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Ninemile Hill is part of the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (DENCA). The hill runs between Hwy 141 and the Gunnison River. This *** 6 to 7 mile hike & boulder scramble *** will mostly follow the rim of the hill overlooking the Gunnison River on the way south. Then we'll cross over the Tabeguache and follow "Table Top Canyon" to a great view of Unaweep Canyon (Hwy 141 & East Creek) and then follow the west rim back to the start. (we'll see the Table Top during the hike). Dogs welcome. Having a leash handy is a good idea. We may encounter bighorn sheep or cattle - neither of which should be chased by dogs. We will be crossing the motorized Tabegauche a couple of times but I doubt we'll see much traffic along it. We may hear/see people target shooting. The hike will start by the north East Creek crossing at Hwy 141 (where the Tabeguache crosses). Bring water, lunch, energy snacks, something to sit on during lunch, gloves (we may be putting our hands down in snowy patches) and spare gloves (in case the first set get wet). Footwear left at the trailhead to change into after the hike in case our boots get muddy. Gaiters to keep snow out of your boots. *** 95 % of this hike will be off-trail *** *** End time is only an estimate ***
This will be either a back country or XC ski trip depending on what the members decide. If we do XC, my plan is to join in with the Ouray County Nordic Council at Ironton. They're hosting it. There's supposed to be a couple of warming fires & hot drinks. We should also bring stuff. If we do the Back country ski my plan will be to go to the Red mtn Pass & ski toward the E along CORD14 and earn some turns. There's lots of snow falling up there. Avalanche gear will be required. The total eclipse starts approximately at 8:30 PM. I think it lasts for a total of 3 hours. I don't plan on standing around for the whole thing. Let's carpool to save on gas & limited parking at either location. Forecast is clear skys.
This is part of the Winter Author Even Series at Out West Books. The owner, Marya, is excited that some of us will attend. This is not a WSA organized event. Andrew Gulliford, professor of Environmental Studies and History at Ft. Lewis College in Durango will read from and talk about 2 of his newer publications: Wooly West: Colorado's Hidden History of Sheepscapes and, Last Stand if the Pack (as editor), which explores the past and future of wolves in Colorado. The event is Free and open to the public. Seating is limited so arrive early.
It's time we got an alpine skiing group together! Let's have a subset of WSA that does multi-day ski trips. There is a group of us that have Epic Passes that include Telluride, CB, Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek. We're looking for people to ski with! I've rented a condo for this event, I hope we fill it. If we get lots of interest, the group can pool together and rent another or bigger place. CB is 1.5 hrs from Montrose and 2.5 from GJ. If interested you'll be put on what meetup calls waitlist and I'll communicate with folks by email off site. The event co-listed with Montrose Hiking Meetup.