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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 may be available for those who do not wish to climb, but still want to be part of this fabulous weekend. Saturday night will feature dinner at our venue followed by a dessert potluck and a huge party with DJs. Sunday 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.

Since we booked the venue for the whole weekend, anyone can join us on Friday night. We will hang out, play music, chill in the hottub, practice our slackline skills and meet new and old friends. The actual climbing event starts on Saturday.

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


October 1th - 3th, 2010


We will be meeting on Saturday October 2nd, 2010 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 [1] at 6:00 pm for BBQ. 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 Sunwolf Outdoor Centre (Google Maps)


Climbing in Squamish (Smoke Bluffs or Murrin Park), followed by a huge climbing party and sleepover at the Sunwolf Outdoor Centre [2]. We will have a big party tent with DJs! You'll be staying in a tent or in the sunwolf cabins [3]. The cabins have a nice hardwood floor, 3 beds and a private bathroom. Some even have kitchen facilities! Due to the comfort of these cabins, they will be a bit more expensive. If the weather is good, there's also a river to swim and a huge fire pit!

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)
  • Party clothes, because dancing in rock shoes is lame, and you might get sweaty or dirty climbing (you might get sweaty or dirty dancing too!)
  • 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
  • Breakfast
  • 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!). The VOC can provide you with shoes, harness and helmet once you have done (or signed up for) a workhike! Sharing may be possible if you do not have the gear. MEC rents out climbing shoes too.
  • Sleeping bag (-7C or higher).
  • Thermarest or other camping mat


  • Tent (There are a few cabins with beds for three, 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
  • Slackline
  • If you are joining us for Friday evening, you will need to supply your Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast.


$40 (tent) - $60 (nice cabins [4])

Tickets will be available in the clubroom, sale starting on September 9th, 2010

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 Friday (optional) and Saturday.
  • Party (DJ, etc).
  • All the food you can eat the night of the party, as well as a dessert potluck!

Dry School (Mandatory!)

Date: Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Math 100 [5]

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 6:00pm, 1 hour directly before dry school.
Please consult with Lisa before adding your name here.


  1. Todd Mackenzie
  2. Christian Champagne
  3. Andrew McGechaen
  4. Greg Dennis
  5. Oker Chen
  6. Laura Morrison
  7. Line Lund-Veenstra
  8. Christian Veenstra
  9. Mariana Gonzalez-Jauregui
  10. Andrew Silversides
  11. Ran Zhang, R:1/2, F/A:WFA
  12. Nick Chng
  13. Gili Rosenberg
  14. Kathrin Lang
  15. Merick Moritz
  16. Jaslyn Haberl
  17. Stephen Lerch
  18. Phil Tomlinson
  19. Julian Reitter
  20. Anne Vialettes
  21. James Painter
  22. Geoffrey Martin (agrees with Mike)
  23. Mike Duncan (I instruct best with Geoff =)
  24. Ben Singleton-Polster
  25. Frances Sharpe
  26. Malcolm Tan
  27. Kasper Podgorski
  28. BramvS
  29. Emily Ackroyd
  30. Chantelle Chan
  31. Richard So
  32. Piotr Forysinski
  33. Knut Kitching
  34. Sabrina Burkhardt
  35. James Murphy
  36. Noah Besen
  37. Christian Sampaleanu
  38. Skyler Des Roches
  39. Colin Pither
  40. Kjell
  41. Ignacio

Rock Level
1, 2 or 3


whatever (find 1 or 2 most fun)


1-2 (Wherever you need me)

1 or 2 (or 3 if your short)
1 or 2
1-2 or 3 if really required

preferably 3, can do 1 or 2 too

preferably 3
1 or 2

rock 1

Octupus' Garden


Murrin - Sugarloaf



Medical Training/Gear
Rope and trad rack
OFA Level 1, rope and anchor

Can. Ski Patrol First Aid (60h) - Expired, rope and anchor gear
Rope and anchor

WFA (40h)
WFA (16h) Full rack, but only 1 rope between Line and I

OFA Level 1, no gear

CPR'C - rope/anchor gear/some sport gear/nuts, a couple pitons and tricams for trad
SFA/CPR'C/AEC Instructor - rope and anchor gear
rope and anchor stuff
lots of gear

WFA (16h), SFA, CPR-C, rope, anchors, draws

WFA, lots of trad gear, ropes, truck

trad gear ropes etc.

Rock 3 Instructors

Instructors; location; gear; first aid; ride
Ben Singleton-Polster/Noah Besen; Ronins corner; enough gear to do something; Ben is going with the Veensta's


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
1 1234567 1
Driver Phone Number Rock Level Passenger List
Ignacio see member list 2 (I think)
  1. Ignacio

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 $13.95 (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 the Sunwolf Outdoor Centre at the end of the day. If you want to come out Friday night, you can either take the 5:00pm or the 7:00pm bus. Make sure to let me know about your plans at the pretrip meeting so I can arrange a pickup!

People probably taking the bus (i.e. don't have rides)- indicate wheter on Friday night or Saturday morning:

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 the Sunwolf Outdoor Centre. We can discuss plans for Sunday. If more people are motivated for a Sunday climb it might be switched. Unfortunately a lot of people bailed last year, so please only sign up if you are serious about your hiking plans!

Hiking Saturday instead of getting climbing instruction

Work Hikes

Want to rent gear? Or just lend a hand out of the goodness of your heart? Sign up below or send me an email (lisa.pittl at!

BBQ and Dinner Cleanup sign up

Morning Cleanup sign up

  1. brett riley
  2. Alfred Larsen
  3. Derry Lappin
  4. Jonathan Penfield
  5. Greta Borren

Bar Serving sign up

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

  1. Kristina Lidstone
  2. Maya Goldstein
  3. Chris Yuen
  4. Jaime Wu
  5. Gaby Espino
  6. Tom Curran
  7. Bieke Gils (if possible I would like to do the bar before midnight - thanks)
  8. Roberto McEwan

External Links

Oker's pictures of Longhike 2006