Outdoors Briefs

Mountaineer Dave Hahn to give presentation

Professional mountaineer Dave Hahn will share stories and photos of his adventures on the world’s most challenging peaks at San Juan Mountains Association’s 25th Anniversary Kickoff on Jan. 27 at the Smiley Building Theater, 1309 East Third Ave.

Hahn has reached the summit of Mount Everest 14 times, the most for a non-Sherpa climber. He also was a member of the team that discovered the remains of George Mallory at 27,000 feet on Everest’s North Face.

Among other notable accomplishments are his 27 summits of Vinson Massif, Antarctica’s highest point at 16,067 feet. He has reached the summit of Denali 20 times in the last 25 years and twice has guided climbers to the summit of Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest mountain in the world.

Attendees can meet Hahn at a pre-event party from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Steamworks Brewing will provide the beer and appetizers. The formal presentation will begin at 6 p.m.

Tickets that include the pre-event party are $25. Presentation-only tickets are $15. Tickets are available at SJMA bookstores in Public Lands Offices in Durango, Bayfield, Dolores and Pagosa Springs. Tickets also are available online at www.sjma.org and at the door.

Freeride Series begins at Chapman Hill

The Chapman Hill Freeride Series kicked off this week with the first of five events to be held each Wednesday night through Feb. 13.

Open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages, registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the Chapman House at the base of the hill. Entry fee is $15, which includes a lift ticket, or $10 for Chapman Hill season-pass holders.

Riders age 12 and younger will compete from 4:30 to 6 p.m. with riders age 13 and older competing after 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in different age classes.

For more information, email Purgatory Freestyle Team Director Kirk Rawles at moguldogs@bresnan.net.

Nature Studies announces programs

Durango Nature Studies will offer these programs:

Winter volunteer naturalist training will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave., and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Haviland Lake. Volunteers will be trained to teach winter ecology to fifth through eighth grades on snowshoes during February. To register or for more information, visit www.durangonaturestudies.org/stw_vol_wi.htm or call 760-1800.

A full-moon snowshoe hike under the Wolf Moon will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Haviland Lake. The hike is free for members, and $10 for nonmembers. Snowshoe rentals will be available for $3. To register, email sally@durangonaturestudies.org or call 769-1800.

Nordic Center to offer skate ski clinic

The Nordic Center at Purgatory will hold a skate ski clinic at 1 p.m. Saturday.

There will be classes for skiers of all ability levels. The cost is $15 for Nordic season-pass holders or $25 for others. Rental equipment is available at the Nordic Center.

For more information or to sign up, call 385-2114.

Seniors Outdoors! announces programs

Seniors Outdoors! will offer these programs:

Saturday snowshoe with John Martin will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday. For a destination and description, call Martin at 247-2581 or email martin@mydurango.net.

Weekly downhill skiing groups will meet Monday, Wednesday and Jan. 25 at Durango Mountain Resort. For more information, call Bruce Rodman at 385-7899 or Jim Shadid at 884-4612.

Wednesday Wanderers will hike along the Animas River Trail at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. For more information, call Eric Pahlke at 247-1130.

A backcountry ski trip into McMillan Bowl will take place at 8 a.m. Thursday. This is intermediate terrain above Red Mountain Pass. For more information, call Darrell Maddox at (303) 775-3208 or email damaddox@elskies.com.

LIVESTRONG to raise money at Iron Horse

The Iron Horse Classic will include members of Team LIVESTRONG, a group of people who raise money to help cancer survivors and their families navigate the financial, insurance and emotional hurdles that accompany a cancer diagnosis.

A substantial portion of the money raised by Team LIVESTRONG participants at the May 2013 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic will go to the newly created LIVESTRONG Iron Horse Fund that has been established with the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado. The fund will give grants and provide direct support to Four Corners residents who are struggling with cancer. The local organizing committee is recruiting local riders to participate in the event as well as volunteer to help with the execution of the event.

For more information, visit www.ironhorsebicycleclassic.com or www.livestrong.org.

Herald Staff