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Date Sunday  3/10/2019
End Date Sunday  3/10/2019
Group Denver
Event Title Celebrate Women's History Month on CT#1 Gudy Gaskill - Mother of Colorado Trail Out & Back to Chairrocks
Start Time 9:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Linda Lawson
Member Price Free
Available Participants No tickets left
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult B
Trail Mileage 10.4
Elevation Gain 1600
Driving Distance 70


Meeting Location:  The Fort   Pull Out - Use Morrison Exit off of Hwy 285

Meeting Time:  9:00 am


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HIKE LOCATION:  Any segment of the Colorado Trail.    Alternatives include trails out of Estes Park; Longs Peak Trail

WOMAN:  Gudrun Gaskill

REFRENCE PAGES:  170 - 178

LOCATION: Colorado Front Range

PERIOD:  1917 - 2016

ABOUT:  Gudy was a climber, hiker, river runner, goat herder, cross country and downhill skier. 

She worked at Longs Peak Inn 1945 – 1946 where her boss was Esther Mills, widow of Enos Mills.  Due to WWII there was a gas shortage and few visitors, which allowed Gudy to roam the mountains of RMNP.  During those two summers she climbed Longs Peak 31 times. 

As member of CMC, she and Bill Lucas of USFS initiated the idea of a Colorado Long Distance Trail.  At that time Gudy headed the Huts & Trails Committee.  There are many, many stories of the early days of linking all the trails to form the Colorado Trail, which was officially linked in 1987  and dedicated in 1988.  Gudy held a PHD in Education, was the first female CMC President, and was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002.

She led trail crews on the CT, held education courses (and cooked) at the CT cabin outside of Lake City, served on the CTF Board of Directors, and was hailed as the Mother of the Colorado Trail. 

She climbed all 54 of Colorado’s fourteeners, the European Alps, and many other major peaks around the world (some as many as 12 times.)  She began hiking when her father, a summer ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park, left his children at a different spot each morning and picked them up at 5:00 pm. With little else to do, she and her siblings hiked their summer days away. Numerous articles have been written about her achievements, and she was interviewed on many television programs, including the Today Show. Judy Collins and Michael Martin Murphey dedicated songs to her, and she received numerous awards, including those from former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

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Other trips during CMC's Celebration of Women's History Month during the March 2019 will include  two additional trips on the Colorado Trail celebrating Gudy Gaskill.

Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.