Archive for April, 2012

Filling the Stewardship Gap: Two Leaders in the Effort to Mobilize a Million People Who Love Colorado

April 30, 2012

Filling the Stewardship Gap:

Two Leaders in the Effort to Mobilize a Million People Who Love Colorado

 

Introduction

We Coloradan’s care deeply about our public lands. How deeply? In 2010, our 1.3 million volunteer-hours were valued at nearly $28 million! As the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day approaches, this is a good time to reflect upon the progress we have made after years spent stewarding our lands and develop the resolve needed to face future challenges.

In 1992, voters created the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Trust Fund to help preserve our state’s outdoor heritage. To date, GOCO has awarded approximately $800 million in grants for well over 3,000 projects. Local governments and others have contributed additional funding for preservation of open space and natural areas. But despite these major achievements, the gap between volunteer capacity and stewardship needs remains. After extensive research, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) published their Blueprint for Outdoor Stewardship in 2002. They found that record population growth had led to a substantial increase in the use of public land for recreation at a time when land managers’ budgets and staffs were getting smaller. As a result, the natural resources that attract new residents to our state were being degraded.

The Blueprint provided a strategy for significantly increasing levels of volunteer participation. The plan was implemented and further progress was made, and yet the executive summary in a document released last year began with this statement: “The crisis facing Colorado’s public lands is at a critical point.” (more…)

Boulder Group Trips – Trail Running, Rock and Snow Climbing, and Ski Tour

April 29, 2012

Wednesday , 5/9/2012 , Doudy Draw Trail Run /No Runner Left Behind /One Hour, 5 to 6 miles Depending
Will run for about an hour on the trails at Doudy Draw. May extend or cut mileage depending upon energy, time, and weather. Start with active stretching. All abilities and club sections welcome. If there’s bad weather or trail conditions, we will hike instead. Trail head parking lot on the south side of Eldorado Springs Drive. Meet at 5:30pm. Contact Leader for details and to sign up.

Leader: Clare E Reda
Type: Trail Run, Trail mileage: 6 miles, Difficulty: On Trail
TopoMaps: Map(s): Eldorado Springs
Leader Email: fightgravity4evr@yahoo.com, Leader Phone: 303-329-7840

Friday , 5/18/2012 , Swanson’s Arete /Eldorado Canyon State Park
“This classic route scales the prominent west arete of Lumpe Tower. Offers great climbing in a dramatic position, one of the best routes of it’s grade in the canyon.”-Steve Levin Starting pitch is the West Chimney, 5.6 PG13. Two long pitches of sustained and exposed 5.5 climbing extend from the Red Ledge to the top of the Lumpe Tower. We will rappel down the Dirty Deed Gully, back to the Red Ledge. Then one last rappel down West Chimney back to packs. Meet at 7am at carpool location. There will be a 2 dollar fee for parking. Bring helmet, backpack big enough to hold a rope, climbing harness and shoes, belay device, prussiks, a couple locking caribeaners, 10 essentials, a thin rain/wind jacket, water and food for climb, and a nut cleaning tool. Hike to the climb involves an hour of ascending steep stone steps, ladders, and light bouldering. Trekking poles may be desired. Be prepared for adventure, this is a multi-pitch climb at one of the most popular walls in Eldo!

Leader: Clare E Reda
Type: II Climb, Difficulty: 5.6
Leader Email: fightgravity4evr@yahoo.com, Leader Phone: 303-329-7840

Saturday , 5/19/2012 , Climb Mt. Stanley and ski the Stanley slide
We’ll leave a car at the base of the slide then skin up Stanley. One of the greatest ski tours in the state! We’ll skin up Mt. Stanley for a spectacular ski down the slide path to hairpin #1. I expect the participants to have taken the equivalent of Avy 1 and participated in a field trip using digital beacons, probes, shovels and wands. All participants are to carry beacon, probe, and shovel at a minimum. Tele or AT gear is fine. skins are a must. “Tele/AT Backcountry ski clinic” skills or equivalent. This is a long, rugged trip. Participants must very good backcountry skiers and in excellent physical condition.

Leader: Kent M Crites
Type: Adv. II Ski Tour, Trail mileage: 6 miles, Elevation Gain: 2600 feet, Difficulty: Ski Mountaineering
TopoMaps: Map(s): Berthoud Pass, Driving Distance: 150 miles
Leader Email: kentcrites@aol.com, Leader Phone: 303-284-3059

Sunday , 5/20/2012 , Skyscraper Snow Climb
From Hessie TH in Indian Peaks hike to Bob & Betty Lakes then ascend Skyscraper Glacier up to divide. Descend via King Lake trail. Good first snow climb. Depart Boulder 5 a.m. for long day. #38 in Dave Cooper’s CO Snow Climbs book. Ice axe, crampons, helmet, and harness required.

