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The North Face Speaker Series: Finding Your Way!

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IAN McNAIRN & DAVE CRERAR

When traveling in back country, for work or pleasure, you must find a route that is safe and protected from hazards that exist in the wilderness. If you are away from resort areas or highways, you must determine the current risks and keep foremost in your mind that help will undoubtedly be several hours away. In emergency situations, minutes are often the difference between survival and death.

Join Ian and Dave, as they unleash their knowledge of proper route finding in the backcountry.

Appies and Beverages will be served!

All proceeds will be donated to the Greater Bragg Creek Trail Association.

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Ian McNarin Talks About

Route Finding Serendipity: Imagination and Connection on Mountains Across the World

Ian MacNairn shares a story of an unexpected mountain-running adventure that he found himself in last summer while traveling and conducting fieldwork for his doctoral research in Europe.

Ian visited the mountain mecca of Chamonix, in the Alps of southeast France, for the world famous Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc ultramarathon (UTMB). He visited with plans to conduct observations and interviews about the trail and ultra community congregating for the world’s largest trail-running event. UTMB concluded in the final weekend of August and Ian had planned to head south to Andorra, in the Pyrenees Mountains, to compete in an extreme alpine-running event. When the Andorran event was canceled due to severe weather (massive lightning storms and snow!), Ian’s plans changed.

Ian’s story begins in the heart of Chamonix where he began with exploring Mont Blanc’s massive massif before traveling across Europe into the Carpathian Mountains of Romania after a series of serendipitous miles on foot, encounters in mountain huts, and trails shared with like-minded and like-bodied explorers.

Come join to listen to Ian share what ended up being a (super rad!) first-ever attempted adventure in mountains far from home.

Dave Crerar Talks About:

Icefields Parkway, Rogers pass and everything inbetween are what litters our social media mediums throughout the winter. Dave spent the last 5 years exploring and training with his friends int hese areas. Like eveyone else Dave has had some epics out there in these mountains as he came to grips with the demands of safely navagating and splitboarding amongst these fickle beasts.

Dave's story is timeline based informative talk about how you can skip the true beginner stages of planning for a great day out with your friends. From phone apps to guide books and everything inbetween. Dave wants to share what he has learnt over the past few years and what he uses today to have great experiences out int eh back country.


Bios:

Ian MacNairn is a professional ultrarunner and mountain athlete based in Calgary, Alberta. He came into the path of endurance and mountain sport by accident. His initial steps as a trail-runner announced the end of his recovery from a near-fatal accident. Ian pursued rehabilitation and running using his own case as an example to study the transformations that occur in pursuit of ultra-endurance as a health scientist. Ian has continued down the trail, studying ultrarunning as an anthropologist and student of medicine. He is currently a doctoral candidate exploring community in trail and ultrarunning around the world. He is also an internationally published writer on running, sport, culture, and exploration, and coaches a number of athletes in endurance sports.

Ian has raced across Canada, the USA, Mexico, and Europe. He has won and podium-ed in numerous events from 5K to 193K. Ian is the record holder for numerous ultramarathons and unsupported trail runs in Canada and abroad and is two time ultrarunning Canadian National Champion. Ian is supported by The North Face, Smartwool, Clif Bar, Xact Nutrition, and Julbo Eyewear.

Ian’s most passionate interests lie in pushing and exploring the limits of his body and mind while adventuring in the mountains across the world.


Dave Crerar is a 29 year old Splitboarder from Ireland. Having spent the early years of his snowboarding career in europe Dave emigrated to Canada circa 2007. Dave first came here to follow and seasonal outdoor lifestyle. Whitewater Kayaking all over North America. Dave’s winters were filled with ski patrol work out of Big White, Kelowna. After a few years of working for Big White pro patrol Dave decided to move on and become a career firefighter in Alberta.

Dave has made a life split happily between Alberta and BC. He still continues to ride all winter and kayak all summer. Dave has spent the last few years acquiring his Apprentice Splitboard Guide Ticket and with a little more work and time should be able to finish off this program in the next few years.

Dave is supported by The North Face, K2 Snowboards, Smith Optics, Phantom Splitboard bindings.



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