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Friday, 2/22/2019, Twin Cones*


Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 1655
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Friday, 2/22/2019, Beginner Snowshoes: Pavilion Point

This trip starts near Silver Plume.  It follows the old Argentine Central narrow gauge railroad grade which means a steady but not overly steep trip, climbing east and sheltered in trees. Mining ruins are visible along the way.  At the top, there is a clearing and some ruins from a waystop on the railroad and a summer retreat for town dwellers.  We will have lunch there, then return the way we came.Weather willing, we will have views of the Georgetown valley, Front Range peaks, a look up towards Bierstadt as well as west towards the continental divide.  Georgetown is often a funnel for wind so bring your wind gear.

We'll show you how to select and wear snowshoes, a few principles of snow travel, trail choice, fastening snowshoes to your pack, and anything else you want to know. We want you to leave this trip excited to sign up for the next one.Please bring the 10 essentials appropriate to the weather and a guided day trip:
If you haven't yet re-provisioned your pack for winter sports, consider these items: 

Leader: Julie Luce
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 900
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Friday, 2/22/2019, Ski Big Park to W Lake Creek

This trip involves a car shuttle, we will drive to the top of Cordillera ranch ski out to Big 

Leader: Judith Rau
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 2/22/2019, NIGHT ICE CLIMBING

Sharpen your crampons, grab a set of ice tools, and don't forget your warmest long underwear........ It's time for night ice climbing. Camp Alexander's ice climbing wall has been rented for four hours and I hope you can join. The cost is $25 dollars a person. I will make chili again for everyone and have hot apple cider to keep everyone warm. We will climb from 5-9. Email or text me for the password to register. If you have any questions please let me know. Front Range Climbing has been farming the ice and they say it is fat this year!!!!!!!!!!!! Routes will be set up and ready for you to climb on. Please do not forget your safety equipment this year (Helmet, safety glasses, HEADLAMP), as well as all of your climbing gear and warm clothes. If you have tools please bring them. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.     

Leader: Derek Sardinta
Type: Ice Climbing, Trail mileage: .2
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Saturday, 2/23/2019, Winter Wilderness Survival Skills Practice

This field session is for those who have completed the required classroom session with the Pikes Peak Group.  This trip will focus on building shelters in winter conditions with a focus of staying overnight with just day hiking gear, water procurement, and teamwork skills.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 2, Elevation Gain: 100
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Saturday, 2/23/2019, WCS Winter Skills Practice Caribou

We will travel from the parking area to a practice area suitable for the construction of snow shelters.Trip preference will be given to current WCS students on a space-available basis.

Leader: Jeff Benton
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 2/23/2019, Heart Lake 11,340

Try deep snow near this lake, nestled below the Divide under Rogers Pass, and due north of James Peak. Be prepared for wind . Bring   10  essentials and  goggles, wind jacket, warm clothers , food ,  warm mittens or gloves and hand warmers,   snowshoes  are mandatory.   

Leader: Marianne Curtis
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Sunday, 2/24/2019, Commando Run

Come enjoy this all-day-long hardcore classic from Vail Pass to Vail. We may ski Mushroom Bowl, along the ridge of China Wall, or across China Bowl depending on snow/avy conditions. Good downhill skills, avalanche protection, a headlamp and emergency bivouac gear required. Bring a 2-way radio if you have one. Depending on the group, we may be skiing out after dark.

Leader: Andrew Linger
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 16, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Sunday, 2/24/2019, Poudre Canyon Ice Climbing

Ice climbing routes in the Poudre Canyon are fairly elusive. The intended route is Poverty Gulch WI2-3. It is located on the south side of the Poudre River in the Big Narrows. To get to the ice formation, one has to cross the Poudre River. This can be the most adventuresome part of the climb and is best done when the ice is thick enough so that falling into the river is not an issue.Because of the uncertainties in the conditions of the approach and the climb, the leader will preview the area just prior to the scheduled date. If conditions are found to be unfavorable, the session may be cancelled or rescheduled at the last minute. A longer warm period prior to the scheduled date may rule out the climb.We will toprope the ice climb. Bring steel crampons, ice ax, helmet, climbing harness, locking carabiner, belay device. Bring ice tools, ice screws, carabiners, slings, etc. if you have them. Leader will bring a few ice tools to use.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Ice Climbing, Trail mileage: 1, Pace: Moderate
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Sunday, 2/24/2019, Resthouse Trail snowshoe (Mt Evans Echo Lake area)


Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Sunday, 2/24/2019, New Member Hike: Apex Trail

The goal is to get new members comfortable with the trip sign-up and trip-taking process. We will answer new members' practical questions and can talk as you wish about pace, clothing, gear, etc.I'll write you with a weather forecast the day before. Do not assume bad weather means the trip is canceled. We only cancel if the roads are treacherous. We just try to dress appropriately.Please bring those of the 10 Essentials https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html appropriate to a mountain hike:  Wear proper hiking boots, sunglasses and sunscreen, a hat, a personal first aid kit, nutrition items, and plenty of water. Rain jacket with hood is a year-round pack item. Traction devices, such as Microspikes, may be necessary as the trail could be icy. (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)Part of the trail is steep, so bring hiking poles if you use them. If you have never used hiking poles, I have a few to loan, if you'd like to try them.No jeans or cotton clothing. We can talk more about all that on trip day.NO Dogs, please. Look for designated "Doggie Hikes" on the calendar.Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect you on the hike.

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,025
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Friday, 3/1/2019, Kingston Peak 12147

From the parking lot in St Marys follow old roads to the beginning of the glacier above the lake. This trail is usually icy and micro spikes will be necessary. Continue off trail up the glacier to timberline and then off trail over tundra to the high point. this portion of the hike will most likely require snowshoes to ascend the glacier on moderate slopes. This section will also most likely be windy and cold. Be prepared to hike in winter and cold conditions. Micro spikes, snowshoes, trekking poles required. winter foot gear (warm boots) and clothing required. Be able to carry your snowshoes on your pack as necessary.

Leader: Dean Cates
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Saturday, 3/2/2019, Quandary Peak 14,265'

This trip is scheduled to allow 2019 ACS (Alpine Climbing School) students to complete their C hiker certification.  Priority given to ACS students.  Climb Quandary Peak via the East ridge.  Expect winter conditions on Quandary Peak.  Be prepared for 0 deg F temperatures and high winds.  Snowshoes may be required but unlikely.  Bring microspikes, mountaineering boots, and an ice axe if you have one.  A detailed trip plan will be sent out by email on Wednesday of the week of the trip with the latest weather forecast.  The East ridge on Quandary is avi safe as long as we stay on route.  We will stop in Breck on the way home to take care of hiker classification paperwork.  We should be back to Denver by early evening.

Leader: Michael Gaudet
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3400
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Saturday, 3/2/2019, Crosscountry Ski Boreas Pass Road

For those who recently completed the Pikes Peak Group Intro to Backcountry Ski Course, this is a great progression to continue to build your skills.  This is a moderate out and back ski into the Boreas Pass Road area from Breckenridge side TH.  We will stay to the main road following the old railroad bed as far as Bakers Tank and play on the side slopes before returning via the same route.  NNN-BC cross-country gear will be fine, but cable binding backcountry gear will be acceptable.  We will avoid avalanche terrain.  Nat Geo Map 109.  260mi.  6/500’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 3/2/2019, Berthoud Pass telemark Norm Arlt

Climb from the Berthoud Pass parking area to good ski terrain and yoyo two or three times. AT or tele-equipped skiers with good downhill skills welcome. We will avoid avalanche terrain, but beacons, shovels, and climbing skins required. Destination subject to snow and weather conditions. Social stop on the way home.

Leader: Norm Arlt
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 3/2/2019, Raspberry Mtn


Leader: Christie Lee
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500 feet
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Saturday, 3/2/2019, Culturally Modified Tree Walkabout

We will go for a hike with John Anderson, noted author of two books about Ute Indian Prayer Trees.  We will be looking and discussing various types of modified trees.  Dress for the weather.  Bring water and snacks.  Leader will advise more details as hike gets closer.

