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Anchor Replacement

by Ouray Ice Park Ouray Ice Park

The forest surrounding the Ouray Ice Park has been devastated by beetle kill. The infestation has destroyed an alarming quantity of White fir trees located throughout the Ouray Ice Park. Many of these trees have served a generation of Ice Park climbers as top-rope anchors.

In mid-August, the City of Ouray and the Colorado State Forest Service began removing dead and dying trees in an effort to conserve the remaining forest and mitigate obvious safety hazards. While the tree removal will undoubtedly contribute to the long term health of the forest, it will impact approximately 30% of the terrain in the Ice Park that currently utilizes trees as top-rope anchors.

In order to provide continued access to this terrain, the Ouray Ice Park has undertaken a major effort to install replacement anchors. Where possible, expansion bolts and chains will be installed in bedrock. Many climbs, however, will require construction of concrete anchor pads. These concrete pads are costly and hugely labor intensive.

Grivel, Rab USA, and San Juan Mountain Guides have each committed support to this project. The Ouray Ice Park estimates that an additional $10,000 in material and labor will be required to complete the work.

We need your support to see this project completed in time for the coming ice climbing season, when over 12,000 visitors come to the Park. Contributions in any amount will have a huge impact on providing continued access to much of the very best climbing the Ouray Ice Park has to offer.

Please consider making a donation today.

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Boston Marathon!!

by Mollie Lehman

*Update* 1/28/16
I've had such awesome generous donations that I'm raising my goal to $4000!

Hello friends and colleagues. I'm writing to ask you to join me on my journey to the Boston Marathon. It all started in 2004 when I was living in Boston and decided to train for my very first road race ever (the NYC marathon). Thus, my love for marathon running was born, and 12 years later I'm finally returning to fulfill my lifelong dream of running Boston! Woohoo!

The countless miles, hours, thoughts, and ideas that were logged along the way made me realize how lucky I am to have the opportunity to be active through sport. It fueled my desire to give that same opportunity back. Two years ago I joined the Special Olympics Colorado Board to do just that. Little did I know that these athletes would be the ones to change my life.

Sports is our common language. It's the connection that makes us realize we are more alike than different, and that we all have talents to contribute. Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) is an organization that provides year-round athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, for FREE. This is why I'm teaming up to fund-raise for Special Olympics on the road to Boston.

On April 18th, I will officially be lacing up my sneakers for the historic 26.2 mile Boston Marathon. Please consider joining me in my goal to raise $3,000 for SOCO. From donating $1/mile ($26.20) to anything in between, every dollar helps support teamwork, acceptance, respect, and confidence for these deserving athletes and will be the very values that will also carry me along this run.

Thank you in advance for your support! For those of you who have a Special Olympian in your life, please be sure to let me know so I can have them run with me (by writing their name in marker on my arms and legs). I'll need all the energy I can get.

Much love, Mollie

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  • 73 Days to Go
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