From hikes to stargazing events to simply enjoying the vistas Mother Nature has afforded the residents of the Borderland, the Celebration of Our Mountains Program returns for 2018.
For 2018, supporters have not only scheduled out several key events, they have a comprehensive field guide for those wishing to take in all our area mountains during the celebration, which runs August 18 through November 24th.
Jim Tolbert, Director of Celebration of Our Mountains, announced the field guide on Monday, with an added, special treat: the dedication of the guide to long-time hiker and local hiking icon Carol Brown.
She has hiked the Alps, reached the summit of Mt. Wheeler in New Mexico and Mts. Elbert and Massive in Colorado. She has ridden horseback in Peru, Argentina and Iceland. Yet her motto is: “I hike the Franklin Mountains.” For 16 years, this 73-year-old mother of 3, grandmother of 8 and great-grandmother of 11, has hiked the Franklins, the Organs, the Guadalupe Mts., Lincoln National Forest and the Gila National Forest.
Carol Brown was born for the outdoors. She was raised on a farm in Nebraska, and she shared a cabin in the Colorado mountains with her husband, children, one dog, several cats and two horses.
Carol is the epitome and the icon of hiking. After her husband died in 2001 she joined the hiking group of old Charlie Topp and Farmdog. The rest, they say, is history. Now she introduces hundreds of people to the trails each year. She finds gratification in seeing people become leaders who introduce new people to our mountains.
Carol says: “Hiking is the best way for me to stay healthy: physically and mentally and spiritually.”
This year, Carol will lead a record-setting 8 hikes for Celebration of Our Mountains.
As for the field guide, it will be available his week at the area’s public libraries; it will also be distributed to bicycle shops, locations around at Ft. Bliss, the Las Cruces BLM office and through El Paso Hiking Meet-up Group.
For complete maps, updated event schedules, and informational articles residents can visit their website. There visitors will find dozens of programs from our region’s State and National Parks, as well as any additions or changes to any of the events.
“Some events repeat, giving you multiple opportunities to enjoy them,” Tolbert says, “We have some field trips that are part of our CelebrateSTEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program…this year we introduce 5 history/culture events.”
Organizers wished to also thank the Franklin Mountain State Park (FMSP) for agreeing to a special $2 entrance fee to COM events.
For continued support of the region’s parks, Tolbert asks residents to consider purchasing a Texas State Parks Pass; at $70 for year round entrance to the parks. Call 915-566-6441 for more information.