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Slide shows are held many evenings throughout the term, usually in a specially booked room on campus (location varies but most are ESB or BUCH lecture halls or seminar rooms). We have projectors, so you can use your laptop photos.

Check the Trip Agenda or the latest VOCene to see if a slide show is held this week!

If you're interested in giving a slideshow, please contact [email protected].


In the spring term of 2004, the VOC slide shows were moved from lunchtime to Wednesday evenings in the SUB. Turnouts improved greatly, and this format was continued in the autumn 2004. All slide shows are at 7pm at the VOC Clubroom unless otherwise noted.

In the autumn of 2005 the club acquired a digital projector to complement our 35mm projector.

2005-2006: Slide shows this year were spread out more evenly than last year. It started with having only one per month, tentatively the third Wednesday at 19:00 (7 p.m.) in the VOC clubroom unless otherwise noted.

Spring 2010 we got a better digital projector.

Past Slideshows


Old slideshow event postings can be found in the 'Past Events' Trip Agenda.



  • Wednesday, January 20th: Jake Jones, Learning to Mountaineer in the French and Austrian Alps
  • Wednesday, January 27th: Tim Howard, expert photographer


  • Wednesday, February 3rd: VOC Movie Night in the Clubroom: China Jam!
  • Wednesday, February 10th: VOC Movie Night in the Clubroom: Reel Rock 10!
  • Wednesday, February 24th: Clemens Adolphs: Adventures in New Zealand


  • Wednesday, March 2nd: Marcin Mirski and Dmitri Oguz: An Epic to Conquer Mount Churchill
  • Tuesday, March 8th: VOC Hosts Best of VIMFF
  • Wednesday, March 9th: NO SLIDESHOW
  • Wednesday, March 16th: Nicole Barrette: Trekking in Nepal
  • Wednesday, March 23rd: VOC Spring Gear Swap
  • Tuesday, March 29th: VOC MEC Club's Night (10% off!)
  • Wednesday, March 30th: Martin Cermak, personal film "The Last Summer Break"
  • Thursday, March 31st: Annual General Meeting


  • Wednesday, April 6th: Alberto Contreras and Lucy: Cycle Touring in South America



  • Wednesday, October 7th: Richard So: The Map Wall Project - A journey through the high country of Southwestern British Columbia
  • Wednesday, October 14th: Cassandra Elphinstone: Trips to the Arctic (Ellesmere Island, Iceland, Greenland)
  • Wednesday, October 21st: VOC Fall Gear Swap
  • Tuesday, October 27th: Daniel Dubois: Backcountry Trip from Squamish to Whistler


  • Wednesday, November 4th: Artem Bylinskii: Bolivia
  • Tuesday, November 10th: Amin Aziznia: Trekking in Nepal
  • Wednesday, November 18th: Jared Stanley Memorial Lecture
  • Tuesday, November 24th: FUNDRAISER: Showing of Meru


  • Wednesday, December 2nd: Dylan Heerema: In the mountains, we forget to count the days


January 2013

  • January 9th: NO SLIDESHOWS- Winter Longhike Pre-trip Meeting
  • January 16th: Murray Down- "Boat Building and Rowing the BC Coast" (Clubroom)
  • January 23rd: Maria Markov- "Trans-continental Transcendental: Vancouver to St John's,(Mostly) Self Propelled." (Clubroom)
  • January 30th: Christian Veenstra- "Ski Mountaineering in Greenland" (Buchanan B208)

February 2013

  • February 6th: How to Treat and Recognize Hypothermia while in the Back country- a presentation from Ridge Wilderness Adventures (Henry Angus, Room 350; 7:00 PM)
  • February 13th: NO SLIDESHOW: Sphinx Pre-trip Meeting
  • February 27th: NO SLIDESHOW: Join in the Beacon search at 6:00 PM at the beach at the bottom of Tolmie Street instead! (moved to Thursday night)

For more awesome events in February, check out VIMFF:

March 2013

  • March 6th: NO SLIDESHOW: VOC Spring Gear Swap (Angus 254)
  • March 13th: Adventures in the Everest Region of Nepal- Sam Viavant (7:15- clubroom)

Red Bull and the VOC have come together to present to you Will Gadd at the ROO (Richmond Olympic Oval) on March 14th at 7:30 PM! Will Gadd is a world renowned ice climber (amongst many other skills, including paragliding and climbing-- see bio: []), and he will be show casing his skills at the ROO using dry tool holds after a 30 minute presentation about a recent trip (TBA). After Will show cases his skills, he will stick around to socialize and sign autographs. The climbing wall will then be available for climbing until at least 9:30 PM, but you must have been to the ROO previously and already be belayed certified!

