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The Varsity Outdoor Club Journal Volume 55
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Murray Down
Journal Editor
Article Page Author(s) Index
President's Message 1
Editor's Message 2

55th Edition

This page was adopted from Kathrin Lang's 53rd Edition page.

The VOC publishes a work of literary genius every spring: The Annual VOC Journal. Share your passion for the outdoors and for the VOC - help put together the 55th edition of the VOCJ!

We're using an interactive Wiki page this year, just like last year. This page is intended to help with the organization of the Journal to get it printed in time. See below for how you can contribute, deadlines, an article list with a trip report list (to avoid having multiple articles on the same trip), FAQs, and a style guide.

How can you contribute?

1. Submit an article.

  • About what? Write an article about a trip you did with the VOC (see the trip list below to 'sign up' for a particular trip article)! Or, write about a trip you did on your own, or it maybe not even about a particular trip. Write outdoor philosophies or ethics or just expressions of love for the mountains. Write an instruction guide for how to make some piece of gear you made at home this year, or if you're really into the history of some outdoor sport, write an article about it. Everything vaguely about non-motorized outdoor sports is welcome!
  • When? Firm final deadline for all articles is January 23rd. (later submissions need a good reason and have to be approved by the journal editor)
  • How? Send files (or ideally a zip file) to [email protected] Include:
    • the article, with a title and your name. Text (.txt or .rtf) or word (.doc or .docx) file formats are good. No pdfs, please.
    • photos, if you have them. Name them as name-of-article_pic1.jpg, name-of-article_pic2.jpg, etc, where name-of-article is the name of your article. Include picture caption info: where, photographer, subjects.

More detailed submission guidelines can be found here; see below for the style guide.

2. Submit a photo to the photo contest.

Photo contest details are up on the message board! Winning photos from each of 5 categories will be displayed in full colour in the journal.

3. Help with proofing, editing, and layout.

  • Edit articles for spelling, grammar, consistency. We'll need at least 2 edits per article! (early February)
  • Edit photos: check resolution, convert colour to black and white if needed, etc.
  • We'll likely use InDesign to create the journal. Do you (a) have InDesign and want to share it? or (b) want to help with the layout? No experience needed, just a willingness to work and learn.

If you'd like to assist, sign up below! Also, contact Murray at [email protected].

4. From the Exec. We need two things from you in addition to what we need from everybody else

  • A portrait-type picture of yourself. See last years journal for examples. Some of you are really ugly and have trouble with this, but work on it.
  • A summary of what it was like to be in your Exec Position for the past year. Any achievements? Problems?

And remember: submitting an article to the VOCJ or assisting with editing/layout counts as a workhike!

Editing Team Sign-up

Sign up below (with your email address) and you'll be included in the fun. All articles will be shared through google docs for editing purposes. Please refer to the VOCJ style sheet (at the bottom of this page) when editing.


  • Murray Down ([email protected]) shared on Google Docs
  • Carolyn Prentice - shared on Google docs
  • Caitlin Schneider - shared on Google docs
  • Gili Rosenberg (will have very sporadic access to email, but will try to help) - shared on Google docs
  • Marcin - shared on Google docs
  • Maki - shared on Google docs

Photo - conversion (colour to b&w) and miscellaneous

  • Murray Down - shared on Google Docs
  • Ron Maharik - shared on Google docs


  • Murray Down - shared on Google docs


  • The article submission deadline is now ancient history, we need your help editing but we won't accept any more articles
  • February 10th - finish editing all articles and formatting all photos that go with them (must convert to black and white)
  • February 10th - advertisement submission deadline
  • February 15th - first layout proof
  • February 16th-23rd - Murray is away and probably everyone else too, so not much will get done
  • March 3rd - complete second proof for final review (basically this is the finished version but we need lots of help reading the whole thing over to catch any errors that fell through the cracks)
  • March 6th - submit final copy to Hemlock for printing
  • March 19th - someone drives out to Hemlock to pick up the printed journals
  • March 27th - deliver beautiful perfect journals at banquet


Trip Agenda Article Possibilities

This is a list of potential journal articles. If you would like to write an article move it into the appropriate section in the next list. If you article is not here and you want to write it, write the title of the article and your name in the next list.

