Colorado Outward Bound School celebrates 50th anniversary |

Colorado Outward Bound School celebrates 50th anniversary

Contributed photoMarlene Manown of Glenwood Springs presents one of three cakes with 50 candles at the 50th anniversary celebration of Outward Bound in the United States. The event was held Sept. 8-9 at the COBS Marble Base Camp.

MARBLE, Colorado – Nearly 200 former staff members and trustees of Outward Bound gathered at the Marble Base Camp on the weekend of Sept. 8-9 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Colorado Outward Bound School and the beginning of Outward Bound in the United States.

The reunion celebration included remembrances and storytelling, a service project to paint four buildings at the base camp, and a chance for past Outward Bound staff and trustees to meet their counterparts of today.

Special guest was Chuck Froelicher, 87, the founding father of Outward Bound. Originating in Great Britain, Froelicher opened the first Outward Bound school in the United States in Marble in 1962.

Among those attending the anniversary celebration were U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, a former executive director of the Colorado Outward Bound School, and Peter O’Neil, the current executive director of COBS.

Also attending were former Outward Bound instructors Randy Udall and Leslie Emerson of Carbondale, Marlene Manown of Glenwood Springs, and current Outward Bound instructors Tarn Udall of Carbondale and Cisco Tharp of Glenwood Springs.

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