Archive for July, 2012

Boulder Group Trips – Hiking, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing

July 31, 2012

Saturday , 8/4/2012 , Navajo Peak scramble (IPW)
Navajo Peak is one of the most impressive peaks in the Indian Peaks, and this is a fun, interesting scramble via the famous ‘Airplane Gully’ on mostly class 2 rock, though the summit block involves some class 3 moves. Must be comfortable moving over exposed rock at altitude, and in fit hiking shape. This is an exploratory trip for the leader, Rick Casey, contact via email caseyrick@gmail.com.

Leader: Rick Casey
Type: Moderate C-E, Trail mileage: 10 miles, Elevation Gain: 3200 feet, Difficulty: Scrambling
TopoMaps: Map(s): Ward (Brainard Lk area)
Leader Email: caseyrick@gmail.com, Leader Phone: 303-345-8893
Members can see official signup page.

Wednesday , 8/8/2012 , Pigeon Pk (13,972) + Turret Peak (13,835)/ Centennial Celebration Climb
Trip is Full
Leader: Clare E Reda

Saturday , 8/11/2012 , Phoenix Peak 13,895 /La Garita Benchmark
Leave Denver early on Saturday, drive to Creede, and backpack up East Willow Creek. Sunday, climb both peaks and drive home. Register with leader. Cindy Carey 303-530-3103, careyc@colorado.edu

Leader: Cindy Carey
Type: Easy D, Trail mileage: 12 miles, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4500 feet, Difficulty: Off Trail
TopoMaps: Map(s): Creede 15 min, Driving Distance: 600 miles
Leader Email: careyc@colorado.edu, Leader Phone: 303-530-3103
Members can see official signup page.

Saturday , 8/11/2012 , Sandbeach Lake Hike
Moderate trail goes through varied woodland and open country to a lovely lake on a shelf above Wild Basin. We will hike to Sandbeach Lake and fly fish for the native Greenback cutthroat trout. All fishing is catch and release.

Leader: Thomas Alan Walker
Type: Moderate B, Trail mileage: 9 miles, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1970 feet
TopoMaps: Map(s): Allens Park, Driving Distance:
Leader Email: tmwalkerco@comcast.net, Leader Phone: 303-666-7199
Members can see official signup page.

Saturday , 8/18/2012 , Mt. Bierstadt via Sawtooth Ridge /Part of Front Range Scrambles!
This is one of the true classics of Colorado scrambling. We’ll camp out the night before near the trailhead to get an alpine start. The easy part is the ascent to Mt Bierstadt, then the fun begins: traversing The Sawtooth, which should involve only moderate 3rd class climbing. Skipping the detour to Mt Evans, we’ll head on to Mt Spalding, then descend its gentle western slopes, and find a way back through the willows and beaver ponds to the trailhead, for a long and rewarding day. The trip will require excellent physical conditioning and good scrambling skills. This is an exploratory trip for the leader, Rick Casey. Contact him at caseyrick@gmail.com for a phone interview.

Leader: Rick Casey
Type: Difficult C-E, Trail mileage: 8 miles, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2194 feet, Difficulty: Scrambling
TopoMaps: Map(s): Mt Evans, Driving Distance: 120 miles
Leader Email: caseyrick@gmail.com, Leader Phone: 303-345-8893
Members can see official signup page.

Saturday , 8/25/2012 , Fern Lake / Bear Lake
We will be starting at the Fern Lake Trailhead and heading up toward Fern Lake and then on to Lake Helene and our final destination of Bear Lake. We will catch the bus back to the Fern Lake Trailhead. Be prepared for 6 1/2 miles of up and then 2 1/2 miles down once we get to the scenic overlook by Grace Falls and Notch Top. We are hoping that the wild flowers are in full bloom for this trip, so bring your camera! This favorite RMNP hike takes you past Lake Helene and Oddessa Lake.

Leader: Thomas Alan Walker
Type: Difficult B, Trail mileage: 9 miles, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2400 feet
TopoMaps: Map(s): McHenrys Peak, Driving Distance: 100 miles
Leader Email: tmwalkerco@comcast.net, Leader Phone: 303-666-7199
Members can see official signup page.

Wednesday , 9/5/2012 , Eolus 14,083′, Sunlight 14,059′,Windom 14,082’/14er CHALLENGE DAY-Centennial Celebration
Trip is Full.
Leader: Clare E Reda

Friday , 9/7/2012 , Mt Harvard 14,420′ /14er Challenge Day
Located in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness/Sawatch Range. We will climb the South Slopes II, Class 2 route. We will leave from the North Cottonwood Trailhead. We will leave Denver at 4PM on Friday, and stay at the NFS Collegiate Peaks campground. We will climb on Saturday, with an optional second car camp Saturday night.

Leader: Beth Courville Davis
Type: Moderate D – LIT, Trail mileage: 13 miles, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4550 feet, Difficulty: On Trail
TopoMaps: Map(s): Mt Harvard, San Isabel National Forest, Driving Distance: 150 miles
Leader Email: bethecdavis@gmail.com, Leader Phone: 720-425-8995
Members can see official signup page.

