Archive for the ‘CMC Domestic (CO) Boulder Group Trips’ Category

Boulder Group and Trailblazers Trips

February 4, 2014

Upcoming Boulder Group Trips

Sunday, 2/9/2014, Long Lake Ski Tour – Indian Peaks Wilderness Area Blue Downhill and Moderate Pace

Starting and finishing on the CMC South Trails, we will take a mix of trails to and from Long Lake possibly breaking trail when going around the lake. Sign up at the State CMC site.

Leader: Christopher Marotta Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 900

Wednesday, 2/12/2014, Wednesday Evening Endeavors (WEE) Social Event

Every 2nd Wednesday of the three cooler seasons, we’ll decide on some appropriate weather event once gathered at the Boulder Group Clubroom (behind Neptune) whether it’s a hike, snowshoe, bar, restaurant, or movie.  Don’t call, just show 10 or so minutes before 6:00 (or 5:30 if we so decide in the future) p.m.  Be prepared for any weather with good footwear, water, rain jacket, flashlight, a snack, and/or money.   Let’s be imaginative with the “endeavor” part of the WEE events!

Leader: Marilyn Fellows Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 250

Sunday, 2/22/2014, St. Vrain Mountain Snowshoe w/Optional Ski Descent – Moderate Pace

Saint Vrain Mountain is about 3 miles southwest of Allenspark, which is off the Peak to Peak highway, about 6 miles south of the Longs Peak Ranger Station, or about 4 miles north of the intersection of Hi 7 (from Lyons) and Hi 72 (to Nederland)

Come join us for this moderate and accessible hike/snowshoe/ski tour in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. With a roundtrip distance of about 8.6 miles, and elevation gain of about 3,200 feet, this will be more than a beginner’s hike, but not too strenous for a reasonably fit person. You will need to have either snowshoes or skis (or both! Nice to have options…) Be prepared for winter conditions, with extra clothes, hand warmers (if you need them), hot drinks, and adequate food. Sign up at the State CMC site.

Leader: Rick Casey Co-Leader: Clare Reda Type: Snowshoe with Optional Ski Descent, Trail mileage: ~7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: ~3600 ft

Upcoming Trailblazer Trips

FEBRUARY 8, 2014 (6pm), Tacos/Happy Hour at Pinche Taqueria, 1514 York St., Denver. RSVP to Christein Leiper using chleiper at aol dot com.

FEBRUARY 9, 2014, Heart Lake Snowshoe, Trail Mileage: 9 miles, Elevation Gain: 2700 ft. Led by Chris Bartle. Sign up at the CMC State site.

FEBRUARY 16, 2014, Atlantic Peak – West Ridge, Trail Mileage: 6 miles, Elevation Gain: 3000 ft. Led by Erin Thompson. Sign up at the CMC State Site.

FEBRUARY 22, 2014, Grizzly Peak, Loveland Pass, Led by Josh Armstrong. Sign up at the CMC State Site.

MARCH 1, 2014, Lair O’ the Bear Park, Leader picks trails. Trail Mileage: 6-8 Miles, Led by Nathan Neff. Contact at Nathanneff45 at gmail dot com.

North Star Mountain: a great winter climb!

January 4, 2014

For ease of access, sweeping views and just enough exposure to be interesting, it’s hard to beat the East Ridge of North Star Mountain. Suggested by fellow CMC member Kier Hart as a good training climb, I ventured out there in November, for a quick preview: 20131118_143050 That’s me at the start of the ridge, but looking north, probably toward Red Mountain. Easy to find right off of Hoosier Pass above Breckenridge, I said I had to return.

The route is in Dave Cooper’s excellent guidebook, Colorado Snow Climbs, with a round trip distance of 8.4 miles, and 2,700 feet of elevation gain, to a summit at 13,614, which puts in the CMC hiking category around B+/C-.

