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Doug Van E.



Fruita, CO
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska

Organizer since:

January 10, 2011


Where on the Western Slope do you live? how long have you been there? Where did you come here from? How did you learn about the WSA group and why did you join? Do you plan to be an "Active" member or is WSA just one more web registration for you?

Live in GJCO, since March, 2011. Came from Anchorage, AK. I took a floundering meetup group in GJ, renamed it and in effect, started a new group called WSA.

How and about what time in life did you get started with outdoor recreation? What are a few of your favorite outdoor activities?

Mountain and road biking; hiking, backpacking and 14'ers; canyoneering; rivers by raft, inflatable kayak (IK) and other boats.

What is the most challenging hike, bike, backpack, 14er, canyoneering, ski/snowshoe, river trip or other outing you've ever done? How or why was that; and, would you do that or something similar again?

Have a monthly potluck. Maybe 4x/year have slide shows of where all people have gone. Have speakers - geologists, bug n bird experts, etc.

Where is the most scenic place you have ever slept in a tent, walked or biked on a trail or travelled by paddle or oar down a river?

All times for the activities. I am working as a Realtor, selling houses with Keller Williams Realty.

After you've been on a few events with us, what kind of event might you be willing to to initiate and share with fellow WSA adventurers? Organize a hike? road or mtn bike ride? an evening on the river? a ski or snowshoe on Grand Mesa? Or... ?

I can 'organize' events, teach a little x-c skiing. Willing to do just about any outdoor activiity at a level that new group members can feel included in the outing.


My wife, Mary Hertert (also a WSA member) and I moved to GJCO in Spring 2011 from Anchorage, Alaska. We loved the outdoors there and moved here for the outdoors of Colorado, Utah and surrounding lands. I hike, road & mtn bike, river raft and more.

What Doug Van E. is saying about this Meetup Group

As always, A-W-E-S-O-M-E !!!!

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