Archive for October, 2018

Ypsilon Trailblazers Trip Report

October 11, 2018

CMC Trailblazer crew on top of Ypsilon (13,075’)

On Saturday September 8, a group of 8 Trailblazers led by Kahle Toothill and Trey Laurence headed up to RMNP to hike in one of the most secluded areas of the park. At 5:00am, two cars embarked from Boulder on the “safari” to the park. The drive alone was exciting, seeing a bear cub, elk bugling and a moose before even getting to the trailhead.

Chapin Creek trailhead was a chilly 35 degrees. A wake up call that winter was coming. The destination was Ypsilon (13,075’), an iconic peak. In addition to Ypsilon, our goal was to also tag Mount Chiquita (13,075’) and Chapin (12,454’) along the way, completing the CCY Trifecta.

Our group was strong and we easily summited Mount Chiquita, stopped for a quick snack and posed with our best “banana” impersonation poses. Onward to Ypsilon! We summited around 10:30am, took some photos, soaked in the stellar views of the Never Summer Range, Long’s Peak and even the Medicine Bow range in Wyoming. We were lucky that the wildfire smoke had blown away and that the skies were clear. The substantial winds that are usually present on this hike were nonexistent this day.

On the way down we circumnavigated Chiquita (instead of summiting it again) and the group decided to charge up Chapin to complete our version of the trifecta, the CYC! The total stats for the day were 8.8mi and 3,300’ vertical.

Ypsilon is one of the true hidden gems in Rocky Mountain National Park. Pro tip: As the majority of the hike is above tree line, September is the best month to go. The chance of lightning storms is decreased and Old Fall River Road is still open. The road is already closed for the winter. Once it reopens (anticipated July 2019), add this hike to your list!


BMS 2018 Completed

October 10, 2018
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Bill More Lake during Backpacking School. July 2018

During the Spring and the Summer the Boulder group offered a variety of hiking, snow, and technical rock climbing courses. This would not have been possible without the help of  our fantastic instructors and assistants. Thanks for all of your hard work. We will start back up with new BMS classes being in Spring 2019. Here is what we are currently planning to offer.

  • Wilderness Hiking and Survival Essentials
  • Wilderness Navigation
  • Wilderness Route and Trip Planning
Snow Climbing
  • Basic Snow
  • Intermediate Snow
Rock Climbing
  • Single Pitch Climbing
  • Top Rope Anchor Clinic
  • Rock Self Rescue 1
  • Rock Seconding School
  • Rock Lead School (Trad)
  • Backpacking School

If you have not taken any of these classes look out for the schedule in early 2019. If you have taken them the CMC would appreciate your help in teaching. Aside from helping out the club it is a great learning opportunity.


CMC Rock Lead School grad climb at the Wind Tower in Eldo. August 2018.

2018 Conservation Grants Awarded

October 10, 2018

https_cdn.evbuc.comimages435032251043267115071originalWe’re happy to announce that we awarded two Conservation Grants to improve the outdoors in our backyard! Both of these grants were for trail stewardship work.

$1500 went to the Boulder Climbing Community, which was used by their Front Range Climbing Stewards program to improve access to the “Nip and Tuck” climbing area. This area receives a lot of use for traditional and toprope climbing and was threatened by severe erosion. Our Boulder Mountaineering School uses Nip and Tuck for Basic Rock School instruction, so we’re especially grateful for this work.

$2500 was awarded to Wilderness Restoration Volunteers for extensive heavy maintenance on the Long Lake—Lake Isabelle—Pawnee Pass trail corridor. Trail work was done by Wilderness Restoration Volunteers along with youth corps to to ensure safe, sustainable recreation opportunities for hikers and winter ski/snowshoe users.  This work is especially significant to the CMC Boulder Group because of it’s proximity to the Brainard Cabin.

Both of these grants leveraged their value with volunteer work and matching funds. Thanks to all for your CMC Boulder Group membership which supports our Conservation Grants!