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Wednesday, 7/26/2017, RMOTHG Butler Gulch

*RMOTHGButler Gulch Hike7-26-17Come join me on a wildflower hike up in the Arapaho National Forest.  You will have breathtaking 360-degree views. The trail takes you past two abandoned mining sites, where you can explore the old machinery and structures that have been weathering the elements for years. This is known as a “century hike” thanks to the 100 species of flowers along the trail.   We will be walking up a wet, sometimes, muddy trail with 4 water crossings.Please bring your hiking poles, bug spray and your 10 essentials.  You might want to pack an extra pair of socks in case your feet get wet.We will meet at Wooley Mammoth parking lot Section BB at 6:45 with a prompt departure at 7:00 AM.Optional after-stop snack at Dairy King Ice Cream shop in Empire.Car mileage is 78 miles. Hiking distance is 6 miles with an elevation gain of 1400 feet.We will be hiking at a casual pace. We will park at the winter parking lot overlooking Henderson Mine.* If you have any medical concerns or conditions please notify the leader.Kathy MaloneKmalone66@q.com720.425.0458 

Leader: Kathy Malone
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Wednesday, 7/26/2017, RMOTHG French Pass

The first two miles follow an old mining road that passes some famous historical mines and private cabins.  Continuing through wooded areas and along French Creek, Mt. Guyot is visible to the left and Bald Mountain to the right.  The trail ascends through an alpine meadow where wildflowers are usually abundant in July.  Then a gradual climb to the pass where one can see South Park.  The return hike to the TH offers spectacular views of the 10-mile range.

Leader: Elaine Shirley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1750
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Wednesday, 7/26/2017, Decatur Mtn 12,890' via Shelf Lake

Lets do Decatur Mtn from the Geneva Creek side. Hike NW up Smelter Gulch to Shelf Lake and then off trail up steep slope to Decatur Mtn. The wild flowers should be deep.

Leader: Martin OGrady
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Wednesday, 7/26/2017, RMOTHG CDT Georgia Pass to Glacier Peak

This hike follows the Continental Divide Trail north from where it joins the Colorado Trail to Glacier Peak.  Most of the hike is along a ridge above timberline.  The panorama is outstanding.  

Leader: Ronald Hileman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Wednesday, 7/26/2017, Bike Historic Homes of Fort Collins

The Bike A Neigborhood (BAC) Saga Continues!  This time we will bike to 10 of the 11 homes discussed in an article in the Coloradoan on July 10th. At each home we will stop and review the information from the article. I will be stopping after the last home for breakfast, those who would like to join are welcome. Note if the group is large we will probably stop at Silver Grill, if the group is a bit smaller we could stop at Luciles (I love Luciles, but we would need to be complete with the ride before 9:15 to have a chance to get in). 

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual
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Wednesday, 7/26/2017, Devil's Playground to Pikes Peak Summit

A moderate, mid-week, high-altitude special. We'll drive Pikes Peak Highway to Devil's Playground, hike to Pikes Peak summit, have a mid-morning coffee break with World-Famous donuts, and return by same route. Please be aware that this is a high-altitude hike with rock scramble toward summit. Highway fee is $12. Register with leader, Paul Kozlowski at 719-684-9408 or email paul.kozlowski@hotmail.com. 6/1200.

Leader: Paul Kozlowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200
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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, 7/26/2017, Wall Climb

Join us for a fun evening of top roping at the CMC Clubhouse in Golden from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. BRCS, RSS, BMS or equivalent experience required. In other words you must be able to tie into your harness correctly and safely belay. Helmets, harnesses, locking carabiner, and belay device required. No chalk. PLEASE SIGN UP ON CMC WEBSITE IN ADVANCE!

Leader: Keith Castilow
Type: Rock Climbing
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Thursday, 7/27/2017, Current lake loop difficult A (casual pace for retirees)

From the top of the Berthoud Pass we will hike the Current  Creek  trail to  the  Peter Rabbit hut then we continue hiking along  the  aqueduct and off trail to Current Creek lake.  After our visit to the lake we will hike back to the aqueduct trail and continue  toward Second Creek. The hike will start at 10300fts

Leader: Hassan Elghandour
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Thursday, 7/27/2017, Mt. Goliath wildflower walk

From the top of the trail, we will walk downhill through the bristlecone pines and see which wildflowers are blooming.Bring your wildflower books, as we will learn to key plants.  

