Archive for February, 2012

Coney Flats, Easy III Ski Tour

February 29, 2012

3/17/2012 (Saturday)

Mike Anstett
Coney Flats, Easy III Ski Tour
8 miles with 840 feet of Elevation Gain
Moderate Pace

Description: From Beaver Reservoir glide into the valley below dramatic Sawtooth Mtn.

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Hiking in Alps of Bavaria and Austria

February 29, 2012

This trip is sponsored by the CMC Adventure Travel Committee. For trip application, itinerary, and other information please contact the trip leaders:

Renata and John Collard
Phone: 303.617.4773

Hiking in Alps of Bavaria and Austria
Difficulty: Hikes up to B and C level.
Maximum Number of Participants: 14
August 27-September 7, 2012
$2,800 (not including international air fare)

The German and Austrian Alps is a scenic region of pristine lakes and creeks, high mountains, green pastures and thundering river gorges. The hilly countryside that’s dotted by quaint villages is home of most famous castles in Bavaria where we will start our trip. On the Austro-Bavarian border we will visit Germany’s highest peak, Zugspitze.

In Austria, we will start by exploring the glacier carved valley of Stubaital close to Innsbruck. From there we will continue to learn more about Tyrol country, while hiking and climbing in the Zillertal area. Finally, we will walk on paths of thousand year history in Salzkammergut. The area with spectacular lakes, close to the town of Salzburg, had in past famous mines of “white gold” and the historical salt trail started from here. The town of Hallstatt is Unesco World Heritage destination.

During the trip, we will stay in comfortable, typically family owned, hotels and explore some breathtaking parts of the world.

Costs include: lodging in hotels and pensions, transportation during the trip, breakfast and most of dinners and leader’s expenses. Costs do not include: airfare or travel insurance. The final cost may vary depending on currency exchange.

Protecting Utah’s Redrock Wildlands: Castleton Tower and Greater Canyonlands

February 29, 2012

Protecting Utah’s Redrock Wildlands: Castleton Tower and Greater Canyonlands
by Doug Yohn with Terri Martin, Picture by Tom Till

“The wide-open vistas that sustain our souls, the depth of silence that pushes us toward sanity, return us to a kind of equilibrium. We stand steady on Earth. The external space I see is the internal space I feel.”
Terry Tempest Williams

Like two Santas, we stuffed our way up the off-widths and chimneys of the Kor-Ingall’s Route until, depleted of strength and minus a bit of skin, we found ourselves atop the flat summit of Castleton Tower, the flame of America’s Redrock Wilderness. It had been a long vertical journey for my friend and I, but we had persevered. I stood awestruck as I took in the natural beauty surrounding me: a vast reach of red rock spires and skirted mesas with the La Sal mountains towering like a blue wave over it all.

Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall must have felt this way a half century ago as he flew above the confluence of the Colorado and Green Rivers. While dam-builder Floyd Domini pointed down at the proposed site for his next big construction project, Mr. Udall thought, “Goodness sake! That’s a national park! That’s a national park!”.

Though his idea was conceived in an instant, it took several years of persistent effort to make Canyonlands National Park a reality. Those opposed ignored the economic benefits of wilderness and argued that economic activity would be locked out. Utah’s governor even pointed out the value of the beautiful Needles District spires as building stone! But an overwhelming majority favored Mr. Udall’s plan and voted to establish the park. At a gathering at Island in the Sky, Udall would later describe Canyonlands as “one of the most magnificent places in the United States. You can talk about the Grand Canyon,…Yellowstone,…Yosemite. I’m biased. I’m not sure they compare to the Canyonlands. How about that!”.

Butler Gulch / Jones Pass, Advanced I Ski Tour

February 28, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Butler Gulch / Jones Pass
Advanced I Ski Tour
Pace: Fast
Difficulty: Ski Mountaineering
Status: Confirmed

Description: We’ll skin up Butler Gulch to near Jones pass, then ski out. This is a strenuous trip, you need to be a strong backcountry skier, and in good shape. Avy gear required, and avy training required. But, its’s a great trip!

Map(s): Berthoud Pass, Byers Peak
Trail mileage: 8
Elevation gain: 2000 feet
Prerequisite: Avalanche School
Driving Distance: 100 Miles

Contact Leader Kent Crites:
Home Phone: 303-284-3059