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Mountain of friendship created through local group

Special to the DailyMembers of Mountain Escapades gather at a picnic earlier this summer.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Once a week or so, they meet for drinks. Or one of them throws a party at home, and they all bring food and beer. Or they might go hiking somewhere. If they are single, they could find somebody interesting to go to dinner with the following night. If they’re not, it’s still a good opportunity to get out and be social.More than 10 years ago, Doug Rose started the gathering called Mountain Escapades, a group of singles and couples 40 and over that gets together almost once a week to spend some time with old friends or to make some new ones.To many, no posting photos on, no online dating, no calling 1-800 numbers or taking compatibility tests sounds refreshing.

“It is a nice opportunity for new-comers to meet people,” said Lynne Billing, a real estate agent who moved to Colorado from Minnesota two years ago and has been a member of the group ever since. While 25 percent of Mountain Escapades’ members are married, almost 75 percent of them are single, which makes the group an ideal place to meet someone.In fact, a lot of people have met their future husbands and wives during one of the group’s events. Rose, the group’s founder, is now married to a woman he met at Mountain Escapades, according to Billing.The group’s activities include everything from happy hour (which they try to do every Monday) to parties to outdoor activities. During the winter they go skiing, and they go hiking in the summer.Their next scheduled activity is happy hour at the Dillon Dam Brewery at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10. The group is also planning to throw a Halloween party Saturday, Oct. 29.

“People can come to an event, and if they are comfortable and they like it, they can become members,” Billing said. Mountain Escapades charges a $10 annual membership fee.Those interested in getting a schedule of upcoming events or information on how to become a member can call Billing at (970) 389-0522.

Mountain Escapades’ next event• What: Mountain Escapades happy hour• Where: Dillon Dam Brewery• When: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10• Cost: $10 annual fee for membership

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