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Great Rock Climb 2006

e-dition - Sept. 22, 2006

The Red Pirates-winners of the Great Rock Climb 2006 (left to right): Wesley Coyote, Kevin Hildebrand, Dr. Henry (Harry) Duckworth, Eric Young, and Stephen Klatt.

Great Rock Climb 2006:
Record in Jeopardy

By Ilana Simon

The Red Pirates flew past throngs of students, faculty, staff, and alumni and darted up the Rock of Remembrance to win this year’s Great Rock Climb with an impressive time of 12.4 seconds, nearly besting the record 9.8 seconds set by a 1979 team.

First year students Stephen Klatt and Kevin Hildebrand and third year student Eric Young comprised the winning team in the 35th annual Great Rock Climb held September 8, 2006.

History of the Rock Climb

The brainchild of President Emeritus Dr. Henry E. Duckworth, the 25-ton granite boulder was placed on the front lawn of The University of Winnipeg on October 7, 1971. The Rock of Remembrance commemorates the 100th anniversary of Manitoba College, a founding college of what is now The University of Winnipeg.

The University of Winnipeg’s Great Rock Climb celebrates endurance and ingenuity. Teams of three students, faculty, staff, or alumni raced down the 50.3 metres from the steps of Wesley Hall to the top of the Great Rock in a test of physical stamina and defiance of earthly gravity.

Joy of Victory

The winning Red Pirates team will now have their names grace the Great Rock Climb trophy. The top three teams receive cash prizes, provided generously by Dr. Duckworth.

Following the rock climb, The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association hosted a free hot dog lunch and a Nagamo celebration highlighting Manitoba Aboriginal talent. Presented by the Aboriginal Music Program of MARIA, featured performers included Dead Indians, Sierra Noble, X-Status, Dominique Reynolds, JC Campbell, and Tracy Bone.

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