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The Varsity Outdoor Club Journal Volume 56
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Ruanne Lai and Gillian Albert
Journal Editor
Page Author(s) Index
President's Message 1 Staphanie Grothe
VOC Executives 2013-2014 2
Photo Contest 2013 7
Hiking and Scrambling
Cypress-West Lion Trail 18 Simon Harding North Shore; Lions
Team Alpine Start and the Sunshine Coast Trail 20 Cora Skaien & Marie-Eve Myrand-Lapierre Sunshine Coast; Powell River
Beyond Elin Roland Burton
Phelix Scrambles 29 Deb Conrad Phelix Hut; Tolkien Group; Shadowfax, Mt.; Gandalf, Mt.; Aragorn, Mt
Frosty Peaks and Awesome Views in Cathedral Park 35 Ignacio Rozada Cathedral Park; Quiniscoe Lake; Glacier lake; Pyramid Mtn.; Grimface, Mt.
Semaphore Lakes 39 Vickie Irish Semaphore Lakes; Face Mtn.
Climbing and Mountaineering
Nesakwatch Spires 49 Clemens Adolphs Nesakwatch Spires
Team Bad Idea Camp on Top of a Volcano 55 Colin-Pither Anthony Rainier, Mt.: Kautz Glacier, Disappointment Cleaver
Another Smooth Trip 59 Gili Rosenberg Rainier, Mt.: Emmons Glacier
Glacier School 2: Intro to Advanced Alpine Swimming 62 Ian Dusome Wedge Mtn; Wedgemont Lake; Ice Climbing: Learning
Alpha: the North Buttress Debacle 67 Julien Renard Lovely Water, Lake; Alpha, Mt.: North Buttress;
Yosemite, or How We Got Spanked by the Steck Salathé 71 Lachlan Fleetwood Yosemite; El Capitan; Royal Arches; Sentinel: Steck-Salathé
Skaha Long Weekend and the Little Red Outback that Could 80 Mike Cancilla Skaha: Daycare, Diamondback, Red Tail Fine Lime; Okanagan Lake Provincial Park
Lead Ladder 83 Various Authors Lead Ladder; Squamish: Sugarloaf, Skywalker, Buttface, Slot Machine, Sunshine Center, Rambles, Bottom Line
Easter Climbing at Horne Lake 90 Ian Dusome Horne Lake; Boss Wall; Vancouver Island
Skiing and Winter Mountaineering
Rockies Ice Climbing 99 Alfred Larsen, Artem Bylinskii & Ted Angus Rockies; Wedge Smear; Grotto Canyon: Grotto Falls, His and Hers; Association Peak: Demaio's Dementia; Kananskis Country: Moonlight; GBU: House of Sky, Valley of the Birds, Beowulf; South Ghost: Sunshine, Aquarius, Recital Hall
A Spearhead Traverse 115 Caitline Schneider Spearhead Traverse; Whistler Blackcomb; Tremor Mtn; Russet Lake
Tetrahedron’s Kilted Kangaroos 120 Colin-Anthony Pither Tetrahedron Park; Edward's Cabin; Tetrahedron Peak
Welcoming 2014 at Phelix 123 Jens Vent-Schmidt Tolkien Group; Phelix Hut
Misty Traverse 126 Julien Renard Garibaldi Park; Misty Icefield; Old Pierre; Corbol Peak; Misty Peak; Stave Peak; Snowcap Peak; Rain God Mtn.; Pitt, Mt.; Greenmantle peak
Taking the Toole for a Walk, or How I Learned to Ice Climb 131 Alfred Larsen Cypress Falls; Gonzales Creek; Soo Bluff
Mystery Trip: Faf Turned Beautifu 135 Natalie Makepease Moon Farm
Monarch-Ha’Iltzuk Ski Traverse 140 Sam McKoy Bella Coola; Ape Lake; Monach Ice Field; Polar Bear Peak; Purgatory Glacier
Land and Water
How About We Paddle 154 Breanne Johnson Clayoquot Sound; Broken Group Islands
Johnson Strait, the Hunt for Fins 158 Caitlin Schneider Telegraph Cove; Hanson Island
A Mini-Guidebook to Cycle Touring in Central America 162 Gili Rosenburg Pan American Highway; El Salvador; Panama; Costa Rica; Belize, Honduras; Santa Ana, Volcan de; Guatemala
Cousin of Canyon 169 Katie Cullen Chehalis Lake; Skwellepil Creek
Gonzales Creek - Anatomy of an Exploration 172 Kevin Swanson Gonzales Cree
Cycling in a Desert Wonderland 177 Maya Goldstein Death Valley; Scotty's Castle; Stovepipe Wells; Badwater Basin
Through the Gates of Hell 183 Piotr Forysinski, Neil Mackenzie & Artem Bylinskii Fraser River; Alexandra Bridge; Gates of Hell
Club Life and Reflections
The Origin of the Golden Fleece 194 Cora Skaien & Lea Zhecheva
Phelix Gets a New Coat of Paint 198 Caitlin Schneider Phelix Hut; Gandalf, Mt.; Shadowfax, Mt.; Cabin Hill
Three Log Rides with a Side of Bear Spray to the Junk 201 Jeff Mottershead Squamish; Harrison Hut
[email protected] - A Homage to Beer in hree Acts 206 Dano Morrison, Jens Vent-Schmidt & Anne Darby Brew Hut
A Night in the City 214 Jim Richardson
Emergency Skills Practice: Victim’s Point of View 217 Marie-Eve Lyrand-Lapierre Red Heather Hut; Elfin Lakes
A Public Service Poem: he Defecation at Cabin three 221 Murray Down Thompson Hut
VOC Huts 222 Roland Burton Sphinx Hut; Phelix Hut; Brew Hut; Harrison Hut
History of the Harrison Hut 225 Roland Burton Harrison Hut
Windows, Windows, Windows: My Time in the VOC 229 Ryan McKenzie
One Year in the VOC 232 Stephanie Grothe
Sex in a Cold Tent 240 Roland Burton

