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Tuesday, 11/21/2017, Leaders Choice Bob and Betty Lakes or Skyscraper Peak

This trip will be updated nearer the time when conditions determine hike distance and destination. Little snow Skyscraper - lots of snow Bob and Betty.Dress for Fall/Winter weather in the mountains. Bring snow shoes and know how you are going to attach them to your pack, should we decide to bring them with us , we may well leave them in the car or need to carry them for long periods.All participants MUST be able to do a MINIMUM of 2 miles per hr / 1000 ft per hour. In an effort to be respectful to other participants if you are unsure if this is an appropriate hike for you irrespective of your rating, please discuss with the leader prior to signing up.Contact the leader with any medical concerns prior to the hike.Must have 10 essentials.Snack and other breaks will be taken AS A GROUP.

Leader: Eileen O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 17, Pace: Fast, Elevation Gain: 3748
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Tuesday, 11/21/2017, TRAILWORK Goose Creek maintenance(Lost Creek Wilderness)

From the TH in SE corner of Lost Creek Wilderness we follow Goose Creek trail north for 2 miles to an area with many campsites along the creek. For those familiar this is in the meadow below Harmonica Arch but we will NOT be visiting that feature. Here we will perform an end-of-season maintenance project for the USFS.  This is mostly light work requiring much bending over, gloves, rakes, and shovels.  We visited the area a few days ago and found unexpectedly ideal conditions for this project and decided to arrange for a quick maintenance trip before the weather turns bad.  Sorry for the short lead time.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 200
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Tuesday, 11/21/2017, NEW MEMBER HIKE: Elk Meadows Park GUESTS WELCOME

Bring comfortable shoes, a snack and sufficient beverages for this short hike. The trip is 100% on trail with gentle terrain features.

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Tuesday, 11/21/2017, Lincoln Mountain Open Space

There are two trails connected roughly in the shape of a bar bell: Palmer Divide Ranch Trail to the NE and Lincoln Mountain Loop to the SW starting from a common TH off Jones Rd. This hike will be to the Palmer Divide Ranch Trail. Terrain varies from meadow, creek bottom (West Cherry Creek), scrub oak slopes, and rock ledges.Should be good shoulder season hike.  Leader was here a few years ago when these trails first opened.Trails are gentle and relatively flat.

Leader: John Walters
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 400'
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Wednesday, 11/22/2017, RMOTHG The Loch/Mills Lake

The Loch and Mills Lake are two very scenic trails in RMNP.  We will pass frozen Alberta Falls on our  3 miles and 950 feet elevation to the Loch.  We return .8 miles to a junction where we then ascend .6 miles and 250 feet elevation to Mills Lake.  Upon return we will take the winter trail back to the TH for a total roundtrip distance of approx. 7 miles.

Leader: Elaine Shirley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Wednesday, 11/22/2017, Social Hike on Wednesdays (SHOW)

Join us for a fun, moderate paced afternoon social hike.  We will walk through neighborhoods to access trails up and down from NCAR to get a nice workout in before turkey day!There is no need to register for this trip, just show up at either the carpool location or trailhead. Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight.  We should be done before dark.  

Leader: Rebecca Ruttenberg
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Thursday, 11/23/2017, SKI! Tele Thursday Thanks at Loveland Freeheel Skiing Section

TELEMARK SKIERS, from beginners to advanced: let's get up and get our quads tele-ready for another ski season, in part, being thankful for the great snow coverage and more open lifts and runs that Loveland offers! Get your Loveland season pass or Loveland card today, then join the group for tele fun and practice! Beginning Nov. 28 and throughout the season, look for Tele Tuesdays, offered every other Tuesday. Register online or call before 9pm so leader knows to look for you, either at Wooly Mammoth lot at 0830 (today only)or at Loveland's Clock/Ticket Tower at 10:00. Ski you soon!

Leader: Marilyn Choske
Type: Ski
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Thursday, 11/23/2017, Plymouth Mountain Deer Creek Canyon Park


Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Thursday, 11/23/2017, Annual Thanksgiving Hike and Dinner

Join us for a fun short easy A level hike on the Clear Creek Trail in Golden followed by a delicious, traditional Thanksgiving dinner at a nearby popular restaurant.  It's a fun package for a fun holiday.  Dinner price and meeting details will be emailed to members and guests by November 1 and at the time of signup.

