Archive:Longhike 2007

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This year again, the venue will be to Evans Lake Forest Education Centre. The good news is that is very close to Squamish, meaning more climbing! Tickets will start selling during Clubs day, September 19th - 21st. Look for our booth outside the SUB north entrance. If you can't make it to the booth at those times, drop by the clubroom around lunchtime.


Main article: Longhike

Longhike is a very popular annual event usually held on a weekend in late September or late October. Despite the name, for the most part it does not involve hiking, although some years there is a "rock 0" hike and/or a "rock 2.5" intro to sport climbing. On Saturday there is a "rock school" in Squamish. This consists of small groups led by an instructor who is a VOC member with climbing experience. Groups climb at either Murrin Park or the Little Smoke Bluffs. All ability levels are welcome and no climbing experience is necessary. The Saturday night will include dinner at Evans lake followed by a dessert potluck and a huge party with a DJ. On Sunday and/or Monday is open climbing days 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.


Directions (pdf) to Evans Lake from Highway 99

October 6th - 7th, 2007

We will be meeting on October 6, 2007 at 8:00 am in the parking lot of Murrin Provincial Park 3 km north of Britannia Beach, and 35 km north of the exit onto highway 99 in Horseshoe bay on the west side of Hwy 99. Note it takes a good solid hour of driving from Vancouver to get here so plan accordingly. We do not want to and will not wait for you! (Because we are evil!)
We will then meet at Evans Lake at 5:00pm for dinner. People who are in Rock 3 can show up at 5:30 since there will be 2 sittings of dinner. Be there or go hungry! Again because we are evil! Make sure you organise your car to collect people from wherever they are since people may get split up during the day.


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, bring a sleeping bag. If the weather is good, there's also a lake!

Driving directions for Longhike (pdf)

What to bring

  1. 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
  2. Lunch (we will not be going to squamish for lunch you need to have food)
  3. Water
  4. Potluck dessert
  5. Helmet (climbing helmets are best but a bike helmet is ok)
  6. climbing harness and rock shoes at a minimum and a ATC belay device and 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.
  7. Sleeping bag
  8. Thermarest or other camping mat
  9. Tent (if you want to sleep but there are cabins with beds and floor space)
  10. Tarp (if its really going to rain this might be fun to hang out under with your group)
  11. Musical instruments, other fun toys to play with


$45 includes climbing instruction, gear rental (plus a refundable damage deposit), accommodation for the night, and all the food you can eat the night of the party and breakfast the next morning, as well as a dessert potluck! There will also be some sweet prizes to deserving members Beer will be served at the event at a cost of $3 per beer with all profits going to skaha. We are going to be having very good beer from the brew pub in Squamish. Tickets will be on sale starting on Clubs days, September 19th - 21st, 2007. Make sure that you keep your ticket because this will be how we hand out the sweet MEC door prizes.

Dry School (Mandatory!)

Wednesday, October 3rd WOOD 5 at 6:30 pm

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Work Hikes

People are needed to help clean up

Dinner Cleaup sign up

  1. Champagne
  2. Chris Boulton

Morning Cleanup sign up

We will need to clean the washrooms, dining hall, party room and sleeping cabins. the more the merrier!

  1. Tim
  2. Madeleine
  3. Em B

Bar Serving sign up

This counts as a work hike! You must be sober to serve.

6:30 - 7:30
1) Dan Eagen. Mmmm.....Beer.
2) Richard So. Beer is good.

7:30 - 8:30
1) Martin Oberg
2) Champagne

1) Jess Gosling
2) Chris Amy

1) Joost Lucker
2) Derrick Lee

1) Emily Payne
2) Madeleine M-P



2007 Longhike Instructor Sign-Up

Name(s) and items you would like to teach.
Instructors are generally required to collect or provide any group gear that they will be using to teach including any ropes that you want from the club.

Rock 1: Intro to Climbing (Top Rope) INSTRUCTORS Full!

for people with little or no climbing experience, and who want to learn how to get off the ground safely. Topics covered include tying in, buddy checks, belaying, and possibly rapelling.

The list is currently full, please put your name in the Waiting List.

  1. Christian Champagne and Evan Morris (Burgers & fries/Alexis most likely)
  2. Richard So and Dorota Paleczek (Neat and cool - flying circus - corn flake area)
  3. Derrick Lee and Lara Thompson (Neat and cool)
  4. Scott Webster and Dan Eagen (Sugar loaf)
  5. April Hall and Bob Lai and Stephen Lerch (Burgers and fries or Pixie corner)

Rock 2: Anchors INSTRUCTORS Full!

For people with some climbing experience who want to learn how to build anchors and set up top ropes. Topics covered include anchor building and rappelling.

The list is currently full, please put your name in the Waiting List.

  1. Will Whitty and Matt Baker (Burgers and Fries or other)
  2. Julie Patrick and Dave Williams (Bog wall/sugar loaf)
  3. Tim Blair and Urszula Paleczek (Alexis/octopus garden)
  4. Sandra Nicol and Scott Nelson (Up among the firs or milkman)
  5. Bram v.Str. and Yanna Martinek (???????????)

Rock 3: Intro to Trad Climbing INSTRUCTORS Full!

for people with extensive seconding experience who want to learn how to lead climb. Topics covered include belaying a leader, gear placement and rope management.

The list is currently full, please put your name in the Waiting List.

  1. Piotr Forysinski and Matthew Carroll (Fern gully)
  2. Kaja Sadowski and Duncan McPhedran (?????????????????)
  3. Craig Alfredson and Steve Gillanders (Ronins corner)
  4. Arlin Kalenchuk

Waiting List

Not really of use any more since the instructor lists have more or less been finalized

  1. Andrew McGechaen
  2. Oker Chen (R1/R2)
  3. Jan McPhee
  4. Andrew Wylie
  5. Rom Rono (R2)
  6. Peter Hudson (R1,2,3) (but only if weather looks iffy for alpine climbing)
  7. Jannu Casanova (R2)

External Links

Oker's pictures of Longhike 2006

Evans Lake's Conditions of Use (aka Rules)