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Outdoor briefs

Every year spring conditions put outdoor enthusiasts’ lives in danger. Eagle County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) and Vail Mountain Rescue Group (VMR) officials are reminding recreationists to be prepared for what they may encounter in the great outdoors, from snow-packed trails to swollen rivers to high fire danger and unpredictable weather.

Due to the dangerous conditions of the swollen rivers, including fast currents and cold temperatures, it is recommended that only professional boaters be on the river for at least the next several weeks. In addition, fishermen, children and pets should stay away from river banks during high water.

Swollen streams also threaten hikers this time of year, because of the cold temperatures and fast currents. Between 8,000 and 10,000 feet, hiking conditions vary greatly, and hikers should expect previously snow-packed trails to be melting and very muddy. Above 10,000 feet, the ground remains snow-covered, making trails difficult to follow. Trails above 11,000 feet will require appropriate over-the-snow equipment, such as crampons and snow shoes. Hikers who plan to hike above these elevations should be aware of avalanche conditions.

Anybody planning to build a fire below 7,000 feet in elevation should be aware of dangerous fire conditions.

All hikers should communicate their plans in advance and stick to them so that they may be located in emergency situations. At least, hikers should place these plans in an envelope in their vehicle at the trailhead if they need to be found. All hikers should also carry appropriate overnight gear and extra food, water and clothing.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. for the first annual Queen’s Charity Golf Classic, to be held May 31 at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club. Lunch is at noon with the shotgun start at 1 p.m.

The Queen’s Charity Golf Classic is currently seeking sponsors for the event, including sponsors for individual holes, special events, and a silent auction. A goal has been set of raising a minimum of $5,000. The QCC ’08 is accepting sponsorships and auction donations, and a limited number of golf slots are still available for the event.

For more details, contact Cindy Orr, 945-1478, or by e-mail at queen@nprweb.org.

The Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers are preparing to spruce up the Maroon Lake and Scenic Loop Trails, which are near Aspen, on Saturday, June 21.

Maroon Lake and its magnificent views of the Maroon Creek Valley and the Maroon Bells, is the most heavily visited site in the White River National Forest. We will help maintain and improve both trails to handle the more than 200,000 visitors per year.

Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers group will provide on-the-trail training, including a reference manual designed to keep with you on each project. The location will be Thompson Creek Trail near Carbondale.

RFOV’s crew-leader training also includes classroom training. Learn to build and maintain sustainable trails in different types of terrain. Safely use a variety of tools and techniques. Lead a crew of five to eight volunteers to complete a portion of a project.

Ensure that your crew’s work is completed to the highest standard. Ensure that your crew enjoys a quality experience and has a great time.

National Trails Day is Saturday, June 7, and the RFOV have two projects planned for the day.

Aspen: Sunnyside Trail. Help maintain the first three miles of one of Aspen’s favorite trails.

Glenwood Springs: Forest Hollow and Scout Trail. Finish a reroute around a rocky area and work on priority maintenance, and brush removal.

Since 1995, RFOV has helped thousands of volunteers build and rehabilitate trails, plant wetlands and restore habitat at more than 100 projects in the Colorado and Roaring Fork River valleys.

To sign up for a project or for additional information, Contact RFOV at 927-8241, rfov@sopris.net or volunteer online at http://www.rfov.org.

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