The letters VOC are shaped at night with glow sticks in the snow.

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The Spell of VOC

The allure of mountains and the backcountry continues its call over successive generations. The Varsity Outdoor Club began around 1917, and today boasts about 500 members, mostly students from the University of British Columbia. The club introduces some members to wilderness activities for the first time, while others are very experienced having been involved for decades. In its early days, mountaineering was the club’s main activity; today rock climbing and backcountry skiing are also popular.

Richard So photo, Varsity Outdoor Club.