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The Varsity Outdoor Club Journal Volume 53
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Kathrin Lang
Journal Editor
Article Page Author(s) Index
President's Message 1
Editor's Message 2

53rd Edition

Do you believe it? The VOC Journal is coming into it's 53rd year! A wonderful tradition to share our passion, experience, inspiration and see how the club evolved over the years. We are all part of this tradition and without your stories there wouldn't be a journal. So if you had an awesome trip, a life changing travel experience or simply just a whole lot of fun, share it with everyone in an article/trip report for the journal. It can be about pretty much anything: hiking, skiing, mountaineering, camping, surfing, kayaking, travels abroad, everything is welcome!

As the Journal Editor I decided to have an interactive Wiki page this year. This page is intended to help with the organization of the Journal to get it printed in time. It will provide deadlines, instructions, an overview about the reports that are planned to be submitted, an idea corner,...

How can you contribute?

1.) Submit an article about a trip you did, solo, with friends, with the VOC Hiking, skiing, mountaineering, camping, surfing, kayaking, travels abroad, everything is welcome! Don't forget to submit your favorite photos from the trip! (if possible, in both color and b&w) Some general guidelines

Deadline for all articles id February 15th (later submissions have to be requested by the journal editor)

2.) 3 New sections are planned

  • Ms. Manners: Ms. Manners is lonely and is waiting for your questions. So go ahead and ask, ask, ask, and maybe Ms. Manners will find a spot in the journal!
  • My VOC: write a few sentences about what the VOC means to you, about your experience with the VOC
  • How to… this can be whatever you want from a fun story how to do or not to do something or tips on how to make your own gear,...

3.) In person

  • be a proof reader (be ready for it in early February
  • become the photo editor: we need someone to edit pics, make them b&w if submitted in color, optimize them for printing
  • help with advertising: you have a talent for selling?! Come and help with the advertisement. I already sent out lots of e-mails and went to a few shops but haven't gotten much back so far. Latest the beginning of January we have to contact everyone again. To either remind to sent us there artwork or give them a little push to 'you want to advertise with us!'. Any tips and ideas or advertisement are appreciated as well.
  • anyone out there who has InDesign and is willing to share it with me and might be even interested to work together with me on the journal editing?

If interested, contact me at [email protected]

4.) How to submit articles and pics?

  • send your article and pics, if possible as a zip file to: [email protected]
  • where did the trip take place, who attended it?
  • give pics the name of the article and count them, eg.

name of article_1
name of article_2 …

  • Add a description of each pic: where was it, what does it show, who’s in the pic (if you know the names)

Instructions for the annual photo contest will follow later

So sit down at your desk, meet with your friends and let the 53rd edition of the VOC Journal grow and thrive in your hands!

And remember: submitting an article to the VOCJ counts as a workhike, and it's never too late to start working on one....

Deadlines (articles can still be submitted after the deadline, please contact the editor though

  1. December 1st, 2010: please submit all article of trips that happened between March and October until December 1st You still can submit articles for this time as it wasn't a real deadline!
  2. February 15th, 2011 : deadline for photo contest, all articles, and for advertisers to submit their artwork - was deadline, a few late submissions
  3. February 25th, 2011: Journal is hopefully edited and ready to submit for printing - yes it was!
  4. March 15th, 2011 : Journal is printed - printed by March 23rd!


1.) All trips are listed here that can be found on the trip agenda. If you were on the trip or even wrote the trip report you may want to write an article/change the TR into an article for the journal. Please write your name by the title of the trip so that no one else writes about the same trip and so that I can contact you close to the deadline in case I didn't get your report yet.

2.) You would like to write an article. You'll find here the planned chapters. Please choose the chapter your trips fits in, write down your name and what the article will be about, possibly a title

Trip Agenda Articles

This is not a list of articles that have been written for the Journal; it is a list of things which we did last year. If you were one one of these and remember it favorably (or otherwise) consider writing about it.





  • 2010 June 5-6 Ring Callaghan Traverse - Gili Rosenberg


  • July 1-4 – Mt Mamquam
  • July 2-4 – Phelix Hut with the ACC


Caroline Jung



  • October 16th-17th Robyn and Jacob's leave no trace / plants THIS TRIP DIDN'T EVEN HAPPEN, DID IT?