Leader: Dawn Mitchell
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 0.7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: -900
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Friday, 7/28/2017, Jones Mountain 13,860' Niagara Peak 13,807'

These are two obscure high 13ers that are seldom climbed by the Club. Jones is a Centennial peak, while Niagara is listed as the 101st highest peak in the Garratt & Martin 13er guide.This will be a two night car camp. Arrive at the trailhead on Friday. Climb the peaks on Saturday and return to camp. Depending on the time taken to do the climbs, the group may elect to return to the Front Range yet on Saturday. Otherwise, we'll leave early on Sunday morning.Note: the current plan does not include a climb of Unnamed 13,806, but we'll see what the ridge and weather look like.Individual food. Probably a good idea to bring your own water, or buy along the way. Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pads needed.  

Leader: Steve Bonowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 4400
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Friday, 7/28/2017, Windom Pk 14,082'; Sunlight Pk 14,059'; Eolus 14,083', North Eolus 14,039' *

Friday, July 28  - Drive to Silverton, take the 2:30 train to Durango (1 hour), get off the train at Needleton station and backpack 6 miles / 2,800' elevation gain to Chicago Basin.Saturday, July 29 - Climb Sunlight (class 4 rock) and then climb Windom (class 3 rock) 7 miles RT / 3,500' elevation gain.Sunday, July 30 - Climb Eolus (class 3 rock) 4 miles RT / 2,900' elevation gain and North Eolus (class 3 rock)  250' elevation gain.

Leader: Roger Leikas
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 23, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 9,200
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Friday, 7/28/2017, DATE CHANGE TO 7/28 Booth Lake Hike - Exploratory

Prerequisite:  Members registering for this hike should have completed WTS.This is a beautiful hike into Eagles Nest Wilderness. Just east of Vail, this hike offers amazing views of a valley, a waterfall, and an alpine lake. For most of the first half of the hike, the trail goes uphill with moderate steepness with a few flat spots. At about 2 miles, you can see Booth Falls. After the waterfall, the trail continues to climb uphill for awhile, then descends to a wide stream.. Then, the trail heads back uphill and finally, the view opens up to the valley and a single track trail veers through open meadows. Booth Lake is about another 3 miles from the waterfall. Don’t forget to look behind you, as you will be rewarded with great views of Vail ski resort and Mt. of the Holy Cross, a 14er. 

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3080
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Friday, 7/28/2017, RMNP-Wildflower Hike Alpine Visitor Center Ute Trail to Poudre Lake

Your Leaders are Colorado Native Plant Masters and will provide participants with a detailed plant list and will reference 

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: -900
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Friday, 7/28/2017, Rollins Pass History Hike* Archaeology and Railroad History

About 3200 years ago, the Native American hunted on the top of Rollins Pass area. This trip will take us to some of the rock walled game drives and rock blinds. Research was started in the 1960, but has been recently been revisited and documented. And yes, if it was a hunting area, there were "points"! This area has much more history. Stan Moore will join us to talk about the railroad history plus more. We will be driving up the Rollins Pass Road and on the way out after the hike, there will be a number of stops for history sites. This will be a laid back hike with lots of information.

Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 300
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Friday, 7/28/2017, NEW MEMBER HIKE-Staunton State Park

We will hike Staunton Ranch Trail to Bugling Elk, to Elk Falls pond, down to the base of the waterdfall, then up to the lookout and back the same way.

Leader: Janet Farrar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Friday, 7/28/2017, RMOTHG Biking – Farmer's High Line Canal and Big Dry Creek Trails to Standley Lake

Please arrive by 8:30 am, so we can leave promptly at 9:00 am. The essential items for participating are plenty of water, necessary items to repair a flat tire (replacement tube for your tire size), appropriate clothing for changes in the weather, carrying ID and a medical card. The wearing of a helmet is mandatory. Following the ride, an optional lunch will be at Cinzzetti's

Leader: Wayne Tomasello
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 21, Pace: Casual
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Monday, 7/31/2017, Mt Valhalla, D hike &strong C hikers

Route finding the final 1350 ft to summit of Valhalla from Deluge lake.Exploratory. Helmets required as there will be a lot of loose rock. Expect a long day 9 hrs +.

