5Point Film Festival Begins Today — and Len Shoemaker, Take 2

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | May 8, 2008      

Today was going to be a backcountry ski morning, but the weather got springtime shaky so I’m banking some office time. Besides, our very own mountain film festival starts today here in Carbondale. This afternoon, at 5:00 PM, be there for burritos and beer then a slew of movies specially tailored for younger mountain boys and girls (and all nonagenarians). From base jumping to adventure fishing — looks like they’ve got it covered. More here.

Colorado backcountry skiing.
Len Shoemaker, 1881 – 1973

As for Len, I’m sure he’d be psyched at the way we’re honoring our mountain culture. As blogged yesterday, we climbed and skied Len’s eponymous mountain. While I knew who the man was from my studies over the years, I figured perhaps it’s time to put on my history hat (no, it’s not tinfoil, Dave) and blog at least a few more details about Len. His obit is nowhere to be found on the web, so here is a short bio copied verbatim from his book “Roaring Fork Valley.”

“Len was born on April 22, 1881, at Rosita, Colorado, and accompanied his parents to the Glenwood Springs area in 1886. The Shoemakers were married in Carbondale, December 2, 1906. He was a member of the Washington Park Community Church, the Masonic and Elks lodges, and the Eastern Star, all of Denver. Len was author of several books during and after his long career with the Forest Service. He retired in 1943, having served posts in Boulder, Carbondale, along the Frying Pan and in Denver, where he remained for twenty years. He returned to Glenwood Springs in 1968 — where he died at the age of 92, July 18, 1973.”


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2 Responses to “5Point Film Festival Begins Today — and Len Shoemaker, Take 2”

  1. Njord May 9th, 2008 2:39 am

    Judging from the picture, not only was Len a handsome young man, but also a follower of the “sometimes, always, never” rule of coat buttons… I did not think that anyone from Carbondale actually knew how to properly wear a suit coat!

  2. pete anzalone May 9th, 2008 11:08 am


    The historical perspective is very enriching. It’s great to see that ol’ Len lived a long life…I hope that bodes well for the rest of us.

    Do you have any of Len’s book titles handy?


    PS: As per Njord’s comment, perhaps we should call Len “Natty Len Shoemaker?”

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