October 30th-31st Hiking/Ski trip to Russet Lake Hut Message board post


  • November 11th-14th Smith Rock 2010: Escaping the rain for one last climbing trip in Oregon.
  • November 27th-28th Beginner Friendly Skiing Debacle to Phelix Hut with hopefully more snow




Journal Chapters

       President’s Message

VOC Executive 2010 - 11 Photo Contest 2011

Hiking and Scrambling

  • Serendipity Strikes Twice in Strathcona (Elk-Westmin Traverse) – Gili Rosenberg (edited)
  • Mount Cayley in May - Anne Vialettes
  • Canada Day Skypilot Scramble - Len Goff
  • My Intro to the VOC - Powder Mountain Summer Traverse - Caroline Jung
  • Several Non-ascents - Roland Burton (edited)
  • Scrambled on the Flat Iron: Losing My Virginity to VOC - Sonja Dobbs
  • Needle Traverse - Erik Frebold
  • Mt.Cook and Weart - Katherine Valentine

Climbing & Mountaineering

  • Mt Hood - Mohammad
  • Two Types of Luck On Brohm Ridge - Len Goff
  • Climbing Liberty Ridge Geoff
  • Dirtbagging WestKootenays - Gili Rosenberg
  • Mt. James Turner - Nick Matwyuk
  • Mt. Skihist - Bushwhacking 101Nick Matwyuk

Skiing and Winter Mountaineering

  • ReturnofthePurpleNalgeneBottle - Phil Tomlinson
  • Clawing the Thin Ice (Ring-Callaghan Traverse) - Gili Rosenberg
  • Another Misadventure to Brew Hut - Maya Goldstein
  • Ski Calligraphy in the Off Season - Ran Zhang
  • Searching for Early Turns in Rogers Pass - Phil Tomlinson
  • Day trip to Red Heather - Maki Sumitani
  • Annual Brian Waddington New Years Trip - Charlie Beard
  • Skiing at Telemagique - Andrew Hill
  • Garibaldi Odyssey - Todd Mackenzie & Charlie Beard
  • Maiden Voyage into the Back (-breaking) Country - Angela Phung

Land & Water

  • Waddington Range - Nick
  • Kayaking in Desolation Sound - Cam Redenbach
  • Cycling the Pacific Coast from Vancouver, BC to San Diego, CA and Beyond - Karen Ageson
  • Whitewater Kayaking on the Sea to Sky - Charlie Beard
  • River Lessons for Beginners - Caitlin Schneider

Travels Abroad

  • Solo in Vietnam - Phil Tomlison
  • Mt Blanc Attempt 1 - Lee Wasilenko
  • VOCers take on Mt Blanc - Caitlin and Lee
  • Volunteering and trekking in Nepal - Paul
  • November Sun Cycling in Baja California - Maya Goldstein
  • Frenchitlan semi-outdoor adventures - Ignacio Rozada

Club Life & Reflections

  • Why we do it - Christian Veenstra
  • Larch Lurch - Karl Ricker and Bill Shuttleworth
  • A Sad and Important Lesson Close to Home - Maya Goldstein
  • On BEars and Your Food -Christian Veenstra
  • How to poop in the backcountry - Alex Wilson
  • Imagination - Caitlin Schneider
  • A trip report from the point of view of a first time trip organizer - Kathrin Lang
  • Phelix Hut Reno 2009 - Roland (submitted)
  • Brew Hut Recce Trip - Cecile Repellin
  • Lizzie Creek - VOC vs Slide Alder - Laurie Stephey
  • Glacier School - Rebecca Abernethy
  • Temple of Time Grove of Giants Hike - Ira Sutherland
  • Intro to Ice Climbing - Lee Wasilenko
  • 12 Month with the VOC- Kathrin Lang

VOCJ53 Proofcheck

Idea Corner

Be creative. Your ideas and suggestions for the journal are welcome. Write them down here or contact me at [email protected] Also, if you are interested you can submit your own VOC puzzles or comics.



