Higher ed­u­ca­tion

Canada's History - - CURRENTS - — Evan Reid is a stu­dent at Win­nipeg’s Nel­son McIn­tyre Col­le­giate

This rock rocks! You can find this su­per­sized stone in front of the Univer­sity of Win­nipeg. For the past forty-five years, stu­dents have teamed up and com­peted to see which squad could race up the 3.05-me­tre rock the fastest. The record for what is known as the Duck­worth Great Rock Climb was set in 1979, at 9.4 sec­onds.

The boul­der was placed at the site in 1971 to mark the cen­ten­nial of Man­i­toba Col­lege, the pre­cur­sor to the Univer- sity of Win­nipeg. The thir­teen-tonne stone mon­u­ment was re­moved from a gravel pit in Gull Lake, at what was once the shore of glacial Lake Agas­siz, a body of water that cov­ered much of Man­i­toba af­ter the last ice age.

This rock is big, but, com­pared with the Oko­toks Er­ratic out­side of Cal­gary, it’s just a peb­ble. That 16,500-tonne gi­ant in­spired the name of Al­berta’s Big Rock Brew­ery.

A crowd gath­ers in 1975 to cheer on par­tic­i­pants in the Univer­sity of Win­nipeg’s Duck­worth Great Rock Climb.

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