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The Valley Outdoor Association (VOA) was formed in 1973 by a small group of people intent on experiencing and sharing their love for the outdoors. We are a small club of approximately 200 adult members, and are loosely based in the Fraser Valley (if you wandered here from Google, that's near Vancouver, BC). Members hail from all over the Lower Mainland, with the majority being from Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, Surrey & White Rock.

Dewdney Peak

Our club offers a wide variety of weekend activities for all fitness and experience levels. There's also an active group of mid-week hikers if you have the time. Destinations are ad hoc with the group picking next week's hike over coffee and ice cream after a hike. Birthday people get an extra vote! Wednesday is the most popular day with one of more groups heading out to enjoy the day together.

We're also on Facebook at Valley Outdoor Association.

A schedule of activities is mailed to members every 3 months.

The VOA is a member of the Federation of Mountain Clubs of British Columbia, (the FED or FMCBC), along with 22 other outdoor clubs in BC. Together we all represent the interests of non-mechanized outdoor activities throughout British Columbia and address mountain trails and wilderness access for all. Our combined interests are for recreation, conservation, outdoor uses, outdoor education and safety for British Columbians.

Trip Reports

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!

Darrell has posted a Youtube video for an Air New Zealand contest -- Great Walker Entry - Darrell Ainscough

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!

Happy Trails!


Mount Callaghan Backpack,
September 28 - 30, 2012

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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!

Carole Chisolm

Kootenay Cycle Tour, August 4 - 12, 2012
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The birds are back, Spring is in the air

And the April-May-June bulletin is now available.

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

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

Updated Club Photos

Pictures (with comments) are also welcome for our web site can be emailed to Hilmar.

The Great Gatsby Wine Party
March 15, 2014

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Fort Langley - Derby Reach - Bradner Cycle
June 30, 2013

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Elk - Thurston
June 29, 2013

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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 April 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.

Upcoming Events

For more information about an event contact the trip leader. Don't wait until the night before to call. Updated phone and e-mail information for events is in the April bulletin.

April 19
Alouette Mountain
Contact: Mike Stewart
April 21
Contact: Jackie Murray
April 26
Mount Gardner (Bowen Island)
Contact: Alexis Elliott
April 26
Walk Delta Watershed
Contact: Murray MacDonald
April 27
Birch Bay Area (18kph)
Contact: Allexis Elliot & Trudy Deaton
Border Id required.
May 3
New Westminster - Kerr Road Loop (18kph)
Contact: Eric Hackman
May 3
Theatre Night "Light Sensitive" at the Langley Players Theatre
Contact: Chris Larson
A few tickes are still available. See page 6 of the April bulletin for more information.
May 4
Chilliwack - Rosedale - Fairfield Loop (16-18kph)
Contact: Julie Williamsough

Grading of Hiking & Snowshoeing Trips Grading of Cycling Trips
Elevation Gain: Distance: Elevation Gain: Distance:
A - up to 500 m 1 - up to 10 km A - mostly level 1 - 40 to 50 km
B - 500 - 1000 m 2 - 10 to 20 km B - some hills 2 - 50 to 70 km
C - over 1000 m 3 - over 20 km C - mostly hills 3 - over 70 km


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