New “equipment library” at Colorado Mountain College
The Equipment Library is open to residents and students of Lake County, it provides a place to temporarily rent outdoor equipment.
LEADVILLE, Colo .– Colorado Mountain College (CMC) in Leadville has a new library, but it does not offer books.
CMC has partnered with Get Outdoors Leadville! (GOL!) To create an on-campus “equipment library” where Lake County residents can purchase an annual membership for $ 30, or students can purchase for $ 15, according to their website.
Members then have access to the rental of snowshoes, bicycles, Nordic skis, camping equipment and other types of outdoor equipment. According to the GOL! Website, all you need to do is fill out an application for the equipment you want to rent online or in person, and from there you can use it for 14 days.
Rachel Pokrandt, vice president and dean of the CMC Leadville and Chaffee County campus, said the goal of the equipment library is to make outdoor activities accessible to everyone. While many outdoor recreational activities require expensive equipment, this program eliminates some of those barriers and allows people to rent instead.
“In Colorado, we have this amazing outdoor industry that brings billions of dollars to the state,” Pokrandt said. “But these are very privileged activities. The idea here in Leadville is that we want everyone in our community to have access to the great outdoors. “
She said CMC was a great location for the equipment library, as it was the leading provider of outdoor degree programs in the state. CMC students will be able to work at the Equipment Library to gain experience.
“Partnering with the Equipment Library means our students can come and work and intern here, interact with the public and really learn their craft as professionals in the outdoor industry,” Pokrandt said.
Another reason the CMC is a good place, Pokrandt said, is that right behind the equipment library, people can access the mountain bike and cross-country ski trails, which are maintained year round by CMC students.
Equipment library staff also run educational programs for people to learn to do certain activities or use certain equipment.
“If you’ve never been on a backpacking trip before and need to figure out how to use a stove or pack a backpack, you can come in and receive all this education before you go with your family or friends. “said Pokrandt.
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According to the GOL! Website, the equipment library features GOL! Offers workshops and training on biking, Nordic skiing, camping and hiking
Pokrandt believes that programs like this will help communities in a number of ways.
“We have a great responsibility as residents of Colorado and as people who love the outdoors to make sure everyone in our community has access to these amenities,” Pokrandt said. “It helps achieve health equity outcomes and improve educational outcomes in our communities.”
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