Every November at the Boulder Group’s Annual Dinner, the dinner attendees vote on a slate of Council officers for the next year. This past November, Roger Hedrick was voted in as the Chair of the Boulder Group for 2013. Let’s get to know our new Chair!
Q: Where are you from originally and what brought you to the Boulder area?
I am originally from the Chicago area, where I had lived all my life until moving to Boulder. I’ve been a skier since my teen years, and had vacationed in the mountains several times. I had an opportunity to change jobs, and when a job came up in Boulder 4½ years ago, it seemed like the gods were sending me a message. And I think that has proven true. I think Boulder is the perfect place to be, and the CMC has been a big part of that.
Q: How did you find out about the CMC?
I had done some hiking in the mountains previously, so I googled “hiking clubs Boulder” and the CMC came up. I joined the CMC about a month after moving here, and have made many friends through the club.
Q: What volunteer roles have you filled with the CMC prior to becoming the Chair?
I mostly have taken classes, and after completing many of them began to work as an assistant instructor with several of them, including Basic Rock, Area Telemark Clinic, and the Level 1 Avalanche School. Helping teach a class is a great way to reinforce the skills taught, particularly those that normally don’t get used much. Basic Rock and the Avalanche School especially include a lot of skills that don’t often, and hopefully never, get used.
Q: What do you see as the major work items and challenges for the Boulder Group over the next year?
Membership is a continuing issue for the Boulder group and for the state CMC as well. For the Boulder Group, we are trying to increase the number of trips we offer, which depends on getting more trip leaders qualified and active. We are also trying to refine our trips and schools to better fit what our members want. Adding top-roping and sport climbing clinics is an example of this, as is adding these as trip categories. A big challenge is finding a new director for our rock leading school.
Q: Do you have any words of wisdom for members of the Boulder Group and all CMCers?
I don’t know about wisdom. In addition to being users of the wilderness, we need to be conscious of the need to be stewards as well. This has always been an important part of the CMC, but the demands and pressures on the outdoors are ever increasing. This includes the ever increasing numbers of recreational users, as well as demands for resource extraction and pressures from climate changes. I encourage CMC members to maintain their individual behavior of leaving no trace, to participate in restoration activities, and stay involved in political processes; ensuring the best possible balance between conservation and wise use of the land.
Q: What’s been your most memorable experience with the CMC?
Well, as always the most memorable experiences are when something goes wrong. I’ve had my share of cold, wet, or otherwise miserable experiences, and these seem to be always vivid memories. However, even though the memories might not be nearly so vivid, I’ve participated in many more classes or trips that were wonderful with warm blue skies, fresh snow, great companions and great leadership.