This is an amazing opportunity! In order to make it work, you must sign up on the sign up tool if you wish to attend. We are hoping to organize a bus to depart from UBC to arrive at the ROO shortly before the event begins. You must sign up by March 4th to guarantee your spot! Any fees that may exist are to be determined, so stay tuned.

  • March 20th: Jannu Casanova "Caving, mountain bike touring, etc in central Mexico"
  • March 27th: VOC Annual Banquet at the ANZA Club


January 2012

  • January 11th: No Slideshow - CAC Fundraiser on Jan 9th, please attend!
  • January 18th: How to organise a trip - By Phil T.
  • January 25th:The Top Ten Entertaining Things To Try in a Sea Kayak - By Murray Down

February 2012

  • February 1st: Travels around Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Cambodia and Thailand - Presented by Cora Skaien
  • February 8st: The Current state of Patagonian exploration mountaineering: What has been done and Future Challenges - Presented by Camilo Rada
  • February 13st: a screening of the film The Pipedreams Project: 3 kayakers, 2 months, 900km, 1 coast. In May of 2010, Enbridge Inc. made an official application to build twined crude oil and condensate pipelines that would connect Alberta's Tar Sands to Kitimat, BC, and for the first time bring crude oil super tankers to BC's North Coast. In the fall of 2010, Curtis, Ryan and Faroe kayaked 900 km in opposition to this controversial pipeline. Their journey leads them face to face with the complexity of the environmental assessment process, the difficulties local communities face in having their voices heard, and the growing resistance against the pipeline. Leaving the city behind for adventure and the exploration of the isolated and dangerous coast of British Columbia, they immerse themselves completely in one of the last truly wild places on Earth. The trio becomes deeply impacted by their experience, irreversibly entangled in the Pacific Northwest, and awakened to a world of power, politics and the question of democracy. Geography Building, Room 100 - 7pm.
  • February 15th: Denali - Presented by Mike Duncan, Laura M., Christian C., and Geoff M.
  • February 22nd: No slideshow - reading week
  • February 29th: Nevermind the bouldering: Trad cragging in the UK - Presented by Jon L. and Jenny W.

March 2012

  • March 6th: A screening of the film Long Road North. Seen from the handlebars of a bicycle, the world is a lot smaller than they ever thought. Leaving behind his office with no windows, a young Canadian dreams up an adventure to travel halfway across the planet at a human pace and experience the story of the road. From the mountains of Patagonia, through Latin American mega-cities and small-town America, to the sparse reaches of the Canadian arctic, the people and places he comes to know will forever change his perspectives about the world and the choices he decides to make. At the Norm Theatre (in the SUB), doors at 6:30pm, screening at 7pm.
  • March 7th: VOC Gear Swap, 6pm-7:30pm, Irving K Barber Learning Centre (IBLC), room 261
  • March 14th: Climbing in the Bugaboos - By Rich So and Christopher B.-L.
  • March 21st: The Sudamerican Dispatches: Part 1 by Skyler Des Roches
  • March 28th: The Sudamerican Dispatches: Part 2 by Skyler Des Roches

September 2012

  • September 12st: Ski Movie Night by Phil Tomlinson (Clubroom)- La Nina- The B*tch is Back
  • September 19th: Kayak Movie Night by Caitlin Schneider (Clubroom)- Frontier
  • September 24th: VOC Info Night (Monday) at 7:00 in Math 100
  • September 26th: NO SLIDESHOW- Long Hike Pre-trip Meeting

