Archive for the ‘CMC Boulder Trip Leader’ Category

2015 Year of the Mountaineer – RMNP Centennial Celebration

November 9, 2013

We are excited to share with you CMC’s Plans for the 2015 Year of the Mountaineer statewide program. We are looking for experienced, engaged tip leaders to get involved with the Rocky Mountain National Park centennial celebration, beginning September 4, 2014 through September 4, 2015.

If you are interested in learning more click on RMNP Centennial Celebration

CMC members played a significant role in 1915 in the designation of RMNP as a national Park. The Department of Agriculture would not provide a map to Congress of the area to be designated without having named speaks on the map. CMC members drove to the Arapahoe Indian reservation in Wyoming and returned with the initial peaks named by the Arapahoe natives. Because of CMC’s unique involvement 100 years ago, we want to support RMNP’s Centennial!

There will be two separate programs as part of this effort:
1. RMNP Centennial Celebration Activities (Peak Bagging Top 100s in the Park, covering 100 miles of trails, wildflower hikes, etc!)
2. Climbing Six of the Seven Summits: Denali, Mt. Everest, Mt. Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kosciuszko, and Aconcagua.

This information was harvested from a letter sent November 1st, 2013 from the CMC RMNP Centennial Committee. Information included here is subject to change and is being sent merely to get the word out. We hope the Boulder Group Trip Leaders will enjoy being part of this program!

For more information, or questions about the program, please contact Sherry Richardson or Linda Lawson through the state CMC office.

Trip Leader Instruction Guide for Entering Trips

May 4, 2013

In the April 18th Rucksack, instructions were disseminated regarding how to enter trips into the CMC State website. For any trip leaders needing to enter trips, this guide is very helpful!

Please click Trip Leader Instructions to access the guide.

Thank you, trip leaders, for your direct and lasting contribution to the CMC!

Hiking Wildfire Safety

August 3, 2012

HIKING WILDFIRE SAFETY, Contributed by Karen Baldwin

The following is an informational paper presented by Karen, to Wednesday Evening Social Hikes as well as the Hiking & Survival Essentials class. These tips and essential safety guidelines are very helpful; providing us with some extra tools in our toolkit should we be confronted with a wildfire. Thanks, Karen!

Follow the Rules. This is too often ignored, with tragic consequences. If an area is closed to camping or hiking, then change your plans. If there is a burn ban in effect, honor all its limitations. Don’t try to substitute your own judgment, and don’t intentionally or negligently put yourself (or others) in harm’s way.

Take Reasonable Precautions. Before you go hiking, camping, or backpacking in any area, check online or telephone-accessible resources to learn of any current risk conditions, which will include high levels of fire risk or wildfires already burning in the area. Before traveling into fire risk areas (even at merely moderate risk), take the time to look at a topo / terrain map and plan multiple escape options from the planned route. Be sure to use trailhead registers and stick to your route; this is critical in the event authorities need to find and evacuate you.

Look for Warning Signs. While on the trail, if you smell or see smoke during the day, or see a red-orange glow on the horizon at night, a fire is nearby. If you hear crackling or see sparks in the air, a wildfire could be less than a mile away and you may be at extreme risk. If you see red-tailed tanker planes flying low overhead, they may well be carrying fire-retardant or water loads for nearby firefighting. If you see even the smallest wildfire, do not underestimate its danger to you – a small fire becomes a large fire shockingly fast. (more…)

“Front Range Scrambles” Happy Hour, Fri., 6/1, 6pm

May 25, 2012

Please join the Outings Committee for a “happy hour” at the Backcountry Pizza & Tap, Friday, June 1, at 6pm. Your first beer and all the pizza is free! Rick Casey, C-D Hiking Coordinator, will present a list of scrambles in the Front Range in hopes of interesting some of you into becoming scrambling trip leaders. Come find out about how to become a trip leader, swap stories and increase your awareness of where to go for fun hikes!  The Backcountry Pizza & Tap House is located at 2319 Arapaho Road, Boulder (a little west of Arapaho and Folsom), and is renowned for its extensive selection of craft beers and pizza specialties.

Leadership Seminar for New and Existing Trip Leaders

April 29, 2012

Free Leadership Seminar, Thursday, June 7, 6-10pm

The Boulder Group’s Leadership Seminar is a requirement for Boulder Group CMC members who are interested in becoming new trip leaders. This seminar is designed for new leaders, but it can also be of great benefit for existing leaders who wish to enhance their leadership knowledge. BMS instructors and trip leaders who would like to renew their leadership skills are also welcome to attend.

For detailed information on all the steps to become a trip leader, please see:
Trip Leader Application

The Leadership Seminar is now a 2-step process:
1. Participate in a self-paced on-line training course and complete a workbook.
2. Upon completion of the on-line training and handing in the workbook, there is a one-night seminar on June 7.