In addition to destroying homes and highways, the 2013 flood in Northern Colorado has demolished many beloved hiking trails in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. Several of these damaged trails are favorites of mine that I have been hiking for 10 years with family, friends, kids, dogs, horses and alone. My kids and I have camped along these trails, and they are very special to us.
Seeing the destruction of these trails first made me cry, then prompted me to action. I contacted Fred Allen at the Arapaho Roosevelt Pawnee Foundation (http://www.arp-foundation.org) and confirmed that they are currently gathering information about the damage to trails and making a plan to reconstruct them. They will need LOTS of volunteers to complete all the work, and those volunteers will need materials, tools, gloves, lunch, and watermelon at the end of the day. I told Fred that I would like to put together a fundraiser with 100% of donations going to ARPF to ensure that these trails are reconstructed and not forgotten.
So, in July of 2014, I will take on the personal challenge of completing a nearly 500-mile thru-hike of the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango. I am asking friends, family, and anyone else who is interested in the reconstruction of trails in the Arapaho, Roosevelt, and Pawnee National Forests to do one or more of the following:
- Sponsor me per mile - a nickel a mile is just $25, a dollar a mile is $500.
- Make a dollar donation at any level you choose.
- Join my Crowdrise team! Make the commitment to hike the Colorado Trail or a section of it in the summer of 2014 and raise money for trail reconstruction.
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page!