Outdoors Briefs

Free ski movie to screen at Ska

A free screening of the film “Ski the Himalayas,” which chronicles an expedition led by skiers Ben Clark and Jon Miller to a remote peak in the Asian range, will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at Ska Brewing Co., 545 Turner Drive in Bodo Park.

After everything goes wrong with Clark and Miller’s expedition, the pair and some other willing participants scale a peak to its summit and ski the best run of their lives ... until the unexpected sweeps them off their feet – an avalanche strikes the team off balance and back into the culture they have come to appreciate.

Sponsored by Backcountry Experience, proceeds from from food and beverage sales will go to the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies in Silverton. There also will be prize giveaways.

For more information, call Ken Fagerlin at Backcountry Experience at 247-5830.

Author of boating book to speak at fundraiser

San Juan Citizens Alliance and 4Corners RiverSports will present Big Water, Little Boats author Tom Martin at 7 p.m. Monday at 4Corners RiverSports, 360 South Camino del Rio.

The book follows the story of Moulty Fulmer, builder of the first dory to navigate the Grand Canyon before Glen Canyon Dam was built. Martin recounts the voyages of a number of river runners during the transformation from expeditionary river running in the Grand Canyon to the start of the park’s river-running permit system in 1955 to the explosion of river running in the 1960s.

Proceeds from book sales during the event will benefit San Juan Citizens Alliance’s River Program.

For more information, email info@sanjuancitizens.org or call 259-3583.

Mesa Verde opens road to hikers, bikers

Mesa Verde National Park’s annual “Hike and Bike” events on the Wetherill Mesa tram road will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22.

Entrance fees will be waived for participants. Visitors must exit the Wetherill Road by 4:30 p.m. The road is near mile 15 on the park road. Visitors may drive 12 miles to the Wetherill Mesa information kiosk. From there, hikers and bicycle riders can ride or hike along the 5.5-mile-long tram loop road.

Park Rangers and volunteers will be available to answer questions and point out features of each site. Bicycle riding is not allowed on the Wetherill Mesa Road itself. Dogs are not permitted on the tram road.

For more information, call 529-4465.

Seniors Outdoors! announces activities

Seniors Outdoors! will host these activities:

A moderate to hard climb of Hermosa Peak from Bolam Pass will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday. Participants should wear orange. To RSVP, email Nancy Frederico at fortfed@gmail.com or call 259-1949;

A challenging climb of San Miguel Peak from South Mineral Creek will meet at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Participants should wear orange. To RSVP, call Debra van Winegarden at 769-7269 or email debra@vanwinegarden.com.

A moderate hike of up to eight miles on the Colorado Trail, Highline Trail and Indian Trail Ridge will meet at 8 a.m. Monday. To RSVP, call Betsy Petersen at 259-5417 or email betsyp@bresnan.net.

The Wednesday Wanderers will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday for a moderate hike to Perins Peak from the Rockridge Subdivision. This hike is open to members only, and no dogs are allowed. For more information, call Barb Hancock at 764-4531 or email barbhancock@bresnan.net.

An easy hike to the Bell Cave by the Shalona curve near Rockwood will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday. To RSVP, call Jim Shadell at 247-5597 or email shadkj@durango.net.

An easy to moderate mountain-bike trip in the Salida area will leave at 9 a.m. Thursday and return Sept. 23. Primitive camping or motels are available. To RSVP, call Bill Cagle at 385-4566 or email cagle81301@yahoo.com.

A hard nine-mile, high-elevation walk on tundra and green slopes from Engineer Pass to the Blackwell Mountain viewpoint will meet at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 21. To RSVP, call Travis Ward at 247-1310 or email tlward@frontier.net.

Roadwork slated near Lemon Reservoir

The San Juan National Forest will resurface the Burnt Timber Trailhead parking lot and two miles of Forest Road No. 596 between the Florida Group Campground and Transfer Park Campground at Lemon Reservoir from Monday to Sept. 27.

No closures will be put in place, but motorists who are accessing the Transfer Park Campground or Burnt Timber Trailhead should expect delays of up to a half hour during normal business hours. Alternative parking will be provided for horse trailers. No traffic delays are expected on any other area roads; however, people driving on Forest Road 597 may encounter truck traffic.

For more information, call Chris Phelps at 385-1296.

Herald Staff