bedding or blankets. If the weather is good, there's also a lake!

What to bring

  • Clothes to climb in and stay warm and dry while at the base of the crag. Make sure you bring rain gear since it might rain
  • Lunch (We will not be going to Squamish for lunch; you need to have food)
  • Water
  • Beer mug/cup ($1 charge for plastic cups) - note that bringing your own alchohol is not permitted (license regulations, etc), but beer will be on sale for cheap!
  • Potluck dessert
  • Helmet (climbing helmets are best but a bike helmet is ok)
  • Climbing harness and rock shoes at a minimum and an ATC belay device with a locking biner (bring all the climbing gear that you have especially for rock 2 and 3!). Sharing may be possible if you do not have the gear and the VOC does not have it. MEC rents out climbing shoes.
  • Sleeping bag (-7C or higher).
  • Thermarest or other camping mat


  • Tent (There are cabins with beds and floor space, but you might sleep better in a tent.)
  • Tarp (If its really going to rain this might be fun to hang out under with your group)
  • Musical instruments, other fun toys to play with



Tickets will be on sale starting on Clubs days, September 23rd - 25th, 2009 --> SOLD OUT!

Price includes:

  • Climbing instruction, by our enthusiastic and somewhat competent Club Members.
  • Gear rental (plus a refundable damage deposit). Note: We don't have enough for everybody.
  • Accommodation for the night.
  • Party (DJ, etc).
  • All the food you can eat the night of the party and breakfast the next morning, as well as a dessert potluck!

Dry School (Mandatory!)

Date: Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Woodward Biomedical Library, WOOD 1

The purpose of Dry School is to:

  • Sort people into rides; join up drivers and passengers.
  • Sort people into instructional groups, according to your abilities, experience, and preferences.
  • Make sure everybody knows what to bring.
  • Answer any interesting questions.


Mandatory Instructors meeting will be at 5:30pm, 1 hour directly before dry school.
Please consult with Doris before adding your name here.

Ran Zhang & Christian Champagne
Line Lund Christiansen & Emily Beach
Steve Lerch & Andrew McGechaen
Nick Chng & Andrew Silversides
Lewis Kitchen & Justin Hall
Kai Chaplin & Christian Veenstra
Lara Thompson & Derrick Lee
Colin Vincent & Bob Lai
Dan Gainer & Grant Stewart
Philip Ketterer & Michael Blicker
BramvS & Seth Adams
Malcolm Tan & Maria Markov
Richard So & Boris Khramtsov
Arlin Kalenchuk & Anton Pitts

Rock Level

Burger & Fries
Tunnel Rock
Sugarloaf wall (Left side)
Call It a Day
Pixie Corner
up among the firs
Neat and Cool
Jug Slab

Electrical masts on top off ??bluff (on the right when on trail to Burgers and Fries)
Neat and Cool
Krack Rock
MCM (mwahahahah...take that Richard n' Boris)

Medical Training/Gear
Both have First Aid

One expired first aid
Emergency First Aid
Emergency First Aid
Emergency First Aid

Basic First Aid

Emergency First Aid


The following is information about the Driver and their occupants. Please remember to BE AT THE SMOKE BLUFF PARKING LOT BY 9:00AM and therefore NO FAFFING! Keep an eye out on this page in case spots open up or more cars present themselves!

Driver Phone Number Rock Level Passenger List
Maria M 778 991 1470 [email protected] SIGN UP BEFORE ITS TOO LATE
Bob Lai phone 2/3
  1. Colin Vincent
  2. Boris Khramtsov
  3. Richard So
  4. Ran Zhang
Nick Chng 1
  1. Andrew Silversides
  2. Line Veenstra
  3. Christian Veenstra
  4. Sahriar Kabir
Lara Thompson 1-3 car spots for return early Sun 1
  1. Derrick Lee
  2. Christian Champagne
  3. Doris Leong
Justin Hall (Leaving Friday) 1
  1. Lewis Kitchen
  2. Kai Chaplin
  3. Justin Kong
Adrienne Johnson (returning Sunday early afternoon) 3
  1. Anton Pitts
  2. Eliza Boyce
  3. Helen Dulfer
Paul Lanfranchi 3
  1. Emily Ackroyd
  2. Sean Olthof
  3. Megan Anderson
  4. Dan (Gainer?)
Neil Lanfranchi 1
  1. Ayoe Buhl
  2. Seolyeong Baek
  3. Anthea Song
  4. Carolyn Grise
  5. Jonathan Rothwell
  6. Eva-Maria Weiss
  7. Nicolas Larach
Steve Lerch (Not going back Sunday) 1
  1. Len Goff
  2. Christina Mai
Andrew McGechaen (Return Sunday) 1
  1. Luke Kysow
  2. Cameron Hookey
  3. Denis LeBlanc
  4. Ali Walsh
Anna Sobieniak 1
  1. Nina Varsava
  2. Sophia Berrey
  3. Daffodil Koh
  4. Edward Budiman
Chris Yuen (Return EARLY Sunday) 2
  1. Billy Fung
  2. Eugene Tso
  3. Brenton Leith
  4. Brittany Rhoads
Sam Mason (Return Sunday) 1
  1. Bahar Khazei
  2. Suba Ardeshiri
  3. Alex Rice
  4. Ali Nezampour
Laura Morrison 3
  1. Jennifer Senez
  2. Joti Sara
  3. Alexander Westbye

