Ärestua Hut webpage updated

September 23, 2017 by


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 www.cmcboulder.org/cabin-arestua.html


Pulk workshop returns

September 19, 2017 by


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: dcm@colorado.edu.


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

August 29, 2017 by

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.

CMC Volunteer Ski/Snowshoe Patrolling Opportunity

August 24, 2017 by

Do you frequently journey in the winter up to the Brainard Lake Recreation area or other  trailheads along the Peak-to-Peak Highway in Boulder and Gilpin Counties. Do you enjoying interacting with other winter enthusiasts?

The CMC Boulder Group is jointly working with the USFS and Bryan Mountain Nordic Ski Patrol (BMNSP) (a volunteer backcountry ski patrol) to provide a ski patrol presence at the Brainard Lake Recreation area, Moffit Tunnel area, and possibly other trailheads along the Peak-to-Peak Highway in Boulder and Gilpin Counties .  The program initiated in 2014 and has been a huge success.

In order to continue to provide and grow this program, BMNSP needs more backcountry patrollers.  CMC members are ideal candidates for this program. The commitment level would be a min of 5 days patrolling per season.  Backcountry patrolling can be on snowshoes or skis.  Becoming a  backcountry ski patrol candidate also provides you with a lot of benefits, such as a Nordic skiing at Devils Thumb

If you are interested in becoming a patroller, there are a few requirements, primarily on the medical side.  The primary requirement is Outdoor Emergency Care, an 80 hour wilderness first responder course. BMNSP is offering the required medical training this fall (Aug 30) in boulder .  In addition, the Boulder Group may have some grant funds to offset the cost of the training for CMC ski patrol candidates.

Download the course info here: OEC 2017 BMNSP.

The 80 hour OEC course begins Wed, Aug 30, 6-10pm,  and will continue every wed thru wed Nov 18. There will also be a number of Sat field training days. A detailed scheduled can be provided upon request.

For more information, contact Cindy Gagnon @ 303-938-8564 or via email gagnonc2@comcast.net.

Ärestua Cabin Annual Work Party, Sat, 9/9

August 24, 2017 by

Help get our beautiful Guinn Mountain cabin ready for the winter. Projects include – cutting a LOT of wood, hauling, splitting, and stacking; cleaning the inside of the cabin; and some small repairs.  Bring: work boots/shoes, work gloves, your lunch, and chainsaw, if you own one. Sign-up is not necessary, but is appreciated.

Be prepared for hot and dry and/or wet and cold.  Meet at the hut at 9 am or at the Rollinsville General  Store at 8:00 am to carpool up to Yankee Doodle lake. For more info, contact David Miller at arestuahut@yahoo.com.