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SCRG puts on backcountry ski outing for winning store from Specialty Sports Venture fundraising competition

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SSV prize trip Punchy

 

This year, the Specialty Sports Venture (SSV) store in Summit County that raised the most money for the Summit County Rescue Group during its annual promotion won a day outing with our group. The winning store was Breckenridge Sports Peak 8.

On Wednesday, March 10th, 14 employees of the store were treated to a day of backcountry skiing in the back basin of Mayflower Gulch. Mayflower Gulch is a beautiful backcountry amphitheater off route 91, a few miles south of Copper Mountain, and features a short cross-country ski trail leading up to the ruins of the old Boston Mine, situated in a cirque below Mount Fletcher.

After an avalanche awareness briefing and some practice with avalanche beacons, rescue members shuttled the group up to the Boston mining ruins site by snowmobile and divided them into smaller ski groups, each with its own guide. The groups hiked up the ridge to the south and skied/boarded in fresh powder for a few hours, and then came back down to "Boston" for a cookout lunch around a campfire.

Photos by Scott McLean and Shawn Gorea of the Summit County Rescue Group.

Specialty Sports Venture donates funds to SCRG once again

SSV check, Shari

Specialty Sports Venture, which owns local stores Breckenridge Sports, Keystone Sports and Mountain Sports Outlet, has been a great supporter of the Summit County Rescue Group for many years. The company's annual Adopt-A-Cause program raises money for various non-profits by asking customers to donate, and then matching those donations at 50% during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's. In Summit County, SSV stores have been donating this money to us in recent years.

This week we received a check for a whopping total of $26,166.64

"Despite the recession and caution in holiday spending this year, people were very generous in opening up their wallets and purses to help us support all these great causes," said Ken Gart, president of Specialty Sports and head cheerleader for the program. "This is one of our favorite community efforts of the year and there is a friendly rivalry between regions to help raise funds for these causes that they believe in but even I was amazed to see that donations were up 48 percent from last year - that was astonishing and very gratifying."

The Summit County Rescue Group's Finance Director, Charles Pitman, commented, "It takes a tremendous financial commitment for us to maintain our standing as one of the top rescue teams in the state. We have a constant need to maintain and replace equipment and to provide high quality field training to our members. SSV has been a great help to us in meeting these needs over the years."

Rescue Group Leader Tim Schlough added, "We'd like to extend our deepest thanks to the employees and customers of the Summit County SSV stores for their efforts in supporting our group."

Specialty Sports Venture's annual SCRG fundraiser

Specialty Sports Venture's Summit County locations are once again running their annual promotion to benefit the Summit County Rescue Group. SSV has been our largest donor for the past five years, and generous contributions from the stores and their customers have helped to fund our primary response vehicle, as well as our training efforts and other equipment needs.
Specialty Sports Venture offers over 140 ski, bike, golf and fly fishing stores in resorts and urban locations ranging from the Colorado Front Range to Heavenly Resort in Lake Tahoe. Locally they own Mountain Sports Outlet in Dillon, Keystone Sports, the Patagonia store in Breckenridge and Breckenridge Sports. Since 2004 the Summit County stores have collected donations for SCRG at their sales counters, and during their annual promotion, which runs from Thanksgiving until January 1st, they also provide a 50% match for any donation that you make to the group. Stop in and check out their great deals on outdoor gear!
For more information about SSV's locations and merchandise, visit their website at www.ssv.net.
Photo by Shari Topping
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SCRG volunteers for CAIC fundraiser

On November 14th, 11 members of the Summit County Rescue Group worked as volunteers for the second annual Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) benefit bash at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. The event, put on by Summit County locals Aaron Carlson and Joe Vandal, included live music by Rocket Rooster, a silent auction, door prizes, beer and food.

Carlson and Vandal began the event last year, after a long-standing Boulder fundraiser for the CAIC was canceled. The CAIC depends heavily on grass roots funding to maintain its season-long schedule of avalanche forecast online bulletins and hotlines.

To visit the CAIC site, click here: http://avalanche.state.co.us/index.php

To visit the Friends of CAIC site: http://friendsofcaic.org/

Summit Daily coverage of the event:

http://www.summitdaily.com/article/20091113/AE/911129993&parentprofile=search

SCRG member Aaron Parmet reported that this year's event raised approximately $30,000 for the CAIC

Thanks to generous donations from the public, the money has been raised by prospective Eagle Scout Derrick Trotman for Quandary signage project

An Eagle Scout project to put warning signs on Quandary Mountain is moving forward after generous donations from Summit County locals. The effort is aimed at minimizing risk for hikers unfamiliar with Quandary's terrain.

The signs are in "approval phase," and Summit County Rescue Group field team leader Matt Hage said they will likely be completed in January. They will not be installed on the mountain until springtime due to avalanche danger and snow.

Summit County Rescue Group said signs will be helpful because the rescue group gets many calls related to people leaving or losing the trail, or the west ridge route. They'll be placed in two locations - at the main east ridge trail head and above the entrance point for the West Ridge route.

According Hage, more than $1,800 was raised by 14-year-old Derrick Trotman of Highlands Ranch. As of early September, Derrick had only raised $200 with hopes of collected up to $1,400. But after an article ran about the Boy Scout's efforts in the Summit Daily News, there was a "phenomenal response to the project."

"It's an Eagle Scout project that will have tremendous impact," Hage said. "It's a project that the Summit County Rescue Group and the Sheriff's Office have wanted to do for a long time. The Forest Service was gracious enough to work with us and let the signs go up. At the end of the day, we're going to be able to educate the public in a way that will make climbing Quandary a safer experience for everybody."

Derrick came up with the idea for his Eagle Scout project - getting warning signs on Quandary in response to the high volume of rescues seen on the peak - to honor the life of his brother. Two years ago, 14-year-old Chance Forsythe died in a Vail Pass snowmobile accident. Because Summit County Rescue Group was called to help Derrick's family when his brother died, he said it was an easy decision to center his Eagle Scout project around the organization. When Derrick finishes his project, his brother will gets his own honorary Eagle Scout ranking posthumously.

"I can't get over how big the response was," Hage said. "The hardest part of the project - which was raising the amount of money required - became the easiest part because the public responded so well. Thanks to everyone who donated."

For more information on how to help with the sign project, call Derrick at (303) 483-5453 or e-mail him atdrock_13@comcast.net.

By Caitlin Row, Summit Daily

Photo by Shari Topping.

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SCRG volunteers for CAIC fundraiser

On November 14th, 11 members of the Summit County Rescue Group worked as volunteers for the second annual Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) benefit bash at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. The event, put on by Summit County locals Aaron Carlson and Joe Vandal, included live music by Rocket Rooster, a silent auction, door prizes, beer and food.

Carlson and Vandal began the event last year, after a long-standing Boulder fundraiser for the CAIC was canceled. The CAIC depends heavily on grass roots funding to maintain its season-long schedule of avalanche forecast online bulletins and hotlines.

To visit the CAIC site, click here: http://avalanche.state.co.us/index.php

To visit the Friends of CAIC site: http://friendsofcaic.org/

Summit Daily coverage of the event:

http://www.summitdaily.com/article/20091113/AE/911129993&parentprofile=search

SCRG member Aaron Parmet reported that this year's event raised approximately $30,000 for the CAIC.

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