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PEAK PROTECTORS


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PEAK PROTECTORS


Photograph provided by Mitch Warnick


 
 

"Spreading the good word of responsible recreation."

Peak Protectors are volunteers that educate and inspire visitors on the trail during the Gunnison Valley's busiest times throughout the summer season. They accomplish this by providing friendly and kind reminders to recreators on the trails about how to take care of our public lands. 

Peak Protectors go through a one day training course where they learn about what it means to be a volunteer for Mountain Manners, how to have positive conversations with a variety of people, and participate in a Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop. Peak Protectors will stand on the trails between June 17 to September 4th based on what works with their schedule. To become a Peak Protector volunteer, just email us at mountainmannersgcb@gmail.com to register for our next training session on Tuesday, August 8th in Crested Butte. 


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INTERNS


INTERNS


For Summer 2017, Mountain Manners offered an internship through Western State Colorado University and ended up taking on five amazing interns. Get to know them, follow their blogs, and meet them on the trails! The interns will be out and about in the Gunnison Valley through mid-August.


 

Bailey Hamler

Bailey is a student at Western State Colorado University originally from Manhattan, KS who now calls the mountains home. While earning a degree in Environment and Sustainability, Bailey also spends her time practicing yoga, reading, and of course...hiking! Environmental stewardship, sustainable living, and education are all important to her. Writing is another one of Bailey's passions and she is looking forward to sharing her experiences with you as a Peak Protector!

Check out Bailey's blog: https://bailestrails.wordpress.com/ 

CJ Gooderham

CJ grew up hunting and fishing at a very young age and from those experiences has developed a strong relationship with the outdoors. Since he moved to Gunnison he became extremely involved in conservation within the Valley. Being a Peak Protector is his way of giving back to the place that has given him so much fun and meaning in his life. Through the Mountain Manners program, CJ hopes to educate as many trail users as possible about how to protect the beauty that brought them here!

Izzy Rodelius

Izzy is a biology student at Western State Colorado University who loves the outdoors and everything Nature. Coming from Evanston, Illinois last August she traded in Lake Michigan for mountains! As a traveler she can happily say the Crested Butte/Gunnison Valley is without a doubt one of her favorite places. Some of her favorite parts of living here are the friendly people, the amazing views and hikes, and the dogs around every corner. She's excited to be starting a new adventure this summer for a great cause!

Check out Izzy's blog: http://internizzy.my-free.website

Lilly Baron

Lilly is an Environment & Sustainability major at Western State Colorado University. Being a Peak Protector allows her to give back to her new community and environment. Lilly's love for the outdoors started when she was a little girl vacationing in the Adirondack Mountains and it has now brought her to the Gunnison Valley!

Check out Lilly's blog:

https://wordpress.com/post/mountainmannerslilly.wordpress.com/36

Ryan Price

Ryan is a senior at Western State of Colorado University studying Recreation & Outdoor Education. Originally from Bowie, Texas, his passion for the mountains brought him to the Gunnison Valley in August of 2016 to pursue a career revolving around the outdoors. In his downtime, Ryan enjoys skiing, fishing, hiking, and camping in the back-country as much as possible. Being a Peak Protector has helped him become more "sustainability" conscious in the back-country. To Ryan, it is incredibly rewarding to see the Mountain Manners program make a difference in and out of the backcountry!

 
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IN ACTION


IN ACTION


 

Slate River Cleanup

On Sunday October 16th, Peak Protectors attended Crested Butte's Slate River Cleanup! Volunteers picked up trash, dismantled rogue fire rings, cleaned out established fire rings, and helped preserve the beauty that brought them here alongside the Forest Service! 


Crested Butte Wildflower Festival

Mountain Manners launched its stewardship campaign at this year's 30th Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. Volunteers had a table at the CBWF headquarters during the two week event in order to give away swag, raise awareness about Mountain Manners, and to answer any trail preservation questions the festivarians had. Additionally, our team member, Gillian Rossi, led some groups on Wildflower Identification hikes. It was a great way to kick off Mountain Manners!

 
 

Youth Education and Engagement

This summer Mountain Manners' Peak Protectors will take some time to teach the younger audiences of the valley. By working with children from pre-k to high school, we will work to educate both the community's and visitors' children about what it takes to be a good land steward. Kids will learn Manners #1-10 by playing games, solving problems, and having group discussions. The first organization we're joining forces with is the Crested Butte Devos, and we certainly can't wait to work with those riders!