Stories and pictures for future bulletins are always welcome and should be emailed to Alan Meggy.
Darrell is Back on the Pacific Crest Trail
Good news.... the 'Fat Lady' finally stopped singing so we're back on the trail..... Unfortunately our remaining miles (2300) didn't budge a bit from last year - Darn!!
Returned to Randle Sept 2 to complete the Goat Rocks area - Great weather, Great views, and Great hiking, Good to be back on the trail!!
October 3, 2012: Darrell (and John and Sandy) reach the end of the trail.
Darrell is on the Arizona Trail
October 10, 2012: After a shower and a change of socks Darrell is off to hike the Arizona Trail with John & Sandy providing support.
October 19, 2012: Halfway (Almost) - 400+ miles to go.
November 7, 2012: Three-quaters done - 200 miles to go.
November 29, 2012: IT'S OVER... 0 miles to go!
Follow Darrell, John & Sandy on their a blog -- Darrell on the PCT
PCT - End of the trail.
Arizona Trail - Time to Celebrate!
Mount Callaghan Backpack
Bagging this peak (2,409m) has been a sore spot for one of our members who had made several unsuccessful attempts over the years. A year ago a group of us committed to doing a backpack into Ring Lake this September and get the job done.
The walk in to the Callaghan Lodge is straight forward and after reaching the sign posted meadows, the trail begins to steadily climb to the lake. Sections are muddy, require a bit of navigation, cross some loose rock, etc. Total hiking distance in was 9.5 kms with a 460m gain.
Once at Ring Lake all the work to get there passed as we saw the beautiful surroundings that were to be our base for the next few days. This truly is a wonderful spot, and to have the full moon make an appearance this weekend was an added bonus.
Callaghan is the obvious peak to the right when looking up from the lake. There is no designated route to the summit of Callaghan, but after reading a few trip reports we decided to tackle it head on and approach it from our camp. We went straight up the heather slope to the side of the creek to the rock bed. We then carried on up toward the left, traversed the rock, crossed 1 small section of hard packed snow, then followed the rocky route around to back side of the mountain and onto the peak. The rock was very unstable in places and it was easy to cause small slides as we went.
There is a false summit that you pass before getting to the peak. Apparently from what I have read, the summit collapsed in 2000. That would explain the multiple towers. The jaunt took our group 3 hours (included a small break) to get up there from camp at a moderate pace and the GPS tracked the distance at 2.2 kms. Not bad for a bunch of 60+ outdoor lovers who were in no hurry to twist an ankle and had all day to enjoy our adventure. The Waypoint for the peak is 50.22793 123.26610
The trip down went a bit quicker as were able to boot ski down some of the loose dirt sections. We all got down without injury and enjoyed relaxing by the lake. Next time we will give Ring Mountain a go ?.
Cheers to Glen for finally mastering this peak!
Mount Callaghan Backpack,
September 28 - 30, 2012
Kootenay Cycle Tour
Try to imagine this recipe for an 80k day's cycle ... 4k of gut-wrenching switchbacks to a rough 20k trail ending with a 10k (8 degree elevation) slog in 30+ heat to the summit of Bombi Pass ... and that's just the first day! It took us 2 hours to climb up the pass and 20 min. for a hair raising descent into Castlegar.
Actually Susan planned a wonderful 7 day trip starting with a hike to Kokanee Glacier. Along the route we pitched our tents in some wonderful campgrounds and enjoyed refreshing dips in lakes and streams. One evening, after dinner, we soaked our aching muscles in the hot pools and caves of Ainsworth Hot Springs. Ahh! Sandy and John Reindeer were an amazing support team transporting our luggage and Dave W's broken bike to the local bike shop for repairs, plus cooking yummy dinners. Thanks guys.
We experienced an assortment of great routes such as the scenic, meandering Pass Creek Rd. to Slocan City as well as the gentle 30k downhill ride into Kaslo accompanied by the sights and sounds of the tumbling Kaslo River. There were also a few memorable activities such as the historic Galena Trail where we bravely swung suspended above the river in a one-person cable car, bikes affixed to its side. Also, a Kodak moment as we hoisted bikes and bags around the locked gates of a trestle under repair. Nothing stops us!
Kootenay Cycle Tour, August 4 - 12, 2012
Celebrating 40 Years of Outdoor Activity
Dianne Wharton has spent the last couple of years compiling the reflections and events that have occurred over the past 15 years since the 25th Anniversary book was published in 1998. The VOA 40th Anniversary is in PDF format and can be downloaded for viewing on your computer or tablet.
There's no printed version available from the club but you can take the PDF file to a printer like Staples (or do it online at staplescopyandprint.ca). The document is 220 pages and about $20 to print a black & white copy (the picture quality in B&W is ok, not great). Be sure to order double sided. You can order 3-hole punch paper or add a plastic or wire binding.
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park User Experience
Chad Neufelt of the University of Guelph did a questionaire of the user experience. It's feedback like that that directs the improvements in Provincial parks. You can read the results here: Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park User Experience Questionnaire
Happy New Year
The January-February-March bulletin is now available.
Bike Rack for Sale
We have a SARIS 3 bike trunk rack for $100 (new $190).
If interested contact:
Doug & AnnLee Grimson
Now on Facebook
Some members are now posting on Facebook and sharing on the Valley Outdoor Association page. Paul has added pictures from
Check out other pictures from Paul and Keith at Valley Outdoor Association.
Dave has been organizing his pictures and added a little music. Check out his smilebox for
- Seattle - South Kitsap Cycle
- VOA Summer Camp
- Elk - Thurston Hike
- Chain Lakes
- Ptarmigan Ridge
- A walk in UBC Research Forest
Updated Club Photos
Pictures (with comments) are also welcome for our web site can be emailed to Hilmar.
Fort Langley - Derby Reach - Bradner Cycle
June 30, 2013
Elk - Thurston
June 29, 2013
Agassiz - Harrison - Seabird Island Ride
June 23, 2013
Looking Ahead in 2014
The best trips take a lot of planning and lead time. Book those sick days now. Phone and e-mail information is in the January 2014 bulletin.
5th Annual Theatre Night
Saturday May 3, 2014: This year's play is the heardfelt comedy Light Sensitive at the Langley Players Theatre (4307 200th Street, Langley). tickets are $20 per person. Contact Chris Larson for more information.
Cycle Bellingham, WA
Saturday June 28 - Tuesday July 1: This is an advanced cycle trip based out of a South Bellingham motel. Limit of 16. Contact Chris larson or Carol cheshma for more information.
Cycle Salmon Arm Car Camp
Saturday July 5 - Wednesday July 9: Tent, RV, or motel and cycle around Salmon Arm. Contact Rodney Edwards for more information.
VOA Summer Camp in Glacier National Park
Wednesday July 16 - Wednesday July 23: Camp in the park or stay at the Canyon Hot Springs or stay in nearby Revelstoke. Contact Alan Meggy or Mike Stewart for more information.
Cycle Courtney/Comox, Vancouver Island
Friday July 25 - Monday July 28: Camp or stay in a motel in the Comox Valley. Limit of 20 people. Contact Susan Zander for more information.
Cycle/Hike Sooke, BC
Saturday August 2 - Monday August 4: Cycle the Galloping Goose Trail over to Sooke, stay in a motel and hike the beautiful rugged Sooke Coastal Trail. Contact Chris Larson for more information.
Annual Paddle at Gabriola Island
Friday August 15 - Monday August 18: Stay in deluxe cabin at The Haven with all meals included. Bring your bike and cycle the island. Kayak rentals are available. Contact Chris larson for more information.
Fishing the Squamish River
Tuesday September 9: Confirmed fishing addict Dave Wettlaufer will lead a one day trip to Squamish. If you're interested in fishing and don't know where to start, then this is the day. Contact Dave for more information.
Cycle Trip to Croatia
October 12 - October 19: The first trip (September 14 - 21) sold out and this is the second trip. Stay on a barge and cycle Crotia. Contact Paul Miniato for more information.