Archive for the ‘CMC Trail Running’ Category

Trail Ultramarathons…Or What I Do When Climbing Season Is Over

January 4, 2014

By: Clare Reda

Most Coloradans I know have at least 3 sports they do over the course of the year. This way, they can enjoy an activity no matter what the weather is doing. What is your main sport and what are your backups? Write the compass editor with your story!

When I first moved to Colorado, some 7 years ago, I only had one sport: Climbing.

Clare at Shelf Road
The author, about to rappel the route Don’t Be Messin’ With Ma Moves at Shelf Road.

My first couple of winters were not fun. I actually tried climbing through it; driving 375 miles to Shelf Road for one day of climbing or spending 2 hours to climb one route in Clear Creek because I needed to warm my numb hands at every bolt.

I remember one miserable day in January, climbing at Hawk-Eagle Ridge in Eldorado Canyon. I climbed with about 10 layers of clothing on, looking like that kid in the Christmas Story who couldn’t put his hands down. Using my mittens, I’d clear the crack of snow, stuff the mitten in my jacket, place a piece, put the mitten back on, then aid up the climb. My climbing partner, from New York, kept calling me a whimp-what a meanie! It was tedious to the extreme…and…cold!

At some point it dawned on me; I need another sport (or three)! I branched out to Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and finally, I discovered Running!

Running in the snow was thrilling in many of the same ways as Cross Country Skiing. I didn’t have to worry about falling, since everything around me was soft and puffy. The activity kept me warm, so I could go out with just one or two layers and be happy. Our snow is dry, unlike Sierra Cement, so I don’t get wet. And, last but not least, it’s easy on the knees. (more…)

A Navigation Basic for Beginners – Flat Spots

June 27, 2013

By Robert O’Rourke

Most of the hiking we do in Colorado is on clearly distinguished trails. No matter how bad the weather gets, we can follow the trail even in zero visibility.

However, there are some places where the terrain flattens and the trail becomes indistinct. These locations can be potentially dangerous in bad weather when we can’t see our distant goal. A good first lesson in navigation is to pay attention to these flat locations and watch the weather more carefully when the trail is not distinct between you and your destination.

CMC Press Looking for Contributors to Trail Running Book

December 4, 2012

Colorado Mountain Club Press is planning to publish a trail running book for the Front Range in 2014.

Much like our other guidebooks/pack guides this will be a collaborative effort, and serious runners who are members of the Boulder Trail Runners or Boulder Group, in general, are asked to contact CMC Director of Publishing Christian Green at christiangreen@cmc.org or 303-996-2743, if interested.

This is an exciting opportunity to become published and be involved in a creative endeavor. Trail runners of all types and levels are welcome to join in on the effort! Share your love of trail running and your expertise of local trails with the general public.

Boulder Group Trips – Hiking, Rock Climbing, Trail Running

October 4, 2012

To see all CMC trips, members need to log into view the official CMC website at cmc.org. These are upcoming Boulder Group trips:

Thursday , 10/4/2012 , Afterwork Social Hike 

A relaxing, slow-to-moderate paced, 1 to 2 hour hike close to Boulder. Don’t call-just show up before 6:00 pm at the Boulder Group Club Room (behind Neptune Mountaineering at Table Mesa and Broadway). Be prepared for any weather with good footwear, water and a light. Optional after-hike potluck.

Leader: Steven Haymes
Type: Moderate A, Trail mileage: 5 miles, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 600 feet, Difficulty: On Trail
TopoMaps: Map(s): Boulder/Eldorado Springs, Driving Distance: 5 miles
Leader Email: srhaymes@yahoo.com, Leader Phone: 303-444-4765
members can see official signup page.

Friday , 10/5/2012 , Trad Climbing and Camping at Elevenmile Canyon

Spend a weekend climbing multi-pitch trad routes on excellent granite and sleep under the stars. Can’t get much better than that! Elevenmile Canyon is 45 miles west of Colorado Springs and is pretty much abandoned by climbers in the fall. It’s a gorgeous canyon with a trout stream running through it…bring your fishing pole too! Splendid long routes starting at 5.5.

This is an advanced trip focusing on improving leading skills. Rock Lead School or equivalent is prefered and participants may be asked to share leads. Bring your racks. Trip officially begins at 5 PM Friday; each participant is responsible for getting to Elevenmile Canyon. Arrive earlier with a climbing buddy if you plan to climb on the 5th, before the trip officially begins. Camp Friday and Saturday night.

Participants are responsible for their own camping gear and we’ll share campsites. Routes will be selected among participants based on skill levels and interests and parties will be broken into groups of 2-4 per route. Bring your own Elevenmile guidebook (by Ben Schmitt) or mountainproject printout with beta. Trip officially ends on Sunday afternoon. For more details or to reserve your spot email Jeffrey Boring at jboring@larimer.org.

Leader: Jeffrey Boring
Type: Area Climb
Driving Distance: 300 miles
Leader Email: boringjs@co.larimer.co.us, Leader Phone: 706-338-7827

Sunday , 10/14/2012 , Onoclea /East Face 

This fine 450′ Flatiron Classic ascends the second tower of the western layer of the Fern Canyon slabs. Climb 3-4 pitches to a spectacular perch overlooking the Fern Canyon Trail and with views of the Nebel Horn summit. Contact trip leader Eileen Monyok at eileen_m50@hotmail.com or 303-530-4321 to sign up.

