Backcountry safety classes start Saturday |

Backcountry safety classes start Saturday

Staff report

The Elk Range Mountain Safety Coalition, which was formed after last summer’s record number of deaths in the backcountry, will host the first of five field planning and skills clinics in the Roaring Fork Valley on Saturday.

The all-day clinics are led by expert mountaineering guides and cost $50. In addition to Saturday’s clinic, others are set locally for Sept. 2, 8, 16 and 22. The courses are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are limited to 12 people per session.

There is a free, 90-minute mountain safety training class Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Mountain Rescue Aspen headquarters.

The alliance of Roaring Fork Valley mountaineering experts includes Mountain Rescue Aspen, the White River National Forest, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Aspen Expeditions Worldwide and Aspen Alpine Guides.

For more information and to register for the courses, visit the group’s Facebook page @ElkRangeMtnSafety.

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