Camp HaleThe 10th Mountain Division, created for alpine and winter combat during World War II, girded for battle on the steep, inhospitable terrain of Camp Hale (about twenty-five miles southwest of here). Built at an old railroad sheep-loading stop, the base opened in 1942 with 8,000 recruits, many of them veteran mountaineers. Their specialize training kept them above 10,000 feet for days on end, poling cross-country under ninety-pound loads. These exercises increased endurance and taught important wilderness and cold-weather survival skills; however, they also landed hundreds in sickbay with frostbite and hypothermia. Camp Hale housed 15,000 military personnel (and hundreds of German POWs) during the war; today the area serves thousands of civilian skiers, who glide down some of the old training slopes at Ski Cooper or make cross-country journeys on the 10th Mountain Division Hut System.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Colorado: History Colorado series|
|Placed By||Colorado Historical Society and the Colorado Department of Transportation|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 7:56am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13S E 395313 N 4376028|
|Decimal Degrees||39.52753333, -106.21805000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 31.652', W 106° 13.083'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 31' 39.12" N, 106° 13' 4.98" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 22966-22990 County Rd 16, Frisco CO 80443, US|
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