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Friday, 4/19/2019, Twin Owls Loop RMNP*


Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3120
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Friday, 4/19/2019, Red Gate Trail, James Peak Wilderness

SPOILER ALERT:  The guidebook lists this as a relatively FLAT TRAILOnly 800 ft of gain in the loop.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 800
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Friday, 4/19/2019, Dakota Ridge/Red Rocks Trail loop Matthews Winters Jeffco Open space

Start at Matthews Winters open space parking, head south to Red Rocks, cross highway and go north along Dakota Ridge back to parking.

Leader: Janet Farrar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Friday, 4/19/2019, North Table Mountain Information Hike Natural History

Come discover the birds, flowers and wildlife of this "Serengeti of Golden". We will see some great vistas as we wind our way through grass/shrubland and lava cliffs to explore the mesa top and its origin. Bring binoculars.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 4/19/2019, RMOTHG Mt. Falcon (date change due to weather)

We will hike from the west side of Mt. Falcon, one of Jefferson County Open Space parks, just west of Morrison.  The hike will cover approximately 6 miles with an elevation gain of 950 feet.  The trail meanders through ponderosa pine forests with occasional views to Denver as well as west to the Continenta Divide.  

Leader: Margie Schliemann
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 950
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Friday, 4/19/2019, Apex Hike

Enchanted Forest and other trails.   Balloon hike loop.  We will meet directly at the Apex trailhead adjacent to the former Heritage Amusement Park.

Leader: Joe Aldridge
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Saturday, 4/20/2019, Ski Mt. Guyot (13,370') via Southeast ridge

Snow climb of Mt. Guyot via the Southeast ridge, with ski descent. This is Trip 9 from Dave Cooper's ''Colorado Snow Climbs'' book.  Graduation or participation in BMS snow class is a pre-requisite for this trip, and you must be an experienced backcountry skier with the ability to comfortably ski black terrain inbounds. You must bring: crampons, helmet, ice axe, and skis. From the description in the "Colorado Snow Climbs" book (author Dave Cooper), the southeast face is open with good visibility as you climb. The final approach is an exposed ridge… please be comfortable with exposure or have previous experience if you join the trip.Snow on the summit ridge is hard, per recent reports, so crampons will likely be needed. We will not venture too close to the corniced faces. Roped protection will not be needed. This trip is well suited to those backcountry skiers who would like to practice snow climbing as welling as skiing a beautiful 13er.Gear - All participants should come prepared with their Ten Essentials, adequate amounts of water and snacks, and appropriate outerwear to protect themselves from the possible effects of cold, wind and precipitation. In addition, you must bring skis and know how to fasten them to your backpack.  Crampons should be fitted to your boots.Individual required gear (in addition to 10 essentials):- Skis or Boards, Skins, Boots, optional Poles- Crampons that fit Ski/Board boots and/or additional Mountaineering boots- Helmet, Ice Axe- Avalanche gear (beacon, probe, shovel) - Face protection: balaclava or buff- Eye protection: glacier glasses, goggles- Extra gloves, extra warm layers, etc.- Blister prevention and careOptional:  FRS radio (tune to 7-11)Trip Preparation and Risk Mitigation1.  Keep an eye on the weather forecast the week before the climb.  Assess snow conditions and determine what avalanche concerns we are likely to face.2. Decide what the three highest risks are that the team will face, and how to mitigate those risks (yes, there will be a quiz!).3. Ensure that your snowshoes and crampons fit your boots, and know how to attach them securely to your pack.Weather- Do not assume that bad weather means the trip will be canceled (I believe there is only one way to find out what the actual weather conditions are on the mountain).  I will generally only cancel a trip if the roads will be unsafe for traveling to and from the trailhead, or if avalanche conditions are too risky, of if thunderstorms begin to threaten the immediate area.  Otherwise, we will wear and carry the appropriate gear for the anticipated and potential weather conditions.Medical Conditions - Please let me know before the day of the hike if you have a medical condition that might impact 

Leader: John Martersteck
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2850
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Saturday, 4/20/2019, Snowshoe Tennessee Pass Narrow Gauge Railroad Bed

This is a moderate out and back on the old railroad bed that went over Tennessee Pass before the tunnel was cut in.  The narrow gauge route was cut in 1881 and served the D&RG until a standard gauge route was cut in 200 ft below in 1890.  This old narrow gauge route serves as a wonderful easy snowshoe with many trail options to the sides.  We will do as little or as much as the group feels ready for at the time. We will avoid avalanche terrain.  This trip is primarily intended for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be waitlisted.  Nat Geo Map 109.  300mi.  7/600’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 600
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Saturday, 4/20/2019, SMS Peak Ski - Bancroft

Peak Ski outing for SMS.

