SNSC News — July 9, 2015

We hope everyone is finding time to get outdoors and enjoy the summer weather. Look for lots of news, photos, and some opportunities below!

Some racing team members found snow near the top of Mount Albert Edward last Monday. Photo: L.Swift. Story below.

Some racing team members found snow near the top of Mount Albert Edward last Monday. Photo: L.Swift. Story below.

Run/hikes

This summer we are holding more “All-Club Run/Hikes” where all club members are welcome to join us as we explore the trails on Vancouver Island. You can join the faster “running” group or the “hiking” group.

Two weeks ago, many club members enjoyed the Mount Becher hike, pictured below.

A group of club members enjoyed the Mount Becher run/hike on Sunday, June 28. Photo: L.Swift

A group of club members enjoyed the Mount Becher run/hike on Sunday, June 28. Photo: L.Swift

Check back to the website for details on these scheduled run/hikes as the dates approach:

  • July 26 – Crest Mountain – meet at trailhead at 9:30am
  • August 9 – Mount Curran
  • August 23 – Paradise Meadows/Forbidden Plateau cross-over

School program news

Strathcona Nordics members and students from Martin Hartig's class at Ecole Puntledge Park receive a cheque from Rick Morson of CIBC Wood Gundy on behalf of the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club for the CIBC Wood Gundy School XC Ski Program. In spite of low snowfalls this past winter, the school program took local elementary students cross-country skiing hundreds of times on Mount Washington! Photo: S.Henckel

Strathcona Nordics members and students from Martin Hartig’s class at Ecole Puntledge Park receive a cheque from Rick Morson of CIBC Wood Gundy on behalf of the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club for the CIBC Wood Gundy School XC Ski Program. In spite of low snowfalls this past winter, the school program took local elementary students cross-country skiing hundreds of times on Mount Washington! Photo: S.Henckel

Junior Racers 1

While the senior members of the Junior Racing team were off at a camp in the interior, a group of 12 Junior Team athletes, 2 coaches, and 2 parent volunteers completed a very successful and fun 3-day summit trip up the 2000 metre peak of Mount Albert Edward.

Young Junior Racers, parent volunteers, and coaches paused for a photo atop Mount Albert Edward last Monday. Photo: L.Swift

Young Junior Racers, parent volunteers, and coaches paused for a photo atop Mount Albert Edward last Monday. Photo: L.Swift

From their basecamp at Circlet Lake, the group completed a 7-hour round trip to the summit and back. Conditions were extremely hot, and the smoke from the island wildfires created an unearthly thin haze – almost like fog – around the ridge tops. When they weren’t hiking, they spent a lot of time lounging in the lakes at Circlet and Helen McKenzie trying to keep cool.

Coaches are extremely proud of all the athletes who camped and hiked in good style. Each tent group took turns leading the group on the last day, practicing some leadership and communication skills. They say they also learned a bit about Betty Boop’s like and dislikes and learned the Bavarian broom dance with Taz Oldaker providing a particularly good Jimmy Hendrix-inspired rendition. We’ll have to ask those coaches, parents, and athletes for the rest of the story!

Donation of new sign

Many thanks to Jay Dahlgren for helping to keep roller skiers safe with the donation of an awesome, new sign! Photo: A. Stapff

Many thanks to Jay Dahlgren for helping to keep roller skiers safe with the donation of an awesome, new sign! Photo: A. Stapff

Junior Racers 2

Senior members of the Junior Racing Team, two parent drivers, and Coach Andrea are away this month at an exciting interprovincial camp where they join athletes from Rossland, Regina, Winnipeg, and Canmore. The 45 athletes, 7 coaches, and multiple helpers are enjoying diverse training activities and camaraderie in Kaslo and on the Haig Glacier from July 5 through July 17.

Members of the Junior Racing team, parent drivers, and coach Andrea stand ready to depart for an exceptional Kaslo-Haig race camp. Photo: K.McGrady

Members of the Junior Racing team, parent drivers, and coach Andrea stand ready to depart for an exceptional Kaslo-Haig race camp. Photo: K.McGrady

The group that travelled from the island were reunited in Kaslo with team member Ross Lamon who was away on vacation and with team alumni Alec Stapff who now trains in Canmore.

A photo of our Junior Racers on their return from a 100km morning ride from Kaslo to New Denver and back with 1100m total elevation gain. Photo: A.Stapff

A photo of our Junior Racers on their return from a 100km morning ride from Kaslo to New Denver and back with 1100m total elevation gain. Photo: A.Stapff

Best wishes to the whole team and support crew from the Strathcona Nordics back home!

All aboard!

Ever thought about joining the club Board of Directors? It’s a great way to participate in your ski club, use your existing skills, and learn some new skills. If you can spare a few hours a month, consider joining the board!

Contact us today to learn about open positions on the board! info@StrathconaNordics.com

FIS summer training

Ever wondered what national team members do in the summer? Check out this article with photos from FIS!

Biathlon update

Our biathlon friends send regrets that they had to cancel their summer race event, which was scheduled for July 19th, due to the extreme fire hazard conditions on Mount Washington.