Leader: Dean Waits
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 2, Elevation Gain: 100
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Sunday, 3/3/2019, SKI! Backcountry Telemark Practice Telemark Ski School

TELEMARK SKIERS, beginners to intermediate--Need some backcountry telemark practice? This ski tour is designed to help 2019 and prior Telemark Ski School (TSS) students who ski green and easy blue runs to get "out there" and practice their telemark skiing techniques in the backcountry. Telemark ski lessons "on-piste", either thru CMC Telemark Ski School or a ski area are HIGHLY recommended before this trip. "Tele hill" is within a mile from trailhead, and students will ski "laps" to practice turns. Leader is a TSS instructor and will provide telemark tips and instruction. Expect a "casual" uphill-climbing pace as the group will take frequent breaks to discuss safe backcountry winter travel that includes routefinding & trailbreaking, avalanche avoidance, snow/weather conditions, and telemark equipment for backcountry use. You do NOT need avalanche equipment for this tour; but if you have it, carry it. Remember skis & skins, boots, poles, pack, food, water, extra warm clothing, and sunscreen. 1st NOTE: This shouldn't be your first ski tour into the backcountry this season. 2nd NOTE: You MUST use telemark skis and telemark boots--no backcountry touring (i.e., "skinny") skis/boots.. Call or email leader with ???

Leader: Marilyn Choske
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Sunday, 3/3/2019, Gem Lake and Balanced Rock

We will begin at the Lumpy Ridge trailhead and take the Gem Lake trail 1.7 miles to Gem Lake.  From the lake we will continue a little over a mile on the Gem Lake trail to the junction with the Balanced Rock trail which we will follow for another mile to its terminus at Balanced Rock. After a little rest and a bite to eat, we'll retrace our route back to the trailhead.  We will enjoy seeing some fabulous rock formations along the way and the incredible sweeping views of the high mountains of the RMNP from Longs Peak and the mountains surrounding Glacier Gorge, to the high peaks of the Mummy Range.  I think you'll find this to be a "gem" of a hike!

Leader: Brad Warren
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Sunday, 3/3/2019, Mt. Evans Snowshoe - Resthouse Trail With Options

Starting out around 10,700' at the Echo Lake Campground, we will gain about 400' in about a mile, and then we will descend around 560' in just over a mile to Vance Creek.  From the creek, the trail pitches up at variously moderate and steep intervals.  We'll go for roughly another 1.5  miles before we reach our mid-way point, have a snack/food, and then head back. 

Leader: John O'Leary
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Sunday, 3/3/2019, Lunch at the Kurt Cabin in Ashcroft

Ski or snowshoe around Ashcroft, then come to Kurt cabin for lunch between noon and 2 pm. Call 925-6648 or email kurtskarma@aol.com to RSVP.

Leader: Carol Kurt
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 1.0, Elevation Gain: 100
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Friday, 3/8/2019, Uneva Lakes*

This is a Bobcat trip. The Bobcats mission is to ensure a variety of challenging CMC trips, especially "B difficult" and "C" hikes and Difficult Snowshoes, for our mostly age-50+ constituents. We may sponsor other activities of interest to our members, everything from bike rides to camping. Although we have members, our trips are non-exclusive. We welcome all CMC members to sign up for any Bobcats trip regardless of age or Bobcats membership. To join our mailing list, write the Bobcats at cmcbobcats@gmail.com

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 1450
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Saturday, 3/9/2019, BC Ski Fooses Creek

For those who recently completed the Pikes Peak Group Intro to Backcountry Ski Course, this is a great progression to continue to build your skills.  This is a moderate out and back ski into the North Fooses Creek Road near Monarch Pass.  We will stay to the main road following the power line as far as everyone can go, have lunch, then return by the same route.  We may explore some of the side roads along the way and find a play hill near our end point.  NNN-BC cross-country gear will be fine, but cable binding backcountry gear will be better.  Avalanche gear and training are required.  Nat Geo Map 130.  240mi.  10/2,000’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 3/9/2019, Mill Creek Basin and Beyond

Group will begin from Hollowell Park and follow trail to Mill Creek. Once we reach the bridge, group will decide route to Mill Creek Basin. From the basin, follow a route to either Bierstadt Lake or Steep Mountain. Snow conditions and group strength will help determine destination and return route. Participants will have the opportunity to practice map and compass and routefinding skills.