Leader: John Morrone
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,000
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Saturday, 4/20/2019, Noodle Heads 8100' (Rampart Range all off trail)

This all off trail hike is on the west side of the northern Rampart Range west of Sedalia and exactly across the S Platte River from CMC favorite Long Scraggy Peak.  The Noodle Heads are 4 large granite outcrops (resembling heads from a distance) in a north south allignment best seen from the scenic overlook on Hwy-126 between Buffalo Creek and Deckers (and of course from the Long Scraggy summit).  We begin on the S Platte River near Osprey Campground and ascend (getting steeper as we go) directly up to a saddle south of the north most head, then progress south past the other heads.  It appears the second and fourth heads from the north summits might be attained by scrambling but the other two are for rock climbers.  However, the leader has no expectation we will summit anything.   From the south most head we follow ridges down eventually intercepting our ascent route near the river.  There is a lot of steep terrain on both ascent and descent but with careful route finding we should keep the slope under 25 degrees most of the time.  This hike is short and sweet but don't be fooled by the "casual" pace - I expect a difficult (but fun) tour de heads.  The entire route is exploratory for the leader.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 2200
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Saturday, 4/20/2019, Ascending Hikes: Carpenter Peak Moderate A


Leader: Paul Bleau
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 4/20/2019, Timber, Kimmons,W Valley Trail Lory State Park

This hike is a loop beginning just south of the visitor center in Lory State Park west of Fort Collins. We start on the Timber Trail, hookup to the Kimmons Trail and finally the West Valley Trail returning to the trailhead. It offers beautiful views of Horsetooth Reservoir, the hogbacks and foothills. There is also the chance of seeing wildlife. Register with the leader at dec5018@comcast.net.

Leader: Don Carpenter
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.1, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 574
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Saturday, 4/20/2019, Fly Fishing Trip - Clear Creek above Golden

This trip is reserved for 2019 alumni of Fly Fishing School Groups 6 and 7. This is a 1/2 day fishing tripWe will fish Clear Creek upstream of Golden. We'll be fishing from 9.00 AM and quit by Noon.

Leader: John Walters
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 1, Pace: Casual
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Saturday, 4/20/2019, Fly Fishing Trip - Clear Creek above Golden (1&2)

This trip is reserved for 2019 alumni of Fly Fishing School Groups 1 and 2. This is a 1/2 day fishing trip.We will fish Clear Creek upstream of Golden. We'll be fishing from 9.00 AM and quit by Noon.

Leader: Steve Wolf
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 1, Pace: Casual
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Saturday, 4/20/2019, Fly Fishing Trip - Clear Creek above Golden Group 5

This trip is reserved for 2019 alumni of Fly Fishing School Group 5. This is a 1/2 day fishing tripWe will fish Clear Creek upstream of Golden. We'll be fishing from 9.00 AM and quit by Noon.

Leader: James Mills
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 1, Pace: Casual
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Saturday, 4/20/2019, Fly Fishing Trip - Clear Creek above Golden

This trip is reserved for 2019 alumni of Fly Fishing School Groups 6 and 7. This is a 1/2 day fishing tripWe will fish Clear Creek upstream of Golden. We'll be fishing from 9.00 AM and quit by Noon.

Leader: Jorge Dominguez
Type: Fishing, Trail mileage: 1, Pace: Casual
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Sunday, 4/21/2019, Dragon's Tail Couloir

Climb this classic couloir in RMNP. Climb 45 degree snow and fourth class rock above Emerald Lake.Start at Bear Lake Trailhead. 

