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Vail-area mountain club chapter seeking new members

Special to the Daily

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Lee Moosburger has always loved the outdoors. As a young woman in her native Germany, she moved to the mountains in the south of the country as soon as she was able.

After coming to the United States, Moosburger moved from Denver to Vail full-time in the late 1980s after the death of her husband. She soon found the then-new Gore Range chapter of the Colorado Mountain Club. She joined, has been a member ever since, and is now the local chapter’s president.

Moosburger skis a lot, and enjoys hiking the mountains in the summer – and you don’t have to belong to a club to do any of that.

“But there’s a great camaraderie,” Moosburger said. “It’s fun to be with a group that shares your interests.”

And the Mountain Club, which has 14 chapters in the state, brings people together for events ranging from hut trips in this area to an annual winter trip to the Waunita hot springs near Gunnison.

To celebrate its 100-year anniversary next year, the Mountain Club is hosting climbs of the 100 tallest peaks in the state. This year’s itinerary includes group climbs of Mount Silverheels, Missouri Peak and Tea Kettle Mountain.

“It’s special,” Moosburger said of being atop a mountain. “Once you get up there, you have the view – and to me it feels like you’re close to heaven.”

The group sponsors more than 3,000 trips a year for its members, most of which are put together by chapters on the Front Range. Those trips are open to members of any of the club’s chapters anywhere in the state.

Beyond group hikes, skiing and snowshoeing expeditions, Moosburger said the club also hosts various seminars and classes on subjects ranging from mountain first aid to climbing to mountaineering.

While the Gore Range chapter now has a long history, Moosburger said she hopes the local club can attract some new members.

“The club has given me so much – I believe it can be worthwhile to others, too,” she said.

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