Saturday , 9/8/2012 , Mt. Evans Summit Ridge via Mt. Spalding
CMC Centennial 14er Challenge Hike. From Summit Lake, hike to the summit of Mt. Spalding (13,842), then onward to the West Ridge and the summit of Mount Evans (14,264). Register with leader via email, praab@linhartpr.com, giving your daytime phone number. Reserved for employees of DaVita Inc. through Aug. 31. Trip opens for CMC members Sept. 1.

Leader: Paul Raab
Type: Moderate B – LIT, Trail mileage: 6 miles, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2260 feet, Difficulty: Off Trail
TopoMaps: Map(s): Mt Evans quad, Driving Distance: 94 miles
Leader Email: praab@linhartpr.com, Leader Phone: 303-442-1345
Members can see official signup page.

Friday , 10/5/2012 , Trad Climbing and Camping at Elevenmile Canyon /Elevenmile Camping and Climbing
Spend a weekend climbing multi-pitch trad routes on excellent granite and sleep under the stars. Can’t get much better than that! Elevenmile Canyon is 45 miles west of Colorado Springs and is pretty much abandoned by climbers in the fall. It’s a gorgeous canyon with a trout stream running through it…bring your fishing pole too! Splendid long routes starting at 5.5. This is an advanced trip focusing on improving leading skills. Rock Lead School or equivalent is prefered and participants may be asked to share leads. Bring your racks.

Trip officially begins at 5 PM Friday; each participant is responsible for getting to Elevenmile Canyon. Arrive earlier with a climbing buddy if you plan to climb on the 5th, before the trip officially begins. Camp Friday and Saturday night. Participants are responsible for their own camping gear and we’ll share campsites. Routes will be selected among participants based on skill levels and interests and parties will be broken into groups of 2-4 per route. Bring your own Elevenmile guidebook (by Ben Schmitt) or mountainproject printout with beta. Trip officially ends on Sunday afternoon. For more details or to reserve your spot email Jeffrey Boring…jboring@larimer.org.

Leader: Jeffrey Boring
Type: Area Climb
Driving Distance: 300 miles
Leader Email: boringjs@co.larimer.co.us, Leader Phone: 706-338-7827
Members can see official signup page.

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July 2012 Chair Report

July 2, 2012

Roger Drake, Boulder Council Chair
Recently, I’ve been enjoying the opportunity to get out on several rock climbing trips with our group. Aside from great climbing, it’s given me a chance to connect with more of our members and trip leaders. I’m very thankful to all our trip leaders for giving of their time and energy to create opportunities for our members to enjoy the outdoors with like-minded folks. Thanks also to our Outings Committee for helping to facilitate these trips.

Our group runs on volunteer energy and commitment. Volunteering is an opportunity to give back to the club, membership in which has been a life-changing experience for many of us. It’s a good way to meet new people within the club and have the satisfaction of having a positive impact on the club.

The Treasurer is one key position which we will need to fill for the coming year. Training is available for those who are willing to take on this important council-level position. You may contact our current treasurer, Dotty Pantalena, at treasurer@cmcboulder.org for more information.

We are also always looking for clubroom hosts. Contact Fred Chesney at clubroom@cmcboulder.org for details.

There are many more opportunities to contribute! If you are looking for a way to plug into the group, email me at chair@cmcboulder.org and I’ll try to steer you in the right direction.

As always, one way we can each contribute every day is to promote the club by actions as simple as putting a CMC bumper sticker on your car. We have them at the clubroom if you are interested. For more ways to spread the word, see my list below of other ideas which we can all do to promote the club which don’t cost anything.

I hope that you and your loved ones are all safe from the fires which are ravaging our state.

Warmest Regards to all,
Roger Drake
Chair, Boulder Group Council

1. Put a CMC bumper sticker on your car. We all receive these in our renewal package.
2. Put a bumper sticker on your helmet – I cut mine down to fit my helmet.
3. Put your bumper sticker on a water bottle or coffee mug. (We have some extra bumper stickers in the clubroom
4. Write an on-line review of a CMC press book.
5. Invite friends or co-workers on a CMC outing – use your guest passes from your renewal package.
6. Feature the CMC logo in your on-line e-mail signature.
7. Make online postings about your CMC experiences to your social media pages.
8. Use social media to promote the CMC (Facebook, Yelp!, Twitter)
9. Post to the CMC Facebook page.
10. Put out/post CMC brochures at your workplace, if appropriate.
11. Write articles promoting the CMC: these could be in work publications, newsletters for various organizations, as well as local newspapers.
12. Submit articles to the Compass about your experiences

Boulder Group Trips – Hiking, Rock Climbing, and Snow Climbing

July 2, 2012

Wednesday , 7/4/2012 , Twin Sisters 11,428′ /Best of Boulder Hikes
Traverse up timbered trail to summit with panoramic views of Mt. Meeker and Longs Pk.