Leader: Sheryl Lampert
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Sunday, 4/21/2019, BMS Snow - Dead Dog Couloir Climb

This is a couloir climb for recent graduates of the Pikes Peak Group BMS Snow class. Priority will be given to 2019 students.  Completion of Avalanche Level 1 or AIARE Companion Rescue within the past 5 yeras is required.Conditions will dictate where we climb, possibly Dead Dog Couloir, Horseshoe Couloir or Cristo Couloir.  We will need to be at the trailhead at 6am/7am so an ealry start from the Springs is required.Crampons, ice axe, beacon/probe/shovel, snowshoes required.Contact the leader to signup

Leader: Kristen Buckland
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Sunday, 4/21/2019, Lost Rat Couloir (Grays)


Leader: Neil Butterfield
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Sunday, 4/21/2019, Meadow Mountain 11632ft

The hike will start at the Saint Vrain Mountain TH near Allenspark and follow the trail to the saddle between St. Vrain Mountain and Meadow Mountain. We will then turn North and hike 0.3 miles across boulders and tundra to the broad summit.This summit is in a spectacular location with excellent views of Longs Peak/Mount Meeker to the North and the whole expanse of the Indian Peaks to the South.In addition to the usual 10 essentials bring snowshoes and traction devices. Depending on conditions snow goggles and face protection may also be worth having.If you do not have a C or D rating please contact the leader listing your recent experience so that we can ensure that this hike would be a good fit for you.Any questions contact me at craig.lewis4@comcast.net or 303 250 2170. Email preferred.

Leader: Craig Lewis
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3150
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Sunday, 4/21/2019, Couloir Climb - Cristo

We will climb Cristo Couloir on Quandary Peak, and plan on glissading down,  If conditions are not good for a glissade, we will hike down the standard route and back to the cars. Full avy gear, ice axe, and crampons will be needed.   We will carpool from the Safeway in Old Colorado City leaving at 4:00 AM.  Map:https://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=39.39503,-106.09393&z=15&b=t&o=r&n=0.25&a=sf Weather:https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=39.39712550674149&lon=-106.1062891482544&site=all&smap=1#.XLEXl9h7mUk Avy Conditions:https://avalanche.state.co.us/   

Leader: Tom Mulcahy
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 2.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Friday, 4/26/2019, Butterknife Couloir Ski

TH is the top of Hoosier Pass near Alma, CO. We will skin up the standard East Ridge of North Star Mountain for 2,300'. Depending on conditions we will leave skis at the top of the ridge and tag the summit. We will ski down the Butterknife Couloir to the bottom of the valley and traverse back to the highway with 300' elevation gain to get back to the cars. RT should be 5 miles, more if we tag the summit. Snow, weather and avalanche conditions may require us to ski another mountain. Leader is AIARE PRO 1 certified. Recent (within the past 5 years) completion of Avalanche Level 1 or AIARE Companion Rescue avalanche training is required.Gear required includes a beacon, probe, shovel, AT Skis/Tele/Splitboard with skins. You must be a capable blue/black skier, the couloir is a 25% slope, similar to an easier blue resort run (less steep than Cristo Couloir).Contact the leader with your experience to signup. 

Leader: Kristen Buckland
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2500
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Friday, 4/26/2019, Rolling Creek Trail*


Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Friday, 4/26/2019, Bird Hike: Main Reservoir*

Bring your binoculars and stroll along Main Reservoir to see who's flying through ...We will meet in the parking lot, then walk along the pathway West around the reservoir.  Leader is a bird enthusiast, self-taught (not an expert.)  Potential sighting list will be e-mailed out to participants prior to day.  No dogs please. 

Leader: Cynthia Lehr
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 1, Pace: Casual
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Friday, 4/26/2019, Mt Morrison

This is a Training Hike intended for Alpine Scrambling Students.Out and Back. Start west of Morrison at Gate 4 of Red Rocks park, and return via the same route. This is steep route with some scrambling at the end of the route (helmet optional, but encouraged if you are unsure). This is not your typical B hike due to steepness and scrambling. We will hike at a moderate brisk pace with minimal stops.