Leader: David Wasson
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Saturday, 3/9/2019, Beginner Snowshoes: Brookside-McCurdy Trail

We'll show you how to select and wear snowshoes, a few principles of snow travel, trail choice, fastening snowshoes to your pack, and anything else you want to know. We want you to leave this trip excited to sign up for the next one.Please bring the 10 essentials appropriate to the weather and a guided day trip:
If you haven't yet re-provisioned your pack for winter sports, consider these items: 

Leader: Cynthia Lehr
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800
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Saturday, 3/9/2019, Kingston Peak *

This will be a snowshoe and/or micro spike hike.  Bring poles as the climb up St. Mary's Glacier will be steep.  Once we reach the top, the area will be windblown free of snow (usually).  We will assess the conditions and the weather as we get closer.

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Saturday, 3/9/2019, Black Lake & Above (RMNP)

Our snowshoe hike today is a winter classic - Black Lake (and above) in the Rocky Mountain National Park.  Black Lake is set in a deep well of vertical rock surrounded by Arrowhead and McHenrys Peak both of which seem (and, I guess, do) rise right out of the lake.  But perhaps the most impressive features at this time of year are the enormous blue-ice formations that spill over the rock walls like the frozen waterfalls that they are.  If you have never been to Black Lake or have only been there using the twisting, tree-dodging summer trail, you are in for a visual treat on this winter route. Once we reach Black Lake we will stop for lunch, and have the option to go a little further up the gully to see the ice formation and maybe some ive climbers. From our meeting point at BMVC (8:00 AM), we will carpool to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead.  We will take the "winter trail" to the Loch/Mills Junction then continue to Mills Lake using the Glacier Creek drainage for our final quarter mile.  We will cross Mills Lake and Jewel Lake then continue up the Black Lake outflow creek which will require a slow climb up Ribbon Falls followed by another slow ascent up the headwall to Black Lake.  After a rest, we will make the final 500' ascent on a wide, safe snow slope into the Upper Glacier Gorge.  Our pace will be comfortable to all.  Though kind of long for a snowshoe hike, this route has occasional moderate hill climbs broken up by sections of flat terrain.We will return the way we came utilizing the seat of our pants when possible for some of the steeper descents.  Though much of the route will likely be on packed trail, you must bring snowshoes!  Also recommended are some kind of shoe traction devices like MicroSpikes, YakTrax, or Stabilicers.  I expect this hike to take about 7+ hours TH to TH. 

Leader: Robert Gelcius
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Saturday, 3/9/2019, New Member Hike: White Ranch Rawhide Loop

The goal is to get new members comfortable with the trip sign-up and trip-taking process. We will answer new members' practical questions and can talk as you wish about pace, clothing, gear, etc.I'll write you with a weather forecast the day before. Do not assume bad weather means the trip is canceled. We only cancel if the roads are treacherous. We just try to dress appropriately.Please bring those of the 10 Essentials http://https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html appropriate to a mountain hike:  Wear proper hiking boots, sunglasses and sunscreen, a hat, a personal first aid kit, nutrition items, and plenty of water. Rain jacket with hood is a year-round pack item. Traction devices, such as Microspikes, may be necessary as the trail could be icy. (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)A few small parts of the trail is steep, so bring hiking poles if you use them. If you have never used hiking poles, I have a few to loan, if you'd like to try them.No jeans or cotton clothing. We can talk more about all that on trip day.NO Dogs, please. Look for designated "Doggie Hikes" on the calendar.

Leader: Michael Tischer
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 900
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Saturday, 3/9/2019, Williams Peak Loop Snowshoe

Following the cross-country ski track next to the Sunlight Ski Area, we'll walk to the upper end of Babbish Gulch. From there, we'll hike cross-country through aspen forest to the summit of Williams Peak (elevation 10,079) where we'll enjoy spectacular views of Mount Sopris and the Crystal River Valley. From there, we'll go down the north slope of Williams to a snowmobile track and back to the parking area. Snowshoes required.

