Diana Lynn Rau: Be mindful of snow and water in the backcountry
July 1, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, was Tim’s birthday and, in remembrance, Charlie and I went cross country skiing that afternoon in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Although bare in places, many areas still had 5 feet or more of dense snow. Some tree wells were deeper yet.
It had snowed on Monday, closing the highest continuous road in the world for a short time and forcing many bikers in the Bicycle Tour of Colorado to bus around from Estes Park. Nature has a way of reminding you that life above 9,000 feet can change quickly. Always go prepared in the high country and tell someone where you are going.
The occasional return to winter has steams melting slower than usual and the high water boating season keeps on going. Please have fun but respect the power of water. We even moved Tim’s birthday raft trip to July because we just don’t want to expose kids and their families to that potential danger. Be careful and go with someone who knows what they are doing.
Funded for trail work by the Sprout Fund of the Grand Foundation, Headwaters Trails Alliance is recruiting volunteers to help finish the Fraser to Granby Trail. Trail work on new sections should begin in July.
On existing sections of the trail, plans are in the works for volunteer days to install culverts and do other cleanup and maintenance work to keep this valuable community link functioning smoothly. Details on work days with various youth groups will be posted on http://www.headwaterstrails.org or call Maura McKnight at 970-726-1013 to schedule you or your group to help. Trail volunteers can receive community service hours for trail work – call Diana Lynn Rau at 887-0547 to arrange times. Those with skills with clearing trees are particularly needed, and all volunteers can have free wood.
Construction work on the Broome Hut on Second Creek is progressing with milling of paneling and staging for the big move. If you can volunteer time to help, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up online at http://www.grandhuts.org. Andy Miller, project coordinator, says they are desperate for volunteers willing to learn to mill lumber in Fraser.
They also need people to sign up to help remove and preserve vegetation on-site that will be used to re-vegetate the area after construction is completed. Call Andy at 970-726-4099.
• Free bike clinics at SolVista are alternate Saturdays 11 a.m.-noon with the next one on July 2- Jumping Safely and Confidently. Hikers at Granby Ranch can ride the chair lift to the top of Vista Ridge for FREE.
Ride or hike during the day and see free summer evening concerts Wednesdays and Saturdays on the patio of the Seven Trails Grille.
• Winter Park Resort continues its hugely successful Epic Singletrack race series with the Valley Point-to-Point starting at 10 a.m. on July 9. Visit http://www.epicsingletrack.com, call the Winter Park Competition Center at 970-726-1590 or email email@example.com to register or get more details.
Open below 5-points, The Trestle Bike Park offers downhill lessons, coaching and packages daily for all levels. The first Gravity Goddess Downhill Camp exclusively for women 13 and up is July 2-3. The next Freeride camp is July 9 – call 970-726-1564 for prices, details and registration or visit http://www.skiwinterpark.com.
• The U.S. Forest Service announced that the scheduled open dates for St. Louis Lake and Mt. Nystrom are from 5 p.m. July 7 to 7 p.m. July 8 and again from 5 p.m. Aug. 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7. This allows people to camp at St. Louis Lake if they want to.
Byers gate had to be closed this week. Seems someone attempted to drive to the trailhead and got stuck in the snow. Use common sense or you might just spoil things for everyone.
• The inaugural Middle Park Half Marathon starts at 8 a.m. July 9 from Granby. For more information and to register, visit http://www.digdeepsports.com . These people also sponsor the 2011 XTERRA in the Indian Peaks.
• The Wednesday evening Women’s Mountain Bike Group rides every Wednesday at 6 p.m. To be advised where they are meeting each week, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and get added to the list. OR visit the facebook page http://www.facebook.com/GCWomensMtnBikers.
Diana Lynn Rau is vice president of the Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails, a founding member and consultant to Headwaters Trails Alliance, and food chairman for National Public Lands Day in Grand County.
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