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The Varsity Outdoor Club Journal Volume 59
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Caitlin Schneider
Journal Editor
Article Page Author(s) Index
President's Message 1 Cora Skaien  
A Note from the Editor 5 Caitlin Schneider  
The Club Executive 7  
Hiking and Scrambling
 A Tantalizing Series 19 Matteo Agnoloni  
 An Arctic Tale 35 Cassandra Elphinstone  
 Team Bad Idea Visits Bell's Bothy 42 Artem Bylinskii  
 Toba To Powell Alpine Traverse 48 Arran Whiteford  
 Chilkoot Trail Family Vacation 54 Line Veenstra  
 The Bear Necessities 60 Liam Hodgons & Heather Filyk  
 Island Caving Extravaganza 65 Shane Monks O'Byrne  
 Stein Valley Traverse 75 Birgit Rogalla et al.  
 Bears, Trout Soup, and paddle boards 84 Ross Campbell  
 Sunshine Coast Trail 94 Richard So  
 Lizzie Workhike 102 Fay Chen  
Photo Contest
Skiing and Winter Mountaineering
 Blackcomb-Currie Traverse 121 Katie McMahen  
 Good Idea to Drag a Snowboard 126 Marc Rizkallah  
 A Minor Fiasco 138 Jeff Mottershead  
 Lillooet Icefield in April/May 143 Krista Cawley  
 Skiing on the Pemberton Icecap 151 Birgit Rogalla  
 My First Ski Traverse 159 Kasia Celler (Kasia Adolphs)  
 Second Attempt to Pitt River Hot Springs 164 Arran Whiteford & Joane Elleouet  
Climbing and Mountaineering
 Red Rocks Adventure 175 Cora Skaien  
 The Nose That Did Not Sneeze 184 Veronika Schmitt & Todd Mackenzie  
 Adventures on Mt Rainier 190 Caitlin Schneider  
 First Ascents in the Ossa Region 197 Nicholas Gobin  
 All The Light I Did See 202 David Hurley  
 Exploring Bugaboo Provincial Park 205 Cora Skaien  
 Mt. Robson 215 Nick Matwyuk  
 The Meager Obelisk 220 Lea Zhecheva  
 An Appetite for the Alpine 224 Kevin Boland  
 The Jervis Expedition 229 Spencer Rasmussen  
 Mt. Redoubt Traverse 239 Julien Renard  
 Tales from Mount Tupper 244 Matt Kennedy  
 Mt. Hood Turn n' Burn 249 Carly Peterson  
Pedals and Paddles
 Powell Forest Canoe Route 259 Cora Skaien  
 Thanksgiving on Wheels 267 Lucy Buchanan-Parker  
 Your First Surfboard 271 Christoph Schilling  
 A Bikepacking Adventure 276 Ilia Capralov  
 An Urban Adventure 287 Krista Cawley & Piotr Forysinski  
 Cycle Touring in the Hebrides 289 Michael Cancilla & Lizy Duguay  
 Waterways of Whistler 298 Caitlin Schneider  
 Indian Arm Kayaking Bonanza 302 Maya Motyka  
 The 2 Lakes, 2 Rivers Challenge 306 Krista Cawley  
Club Life and Reflections
 From the Desk of Devon Campbell 317 Devon Campbell  
 The Kindness of Strangers 321 Cora Skaien et al.  
 Trail Dreams 330 Knut Kitching  
 Crevasse Rescue Practice 333 Julien Renard  
 A Moonlight Memorial Walk 340 Elliott Skierszkan  
 How the Faff Goes On 342 The Phelix Hut New Year's Day Crew  
 Maybe I'm Getting Fatter 344 Christian Veenstra  
 How do you replace a helicopter? 346 Ross Campbell  
 Swimming in Cold Water 351 Tom Curran
 Crossing the Squamish River Cables 355 Tom and Jerry (Artem Babaian)

59th 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 59th 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, 2016 - Deadline for all articles related to trips that happened up to May 31.
    • October 1, 2016 - Deadline for all articles related to trips that happened from May 1 to Sept. 30
    • Jan 27th, 2017 - Deadline for all articles related to trips that happened from Sept. 1, to Jan. .
    • 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 at the top of your article, include 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 Caitlin 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.


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.

  • Kootney of New Years (Ilia)
  • Jeff should submit something
  • Girls traverse (Blackcomb-currie) (katie)
  • Christians speed traverse's
  • inland waterways of whistler (Caitlin and Piotr)

Table of Contents

Add your article to the appropriate chapter below.

Starting Material

President’s Message -

VOC Executive 2016-2017

Photo Contest 2017

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-contest2017
  • B) Action Shots – Photos of people outdoors and in action, usually climbing, skiing, or mountaineering. keyword: b-contest2017
  • C) Flora and fauna – Plants and animals only. A good place for macro's. keyword: c-contest2017
  • D) Club Activities – Parties, longhike, winter longhike, glacier school, and all other club activities. keyword: d-contest2017
  • E) Portraits – Portrait of a person. Preferably in an outdoor setting, and of someone in the club. keyword: e-contest2017
  • F) Misc – Anything that doesn't fit in the other categories. keyword f-contest2017

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

Climbing & Mountaineering

Skiing and Winter Mountaineering

Land & Water

Club Life & Reflections

Alumni Life


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


* When should I submit my article?
There are three deadlines this year:
1. June 1, 2016 - Deadline for all articles related to trips that happened up to May 31
2. October 1, 2016 - Deadline for all articles related to trips that happened from May 1 to Sept. 30
3. February 1, 2017 - Deadline for all articles related to trips that happened from Sept. 1, 2013 to Jan. 31
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 Caitlin ([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 59 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"