Leader: Eileen O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4600
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Monday, 7/31/2017, Mt Toll 12979' (Brainard Lake)

Mt Toll is the stunning rock pyramid on the Continental Divide rising above Blue Lake in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area west of Boulder.  From the Mitchell Lake TH we hike on trail to Mitchell Lake then to Blue Lake.  At end of trail there we hike around the lake and work our way up the rock bands below Mt Toll's east face then up to the Toll-Pawnee saddle.  To finish we ascend Mt Toll's south ridge to the summit.  It has been 20 years since I summited this peak but I don't recall any exposure or requiring of any rock climbing skills (since I have none) to reach the summit by this route.  Still, the final mile to the summit climbs 1500' which is certainly steeper than a "hike" and you should be prepared for at least some class 3 scrambling.I would rather have scheduled this trip on a Tuesday but Monday was the only day this week a wilderness permit was available.  And perhaps Monday will not be a busy day at Brainard Lake.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Monday, 7/31/2017, ISO -Continental Divide Trail to Alberta Peak 11870


Leader: Linda Koshio Rogers
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1335'
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Monday, 7/31/2017, ISO 7/31 Treasure Mountain

Starting elevation 8000'.   Windy Pass elevation 10,000'  CR 725 elevation 10,,800'Travel just beyond WindyPass TH to Treasure Falls Interpretive Trail, #563.  View falls and return to car then travel on Trail #566, Windy Pass trail to Jct w/ Trail #565.   Go NE on Treasure Mtn trail #565 to CR 725 and return same way.There are approximately 5 creek crossings on this trail. Treasure Mtn is 11,908' and is approximately 1100' higher than our stopping point. Climbing Treasure Mtn is not part of this trip.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Monday, 7/31/2017, ISO Flattop Mountain

Trail leads through woods where wildflowers are abundant. Views from the top are magnificent.

Leader: Paul Bleau
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Monday, 7/31/2017, ISO-Four Mile Falls


Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 750
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Tuesday, 8/1/2017, Torreys Peak (14267') the Easy Way *

We will drive to the Grays Peak Trail-head and park.  We will take the Greys Peak Trail to the saddle between Greys and Torreys, then walk north to Torreys Peak, where we will plan to have lunch.  The return to the parking area is the reverse.

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2997
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Tuesday, 8/1/2017, Horseshoe Lake Byers Peak Wilderness

Little used trail located at the edge of Byers Peak Wilderness. The lake is at approimately 11,300 feet, surrounded by higher peaks. The trail climbs steadily through cool, shaded pine forest and along fast running creek, for most of the trip. Eventually opening up to to amazing, lushly flowered high meadows. The lake sits about 15 mintutes beyond meadows. Back packers you might want to check this area for a future trip if you are not already familiar with it.New Members guests welcome. Must be in shape to keep steady uupwards pace at high altitude. Contact leader if you have questions.

Leader: Sigrid Barr
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Tuesday, 8/1/2017, ISO Four Mile Lake Loop

Hike begins on the right fork from the trailhead register. Lose some elevation before the trail begins to ascend. Eagle Peak #2 can be seen on the right. Around the midway point of our ascent, a series of waterfalls are passed. Continue steeply through the forest to a signed fork in a clearing 5 miles from the trailhead. Take the left fork for the final 1.2 miles to Four Mile Lake. To make this a loop hike, we will descend on the Anderson trail and pass the impressive Pagosa Peak on the right. We will then descend a series of switchbacks.Bring sack lunch; snacks; water; sunscrean, sunhat, rain jacket, 10 essentials and carpool $$$$$.