Leader: Cynthia Lehr
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 4/27/2019, Boudoir Couloir Snow Climb

This is a couloir climb intended for those who have recently completed the Pikes Peak Group BMS Snow Climb course.  All others will be placed on the wait list.  Boudoir Couloir is on Horseshoe Mountain just south of Mt Sherman near Fairplay, CO.  All 10 Essentials, crampons, alpine axe, helmet, avalanche beacon/probe/shovel are required.  Avalanche L1 completion required.  Nat Geo Map 110.  Class III, 9/2,400’.  Register with leader. Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Saturday, 4/27/2019, Quandary Pk 14,265'

We will follow the standard route to the summit. Given this will be early season for climbing 14ers expect winter-like conditions. If you have never climbed Quandary before it is known for being extremely windy, especially while on the ridge. Bring full on winter gear including wind gear, cold gear, goggles, microspikes, etc. Snowshoes are not required but might be helpful on the decent especially as the snow starts to soften. Pace will be moderate, expect to move at an average pace of 1.5 mph and 1000 feet of elevation gain per hour. This is of course weather dependent.This is an LIT hike. Please contact Nick at the email above for questions and the pass code. 

Leader: Michael Zyzda
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3400
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Saturday, 4/27/2019, James Peak 13,294 Ft

From the parking area, we’ll head up the very well established trail to St. Mary’s Lake. We’ll continue around the north side of the lake to the long flat area and then catch the ridge up to James Peak, where we’ll demonstrate our ability to occupy Clear Creek, Grand, and Gilpin counties simultaneously.Snowshoes (will decide at trailhead)Micro-spikesYour 10 essentials!Gear appropriate for late Spring snowy and windy conditionsIce axe, gaiters, or other equipment you use or need for walking over rough terrain and through snow.Trash bag, for stowing muddy boots and other gear on the return trip.SAFETY.Nearest Emergency Medical Facilities (in the event of a medical evacuation):East Grand Community Clinic and Emergency Center145 Parsenn Rd, Winter Park, CO 80468(970) 726-4299Nearest Urgent Care Facility (in the event of a self-evacuation):North Lakewood Urgent Care Clinic605 Parfet St #103, Lakewood, CO 80215(303) 986-9610

Leader: Kyle Splittgerber
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2866
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Saturday, 4/27/2019, Ascending Hikes: Threemile Creek Trail Moderate A

If the trip has a full foster, consider signing up anyway; it is common for some participants to cancel registration in the days prior to the trip.

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Elevation Gain: 950
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Saturday, 4/27/2019, PPG New Member Orientation Hike at RRCOS

We will go for a short hike in the Red Rock Canyon Open Space (3 miles) and then meet at the Gazebo to review the PPG New Member Orientation materials and answer questions.  Guests are welcome so bring a friend or two.  We should be complete by 11:30ish.  Dress for the weather.

Leader: Dean Waits
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 4/27/2019, Fly Fishing Trip - Delaney Buttes Lakes

This is planned to be an overnight camping trip but participants wishing to do a day trip can be accommodated. Depending on weather and fishing conditions this trip may be moved to the following weekend.We will target the 20+ inch rainbows, and browns that inhabit North Delaney Buttes Lake (a Gold Medal Fishery)We will be camping at Delaney Buttes State Wildlife Area. Dispersed camping is free with no reservations required. Facilities are limited to out houses only. If you've never been, the landscape at Delaney Buttes is wide open land covered in sage brush with no trees. It will very likely be windy and cold this time of year. Members have camped in tents, trucks, and/or camper trailers on previous tripsParticipants will receive a detailed email a couple weeks before the trip.

Leader: Steve Wolf
Type: Fishing
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Sunday, 4/28/2019, Dragon's Tooth Couloir ASC Instructor Practice Session (Fort Collins)

This is one of the practice sessions for instructors and assistants of the Alpine Scrambling Course (Fort Collins).Dragon's Tooth Couloir is just west of the more popular Dragons Tail Couloir above Emerald Lake in RMNP. It sees fewer ski descents because of a rock band in the upper third - so fewer descending skiers to worry about on the climb. The rock band varies from 5 to 20 feet in height, depending on snow coverage. Rock climbing difficulty varies with snow coverage between class 4 to mid 5th class with possible icy spots. Be prepared for about 1,500' of moderately steep snow climbing, maximum snow slope angle is about 45 degrees. We plan to rope up on portions of the route. We may climb all or a portion of the route, depending on conditions.The approach is via the Emerald Lake trail and the snow apron below the couloirs. The trail to Emerald Lake is usually well-packed, so snowshoes are usually not needed. The top of the climb is on Flattop Mtn. Descent is via the Flattop trail on the east slope.Route Descriptions: https://www.summitpost.org/dragon-s-tooth-couloir/159744https://www.mountainproject.com/route/105747542/dragons-toothMap: Trails Illustrated #301Bring helmet, ice ax, crampons, climbing harness, a couple of locking carabiners, belay-rappel device, a sling or two, mountaineering boots, ice ax, belay/rappel device, gaiters, cold weather clothing, wind and sun protection, lunch, and drink.Bring additional climbing gear if you have it: rope, modest selection of rock pro, a snow picket, more slings and carabiners. Snowshoes are likely not needed for this climb.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Sunday, 4/28/2019, Ski/Shoe the Continental Divide