  • Run of 16 swims - Shane (emailed by Carolyn, will send soon)
  • Phils and adriana's adventures with knee rescues
  • Ryans report on the huts
  • Semaphore Lakes Scramble (August 25-26) - Laurent (emailed by Carolyn)
  • Springbok Arete on Les Cornes - Todd (emailed by Carolyn)
  • The loss off the learning curve. Helena (email not on VOC website)
  • Bridge Lillooet Divide April 17-24 2012 - Sam (emailed by Carolyn)
  • Chociwa Glacier – Easter Long Weekend 2012 - Piotr (emailed by Carolyn)
  • Snorkelling at the Duffey - Kate (emailed by Carolyn, permission to use if needed)
  • Iceland and Greenland - Veenstra
  • Canyoning - Phil D/Артём/Marcin - I think this is covered in Artem's article below?

Table of Contents

Add your article to the appropriate chapter below.

Starting Material

President’s Message -

VOC Executive 2012-2013

Need exec portraits from:

  • Sabrina Burkhardt
  • Jessica Litman
  • Andrew Primavera
  • Fisal Elstone
  • Lea Zhecheva
  • Todd MacKenzie
  • Derry Lappin

Photo Contest 2012

Upload your six entries to the VOC photo gallery and edit the keyword of each photo according to the following categories:

  • A) Landscapes – Waterfalls, mountains, sunsets, etc. People are not the focus of the shot. keyword: a-contest2013
  • B) Action Shots – Photos of people outdoors and in action, usually climbing, skiing, or mountaineering. keyword: b-contest2013
  • C) Flora and fauna – Plants and animals only. A good place for macro's. keyword: c-contest2012
  • D) Club Activities – Parties, longhike, winter longhike, glacier school, and all other club activities. keyword: d-conest2013
  • E) Portraits – Portrait of a person. Preferably in an outdoor setting, and of someone in the club. keyword: e-contest2013
  • F) Misc – Anything that doesn't fit in the other categories. keyword f-contest2013

Maximum number of entries is six photos per photographer. Please do not submit a photo taken by someone else unless they have expressly granted you permission to do this (otherwise they might submit six more photos, or maybe they don't want those photos submitted). The photographer is defined as the person who "pressed the button" (could have been a self timer button), which is not necessarily the camera owner. All submissions must be submitted via the photo gallery by February 4th at 4pm


Hiking and Scrambling

  • Banff-Assiniboine: A Journey Into the Centre of the Rockies - Gili Rosenberg (submitted)
  • Joffre Lakes Aug 25-26 - Art Petrenko (submitted)
  • Beyond Elfin - Roland Burton (submitted)
  • Free Light Show by Mother Nature on Frosty Mountain - Maya Goldstein (submitted)
  • The Last Drop Traverse 7th and 8th July 2012 - Florian Graber (submitted)
  • Horrific experiences on Flores island - Ignacio Rozada (submitted)
  • Semaphore Lakes Scramble - Laurent Roberge (submitted)

Climbing & Mountaineering

  • German Tourists on Banff Avenue: Summer Adventures in the Rockies - Christian Sampaleanu (submitted as rockies 2012)
  • Getting to and up Mount Baker - Stephanie Grothe (submitted)
  • Milne Land (Greenland) - Christian Veenstra (submitted)
  • Iceland (if needed) - Christian Veenstra
  • Liberty Ridge - Nick Gobin (submitted)
  • A Summer of Failure - Marcin Mirski and Artem Bylinskii (submitted?)
  • Drive a lot, climb a little - Will Beattie (submitted)
  • The Tantalus Range South to North (July 28 – August 1): When an Unstoppable Object Meets an Immovable Force- Olek Splawinski (submitted)
  • A Birthday Spanking - the North Rib of Mount Slesse - Skyler Des Roches (submitted)
  • Lead Ladder - Clemens Adolphs (submitted)