Leader: Thomas Alan Walker
Type: Moderate B, Trail mileage: 8 miles, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2190 feet
TopoMaps: Map(s): Longs Peak, Driving Distance: 80 miles
Leader Email: tmwalkerco@comcast.net, Leader Phone: 303-666-7199
members can see official signup page.

Saturday , 7/7/2012 , Heart Lake 11,300′ /Best of Boulder Hikes
Best of Boulder Hikes! From East Portal TH hike up the S Boulder Creek Tail to this alpine lake, nestled below the Continental Divide near Rogers Pass. Meet at East Portal parking area at 8:00 am (west of Rollinsville at train tunnel). Standard gear for high elevation hikes – good hiking shoes, hat, rain gear, sunscreen, water, lunch, etc. Previous moderate B or better hiking experience. Email or call (303-499-0210) a minimum of 48 hours prior to the hike to confirm.

Leader: Terry J Hardie
Type: Moderate B, Trail mileage: 8 miles, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200 feet, Difficulty: On Trail
TopoMaps: Map(s): East Portal, Driving Distance: 65 miles
Leader Email: tnjhardie@msn.com, Leader Phone: 303-499-0210
members can see official signup page.

Saturday , 7/7/2012 , Skyscraper Snow Climb
From Hessie TH in Indian Peaks hike 6 miles to Bob & Betty Lakes then ascend Skyscraper Glacier up to the continental divide. Descend via King Lake trail. This is a good first snow climb; we can practice self-arrest. Depart Boulder 4:30 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: 13 miles, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3200 feet, Difficulty: Semi-tech
TopoMaps: Map(s): Ward, Driving Distance: 60 miles
Leader Email: orourke2@earthlink.net, Leader Phone: 303-859-3508
members can see official signup page.

Saturday , 7/14/2012 , Mt Neva, N Ridge /Part of Front Range Scrambles!
From the Buckingham/Fourth of July campground in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, hike to Arapaho Pass (11,900). Continue west, then north, up ridge to Mt Neva summit (12,814). Descend the south ridge to a saddle, then descend benches eastward to unnamed lakes below, looping back to regain the Arapaho Pass trail. Must be in good physical shape for hard hiking. This is an exploratory trip. Contact the trip leader, Rick Casey, caseyrick@gmail.com, for phone interview.

Leader: Rick Casey
Type: Difficult C-E, Trail mileage: 9 miles, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3400 feet, Difficulty: Scrambling
TopoMaps: Map(s): East Portal, Driving Distance: 60 miles
Leader Email: caseyrick@gmail.com, Leader Phone: 303-345-8893
members can see official signup page.

Sunday , 7/15/2012 , Bob, Betty and Woodland Lakes Loop
REGISTER WITH LEADER – Hike through abundant wildflowers to Betty and Bob Lakes at treeline. Climb the divide and then descend to Skyscraper Reservoir. Continue out past Woodland Lake and several waterfalls. Register with leader by PHONE between 9 AM and 9 PM or by email with PHONE number included.

Leader: Steven Haymes
Type: Easy C, Trail mileage: 13 miles, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800 feet, Difficulty: Off Trail
TopoMaps: Map(s): East Portal, Nederland, Driving Distance: 50 miles
Leader Email: srhaymes@yahoo.com, Leader Phone: 303-444-4765
members can see official signup page.

Friday , 7/20/2012 , La Plata 14,336′ – Ellingwood Ridge – TRIP IS FULL

Friday , 7/20/2012 , Disappearing Crack Dome
Climb the Dome after work (5:30 PM) if the weather is nice. Please email mike.anstett@gmail.com and leave phone contact number.

Leader: Michael Anstett
Type: I Climb, Difficulty: 5.5
Leader Email: mike.anstett@gmail.com, Leader Phone: 303-823-8757
members can see official signup page.

Wednesday , 8/8/2012 , Pigeon Pk (13,972) + Turret Peak (13,835) – TRIP IS FULL

Saturday , 8/11/2012 , Phoenix Peak 13,895 /La Garita Benchmark
Leave Denver early on Saturday, drive to Creede, and backpack up East Willow Creek. Sunday, climb both peaks and drive home. Register with leader. Cindy Carey 303-530-3103, careyc@colorado.edu

Leader: Cindy Carey
Type: Easy D, Trail mileage: 12 miles, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4500 feet, Difficulty: Off Trail
TopoMaps: Map(s): Creede 15 min, Driving Distance: 600 miles
Leader Email: careyc@colorado.edu, Leader Phone: 303-530-3103
members can see official signup page.

Saturday , 8/11/2012 , Sandbeach Lake
Moderate trail goes through varied woodland and open country to a lovely lake on a shelf above Wild Basin. We will hike to Sandbeach Lake and fly fish for the native Greenback cutthroat trout. All fishing is catch and release.

Leader: Thomas Alan Walker
Type: Moderate B, Trail mileage: 9 miles, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1970 feet
TopoMaps: Map(s): Allens Park, Driving Distance:
Leader Email: tmwalkerco@comcast.net, Leader Phone: 303-666-7199
members can see official signup page.