Telluride Mountain Club (TMC) Announces “Free Bear Creek…Again”
Organization hosts Community Social at Sheridan Opera House Thurs., Dec. 8

From Telluride Mountain Club — TELLURIDE, CO — Telluride Mountain Club will be holding an event aimed at raising awareness about access issues in public lands and promoting mountain culture. The event, titled “Free Bear Creek (…Again),” will be an evening of films, discussion and libations at the Sheridan Opera House. The organization aims to educate and empower the community about private land conflicts in the area and help preserve Telluride’s mountain culture. “We want to create an event that will bring our mountain community together on issues that affect us all, and have a good time in the process,” says Tor Anderson, TMC’s board president.

The event will showcase the film Cold, recipient of Mountainfilm’s 2011 Charlie Fowler Award, as well as a custom edit of Deeper from Teton Gravity Research. Other images and short films by locals Brett Schreckengost, Dustin Hinde and Whit Richardson will bring the focus back to the subject of the event — Telluride’s Bear Creek.

This is the first of what will be a series of events throughout the year put on by the organization. Each one will focus on different TMC projects, while keeping the same objective: to raise interest and bring the community together.

Originally formed in 1987, Telluride Mountain Club is a non-profit organization that aims to preserve access for activities such as hiking, backcountry skiing, ice & rock climbing, biking and other mountain-related activities. Personal responsibility, self-sufficiency and environmental stewardship are TMC’s top priorities, as well as preserving each citizen’s right to the “Freedom of the Hills.” Since its inception, TMC has been vital in preserving public access for Telluride’s community. Last season, TMC met several times with the USFS to open the Palmyra Peak backcountry access gate and to preserve Telluride’s via ferrata climbing route. They have also worked with the Trust for Public Land in restoring access to Wilson Peak, with the Access Fund in maintaining climbing access at Society Turn, and worked with the county and ski area to make sure public access was included in Telski’s 2002 Prospect Basin ski area expansion. TMC is currently fighting for the rights of backcountry users in Bear Creek, as well as continuing to promote it’s overall mission.

Free Bear Creek (…Again) will be held at the Sheridan Opera House at 7 pm, Thursday, December 8. The event is $8 at the door, or free for TMC members. TMC memberships and t-shirts will be available, as well as COSAR hiking certificates. There will be door prizes and other gear giveaways throughout the event. Films start at 7:30pm and the Opera House’s Vaudeville Bar will be open.