Archive for October, 2012

Boulder Group Trips – Hiking, Rock Climbing, Trail Running

October 4, 2012

To see all CMC trips, members need to log into view the official CMC website at cmc.org. These are upcoming Boulder Group trips:

Thursday , 10/4/2012 , Afterwork 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 potluck.

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: 5 miles
Leader Email: srhaymes@yahoo.com, Leader Phone: 303-444-4765
members can see official signup page.

Friday , 10/5/2012 , Trad Climbing and Camping at Elevenmile Canyon

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 at 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

Sunday , 10/14/2012 , Onoclea /East Face 

This fine 450′ Flatiron Classic ascends the second tower of the western layer of the Fern Canyon slabs. Climb 3-4 pitches to a spectacular perch overlooking the Fern Canyon Trail and with views of the Nebel Horn summit. Contact trip leader Eileen Monyok at eileen_m50@hotmail.com or 303-530-4321 to sign up.

Leader: Eileen Monyok
Type: Rock Climb, Difficulty: 5.3
Leader Email: eileen_m50@hotmail.com, Leader Phone: 303-530-4321
members can see official signup page.

Saturday , 10/20/2012 , East Face, Dinosaur Rock 

Exploratory: For Fall Boulder Saturday BRS instructor training. This prominent rock is seen from the Mallory Cave Trail as it approaches the first tier of rocks on Dinosaur Mountain. Climb 300 feet of enjoyable rock on this Flatiron classic.

Leader: Michael Anstett
Type: Rock Climb, Trail mileage: , Elevation Gain: , Difficulty: 5.4
Driving Distance:
Leader Email: mike.anstett@gmail.com, Leader Phone: 303-823-8757
Members can view the signup page.

Thursday , 10/25/2012 , North Table Mountain – Trail Run /No Runner Left Behind 

Meet at CMC Headquarters in Golden at 5pm. Carpool to TH. Run until we’re out of daylight. Experience running on trail is helpful but not a prerequisite. Expect to run for at least 1 hour. Bring running shoes, headlamp, hydration pack or pods, windbreaker/waterproof shell, and a goo/energy item. Low summer gaiters optional. Let’s run up North Table Mountain and enjoy the scenery! Pace will be adjustable according to the group with NO RUNNER LEFT BEHIND!

Leader: Clare E Reda
Type: Trail Run, Trail mileage: 5 miles, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 600 feet, Difficulty: On Trail
TopoMaps: Map(s): TI 100
Leader Email: fightgravity4evr@yahoo.com, Leader Phone: 303-329-7840
Members can view the signup page.

Saturday , 10/27/2012 , East Face /Dinosaur Rock 

BRS Boulder Sat Grad Climb. This prominent rock is seen from the Mallory Cave Trail as it approaches the first tier of rocks on Dinosaur Mountain. Climb 300 feet of enjoyable rock on this Flatiron classic.

Leader: Michael Anstett
Type: Rock Climb, Trail mileage: , Elevation Gain: , Difficulty: 5.4
Driving Distance:
Leader Email: mike.anstett@gmail.com, Leader Phone: 303-823-8757
Members can view the signup page.

Friday , 11/2/2012 , Whale’s Tail – Eldorado Canyon /Rock Climbing 

The Whale’s Tail is an excellent introduction to rock climbing in Eldorado Canyon. A bouldery move yields access to an exposed ledge at the base of 3 really fun moderate climbs rated from 5.2-5.6. Recent Basic Rock School and/or Rock Lead School grads are encouraged to sign up. Moderate climbs in the area, up to 5.6, may be explored once we are finished on the ledge. Meet at the gravel carpool lot at NW corner of 93 and Eldorado Springs at 7:30am. There is a small fee to enter Eldorado Canyon. Participants must bring helmet, rock climbing shoes, harness, belay device, lunch, and 10 essentials. Chalk and camera optional! Co-leader is Andy Cooke.

Leader: Clare E Reda
Type: Area Climb, Difficulty: 5.6
Leader Email: fightgravity4evr@yahoo.com, Leader Phone: 303-329-7840
Members can view the signup page.

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Annual Dinner, Saturday, November 3, 2012

October 4, 2012

This year’s annual dinner will feature Roger Briggs the longtime Boulder climbing pioneer and founder of the Boulder Climbing Community. Please be sure to save the date and join us at one of our favorite Boulder CMC events of the year, our Annual Dinner, Meeting & Presentation at the Avalon Ballroom in Boulder. Cost is $10 and you should register at the CMC website, though walk-ins on the day of the event are welcome. Feel free to bring a guest! This will be a pot luck and you are allowed to bring beverages of your choosing, though punch, water and coffee will be served. Volunteers are needed for the following positions: Waste Management, Coffee Support, Serving Coordinator, Reception and Photographer. To volunteer, please email Monica at monica.alice.dewitt@gmail.com. Click here to register online, or here to see the flyer. Hope to see you there!

Evening Schedule:

Social Hour 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Potluck Dinner 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM

Annual Meeting 7:15 – 8:00PM

Presentation 8:00 – 9:00 PM

Conclusion & Cleanup 9:00 – 9:30 PM

October Monthly Program: Gear Maintenance Workshop

October 4, 2012

When do you retire ropes, slings, webbing, harnesses and helmets?  What can you do to keep you gear in top condition?  Ted Handwerk will lead a gear inspection, care and maintenance workshop at the CMC Boulder Group Monthly Program 7:00 Oct. 10 in the Clubroom. Ted has climbed all over the world, including the Himalaya, and will provide some practical tips about your climbing gear.

Cairns: Messengers in Stone

October 4, 2012

Cairns: Messengers in Stoneis a new book by David Williams. He will be giving a talk about his book on October 18th at the Boulder Bookstore at 7:30pm.  The book weaves together the cultural and and natural history of cairns from around the world. Part history, part folklore, part natural history, it shows that cairns are more than a random pile of rocks, they provide habitat for plants and animals, a means of communication, and guides for travelers worldwide. For more information, you can visit David’s website. He is a geologist, natural history writer, and former ranger at Arches National Park. Hikers, climbers, travelers, gardeners, and nature buffs alike will delight in this quirky, captivating collection of stories about cairns.