Climb For Trails plans May startup |

Climb For Trails plans May startup

BASALT – The Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will begin accepting registrations May 1 for their new Climb for Trails, a summer-long fundraiser that encourages people to get out and exercise on area trails.

The event, to run from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, will benefit Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers projects on trails and public lands.

Individuals and teams comprised of friends, family, co-workers or club members register on to log every hike, bike or run they make to the top of their favorite trails. Participants are encouraged to gather sponsors and make a personal pledge to raise money for trail and restoration projects in the valley. Climbs can be logged starting on Memorial Day Friday, May 24, through Labor Day, Sept. 2.

Climb for Trails will involve designated trails throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, with an emphasis on popular hikes in each community: Smuggler in Aspen, Rim Trail in Snowmass Village, Red Mountain/Jeanne Golay Trail in Glenwood Springs and Colorow Trail in New Castle. The organization hopes to add Arbaney-Kittle Trail in Basalt in 2014 with the proper clearances from the Bureau of Land Management, but regulations and access concerns prevent the initiative from making Red Hill near Carbondale part of the event.

There will be an “other” category which expands the event to include any trail not on BLM lands.

The Basalt-based Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers also are pitching the wellness angle of Climb For Trails to employers throughout the valley, urging them to incorporate the event into their wellness programs and sponsor their employees’ climbs. Businesses can create a team or multiple teams from different departments and create informal competitions among participants.

To register, participants pay a $15 fee in return for a baseball cap and an account on the website, where users can log and monitor climbs, gather sponsors and post pictures, comments and anecdotes on the public wall. Businesses can cover the cost of their employees and receive a discount. Still under construction, the website is up with information but will not be open for registration until May 1.

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