October 2012

  • October 3th: Climbing Movie night by Jon Leighton
  • October 10th: "Turns All Year"- Phil Tomlinson and Others
  • October 17th: "Trips in Iceland - the island of ice, fire, sheep,waterfalls, and big flat glaciers" Veenstra
  • October 24th: VOC Gearswap (IBLC 261 from 6-7:30 PM)
  • October 30th: TUESDAY! "How to Pack Your Pack- Backcountry Skiing and More"- 6:30 PM

November 2012

  • November 5st: Beyond the Void Simon Yates 2012 Canadian Tour

Tickets are $15. Book online at or call 1.800.567.2216. At VanDusen Botanical Garden at 7 PM.

  • November 6st: Superheroes of Stoke Fundraiser (Tuesday)at the Norm Theater
  • November 14st: MEC Clubs Night
  • November 21st: VOC Winter Social
  • November 28th: Jared Stanley Memorial Lecture


January 2011

  • January 12th: Bouldering in Australia by Daniel Batkin:

In July 2010, a group of climbers embarked on an epic adventure, in search of the perfect line. Join them as they conquer some of the most radical problems ever discovered, redefining the very essence of bouldering itself.

The movie show cases all the thrills, spills and late night antics of UQMC's time in Bowen, Townsville, Harvey's Marbles and Magnetic Island. Journey to the unknown and witness the adrenalin, brutality and power that is bouldering.

  • January 19th: Celebrating the North Shore Mountains, by Ira Sutherland.

Rising nearly 1800m above Vancouver, The North Shore Mountains offer incredibly accessable mountain opportunities ranging from easy hiking and chairlift skiing to exposed scrambles, wilderness traverses and winter mountaineering. A lesser known and perhaps a more unique attribute of the range, though, are its deep glacier carved valleys filled with temperate rain forests reputed to have once held the world's tallest trees. This one hour slideshow is in celebration of Vancouver's local mountains and seeks to explore their glory from sea to summit including a look at primitive canyons and the humongous trees found growing along them. Following the slideshow will be a short film of a solo winter climb of one of the ranges highest and most adventurous peaks: Cathedral Mountain.

February 2011

  • February 2nd: Mountaineering in the Cordillera Blanca, by James Murphy:

The Cordillera Blanca ('White Range') is a beautiful range of mountains in northern Peru. It has 33 peaks over 5500m, and reaches 6768m (22,200') in altitude. Yet it has some of the easiest access and logistics for any peaks of its size. You can have a mule carry your pack to basecamp, and you can get back to town for pizza and beer within a day of climbing a 6000er. Come learn about mountaineering in the Blanca, as James Murphy recounts tales from his expedition there in June 2008.

  • February 9th: Ski Mountaineering in Sphinx Bay, by Christian Veenstra.
  • February 23th: Mexican volcanoes-Pico de Orizaba (5650m) & La Malinche (4440m), by Adrien Thevenet.

Ever wanted to know how it feels to be at 5500 + but don`t have the time or the money for a mountaineering expedition, than come to Mexico! Pico de Orizaba is the third highest summit in North America after Denali and Mt Logan. This summit can be climbed within a week and on a budget. Adrien Thevenet will share his last January mountaineering adventure and hopes to make you want to climb the highest volcano in North America.

September 2011

  • September 21st: Harrison Hut Route Building by Ben S.P. and Christian Veenstra
  • September 26th: VOC info night

October 2011

  • October 5th: Trip to the Columbia Icefield by Nick Matwyuk
  • October 19th: Fast and Light McBride Traverse (The slideshow will probably take longer to complete than the traverse) by Christian V., Nick M. and Laura M.
  • October 26th: VOC Gearswap

November 2011

  • November 1st: So, what's in your pack? What do you need for a Winter Hut Trip with the VOC? by Phil Tomlinson

Location: WOOD 5, Time: 6-8pm

  • November 2nd: Ski Touring in Alaska by Tim Blair, Evan Morris, Greta Raymont, Ben Singleton-Polster
  • November 9th: "Mexico: Beyond Your Imagination". Three trips to different parts of Mexico, a combination of travel, hiking and cycle touring. Presented by Gili Rosenberg and Maya Goldstein.
  • November 16th: Fred Beckey: "Life Lessons from the inventor of the 'dirtbag' lifestyle"

This will be a slideshow presentation of images and video footage taken by Fred Beckey on climbs throughout the Northwest and Alaska as well as potentially some discussion of his many adventures further afield.

