Warning signs going up on Quandary Peak near Breckenridge
June 22, 2010
SUMMIT COUNTY – After a springtime weather delay, two warning signs for hikers are finally being installed on Quandary Peak near Breckenridge Friday, starting at 2 p.m.
“It feels good to finally get a big move on it and get the signs up to start helping people out,” said 15-year-old Derrick Trotman, a boy scout from Highlands Ranch. “The signs are going to inform people about the trail and tell them it can be difficult if you’re not prepared.”
Trotman, a sophomore at Rock Canyon High School and member of Troop 675, raised more than $1,800 last fall to create the signs for his Eagle Scout project. The signs will be placed in two locations – at the main east ridge trailhead and above the entrance point for the West Ridge route.
Trotman said the signs will be used to communicate how difficult trails are expected to be, and if certain supplies are needed to complete the treks. The boy scout’s aim is to minimize risk for hikers unfamiliar with Quandary’s terrain in response to the high volume of rescues seen on the peak. Summit County Rescue Group gets many calls related to people leaving or losing the trail, or the west ridge route.
According to project manager and rescue group coordinator Matt Hage, so far one person has been evacuated from Quandary this season for a knee injury.
The scout picked his Eagle Scout project specifically to help the Summit County Rescue Group and honor his brother. Members of the rescue group were called to help Trotman’s family when Chance Forsythe died in a Vail Pass snowmobile accident almost three years ago. Trotman wanted to center his Eagle Scout project around the organization and safety issues. And when he completes his project, his brother will gets his own honorary Eagle Scout ranking posthumously.
Hage is hopeful the signs will successfully prevent issues on Quandary this summer by informing hikers about the trail and the dangers that can occur, so they can have a safer backcountry experience.
“We’re all really excited,” Hage said. “It’s been an 18-month process. It’s been a long project.”