Purgatory snowboarders to compete in Nationals
The Purgatory Snowboard Team will wrap up its second season starting Saturday with seven athletes competing in the 2012 Snowboard Nationals at Copper Mountain.
Jake Carey (Slopestyle), Dan Lorenz (Giant Slalom, Slalom), Quinn Haughey (Boardercross, Slalom), Boyd Matheson (Boardercross, Halfpipe, Slalom), Antonio Pena-Riess (Giant Slalom, Slalom), Cody Beaver (Halfpipe, Giant Slalom, Slalom, Slopestyle, Boardercross) and team coach Brian Bolan (Halfpipe, Giant Slalom, Slalom, Slopestyle, Boardercross) will compete for Purgatory.
Competition is scheduled to run through Thursday.
This was the first year the team competed as members of the USASA Southwest Colorado Series, and it hosted an event at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort in January.
Its really helped to legitimize our team in the competitive arena, and within USASA, said Rick Lorenz, Purgatory Snowboard Team board member.
Gravel Grinder rides scheduled April 14
Endurance mountain bikers can choose between 115- and 160-mile options April 14 for the 2012 Durango Gravel Grinder.
Organizers warn that participants must be self-sufficient in order to complete the courses over dirt (some very rough sections) and paved roads, as the Colorado Endurance Series event is totally unsupported.
Both courses will start at Durango Joes, 732 E. College Drive, and finish at Home Slice Pizza, 441 E. College Drive. The 160-miler will start at 6 a.m., and the 115-miler at 9 a.m.
Riders should park their cars at the Horse Gulch trailhead, which will serve as halfway staging after about 70 miles for the 160-miler and about 50 miles for the 115.
Elevation gain is 10,328 feet for the 160-mile event and 8,861 feet in the 115-miler.
There is no registration fee. Visit http://coloradoes.wordpress.com/swes-event-list/durango-gravel-grinder-100/dgg-100-registration/ to sign up.
Engineer trail reroute assessment released
The San Juan National Forest Columbine Ranger District has released an environmental assessment for the proposed Engineer Summit Trail reroute project.
The analysis studies a proposal to replace the current unofficial path on the lower slopes of Engineer Mountain with a rerouted trail engineered to Forest Service standards. The goal is to create a sustainable trail leading from the Pass Creek and Engineer Trail intersection to the ridge that leads to the summit of Engineer Mountain.
Written comments should be submitted by April 23 to Jed Botsford, Project Leader, Columbine Ranger District, P.O. Box 439, Bayfield, CO 81122. Comments may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday at the Columbine Ranger District Office, 367 S. Pearl St. in Bayfield.
Electronic comments can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. The assessment and maps are available at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/sanjuan/projects.
For more information, call Botsford at 884-1436.
Grandview, Animas City, Twin Buttes trails reopen
The Bureau of Land Management will reopen the Grandview Ridge and Animas City Mountain areas and the city of Durango will reopen Twin Buttes open space for public access today.
The reopened areas include Sale Barn and Big Canyon trailheads off U.S. Highway 160; South Rim, Telegraph and Sidewinder trails; trails on BLM lands accessed from the Carbon Junction Trail; trails on the upper portion of Animas City Mountain; and trails in Twin Buttes.
For more information, call 882-7296.
Seniors Outdoors! announces events
Seniors Outdoors! will host these activities:
A moderate hike on the Sand Canyon/East Rock Creek Loop will meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday. To RSVP, call David Wright at 259-5978 or email david.j.wright.@att.net.
The Wednesday Wanderers will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday for an easy hike from Three Springs to the Grandview Trail and a little beyond. Dogs on leash are welcome. Nonmembers should RSVP to Ray Walker at 382-7662.
Durango canoeist wins at U.S. Open
Lisa Adams of Durango won the womens single canoe division last weekend at the U.S. Open Whitewater Slalom Championships on the Nantahala River in Bryson, N.C.
The USA Canoe/Kayak National Team Trials will be held April 12-14 in Charlotte, N.C., with results helping determine the U.S. Olympic Team that will compete in London this summer.