Strathcona Wilderness Institute

“Japan: Culture and Climbing”

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Strathcona Wilderness Institute is pleased to present Rod Szasz with his stunning slide show presentation titled “Japan: Culture and Climbing” on Saturday Feb. 21.

Rod Szasz grew up in Nanaimo, moved to London where he obtained a business degree, and then moved to Japan where he lived and worked for the next 25 years.

Outside of the big cities, Japan has attractions for those interested in adventure: vast areas of wilderness, big mountains including numerous volcanoes,and wild rivers. It is not commonly known outside of Japan that almost 90% of the country is mountainous.

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji


Rod Szasz has hiked and explored the mountains of Japan and had a chance to experience the wide variety of adventure related activities it has to offer: from alpine climbs on the big mountains, to rock climbing in the summer , and ice climbing in the winter. He has toured the mountains on skis and participated in a unique Japanese sport called Sawanobori or “stream climbing.”

The presentation on February 21 is in the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College on Ryan Road in Courtenay. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7 and there will be a question and answer period after the show. There is a cover charge of $10 per person at the door, students are half-price.

Strathcona Wilderness Institute is a non-profit society and the show is a fund raiser for their summer education programs at Paradise Meadows at the entrance to Strathcona Provincial Park.

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