Telluride Mountain Club: Fundraiser, Film Night

Telluride Mountain Club: Fundraiser, Film Night

The Telluride Mountain Club Presents an Evening of Short Films at the Sheridan Opera House. Event is Thursday, February 4. Doors, 6 p.m.; show time, 7 p.m. Non-TMC members $10 at the door. TMC members are free.

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Telluride Mountain Club (TMC) has joined forces with Patagonia Telluride and Jagged Edge Mountain Gear to host their 2016 Winter Fundraising Film Night. The event takes place Thursday, February 4, at the Sheridan Opera House and showcases five short films with the themes of skiing, ice climbing, expedition and advocacy. There will also be a short talk by Dale Atkins, President of the American Avalanche Association. 

The Telluride Mountain Club plays an active role locally preserving and enhancing public access to human powered activities including backcountry skiing, hiking, mountaineering, climbing, and biking.

This past summer, TMC was active in completing the following:

  • Surveyed Via Ferrata access points and advised San Miguel County on new trail re-route system (in efforts to avoid conflicts with private landowners).
  • Collaborated with San Miguel County, SMBA, USFS and private landowners to research and develop a plan to protect and reroute the popular Alta Lakes multi-use non-motorized trail system.
  • Worked on anchor & protection bolt replacements on Ophir Wall.
  • Adopted the Ilium Boulders recreation area. Worked with the USFS and the Access Fund to restore the main access trail, and develop a plan for future restoration efforts to take place during summer 2016.

In fall 2015, TMC released a trails vision survey to gather feedback from the community regarding the current state of the Telluride regional trail system to formulate a vision and plan for the future. The resulting data were recently compiled and are available online at for viewing.

Here are the overall takeaways from the survey:

  • Mountain Bikers want trails to be improved and more to be established.
  • If new trails are built, they should be built as multi-use trails.
  • New trails should be built as medium challenge terrain trails.
  • Hikers would like to see the High Country trails improved and with better signage.

The TMC is now taking steps to put together a comprehensive trail plan with the key players in town.

The February 4th event is set up as as a fun night to explore films and also fundraise for the Telluride Mountain Club.

About Telluride Mountain Club:

Originally conceived as an avalanche-education organization in 1986, the Telluride Mountain Club (TMC) evolved towards access advocacy and promoting responsible, safe backcountry travel and recreation. For those that enjoy hiking, backcountry touring, climbing and/or exploring the San Juan Mountains, we encourage our alpine community to join TMC to build a stronger, better and more cohesive group. For more information, visit or email

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