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Wednesday, 6/28/2017, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Social Hike

A fun, moderate paced after-work social hike. No need to call or register, just show 10 minutes before 6:00 p.m. at the Boulder Group Clubroom. Be prepared for any weather with good footwear, water, rain (or snow!) jacket, headlamp/flashlight, and a snack to share if you like as we will stop for a break-with-a-view.  Optional after hike food and/or drink near the clubroom.  Please join us! 

Leader: Connie Schwab
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 900
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Wednesday, 7/5/2017, AWE (Awesome Wednesday Evening Hike)

Being the first AWE hike without a clubroom, please read this through! This is a fun, moderately paced after-work hike around the long Mt. Sanitas loop.  Don't call, don't register -- just show up at 1) the Justice Center parking lot, 6th and Canyon, by 5:30pm to carpool so look for me standing hopefully outside my navy SUV (we leave there at 5:40 and bicyclists should take next opt.) OR 2) meet at the trailhead, West Mapleton Ave. under the shelter, by 5:50 (esp.the bicyclists). We hike at 6:00.303-494-9493 if you're arriving LESS than 5 min. late, no more, at the trailhead only. Know that car parking here is hard to find! I suggest an earlier than usual departure for all.  Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight, and a snack to share if you like (a bit of a tradition on these hikes) as we will stop for a few minutes along the way).  Optional after-hike snack and/or drink near the trailhead, maybe Horny Toads?. Join us!

Leader: Diana Dear
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Wednesday, 7/19/2017, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Social Hike

This is a fun, moderate paced after-work social hike to Royal Arch. The trail is quite steep and rocky in places, and the view and surroundings at the finish are quite spectacuar! Please bring a snack to share, be prepared with good footwear and hiking essentials. There's also an option for after-hike food and drink at a nearby restaurant. There is no need to register for this trip, just show up at either the carpool location or trailhead! Because parking is tight at Chautauqua, carpooling is preferred. Please join us! 

Leader: Gary Johnston
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Wednesday, 7/26/2017, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Social Hike

Join us for a fun, moderate paced after-work social hike.  We will explore the burn area on Mt. Anemone from open trails.There is no need to register for this trip, just show up at either the carpool location or trailhead! Because parking can be liminted at Centennial Park Trailhead, carpooling is preferred.Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight, and a snack to share if you like (as we will stop along the trail for a quick break).  There's also an option for after-hike food and drink at a nearby restaurant.  

Leader: Rebecca Ruttenberg
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 900
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Wednesday, 8/2/2017, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Social Hike

A fun, moderate paced after-work social hike probably Green Mountain, West Ridge.  Don't call, just show before 6:00 p.m. at the Boulder Group Clubroom (below where we use to be, by the Maps store). Be prepared for any weather with good footwear, water, rain (or snow) jacket, headlamp/flashlight, and a snack to share if you like as we will stop for a few minutes.  Optional after hike food and/or drink near the clubroom.  Join me! 

Leader: Diana Dear
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 460
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Saturday, 8/5/2017, Trailblazers 14ers: Humboldt Peak

Humboldt Peak is a relatively easy (but not a walk-up) 14er with incredible views of the Crestones and Kit Carson Peak. It is located in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area, south and east of Pueblo, CO. The nearest town is Westcliffe, CO.We’ll be hiking up Humboldt Peak via the standard route (West Ridge), camping overnight before the summit push. The purpose of this trip is to get warmed up for more 14ers in the following weeks and months, while also practicing backcountry camping. If you’re new to 14ers or new to overnighting in backcountry, this is a really great opportunity to practice and get used to both. Note: this does not mean no experience required! Each hiker should have camping/cooking gear (or be able to borrow/share it) and knowledge of how to use it before arriving. Each hiker should be capable of hiking up to 16.5 miles over two days with up to 5,300 ft. of elevation gain at a moderate pace (~1.5 mi./hr.). The hiking will include some class 2 scrambling, so rock-hopping and big steps with hands for balance should be expected. While it isn’t expected that you have summited a 14er before, you should have hiking experience at or above 10,000 ft. This trip is posted a few months in advance, which gives you plenty of summer to go hike before this! Check https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=humb1&peak=Humboldt+Peak for more information about the hike.The Plan:We’ll meet at the Dinosaur Lots Park n’ Ride near Morrison, CO to carpool, depending on where everyone is starting from. We’ll drive to the trailhead, about 3-3.5 hours of driving, and then hike up to the South Colony Lakes on Saturday. Depending on driving and hiking time, we may have a long evening to hang out. We will be camping overnight, so plan on bringing food to cook. If you like to fish, I hear the lakes are a pretty good area to do it. Due to bears in the area, we’ll have to be careful about where we cook and store everything that has an odor in a bear-proof container. Waking up before dawn, we’ll cook a small breakfast or have cold breakfast, then get started hiking under headlamps. The goal is to summit and be headed downwards by 12 noon at the latest to avoid afternoon storms. Once back to the campsite, we’ll eat, pack camp, then head on out back to the cars. Victory dinner and beers on the route back home!