Leader: Robert O’Rourke
Type: Moderate C-E, Trail mileage: 11 miles, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3200 feet, Difficulty: Semi-tech
TopoMaps: Map(s): Ward Quadrangle (USGS), Map #102 – Indian Peak, Gold Hill, Driving Distance: 60 miles
Leader Email: orourke2@earthlink.net, Leader Phone: 303-859-3508

Wednesday , 5/23/2012 , Doudy Draw Trail Run /No Runner Left Behind /One Hour, 5 to 6 Miles Depending
Run for an hour on Doudy Draw trails. May extend or cut mileage depending upon energy, time, and weather. Start with active stretching. All abilities and club sections welcome. If there’s bad weather or trail conditions, we will hike instead. Trail head parking lot on the south side of Eldorado Springs Drive. Meet at 5:30pm. Call leader for more information and to sign up.

Leader: Clare E Reda
Type: Trail Run, Trail mileage: 6 miles, Difficulty: On Trail
TopoMaps: Map(s): Eldorado Springs
Leader Email: fightgravity4evr@yahoo.com, Leader Phone: 303-329-7840

Wednesday , 5/30/2012 , South Boulder Peak (CMC Trip #1 + 100 years!)
“The first trip of the CMC was made to the top of South Boulder Peak Thursday May 30, 1912” – Mary Sabin Excatly 100 years later we will commemorate this trip by climbing S Boulder Peak from the South Mesa Trailhead just east of Eldorado Springs. The trip will start at 9 AM.

Leader: Gary Johnston
Type: Difficult B, Trail mileage: 6 miles, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2900 feet, Difficulty: On Trail
TopoMaps: Map(s): Eldorado Springs, Driving Distance: 10 miles
Leader Email: geeride7@gmail.com, Leader Phone: 303-498-9058

Saturday , 6/2/2012 , Dreamweaver in one day!
Dreamweaver in one day! Steep snow and ice. Ice crampons and two tools required. We descend via the loft. Participants must have previous ice experience and be in excellent physical condition.

Leader: Kent M Crites
Type: Difficult D-E, Trail mileage: 12 miles, Elevation Gain: 4000 feet, Difficulty: Semi-tech
TopoMaps: Map(s): Longs Peak, Driving Distance: 70 miles
Leader Email: kentcrites@aol.com, Leader Phone: 303-284-3059

Saturday , 6/9/2012 , North and South Twin Sisters Peaks /11,428′, 11,376, 11,413′ /Part of Front Range Scrambles!
Hike trail to saddle between east and west summits of North Twin Sister. Ascend east summit of the North Twin. Hike/scramble south to a saddle, then up South Twin Sister. Retrace route to east summit of North Twin. Then ascend west summit of North Twin and return to trailhead. Must in good physical shape for hard hiking; second peak requiring scrambling optional. This is an exploratory trip for the leader. Contact trip leader Rick Casey, caseyrick@gmail.com for a phone interview.

Leader: Rick Casey
Type: Moderate C-E, Trail mileage: 9 miles, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3185 feet, Difficulty: Scrambling
TopoMaps: Map(s): Long’s Peak, Driving Distance: 60 miles
Leader Email: caseyrick@gmail.com, Leader Phone: 303-345-8893

Sunday , 6/10/2012 , Skywalker Couloir Snow Climb
Starting from 4th of July Rd. in Indian Peaks, ascend Skywalker Couloir to South Arapahoe Peak 13,397. Moderate to steep snow climb. Previous snow experience required. Ice axe, crampons, Helmet, Harness required. Couloir narrows and steepens at top. 9 miles roundtrip and 4,300 ft. elevation gain. Depart Boulder 5 a.m.

Leader: Robert O’Rourke
Type: Moderate D-E, Trail mileage: 9 miles, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4300 feet, Difficulty: Semi-tech
TopoMaps: Map(s): Ward Quadrangle (USGS), Map #102 – Indian Peak, Gold Hill, Driving Distance: 60 miles
Leader Email: orourke2@earthlink.net, Leader Phone: 303-859-3508

Weekday Social Hikes and Open House

April 29, 2012

Wednesday , 5/2/2012 , After Work Social Hike
A relaxing, slow-to-moderate paced, 1 to 2 hour hike close to Boulder. Don’t call-just show up before 6:00 pm at the Boulder Group Club Room (behind Neptune Mountaineering at Table Mesa and Broadway). Be prepared for any weather with good footwear, water and a light. Optional after-hike food and drink.

