This Easter Sunday, is the 20th Annual Billy Dutton Uphill Race where contestants race up 2000 feet and 3.2 miles on Mountain Run from the base of KT-22 to High Camp.- The choice of what equipment to use is entirely yours – Snowshoe, nordic ski, hike – whatever gets you up to the top the fastest. So, who is Billy Dutton? Billy Dutton helped establish the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue (TNSR) in 1976, based on his passion for cross country skiing and his vast knowledge of the Tahoe Basin and the surrounding backcountry. “Bill was our strongest skier. I was always sure to be with the likes of him when we teamed up on searches,” says Doug Read, Dutton friend and fellow original member of TNSR. Dutton was a back-country super hero.- He once herringboned eight miles up and out of a canyon near Diamond Crossing, carrying a hurt woman on his back to safety and recovery. “All he asked was if I would carry his poles,” recalls Read. “He was the type who made our community such a wonderful place to live.” It has been two decades since Billy Dutton passed away, but his spirit lives on through the Annual Billy Dutton Uphill, and through his wife, children, and grandchildren. (source: The Ski Channel) Incidently, Billy Dutton’s grandson, Tim Dutton, won the 2009 FWT North American Freeskiing Champion earlier this season at Kirkwood. Looks like it is shaping up to be a nice weekend so be sure to check out or participate in the race.- All proceeds will go to the Tahoe Nordic Race Scholarship Programs.- Check out Squaw’s website for details on the race including registration, fees, etc.
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