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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.

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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!

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!