Leader: Steven Haymes
Type: Moderate A, Trail mileage: 5 miles, Elevation Gain: 500 feet, Difficulty: On Trail
TopoMaps: Map(s): Boulder/Eldorado Springs, Driving Distance: 10 miles
Leader Email: srhaymes@yahoo.com, Leader Phone: 303-444-4765

Wednesday , 5/9/2012 , Wednesday Evening Social Hike
A relaxing, slow-to-moderate paced, 2 to 3 hour hike close to Boulder. Don’t call-just show up before 6:00 pm at the Boulder Group Club Room (behind Neptune Mountaineering at Table Mesa and Broadway). Be prepared for any weather with good footwear, water and a light. Optional after-hike food and drink.

Leader: Marilyn Fellows
Type: Moderate A, Trail mileage: 4 miles, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800 feet
TopoMaps: Map(s): Boulder Open Space Trails Map, Driving Distance: 5 miles
Leader Email: Marilyngfellows@yahoo.com, Leader Phone: 303-499-6099

Wednesday , 5/16/2012 , Wednesday Evening Social Hike
NO NEED TO CALL TO REGISTER – JUST SHOW UP!! Meeting at the Boulder clubroom 5:45 – 6:00pm each Wednesday; departing in carpools by 6:15pm for a social hike along one of the local Boulder foothills trails. This outing is meant for casual hikers who enjoy each others’ company, talking along the trail, and sharing snacks along the way. Destination to be selected by leader on the evening of the hike.

Leader: Gary Johnston
Type: Easy A, Trail mileage: 3 miles, Difficulty: On Trail
Leader Email: geeride7@gmail.com, Leader Phone: 303-498-9058

Wednesday , 5/16/2012 , Boulder CMC Open House /May 16th, 7-8 pm, Clubroom
Want to learn more or share your knowledge about the CMC? New and prospective CMC members, join us at this open house. Experienced CMC members, share your enthusiasm and knowledge about hiking, camping, peak bagging, rock climbing, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing and more. You’re always encouraged to BRING A FRIEND!

Leader: Samuel Levis
Type: Lecture
Leader Email: samuellevis@hotmail.com, Leader Phone: 303-665-1310

Wednesday , 5/30/2012 , Wednesday Evening Social Hike
NO NEED TO CALL TO REGISTER – JUST SHOW UP!!! ARRIVE EACH WEDNESDAY BEFORE 6:00 PM AT THE BOULDER CLUBROOM (behind Neptune Mountaineering at Table Mesa and Broadway). You MUST have water, good footwear, rain gear, and a headlamp or flashlight. Departing in carpools as early as 6:05 (and absolutely no later than 6:15pm) for a slow- to moderately paced social hike along one of many local Boulder foothills trails. This outing is meant for casual hikers who enjoy each other’s company, talking along the trail, taking pictures, and sharing snacks along the way. Destination to be selected by leader on the evening of the hike.

Leader: Karen L Baldwin
Type: Easy A, Trail mileage: 4 miles, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500 feet, Difficulty: On Trail
TopoMaps: Map(s): Boulder Open Space Trails Map, Golden//Boulder Trails Illustrated, Driving Distance: 10 miles, Meeting Time: 05:45 PM
Leader Email: karenlbaldwin@hotmail.com, Leader Phone: 303-420-8162

Wednesday , 6/6/2012 , After Work Social Hike
A relaxing, slow-to-moderate paced, 1 to 2 hour hike close to Boulder. Don’t call-just show up before 6:00 pm at the Boulder Group Club Room (behind Neptune Mountaineering at Table Mesa and Broadway). Be prepared for any weather with good footwear, water and a light. Optional after-hike food and drink.

Leader: Steven Haymes
Type: Moderate A, Trail mileage: 5 miles, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 600 feet, Difficulty: On Trail
TopoMaps: Map(s): Boulder, Eldorado Springs, Driving Distance: 10 miles
Leader Email: srhaymes@yahoo.com, Leader Phone: 303-444-4765

Wednesday , 6/13/2012 , Wednesday Evening Social Hike
A relaxing, slow-to-moderate paced, 2 to 3 hour hike close to Boulder. Don’t call-just show up before 6:00 pm at the Boulder Group Club Room (behind Neptune Mountaineering at Table Mesa and Broadway). Be prepared for any weather with good footwear, water and a light. Optional after-hike food and drink.

Leader: Marilyn Fellows
Type: Moderate A, Trail mileage: 4 miles, Elevation Gain: 800 feet
TopoMaps: Map(s): boulder open space & mtn parks, Driving Distance: 5 miles
Leader Email: Marilyngfellows@yahoo.com, Leader Phone: 303-499-6099