It’s been six years since Whistler’s Neil Falkner died while ski touring in the Canadian Rockies, but friends and family have kept his memory alive through an Outward Bound scholarship for youth. To date 10 Grade 10 students have received scholarships.
For several years the scholarship was open to one youth from Falkner’s high school in East Vancouver, and one student from Whistler Secondary. An Outward Bound trip was pivotal in Falkner’s own development, and inspired him to come to Whistler and work as a ski patroller.
Unfortunately the scholarship fund only has enough money to help one student from East Vancouver attend a 21-day mountaineering and kayaking trip on Vancouver Island this summer. Judy Lynne, Falkner’s mother, is determined to make up the difference and is hosting a fundraiser Saturday, April 12 at Dusty’s Bar and Grill in Creekside.
The clock is ticking. Outward Bound is holding the spot for their Clayoquot-Strathcona expedition until next week, and Lynne needs to raise $4,500 locally to be able to offer the scholarship to a Whistler student.
If you can’t attend to make a donation, you can send a cheque to the Neil Falkner Fund, care of Judy Lynne at 23-696 Trueman Road in Gibsons, B.C., V0N 1V8. Tax receipts are available from Outward Bound for all donations over $20. You can also contact Lynne at email@example.com or 604-886-7334.
Another way to support the fund is by attending the fourth annual Swinging Concert and Dance on Thursday, May 8 at the Legion Auditorium at 2205 Commercial Drive. The evening starts with a beginner Charleston lesson from 8 p.m. before the doors open a 8:30 p.m.
For more information visit www.neilfalknerlegacy.ca.
Core hosting inaugural bouldering competition
On Tuesday, April 22, The Core will be hosting its first HardCore Bouldering Competition, where competitors will try to clear a selection of holds without using any ropes.
There will be a youth competition from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., featuring kids aged 5 to 12 who have been taking part in youth climbing programs since September.
The adult contest will run from 6 p.m. to as late as 10 p.m. and more than 50 climbers are expected to take part.
All participants are welcome, and registration is available on-site.
This is the first of what organizers hope will be many competitions taking place on The Core’s climbing walls.
Whistler boarder in North Face Masters