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The Birth of Colorado Backcountry Skiing

John "Father" Dyer is considered one of the 16 original founders of the State of Colorado. He was also one of the first to ski the backcountry. On 10-foot 'Norwegian snowshoes' (skis), he carried the mail over Mosquito Pass between Alma and Leadville. 

9/14 Day Hike of the Peaks of Mosquito Pass!

Just like hiking a 14er, but without the crowds. We will hike 3 of the peaks around Mosquito Pass (Kuss, Mosquito, and Treasurevault). The route will be about 7.5 miles, with 2,500' gain. A detailed description of the hike can be found here:

Meet at Al-Mart on Main Street in Alma at 8:00 am.

We'll keep a moderate pace, re-group frequently, nobody left behind. This route is mostly above tree-line, so you'll need to bring plenty of water, food, and extra layers.

After the hike, we'll host a barbecue at the Historic North London Mill site near the trail head, with a tour of the site and the rehabilitation currently underway. Lunch and beer courtesy of Breckenridge Brewery will be provided FREE for all NoLo members. If you're not already a member, you can find out more and register for only $20 by clicking "Membership," or sign up at the event.

Please RSVP if you'd like to join!

Bluebird Days!

We were pleased to host Bluebird Backcountry for 4 days of backcountry education in March at Mosquito Pass! Approximately 100 participants enjoyed great snow conditions, a tour of the North London Mill Site, and truly bluebird days. Special thanks to the Colorardo Mountain School Guides and the USFS South Park Ranger District for granting a temporary permit for the event. 

Envisioning the Rehabilitation of the NoLo Mill and Office

On February 1, 2019, we received a major grant of $154k from History Colorado State Historical Fund and $48k in matching funds from the Gates Family Foundation for work this summer to complete exterior rehabilitation of the North London Office and prepare construction documents for the North London Mill. The preservation architects of form + works design group have developed the preliminary drawings below.

The North London Mill will be adapted for re-use as a partially enclosed shelter with interpretive displays and signage on the lower level. The upper level will also feature interpretive signage and house a meeting room for educational programming, office space, and living quarters for a caretaker of the site.

The North London Mill - image courtesy form + works design group

The North London Office is currently being rehabilitated as a backcountry hut available for public use, similar to those of the 10th Mountain Division and Summit Huts Associations. It will sleep 10 adults and will have running water, shower, toilet, fully-equipped kitchen, and a common dining area.
The North London Office - Image courtesy form + works design group

January 2019 Update

The 2018-19 ski season got off to a great - and early - start, and we've already made several tours, visiting the NoLo site, exploring the terrain of London Butte, and making some sweet turns. 

November 25 Tour to NoLo:

Lunch in the Office

December 21 Tour up London Butte:

January 13 Tour to NoLo:

Stabilization of the NoLo Office Complete!

With funding from History Colorado State Historical Fund and the Gates Family Foundation, NoLo has completed initial stabilization of the North London Mining Office.

Working with Form + Works Design Group, a Denver architectural firm focused on historical preservation, NoLo submitted an application for $35,000 funding to History Colorado in April of this year. With 25% matching funds pledged by the Gates Family Foundation, the grant was approved on June 1st.

A & M Renovations based in the Fort Collins area completed the stabilization work during the week of October 8. Working at 11,200’, the crew of five stripped the interior down to the studs and joists and managed to temporarily sheath the roof, notwithstanding the unusual October snowfall that brought 18-24” of snow to the high-alpine basin. The goal is to have the 1883 structure function as a backcountry hut, similar to those of the 10th Mountain and Summit Hut Associations. Rehabilitation work will continue next spring, pending approval of an additional $150,000 in funding from History Colorado.

History & Archaeology Workshop, Saturday, August 11

On Saturday, August 11, 2018, we held a History and Archaeology Workshop at the NoLo site. The Workshop was made possible thanks to generous funding from South Park National Heritage Area, and was led by NoLo VP Kate McCoy, and Michelle Slaughter and Natasha Krasnow of Metcalf Archaeological Consultants

The Workshop was attended by 35 participants who enjoyed a perfect bluebird day at 11,200'.