Leader: Michael Miller
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 4.0, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 3/9/2019, Howard & Demaree Canyons

This is a day hike into a generally dry area. Bring extra water, food, snacks, and other of the 10 Essentials (see CMC web site). From the parking area, we'll follow an old road towards the mouth of Howard Canyon, which is the easternmost canyon of the four north-to-south-trending canyons in the Demaree Canyon Wilderness Study Area. Much of our day's pleasure will be gentle off-trail walking. We enter both canyons at the lower end and will walk north, on a slight uphill grade, to "see what we see."The parking area is about a mile from the highway. High clearance four wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended. The road is not steep, but is significantly rutted in places. 

Leader: Steve Bonowski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Sunday, 3/10/2019, Historic Columbine Cabins Winter Trip


Leader: Sandi Bianchi
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate
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Friday, 3/15/2019, Mt. Sniktau (13,284') and Mt. Cupid (13,114') *

We will start at Loveland Pass (11,990').  From Loveland Pass, we will head east, along the Continental Divide, up to an unnamed peak (12,915'). From there we will head north, over another unnamed peak (elevation 13,152') to Mt. Sniktau (Elevation 13,284').  From Mt. Sniktau, we will return south to the unnamed peak (elevation 13,152'), then continue further south along the Continental Divide to Mt. Cupid (Elevation 13,117').  From Mt. Cupid, we will return to Loveland Pass.There are are beautiful views all around from the ridges and peaks on this hike.  I expect this hike to mostly require microspikes, but depending on weather and trail conditions we may need our snowshoes.  

Leader: James Guerra
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Friday, 3/15/2019, New Member Hike: Reynolds Park

This is a beautiful park with a babbling stream (if not frozen!), with an exceptional variety of vegetation, and great views.   On a clear day, we can see all the way to Pike's Peak.   We will be mostly in the forest but sometimes in the sun.  Expect to wear layers. The goal is to get new members comfortable with the trip sign-up and trip-taking process. We will answer new members' practical questions and can talk as you wish about pace, clothing, gear, etc.I'll write you with a weather forecast the day before. Do not assume bad weather means the trip is canceled. We only cancel if the roads are treacherous. We just try to dress appropriately.Please bring those of the 10 Essentials http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html appropriate to a mountain hike:  Wear proper hiking boots, sunglasses and sunscreen, a hat, a personal first aid kit, nutrition items, and plenty of water. Rain jacket with hood is a year-round pack item. Traction devices, such as Microspikes, may be necessary as the trail could be icy. (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)A few small parts of the trail is steep, so bring hiking poles if you use them. If you have never used hiking poles, I have a few to loan, if you'd like to try them.No jeans or cotton clothing. We can talk more about all that on trip day.Please let me know if you have a medical condition that might affect you on the trail.NO Dogs, please. Look for designated "Doggie Hikes" on the calendar.

Leader: Julie Luce
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1100
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Saturday, 3/16/2019, Cross Country Ski Leadville Mineral Belt Trail

For those who recently completed the Pikes Peak Group Intro to Backcountry Ski Course, this is a great progression to continue to build your skills.  Crosscountry, classic, backcountry, or skate this wonderful tour around the Historic Leadville Mining District.  We will follow the groomed trail on a one-way car shuttle from the Evans Gulch TH to the Colorado Mountain College TH.  The one way distance is about 8 miles, but we will likely add some side trails and back and forth for the faster (skate) skiers.  Many historic sites are noted along the route.  We will avoid avalanche terrain.  http://mineralbelttrail.com.  Nat Geo Map 109.  250mi.  8/500’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 3/16/2019, BMS Land Nav Field Day Lovell Gulch

Field session for 2019 PPG BMS Land Nav AStudents will be split into teams accompanied by instructors.  There will be 6 to 7 waypoints to locate.  The objective of the day will be to navigate from waypoint to waypoint, using a map and compass.  Various techniques for navigating will be used throughout the day.  Each student will be given the responsibility of choosing the technique used to reach a waypoint.Students will be expected to be prepared for an all-day hike in non-optimal weather.  You will need to have a day-pack, enough food and drink for the day, carry the 10 Essentials and wear appropriate clothing.  Students should be prepared for changing and possibly inclement weather conditions.  Maps will be provided for use in the field, but you will need to have your own compass.  Use of a GPS is not allowed.  Your instructor will have one for backup.

Leader: David Kuenzli
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 1000
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