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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.

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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 cmc.org and questions can be directed to brs@cmcboulder.org. 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 cmc.org. 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 cmc.org 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

Annual Dinner Set For Saturday, 11/4

August 20, 2017

This is an early announcement to save the date for the CMC Boulder Group Annual Dinner, and a call for Annual Dinner Committee volunteers. We hope to see you at St. John’s Episcopal Church starting at 5 PM for the social hour, dinner, and presentations!

Please contact me at chair@cmcboulder.org if you have questions or can help, and be on the lookout more details as they emerge.

Council Adopts Reimbursement for Volunteer Training

August 20, 2017

The Boulder CMC council approved a reimbursement plan for the cost of training which helps volunteers put their skills to use teaching CMC courses and leading trips. We value our volunteers and want them to avoid expenses for classes such as first aid, CPR, rock climbing Single Pitch Instructor, and more. These classes are often offered by the CMC with substantial discounts arranged by the statewide organization, and now you can be reimbursed for the discounted price.

Here’s how it works. Take a relevant class and pay out of pocket. Put the skills to use as a senior instructor and you’ll be reimbursed 50% of your out of pocket cost.  Do it again and get the other 50%. As an assistant instructor, you’ll be reimbursed 25% per class. We’ll even reward past instructors for future training. For example, if you’ve taught Boulder CMC rock climbing classes in the past, and broaden your skills by taking the upcoming SPI course arranged by the CMC, you’re eligible for immediate reimbursement of up to 50%, and more later by teaching in the future.

For Wilderness First Aid and CPR, lead 2 trips and get $60. After that, you’ll be reimbursed $30 per trip up to the full cost of your training.

Please note that this program is for classes that are required by the CMC to lead an activity, or that are highly relevant to the activity. For example, an avalanche course is highly relevant to lead a snowshoe trip even though it is not currently required. Please submit reimbursement requests and any questions you have to the Boulder Mountaineering Schools Director, bms@cmcboulder.org.

This is one of the things we wanted to do with money saved on clubroom rent. We hope it helps the Boulder Group of the CMC grow and thrive!