Location: UBC Swing Building, room 221, time: 6-9pm (?).

  • November 23rd: No slideshow - Winter Social
  • November 30th: What to put in your backpack - Presented by Phil Tomlinson

December 2011

  • December 7th: Jared Stanley Memorial Lecture


January 2010

  • January 13th: Glaciers of the South Coast Mountains and Tundra of the Yukon by Natalie Stafl - Henry Angus 413

"I'll be presenting some slides from my work the past couple of summers on the glaciers of the South Coast mountains and squirrel and pika trapping in the Ruby Ranges of the Yukon Territory. Ever lost a weather balloon or seen air-dropped potatoes instanly mash before your eyes? Come out to see Rich jumping crevasses with bright pink poles and learn how to make a proper 'squirrel ball' when live capturing arctic ground squirrels. Ditch those summer desk jobs and find out how 'work' and 'play' have the potential to be one and the same."

  • January 20th: Sports Injuries: How to Treat and Avoid Them by Matthew Nelson
  • January 27th: Open Slot

February 2010

  • February 3rd: Three Weeks in the Kootenays: Hiking, Scrambling and Cycling by Gili Rosenberg and Maya Goldstein
  • February 10th: Ski Mountaineering in Sphinx Bay - photos and ski trips to Castle Towers, Phillis' Engine, Carr, The Bookworms, Sphinx and The Deception Pinnacles. Also a good primer for Sphinx Ski Camp 2010

March 2010

  • March 3th: Semester in Patagonia with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS): Mountaineering, Sea Kayaking, Backpacking, and Gauchos by Jacob Slosberg
  • March 10th: Bike Touring in Vietnam by Phil Thomlinson
  • March 17th: Sportclimbing in Spain by Richard So

June 2010

  • June 23rd, 7pm: Get that monkey off your back: A workshop for packing lighter, cohosted by James Murphy and others

The location of the workshop is at Math 103, just next to Koerner library. The building will be open at that time, so there shouldn't be any problem getting in. Keep in mind that there's also a Math annex building, it's the one closest to the library.

"Hiking and camping is a lot of fun but can be a pain in the back if your pack is too heavy. In this workshop we’ll explore ways to get your backpack lighter than you imagined possible - without spending a lot. The theme is ‘lighten it, lessen it or leave it’. This will be an interactive workshop, with several experienced VOC gram-counters on hand to share detailed tips and answer the questions that have been weighing you down. "

September 2010

  • Monday Sept 27th Intro night 2010 Let Veenstra show you how to get on trips, how to get a ride, how to use the wiki and the notice board, how to organize trips and all that stuff. Everything you ever wanted to know about the VOC MATH 100, 7pm.
  • Wednesday Sept 29th LongHike pre-trip meeting, find out what you need to bring, get a ride, etc MATH 100, 7pm.
  • Thursday Sept 30th Scott Webster will show pictures from his recent trip to Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island. Note that it will happen on Thursday, at 6:30pm at the clubroom, as opposed to the usual 7pm Wedesdays.

October 2010

  • October 6th: A summer in the Arctic: Ellesmere Island, Nunavut by Breanne Johnson
  • October 13th: Title yet to be decided, something involving cool short videos and pointy mountains probably, by Ira Sutherland
  • October 20th Veentra, Line, Kjell and Steve: Waddington range the old-fashioned way (note, not in the clubroom but in MATX 1100, 7pm) (watch YouTube trailer).
  • October 27th: The Island of Your Dreams: A Few Trips on Vancouver Island by Gili Rosenberg and Maya Goldstein, 7:30pm (clubroom)

