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Hike through history at Camp Hale

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Vail, CO Colorado

Walk through a literal slice of history Thursday when the Vail Symposium and Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum co-host a tour of Camp Hale. Located between Leadville and Red Cliff, Camp Hale’s scenic landscape still holds many traces of the past that highlight its use as a military training ground for soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division, 38th Regimental Combat Team and 99th Infantry Battalion during World War II. The Camp Hale tour is part of the Vail Symposium’s celebration of Colorado during the month of August.

Tenth Mountain Division veteran Dick Over will lead the tour, and another veteran of the unit, Earl Clark, also will participate.

“They’re going to get first-hand reports not second hand,” said Susie Tjossem, executive director of the Colorado Ski and

Snowboard Museum. “His storytelling is fabulous. He really brings it to life, and he will make you feel like you were there with him training.”

The tour will begin at the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum in Vail, where guests will be shown displays that reveal the heroic deeds of the 10th Mountain Division during World War II and how Camp Hale played a major role in the training of soldiers for special military operations.

“Camp Hale is one of the most historic locations in our state, which is toured by many but few get the chance to tour the land with the men who lived it,” said Carrie Marsh, executive director of the Vail Symposium.

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