Hitting the trail

Hitting the trail

Just because the CT is closed doesn’t mean it’s the end of the trail for the local event celebrating the state’s iconic backcountry thoroughfare.

Backcountry Experience will be hosting the third annual Colorado Trail Days this weekend, June 29 – July 1. And, the event is bigger and better than before, according to organizer Margaret Hedderman. Even betterer, all proceeds from the event will go to Trails 2000.

“I’m really excited about this year’s event because we’ve gathered a ton of local support, and we’ll have more brands than ever participating in the gear expo,” Hedderman said.

Some of the highlights this year include workshops on outdoor photography as well as bikepacking, courtesy Velorution Cycles. In addition, Friday night there will be a “fireside” (we’re assuming no real fire) screening of “Into the Wild,” based on Jon Krakauer’s best-selling book about a well-to-do college graduate who banishes himself in a school bus in the Alaskan wilderness. There will also be a fund-raising performance by Stillhouse Junkies on Saturday night at the Rochester. All this plus the usual slate of informative and education how-tos on everything from ultra-light packing to orienteering and wilderness first aid.

For a complete schedule of events, go to CTDays.com