Update — July 26, 2012

No Run/Hike

There is no club run/hike scheduled for this Sunday, July 29.

However, there is a Gutbuster trail run on Mount Washington on Saturday, July 28. Many club members will be there, so you would be in good company if you join them. Learn more on the Gutbuster webpage!

SNSC Update — July 18, 2012

We hope everyone is enjoying this lovely summer weather. See the news below about the run/hike on Saturday!

Last weekend's runners and hikers at McIvor Lake near Campbell River. photo: Lynn Swift

Saturday run/hike

We’ve had to reschedule this week’s run/hike to Saturday, July 21! We are going to explore the trails at Nymph Falls (not Tomato Creek!)

Meet in the Nymph Falls parking lot on Forbidden Plateau Rd in Courtenay. Be ready to go at 10am. Join the running group or the hiking group for approximately 2 hours on the trails.

Remember to dress for the weather and bring your own hydration and snack. See you there!

Deals in the summer

Ski Tak Hut

Here’s a great opportunity:

  • Ski Tak Hut in Courtenay will be open on Saturday, July 21st from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm for Market Day!
  • All 2011-12 equipment and clothing is 50% off!*

*prices are off msrp, some products not on sale or limited quantities

Ski Tak says, “this is our best sale to the year, so mark your calendars!

West Coast Expeditions

Strathcona Nordics members who are looking for kayaking fun should check out West Coast Expeditions! Club member Dave Pinel and WCE will donate part of the proceeds back to the club when you book one of their awesome adventures! They have something to please every age and ability.

SNSC News — July 11, 2012


Join us on Sunday, July 15 to run or hike at McIvor Lake near Campbell River. Meet at the logging bridge on Campbell River Rd. at the start of Elk Falls Provincial Park at 9:45am. We will shuttle up to the lake (5 mins away).

All club members welcome. It’s going to be hot, so bring your own refreshments and perhaps a towel to dry off after an apres-run/hike dip in the river!


Here’s a great opportunity:

  • Ski Tak Hut in Courtenay will be open on Saturday, July 21st from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm for Market Day!
  • All 2011-12 equipment and clothing is 50% off!

This is our best sale to the year, so mark your calendars!

Junior racers in a mass start at a training session this week.

Sunday, July 8 — Run/Hike

We’ll be exploring the Trent River trails this Sunday. Meet at the Grassy Point Farm Market on the old Island Hwy (at Briardale Rd)  in Royston at 9:50 am ready to run or hike for approximately 2.5 hours. Dress for the weather (it’s going to be hot), and be sure to bring yourself some hydrating refreshments.

SNSC News — July 2012

With Environment Canada forecasting hot sunny days ahead, we wish you lots of outdoor summer fun! News below about run/hikes, stellar club members, and a reminder to smile.


We are continuing our Sunday Run/Hike series throughout the summer. Each week, we’ll be posting the location on the club website home page and calendar.

It’s difficult to set the locations in advance for the month of July as we are monitoring trail conditions in the mountains, hoping they become accessible as the snow melts.

At any rate, join us every Sunday:

  • for 2-3 hours
  • starting at 10am
  • in the running group or in the hiking group
  • locations TBA on the club website
  • all club members welcome!

Remember to dress for the weather and bring your own hydration and snack. Hope to see you there!

Talented SNSC racers Avalon Wasteneys and Tallon Noble in action!


Cross Country BC (CCBC) has named two of our young racers to the BC Talent Squad. Congratulations to Tallon Noble and to Avalon Wasteneys on an excellent racing season and on making the Squad!

Kusam Klimb

On Saturday, June 22, some of our club members trekked up to Sayward to take part in the annual Kusam Klimb, which is a 23k mountain “trail” run, starting at sea-level and gaining nearly a mile in elevation.

It starts as a well established trail but soon goes relentlessly up, with participants reaching for ropes, tree roots, and branches. At about a 1000m elevation, runners were back in the snow, finding their way to the saddle below Mount Kusam. Once the high point was reached, participants were slip sliding down to Stowe Creek, dodging tree wells, fording creeks, and balancing over “bridges.” Eventually, the runners reached an old decommissioned logging road that brought the climbers back to the Sayward Community Hall. After heavy rains the night before, race day brought cool cloudy skies. It was the perfect temperature for running, but there were no spectacular views this year.

Our small contingent did extremely well, and we showed that we can hold our own against the large trail running crowd.

  • Michael Ravensbergen (age 18) placed 4th overall in a time of 2.42.48
  • Peter Gledhill (age 13) placed 5th with 2.49.35
  • Dominick Nadeau (age 17) claimed 15th overall and 3rd Junior in 3.14.01
  • Berend Henckel (Devo Coach) held his own on the uphill section, but he saw quite a few racers flying by him on the descent and eventually finished in 3.55.12
  • Louis Nadeau had the most fun of us all and even enjoyed some sunshine while crossing the  finish-line in 5.19.32

If you were there and we missed your name, write to us! info@StrathconaNordics.com!

This is a great event and worthwhile to put on you calendar for 2013!  www.kusamklimb.com/

Remember when you are out training, it doesn’t matter how good or how bad you feel, it is not going to last!  –Berend Henckel

Smile cards

If you are a Thrifty Foods shopper, you can use a Strathcona Nordics Smile Card, and every time you shop with it, Thrifty’s will donate a portion of their profits to our ski club! The money will go towards a new ski playground in our nordic area.

If you have a Strathcona Nordics card from last year, you can use it again.
If you would like a card or want to learn more, contact Berend at bhenckel@telus.net