Tubin’ Trip Report

February 8th, 2010 by Angelo 1 comment »

A small group of us went out to Glissades des Pays d’en Haut on Saturday, and had a blast shooting down the slope in various inflatable items.  Interest was really high on this trip, so hopefully we’ll be able to get another one going while the powder’s still out there!

Thanks to all that came out!  As a side note, this was my last event as an executive with CO, and I want to thank you all for your contributions to making this little club of ours something really fun, really easy, and really special.

Winter Tubing 2010!

January 28th, 2010 by Angelo 2 comments »

Photo by rgusick

We’re going tubing!

WHEN: Saturday, 6 February
WHERE: Glissades des Pays d’en Haut
HOW MUCH: $30, includes access to all tubing and rafting runs

Join us on a day trip out to the slopes! We’re going to visit Les Glissades des Pays d’en Haut, and have some bouncy fun on their 35 runs over 15 kms on a 250-foot vertical drop.  We’ll leave the Hall Building downtown at 9AM and we’ll be getting somewhere around 3:00PM or so. Pack a lunch, or buy at the cafeteria there!

GOT A CAR? If you’re willing to be one of our drivers, you pay half price!  That’s right, $15!

Spots are limited, so sign up ASAP here — clicking “Attending” on Facebook means nothing!  REMEMBER, your spot isn’t reserved on the trip until you’ve paid in full, so make sure to bring your cash by the CO office during our office hours.

See you there!

Skating At Beaver Lake!

January 13th, 2010 by Angelo No comments »

Just a quick note: we’re going skating!  Anna, one of our wonderful execs, is heading up a small group that’s set to meet at Beaver Lake, on Mont Royal, at about 1:30PM this coming Sunday, 17th January.

Entry is free; skate rentals are $7 (for two hours), and if you want to rent a lock for a locker that’s another $3 (plus a refundable $5 deposit) — although you can bring your own lock instead.  There’s a small restaurant there as well for food and refreshments.

Getting there via public transit is easy: take the metro to Mont-Royal, then hop onto the 11 West bus — just ask the driver to let you know when you get to Beaver Lake.

The weather is looking a little chilly, so dress appropriately for a couple of hours outdoors.

Contact Anna for more details on meeting points.

Newsletter for Monday, 11 January, 2010

January 11th, 2010 by Angelo No comments »

Hello everyone. Hope you all enjoyed the winter break. The CO will be hosting some pretty tasty events soon, so we hope you’ll be checking them out. Our pub night this week will double as a general meeting for those of you who are new and are interested in discovering Concordia Outdoors.

Events and Gatherings

Pub Night 2010

- WHEN: Friday, January the 15th at 1900 hours.

- WHERE: McKibbons Pub on Bishop st, near the Concordia library building.

Try Climbing Night

Feel free to join us! You don’t need to be accredited to climb (just to belay and teach) so you better bring along some muscles.

- WHEN: Wednesday, January the 20th, at 1700 hours.

- WHERE: We meet at the gym

- COST: Check out the rates (roughly around 15-20$) at the Allez-Up website.
5 Days for the Homeless Meeting

5 Days for the Homeless is an annual charity event in which conscientious students brave the mean streets of Montreal for five days, accepting donations that go to Dans La Rue, a non-for-profit organization that puts the proceeds towards services for the needy. Last year the event was a huge success and this year will be even better. Join us during this week’s meeting to see how you can become a greater part of our outdoor community.

- WHEN: Tuesday, January the 12th, at 1900 hours.

- WHERE: 1440 Pierce, apt. 203, buzzer is also 203.

Our annual food drive is in the making, and it’ll take all members’ donations before it can be done! Come to the office during our regular hours and donate non-perishable foods in the bin. It’s for a good cause!

In the Works:

-Tubing Night,
-Skating at Beaver Lake
-Telemark Day (Feb)
-Pub Night (Feb)
-CSSC Orford Ski Trip (March)
-Day Hike (April if the weather permits)

Office Hours
-Monday 16:00-17:50
-Tuesday 12:15-14:15
-Weds: 12:00-14:00
-Thurs: 14:35-15:30

Office hours and meeting times will be subject to change. We should have the schedule fixed by next week.

