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Warning signs set for installation on Quandary Mtn.

Caitlin Row
Summit County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY – Warning signs will be placed on Quandary Mountain next week thanks to a young man’s vision and generous donations from Summit County locals.

Boy Scout Derrick Trotman of Highlands Ranch raised more than $1,800 last fall to create the signs for his Eagle Scout project. And, with spring’s arrival in Summit County, it’s time to install them.

According to the Trotman, volunteers are set to bolt in the signs May 15 starting at 9 a.m.

“If the weather doesn’t seem to cooperate, we have a backup date of May 22,” he said. “A time will be set if needed.”

The signs will be placed in two locations – at the main east ridge trail head and above the entrance point for the West Ridge route.

Trotman’s aim is to minimize risk for hikers unfamiliar with Quandary’s terrain in response to the high volume of rescues seen on the peak. Summit County Rescue Group gets many calls related to people leaving or losing the trail, or the west ridge route.

The Scout’s project wasn’t chosen at random – Trotman picked it specifically as a way to help the Summit County Rescue Group and honor his brother. Members of the rescue group were called to help Trotman’s family when Chance Forsythe died in a Vail Pass snowmobile accident almost three years ago. Derrick wanted to center his Eagle Scout project around the organization and safety issues. When Trotman completes his project, his brother will gets his own honorary Eagle Scout ranking posthumously.

Summit County Rescue Group field team leader Matt Hage said he’s hopeful the signs will prevent issues on Quandary, and he wants them installed early as summer, the busiest time of year for Quandary.

“We hope they serve the purpose that they were made for – to inform the public about the trail and the dangers that can occur on the trail, so they can have a safer backcountry experience,” Hage said. “No one knows if the signs will prevent rescues, but we hope it will educate people about staying on the trail and avoiding some of the dangers that are out there.”

For more information on how to help with the sign project, call Trotman at (303) 483-5453 or e-mail him at drock_13@comcast.net.



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