Lindsay Coombe 1
  1. Julia Matthews
  2. Brandon Woudzia
  3. Jennie Thunman
Stephen Randall (Return Sun afternoon only to Horseshoe bay) 1
  1. Naomi Dernoga
  2. Helena Weiner
  3. -
  4. Ian Saari
Ben Harper-Heir (Return Sunday mornish) 2
  1. Derek Burdikin
  2. Robert Sjödell
  3. Erik Nelsson
Craig Tomsett (Return Sunday mornish) (4th and Macdonald) 2
  1. Lisa Pittl
  2. Francois Mettra
  3. Veronika Schmitt
  4. Simeon Burgenmeister
Nazli Azimikor (No return) 1
  1. Evon Scott
  2. Katinka Kilian
  3. Jessica Dorzinsky
  4. Graham Laidlaw
Mike Blicker (Return Sunday night) 2
  1. Mike W. (?)
  2. Bram vS.
  3. Andrea Rahman
Ryan Goldsbury (Return Sunday afternoon, leaving from Safeway in Kits) 2
  1. Craig Lam
  2. Sarah Sax
  3. Noriko Okamoto

Matt Osler (Return Sunday afternoon, leaving Squamish around 3 or 4 2
  1. Alexandros Dimopoulos
  2. Jennifer Yip
  3. Erica Mitchell
  4. Noah Guadagni
Denise Ramsden from UBC Return Sunday afternoon 1
  1. Hillary Topps
  2. Hanne
  3. Jonathon

Mike Duncan Return Sunday morning 2/3
  1. Malcolm Tan
  2. Luisa Muenter
  3. Alex Lougheed
  4. Jaclyn Buck

What if I don't have a ride?

  • Car: Keep an eye on the above section for availabilities. Things usually shift around a bit before the weekend. If there is space, contact the driver (politely, of course) to secure yourself a spot.
  • Bus: Greyhound runs between the Vancouver terminal & the Squamish terminal for $13.80 (with student discount). Unfortunately, the bus leaves at 8:00am and arrives @ 9:40am. The other option is to leave at 5:15am and arrive at 6:50am and you'll have 2 hours to kill. Please state which option you will take. I can wait for those arriving late @ 9:40am and bring you to join an instructor group, but we might have to do a bit of searching and it will cut into your climbing/learning time. The bus depot in Squamish is ~15min walk to the Smoke Bluffs parking lot, back along Highway 99. We will organize a car ferry to bring people to Evan's Lake at the end of the day.

People probably taking the bus (i.e. don't have rides):

  1. Dan Gainer (leaving from UBC)

What if I am hiking instead of climbing?

Hikers will probably be going to Garibaldi Lake. This is 18 kms return (9 one way), but it's practically a paved path, so we can do it in running shoes,carrying mostly lunch, water, and a jacket. Because we are not stopping at Smoke Bluffs, we need our own transportation system. I have room for four passengers in my car, and there will be other hikers with a car to share. I will email prospective hikers Tuesday around noon to see if this works for them, so that we will know what we are doing before the meeting Wed evening.

After the hike we will join the climbers at Evans lake. We can discuss plans for Sunday. Last year we did a bigger (more people) hike on Sunday, but we might be all hiked out by then.

Work Hikes

Want to rent gear? Or just lend a hand out of the goodness of your heart? Sign up below!

Dinner Cleanup sign up

  1. Jonathan Desautels
  2. Denis LeBlanc
  3. Edward Budiman
  4. Sarah Koch
  5. Miriam BujakW
  6. Helena WeinerW
  7. Billy Fung
  8. Robert SjödellW
  9. Erik NelssonW
  10. Erica Mitchell
  11. Carolyn Grise

Morning Cleanup sign up

  1. Anna Sobieniak
  2. Alexander Westbye
  3. Denise Ramsden
  4. Luke Kysow
  5. Joti Sara
  6. Jennifer Senez
  7. Seolyeong Baek
  8. Hillary Topps
  9. Kenneth Chen
  10. Eugene Tso

Bar Serving sign up

Note: You must be sober. There will be shifts.

  1. Jackie Buck
  2. Cameron Bathgate
  3. Jennifer Yip
  4. Megan Miller
  5. Anthea Song
  6. Torben Christensen
  7. Len Goff
  8. Ginny Hudson
  9. Matt Osler

External Links

Oker's pictures of Longhike 2006

Evans Lake's Conditions of Use (aka Rules)