Eco-Challenge Canada, 1996

 The Calm before the Start, c David Stewart Smith

The Calm before the Start, c David Stewart Smith

Eco-Challenge Canada took place in the Canadian Pacific mountain range in British Columbia, based around the resort town of Whistler. The course started with a horse ride and run, with two horses for each of the mixed team of five competitors, then a river crossing in gurgling, grey glacier melt water, followed by huge legs of hiking on glaciers, canoeing and mountain biking. After the second transition, there was further glacier hiking, rope-work and eventually projected sections of white water rafting and mountain biking. The race was so long that no teams completed it as initially envisaged, but a handful of teams finished an amended course. Below are articles published by a magazine (its name is lost in the mists of time and forgetfulness) and by the Financial Times. Below that are more images of Team Reuters, all credits David Stewart Smith.