Skiing and Winter Mountaineering

  • Pemberton Icecap Traverse: From Superstition to Irony - Gili Rosenberg (submitted)
  • Joffre NW Ridge - Christian Veenstra (submitted)
  • The "Perfect" Conditions, or How We Conquered the Garibaldi Massif - Artem Bylinskii (Submitted as Atwell)
  • How Christian’s awesome-ness saved my day - Kate Wootton (submitted)
  • Chochiwa Glacer - Piotr Forysinski (submitted)
  • Nick stands on some rocks that someone named after our club - Nick Gobin (submitted)
  • Red Heather Skiing, fun for all the VOC! - Ross Campbell (submitted)
  • New Years at Phelix Trip Report - Emily Lomax (submitted)(needs captions)
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Caitlin Schneider (submitted)
  • A Wedge-Currie Traverse: from Blackcomb to Pemberton by ski (Feb 3-5) Breanne Johnson (submitted)
  • Snorkeling at the Duffy - Kate Wootton (submitted)

Land & Water

  • Kayaking with the whales - Caitlin Schneider (Submitted)
  • Canyoning, Canyoneering, or Can-yawn-ing - Artem Bylinskii (submitted)
  • A Swim on the Upper Seymour - Caitlin Schneider (submitted)
  • Broken Group Sea Kayaking - Cora Skaien (submitted)
  • Biking Across Canada - Annie Maurer (submitted)
  • Team Bad Idea and the raft - Colin
  • PPPPCCCHHHOOOOO‏ - Anne Vialettes (submitted)
  • A Trip to a Different America: Cycling through Idaho and Montana - Maya Goldstein (submitted)
  • Run of 16 Swims - Shane Duan (submitted)
  • How to surprise a seal and other sea kayaking tips - Jen Williams (emailed by Carolyn, permission to use)
  • Rhyme Oar Reason by Murray Down (submitted)
  • Shane Goes against the Current, its meant to be - Shane Duan (submitted)

Club Life & Reflections

  • We can outwit a rock if we try several times - Jeff Mottershead (submitted as Harrison Rock article)
  • Reclaiming the Harrison Hut - Christian Veenstra (submitted)
  • Harvesting Empties - by Roland Burton (submitted)
  • A witch and a Sandwich - Noriko Okomoto (submitted)
  • Journal scanning - Gili Rosenberg (submitted)
  • Getting to Greenland - Christian Veenstra (submitted)
  • A year in the VOC - Caitlin Schneider (submitted)
  • A year in the FMCBC - Ben Singleton-Polster (submitted as VOC Journal Rec&Con)
  • Sphinx Hut - Ryan McKenzie (submitted)
  • How to have fun in the city - Charlie Beard, Diego Ribas-Cadle, Artem Bylinskii (submitted)
  • Thank you to the VOC - Kate Wootton (submitted)
  • Organizing a Beginner Friendly (B.F.) Trip - Roland Burton Probably not going to do this one
  • Useful Person 2003-2013 - by Roland Burton (submitted)


Questions, suggestions, and submissions can be sent to [email protected]. This year's journal editor is Murray Down.


* When should I submit my article?
Too late. The deadline was January 23rd, 2013.
* 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 Murray ([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 is a good start to a VOCJ article, but a VOCJ article needn't be a trip report. Rather than just copying and pasting your TR into a file and submitting it, edit it to make sure that the article is coherent and has a clear beginning and conclusion (and a middle too).
* 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 will only send it back to you if major changes need to be made. Submitting it means you accept that it will be edited for spelling, grammar, and coherence.
* 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 55 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.

  • The time of day should be written like this, 6:30am
  • use Canadian spelling (per Canadian Oxford Dictionary)
  • use series (Oxford) comma (i.e., bananas, apples, and oranges. NOT bananas, apples and oranges.)
  • 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
  • enclose dialogue in double quotation marks
  • enclose phrases or words that require definition within single quotation marks
  • words in languages other than English should be italicized.
  • 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 two short dashes for dashes separating phrases; use one short dash for hyphenated words.
  • use metric units; or at least give a metric conversion to any imperial units you use
  • spell out numbers from one to ten; 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.
  • use "workhikes"--not "work hikes"