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The Five-hundred-mile Colorado Trail hike to raise funds for CMC scholarship endowment will support bachelor’s degree students

Leslee and her husband, the late Fred Hampel, in 2019 hiking in the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area.

Fred Hampel was just 56 last year when he died March 3 of cancer. Among many compelling career paths, Hampel was on the business faculty at Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs and was among those instrumental in bringing bachelor’s degrees to CMC.

Hampel’s legacy continues. Last summer, supporters established the Fred Hampel Memorial Scholarship Endowment, raising over $35,000 in Hampel’s honor. The endowment will support CMC students pursuing bachelor’s degrees at any of the college’s 11 campuses.

With a goal of $50,000 total, Fred’s widow Leslee and a group of friends are now embarking on a 500-mile fundraising hike of the Colorado Trail. Beginning March 3 – the one-year anniversary of Fred’s passing – the group took the first ceremonial steps of their hiking adventure, surrounded by high-altitude snowfields.

On April 17, the run/hike starts up again in earnest and will be completed in sections with a finish date planned at the end of the summer. The group is asking both individuals and businesses to support the endowment through donations and sponsorship.

For information on the Fred Hampel Memorial Scholarship Endowment, the Colorado Trail hike, and how to follow the group’s progress, contact Amy Stern at Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs, at, 970-870-4407, and To donate, visit