- How do you enjoy trails?
I love mountain biking on Emerald, Spring Creek, Mad Creek/Red Dirt (one of my favorite rides). Going to college in the northeast, I also really enjoy hiking with any friends who visit and showing off the incredible amount of outdoors access we have.
- When did you first become a donor of the TMEF and what inspired you to give?
I think it was about 2 years ago, right before I left for college in the summer of 2017. I found myself on the trails all the time, and I thought about how I want the trails to always be there when I come back home, so the TMEF gave me a way to contribute to the preservation of our trails.
- Can you share a memorable experience you’ve had on our local or area trails?
One of my friends from college came and visited, and I took him biking on Emerald. We rode to the Quarry (which killed him coming from sea level, never having mountain biked before), and I asked him if he wanted to take the road (the easier way) or NPR (the more fun way) down. I led us down NPR, and on the last section he worked up the courage to try gapping one of the tables. I heard a crash behind me, slammed on the breaks, and turned to see my friend on the ground with an enormous smile on his face. He loved it and can’t wait to visit again.
- What is your vision for the future of trails in the Yampa Valley?
I hope the permanent upkeep and maintenance of trails will help protect large areas of land. Public lands have huge positive benefits, from allowing people to get outside and exercise to acting as a carbon sink to cleaning other pollutants from our air.
- What is your message to people who have not given to the TMEF yet?
You don’t have to break the bank to support the trails. Our trail systems are part of what makes Steamboat special, and we should ensure we can always enjoy them. Netflix will always be there, but let’s make sure to support our public lands too!
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