The Birchleg is a fun ski event in early February re-enacting a cross country ski trip made by two Viking warriors in the 13th Century. King Haakon of Norway was murdered in 1204 during a time of civil war. The King’s infant son was in immediate peril of the same fate. Two Viking warriors loyal to their dead king and his heir took the baby to safety in Trondheim. Their flight was in midwinter, skiing 55 kilometres across the mountains. Holding the child secure behind a shield, these warriors were armed with a battle-axe and spears. young Haakon Haakonson grew to adulthood in safety, returning to Norway to claim his father’s throne.
“Here is to all of you hard working volunteers who put on such a great event. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and my friends that came along did as well. We were full of praise on our way home to Kamloops. My personal opinion is that all was most terrifically well organised, fun, lots of work went into preparing, great shape of the trails, including some luck with the weather, lovely, tasty food, even a free beer each, very special tasty desert, and kudos to Jean Nelson for being cook and server. Great community spirit was noticeable everywhere. You could not have done any better, very friendly people, great costuming, making we want to contribute next year in thinking of something ‘Nordic’ and Birch leggy. Well done and thank you all.”
~ Sigi White from Kamloops
“To the organizers, volunteers, groomers, Search & Rescue members and the enthusiastic members of your club: Thank you for a fun day yesterday at the Birch Leg. We enjoyed the day: the people were friendly, the costumes were great, and the food was excellent. And you arranged for very good snow conditions. It was a fun day. We are thinking about costumes for next year.”
~ Kathy & Jim Brand, Kamloops.
Clearwater Times 2018 article: Vikings rampage on Candle Creek Trails