An outdoor life |

An outdoor life

Submitted photoRoaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers reconstruct part of the Boy Scout Trail east of Glenwood Springs as part of National Trails Day on June 7. Clockwise from lower left are: Crew leader Eileen Wysocki, Gary Jacobsen, Mark Gassett Susan Cross and Harry Cutting.

Name: Harry Cutting

Age: 56

Residence: Glenwood Springs

Occupation: Photographer and also works for a local fire alarm company in Glenwood Springs

Favorite outdoor activity: My favorite outdoor activity is hiking.

Favorite hiking trail in Garfield County? Grizzly Creek trail is one favorite because it’s close to Glenwood, has good canyon views and is a rewarding, short walk that I always have time for.

Most memorable hike you’ve done in your life? The most memorable hike I’ve ever taken was in Nepal. I hiked the original route that Sir Hillary took to climb Mount Everest. It was a long walk ” about four weeks ” starting in the low country near Darjeeling, India. This hike concluded at 16,000 feet near Tengboche. Obviously, I stopped short of the summit, but the trail navigated diverse landscapes and climates, from banana plantations to high alpine, and wove through the various caste layers of Nepalese society, from the lowest-caste leather workers to the high elevation farmers. A highly recommended hike.

What is your favorite trail snack? Peanuts.

Top three essential items taken on a hike? Water, pack, change of clothes.

What did you do for National Trials Day? For National Trails Day I volunteered to repair the Scout Trail (near Glenwood) with the RFOV (Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers). Most of my time was spent lugging rocks used to re-make rock wall trail braces.

How many projects have you volunteered for with RFOV? This was my first project with RFOV. It was a very enjoyable experience. Meeting local hikers and working in the fresh air ” what’s not to like?

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