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Saturday, 4/11/2020, Stone Mtn Scramble

NOTE this is a Class III Scramble Trip. The intent of the trip is to climb without rope, however, to be safe all participants need bring a climbing harness or diaper sling and a climbing helmut. It will not be an extremely long or diffiicult scamble, but particpants need to be aware that the trip will include some climbing with a bit of exposure. The group will start at the Round Mountain Trailhead off of US-34. We will follow the Sheep Mountain Trail up to the saddle between Sheep Mountain and Stone Mountain. We will hike off trail towards Stone Mountain and make our way on talus around the south side of Stone. The group will continue to the south-east of Stone Mountain to get a good look at our climb. We will then proceed to the west and climb the east face of Stone Mtn. After summiting we will scramble down the west face and retrace our route back to the trailhead. 

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9.3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2850
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Saturday, 4/18/2020, Snowshoe Tennessee Pass Narrow Gauge Railroad Bed

This is a difficult loop hike 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 then loop back using the Mitchell Creek trail system, which has some sustained climbing on snow making the trip difficult and long. 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.  9/800’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 800
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Saturday, 4/18/2020, Cancelled :New Member Hike: Corwina Park-Panorama Point

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 thehttp://10 essentials appropriate to a three-hour hike. Wear proper hiking boots, sunscreen, a hat, 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 probably will 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: Michael McMahon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 900
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Sunday, 4/19/2020, Kautz Team Trainer 2 Longs Peak via Kieners

HAMS 2020 students only.

Leader: Makayla Braden
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4500
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Sunday, 4/19/2020, Avalanche Terrain Avoidance Workshop - Field Day Reschedule

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 (1) an evening discussion and trip planning session, and (2) an all day field trip.  Both elements of the workshop are required.This workshop will NOT include training for travel within potential avalanche terrain and search/rescue techniques covered in more comprehensive courses such as AIARE Level 1.The evening session is scheduled from 7:00-9:30 pm, Tuesday Feb 4, at the leader's home in southwest Fort Collins. This will consist of a slide lecture/discussion and development of a trip & route plan specific to the field trip.  Specific topics will include: 

Participants will also attend one of two all-day field trips in the Cameron Pass area on Saturday February 8 or Sunday, April 19 (rescheduled date).  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.  On the field trip we will observe actual avalanche terrain from adjacent terrain where avalanche risk is at or near zero. 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. Wintertime hazards in addition to avalanches will be observed, such as tree wells, stream crossings, deadfall, and snow hollows near rocks and stumps.. 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: Steve Dielman
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Saturday, 4/25/2020, 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, 4/25/2020, Cancelled: New Member Hike: Staunton State Park - Bear Paws

Bear Paws Trail in Staunton has great views of Rosalie, Kenosha Pass, and Pikes Peak. We will start on Mason Creek Trail then go to Bear Paws at 2.3 miles, back to Mason Creek, and then from there we will go down the Old Mill Trail to Staunton Ranch trail.Cars that have the Colorado State Pass are needed to get into the park.  So if you have a pass, PLEASE volunteer to drive.  Otherwise the car occupants split the entry cost of $7.00.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 or YakTrax Diamond, will be required as the trail will be icy in places. (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: Michael McMahon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Saturday, 5/2/2020, New/Prospective Member Hike Eagles Nest Open Space