Leader: Karen Hurley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Tuesday, 8/1/2017, ISO Turkey Creek Trail "A" Hike for August 1, Tuesday

Sttarting elevation:  8480' at TH for  Trail # 580 - Turkey Creek.  Trail follows Turkey Creek on right hand side when ascending trail.  Map shows only one creek crossing going to destination. We will travel approximately 3 miles to beaver ponds (Mullins Hole) approximately 160 ft from trail.  Have lunch and return. There are   Saddle  Mountain 12,033 and Sheep Mountain 12,369' both to the NE of lunch spot.should be visible 

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Tuesday, 8/1/2017, ISO Palisade Meadows

Hikers will enjoy wildflowers and wildlife on this path along both Williams and Indian Creeks.

Leader: Paul Bleau
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11.6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Tuesday, 8/1/2017, Camping for American Lakes

Thunder Pass is one of my favorite hikes in all of Colorado. And the American Lakes are simply beautiful. If you would like to discuss joining this car camping trip, please contact me by email or phone. Day 1 -- drive to State Forest State Park Visitors Center, then to Crags Campground, and set up camp. Take a short hike, TBD.Day 2 -- Hike from American Lakes Trailhead to Thunder Pass, on the extreme northern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, from which can be viewed the entire Park. to the south Then hike down to the beautiful Snow and Michigan Lakes and return.Day 3 -- Pack up, load cars, then hike from American Lakes Trailhead to Lake Agnes and return. Drive home New members and first-time campers are encouraged to call the leader for more info. "Car camping" is not camping in your car, but unloading your car at the campsite, without having to backpack your gear.John Walters, 720-639-3192, johnw14er@gmail.com

Leader: John Walters
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Tuesday, 8/1/2017, Roxborough Park AFTER WORK HIKE

Hike the Fountain Valley trail, a bit of Willow Creek trail. Then we wil walk on old road (no cars). Then we will hook into Sharptail trail departing the park boundary, then do Swallowtail loop around some interesting rocks and views of local mountains. We will return by same route, or do slight variation if time allows. This  is not your typical A/B hike. We will hike at a moderate pace with minimal breaks. Bring snacks and drinks you can eat and drink while walking.

Leader: Linda Jagger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 400
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Wednesday, 8/2/2017, Bison Peak (12,431')* via Lost Park Campground

An early start will help ensure we get up and down before potential lightning.  Bring your 10 essentials icluding a recommended three liters of water. We will send out weather updates before the trip.

Leader: Durham Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,600
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Wednesday, 8/2/2017, ISO 8/2 West Fork Trail #561

Starting elevation 8400' approximately. Elevation at first set of falls after starting on trail is 9200' but lots of up and down inbeween.West Fork trail refers to West Fork of San Juan River.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Wednesday, 8/2/2017, Perham Creek Trail

Earlybird hike to beat the heat! Meet 7:30 a.m. Carbondale. Trailhead is halfway between Carbondale and Redstone. Perham Trail is quiet and lightly travelled. 8.4 miles roundtrip if we go the whole way, but it's an out-and-back, and not necessary to go to the end for stunning views of Sopris. Short steep section to begin, then moderate and mellow. Following the hike, a suggested stop is the new Carbondale Creamery cafe for ice cream!

Leader: Sharon DeQuine
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.0, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Wednesday, 8/2/2017, ISO Piedra River Trail Loop

This gentle hike along the Piedra River at the southern edge of the San Juan Mtns provides an opportunity to explore a large mountain river and canyon ecosystem. We will be able to see two box canyons. This is also habitat for river otters. There should be plenty of flowers in bloom along the river bank.You must be signed up for the ISO to go on this hike

Leader: Karen Hurley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Wednesday, 8/2/2017, Packer Gulch Stewardship

Join us and experience the satisfaction of seeing illegal motorized routes into the Farnum roadless area closed to stop illegal motorized users from entering the area. We will be working with the Forest Service to construct closures consisting of pre-drilled post and cable fence, doing some soil preparation for native grasses, and re-seeding of the abused illegal track near the closure. Variety of  levels of light to moderate work from about 9:00 am until 4 with a social get-together after. Be part of protecting from illegal activity those places that we enjoy and so important to the wildlife. Lite breakfast foods and lunch fixings provided. The area is near the Tarryall Resevoir west of the Lost Creek Wilderness area. Contact Claude Neumann, Denver Conservation Chair, for Trip Details.

