3. This is the main hall (unheated) where all indoor activities took place
4. Margaret Shaklee, as Immpediate Past President of PWV, was in charge of the entire show, all weekend
5. Friday dinner - 3 kinds of chili, corn bread, salads, dessert. Note the kitchen staff uniforms - all PWV volunteers.
7. There were a few displays at the end of the room.
11. Note the blue neckerchief - identifies Mark as an observer
12. The 14 observers met outside with our leader, Dave Cantrell (blue bandana on hat)
13. Observers came from all over Colorado, and even from New Mexico and Montana
14. Saturday map: Intersecting loops of trails for 8 hiking groups
15. They ran a tight ship. Leaders carried alarmed cell phones to stay on schedle
16. At the trailhead Saturday morning
18. First station: illegal camp near water
19. Second station: trail work (PWV combines trail work training with patrolling)
21. Tools (left) were demoed
22. Noxious plant demo (musk thistle)
23. Group co-leader Janet (PWV Secretary) discusses Travel Zones - places in Wilderness with designated campsites (but not permits or registration). Travel zones don't exist in FENW's Wilderness areas. (The signs were for training purposes - today's training was not in a designated Wilderness Area.)
24. Illegal campfire ring near Elkhorn Creek
25. Celia (co-leader) and sign that needs reporting to FS
26. Ferocious dog off leash
27. Practicing Authority of the Resource to convince owner to put dog on leash
29. Uh-oh... bike in Wilderness. At the end of each "encounter" the actors and group leaders would critique the performance of the trainees.
30. VWR's worst nightmare: Campsite - booze, altitude sickness, handgun firing, missing child
32. After the show
34. Next station: map & compass
35. Horse camp
36. Treesaver plus horse on highline - all good
37. I asked and was surprised to learn that these riders seldom see llamas in their areas.
38. Onward! getting a bit tired, but at least it's not windy and not too cold
39. Leave No Trace demos
40. Finally - good hikers (left), doing stuff right, just a bit lost
41. My team - Antelope - 2 leaders, 3 observers, 7 recruits
42. Dinner was followed by graduation for recruits
44. Bill and Margaret Shaklee
45. Bill and Dave Cantrell, PWV member for 21 years, on the board of NWSA
47. Youngest attendee, Finn, with parents
48. Saturday dinner
49. After dinner speaker: Dr. George N. Wallace, longtime PWV member, Emeritus CSU Prof, local rancher, and the original author of the idea of the Authority of the Resource Technique (ART)
His topic was ART in an age of politial discord. He urged rangers to try especially hard to find topics of accord with hikers they meet, and focus on those subjects. He listed a bunch - recreation, economics, and so forth.
On Sunday morning were several short courses - some required: weather safety, 5 noxious plants, basic first aid, and several optional: LNT, map & compass, trail savvy, wildflowers & birds.