Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Western Slope: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

The Western Slope Group recently celebrated their diamond anniversary. Read on for the history of the Western Slope Group from Bob Beverly's perspective, long-time member in the below Trail & Timberline issue, and check out the upcoming Western Slope events.

"Over the past 60 years, numerous Western Slopers have gathered to hike, climb, ski, explore, and enjoy the adjacent mountains, canyons, and mesas. The Western Slope group of the CMC welcomes other club members to join them in their activities and is proud to be a part of the state organization which will in another two years be celebrating its centennial."

-Bob Beverly, Western Group CMC Member and Colorado Ski Hall of Fame

Trail & Timberline Summer 2010 Issue-With One Lone Lightning Bolt-The first 60 years of the CMC’s Western Slope Group

December 1, 2010- Western Slope CMC Meeting

Curtis Martin, Principal Investigator-The Colorado Wickiup Project Dominquez Archaeological Research Group (DARG). 

The Colorado Wickiup Project Wickiups—expedient brush shelters—and other aboriginal wooden features such as tree platforms and brush fences, although now rare, were once commonplace in Colorado, where a majority of the surviving features can be associated with the Ute Indians. The Colorado Wickiup Project (CWP) has been conducting a program of comprehensive field documentation of aboriginal wooden feature sites in the state since 2004. The project, to date, has visited 58 wooden feature sites and documented 366 features. The tree-ring dating of these wooden features, and the associated artifacts, have provided unprecedented information about the last chapter of the sovereign Utes in western Colorado, with off-reservation sites dating well into the Twentieth Century.

Curtis’ presentations include many stories from “the field” and numerous PowerPoint slides of these incredible features and artifacts. American National Bank. Downtown GJ 6th and Rood. 7 PM. The Pioneer Room.
January 22, 2011-Third Annual Town to Town Tour with Western Slope Group involvement.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers presents the third annual Town to Town XC or Snowshoe Tour,Saturday, January 22, 2011. The Town to Town Tour is the onlyong-distance, non-competitive Nordic event of the year, and is a fundraiser for Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, which conducts trail-building and conservation projects on the valley's public lands throughout the spring, summer and fall. 

START:  at the Rio Grande Plaza in Aspen at 10:00 am and finishes in downtown Basalt, with an end-of-tour party hosted by RFOV and local Basalt restaurants. Participants can either cross-country ski or snowshoe the 18-mile Rio Grande Trail.

ALTERNATE START:  Woody Creek. 10 mile stretch to finish.
All levels and ages are encouraged to participate. Early registration entrance fees are $30 for individuals and $45 for families/partners, and $40 for individuals and $65 for families/partners on the day of the event. 

To register, go to www.rfov.org, or call 927-8241. For More Information Contact: David Hamilton, Executive Director, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers #970-927-8241; davidhamilton@rfov.org or www.rfov.org