Leader: Claude Neumann
Type: All Other
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Wednesday, 8/2/2017, ISO Piedra Ice Caves, Fred Harmon Museum, & Rocky Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary

After our short hike, we will drive back to town and visit the Fred Harmon Art Museum (fee $3.) He was the artist of Red Ryder and Little Beaver comic strips. Then just south of town, we will visit the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park & Sanctuary (cost $7 senior, 65 yr & up and  $8 adults).

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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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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Wednesday, 8/2/2017, Wall Climb

Join us for a fun evening of top roping at the CMC Clubhouse in Golden from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. BRCS, RSS, BMS or equivalent experience required. In other words you must be able to tie into your harness correctly and safely belay. Helmets, harnesses, locking carabiner, and belay device required. No chalk. PLEASE SIGN UP ON CMC WEBSITE IN ADVANCE!

Leader: Keith Castilow
Type: Rock Climbing
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Thursday, 8/3/2017, Watrous Gulch diff A (casual pace for retirees)

From the parking lot of Herman Gulch  we shall hike Watrous  Gulch  trail . This area is well-known  for good wildflowers. 

Leader: Hassan Elghandour
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.5, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Thursday, 8/3/2017, TRAIL CREW South Park Trail bridge (Geneva Basin) New Members Welcome

Denver Trails Committee has several projects in Geneva Basin this year which is located on the south side of Guanella Pass accessible off the road descending from the pass to Grant on Hgw-285.  This area hosts many CMC summer hikes and winter ski and snowshoe trips.This trip is for construction of a new bridge on the South Park Trail across Geneva Creek.  See this link for a map and creek crossing picture:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/133662227@N04/sets/72157682024911793/with/34437866053/    The bridge site is a 5 minute walk from the parking area.New Members - if new to CMC, why not try out some "trail work".  Almost all trails on public lands in Colorado are maintained by volunteers (if they are maintained at all).  CMC contributes to this effort at the state, group, and individual level.  The trip at this schedule page trip is sponsored by CMC Denver Group Trails Committee in cooperation with the US Forest Service.  We do one day trips about every other week for May to September in the Front Range, usually on Saturday but occasionally on a weekday.  Projects include trail, bridge, drainage structure, steps, fencing, construction and maintenance, sign placement, and trail vegetation clearing from willows to big trees.  We are volunteers and not employees so each works at their own pace and no pressure to get a job done.  We supply all tools except work gloves (well, I usually have some spares).

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: .25, Pace: Casual
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Thursday, 8/3/2017, ISO - Quartz Lake

Start at elevation of 10040', gain of 1560' within first 2 mi of hike. Views north to Wolf Creek Pass and south to aptly named Nipple Mountain and Blackhead Pk. Trail climbs to prominent Quartz Ridge at 12091', passing thru a notch of volcanic rock (very scenic). Cross rolling alpine terrain (our quest will be to find an open area of slickrock with artistically set, playful cairns). Once you reach Quartz Lake Trail intersection, it is a 540' elevation loss (and gain on return) and 1 mi to Quart Lake at 11553'..

Leader: Linda Koshio Rogers
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200'
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Thursday, 8/3/2017, ISO Chimney Rock National Monument Guided Tour and Hike

The two-hour guided tour and hike includes:KIVA TRAIL

Breathtaking overlook of the Piedra River Valley and Peterson Ridge. One-third-mile loop, paved, ADA accessible, takes you to our 44-foot diameter excavated Great Kiva as well as excavated pit house and other unexcavated structures.
 

Leader: Sandi Bianchi
Type: Hike, Pace: Moderate
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Thursday, 8/3/2017, ISO Opal Lake TH to Leche Creek Trail

Bring your camera: wildflowers  and wildlife grace this route.

