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Rugged camper born in Colorado may help hone a new facet of Silverton’s high-elevation economy

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Sasquatch Expedition Campers co-founder Kass Kremer finishes inspecting a kitchen on a trailer in Silverton on July 26, 2020. (Scott DW Smith, Special to The Colorado Sun) Kass and Beth Kremer and their friend Daryl Magner were soaking up the alpenglow on a pleasant August evening two years ago, lounging around a campfire next to their tent and old Bronco on the back side of Silverton Mountain.

They were happy to be out of COVID lockdown and in the mountains. But they were sad to see all the other backcountry visitors streaming into town at dinnertime; they were going to miss the best part of the day — the outdoor meal, the sunset and the stars.

As they pondered this backcountry exodus, Kass, Beth and Magner did what might not be out of the ordinary for a trio of mechanical and industrial engineers: They started dreaming and scheming about how they could build the perfect backcountry camper.

It would be a camper that would eliminate a barrier to comfortably camping deep and high in the backcountry. Such a camper would have to be rugged enough to make it over the rocks and ruts of 4-wheel-drive roads. It would have to be light […]

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