From all of us at the CO; Anna, Angelo, Hussein, Josh, Thomas, Chris and all of our magnificent volunteers, we thank you for keeping in touch with us and we hope to see you all very soon.

Happy New Year!

January 4th, 2010 by Angelo 1 comment »

Hello all!

We’re just moving in to our new digs.  Please bear with us while we make things a little more comfortable around here.

We’ve been a little quiet over the last few weeks, but we’re all looking forward to getting you out there.  We’ve had plenty of snow lately and we’re putting together a few events to make the best of it!

Until we have a chance to get our new schedules sorted out, office hours and meeting times are temporarily suspended.  That said, keep an eye on our Twitter stream and our Facebook group for upcoming events.

From the entire executive, we’d like to wish you lots of health and happiness in 2010.  See you out there!

Upcoming Cyber-Renovations

October 18th, 2009 by Angelo No comments »

As might be painfully obvious, the website has been rather quiet lately, despite the fact that we’ve been busting our butts to get our members out on some fun events.  We’ve been relying a little more on our mailing list and Facebook group to keep you folks up to date on the goings-on of the club, as well as our general meetings and monthly pub nights.

The reason for this is that we’re currently re-evaluating the best way for us to get the word out to our members, and have a few changes in the works.  We’re trying out new media, including Twitter, and are re-evaluating the need for some of our currently-used options.

This all means that we’ll be re-working our website and our communications options, including the addition of an official, full-time VP Communications position that will handle all of this.  In the meanwhile, please bear with us and tell us what you think!

Trip Report: Mont Saint-Hilaire

June 20th, 2009 by Angelo No comments »


Despite the threat of rain and the lack of sleep on my part (ah, those insidious pub nights!), CO took a day trip out to Mont Saint-Hilaire yesterday.

We made off under a light sprinkling at 10AM and hiked up the Rocky 2 trail (4.4 km), enjoyed a light lunch on the summit, and then made our way to the more scenic Dieppe summit (yes, we know, 380 m hardly qualifies Hilaire as a mountain).  Along the way, we were distracted by a chorus of bullfrogs and spent a good amount of time trying to figure out where all the little critters were hiding — I believe we counted just short of a dozen in a small pond.  We then trekked down the Dieppe train (3.8 kM), grabbed some treats at the visitor centre, and made our way back home.

While not a terribly difficult hike, we still love Hilaire for its pastoral scenery, its wildlife observation opportunities, and its proximity to the city.  It’s great for beginners, and we look forward to running another hike there later this summer.

As always, more photos are available in our Flickr pool.

Trip Report: Mont Tremblant Hike

May 17th, 2009 by Angelo 1 comment »

Sunday’s hike at Mont Tremblant may go down as one of our most eventful day trips, ever.

It began as we impatiently headed up to the mountain — perhaps a little too impatiently.  Coming around the corner one after another, we all caught sight of the cruiser on the side of the road at the same time, hitting the breaks.  Unfortunately, we were too late, the cherries came on, and our lead car was motioned over to the side of the road.  Poor Di ended up getting his first speeding ticket ever.  Boo!

Mont Tremblant itself was quite busy, but the trails themselves weren’t particularly crowded.  Which is great, because there were only two trails open, both rated “black diamond”, i.e. advanced.  Sorry, newbie hikers.  But onward we trudged, on the ski lift to the village, up the stairs to the trailhead, and towards the summit.

Finding a lovely waterfall, the group posed for photos, hamming it up for the camera… at which point Hussein lands butt-first in the frigid glacial river.  At least he brought a spare pair of socks.

Not long after, I misstepped on a slippery rock and performed a flying elbow drop on a boulder.  I aborted the hike at that point as I was pretty sure I’d broken a rib (6.5 hours in the ER said otherwise), but I’m told the rest of the group completed the hike.  Well done folks!

More photos from the hike are available in our Flickr pool.  Upload yours!