Leader: Patricia Leslie
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Friday, 11/24/2017, NEW MEMBER HIKE: Herman Gulch GUEST HIKE: Herman Gulch

The Herman Gulch Trail, which is part of the Continental Divide Trail, follows Herman Gulch through scenic meadows to treeline, where it branches off on a well-defined path to Herman Lake. Visitors will enjoy good trail conditions, open alpine landscapes and a chance to see bighorm sheep and montain goat in their natural habitat. The Herman Gulch Trail begins in a fir - aspen forest and bears north. It steepens on a wide, rocky track to Herman Gulch, where it bends northwest and moderaes along the creek and string of slender glades. The trail rises steadily besides the creek into a long meadow in the lower gulch. Travel moderates with emerging views of the Continental Divide between Pettinglee Peak (13,553') and Hagar Mountain (13,195'). The trail moves quickly up-valley, gaining only 300' between the first and second mile. At 2.5 miles, it edges back into forest and climbs steeply above the gulch, passing treeline just before reaching the CDT - Jones Pass Trail split (2.85 miles, 11,838'). We will continue west to Herman Lake. The Herman Lake Trail climbs steadily into an expansive alpine landscape, easing across open tundra flats to Herman Lake (3.25 miles, 11,987'). Herman Lake is framed by the steep east wall of Pettingell Peak, but is free of major obstacles and easy to explore. The main trail continues past the lake, eventually fading in the tundra on an informal run up the Divide. OPTIONAL: Climb knolls over the east shore for panoramas across the basin, and scan valley walls for bighorn sheep and mountain goat which inhabit this area.

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1,655
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Friday, 11/24/2017, Sharptail trail mod B (casual pace for retirees)

From Sharptail  Ridge parking lot we will hike sharptail  trail to the Roxborough  state  park and then we  hike ring tail loop and  on  our way back we will hike a trail  to the Roxborough visitor center. it will be a car shuttle trip so we will leave a car at the visitor center in the morning to pick up the drivers afternoon. Sharptail  Ridge trail is in Douglas  County open space

Leader: Hassan Elghandour
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 11/24/2017, Black Friday Staunton SP


Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Friday, 11/24/2017, Hogback Ridge Boulder Trails Challenge Series


Leader: Carrie Simon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Elevation Gain: 856 feet
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Friday, 11/24/2017, RMOTHG Cycling-Northglenn to Platte River

Please arrive by 9:30 am, so we can leave promptly at 10:00 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: 25, Pace: Casual
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Monday, 11/27/2017, ROXBOOROUGH State Park


Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.2, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Monday, 11/27/2017, 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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Tuesday, 11/28/2017, Teller Farm Boulder Trail Challenge Series


Leader: Nickie Kelly
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.6, Elevation Gain: 10
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Tuesday, 11/28/2017, SKI! Tele Tuesday at Loveland Freeheel Skiing Section

TELEMARK SKIERS, from beginners to advanced, join us at Loveland and its great snow coverage. Practice your tele turns and get those boards humming down the slopes! Tele Tuesdays are offered every other Tuesday throughout the season. Meet either at Wooly Mammoth lot at 0900, section HH, or at Loveland's Clock/Ticket Tower at 10:30. Ski you soon! 

Leader: Helayn Storch
Type: Ski
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Tuesday, 11/28/2017, Backcountry Ski Skills Seminar Field Trips

