Pike’s pack replicas to be at Garden of Gods Visitor Center from March 1 until June ‘07
He may not have been able to climb Pikes Peak, but no one could take away Pike's pack (except maybe when he was captured by the Spanish).
A replica of the U.S. Army pack carried by Lieutenant Zebulon Mont-gomery Pike during his 1806 Colorado expedition will be shown to the public at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., starting March 1.
Free half-hour presentations by a park staff member or trained volunteer will be at 11 a.m. daily in the center's Red Rocks Room. Included will be hands-on opportunities for the public to look at the pack and try it on, or to examine several items that the explorer carried in his pack - including a telescope, flint, canteen, compass and blanket.
“It's a chance for people to find out a little more about Pike and his times,” said Melissa Walker, the center's lead interpreter. The various items inside the replica pack were chosen based on Pike's mentions of them in his expedition journal. These are items that “were essential to the expedition but obsolete now,” Walker explained.
The presentation pack will be one of two replicas at the Visitor Center. The other will be used on the center's nature walks, she said.
The packs are among 12 that were obtained by the Pioneers Museum and Colorado Springs Parks staff (principally Gene Smith) for display around the city as part of the Pike Bicentennial celebration. Another of the packs will be at Rock Ledge Ranch, Walker said.
Schedules for the other packs were not available at press time, but Walker said the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center versions will be there until June 30, 2007 - roughly 200 years after Pike was released by the Spanish.
Westside Pioneer article from a press release