2 former residents publish books about Summit County life, adventures and fond recollections

“The Little Camper Who May” is Ashlie Weisel’s first guide. It was impressed by a visit she took together with her household earlier than transferring to Summit County.
Ashlie Weisel/Courtesy Photograph

As an artist, Ashlie Weisel is used to creating private works out there to the general public. Nevertheless, she hadn’t initially deliberate to jot down a youngsters’s guide to promote.

“The Little Camper Who May,” Weisel’s first image guide, started as a undertaking for his daughter Rhein greater than 5 years in the past. Earlier than ending up in Summit County and beginning The Sunny Side Up Studio in FriscoWeisel and her husband Dan refurbished a 1964 trailer and took a six-month tour throughout the nation.

Weisel wished to seize the journey as a reminiscence as a result of their new child could not bear in mind it. She wrote the textual content of the guide on scraps of scrap paper, jotting down no matter she may whereas it was recent. Her husband then satisfied her to make a youngsters’s guide out of it, however Weisel acquired caught on illustrations.



Together with struggling to determine the right way to carry sure scenes to life, Weisel’s artwork model has modified over time. His scanning strategies, information of Adobe applications and extra have modified. This led to cleaner work and sharper strains not current in earlier work, and it took effort to make the guide cohesive.

Yearly, her husband would ask when “The Little Camper Who May” can be completed, and Weisel set herself the aim of ending it in 2022. Weisel additionally needed to change the story textual content to rhyme, and he or she scraped some elements that simply would not work.



“General, the construction of this one was virtually an evening and day distinction from once I first wrote it as a memoir for my daughter,” Weisel mentioned.

Weisel mentioned the guide embodies the free spirit of Summit County households, in addition to the adventures they’ve taken. Weisel recalled driving in San Francisco and the trailer acquired caught on the hilly, slim roads.

“We needed to do like that 14-point flip to get out,” Weisel mentioned with amusing.

The guide launched at The Pad lodge and hostel in late July, and since then Weisel has donated copies to native elementary faculties. Now Weisel is specializing in life in St. Augustine, Florida. The household moved there in August after falling in love with the neighborhood throughout spring break.

Nothing occurs within the Frisco retailer and the Weisel model stay sunny expands into merchandise with nautical imagery.

“That is what the Summit County neighborhood impressed me to do: at all times say sure to journey,” Weisel mentioned. “…We’re so grateful that the solar is shining in Frisco. We now have labored very arduous over the previous 5 years to make it shine. We’re not going wherever. You higher imagine I will put my coronary heart into it as a lot as potential from afar.

Weisel mentioned she ultimately needs to do one other guide, perhaps make it a collection, however there is not any timeline in thoughts. If she does, she mentioned she would possibly change the mode of transportation to one thing like a sailboat to represent the brand new chapter.

A brand new have a look at historical past

This picture of trapper George on his strategy to the Gold Pan Saloon in 1976 is only one of many pictures from Kent Gunnufson’s “Rocky Mountains: A Self-Portrait”. The guide is an element memoir, half compendium of the historical past of the Haut Pays.
Kent Gunnufson/Courtesy Photograph

For Kent Gunnufson, his new guide “Rocky Mountains: A Self-Portrait” can be a form of memoir. The previous Summit County resident has had a ardour for pictures ever since his grandparents gave him a Kodak Brownie digicam when he was about 6 years outdated. Born in Lengthy Seaside, Gunnufson grew up in Orange County and was surrounded by California wilderness.

“We may go fishing, browsing or snowboarding, all inside an hour of our home,” Gunnufson mentioned. “It is fairly superb. However, you may’t see the mountains on a regular basis due to the air air pollution.

At age 8, Gunnufson photographed Decrease Yosemite Falls along with his father’s handheld digicam and fell in love with landscapes and mountain pictures. He loved photographing holidays and creating photos through which he may relieve his expertise of the mountains. He lastly realized that his pictures might be improved and he discovered a Kodak brochure on composition which taught him varied suggestions and tips. Later, he breaks the rule of a much less structured instinctive composition.

He went to high school on the College of Colorado at Boulder earlier than transferring to Breckenridge in 1972. Facilities have been totally different then, comparable to fewer streetlights and sidewalks. Gunnufson recalled an absence of success making an attempt to get his daughter to cheat or deal with, however then witnessed fast change a few decade later.

Gunnufson’s photographic aim was to seize the distinctive and altering tradition of the Excessive Nation, and his first guide got here out in 1981. He ultimately branched out into movie, producing and internet hosting “Photograph-Discuss” for Denver Group Tv in 1993 and labored as a section producer for CBS4. He has additionally directed documentaries, comparable to “A Lady Ranching the Rockies” in 2006 and “Bumming Colorado’s Ski Nation” in 2013, which screened on the Breckenridge Movie Competition.

Regardless of filming in coloration, taking pictures black and white pictures is what Gunnufson has been doing for many years.

“Again you then weren’t thought of an artist except you have been taking pictures black and white,” Gunnufson mentioned. “Coloration was not the artist’s medium.”

The guide’s black and white images present a spread of topics together with snowboarding at Loveland, rugby at Breckenridge, rustic cabins, Dillon Reservoir, historic mining websites, pace skier CJ Mueller, Silverthorne resident Boot Gordon and even former President Gerald Ford in Beaver. Stream.

Gunnufson mentioned a few of the hardest images to get have been these taken in distant mountains throughout the winter, as getting the suitable angle can contain harmful journey.

“It is really easy to not concentrate and freeze to dying,” Gunnufson mentioned, including that he as soon as heard snow crashing underneath his ft as he walked by way of an avalanche zone.

Gunnufson, now a resident of Grand County, was impressed to publish “Rocky Mountains: A Self-Portrait” due to the Grand County Writers’ Group workshops he attended. Gunnufson is dyslexic and writing the textual content for the guide took lots of rewriting, however he is proud of the way it’s going.

In telling the story of the Excessive Nation, Gunnufson additionally informed his personal private story.

“Pictures are as a lot a self-portrait in regards to the photographer as they’re in regards to the topic they’re capturing,” Gunnufson mentioned.

The Grandby Library will host Gunnufson for a dialogue and guide signing at 5:30 p.m., Friday, August 26.

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