The intent of this moderate trip is to give New Members and Prospective Members a feel for how CMC trips work (you will not be exposed to my normal off-trail experience). Note although preference will be given to new and prospective members this hike is also open to exisiting members. To save room at the trailhead we will meet in town and carpool to the trailhead near Livermore. The ride share will be $4 per person.This trip will be all on trail. From the trailhead we will hike on the Three-Bar trail (as in three lines NOT three drinking establishments) and make our way to the bridge over the North Fork of Cache la Poudre River. Depending on rainfall and weather this section of the trail may have some wildflowers so you may want to bring your wildflower books (I hate to say a lot since people then think it like the mountain pass photos). At the bridge we will look for Golden Eagles (bring binoculars, but don't get your hopes too high I have never seen them). After starring at the cliffs for a while we will decide if we would like to add the Oh-Tee loop to the trip. Without the extra loop the trip is 3 miles with 690 ft gain, with the OT loop the trip becomes 5 miles and 1130 ft gain. In either case we will complete the Three-Bar loop west side and return to the parking lot. Note I have seen Long Horns on this section of the trail in the past  (which can be exciting)....... but not always.After the hike we can go to "The Forks" for brunch if the group would like. Note I will ask folks ahead of time if they want to go to The Forks and try to arrange carpools so that people that want to go directly back to the "in-town" meeting location can while the rest of us have brunch (? It's Just Brunch?). I like to get together after because it is a good opportunity for participants to socialize a bit and ask any questions they have about the Northern Colorado CMC Group (the group formally known as Fort Collins). 

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1130
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Saturday, 5/2/2020, "Citadel Peak" PPG Bday Couloir Climb

The Pikes Peak Group is turning 101 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.To register, send me an email with: 1) Confirm you've taken the requisite classes, 2) Confirm you possess and can use the requisite gear, 3) past couloir experience, and 4) an example of your weekly fitness regimen.Pikes Peak Group has priority.  All others will be wait listed.  

Leader: David Kuenzli
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2950
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Saturday, 5/2/2020, SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - Steep Skiing Clinic Session 1

Steep Skiing ClinicThis is a 2-day introduction to skiing steeper slopes, 35 to 50 degrees, on more challenging terrain. The first day is a practice session on relatively low consequence terrain, the second day is a couloir ski descent. The clinic is intended primarily for those with some backcountry skiing experience who wish to get started skiing steeper terrain, rather than those who are already proficient. However, if you have skiing/mountaineering experience on steeper snow and would like to help instruct in this clinic, please contact the trip leader.For an introduction to steep skiing see: Ski Mountaineering Skills with Andrew Mc Lean - Steep Skiinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z25miqqkKVYDay 1 (tentative date: Saturday, May 2)Mountaineering gear: ice ax, boot crampons, ski crampons, rope, climbing harness, helmet.Mountaineering techniques: roped climbing, lowering, rappelling, anchors.Day 2 (tentative date: Saturday, May 9)Climb/descend a couloir at Cameron Pass or RMNPBecause suitable snow conditions are a necessary requirement for this type of outing, dates are tentative and may change depending on weather and snowpack. Those signed up will be kept informed regarding any changes. To participate in the day 2 session you must have completed the day 1 session.Required experienceBackcountry skiing experience. You should have experience skiing a variety of backcountry terrain of steepness including 35 degree slopes.Some familiarity with mountaineering/climbing gear and its useLevel 1 avalanche course completion.Required gear and equipmentAT gear (skis or splitboard, boots, poles, climbing skins, ski crampons)Avalanche gear (beacon, shovel probe)Mountaineering gear (ice ax, boot crampons, climbing harness, helmet)RegistrationThese are register with leader outings. Those interested should contact the trip leader at john.raich@colostate.edu. To apply, send an e-mail to john.raich@colostate.edu that outlines the following information over the past 2 years (including approximate dates and destinations):Backcountry skiing experienceMountaineering and climbing experience

Leader: John Raich
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Saturday, 5/2/2020, 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.  We will admire birds at Main Reservoir 7am -9:30 am.  Then please consider joining me at the CMC for Hawkquest.

Leader: Cynthia Lehr
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 1, Pace: Casual
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Saturday, 5/2/2020, Intermediate Rock SENIOR INSTRUCTOR trip Invite only to work on course curriculum.

Closed trip for Senior Intermediate Rock Instructors.

Leader: Valerie Hawks
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 2, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 5/2/2020, Intermediate Rock SENIOR INSTRUCTOR trip Invite only to work on course curriculum.

Closed trip for Senior Intermediate Rock Instructors.

Leader: Valerie Hawks
Type: Rock Climbing, Trail mileage: 2, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 5/2/2020, Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area Dogs are welcome!


Leader: John Gray
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1800
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