Start at the Old Monarch Pass road, continue north along the Continental Divide across the top of Monarch. Sunscreen required! Monarch will be closed, so we'll have the mountain to ourselves. Snowshoers are welcome.

Leader: Isobel Drysdale
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 1100
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Sunday, 4/28/2019, Carpenter Peak Loop, Roxborough SP

Fast Moderate to Moderate pace (2+ mph)..

Leader: John O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 5/3/2019, Falcon Castle 7,600'

From Morrison, hike up into the foothills to the ruins of the "Western White House" and the Walker Mansion. Loop trails through woods and meadows also can be followed if the group wishes. This is a close-in hike in Jeffco Open Space.

Leader: Dan Kunz
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Friday, 5/3/2019, Mtn. Bike Douglas County East West Trail

 Ride the Douglas Co. East West Trail.  This is a favorite Front Range ride.  NO technical skills required.  No rocks or tree roots.  There are flowing, rolling short hills.  This trail is about the width of a neighborhood sidewalk, nice packed dirt.  Beautiful prairie landscape between Highlands Ranch and Cherokee Ranch with great views of the front range.  Birds, flowers, scrub oak.Good parking lot with restrooms.  There is no water available at trailhead nor on trail so bring plenty. We will ride to Griggs Road trailhead for lunch and return.  A panoramic view point along the way gives detailed descriptions of the mountains from Pikes to Longs and everything in between.  Be sure to bring helmet, lunch, bike pump.  This trail can also be ridden on hybrid style bike with wider tires, actual mtn. bike not necessary.  We ride west to east and surprisingly, our gentle uphill is eastbound with a downhill flow back to the west and Chatfield/Platte Valley drainage.

Leader: Janet Martel
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 18
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Saturday, 5/4/2019, Lost Rat or Dead Dog Couloir updated

2019 ASC Couloir climbTrip plan to be developed by students.Classic couloir climb.  in Dave Cooper's book "Colorado Snow Climbs".See also Mountain Project and SummitPost.

Leader: Michael Zyzda
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3300'
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Saturday, 5/4/2019, PPG 100 Year - Advanced Snow Couloir Climb

The Pikes Peak Group celebrates 100 years on May 5th! This snow climb is part of the celebration weekend.Conditions will dictate which couloir we climb, I'm thinking Savage Couloir, but we could also do Lincoln North Face, Democrat North Face, or Dragon's Tail Couloir. We will leave the Springs around 2-3am to start hiking before sunrise. We may also drive out friday night and sleep at the trailhead depending on which climb we do.snowshoes, crampons, ixe axe, a second tool, and avalanche gear are required. Skis/Splitboards with skins will also be allowed depending on the routeYou must have completed the BMS Snow Climbing Class and Avalanche Level 1, as well as have past expereience climbing couloirs as this will be a more challenging climb.Priority will be given to Pikes Peak Group members first, contact the leader with your snow climbing history for registration access code.

