Archive for January, 2012

2012 Spring/Summer Boulder Mountaineering Schools (BMS) – Save the Dates!

January 30, 2012

Excitement is building, as dates are now set for 2012 spring/summer/fall BMS courses:

Spring/Summer Schools Orientation Night
Monday, February 27, 7pm
Boulder Group Clubroom
***Attendance at the Orientation Night is not required for signing up.

See for all of the lecture and field trip dates and the sign-up procedure.

This year’s spring/summer schools include:
Hiking and Survival Essentials (starts 3/6)
Hiking Navigation (starts 4/3)
Basic Rock School (starts 4/17)
Hiking Route and Trip Planning (new course, starts 4/19)
Basic Snow (starts 5/15)
Intermediate Snow (starts 5/29)
Rock Leading School (starts 6/5)
Backpacking (starts 7/10)

If you’re unable to attend all of the lectures and field trips this spring/summer, some of the courses will be offered in the fall. For the fall schedule, please see:

Contact Brenda Leach at: for more information or questions.


Attention Instructors – Volunteer for Spring/Summer 2012 BMS Session

January 30, 2012

The spring/summer session of the Boulder Mountaineering School (BMS) is looking for instruc­tors to help teach courses. The school directors will be contacting past instructors, but interested and capable parties should feel free to contact them first!

For the course schedule, please see:

For more information, or to volunteer, contact the school directors:
Hiking Schools: Karen Baldwin,
Basic Rock School: Brenda Leach,
Snow Schools: Jim Leffingwell,
Rock Leading School: Clint Locks,

Instructors, your time and efforts are much appreciated!

Wilderness First Aid Training Opportunity

January 30, 2012

Wilderness First Aid Training
Sat & Sun March 10-11, 8am-5pm ($155*)
*Scholarships are also available for those who qualify.

The Boulder Group is sponsoring a 16 hour WFA course this spring. The training is provided by Vern Miller, President and Lead Instructor of TrailMed Wilderness Medicine. Vern has been active in Search and Rescue for over 18 years and is currently a Paramedic for Rocky Mountain National Park.

This course is required training for new trip leaders and all BMS Senior Instructors and is highly recommended for existing Trip leaders who currently lead more technical trips.

The WFA training will be valid for 3 years.

For more details or to register for this course, please email Cindy Gagnon: .

Wildlands Restoration Volunteer Training

January 30, 2012

This summer the Boulder CMC Group will be working with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WLRV) on projects near Brainard Lake. If you are interested, check out these WLRV training opportunities:

Project Leadership Training Sat, Feb 18
Crew Leader Training in Eco Restoration Sat, Mar 17
Tool Manager Orientation Wed, Mar 28

For additional trainings and more information please visit .

Doug Yohn, CMC Boulder Conservation Chair

Meet the New Trip Leader – Paul Raab

January 30, 2012

Paul on Apache Peak, 13,441 ft, Indian Peaks Wilderness

The Outings Committee would like to introduce new trip leader, Paul Raab. Paul recently became an A/B Hiking Leader. We congratulate him on this accomplishment and for his volunteering spirit.

Paul joined the CMC in 2007, together with his wife, Sue. They relocated to Boulder from Chicago in 2006. Paul was looking for ways to learn about and enjoy Colorado’s mountain environment. The CMC has helped Paul learn how to experience the mountains safely and responsibly, while meeting fun and interesting people who also enjoy the outdoors.

Paul hiked his first fourteener, Mount Bierstadt, with the CMC in 2007. Since then, he has enjoyed hikes, climbs, and snowshoes ranging from A/B trips to more challenging C/D-E trips like Longs Peak and Mount Meeker, via the Loft Route, and Spearhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. He has hiked and snowshoed with a variety of different groups: Denver, Pikes Peak, Shining Mountains, Longs Peak, as well as the Boulder Group. He has completed several classes through the CMC, including: Map and Compass, Wilderness Survival, Wilderness First Aid, and CPR. He plans to take more. (more…)