Meet the New Trip Leader – Charles Thabault

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Charles on Torreys Peak, 14,267 ft.

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

Charles joined the CMC in 2009, when he moved back to the west after several years of living and hiking in the southeast. Charles grew up in Oregon hiking, climbing and backpacking in the Cascades. He later spent 10 years in California doing the same in the Sierras and in other areas of California. Charles joined the CMC to meet and hike with people who are also passionate about the outdoors.

Charles has enjoyed several CMC class offerings, including Wilderness Trekking School (WTS), Wilderness First Aid, Knot Tying, and Survival. Charles has also completed the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 1 course, as he does a great deal of winter backcountry snowshoeing. Upon completion of WTS, Charles volunteered as an associate instructor for several sessions to help other outdoor enthusiasts advance their skills. Charles has also volunteered to do trail maintenance projects through the CMC and outside organizations.

His outdoor interests include hiking, snowshoeing, backpacking, car camping, fly fishing, and also the “peak bagging” that he feels makes Colorado so interesting. Charles has completed eleven fourteeners in two years, but he finds thirteeners and the lesser known peaks, passes, and lakes more interesting in many cases.

Charles has a background in both electrical engineering and business. He is currently semi-retired, which allows him even more time to enjoy the Colorado outdoors.

Another one of Charles’ primary interests is travel. His past travels have included much of Southeast Asia and Europe, including some hikes on the Haute Route in Bavaria. Looking forward, Charles is hoping to visit New Zealand, Australia, and the Dolomites.

A little known fact about Charles is that he has been accused of being a “foodie.” He finds, however, that all the different microbrews in the Boulder area are strong competition for the great food. For Charles, living in Boulder is like being “a kid in a candy store.”

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