American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

A.A.C., Front Range Section

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Front Range Section. As a result of the AAC Sections Committee’s work, the Central Rockies Section was divided into smaller, more locally focused sections. One of them is the Front Range Section, composed of the eastern half of Colorado and the southeastern corner of Wyoming. During this reorganization the previous Central Rockies Chair, Majka Burhardt, decided it was a good time to focus on other ventures, and I took on the role of Chair for the Front Range Section.

Due to the reorganization the Section’s primary event in 2009 was the Ninth Annual Lumpy Trails Day, managed by longtime volunteer and previous Section Chair, Greg Sievers. In partnership with the Macgregor Ranch, the Access Fund, the AAC, and Rocky Mountain National Park, 45 volunteers showed up for a day of trail work on the Sundance trail in the Black Canyon Falls area at the west end of Lumpy Ridge. We were happy to have a beautiful fall day to work. After fantastic breakfast support from several Estes Park establishments, the NPS trail crew quickly organized their teams to tackle the severely eroded trail leading to the rock face. In all, 51 wood water bars and 87 rock steps were constructed. We wrapped up the seven-hour day with great raffle prizes from local and regional sponsors. It was a pleasant surprise to see each and every attendee receive gifts. Everyone involved was very pleased with the noticeable progress from the day.

Chris Pruchnic, Chair

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