Leader: Paul Bleau
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Thursday, 8/3/2017, ISO-Continental DevideTrail on Wolf Creek Pass


Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000 ?
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Friday, 8/4/2017, Mt. Zirkel Wilderness, 2 1/2 day Easy Backpack

On Day #1 of the backpack, after driving to the trail head, we'll backpack west towards Rainbow Lakes casualy climbing in elevation. There are a number of areas in which the group can potentially camp and camp will be made based on the status of the entire group. This location may be after 4 miles or 4 1/5 miles or 5 miles or as much as 6 miles. Again, where we eventually set up our base camp will be based on the entire status of the group at the time! The estimated distance and elevation gain for Day 1 will be: 5.0 miles/1,600'.Day #2- Saturday will be an off day where the group has its choice of day hiking to Slide and Roxy Anne Lakes or can fish in any of the lakes in the area or can make an attempt at climbing Mount Ethel to the west of our base camp or can photograph the myriad of wildflowers and scenery that surrounds our camp or if they want, they can just lay around in camp all day and not do anything! There's plenty of things for all to do on this backpack.Day #3- The group can take there time getting up and relax in camp or they can take a short stroll before we leave our base camp and hike back to the vehicles. The plan is to pack up and start back to the cars by noon on this day.The mileage and elevation figures for this backpack are based on the entire backpack, hiking in, hiking out and guessing what participants might do on their day off.

Leader: Dave Callais
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 16, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Monday, 8/7/2017, Horseshoe Mountain* (13,898)

This is the Class 1, South Ridge "Classic" as described in Jerry Roach's Colorado's Thirteeners book. We will start at the Weston Pass trailhead and head toward the ridge, crossing over Ptarmigan Peak on the way.

Leader: Ken Yaphe
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3200
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Monday, 8/7/2017, Mt. Lady Washington (13,281') RMNP *

From the Longs Peak trailhead, ascend switchbacks to tundra ecosystem below Mills Moraine. Ascend to the top of Granite Pass and then hike up the north slope of Lady Washington to the summit for fantastic views of the iconic Diamond on the East Face of Longs Peak.Appropriate conditioning is required for this hike.

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3950
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Monday, 8/7/2017, Second Chance Aspen Bridges Bike Tour

The ride includes the John Denver Song Garden, an elevated boardwalk over ponds to just below Wildwood School, landscape art at the Aspen Institute (sandstone river, earth mounds, marble garden). Mountain and cross bikes preferable. Road bikes possible with slight alternate route. Ride takes about 2 hours. Meet 8:30 a.m. at the west end of the Red Brick Building (Garmisch and Hallam, where Given Institute was).

Leader: Sharon DeQuine
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 20
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Tuesday, 8/8/2017, Red Buffalo Pass* On Trail

We hike the first 1.75 miles from the trailhead with little elevation gain; then we pick up the Gore Range Trail which follows S. Willow Creek.  After about one half mile, we get a nice view of Willow Creek Falls.  From the Falls to the pass is another 2.5 miles wit h 1700 feet elevation gain.  We return along the same trail.

Leader: Kevin Schaal
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2750 ft.
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Tuesday, 8/8/2017, Sandbeach Lake

From Sandbeach Lake Trailhead along Sandbeach Lake Trail to Sandbeach Lake (10,283'), in the Wild Basin area of RMNP. Hiking through a lovely spruce & pine forest. Moderate terrain, with last mile getting fairly steep, to include a couple small stream crossings. Great views from the lake of Long's, Meeker, and other peaks in the surrounding area. Bring your camera!This is a Leader In Training hike for Amy Parker, and she has scouted this trail recently.

Leader: Joe Allen
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,943'
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Tuesday, 8/8/2017, Jenny Creek to Yankee Doodle Lake

Starting at the Eldora Ski area, we'll climb over to the Jenny Creek drainage, then follow Jenny Creek up to Yankee Doodle Lake. From YDLake, we'll follow Rollins Pass Rd about a mile to see Jenny Lake. Back the same way

Leader: John Walters
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Tuesday, 8/8/2017, Straight Creek


Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Tuesday, 8/8/2017, Rawah Wilderness backpack Clark Pk 12951


Leader: Stan Moore
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 17, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4500
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Wednesday, 8/9/2017, Skyscraper Pk. 12,383'*

Skyscraper Reservoir lies in the upper reaches of a slender valley between Woodland Mountain (11,893' - south) and unofficially named Skyscraper Peak (12,383' - north). The reservoir - no longer maintained but still partially dammed - was built between 1941 and 1947 by private landowners for downstream irrigation and sold to the City of Boulder in 1966.From Hessie TH, walk the trail to Woodland LK and Skyscraper Reservoir.

Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200
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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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Thursday, 8/10/2017, Wheeler Peak 13,690' *

We will hike from Montgomery Reservoir to Wheeler Lake on a jeep road, then hike on open tundra past cliffs, tarns and old mining sites to the south ridge of Wheeler Mountain. From there we will climb on semi exposed and rugged rock to the summit. Class 3 rock scrambling requires us to bring climbing

Leader: Roger Leikas
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.25, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,900
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Thursday, 8/10/2017, Staunton State Park - Elk Falls

Staunton State Park is a mosaic of grasslands, rock foothills, and soaring granite cliffs.

Leader: Ron Schmidt
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2280
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Friday, 8/11/2017, Canoe & Hike the Canyons of the Colorado River Hosted by Centennial Canoe Outfitters

What’s included in the trip fee: Centennial Canoe will provide 2-3 guides, all meals, water/lemonade, complimentary wine with dinner, boats, paddles, life jackets, straps for securing gear in boats, rescue equipment, first aid supplies, port-a-potty with tent & supplies, 1 large dry bag/person, campfire pan, propane stove, & all kitchen gear & utensils.  What’s not included in the trip fee: tent, sleeping bag, mattress pad & a camp chair. Rentals are available.← Return to Trip Description

Leader: Linda Ditchkus
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Friday, 8/11/2017, Backpack Missouri - Fancy Pass Loop

Enjoy the beauty of moderate backpack hike to Missouri Lakes where we will set up a two-night camp. Bring your own food, and water purification. Bring Fly Rod if interested in some Fly Fishin on small streams or lake. On our second day, choice of a hike to Holy Cross City, fish, or photography. We will hike out the 3rd day via Fancy Pass. 

Leader: Francis Peter
Type: Backpack, Trail mileage: 7.3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2,380 feet
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Friday, 8/11/2017, North Maroon Peak - 14,014'

Leader can provide suggestions on where to stay the night before the trip.  We will start from the Maroon Lake trailhead at 4:00 am.  Bring a good headlamp and a helmet.  See route description for Northeast Ridge on 14ers.com.  Moderate pace means able to climb at least 1,000 vertical feet per hour.  Which means the ascent shouldn't take more than about 5 hours.  The group needs to stay ahead of the typical afternoon storms.  This is one of Colorado's harder 14ers.  Should have some prior experience doing 4th class climbing.

Leader: Mark Silas
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.25, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4,500
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Friday, 8/11/2017, Storm Lake* IPW

Start at HessieTH just outside Eldora and hike northwest along Jasper Creek and around Jasper Lake. Then bushwack up to Storm Lake. Depending on the group we can climb another 500 feet and .7 miles to Upper Storm Lake. If we do that the total hike would be 3100 feet and 13.4 miles. 

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2600
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Friday, 8/11/2017, Silver Dollar Lake Wildflower Hike

We will start hiking at the Silver Dollar Lake Trailhead and discover many sub-alpine and alpine wildflowers. Your Leaders are Colorado Native Plant Masters and will reference Rocky Mountain Flora by James Ells/CMC Press and available at the CMC Office.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 8/11/2017, Fly Fishing Trip - Anthracite Creek


Leader: Jonathan Walter
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 300 feet
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Friday, 8/11/2017, Fly Fishing Frying Pan and Roaring Fork Rivers


Leader: Celia Dunlap
Type: Fishing
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Friday, 8/11/2017, Crestone Peak 14,294' and Crestone Needle 14,197'

This is a spectacular setting in the Sangre de Cristo range.  These two peaks are some of the hardest of the Colorado 14ers.  This will be a memorable weekend.  We will backpack up 4.5 miles with 1,900 feet elevation gain to South Colony Lakes where we will camp on Friday.  On Saturday we will climb Crestone Peak which is Class 3 rock, 4.5 miles round trip and 3,850 feet elevation gain.  On Sunday, we will climb up Crestone Needle, which is class 3 rock, 3.0 miles round trip and 2,600 feet elevation gain. Climbing helmet is required.  A detailed trip plan will be sent out at least 2 weeks prior to the trip.  Please contact the leader, Michael Gaudet at specmiata37@earthlink.net for the passcode.  Because of the difficult nature and exposure of this trip experience on class 3 rock is mandatory.  BMS grads preferred.We will be utilizing a blue bag system for human waste per LNT principles and the nature of the area we are camping in.              