NOVEMBER 28 MEETING TO BE RESCHEDULEDOverviewBackcountry ski tours provide realistic settings to practice a decision-making framework in avalanche terrain. The best way to practice skills learned in avalanche courses is to apply them consistently on all ski tours where all participants share responsibilities for trip planning, working as a team, assessing weather, snowpack, and terrain risks, choosing terrain for ski ascents and descents, and formulating travel strategies. All participants practice small group leadership. The emphasis is on trip planning, snowpack and terrain assessment, and decision making. Ski descents are still a priority, but secondary. This is not a ski mountaineering course nor is it an avalanche training course. There is no fee for the seminar. Seminar director: John Raich, john.raich@colostate.edu.OrientationAn evening orientation session is scheduled for Tuesday, November 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., location TBA. The orientation includes discussion of field trip planning and management and introduces planning tools. Leaders and assistants are strongly encouraged to attend the orientation, it is optional for other seminar participants.Field tripsSeveral field trips are scheduled over a period of 5 months, January through May, at different locations on gradually more challenging terrain at Cameron Pass and RMNP. Field trips are conducted in one or more groups of 4 with overall coordination by the seminar director. Participation on the last two field trips may require completion of an earlier field trip. Those registered for the seminar have priority. Tentative field trip schedule:January 20 - Montgomery PassFebruary 17 - North Diamond PkMarch 17 - Nokhu Ridge or Seven Utes MtnApril 7 - Richthofen Saddle or Mahler Couloir or Nokhu CouloirMay 19 - Hallett Pk or Tyndall Glacier or Flattop MtnBe aware that trip dates may be changed later because of high avalanche risk, poor weather, marginal driving conditions, availability of trip leaders, or other reasonsRegistration options(1) Seminar: Register online for the entire seminar.At the time of the seminar registration, you should indicate your preference:* Register as a field trip leader or assistant leader: You commit to lead a group of 4 on at least one field trip and participate in at least another. Field trip leaders initiate the field trip planning process and coordinate activities for their groups.* Register as a participant: You commit to participate in at least 2 field trips. You share responsibilities for planning and conduct of the trip with leaders and other participants and should be prepared to assume small group leadership roles on portions of the field trips.Seminar registration puts your name on a mailing list. You will be notified regarding field trip locations and dates prior to when they are posted in the CMC activity schedule. You sign up for specific field trips at that time.(2) Field trips: 'Register with leader', i.e. the seminar director at john.raich@colostate.edu, for each field trip after it is posted on the CMC activity schedule. Those registered for the seminar have priority to sign up for field trips.(3) Space available basis: Qualified CMC members not registered for the seminar may sign up with the director for specific field trips prior to the field trip start if there is room.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Ski, Pace: Moderate
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Wednesday, 11/29/2017, Social Hike on Wednesdays (SHOW)

Join us for a fun, moderate paced afternoon social hike TBD - depends on weather forecast.  Final details will be posted by the Sunday before the hike.  There is no need to register for this trip, just show up at either the carpool location or trailhead. Come prepared for any weather with good footwear, rain jacket, headlamp or flashlight.  Option for after-hike food and drink at a nearby restaurant.  

Leader: Rebecca Ruttenberg
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Friday, 12/1/2017, snowshoe - Burning Bear


Leader: Stan Moore
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 12/1/2017, Hilldebrand Full Moon Hike Well, almost full moon

Join us on our annual event to enjoy the full moon and the Christmas lights at Chatfield Botanic Gardens.  We will meet in the parking lot for Hilldebrand.  Our hike is a 5 mile loop on good trail.  Dec. 1 is a couple of days earlier than the actual full moon that occurs on Sunday night, Dec. 3.  Dress warmly and bring headlamp.  In past years we have not needed the headlamps as the ambient light from the moon has been plenty bright to see where we are putting our feet.  The trail has few rocks and no tree roots.  There are no trees so it is an unobstructed view to the east and the trail sits on a bench so we are higher up and  can see around 30 miles distance.  We also get great views of the Christmas lights at Chatfield.  A few days before our hike, I will let you know if we are going to need traction devices on our boots depending on snow cover.

Leader: Janet Martel
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5
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Monday, 12/4/2017, 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, 12/7/2017, Groundhog Flats* to Lost Creek

We will drive to the entrance of the  Elk Management Area, west of Evergreen.  From here, we will hike up through the beautiful Groundhog Flats area and along the banks of scenic Bear Creek.  The trail wanders upwards through interesting rock formations and open woodlands, with occasional views of Mt. Evans.  After passing through a scenic meadow with the ruins of an old settler's cabin, we will reach another meadow at the top of a ridge, then descend to Lost Creek.  We will follow Lost Creek downstream to the Camp Rock Road, then follow the road (closed to vehicles) back to the TH.If group wants, we can hike a ways up either Lost Creek or Indian Creek.We will decide before the trip what equipment we need.   

