Spring/Summer 2017 Schools Schedule
The Boulder Group of the CMC offers a variety of schools and clinics for our members. All of our schools focus on safety, preparation and stewardship as keys to enjoying the mountains. We believe in fostering teamwork and empowering the learner to make good decisions about safety.
All lectures are held at the Boulder Group Clubroom (see directions here).
All lectures start at 6:30pm unless stated otherwise.
SCHOOL SIGN-UPS: sign up online at www.cmc.org. Login, select Classes from the Calendar, and choose the date that the course you want begins (see below).
PREREQUISITES: When you sign up for a course, be sure and check the prerequisites. If you sign up for a course and do not have the required prerequisites, you will have to drop out of the course and be refunded as per the Refund Policy below.
- Be a current CMC member.
- Be able to attend all of the lectures and all of the field trips.
- Sign the BMS Student Waiver for the Boulder Group
- Have the necessary equipment.
- See this Chart of BMS Prerequisites for what courses have what prerequisites
Notes on prerequisites: . The Club can provide climbing helmets, climbing ropes, climbing hardware, ice axes, snow saws, and some used climbing shoes. Otherwise, you will need to borrow, rent or purchase the equipment. It is advisable to wait until the first lecture of a course before purchasing any equipment, when the instructor can give advice about what to purchase. Some classes also provide discounts at local shops.
REFUND POLICY: Please note that if you have to drop out of a course within 2 weeks of the 1st lecture and there is no wait list or nobody on the wait list is able to fill your space, there will be no refunds! To withdraw from a course, send an email to [protected email address]. Ten percent of the cost of the course will be withheld for refunds granted. Questions? See here
Registration Starts: Jan 13, 2017 All lectures begin at 6:30pm unless noted otherwise.
Field trip meeting times depend on the class and instructor.
Quick Links: Hiking Classes Snow Classes Rock School Classes Backpacking Classes BMS Certification Class Description Cost Lectures Field Trips Hiking Classes Hiking and Survival Essentials Enhance your preparation, skills, and safety in trips to the backcountry. Included in this class is information on the ten essentials and why we need them, hazards, wilderness survival, equipment, clothing, trip planning, Leave No Trace (LNT) principles, weather, and nutrition. Concerned about what to do if you unexpectedly have to spend the night in the outdoors? This course will inform you about building fire, shelter, signaling, and finding water. For the field trip, attend Saturday or Sunday. Select the day during the course, and please be flexible if you can so we can arrange equal size groups. Applications accepted up to the first class if there is room.
$45 3/22, 3/28, 3/30 & 4/4 4/8 or 4/9 Hiking Navigation Learning to find your way with a topographical map and compass is fundamental for reaching your objectives and for travelling with safety in the outdoors. This course will show you how to use information on maps, including contour lines, symbols, and coordinate systems. It includes practice with terrain recognition, and it will demonstrate techniques for using a map and compass together to adjust for declination, find and follow bearings, determine your location, and navigate in adverse conditions. For the field trip, attend Saturday or Sunday. For the field trip, attend Saturday or Sunday. Select the day during the course, and please be flexible if you can so we can arrange equal size groups.
$45 4/11 & 4/18 4/22,23 Hiking Route and Trip Planning Here is an opportunity to reinforce and expand what you have been learning in the courses Hiking and Survival Essentials and Hiking Navigation. Additional information will be presented about planning routes, following routes, and managing trips. The group will plan and conduct a hike of 3 to 8 miles that will involve off-trail hiking. Learn to organize your group and to adjust the trip based on conditions and resources in the field. Prerequisites: Hiking and Survival Essentials and Hiking Navigation.
$30 5/30 6/3 Rock School Classes Single Pitch Climbing Single Pitch Climbing is intended for beginner climbers or climbers with some experience in a climbing gym. Focus is on climbing equipment and safety systems, top rope belaying with belay device and Munter hitch, knots used in a single pitch setting, rappelling, and climbing etiquette. Some basic climbing techniques will be introduced and practiced. The goal of this class is to prepare students to climb safely outside on single pitch routes with an experienced partner. Students are encouraged to enroll in the Top Rope Anchor Clinic as a next step.