So it was on December 28, I found myself there again, but this time leading a CMC trip with six others: Ilene Carpenter (co-leader), John Broadbooks, Frank Dong, Don Byington, Tom McClernon and Conrad Brannon. This time we started earlier, at 8am, and colder — a temperature sign we saw in Breckenridge said 9 degrees!

IMG_1652 Fortunately, the first mile or so is pretty mellow, and gave a chance to ease into the hike. But as we started up the east flank of the ridgeline, the angle increased, as did the wind and cold. The barren terrain, well above timbeline now, was fully exposed to the raking western wind as we gained the ridge line; time to put on that extra layer! Ontheridgeline

Between the gusts of wind, the views were quite something to take in: Mount Lincoln to the south, Quandary Peak to the north, both fourteeners, and a slew of smaller summits to the west: Wheeler, McNamee, Traver, and Fletcher, among others. This is an area with a lot to explore, I thought.

By 12:30pm, four hours after starting, we were on the modest summit of North Star, a slightly higher bump along the ridge. IMG_1660 After a quick summit shot in the high winds, we immediately began the return trip. Fortunately, the winds began to abate, and we were able to take some calm breaks to rest up, and admire the views into South Park, towards Alma and Fairplay.

Back to the cars by about 3 pm, it had been a fun and exhilerating hike. It would be entirely possible, depending on your energy level, to continue on past North Star to Wheeler Peak (as a faster group ahead of us had done). Indeed the linking up of smaller summits is quite popular, making for a variety of routes to suit a variety of goals. Maybe I’ll be back next summer!

2014 Spring/Summer Boulder Mountaineering School

January 4, 2014

Boulder Mountaineering Schools (BMS) is a great opportunity, for volunteers and students alike, to fine tune skills, learn something new, and give back to the community. Let the 2014 sessions begin!

Sign up day is Tuesday, February 25th starting at 8am. I encourage prospective students to enroll as close to the time as possible as many classes are full by the end of the day!

To sign up for the courses, login to Click on Class Schedule. Click on Adult Education Members. Click on the course that you would like to sign up for and fill in the required fields. Note that the Authorization Code will be removed on Tuesday, 2/26, at 8am to allow the sign-ups to start. Click on rock lead school application .

    Classes and Dates

Hiking and Survival Essentials
3/4-Lecture 1
3/11-Lecture 2
3/18-Lecture 3
3/20-Lecture 4
3/22 or 3/23-Field Trip

Hiking Navigation
3/25-Lecture 1
4/1-Lecture 2
4/3-Lecture 3
4/5 or 4/6-Field Trip

Hiking Route and Trip Planning
4/12-Field Trip

Basic Rock School
4/15-Lecture 1
4/22-Lecture 2 (Knot Night)
4/26 or 4/27-Field Trip 1
5/3 or 5/4-Field Trip 2
5/10 or 5/11-Field Trip 3

Basic Snow-TBD

Intermediate Snow-TBD

Rock Leading School
6/14-Field Trip 1
6/21-Field Trip 2
6/28-Field Trip 3

Backpacking School
7/11-7/13-Field Trip 1

Top Roping Clinic-TBD

Sport Leading Clinic
8/2-Field Trip

The course schedule may be found online at This site is being updated, so be sure to check the dates with the school director, or refer to the dates in this article.

    Volunteer to Teach: Snow Schools or Top Rope Clinic

The spring/summer session of the Boulder Mountaineering School is looking for instruc­tors to help teach Snow Schools and Top Roping Clinic. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact school directors at or

Instructors and current volunteers, your time and efforts are much appreciated! Are you thinking about volunteering? For more information or to volunteer, contact the school directors directly:
Hiking Schools: Bob Matthias,; Basic Rock School: Rick Casey,; Snow Schools: Jim Leffingwell,; BMS Co-Chair for Rock Leading School,; Chris Klotz for Top Roping Clinic,; Ron Olsen for Sport Leading Clinic,

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.