We hope everyone is finding time to get outdoors and enjoy the summer weather. Look for lots of news, photos, and some opportunities below!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Best wishes to the whole team and support crew from the Strathcona Nordics back home!
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!
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.