Questions, suggestions, submission to [email protected]


* When should I submit my article?
If it's ready now, by all means, submit it now. Otherwise you have until February 15th, 2010, but the earlier you submit, the better. Any articles submitted later than the deadline will not make it into the journal.
* How many articles can I submit?
Well, try to submit one, at least. Submit as many articles as you'd like, but if you send in more than two, be prepared to have some of your articles cut, since we'd like everyone to have an opportunity to have an article printed.
* How do I submit articles and photos?
Send them to Kathrin Lang ([email protected]) as attachments. Be sure to include your full name somewhere, either in the body of the e-mail or in the article itself, especially if you have a cryptic username like jizzmonkey69.
* How does a VOCJ article differ from a trip report?
A trip report can be a VOCJ article, but a VOCJ article needn't be a trip report. And rather than just copying and pasting your TR into a file and submitting it, you could make the editor happy by making sure that the article is coherent and has a clear beginning and conclusion.
* Does my story have to be an epic?
Not at all. A good journal article will inform or entertain—perhaps both—and although epics are natural fodder for entertaining stories, trip stories where everything goes smoothly can be just as fresh and edifying. Conversely, an epic, poorly written up, does not a good article make.
* What will you do to my article once I submit it?
The editor will fact-check proper names and edit the article for spelling (per Canadian Oxford Dictionary), grammar, style (per Chicago Manual), usage, and clarity. She may also suggest structural changes (moving paragraphs around) for better flow and cuts for length and conciseness. If necessary the editor will also eliminate libel and other inappropriate content.
* How will the editing process work?
The copy editors will edit your article electronically and send it back to you, with queries if something needs to be clarified. You'll have three days to go over the edited article and return it to the editor. Please don't rewrite the article at this stage—only answer the queries and make changes just to correct an outright error.
* Will you crop my photos?
The designer may have to crop your photos to fit, yes. If you want to insist that your image not be cropped, submit it with your desired crop and specify in the body of the e-mail to which the image is attached that you don't want it cropped. We'll do our best to accommodate your wishes. Note that all photos submitted will more likely than not be resized.
* What resolution do the photos have to be?
Photos that accompany an article should be at least 300 dpi at 4.5 inches (11.5 cm) wide. Stand-alone photos for the colour sections should be at least 300 dpi at about 6 inches (15.25 cm) wide. However, when you submit your photos, simply submit them in as high a resolution as possible and let the designer worry about converting them. You can lose photo quality if you convert them improperly or save them in an inappropriate format.
* Can I submit photos with nudity or use swear words in my article?
Expecting the journal to be devoid of nudity would be a bit delusional. However, the journal will be going out to some respectable types, so the decorum should be kept somewhat high. Decorum is kind of relative, though, so in short: tasteful nudity only. And make sure that all parties in the photo (nude or not) have given you permission to reproduce their image in a publication that will be archived for posterior. Er, posterity. As for swear words, some epics are definitely expletive-worthy, and the editor's not out to censor anyone. But, as with any (ahem) literary device, if you abuse expletives they'll lose their impact. Use only what you need to get your point across.

VOCJ 53 Style sheet

This is just for reference. If you're a kind soul you'll try to follow it, but if you don't, it's fine. The copy editors will fix inconsistencies in editing. But if you try to dispute an editorial decision that's specified on this style sheet, the style sheet will win.

  • use Canadian spelling (per Canadian Oxford Dictionary)
  • use series comma
  • use active voice whenever possible
  • avoid using "this" and "that" as pronouns rather than demonstrative adjectives
  • don't use emoticons and gratuitous exclamation points. If you do they will be unceremoniously eliminated
  • give full names in the first mentions of any people in your article
  • give full names for the first mentions of any potentially unfamiliar acronyms
  • use single spaces after all punctuation
  • use metric units; or at least give a metric conversion to any imperial units you use
  • spell out numbers from one to one hundred and all higher round numbers consisting of two words or fewer (e.g., "fourteen thousand"); use numerals for everything else, and use a comma in figures with four or more digits. (e.g., 2,568). Exception: use numerals when using decimals, metric units (e.g., 400 m, 30 km), and percentages (e.g., 28 per cent—note that "per cent" is spelled out as two words)
  • it's "gaiters," kids—not "gators." Unless you're actually talking about alligators.