Leader: Jordan Holquist
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 16, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 5300
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Wednesday, 8/9/2017, technical canyoneering in flowing water-Ouray Canyoneering festival

more details to come--hold the date,  the annual canyoneering festival is in Ouray Colorado, home of many technical canyons with flowing water, amazing rappels, great scenery and a great weekend.  You need to be a competent rappeller and have gear for sustained time in water--i.e. a full wet suit or dry suit and have canyoneering experience.  There are many canyons of various levels but all will have flowing water.   We'll carpool down to the festival,  car camp near town, and do varous canyons during the day and enjoy the restaurants or cook at the camp site at night.  I will reserve car camp spots for those who register by early July.  You will need to sign up for the Ouray festival seperately.  More details to come.  Contact me if interested even if not certain.  I want to get a feel of the intereset level and see how many camp sites to reserve--they fill up fast.

Leader: Jill Yarger
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 500, Pace: Moderate
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Friday, 8/11/2017, Trailblazers 14ers: Huron & Missouri

At 14,003 ft., Huron Peak is the second lowest in elevation of Colorado’s 14ers. As far as 14ers go, it is a relatively short and beautiful hike with the most difficulty being Class 2. Missouri Mountain is a neighboring mountain to Huron peak. It will be a much more difficult hike if only because of the distance.We’ll be hiking up Huron Peak via the standard route (Northwest Slopes) on Saturday morning after camping overnight on Friday. After hiking Huron, we’ll return to camp and either keep camp where it is, or move it over closer to the start of the Sunday hike. On Sunday, we’ll get a pre-dawn start and hike Missouri Mountain via the non-standard West Ridge. The purpose of this trip is to knock out two neighboring 14er summits in one drive into the mountains, while enjoying relatively remote camping.Each hiker should have camping/cooking gear (or be able to borrow/share it) and knowledge of how to use it before arriving. Each hiker should be capable of hiking up to 19 miles over two days with up to 6,700 ft. of elevation gain at a moderate pace (~1.5 mi./hr.). The hiking will include some class 2 scrambling, so rock-hopping and big steps with hands for balance or loose scree should be expected. Due to the extended amount of time that will be spent above 13,000 ft. on Missouri Mountain each hiker is expected to have some experience with altitudes at or above 13,000 ft. However, it is not expected that you have summited a 14er before. By hiking Huron Peak first (shorter, easier) and camping 2 nights above 10,000 ft., acclimatization to elevation before Missouri Mountain will be improved.This trip is posted a few months in advance, which gives you plenty of summer to go hike before this! Check https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=huro1&peak=Huron+Peak and https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=miss2&peak=Missouri+Mountain for more information about the hikes.The Plan:We’ll meet at the Dinosaur Lots Park n’ Ride near Morrison, CO to carpool, depending on where everyone is starting from. We’ll drive to the trailhead, about 2.5-3 hours of driving, and then camp out on Friday night close to the 4WD trail head. If we can’t make it all the way up with the cars, we can either camp by the cars or hike up a bit to the trail head. The extra mileage from the 2WD trail head is 2 miles, each direction (4 mi. round trip). Depending on driving time we may stop in Leadville for dinner. We will be camping overnight twice, so plan on bringing food to cook for two nights, just in case. For bear safety, we’ll have to be careful about where we cook and store everything that has an odor in a bear-proof container.Waking up before dawn on Saturday, we’ll cook a small breakfast or have cold breakfast, then get started hiking Huron under headlamps. The goal is to summit Huron Peak on Saturday and be headed downwards by 12 noon at the latest to avoid afternoon storms. Once back to the Huron campsite, we’ll eat, pack camp, then head on over to the next campsite for Missouri Mountain. We’ll drive over to the Missouri trail head and get the cars as far up the 4WD trail head as seems reasonable. It will take a short wheel base SUV with high clearance to do anything on the 4WD road. The rest of the way, we will hike up with packs and camp out near the trail head. This hiking distance could be as much as 3 miles one-direction. On Sunday morning, we’ll wake up early, have breakfast, and set out on our long day under headlamps. The goal is to summit Missouri Mountain before 12 noon on Sunday to avoid storms and be back to the cars by the evening. When we return to the Missouri campsite, we’ll eat, pack camp, then start our drive back towards civilization. If time and energy permit, celebratory pizzas and beer at High Mountain Pies in Leadville!

Leader: Jordan Holquist
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 20, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 6700
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Wednesday, 9/6/2017, Awesome Wednesday Evening (AWE) Social Hike

A fun, moderate paced after-work social hike maybe Woods Quarry?  Don't call, just show 10 minutes before 6:00 p.m. at the Boulder Group Clubroom (by the Maps store). Be prepared for any weather with good footwear, water, rain (or snow) jacket, headlamp/flashlight, and a snack to share if you like as we will stop for a few minutes.  Optional after hike food and/or drink near the clubroom.  Join me! 

Leader: Diana Dear
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 460
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