Blanca Peak Volunteer Vacation
August 19 - 25, 2012
Rio Grande • Rocky Mountain Field Institute
Blanca Peak (14,345’) and Ellingwood Point (14,042’) tower 6,000’ above the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado. Thousands of backcountry enthusiasts are drawn to this area each year to summit the 7th highest peak in the continental U.S. and its neighbor. The lack of a defined summit trail has resulted in the proliferation of user-created social trails, gullied and denuded areas, and severe vegetation loss. Accordingly, this fragile alpine area is at risk of losing its ecological integrity. Through the construction of a summit trail, this project will contribute to the preservation and beauty of the area and enhance the quality of the recreation opportunities that the area provides.
Minimum age 18
We'll be camping at treeline in Lake Como Basin for a week and constructing/improving a summit trail to Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point. One day will be spent climbing Blanca Peak.
RMFI will supply all tools, food and group camping/kitchen gear. Volunteers bring their own tents, sleeping bags and personal gear.
7 mile backpack in to camp carrying a full pack. This is a strenuous and magnificent week!
More information and a registration form are attached
Event Location:RMFI office or Trailhead near
Alamosa, CO 81101
Event Organizer:Liz Nichol
Rocky Mountain Field Institute
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