Register Now for the Nakkerloppet Backcountry Tour on Jan. 29th
By: Chris Pella (2006/01/24)
Nakkertok is holding the annual Nakkerloppet backcountry tour on Jan. 29. This would be a good warm-up for people skiing the CSM as the terrain is similiar. As a non-competitive event it is also a good endurance challenge for families. This is a point-to-point race through the Gatineau Hills, but not the Park. Buses will transport skiers from Nakkertok South to Nakkertok North for the start.
The weather outlook for the Nakkerloppet this Sunday looks ideal for a classic ski through the Nakkerwoods and over the Nakkerdales. If you don't believe me, check out the forecasts on Environment Canada. Sunny and not so cold. The snow pack is substantial after last weekend, and reports are that the trails are in good shape and will be great after some packing and tracksetting. Scouts will be out this week to check it out.
This is a great opportunity for you to see the fruits of the trail work you did in the summer and fall. After all, this is what it's all about! A communal ski without the pressures of competition and worrying about your blood lactates and whether you did enough VO2 max training. A good chance to fine-tune your bush technique before the CSM. Or maybe you have never skied 25 km before and want to see if it is possible. Given the topsy-turvy weather this winter, we should grab the opportunity while we can!
Sunday January 29, 2006
Looking for a back-country skiing adventure on a beautiful trail between Val-des-Monts and Cantley? Hoping to get some distance skiing in before the Canadian Ski Marathon?
You can do both by joining in the Nakkerloppet, a 25 km north-south ski tour. To make the event even more enjoyable, a shuttle bus service will be provided to take you from Nakkertok South to North, where the tour begins. You can even register online. What are you waiting for?
The Nakkerloppet is a back-country touring event on a mostly single-track trail that joins Nakkertok North near Val-des-Monts and Nakkertok South in Cantley. Capable young skiers are encouraged to take part provided that an adult accompanies them. Average skiers can complete the 25 km ski in about 4 hours (speedsters can do it in 2 hours or less). The event will not be timed.
Participants are expected to bring their own food and water. There will, however, be fluids available at the midpoint and refreshments at the finish. There will be a first aid station at the midpoint and also a first aid sweep. All participants must sign a waiver and sign out at the end of the event. A map will be provided.
Registration for the Nakkerloppet is online only on Zone4. Nakkerloppet registration ends Thursday January 26, 2006 @ 7pm EST.
Nakkertok members older than 15 years old: $25
Nakkertok members younger or equal to 15 years old: $20
Nakkertok members who are Jackrabbit Challenge Participants: Free!
Non-members older than 15 years old: $35
Non-members younger or equal to 15 yrs.: $25
Check-in is between 8:30AM and 9:15AM at the lower parking lot @ Nakkertok South's Bradford Bunker (see map at http://www.nakkertok.ca/trailmaps/Nak%20South%20Map%20Low%20Res.htm look for "Bradford Bunker" in the lower right section).
Buses depart from Nakkertok South at 9:30 am sharp!