November 2010

  • November 3th : "Training for climbing, avoiding injuries" by Sabrina Burkhardt
  • November 10th : "Climbing in South Africa" by Dan Gainer
  • November 17th : "How I met and climbed Mt. Bryce" by Yan Pennec
  • November 24th : "The pipedreams project: 3 kayakers, 900 km, 2 months" by Faroe Des Roches

December 2010

  • December 1th : "Jared Stanley memorial lecture" with talks by Tim Jones (North Shore SAR), John Howe (Squamish SAR), and Klara Sedlacek (VOC), plus the screening of an avalanche awareness movie (at MATH 100, 7pm).
  • December 8th : No slideshow, but a movie instead! Phil got "The Way I See It" which is this year's Matchstick Productions (MSP) movie. MSP movies tend to be pretty awesome and ending up at The Gallery afterwards is a distinct possibility. Takes place in the club room at 7pm
  • December 15th : No slideshow, but a movie instead! Phil will show something from his extensive Matchstick Productions (MSP) movie collection. MSP movies tend to be pretty awesome and ending up at The Gallery afterwards is guaranteed. Takes place in the club room at 7pm


January 2009

  • January 7th: Alpine Climbing in Alaska by Nick Elson
  • January 14th: Working and Travelling in Africa by Susie Dain-Owens
  • January 21st: From Norway to Uganda: Tales of a Disoriented Traveler by Afton Halloran

February 2009

  • February 11th: Ski Wild! John Baldwin BUCH A100

Blessed by some of the deepest snowfalls on the continent, the Coast Mountains offer some of the finest ski mountaineering in North America. John has recently published a completely revised third edition of his guidebook “Exploring the Coast Mountains on Skis”. He will give an overview of some of his favourite places for backcountry skiing in the the Coast Mountains, from local slopes to trips deep in the wilderness across remote icefields that stretch north to Alaska.

March 2009

  • March 18th: Gap Year Adventures in New Zealand: Tramping, WWOOFing and Budget Backpacking by Sarah Long
  • March 25th: Tibet: From Lhasa to Shishapangma and Back, by Gili Rosenberg and Maya Goldstein

September 2009

  • September 23th: Mike and Boris' (non)hardcore trip to (almost) Cathedral Lakes by Boris Khramtsov
  • September 30th: No slide show; instead come to WOOD 6 for Intro night 2009 An introduction to the VOC for new and prospective members

October 2009

  • October 7th: No slide show; Longhike dryschool occuring in Wood 1, at 6:30
  • October 14th: Go Global: Water Sanitation in Lesotho

Five UBC Engineering students worked in Lesotho as part of the Go Global and Applied Science International Service Learning Program. The team worked with Mohoma Temeng, a community based organization, two students from the university of Lesotho, and local community members to implement a sanitation system in Qacha’s Neck, a rural area of Lesotho. Presented by Dan Boland, Ross Coleman, Sam Bailey, and Ricardo Segovia. The 5th member of the team, Laura Jones, is currently on a co-op and is unable to participate.

The first night of the new Monthly Leave No Trace Seminar. This is a class series that will teach low impact backcountry travel based upon the Leave No Trace Organization's principles and ethics. We will start off the series with an overview of the seven principles and a little history of the organization.

  • October 28th: VOC huts and trip planning by Christian Veenstra

After seeing all the enthusiasm in the new members of the club, El Presidente Christian Veenstra has agreed to put on a slideshow to introduce all the VOC huts available for use, as well as give some pointers on what to do if you want to run your own trip.

November 2009

  • November 4th: Backpacking South America by Lewis Kitchen

After spending 6 weeks backpacking across South America, and learning a fe things on the way, Lewis Kitchen has some pointers and a few stories about travelling with no planning, and no language skills

  • November 17 @ 7:30PM Irving K. Barber, room 182 : Flakes, tele ski movie by Black Diamond

December 2009

  • December 2th: Slacking by Robin Avery

Robin has been slacking for years now, sending highlines across both gullies on the Chief, at Monkey Face, and above the trails down to Wreck Beach. This slideshow will be a collection of some of his stories


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How to organize slideshows

If you're interested in giving a slideshow, please contact [email protected].

For more detailed organization, the 2007's Public Relations Officer Annual Report