Valley resident seeking help |

Valley resident seeking help

John Colson

A second load of relief supplies is heading from Aspen to earthquake-ravaged parts of Pakistan next week, and organizer Sallie Shatz is still seeking monetary donations so she can help rebuild houses and schools in the area.Shatz, of Old Snowmass, says she will be turning 41 while in Pakistan, a journey she planned to begin Friday.She and three members of the Mountain Rescue Aspen organization – Brad and Heather Stevenson and Danita Gilbert – expect to spend three to five weeks in Pakistan, trekking into a remote region and then distributing 25 tons of emergency supplies she has been collecting since November.A significant portion of the goods, she said, was collected by three students at Basalt High School – Gayle Dunn, Theresa Gerdin and Nuala Del Piccolo.The goods, and any money they can gather, are bound for the Keelum and Kadham valleys, which are well-known climbing regions and home to several fabled peaks, including K2 and Nanga Parbat.The relief supplies, she said, are “kind of a thank-you to those areas for having supported climbers for all these years.”An 18-year resident of the valley, and a 14-year member of Mountain Rescue (including four stints on the board of directors), Shatz noted that tax-deductible donations can be made online at the American Alpine Club’s website, at, or by mail to American Alpine Club, 710 10th St., Golden, CO 80401.She also invited calls to her home phone, (970) 923-6757, for questions about her relief efforts, and urged those interested to go to her personal website,, for other information.John Colson’s e-mail address is

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