Leader: Eileen Monyok
Type: Rock Climb, Difficulty: 5.3
Leader Email: eileen_m50@hotmail.com, Leader Phone: 303-530-4321
members can see official signup page.

Saturday , 10/20/2012 , East Face, Dinosaur Rock 

Exploratory: For Fall Boulder Saturday BRS instructor training. This prominent rock is seen from the Mallory Cave Trail as it approaches the first tier of rocks on Dinosaur Mountain. Climb 300 feet of enjoyable rock on this Flatiron classic.

Leader: Michael Anstett
Type: Rock Climb, Trail mileage: , Elevation Gain: , Difficulty: 5.4
Driving Distance:
Leader Email: mike.anstett@gmail.com, Leader Phone: 303-823-8757
Members can view the signup page.

Thursday , 10/25/2012 , North Table Mountain – Trail Run /No Runner Left Behind 

Meet at CMC Headquarters in Golden at 5pm. Carpool to TH. Run until we’re out of daylight. Experience running on trail is helpful but not a prerequisite. Expect to run for at least 1 hour. Bring running shoes, headlamp, hydration pack or pods, windbreaker/waterproof shell, and a goo/energy item. Low summer gaiters optional. Let’s run up North Table Mountain and enjoy the scenery! Pace will be adjustable according to the group with NO RUNNER LEFT BEHIND!

Leader: Clare E Reda
Type: Trail Run, Trail mileage: 5 miles, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 600 feet, Difficulty: On Trail
TopoMaps: Map(s): TI 100
Leader Email: fightgravity4evr@yahoo.com, Leader Phone: 303-329-7840
Members can view the signup page.

Saturday , 10/27/2012 , East Face /Dinosaur Rock 

BRS Boulder Sat Grad Climb. This prominent rock is seen from the Mallory Cave Trail as it approaches the first tier of rocks on Dinosaur Mountain. Climb 300 feet of enjoyable rock on this Flatiron classic.

Leader: Michael Anstett
Type: Rock Climb, Trail mileage: , Elevation Gain: , Difficulty: 5.4
Driving Distance:
Leader Email: mike.anstett@gmail.com, Leader Phone: 303-823-8757
Members can view the signup page.

Friday , 11/2/2012 , Whale’s Tail – Eldorado Canyon /Rock Climbing 

The Whale’s Tail is an excellent introduction to rock climbing in Eldorado Canyon. A bouldery move yields access to an exposed ledge at the base of 3 really fun moderate climbs rated from 5.2-5.6. Recent Basic Rock School and/or Rock Lead School grads are encouraged to sign up. Moderate climbs in the area, up to 5.6, may be explored once we are finished on the ledge. Meet at the gravel carpool lot at NW corner of 93 and Eldorado Springs at 7:30am. There is a small fee to enter Eldorado Canyon. Participants must bring helmet, rock climbing shoes, harness, belay device, lunch, and 10 essentials. Chalk and camera optional! Co-leader is Andy Cooke.

Leader: Clare E Reda
Type: Area Climb, Difficulty: 5.6
Leader Email: fightgravity4evr@yahoo.com, Leader Phone: 303-329-7840
Members can view the signup page.

Boulder Group Trips – Backpacks, Climbs, Hikes, Scrambles, and Trail Runs

June 2, 2012

Upcoming Boulder Group Trips

Saturday , 6/9/2012
Dave’s Wave Loveland pass

We’ll leave a car near Arapahoe basin, then ski Dave’s wave from the top of Loveland pass.

Leader: Kent M Crites
Type: Adv. I Ski Tour, Trail mileage: 5 miles, Elevation Gain: 500 feet, Difficulty: Ski Mountaineering
Driving Distance: 120 miles
Leader Email: kentcrites@aol.com, Leader Phone: 303-284-3059 members can see official signup page.

Saturday , 6/9/2012
North and South Twin Sisters Peaks (11,428′, 11,376′, and 11,413′)

Part of Front Range Scrambles!

(6/1/2012: NOTE – TRIP IS FULL!) Hike trail to saddle between east and west summits of North Twin Sister. Ascend east summit of the North Twin. Hike/scramble south to a saddle, then up South Twin Sister. Retrace route to east summit of North Twin. Then ascend west summit of North Twin and return to trailhead. Must in good physical shape for hard hiking; second peak requiring scrambling optional. This is an exploratory trip for the leader. Contact trip leader Rick Casey, caseyrick@gmail.com for a phone interview.

Leader: Rick Casey
Type: Moderate C-E, Trail mileage: 9 miles, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3185 feet, Difficulty: Scrambling
TopoMaps: Map(s): Long’s Peak, Driving Distance: 60 miles
Leader Email: caseyrick@gmail.com, Leader Phone: 303-345-8893 members can see official signup page.

Saturday , 6/9/2012 , Watermark /Boulder Canyon
Do a fun Tyrolean crossing of Boulder Creek and then enjoy some nice top roping on these sport climbs. 5.7 – 5.10. Preference given to recent BRS graduates. Contact John Fernandez: jfasterix@gmail or 303-726-5189.

Leader: John M Fernandez
Type: Top Roping, Difficulty: 5.7
Leader Email: jfasterix@gmail.com, Leader Phone: 303-726-5189 members can see official signup page.
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