Leader: Michael Gaudet
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 17.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 8350'
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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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Tuesday, 8/15/2017, North Arapaho Peak*

This is an exploratory hike of North Arapahoe Peak. The route includes 4 sections of class 3 scrambling to cross the ridge from the summit of South Arapahoe. We will follow the standard trail to South Arapahoe and then cross the ridge to the summit of North Arapahoe and then return.. Participants should be comfortable with class 3 scrambling.

Leader: John Wethey
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,500
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Tuesday, 8/15/2017, Elliott Ridge to Meridian Peak 12,426'

This is a lovely ridge hike with great views of the scenic Gore Range with its jagged peaks and alpine tarns.  We will need to start early to avoid thunderstorms, and will turn around if the weather looks threatening.  Although this hike is listed as a moderate B hike, the altitude may make it feel more difficult.  The entire trail is above 11,000', and the high point at Meridian Peak is 12,426'.

Leader: Candace Winkle
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Tuesday, 8/15/2017, Arapahoe Glacier Overlook

From the Buckingham Campground by Eldora follow Arapaho Pass Trail to the Fourth of July Mine. Then ascend the Arapaho Glacier trail to the saddle at 12,700ft for a good view of the glacier. Glacial landscape features will be discussed. This is a memorial hike in honor of long time leader Peter Laux who led this hike for many years. We were fortunate to receive Peter's information and pictures on this hike.  Sign up for this hike will begin 30 days before the hike. July 15th 

Leader: Karen Hurley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2600
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Tuesday, 8/15/2017, Frog Eyes*

This hike will start at the Hessie Tailhead in Indian Peaks Wilderness.  We will turn off onto the Woodland Lake trail, about a mile east of the first Woodland Lake with a north turn off trail to the top of the ridge. There will be some scrambling to reach the top.  Great views of Jasper Lake and Devils Thumb area. From a distance as we hike of the trail, there will be glimpes of the ridge with two frog eye-looking bumps!

Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Tuesday, 8/15/2017, White Ranch-West Side AFTER WORK HIKE

we will hike from westside trailhead. We will do a loop hike including the Rawhide trail. This is not your typical A/B hike. We will hike at a brisk pace with minimal stops. Be prepared to hike in the dark.  If you rather meet at the trailhead plan to be there at 4:45pm. 

Leader: Linda Jagger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Wednesday, 8/16/2017, Deer Mountain RMNP

The trailhead for Deer Mountain  is near the junction of US 34 and US 36 inside RMNP, with parking alongside the road. We will stop at the visitors' center before we begin the hike, as there are no facilities at the trailhead. The hike begins at an elevation of 8940' and the ascent is a nice mix of gentle and steeper slopes. There is a flat stretch along the top, then a slight dip before the final ascent via a series of stone steps. We will maintain a casual but steady pace and will be rewarded by views of Mt Meeker, and Longs Peak. With mountains such as Hallett lined up behind them, views are spectacular all along this route. From the top you will see Moraine Park spread out in front of you, with peaks of the Continental Divide rising up behind it. Estes Park is visible to the left and the Mummy Range to the right.  

Leader: Laurie Folladori
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.2, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1210
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Wednesday, 8/16/2017, Wall Climb

Join us for a fun evening of top roping at the CMC Clubhouse in Golden from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. BRCS, RSS, BMS or equivalent experience required. In other words you must be able to tie into your harness correctly and safely belay. Helmets, harnesses, locking carabiner, and belay device required. No chalk. PLEASE SIGN UP ON CMC WEBSITE IN ADVANCE!

Leader: Keith Castilow
Type: Rock Climbing
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