Boulder Mountaineering School, Basic Rock School – Spring Slots Available

March 28, 2014 by

The Spring Session of BMS will be starting soon and there are still open slots! If you are interested, or know a friend who is, please go to:Spring Schedule for more information.

In particular, Basic Rock Climbing School has open spaces. We would love to show you the ropes! With a low student to teacher ratio and three field trips, it’s a great value! Whether you are “getting back into it” after a hiatus, preparing for a summer trip to Estes Park, or want to later sign up for the Rock Lead school, this class will give you the fundamentals for climbing safely.

Hiking and Rock Lead School also have open slots, so now is the time to take advantage of these fantastic opportunities!

Boulder Group and Trailblazers Trips

February 4, 2014 by

Upcoming Boulder Group Trips

Sunday, 2/9/2014, Long Lake Ski Tour – Indian Peaks Wilderness Area Blue Downhill and Moderate Pace

Starting and finishing on the CMC South Trails, we will take a mix of trails to and from Long Lake possibly breaking trail when going around the lake. Sign up at the State CMC site.

Leader: Christopher Marotta Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 900

Wednesday, 2/12/2014, Wednesday Evening Endeavors (WEE) Social Event

Every 2nd Wednesday of the three cooler seasons, we’ll decide on some appropriate weather event once gathered at the Boulder Group Clubroom (behind Neptune) whether it’s a hike, snowshoe, bar, restaurant, or movie.  Don’t call, just show 10 or so minutes before 6:00 (or 5:30 if we so decide in the future) p.m.  Be prepared for any weather with good footwear, water, rain jacket, flashlight, a snack, and/or money.   Let’s be imaginative with the “endeavor” part of the WEE events!

Leader: Marilyn Fellows Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 250

Sunday, 2/22/2014, St. Vrain Mountain Snowshoe w/Optional Ski Descent – Moderate Pace

Saint Vrain Mountain is about 3 miles southwest of Allenspark, which is off the Peak to Peak highway, about 6 miles south of the Longs Peak Ranger Station, or about 4 miles north of the intersection of Hi 7 (from Lyons) and Hi 72 (to Nederland)

Come join us for this moderate and accessible hike/snowshoe/ski tour in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. With a roundtrip distance of about 8.6 miles, and elevation gain of about 3,200 feet, this will be more than a beginner’s hike, but not too strenous for a reasonably fit person. You will need to have either snowshoes or skis (or both! Nice to have options…) Be prepared for winter conditions, with extra clothes, hand warmers (if you need them), hot drinks, and adequate food. Sign up at the State CMC site.

Leader: Rick Casey Co-Leader: Clare Reda Type: Snowshoe with Optional Ski Descent, Trail mileage: ~7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: ~3600 ft

Upcoming Trailblazer Trips

FEBRUARY 8, 2014 (6pm), Tacos/Happy Hour at Pinche Taqueria, 1514 York St., Denver. RSVP to Christein Leiper using chleiper at aol dot com.

FEBRUARY 9, 2014, Heart Lake Snowshoe, Trail Mileage: 9 miles, Elevation Gain: 2700 ft. Led by Chris Bartle. Sign up at the CMC State site.

FEBRUARY 16, 2014, Atlantic Peak - West Ridge, Trail Mileage: 6 miles, Elevation Gain: 3000 ft. Led by Erin Thompson. Sign up at the CMC State Site.

FEBRUARY 22, 2014, Grizzly Peak, Loveland Pass, Led by Josh Armstrong. Sign up at the CMC State Site.

MARCH 1, 2014, Lair O’ the Bear Park, Leader picks trails. Trail Mileage: 6-8 Miles, Led by Nathan Neff. Contact at Nathanneff45 at gmail dot com.

Trail Ultramarathons…Or What I Do When Climbing Season Is Over

January 4, 2014 by

By: Clare Reda

Most Coloradans I know have at least 3 sports they do over the course of the year. This way, they can enjoy an activity no matter what the weather is doing. What is your main sport and what are your backups? Write the compass editor with your story!

When I first moved to Colorado, some 7 years ago, I only had one sport: Climbing.

Clare at Shelf Road
The author, about to rappel the route Don’t Be Messin’ With Ma Moves at Shelf Road.

My first couple of winters were not fun. I actually tried climbing through it; driving 375 miles to Shelf Road for one day of climbing or spending 2 hours to climb one route in Clear Creek because I needed to warm my numb hands at every bolt.

I remember one miserable day in January, climbing at Hawk-Eagle Ridge in Eldorado Canyon. I climbed with about 10 layers of clothing on, looking like that kid in the Christmas Story who couldn’t put his hands down. Using my mittens, I’d clear the crack of snow, stuff the mitten in my jacket, place a piece, put the mitten back on, then aid up the climb. My climbing partner, from New York, kept calling me a whimp-what a meanie! It was tedious to the extreme…and…cold!

At some point it dawned on me; I need another sport (or three)! I branched out to Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and finally, I discovered Running!

Running in the snow was thrilling in many of the same ways as Cross Country Skiing. I didn’t have to worry about falling, since everything around me was soft and puffy. The activity kept me warm, so I could go out with just one or two layers and be happy. Our snow is dry, unlike Sierra Cement, so I don’t get wet. And, last but not least, it’s easy on the knees. Read the rest of this entry »


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