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Backcountry Education at NoLo

We are pleased to partner again this season with Colorado Adventure Guides to provide Intro to Backcountry courses at Mosquito Pass

March 6 & 22 

Intro to Backcountry (Ski and Splitboard)

March 13 & April 10

Intro to Backcountry with an emphasis on the history of the North London Mill site and a tour of the 1883 NoLo Office, scheduled to open as a backcountry hut in winter 22-23

Spaces are limited to 20 participants and courses are filling up quickly.

Contact CAG now to reserve your place!

NoLo operates under a Temporary Outfitter and Guides permit with the United States Forest Service. 

NoLo Office Exterior COMPLETE!

 Exterior and interior framing of the 1883 North London Mining Office, Colorado's newest (oldest) backcountry hut, complete!

Funding for this phase of the rehabilitation was provided by History Colorado State Historical Fund, the Colorado Gates Family Foundation, the J.M. McDonald Foundation, our Members and Friends. 

We are also grateful to form+works design group, A&M Renovations, and JVA Engineering.

With your continued support, we hope to have the NoLo Office open and available to the public for the winter of 2022-23.

Burro Hike, August 29!

Join us for a Burro Hike with Elroy and Friends on Saturday, August 29. Free for NoLo Members (join now for only $20 by clicking "Membership" above). We will meet at the NoLo gate on Mosquito Pass at 10:00 am. Four-wheel drive strongly recommended.

We will hike up and around the peaks of the North Mosquito Creek Basin, and will adjust the difficulty of the hike to accommodate everyone in the group. Kids are welcome. We'll plan to be done at around 3:00pm, weather permitting. Afterward, join us for beer and a hotdog at the NoLo site courtesy of Breckenridge Brewing and Scanga Meat

Be prepared with appropriate footwear and clothing for high-alpine hiking and rugged terrain. Bring lunch, plenty of water, rainwear, a hat, and don't forget your mask.

We will observe physical distancing protocols and mask-wearing when appropriate. Wind and ultra-violet light to be provided by Mother Nature. 

Backcountry and Avalanche Education

We're pleased to announce that we are partnering with Colorado Adventure Guides to be providing Backcountry and Avalanche education at Mosquito Pass this season!

We will be hosting Introduction to Backcountry and AIARE Rec 1 and Avalanche Rescue Courses.

Please contact CAG for specific dates and events at Mosquito Pass!

These tours are provided under a Temporary Outfitter and Guides Permit from the 
United States Forest Service, South Park Ranger District

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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. 

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