Leader: Jeff Damp
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Thursday, 12/7/2017, Manitou Incline

The leader has not been able to scout the trail this year.  It has been closed since August, 2017 and is reopening on Dec. 2.  There are some improvements especially in shoring up the steps as they were in general decline.  The distance and elevation gain and grade is the same.  1 mile up and 4 miles down.  2000 feet elevation gain in 2744 steps.  Average grade is 41% with some grade reaching 68%.   This will be a self paced climb and we will all regroup at the top.  Don't worry, it is not a race.  You will not be able to abort the climb once you start and you will not be able to go back the way you came.  We will all go down the Barr Trail back to the trailhead.  Hiking poles are not used on the uphill portion but if you have collapsible poles they will come in handy for the downhill trail.  Small pack with just water, pole (s), and a jacket is all that is needed.  There has been a change in parking for the Incline which I will try to figure out before our trip.  Be prepared to share in a modest parking fee and perhaps a very short shuttle ride to the trailhead. 

Leader: Janet Martel
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Thursday, 12/7/2017, Lecture + field workshop on avalanche awareness & route selection

This workshop is designed to help those engaged in wintertime backcountry snowshoe and nordic ski trips, or winter/spring climbs, to recognize and avoid potential avalanche terrain.  The workshop will consist of an evening discussion, trip planning, and an all day field trip.The evening session is scheduled from 7:00-9:30 pm, Thursday December 7, at the leader's home in southwest Fort Collins.  This will consist of a slide lecture/discussion, use of internet resources to evaluate snow & expected weather conditions, and trip & route planning specific to the field trip.  Specific topics will include: 

The all-day field trip will take place in the Cameron Pass area on Sunday, December 10.  The specific route will depend on snow and weather conditions, as well as the experience & skill level of the participants.  The field trip travel can involve either snowshoes or skis (nordic or AT).  Whichever equipment is used, participants must be reasonably fit and able to handle deep, ungroomed snow and moderately steep terrain (up to 20 deg).  The trip is designed to help CMC trip leaders and participants that engage in snowshoe and nordic ski outings, or winter/spring climbers, learn to distinguish between avalanche terrain and non-avalanche terrain. The dividing line between these classifications is not always that obvious to those lacking formal training, and that line can vary somewhat depending on time of year and current weather and snow conditions.  Classroom lectures help, but actual experience in or near true avalanche terrain is more instructive.  A field trip planning exercise will preceed the actual trip, and the use of guides to assess avalanche risk that use CAIC rating, slope angle, and snowfall will be practiced. On the field trip we will observe actual avalanche terrain and adjacent terrain where avalanche risk is at or near zero. Wintertime hazards in addition to avalanches will be observed.  Estimation and measurement of slope angles will be practiced, and numerous examples of potentially risky (e.g. slopes, gullies, road cuts, cornices, etc.) and avalanche-free areas will be pointed out and discussed.  Clues as to what constitutes avalanche terrain versus non-avalanche terrain will be pointed out and discussed. We will finish at some of the parking areas at and near Cameron Pass to observe and discuss various avalanche paths that portray historic occurrances and which should be avoided.  

Leader: Ward Whicker
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Friday, 12/8/2017, Loch Lomond * Via Stuart Road

We'll snowshoe uphill along Stuart Road to Loch Lomond and then see if we can climb about 300 feet to the shores of Reynolds Lake and potentially Stuart Lake. We'll return the way we climbed up. 

Leader: Kevin Schaal
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500 ft
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Friday, 12/8/2017, Reynolds Park Platte River


Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Monday, 12/11/2017, 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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Tuesday, 12/12/2017, North Twin Cone Peak (12.323')*

I will let you know what the conditions will be then.  I am assuming snowshoes, but we could be in spikes.

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Tuesday, 12/12/2017, Spruce Mountain Open Space Trail

Hike southwest on Spruce Mountain Trail, complete the Upper Loop and return to Trailhead.

Leader: John Walters
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 600
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Tuesday, 12/12/2017, SKI! Tele Tuesday at Loveland Freeheel Skiing Section

TELEMARK SKIERS, from beginners to advanced, join us at Loveland and its great snow coverage. Practice your tele turns, get tele tips from leader, if requested, and get those boards humming down the slopes! Tele Tuesdays are offered every other Tuesday throughout the season. Register online or call before 9:00 PM so leader knows to look for you, either at Wooly Mammoth lot at 9:00 AM or at Loveland's Clock/Ticket Tower at 10:30 AM. Ski you soon!

Leader: Steven Haymes
Type: Ski
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