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Backpack across the Thompson Divide

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The Wilderness Workshop has scheduled an overnight backpacking trip for this weekend through the heart of Thompson Divide.

The Bureau of Land Management is finalizing a decision about the future of 65 illegal oil and gas leases issued in and around Thompson Divide. This hike allows participants to discover firsthand where development is proposed.

Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop characterizes the two-day hike as “wonderfully scenic” with “rushing streams, giant aspen groves and expansive views of the Elk Mountains.”

The hike will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday near Carbondale and end Sunday on the other side of Thompson Divide, south of Silt. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required at http://www.wildernessworkshop.org/hikes.

This backpacking trip will take place both on and off the trail. Hikers should be comfortable walking for several miles off-trail and negotiating uneven and sometimes difficult terrain.

Four-wheel drive vehicles are necessary, but carpooling can be arranged. No dogs are allowed. This adult program is appropriate for those 18 years and older who are strong hikers. Bring appropriate backpacking equipment including water, food and shelter.

The free hike is sponsored by Alpine Bank, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s, Reese Henry & Co., Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council, Bristlecone Mountain Sports and Gorsuch.

Call 970-963-3977 with any questions.


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