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"Bear Creek Freed!" Cookout for Telluride Mountain Club

Bear Creek is free. At least for now. On July 31 at 6 p.m. Telluride Mountain Club will host “Bear Creek Freed!” a celebration of the Bear Creek Preserve with live music, food and local beer at the Bra in Telluride Town Park. Why the celebration? There is much to celebrate. In March, after five years, many meetings, much wrangling, ongoing litigation and continued pressure from the Telluride Mountain Club and other user groups, the Us.S. Forest Service reopened the Telluride Ski Area’s Gold Hill Backcountry Access Gates. Then, in May, the San Miguel County District Court denied Tom Chapman’s attempt to access his mining claims via See Forever and recognized the public’s right to cross the Gertrude and Modena mining claims in Upper Bear Creek along the Wasatch Trail. Based on the court’s order, Chapman now has no right to prohibit access to our public lands along the Wasatch Trail. “We are free to hike over Chapman’s mining claims on the Wasatch Trail in Upper Bear Creek without threat of trespass or harassment,” said Josh Borof, who sits on the TMC board of directors. “That’s something worth celebrating,” he added. Come to our party! Both TMC Members and aspiring Members are invited to celebrate “Bear Creek Freed!” with beer from Telluride Brewing Company, burgers and brats and live music from Bonewagon. This event is free for Members and memberships will be sold at the event. Special Bear Creek Membership is $10, which includes year-long membership, beer and food. 6 p.m. at the Bra in Telluride Town Park, with a spectacular view of Bear Creek. For more information visit telluridemountainclub.org. WHAT: “Bear Creek Freed!” Celebration Cookout WHEN: July 31, 6 p.m. WHERE: the Bra at Telluride Town Park COST: Free for Members, $10 for non-members and includes membership, food, beer and music!

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