Girls on the Go in the Gunnison Valley
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It is perfect out.

This is the best time of year — cool mornings, fewer travelers and changing colors.  Really, this time of year may be the best time to visit. It is more beautiful, less crowded, not yet cold, and the brown trout are rising. I always feel like calling my acquaintances and saying 'come get some.' So, now that we have a newsletter, here you all go. Speaking of beauty, the ladies of this newsletter also have something to say.

Dr. V

Girls on the Go
In an epicenter of outdoor living like the Gunnison Valley, it's not just a boy's game. Don't underestimate the girl power that is thriving in the hills that surround us - following are just three examples of the ladies who inhabitat our valley and actually make a living out of it."

Rebecca Sears – Mountain Biking
Rebecca Sears
When Rebecca Sears isn't lecturing in Biology as a professor at Western State College, rest assured she's not too far from a trail. When it's time to turn in her Nordic Skis, she turn's to her mountain bike. Sears has been riding mountain bikes seriously for about four years and has just jumped into more competitive aspects of the sport. Her passion for pumping pedals in a race, however, comes in second to just enjoying the ride with a few friends. "I feel like my time out on the trails is real quality time – no TV, distractions, internet or cell phones – with people," said Sears. "And I've gotten to know some amazing people in this valley."

Sears favorite ride in the area is the Monarch Crest Trail, an epic tear just east of Gunnison that was named one of the top five rides in the U.S. by Bicycle Magazine. Closer to home she prefers flowing through the aspens of Doctor's Park Trail between Spring Creek and Taylor canyons.

Hiking, backpacking and swimming in the Blue Mesa Reservoir is how she spends her "down time". And if her legs have any juice left, a trail run at Hartman Rocks is her way to wind down after class.

Katherine Browne – Flyfishing
Katherine Browne
Katherine Browne's instructions on how to execute a proper "mend" haven't been heard around many of the local women's sewing circles, just yet. As one of only two female flyfishing guides at Willowfly Anglers in Almont, the Gunnison resident is more privy to dealing with graphite rods and fluorocarbon tippet than a needle and thread.

"Flyfishing is one of the fastest growing sports out there among women and I thought it was unusual that we have all this great water and you don't see all that many women out there". Becoming the president of the first Colorado Women Flyfishers (CWF) chapter on the Western Slope just seemed natural to her. Her circle is growing!

With her help, the number of ladies found sinking a hook into a big brown trout in local waters is on the rise. While she says that starting out can be intimidating, she prefers to keep a relaxed setting on the water so more people (women!) can enjoy catching fish.

Kirstie Pike – Hunting
Women worldwide are reconsidering what they wear in the wild because of Gunnison local Kirstie Pike. In 2008, the former emergency room nurse took her love for hunting to the next level. With her husband's help, the Prois line of female specific hunting clothes was born and it's been bagging big game ever since.

Welcome to the world of Prois where Kirstie believes women hunt hard and deserve the gear to support their pursuits. The company has international distributors in South Africa, Australia, Canada and all across the United States. Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's, Sportsman's Warehouse are just a few who carry the Prois Line as well as Gene Taylor Sporting Goods right here in Gunnison. The company has experienced a 400 percent rate of growth from last year and in January 2010, Outdoor Life Magazine hailed one of Prois' products as "Best in Show."

One of the perks for Pike is getting to hunt for a living and meet some of the best in the business in the process. Taking down world class black bears in Canada and gunning down gators in the swamps of Louisiana are just a sliver of her latest expeditions.

For more information on Prois, visit

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Upcoming Events

Western State College's Homecoming
September 24th - 26th

Crested Butte Fall Colors Classic (1/2 marathon)
September 26th

First Friday Gallery Crawl
& Music

October 1st

Teens on Stage - Mallardi Cabaret Theatre
November 4th - 7th

Holiday Fashion Show - Fred R. Field Western Heritage Center
November 14th

Sugar Plum Festival - Fred R. Field Western Heritage Center
November 20th

Crested Butte Nordic Center Opens for the Season
November 20th

Crested Butte Mountain Resort Opens for the Season
November 24th

Crested Butte Nordic Center's Thanksgiving Training Camp
November 26th - 28th

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