Colorado Avalanche Seminar This Wednesday
Our transition to winter was very abrupt. There is lots of new snow and wind in the forecast. Avalanche hazard is rising, and will continue to do so throughout the weekend. Natural and human triggered avalanches, some big enough to kill you, are likely. The most dangerous slopes face northwest through north to northeast near and above treeline. The avalanches are generally small, but the snowpack is very sensitive. Even a small avalanche can result in a very nasty ride right now. Don’t let the generally thin snow cover and first real taste of winter lead you to believe that it’s too early for avalanche season. Be conservative this weekend, and be especially leery of any wind-loaded slope 30 degrees or steeper.Last February’s avalanche west of Twin Lakes, off Highway 82, south of Leadville. Photo: Lake County Office of Emergency Management.
With that in mind, it’s timely that Ethan Greene, Director for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC ) will be presenting a seminar for winter back country users. The seminar will be held this Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in room 701 adjacent to the cafeteria . This event is sponsored by Colorado Mountain Insurance, Colorado Mountain College, High Riders Snowmobile Club. Refreshments will be served.
About Ethan Greene (from the CAIC website): Ethan has directed the CAIC since 2005. He has approached snow and avalanches from both a practical and theoretical perspective. He grew up in Boulder skiing Colorado’s Front Range. After a few winters in the San Juan Mountains, he worked at Big Sky Ski Resort in Montana as a ski patroller and at the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center in Salt Lake City as an avalanche forecaster. Ethan also studied meteorology at the University of Utah (BS) and snow drift formation at Colorado State University (MS). He has spent a lot of time looking at the microstructure of snow and its metamorphism in very large freezers in Colorado and Switzerland (PhD). Ethan has published a variety of articles on snow, weather and avalanches and been a member of national and international working groups on snow and avalanche projects. Ethan lives in Leadville.
Leadville Dog Park Next Meeting on Wednesday
Local efforts to bring an official dog park to Leadville continue to move forward. The Leadville Dog Park Committee’s next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19. in the Lake County Commissioners’ meeting room in the Lake County Courthouse. All are welcome to attend.
Local efforts are being coordinated by Steve Whittington and Michelle White who advocate that a dog park would provide a place for dogs to run free for needed exercise. It would be a place where dogs and their people could mingle and socialize in friendly ways on neutral ground.
The meeting’s discussion will include updates including the group’s upcoming fundraiser at the Leadville Arts Coalition Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair on Nov. 21 & 22, where the group plans to sell doggie treats, etc.
The group has also established a Leadville Dog Park Facebook Page to keep people updated on their efforts.
Stage Rail Trail: Leadville To Salida, Mtg Wednesday
GARNA. Greater Arkansas River Nature Association.
The GARNA folks have been spearheading the Stage and Rail Trail project, a 64-mile long hiking/biking/horseback trail between Leadville and Salida, along historic stagecoach and railroad routes. And this Wednesday, Nov. 19 they are seeking public input at a meeting from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Buena Vista Community Center, 715 E. Main St.
This GARNA-administered project focuses on the development of a long-distance hiking/biking/horseback and – in some sections – driving trail along the historic stage road and Midland Railroad. According to their website: Over the past several years, GARNA and some of its local volunteer members have been exploring how best to draw attention to the historic significance and facilitate preservation of two of the upper Arkansas River’s major early transportation corridors: the Canon City to Leadville Stage Road and the Colorado Midland Railroad.
In early 2010 this effort became more focused when GARNA was awarded a $40,000 planning grant from the Colorado State Trails Program to conduct a feasibility study, followed by a second grant in 2013 to develop a draft Master Plan. It’s that near-final draft that will be revealed this Wednesday in Buena Vista. For more information, connect HERE.