Archive for March, 2012

La Plata (14,336ft) Ellingwood Ridge Scramble – Centennial Celebration Party

March 31, 2012

Friday 07/20/2012 to Sunday 07/22/2012
La Plata 14,336′ – Ellingwood Ridge ( Centennial Peak Climb Celebration Fest )
Difficult D-E
Pace: Moderate
Difficulty: Scrambling

Fri Night, Camp Near TH. Sat (early start!), Climb Ellingwood Ridge Route to Summit. All day assault includes a long and arduous ridge climb. Once committed, there is considerable difficulty in retreat, as there is 3rd/4th class scrambling for ~2 miles above treeline. A helmet is required as well as rock scrambling or climbing experience to match the seriousness of this climb. Prior LaPlata experience is a bonus.

Post hike, we’ll celebrate the 100th CMC Anniversary at McPhelemy Park in Buena Vista (food, beer & music). Hikers will need to register separately for the event (25$).

Post party, we can camp Sat night at CMC member’s property (between BV and Fairplay). Return to Carpool spot on Sunday morning. Plans to be firmed up closer to date.

Map(s): Mt Elbert
Trail mileage: 10 miles
Elevation gain: 4900 feet
Driving distance: 320 miles

Leader: Clare E Reda
Email: fightgravity4evr at yahoo dot com
Home Phone: 303-329-7840

Adventure Travel – Best of Australia 2013

March 30, 2012

February 2-17, 2013

$1675 basic land cost + (optional: $1125 side-trip to Uluru (Ayers Rock)) + estimated $1600 airfare*

Gary Hellenga (406) 587-9271
Daedra Pierce (719) 510-2453

Say “G’Day” and explore the unique wonders of the Land Down Under with CMC Adventure Travel!

Upon arrival in Sydney, we’ll explore this fascinating city and its scenic harbor, and begin getting a glimpse of the unique Aussie wildlife and culture, including an option to tour the world-famous Sydney Opera House. Then we’ll head up to explore the hikes, vistas, and waterfalls of the Blue Mountains. From here, we’ll drive to Kosciuszko National Park and hike Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, one of the fabled Seven Summits. After returning to Sydney, we’ll change gears by flying to Cairns in the tropical north of the country, and spend a day snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, and another with a visit to the rainforest – and keep a good watch out for crocodiles!

An optional extension will have us flying from Cairns to the Aussie ‘Outback’, for hikes around the iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) and rock domes of Kata Tjuta National Park, as well as getting to know more about the local Aboriginal culture. Then we’ll return to Sydney for a final night before departing for home!
We will be hiking scenic paths of the Blue and Snowy Mountains, and prospective participants should be fit enough to tackle climbs up to 12 miles round-trip and with climbs of up to 2,000 feet. Basic alpine trekking skills are required. We will be using hostel or budget hotel accommodations, and a maximum of 12 participants will be accepted.

Price includes all in-Australia transportation, lodging, park entry fees, and package Great Barrier Reef / rainforest tour; participants will be responsible for own U.S. – Australia airfare, Australian visitor visa, meals, gear, and entry fees for optional Sydney tours.

*Final trip price is subject to change depending on number of participants and fluctuations in exchange rates.

Request trip application packets (available March 25th) by email from Gary or Daedra, or by mail at 1017 O’Connell Drive, Bozeman, MT 59715.

Torres del Paine Circuit Trek & Buenos Aires Cultural Experience

March 30, 2012

Dec 15 – Dec 31, 2012
Number of participants: 10-15
Torres del Paine Circuit Only: $3,333*
Torres del Paine Circuit + Buenos Aires: $3,712*

Join us on this amazing world-class CMC backpacking trip to Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, a World UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This trek is rated #2 best backpacking trip in the world by the Backpacker magazine. We will hike around the most spectacular Patagonia landscape of dramatic granite peaks, spires and horns towers in ten days covering 52 miles. You need to be “C” level hiker or approved by the trip leader. You only have to carry your backpack since the guides will carry the tents and food.

You also have an option of spending three glorious days relaxing, sampling exquisite Argentine cuisines and soaking in the sights, sounds, rhythms and the culture of Buenos Aires also known as the Paris of South America and named by UNESCO as one of the three Cities of Design. There’ll be a group dinner and a tango show one night before we depart for home.

A pre-trip group hike with the trip-leader in late summer is mandatory for all participants.
Sign-up before May 1st and you’ll receive a complimentary dinner of succulent Argentinean lamb or beef with a glass of wine or beer in El Calafate.

Contact P Vilas Tulachan
*Price may change depending on the exchange rate and number of participants.

Comments from other Torres del Paine hikers:
–Scenery is unbeatable. Wild, rugged, intense, and oh, so impressive. Defies description in mere words.
–We saw guanacos, rheas, crested caracaras, pgymy owls, Magellanic woodpeckers, and foxes up close.
–Argentinian beef- “Whoa” (carnivore’s delight)