KBUT’s Community Matters airs live every other Monday. The show is hosted by KBUT News Director Christopher Biddle, and veteran Gunnison County journalist Chris Rourke.
Our guests this week were…
Nick Catmur is with the Crested Butte Conservation Corps, a branch of the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association. They perform trailwork and promote stewardship of recreational resources in the Crested Butte area.
Nick also attends the Masters of Environmental Management Program at Western Colorado University, and has worked with the numerous stakeholders to implement and present the plan to move to designated camping in the Crested Butte area.
Zach Guy will the Crested Butte avalanche talks late season conditions and a look back at the season as a whole. Zach says it was an eventful, sometimes tragic year of skiing.
Listen to the full episode →
Pt. 1: The Move to Designated Camping Near Crested Butte
Overcrowding the Crested Butte backcountry is long time issue for public managers and the general population. This Spring, visitors to the Slate River Valley and Washington Gulch will no longer be allowed to camp wherever they want. Instead, they’ll have to use designated campsites on a first come first serve basis.
We discuss how we got here, what it took to implement the plan, and ways to make the most of your camping experience.
Pt. 2: Seasonal Roundup from the Crested Butte Avalanche
Spring conditions have stabilized, good news for safety in the backcountry. That’s welcome news for our forecasters, who had a very long, and sometimes difficult season.