Outdoors news, notes and other random tidbits
The big-game hunting season is right around the corner, and a number of hunter-education classes are scheduled for August.Two classes will be taught in Glenwood Springs. The first is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6-7. No preregistration is required. The second session is taught in Spanish only and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 13-14. Preregistration is required by calling Jos at 719-544-1922.Both sessions will be at the Re-1 School District Building, 1405 Grand Ave.Classes are also available in Silt and Basalt.The Silt class is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 20-21 at the Silt fire station. Preregistration is required; call Jim Builteman, 625-9533.The Basalt class runs from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 22-26 at the Basalt Middle School. Preregister by calling Colorado Mountain College at 925-7740.The cost is $10.Information: http://www.wildlife.state.co.us.
The Fat Tire Triathlon in Fort Collins is set for Aug. 27. The course includes a 1/2-mile swim in Horsetooth Reservoir, a 12-mile mountain bike ride and a three-mile trail run in Lory State Park. The sprint-distance triathlon is open to all ability levels, and the registration is capped at 300 participants. The entry fee is $65 before Aug. 21, $85 after. Information: http://www.altituderacing.com.
Adrenaline junkies from around the West are descending on Beaver Creek, today through Sunday, for the third annual Adventure Weekend.Festivities include the challenging Ultra 100 mountain bike race, two adventure races, an adventure-racing workshop, an orienteering competition, an uphill trail running race, kids competitions and more. Entertainment will include the Beaver Creek Rodeo Series, free adventure film screenings, and outdoor concerts by Brooks & Dunn and Average White Band. All events are open to the public for participation and viewing.If you like mixing it up in the outdoors, adventure racing is the hot ticket. First-time and seasoned competitors can learn or fine-tune their navigation skills with Fridays Adventure Camp, then test their skills in a multi-discipline sprint race or the longer Nike 6 Hour Adventure Race, said Mike Kloser, world adventure racing champion and director of activities for Beaver Creek. Check out http://www.beavercreek.com or call 1-800-404-3535 for more info.
Each Friday the Carbondale Recreation Department offers all-day Outdoor Club outings for ages 8 and older. The registration deadline is the Wednesday prior to the trip.The schedule is as follows: Aug. 5, rafting and Hot Springs, $40 Aug. 12, horseback riding and Marble adventure, $35 Aug. 19, camping trip, $20 Aug. 26, Last Day of Freedom Trip hike and ARC, $20To submit information, or a picture of your recent big catch, for the Outdoors page, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 945-4487.
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