$85 4/25 4/29 & 5/6 Top Rope Anchor Clinic The Top Rope Anchor Clinic is a logical continuation of skills learned in the entry class Single Pitch Climbing. Focus is on climber-belayer communication, anchor building with webbing, static ropes, and sewn slings, and cleaning sport anchors. The goal of this class is to give the newer climber the skills to set top rope anchors using both fixed sport anchors and natural features such as trees and boulders. (Traditional gear anchors are beyond the scope of the class).
$75 5/9 5/13 Rock Self Rescue Rock Self Rescue will prepare students to deal with problems they may encounter during a multi pitch climb. Focus is on new knots, review of rappelling, ascending/descending a rope or performing self-rescue with prussik loops, overcoming a knot or obstacle in a rappel rope, escaping a belay (using a mule knot to tie off an injured climber). Please bring harness, belay device, and prussiks to the lecture!
$75 5/16 5/20 Rock Seconding School This course is intended to prepare students to follow multi pitch routes, both sport and trad. Focus is on the nuances of lead belaying and catching leader falls, top belay, partner communication, removing gear, efficient belay change over, evaluating your leader and how to be a great partner, and additional gear. Sport anchor cleaning will be reviewed. Completion of the Top Rope Anchor Clinic is highly recommended. A discount will be given for students that completed BRS in the last three years (2013-2015), as this course is meant to improve on teaching multi-pitch climbing technique over the previous BRS version. If you qualify, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request the passcode to use when you register online.
$125 6/1 6/3 & 6/10 Sport Leading Clinic The Sport Lead Clinic will cover: necessary and optional gear, safety issues to consider before you climb, anchors and evaluating bolts, techniques for the leader (clipping, rope awareness, falling), managing fear, techniques for belaying (how to be a great belayer, boinking), bailing, cleaning anchors, and multi pitch sport (belaying off anchor or with a re-direct, rope management). An optional gym field trip possible depending on class interest. Prerequisites: Refer to the Sport Leading Clinic page. Register here
$85 6/13 6/17 Rock Leading School (RLS) RLS is the next step for climbers who have been through BRS and are ready to begin exploring the world of traditional climbing. This course includes one lecture and three field trips which cover anchor building, placement of rock protection, rope drag, fall forces, and mental aspects of being on the "sharp end." Should be able to confidently climb 5.6 or harder on trad lead. Acceptance by RLS application only. Click on the course description link to the left to find the application letter, application and student waivers. Prerequisites: pre-2016 BRS or equivalent experience (post-2016: Rock Self Rescue and Rock Seconding will be required).
$175 TBA TBA Snow Classes Basic Snow Basic snow travel techniques are useful for Colorado peaks in late spring / early summer. Learn about safe ascent and descent of moderate snow slopes using an ice axe, self-arrest and self-belay techniques, and other considerations for snow travel. Helmets and ice axes provided. Prerequisites: Hiking and Survival Essentials or equivalent experience and self-sufficiency in snowy conditions - the ability to learn in a snowy environment including clothing, water and eating.
$50 4/13 4/15 Intermediate Snow Hard snow travel techniques on steep snow/ice. First trip entails roped travel, snow anchors, belaying and self-arrest practice. Second trip focuses on crampon use and doing a snow climb. Techniques useful for CO peaks in mid/late summer. Prerequisites: Basic Snow and Single Pitch Climbing or equivalent experience.
$75 5/4 5/6 & 5/13 Backpacking School Backpacking School Backpacking School covers all aspects of enjoying a night in the backcountry using equipment and supplies that you carry. Gain the independence of being self-sufficient for multi-day trips, hiking or climbing in beautiful and challenging settings. This course builds on information in the courses Hiking and Survival Essentials and Hiking Navigation. You will learn about proper equipment, trip planning, site selection, meals, water, bear-bagging, Leave No Trace principles, and more. For the field trips, choose to go on the 2-nighter and/or the 1-nighter.
$75 6/27 7/15-16 (1 night) OR 7/28-30 (2 night) Boulder Mountaineering School (BMS) Certification BMS Certification BMS consists of Hiking and Survival Essentials, Hiking Navigation, BRS, Basic Snow and Intermediate Snow, and these additional requirements: a First Aid/CPR course, participating in a conservation effort and participating in 5 field trips (at least 1 rock and at least 1 snow). See appropriate class listings Questions about a course? Please contact: Hiking Schools Basic Rock School Rock Leading School Basic & Intermediate Snow Top Roping Clinic Sport Leading Clinic