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By Mike McHugh
Apr 15, 2014

Front Range Crag Care is a cooperative venture between Jefferson County Open Space and Eldorado Canyon State Park. Through a series of free hands-on workshops, climbers and other trail users are empowered to:

  • collaborate with land managers
  • recognize critical trail issues
  • participate effectively and safely as trail volunteers
  • understand and communicate common trailbuilding terms and concepts
  • make choices to build and travel on sustainable trails
  • find suitable volunteer opportunities
  • and have entirely too much fun playing in the dirt

In 2014, seminars will be held from 8am - Noon on the fourth Saturday the month, April through October. Seminars will occur in Eldorado Canyon State Park and Jefferson County Open Space.

Spaces are limited. New participants will be given priority over those who have participated in past years' workshops. Participants may be eligible to count their workshop hours towards a Colorado State Parks volunteer pass.

The seminars feature a very good student-teacher ratio and all instructors are professional trail builders.

The schedule for this summers seminars includes:
April 26th: Trail Design
May 24th: Trail Maintenance
June 28th: Trail Construction
July 26th: Rock Selection and Movement
August 23rd: Building Stone Structures
September 27th: Practicum
October 25th: Practicum

Signup for sessions is available at:>>>

Please join us for a unique opportunity to build trails and shape the future of climbing access!

Mike McHugh
Park Resource Tech
Eldorado Canyon State Park

By doug rouse
From Denver, CO.
Apr 15, 2014

Open Ralston Buttes!...Open Ralston Buttes!...Open Ralston Buttes!

By Mike McHugh
Apr 23, 2014


Long story short:

1) Come take morning trailbuilding classes in Eldo and JeffCo this summer.

2) Earn hours towards a Colorado State Parks volunteer pass (and maybe get some swag)

3) Get to know the people that build trails, plow roads, manage weeds, and much more in your favorite front range climbing areas.

4) Help us build trails.

5) Feel awesome.>>>

By Mike McHugh
Jun 24, 2014

Bumpity bump. This Saturday (6/28) we'll change venue - we'll meet at the Jefferson County Open Space offices, scoot up to the West side of North Table Mountain, and learn trail construction from Kim Frederick.

Newcomers welcome.>>>

By Mike McHugh
Jun 27, 2014

Tomorrow's event is cancelled. Only one brave soul signed up.

In case anybody is paying attention: July/August/September will all be back in Eldo. And we'll be doing a lot of stone work. I've got a couple of very cool projects up my sleeve...

By Mike McHugh
Jul 14, 2014

On July 26th, from 8:00am until noon, you're invited to the next installment of the front range crag care seminars.

It's time to move on to the fun stuff. For the July workshop, we'll start with the fundamentals of stone work. Topics covered will include:

  • Rock types in Front Range Colorado
  • Typical rock projects and appropriate stone
  • Moving rock in challenging terrain (Austins, drags, coal bags, hand carries)
  • Moving rock on easier terrain (Dolly, power wheelbarrow)
  • Staging rock for projects
  • How to move rock all day (or all week) and not be (too) sore>>>

As always, coffee and treats will be provided, and participants will earn four hours toward the venerable State Park volunteer pass.

Newcomers welcome.

By Steve Williams
From Denver, CO
Jul 14, 2014

Come out and get in shape!

By Mike McHugh
Jul 16, 2014

If it matters: We'll be doing the beginning work for a Scottish retaining wall.>>>

Come wark yer crease aff an' hae treats. It willnae be guff.

By Mike McHugh
Aug 9, 2014

The August 23rd session is about building with stone. It'll basically be a mini dry stone wall course. We've got a stunning amount of stunningly gorgeous rock to work with, a nice project, and there should be a lot of opportunities to learn and play.

If you'd like to sign up:>>>


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