56th 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.

Main VOC journal page [1]

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?
    • June 1, 2013- Deadline for all articles related to trips that happened up to May 31, 2013.
    • October 1, 2013 - Deadline for all articles related to trips that happened from May 1 to Sept. 30, 2013.
    • February 1, 2014 - Deadline for all articles related to trips that happened from Sept. 1, 2013 to Jan. 31, 2014.
    • All articles unrelated to any specific trip may be submitted before any deadline. Early submissions are highly recommended for high quality proofreading and editing from the editors.
  • 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 Ru or Gillian 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.


  • Caitlin Schneider

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




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.

  • Jon's letter
  • Ross's Into to backcountry
  • Rubble creek traverse?
  • Easter trips - kayaking - alana, neve, horne lake TR - moos
  • Huts report - sphinx door fun
  • birkenhead TR - Skyler
  • Cycling - Gili and Maya
  • Reading week in Revelstoke - Artem, Nick M
  • Tantalus in a day - Christian and Skyler
  • Speedy trip across the Neve? - christian
  • Spearhead - caitin
  • Something about whitewater kayaking - caitin
  • Rafting? - Piotr, Artem and company

Table of Contents

Add your article to the appropriate chapter below.

Starting Material

President’s Message -

VOC Executive 2013-2014

Photo Contest 2013

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-contest2013
  • 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

  • Cypress-West Lion Trail - Simon Harding (Submitted)
  • Team Alpine Start and the Sunshine Coast Trail - Cora Skaien and Marie-Eve Myrand-Lapierre (Submitted)
  • Like a Boss: How we did the West Coast Trail - Amanda Johnson (Submitted)

Climbing & Mountaineering

  • Skaha Long Weekend and the Little Red Outback That Could - Mike Cancilla (Submitted)
  • Nesakwatch Spires - Clemens Adolphs (Submitted)
  • Intro to Advanced Alpine Swimming - Ian Dusome (Submitted)

Skiing and Winter Mountaineering

  • Mystery Trip - Natalie Makepeace (Submitted)
  • Spearhead Ski Traverse - Caitlin Schneider (Submitted)
  • Monarch-Ha’Iltzuk Ski Traverse - Sam McKoy (Submitted)

Land & Water

  • Gonzales Creek - Kevin Swanson (Submitted)
  • Though the Gates of Hell - Piotr Forysinski (Submitted)

Club Life & Reflections

  • VOC Huts - Roland Burton (Submitted)
  • History of the Harrison Hut - Roland Burton (Submitted)
  • The Defecation at Cabin Three - Murray Down (Submitted)
  • A Night in the City - Jim Richardson (Submitted)

Origin and Fates of the Golden Fleece

  • Origin of the Golden Fleece by Cora Skaien and Lea Z (Submitted)
  • Fates of the Golden Fleece Photo Montage

My First VOC Trip


Questions, suggestions, and submissions can be sent to [email protected]. This year's journal editors are Ruanne and Gillian.


* When should I submit my article?
There are three deadlines this year:
1. June 1, 2013 - Deadline for all articles related to trips that happened up to May 31, 2013.
2. October 1, 2013 - Deadline for all articles related to trips that happened from May 1 to Sept. 30, 2013.
3. February 1, 2014 - Deadline for all articles related to trips that happened from Sept. 1, 2013 to Jan. 31, 2014.
All articles unrelated to any specific trip may be submitted before any deadline. Early submissions are highly recommended for high quality proofreading and editing from the editors.
* 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 56 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"