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APRIL 2017 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 1 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 2 3 4 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 26 27 28 29 30 Lotteries for the 2017/2018 winter at Kokanee Glacier Cabin and Fairy Meadow Hut open April 1 and run until May 15. Each entry is $15. $1,000.00 / week, including helicopter access to the hut. Find out more at www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/ski-weeks Mark your calendar ! Le Club Alpin du Canada Gazette printemps 2017 15 strong on both the uphill and downhill, which makes the race a real test of mountain running skill. What enticed you to do the Grand Teton Traverse? I knew it suited me well because it requires a certain level of climbing ability as well as good fitness. I didn't necessarily think that I would be able to break the record; the two previous fastest times were set by Alex Lowe and Rolando Garibotti. I have a great deal of respect for both these guys and I thought the standard had been set so high that I'd be forced to give it my very best effort. Also, my friend Eric was keen to visit the Tetons and we had friends to stay with in Jackson, which was certainly a factor. Although I try not to be too fussed about recognition, a lot of what I do more locally is quite obscure and so it was at least a change to do something other people have heard of and could perhaps better relate to. move quickly and efficiently in the moun‑ tains. I try to seek out relatively technical mountain running races. I find that these races are the most exciting and inspiring and they also happen to best suit my abilities as a runner. Further, because they generally involve steep ascents and des‑ cents, they provide really good summer training for ski mountaineering. How did you feel about finishing second in the Mount Marathon Race in Seward, Alaska last summer? [e five‑kilometre race involves 921 metres elevation gain on an undefined route. Elson accomplished the third fastest course time ever] —ed. at race was definitely a highlight for me. e atmosphere surrounding the race is incredible—thousands of people line the course and it's broadcast on Alaskan TV. e descent is really exciting and the possibility of falls and injuries is likely a big part of the attraction for spectators. To do well requires being Nick Elson shows fine form at the 2016 Canadian Mountain Running Championships in Squamish, B.C. photo: Jay klassen

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