Leader: Kristen Buckland
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Saturday, 5/4/2019, PPG 100 Years - Snow Couloir Climb Citadel Peak

The Pikes Peak Group is turning 100 years old! Help us celebrate our birthday!We will be climbing the NE Couloir on Pk. 13,294, aka Citadel Peak from the Herman Gulch TH. You must have taken BMS Snow Climbing and Avalanche Level 1 courses to attend this trip.Gear Required: crampons, helmet, ice axe, beacon, probe, shovel, snowshoes Contact the leader for any other questions

Leader: Greg Long
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2950
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Saturday, 5/4/2019, ASC Instructor/Trip Leader Session Alpine Scrambling Fort Collins Group

INSTRUCTOR SKILLS REVIEWThis is a review session for senior and assistant instructors prior to the Alpine Scrambling Course Basic Skills Session. The purpose is to review the instructional agenda and content for this field session. Particular attention is paid having senior instructors review techniques to be used to provide added security in case of course participant unease with exposure, assistance on difficult scrambling sections, assistance for downclimbing, a need to manage travel under difficult weather or other conditions. Both senior instructors and assistant practice scenarios that are applicable for addressing possible problems arising on class 3 and 4 scrambles.The following practice sessions are suggested (some instructors play the roles of students):• Rope handling and management• Belaying• Identifying and using natural anchors.• Roping up and traveling as teams of 2 or 3, using natural protection (horns, boulders, opposite sides of a ridge). For a team of 3, try this with a caterpillar or end-roping set-up.• Constructing anchors for scrambling with gear.• Belaying a student up a short step or slab.• Belaying a student down a step or slab.• Lowering a student or several students (one at a time) down a step or slab (no overhangs).• Construct a fixed line and travel along it using Prusiks.• Instructor rappel practice.This session is intended as a review for senior instructors and combination of review and new skills development for assistant instructors. All those with interests in participating in the Alpine Scrambling Course as instructors should attend.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Scramble, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 5/4/2019, PPG 100 Years - Rock Climb 11 Mile

The Pikes Peak Group turns 100 on May 5th! This trip is part of the weekend celebrationWe will climb at Eleven Mile Canyon. Setup multiple routes for all skill levels, top rope and trad/sport lead options. You must have completed BMS Rock Climbing to attend this trip. Contact leader for registration code.

Leader: Shane Burns
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 1
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Saturday, 5/4/2019, PPG 100 Years - Craig Meadows Backpacking Trip

Craig Meadow Backpacking TripNote: Trip leader will make a weather (too much snow) and participant numbers (minimum of 4 required) decision at 6:00pm Friday night May 3rd and email participants from the registration roster with an update on trip status (Go or Cancel).60 mile drive one way. Trail mileage 5 miles one way, from elevation 8,261’ we will climb to 9,308’ and gain 1,289’ before losing 843’ to camp at 8,706’CMC Trip Rating is Class B: Up to 12 miles round trip and 2500ft. elevation gain. (Moderate to strenuous physical activity. Some prior experience is beneficial.)New to backpacking, want to try out your cold weather gear, or just looking for a fun trip in the colder weather of the spring?  This trip is for you. We will be backpacking to/from the Craig Meadow in the Lost Creek Wilderness of the Pike National Forest.  Located just south of Bailey, CO.This trip is primarily for new backpackers of the PPG , but if you are interested in signing up – please do so after reading all the information here. Besides backpacking, we will be reviewing and practicing Leave No Trace Principles, camp set up, bear bag handing, water treatment, backcountry cooking and hygiene, as well as discussing gear and sharing trip and gear ideas. Bring your favorite backpacking meal or snack to share!We will leave Saturday (May 4th) at 7:00am from the west end of the Safeway Parking Lot (3275 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904) and return by 2pm Sunday (May 5th) afternoon in time to get cleaned up and head to the PPG 100th Anniversary CelebrationFrom our meetup site at the Safeway parking lot, we will take CO 24 to Woodland Park, CO 67 to Deckers, and then CO 126 and FS Road 550 and 543 the Rolling Rock Creek Trailhead Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/KdXSpR93jPu (Driving plan: https://goo.gl/maps/ijvqHcrKnzE2)From the trailhead we will hike west on Colorado Trail #1776, gradually gaining elevation from the trailhead to the trip’s highpoint. After 3 miles, we will take the right fork to Payne Creek Trail # 637 which after about a mile, will take us to Craig Meadows and Craig Creek. We will camp there overnight, and return Sunday morning the same way we hiked in.This is a backpacking trip – so you must carry everything you need for shelter, food, water, and the elements. This time of the year it is cold at night and may be much warmer during the day. To reduce weight – you are encouraged to buddy up on tents, stoves, water treatment, etc. with others as you feel comfortable.We will observe the following regulations / restrictions on this trip into the Lost Creek Wilderness: