Archive for September, 2017

3rd Flatiron Descent Trail Volunteer Opportunity

September 25, 2017

One of our partner organizations, Boulder Climbing Community, has been working with Front Range Climbing Stewards on a variety of trail building projects in the Boulder Foothills and beyond. For more details on this stewardship project and how you can help, please click here.

Rock Seconding School Starts 10/10

September 25, 2017

Rock Seconding School is being offered this fall!This course is intended to prepare students to follow multi-pitch routes, both sport and trad. You’ll learn the nuances of lead belaying and catching leader falls, top belay, partner communication, removing gear, efficient belay change over, evaluating your leader and how to be a great partner. Single Pitch Climbing and Rock Self Rescue are prerequisites, and Top Rope Anchor Clinic is highly recommended but not required. Dates are as follows:

10/10: Classroom lecture
10/12: Gym evening
10/14 and 10/21: all day field trips

Signups are at and questions can be directed to Hope to see you in school!

Annual Dinner Registration Open

September 24, 2017

The CMC Boulder Group Annual Dinner, Meeting, and Presentations is set for 11/4/2017, and registration is open at Back by popular demand is catering by Sherpa’s Adventure Restaurant. For beverages, we’ll be serving Chai Tea, Punch, Spiked punch, and Beer from Upslope Brewery.  BYOB is welcome, too.

Featured Speaker: Alan Apt, author of the forthcoming     “Ski and Snowshoe Routes, Colorado’s Front Range”

Alan will discuss the tradeoffs between snowshoeing and cross-country skiing for the uninitiated as well as the experienced winter mountaineer. This will be an interactive discussion, and will include techniques and strategies for both sports. The presentation will also showcase gear and include spectacular photos of trail options. Please come learn about snow travel in our backyard!

Please Register Online at OR send check with names and $20 per person to CMC Boulder Group, P.O. Box 3777, Boulder, CO 80307-3777. You can also RSVP and pay at door, please leave a message with names and number of people at the CMC Boulder Group virtual office 720.464.6673. Early registration is much appreciated, but late registration and walk-ins are welcome!

5PM Social Hour – 6 Dinner – 7 Meeting – 7:30 Speaker – 8:30 Socializing

Ärestua Hut webpage updated

September 23, 2017


Just in time before the snowflakes start flying thick and fast in the high country, David Miller, the doughty hutmeister of the Arestua Hut (also known as the Guinn Mountain Hut), has put considerable effort into updating the webpage for this renowned and beloved structure. Located just below tree line near the Continental Divide, it is one of the crown gems of the Boulder Group, and worth your time to pay a visit, which makes for a nice day’s outing from Eldora ski area. Be warned that the hike is somewhat stout, at 4.5 miles and 2.000 feet elevation change; and for a winter ski tour, it ranks in the advanced category.

The webpage also contains links to entire history of the cabin logs, going back to 1980, which was a project of considerable effort finished by Mr Miller last year, which make for some entertaining cultural flashbacks.

To see the webpage full of this information browse to

Pulk workshop returns

September 19, 2017


Do you participate in hut, ice climbing, or winter camping trips? Carrying the bulky and sometime heavy gear required for winter activities or multi-day trips in the mountains has always been difficult. Modern-day outdoor-sportsters have taken notice of equipment development and transportation used by peoples of the far North for centuries – the sled, aka sleigh, sledge, or, in the original Finnish, pulkka, or as we now say: pulk.

Pulks now find popular use in winter trips in Colorado. This seminar by speaker Ron Stokley, which he has given before to the CMC, will briefly cover the history of pulks, features and considerations of a good sled, and present an example design that has proven over years of use and design refinement. Attendees may opt to purchase components and get together in an off site build day after the clinic.

Please sign up for the trip/event on the CMC website (event id 39145)

Tuesday November 14, 2017, 6:30-8:00 pm,  Baker Classroom, American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St, Golden, CO 80401 or RSVP to: