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The Varsity Outdoor Club Journal Volume 61
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Mia Fajeau
Journal Editor
Article Page Author(s) Index
VOC Executive 6    
President’s Message 10 Alastair White  
Hiking and Scrambling
A Sodden Boot 6 Birgit Rogalla  
Icemaker Adventures at Athelney Pass 10 Cassandra Elphinstone  
Scotland, Bell’s Bothy, and the Inaccessible Pinnacle 26 Cassandra Elphinstone  
Quest for the Golden Larches 31 Chern Jie Chang  
Golden Ears Peak 33 Chern Jie Chang  
A Quality VOC Introduction! 36 Charlotte Nelson  
Giving Thanks at Phelix Hut 38 Emma Ferris  
Battleship Lakes 40 George Hill  
Lovely Humans to Lake Lovely Water 43 Maria Berno  
Stepchild of Trail 49 Nicholas Leach  
Stein Valley Traverse 51 Tom Curran  
Skiing and Winter Mountaineering
Intro to Backcountry Skiing 58 Chang Jie Chang  
Circling Arond Polemonium Peak in 64 hrs 61 Devlin Mottershead  
Mt Rainier via the Fuhrer Finger 64 Duncan Pawson  
The Engine and the Guard 71 Duncan Pawson  
The Great White Mane of Shadowfax 78 George Hill  
Womyn’s Traverse: Skyline Trail aka Treeline Trail 84 Heather Filyk  
Clemina Cabin Fiasco 87 Jeff Mottershead  
A night of Discontent at Tenquille Lakes 91 Jeff Mottershead  
Where the F*CK did Jess go 94 Jessica Brown and Hannah Bates  
Harrison Alpine Swimming 98 Jack McCutchan  
Augmented Blackcomb to Currie 107 Olek Splawinski  
Beginner Friendly Mass Engulfs Zoa 113 Ross Campbell with Dorothea Leesing, Tatjana Stone, Artem Bocharov  
The Six days of Lizzie Christmas 117 Ross Campbell  
Sphinx Dreams May Contain Surprises 129 William Smith  
VOC Photo Contest 136    
Climbing and Mountaineering
The Buddy Picture 145 Artem Babaian and Andrew Chapman  
Taking a Boulderer Multi-pitch Sport Climbing 152 Eric Jamieson  
An Enjoyable, Suffer-free Alpine Climbing Trip Where We All Slept Enough 156 Joe Obrien  
Sharp Tusk: A Tale of Choss Anchors 160 Ryan Macdonald  
Jericho to Squamish Kayak Adventure 166 Alexander Wharton  
Pedals and Paddles
Embracing Bliss and Suffering on the Powell Forest Canoe Route 169 Hannah Jensen  
Keep Mt Hood on the Right 176 Lucy Buchanan-Parker  
The Saga of the Self-Propelled Cascade Volcanoes 181 Joe Obrien, Mirko Moeller, and Elliott Skierszkan, with support from Martin Cermak  
Club Life and Reflections
Poem - A desire to learn 195 Cassandra Elphinstone  
A Second Trip up Cerise Creek 198 Cassandra Elphinstone  
Diabetes and the Outdoors 203 Elliott Skierszkan and Noriko Okamoto  
2018 Brew Outhouse and Door Epic 211 George Hill  
Clan of the Cave Homosapiens 231 Jasmin Tordenro  
A Splishin’ and a Splashin’ 234 Julia Ramos Bujalil  
Burns and Turns 2018 237 Lianne McRadu  
VOC Haikus 240 Lucy Buchanan-Parker  
Date Loaf Recipe 242 Roland Burton  
Solar Lighting comes to our Huts 243 Roland Burton  
Top 20 things I learned in a Month in Mongolia 246 Vanny Pornsinsiriruk  
Avalanche Companion Rescue Drills at Mount Seymour 252 Lukas Schreiber  
Parking Lot Adventures 255 Vincent Hanlon  
Harrison Road, by Bike 257 Roland Burton  
Iron Chef 2018 260 Lucas Bezerra  

VOCJ 61st Edition

This page was adopted from Lucy Buchanan-Parker's VOCJ60 page, from Caitlin Schneider's VOCJ59 page, 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 61st edition of the VOCJ!

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! 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?
    • Before December 31st, 2018 (Deadline for all articles) .
    • 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 will be posted soon! 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! (in January)
  • 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, contact Mia 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!

Photo Contest 2018/2019

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-contest2019
  • B) Action Shots – Photos of people outdoors and in action, usually climbing, skiing, or mountaineering. keyword: b-contest2019
  • C) Flora and fauna – Plants and animals only. A good place for macro's. keyword: c-contest2019
  • D) Club Activities – Parties, longhike, winter longhike, glacier school, and all other club activities. keyword: d-contest2019
  • E) Portraits – Portrait of a person. Preferably in an outdoor setting, and of someone in the club. keyword: e-contest2019
  • F) Misc – Anything that doesn't fit in the other categories. keyword f-contest2019

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.

Deadline for Photo Contest: FEB 3rd 2019


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


* When should I submit my article?

3. December 31st, 2018 - Deadline for all articles related to trips that happened from Sept. 1 to Jan. 31
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 Mia (vocjourn[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 61 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"