On the "NEXT with Kyle Clark" show on February 22, 2017 (KUSA Channel 9 News Denver) there was a 48-second segment as follows: "A former lawyer with an interest in history has made a little hobby out of finding shrines in the trees at the ski resorts in the Aspen area. And last week he spotted a shrine that caused a double-take. David Wood says he typically finds shrines for people who have died--Jerry Garcia, Hunter S. Thompson--but this would be a shrine to President Donald J. Trump, who is obviously still quite living, and obviously this is not someone who you would expect to see getting a lot of love in the Aspen area. David says the shrines he's found around Aspen are unlike anything he's seen in the Western U.S., and this one was truly unique. Our article on 9News.com (http://www.9news.com/news/local/next/obscure-shrines-found-in-mountains-around-aspen/412541843) tells you more about this shrine-hunting adventure." (This article is set out in full below.)
This February 18, 2018 Telegraph UK article by Chris Madigan mentions the Donald Trump Shrine: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/articles/new-interesting-ski-activities/ A quote from the article: "Head into the trees on Aspen Mountain and you’ll find dozens of shrines. At first, they were to singers such as Elvis, Jerry Garcia and Bob Marley. But there have also been shrines to Guinness, Yankee Stadium and Donald Trump."
A small and, dare we say humble, shrine to President Donald Trump has materialized on Aspen Mountain.
The shrine features a bumper sticker with Trump’s signature phrase, “Make America Great Again,” a long vertical picture of the Donald looking a bit smug and a spoof New York State driver’s license that lists Trump’s eyes as “calculating” rather than a color.
Trump could rightfully claim the last laugh because the license was set to expire on July 18, 2016, the opening day of the Republican National Convention. He obviously beat all expectations.
The sticker, license and photo were stapled to one aspen tree while a single photo of Trump looking presidential with an image of the White House in the background is stapled to an adjacent tree.
David Wood, an avid skier who tracks the shrines of the Aspen and Snowmass ski areas as a hobby, stumbled upon the Trump shrine by accident this week. He was looking for a different shrine but misinterpreted directions and spotted the Donald.
As his his cusom, Wood didn't want to disclose exactly where the shrine is located. Half of the fun is searching and finding them. In this case, he suspects that people might search and destroy the shrine.
In Pitkin County, there were 7,239 votes cast for Hillary Clinton and 2,522 for Trump in the November election, a margin of 69.6 to 24.2 percent.
Wood would only offer that the Trump shrine was on the upper part of Aspen Mountain “in a place you would never ski — at least I wouldn’t.”
He estimated the artifacts have been there less than a month because the laminate is in good shape and the staples haven’t rusted. There were no tracks leading to the site, so he doubted they have been placed since the last substantial snowfall a week or so ago.
Shrines regularly come and go, Wood noted. A New England Patriots shrine in the trees at Snowmass had faded but was replenished this winter during their run to the Super Bowl title. Wood hasn’t been there recently, but he said he suspects that Denver Broncos loyalists or Patriot haters have probably dismantled that shrine.
“I would be surprised if they are still there,” he said of the Patriots’ memorabilia.
Other shrines endure for ages, such as the Elvis, Marilyn and Jerry Garcia shrines on Aspen Mountain.
A former lawyer and history buff – has taken his hobby and turned it into a quest to document shrines on ski hills in the Aspen area.
Author: Jaime Berg
Published: 6:40 PM MST February 22, 2017
Updated: 6:40 PM MST February 22, 2017
A former lawyer and history buff has taken his hobby and turned it into a quest to document shrines on ski hills in the Aspen area.
David C. Wood, 73, works closely with the historical society in Aspen and has created a website documenting shrines hidden within the trees of several ski hills in the Aspen area. Wood splits his time between Iowa and Aspen, and skis nearly every day in he’s in Colorado in the winter.
Last week, as he was looking for a different shrine, he skied across one dedicated to President Donald Trump. He took some pictures, and skied down the mountain, eventually posting the pictures on his website.
Courtesy: David C. Wood
Wood says he didn’t think about it very much, but once he posted it to his Facebook page, it starting attracting a lot of attention.
“I’ve received many, many messages from people wanting to know where it is so they can go tear it down, and asking me why I didn’t tear it down, and I try to explain to them, well, it’s not my role. I don’t tear down shrines, I never have, I never will.”
David says it’s part of history, whether people like it or not. He says his Facebook page has become a forum for the ‘pro-Trump’ and ‘anti-Trump’ people to duke it out. David has taken pictures of, and documented dozens of shrines in the Aspen area. Most are for people who have passed away, or famous artists who are also no longer with us. He says the Trump shrine is different, because the President is still living, it’s unlike any he’s seen and has gotten a lot more attention than the shrines typically receive.
“It’s created the biggest stir of anyone, that’s for sure, most of them are the people like Hunter S. Thompson, Jerry Garcia, or Jimmy Hendrix, that kind of thing. Some people are interested in those people and others are not, but this one – I don’t know that there’s ever been a shrine up there that has this political relationship to it, and so many people seem to be interested in it, that wouldn’t normally be interested in shrines.”
David says if you’re following ‘general shrine rules’ a person must be dead in order to have a shrine – the only other living shrine he’s found, is dedicated to Jimmy Buffet.
David says he’s skied every ski area in the west and has never seen any like those in the mountains near Aspen. He says you have to really look for them in the trees, but don’t ask him for directions for how to get to any --- he won’t tell you. David says the local code is that you don’t give directions, or you just make it pretty general – because it’s a mystical thing that’s unique to Aspen. David wrote a book about the shrines he’s found in the mountains around Aspen, all the proceeds go toward a scholarship fund.
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