Archive for July, 2017

New Homes For Boulder Group Historical Items and More

July 13, 2017

A huge thank you to everyone who helped the CMC Boulder Group move out of our Clubroom in Table Mesa Shopping Center! We finished vacating on June 30th and turned in the keys.

During the move out, we took care to make sure important historical items of the CMC Boulder Group were not lost. The timing of our move could not have been better in this respect, as Katie Sauter just applied for and received a grant from the Colorado State Archives to organize the CMC collections. Katie is library director of the American Alpine Club Library, and maintains the CMC Archives as well. She came up to our Clubroom and gathered photographs, trip reports, publications, and more dating back about 100 years to take back to the American Mountaineering Center in Golden. The items will be organized and catalogued so that they can be efficiently accessed in the future.

Many historical items are staying in Boulder. Neptune Mountaineering will display some vintage mountaineering gear, plaques, photos, books and more in their Table Mesa store when their remodel is complete. Items at Neptune include the Baker Armstrong mountaineering gear. Sherpa Restaurant at 825 Walnut Street has many of our books from the Himalayan collection in their restaurant library, available for patrons to read. Jim Groh, past chair from 2001, has his extensive collection of Compass newsletters. Gary Johnston, current chair, has 40 of what appeared to be the oldest and perhaps most collectible books that he is holding for the Boulder Group.

Aside from historical items, many items were donated to charitable organizations, given to CMC members given away to the general public, and taken to ReSource, recycled, or taken to hazardous disposal. We’re proud to say that very little ended up in the landfill!

Of course, equipment that we will continue to use for our classes as we approach our second century of history are in our storage unit in east Boulder. Thanks again to everyone who helped with this monumental effort!


Clubroom Farewell Party & Moveout

July 5, 2017
by Rick Casey, past chair (with help from all who attended….)

One last farewell party was held at the Clubroom on the evening of Saturday, June 24, 2017, the last weekend before we had to move out by June 30. It was a bittersweet moment, where all there shared many fond memories of past events held there, and in previous Clubroom locations.

Organized primarily by Gary Johnston, current chair of the Council, with help with Diana Dear and others, the party was catered with food from Chipotle’s. The party was free to anyone who had in the past volunteered in any capacity, which was certainly most, if not all, of those who came. But Chipotle does not deliver, so the food was quite appropriately delivered by bike, with the free loaner bike trailer from Community Cycles! (I failed to get the name of the young gentleman who did this, but he’s identified in one of the photos below.)

A running slideshow of pictures provided by Neil Purrett, and photos from the Boulder CMC Facebook group page, was kept running in the corner as everyone enjoyed their dinner and conversation. The highlight of the evening was a wrapup talk given by Gary about the current status and future outlook for the Boulder Group (see the related story where this is spelled out in more detail).

This was followed by sharing about past Clubroom locations from those there who have living memories of them, including Ken Groninger and his wife, Jim Groh, Diana Dear, among others I’m sure I’m forgetting.

But in rough reverse chronological order, the Clubroom locations included:

  • the previous location immediately above on the patio (now occupied by the Yoga Loft)
  • the longest occupied location at the end of the patio (main space of the Yoga Loft), both of which were subleased from Neptune Mountaineering since the early 1990’s
  • the real estate office of Mock Realty at the south end of the Table Mesa shopping property
  • a room in the Chataugua Community House
  • a room in the old international student hostel on the Hill

And it also may have been in the old University Memorial Center (UMC) on the CU Boulder campus, though I’m not sure about that…certainly a good topic for a future Compass article! If anyone reading this has knowledge about such previous clubroom locations, please contact me at

The following weekend, a few hardy volunteers showed up on June 29 and 30 to move out the final large items, which were distributed or donated among CMC members who could use them or keep them until a future use is found for them.

The pictures below tell the story…


The dinner table at the last supper!


The slide show in the corner


Diana Dear and Jim Groh, longtime volunteers


Phil Congdan, Willy Gully and Val Hovland, also longtime volunteers


Gary Johnston making post-dinner remarks


Phil Congan, Connie Schwab and (rarely photographed) Nelson Tamplin


Three young CMC members picking up some free books!

In this last photo, the young man in the middle is the guy who delivered dinner on the bike trailer — so we all thank him!

The next few photos are from the final moveout on June 25 and 30:


The nearly empty Clubroom space…just a few assorted items remaining


Your’s truly in a photo selfie in the nearly empty front office after my last Clubroom hosting…a sad day!


Gary Johnston and Joe Day helping lower the sign, using good old Goldline rope!


Joe Day and Steve Blazo at the sign’s new (temporary) storage location


The Clubroom chairs in their temporary storage location…for sale!