Patagonia’s thoughtful, visually stunning 2018 film “Treeline” and Renan Ozturk’s “Life Coach,” winner of the Charlie Fowler Award at last year’s Mountainfilm, are just two of the cinematic offerings at this year’s Telluride Mountain Club Winter Film Night.
The event takes place Wednesday at the Sheridan Opera House, and promises an evening of films and shorts courtesy of ski maker DPS, in addition to Patagonia and Mountainfilm. There will also be a raffle of some pretty sweet goodies, including DPS Skis (of the winner’s choice) Patagonia gear, locally made wonder-salve Tim’s Trauma Balm, gift certificates from premium performance clothing company Western Rise and fitness studio Pedal Den Telluride, a scenic flight with Telluride Air Taxi, and more.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first movie begins at 6:45 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door; free for current Telluride Mountain Club (TMtC) members.
The evening is one of two annual fundraising events in support of TMtC. It’s also a celebration following a year in which the nonprofit, founded in 1986, accomplished quite a bit.
“The Telluride Mountain Club has come a long way since its inception,” Telluride Mountain Club Director Heidi Lauterbach said. “What started off as a resource for avalanche education in the Telluride region has grown to encompass all human-powered forms of outdoor recreation. Over the last several years, TMtC has been instrumental in preserving access to public lands for hikers, mountain bikers, climbers, backcountry skiers, ice climbers and more.”
Lauterbach added that 2018 marked the club’s busiest year yet with new trail construction, maintenance and conservation; group hikes and work days; stewardship of the increasingly popular Via Ferrata; bolt and anchor replacements on a number of local climbing routes; and support for Peter Inglis Avalanche Education Fund events.
One of the big items on the club’s to-do list has been work on a trails sustainability plan, a relatively new project for the club. The initiative began in fall 2015, when TMtC released a comprehensive trails survey to the public. Nearly 400 locals, second homeowners and visitors completed the survey, which in turn formed the basis for a trails proposal that the Mountain Club submitted to regional entities in the summer of 2017. Then, last year, that proposal became a trails sustainability plan in collaboration with regional partners, including the Town of Mountain Village, San Miguel County, San Miguel Authority for Regional Transportation, the Telluride Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service.
“This document is almost complete and defines a trails roadmap for the next 10 years,” Lauterbach said.
Other efforts of the nonprofit include success in partnering with four local guiding companies — Mountain Trip, San Juan Outdoor Adventures, Telluride Mountain Guides, Peak Mountain Guides and San Juan Mountain Guides — to continue stewardship efforts towards keeping the Via Ferrata free and open to the public, and improving outreach and educational resources.
Board president Josh Borof remarked that TMtC has big plans in 2019 all aimed at increasing and enhancing human-powered activities in the region.
“We will be wrapping up our Trails Sustainability Plan and shifting from planning to trails execution,” Borof said. “We will continue our efforts with the Via Ferrata, keeping local climbing crags updated and safe and supporting the Peter Inglis Avalanche Education Fund. TMtC wouldn’t be where we are today without the help and support of our partners and grantors. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all our partners, sponsors, donors, members and grantors. We hope you will join us on our journey through 2019.”
For more on the Telluride Mountain Club, including Wednesday’s Winter Film Night, visit telluridemountainclub.org. For the complete trails proposal, go to telluridemountainclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/TMtC-Trails-Proposal-s2017-7.25.pdf.