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YMCA of the Rockies Hikemasters—Miles of Spirit

Hiking has long been a popular activity to participate in at the YMCA of the Rockies. Given our great location surrounded by beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park, the opportunities for family fun in the mountains are endless!

For decades, the hikemaster program at YMCA of the Rockies has assured guests stay safe while hiking and learning more about the flora and fauna that is all around them.

Safety is key when it comes to guided hikes with the YMCA of the Rockies. Hikes are broken down into difficulty levels ranging from A-H hikes with A hikes being the most challenging. In order to complete a more challenging hike, guests must first complete prerequisite hikes to make sure they are ready for tougher, steeper and more rugged terrain.

Hikemasters are extremely well-versed in all areas of hiking, as well as knowledgeable when it comes to the plants and wildlife they encounter along the trail. On a guided hike with one of the YMCA of the Rockies trained hikemasters, guests get a rewarding trip in the woods, as well as a lesson in the outdoors.

New to the YMCA of the Rockies, the Boone Family Mountain Center houses the hiking information area where guests can find out more about the hikes they’re itching to go on.

While our location is ideal for picturesque views and taking in everything the outdoors has to offer, it’s the people that make the hikemaster program what it truly is. From going into the Mountain Center and being greeted by a helping hand at the desk, or feeling safe under the guide of a hikemaster—it’s the spirit of the people people that make the YMCA of the Rockies hikemaster program so special.

The spirit of three hikemasters in particular will live on forever at the YMCA of the Rockies.

On Friday, June 29, a fire ring located behind the new Boone Family Mountain Center was lit and dedicated in the memory of three longtime hikemasters; Maggie Luck, Ken Teselle and Dave Jacks.

Each of these beloved hikemasters passed away within a year of each other between the months of Oct. 2016 and Aug. 2017—a real loss for the YMCA of the Rockies.

“Their spirit lives on in our lives and on the trail,” said hiking program supervisor Sarah Donohoe to a crowd filled with family, friends and members of the YMCA of the Rockies community.

Family and friends of the three hikemasters in remembrance spoke to the crowd, telling stories about their lives of their family members and what YMCA of the Rockies and the hikemaster program meant to them.

Fixed to the gas fire ring, three plaques with the names of the hikemasters on them will be a constant reminder of who these individuals were and the legacy they left behind.

To learn more about the hikemaster program, guided hikes and everything the Boone Family Mountain Center has to offer, visit www.ymcarockies.org/activities/hiking

About The Author

Kate Gillum is an Indiana native, spending her summer at YMCA of the Rockies as a marketing intern. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, eating ice cream, binge watching FRIENDS on Netflix and enjoying the outdoors.

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