Team Bad Idea Takes Some Notes

Back in March, I received the Neil Mackenzie Adventure Grant as provided by the Neil Mackenzie Trust and Varsity Outdoor Club. I took off to Scotland immediately to catch the tail end of Scottish winter climbing season. I want to thank the selection committee and everyone who made this possible for me, in particular Neil’s…

Team Bad Idea Visits Bell’s Bothy

Back in March, I received the Neil Mackenzie Adventure Grant as provided by the Neil Mackenzie Trust and Varsity Outdoor Club. I took off to Scotland immediately to catch the tail end of Scottish winter climbing season. I want to thank the selection committee and everyone who made this possible for me, in particular Neil’s…

Team Bad Idea Appeases the Judge

Written by Nicholas Gobin, also appears chez VOC   Artem and I had been planning a grand August adventure for some months, but as the departure date drew near it seemed like it wasn’t going to happen. Climbing conditions in the Bugaboos were less than stellar and work & family were pulling me towards a…

Team Bad Idea Raft Against the Odds

Written by Annika Lennarz and Christoph Schilling Annika out the gate: Day 1: Trucky Truck on fire After months of preparation involving hours and hours of fixing the raft, eating Fire Pizza, route planning, checking water levels, organizing schedules, and buying way too much food the night before, the Chilko rafting trip was finally going…

Team Bad Idea Get Kinky with 50 Shades of Voile

Written by Artem Bylinskii, Caitlin Schneider, and the VOC Just a ski strap? JUST, a ski strap? PLEASE. Restraining your sexual partner Restricting blood flow to appendages Measuring penis length Attaching skis to roof rack Attaching roof rack to roof Fixing broken tele bindings (totally skied down the Garibaldi Switchbacks) Fixing your crampon baskets for…

Team Bad Idea Hucks Some Waterfalls

Written by: The Voice of Reason, who loses all sense of reason when it comes to kayaking Kayaking in Oregon is amazing, a wonderful, wonderland of amazing creeks and rivers. Early on a mid-fall morning, a Canadian invasion of Portland took place. Five Canadians took the long drive from Vancouver and Vancouver Island to the…

Team Bad Idea Opens Canyoning In Climbing Paradise

As the saying goes, Yosemite is the Cochamo of North America. Cochamo is unequivocally the most spectacular place for pure rock climbing that I have come across. Big walls, trad gear, and balls of steel. During my six week stint, I hauled my ass up many classic routes, met the most colourful characters, chilled plenty,…