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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 17th - 19th. 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 11th - 12th, 2008

We will be meeting on October 11th, 2008 at 9:00 am SHARP in the parking lot of the Smoke Bluffs. We will then meet at Evans Lake at 5:30 (Rock I) or 6:00 pm (Rock II) for dinner. Make sure you organize 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 in bunk beds. Bring a sleeping bag, since there is no bedding or blankets. 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 an 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, does not need to be a real warm one.
  8. Thermarest or other camping mat
  9. Tent (There are cabins with beds and floor space, but you might sleep better in a tent.)
  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



Tickets will be on sale starting on Clubs days, September 17th - 19th, 2008


  • 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).
  • and 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!)

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.

Dry school will be the 8th of October, Woodward Biomedical Library, Room 6 at 18:00

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Anniversary glacier with Roland (Includes ride with Roland, departing Gage at 07:00)

  1. Roland
  2. Mohammad
  3. Jannah Uhrich-Chappell
  4. Anastasia Kim
  5. Ganna Vashchenko

What if I don't have a ride?

First of all keep an eye on the above section. Things usually shift around a bit before the weekend. I would recommend taking the Saturday morning greyhound bus that leaves Vancouver from Main St. station at 8:00. This should get you into Squamish at 9:10 where some really nice drivers will act as shuttles to the bluffs.

People probably taking the bus (ie don't have rides):

  1. Rawan Alasaad
  2. Honza Vohradsky
  3. Megan Gilchrist
  4. Alpha
  5. Sean
  6. Bahar Khazei
  7. Saba Ardeshiri
  8. Christopher Lee
  9. Sara Nazim
  10. Sophie Yang

Work Hikes (You can sign up to do your Work Hike, if you wish)

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

Dinner Cleanup sign up

  1. Anastasia (the clueless one)
  2. Emily
  3. Ryan Warden (hooray for scavenging half-eaten meatballs!)
  4. Bahar
  5. Saba
  6. Oana
  7. Sophie Yang

Morning Cleanup sign up

  1. Ganna Vashchenko
  2. Honza Vohradsky
  3. Megan Gilchrist
  4. Lewis Kitchen
  5. Christopher Lee

Bar Serving sign up

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

  1. Natalie
  2. Madeleine
  3. Kai
  4. Malcolm
  5. Marketa
  6. Oker
  7. Kaan E.
  8. Ganna Vashchenko

External Links

Oker's pictures of Longhike 2006

Evans Lake's Conditions of Use (aka Rules)