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CMC Boulder Group Council Vacancies and Annual Dinner Reminder

October 27, 2017

written by Gary Johnston, Chairperson

This is a message to all members of the Boulder Group of the CMC from the Group Council: we need your help! We need volunteers to help with two key Council positions: Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson. Despite a word of mouth campaign for these positions, we’ve been unable to find nominees to be elected at this weekend’s Annual Dinner on November 4th.  This is a call out to all Boulder Group members to please consider leading the Council!

The good news is that many other council positions will be filled by experienced, returning volunteers. These include: Treasurer, Outings Chair, Cabins Chair, Marketing Chair, Conservation Chair, and several at-large Council Members. We also have a nominee for Secretary. The primary duty of the Chairperson is to conduct monthly council meetings, and with experienced council members this can be done effectively by newcomer to the council. In fact, I became Vice Chair without any prior experience on the Council, then Chairperson the following year.

Aside from Chair and Vice Chair, we are also looking for a nominee for Spring/Summer Boulder Mountaineering School Director. This includes Hiking, Snow, and Rock Climbing. We have a returning Hiking School Director with years of experience running that part of BMS.

We’ve been doing great on keeping our membership numbers increasing year over year, and now we just need volunteers to run the programs and activities to make membership a rewarding experience. If you have any questions about any of these positions, and/or have an interest in volunteering to help, please email Gary Johnston,

Finally, a reminder to please sign up for the Annual Dinner, Meeting, and Presentations if you haven’t already done so! It’s on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 5 PM at St John’s Episcopal Church. Complete information and signup and information can be found here.

T-shirt design contest for Ärestua Hut begins now!

October 6, 2017

Attention all CMC members! The Årestua Hut needs a T-shirt, to help with fund raising and raising awareness of this precious CMC resource. So cabin support team member Joe Wojniak is organizing a T-shirt design contest for the Årestua hut. Winner gets a free, guided 3 day trip to the hut April 27-29, 2018, and a free T-shirt! Designs need to be submitted by March 14, 2018. To help inspire your artistic designs, see the history of the hut on the Boulder CMC website at — especially the cabin guest books dating from the 1980s that were painstakingly scanned into pdf files by Art Roberts and Peter Stout. Please send t-shirt ideas to


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:


Local climber to host book signing, 9/20/17

August 29, 2017

Avid climber Sam Lightner Jr., author of All Elevations Unknown, is hosting a book signing on September 20, 2017 to promote the launch of his newest historical novel, Heavy Green. Boulder will be the first stop in his tour, and event will take place at 7:30pm at Boulder Bookstore, located at 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302. Sam will be speaking about his travels throughout Laos, where he was inspired to write Heavy Green, followed by a Q&A and a signing. A $5 voucher is required for entry, which will be valid for $5 off any purchase on the day of the event. For more information, please call (303)-447-2074.