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Marchers Cross Set Altitude Record Over Vail Pass

May 20, 1986

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) _ The Great Peace March for nuclear disarmament reached its highest point so far Tuesday when it crossed Vail Pass, and marchers are aiming higher.

The marchers crossed the 10,666-foot altitude pass and planned to cross the Continental Divide over 11,992-foot Loveland Pass on Friday.

Denied a camping permit in Vail, the marchers were treated to lodging in private homes and lodges for two nights. The group planned to camp on U.S. Forest Service land Tuesday night.

The marchers left Los Angeles on March 1 and hope to arrive in Washington, D.C. by Nov. 15.

The marchers generally followed a bicycle path over the pass. On the eastern side, the route ran between the two lanes of Interstate 70.

There are 550 along on the march. About half march, and the others do chores such as setting up or dismantling camps and cooking.

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