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Saturday, 2/24/2018, Winter slumber party


Leader: Sarah Thompson
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 2, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 2/24/2018, Hoosier Cherry Popsicle

Per trip plan

Leader: Dale Statler
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Fast, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Saturday, 2/24/2018, Hoosier Pass Gross Popsicle

Per trip plan

Leader: Scott Groeschl
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Saturday, 2/24/2018, Torreys Peak Queso from Loveland Pass


Leader: Brandon Daniell
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 5500
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Saturday, 2/24/2018, Torreys Peak from Loveland Pass


Leader: Jane Reuteler
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 5500
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Saturday, 2/24/2018, HAMS Field Trip 3

High peak ridge climb

Leader: Brandon Daniell
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 600
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Saturday, 2/24/2018, Zimmerman/Meadows Ski

We will set up a car shuttle so we can make a "one-way" trip. We leave a car at the Meadows Trailhead (across CO-14 from the Blue Lake Trailhead) then proceed to the Zimmerman Lake Trailhead. From here we will go uphill 500 feet on-trail to Zimmerman Lake. At the lake we will pick up the Meadows Trail and follow it down to Long Draw Rd and follow the road/trail back to the Meadows Trailhead. As we near the road there may be an opportunity to do a bit of off trail skiing (we will dicuss this with the group at this point). This is not an extreme ski trip, but note that the Meadows trail is not level (it goes up and down) AND the path is narrow in portions, NOT wide like a groomed trail.Note that the trip up to Zimmerman Lake is uphill so I recommend if you have skins that you bring them.   

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 800
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Saturday, 2/24/2018, Winter Wilderness Survival Skills Overnight

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 to stay overnight with just day hiking gear, water procurement, and team skills.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 2, Elevation Gain: 100
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Saturday, 2/24/2018, Woodland Lake IPW*

Snowshoe toward Jasper Lake but take the trail to Woodland Lake. Return the same way. Bring the 10 essentials and cold weather gear. Plan to stay with the group. No running ahead!

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 9.2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 2/24/2018, 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, 2/24/2018, Eldorado Canyon Trail

We'll begin from the Eldorado Canyon visitor center and hike 2.5 miles/1000-foot elevation gain along the Eldorado Canyon trail to a nice lookout. Descend 600 feet to the intersection of the Walker Loop Trail. Proceed to Boulder Creek falls, ascend a steep staircase and follow the Walker Loop to another lookout for lunch. Return the way we came. Layers, warm clothing and footgear appropriate for an all-day hike on established trails in Colorado. Expect winter conditions. Bring 10 Essentials appropriate for this hike, including sun and wind protection, hat and gloves, insulating jacket, 2 liters of H2O, food; your personal medical kit, compass, trail map, gaiters and traction devices mandatory in case of snowy or icy trail conditions. Park Pass required for all vehicles; Trip Leader has as annual pass and can take 3 peoplehttps://caltopo.com/m/LVLR  

Leader: Stephen Norman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.25, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 2/24/2018, South Glacier Knob Loop (RMNP)

Our hike today will be a loop hike to the summit of the "South Glacier Knob".  This is a rock dome above Mills Lake and is connected to Half Mountain by a ridge.  The highest of the highpoints that comprise this glacier knob is visible from the Glacier Gorge TH parking lot.  It is the bump on the horizon between Half Mountain and Thatchtop.  However, the summit is not our only objective.  Our descent route down Glacier Creek from its outflow point at Mills Lake is just plain fun!  Our pace will be comfortable to all participants.  We'll take the few steep segments slowly.  The trailhead to trailhead time will be about 5 hours.From our meeting point at BMVC, we will carpool to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead.  We will take the "winter trail" to the Loch/Mills junction and continue on the summer trail to Mills Lake.  The South Glacier Knob will be immediately above us to our left.  After a brief rest we will begin the ascent of the Knob.  Initially we will be on open terrain with some well-placed vantage points that look out high over Mills Lake.  Eventually we will work our way into denser, steeper terrain that we will take to the top.  We should be able to wear our snowshoes to the cairned summit.  There is an excellent lunch spot up here that we will take advantage of.  The views up Glacier Gorge are spectacular and are somewhat unique as the whole of the gorge is visible.Once back at Mills Lake, we will exit the lake on its outflow creek, Glacier Creek.  We will drop over steep Glacier Falls (which is not visible from the summer trail) and continue down the Glacier Creek drainage passing the bridge at the North Longs Peak Trail.  We will continue down the drainage over a blue-ice wonder unofficially known as "Roberta Falls" and make our way to Alberta Falls.  From there, we will continue through a narrow gorge (that can only be tracked in winter) to the bridge on the Glacier Creek Trail.  We will take that trail back to the Glacier Gorge TH thereby completing the loop.

Leader: Pete Langer
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6.0, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Saturday, 2/24/2018, White Ranch

Starting at the east trailhead, we'll take Belcher Hill Trail in, then Whippletree to Longhorn, and back down Belcher Hill. Should be around 4.6 miles.

Leader: Chris Bartle
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 2/24/2018, Snowmass to Aspen Nordic Ski and Potluck

A beautifully groomed trail between Snowmass Village and Aspen. Classic touring skis are recommended as the trail is groomed and backcountry skis won't fit in the tracks. Must be an intermediate cross country skier. Skis may be rented in Snowmass. Afterwards, we'll take the bus back to Snowmass for our potluck.

Leader: Heather G Rydell
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 9, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 2/24/2018, Grizzly Gulch overnight

Bring snowshoe, snow shovel, tent, sleeping bag, two sleeping pads, other sleeping gear you might need.  Bring stove (at least one per each tent) fuel, lighter, pot and other cooking stuff, food to cook, thermos and water for hot water and drink, two light sources, ten essentials (minus map and compass), spare clothing, hat, scarf, goggles.Recommended are ski/hiking poles.  Optional is liner for sleeping bag, cheese cake for sweet tooth and beer for leader.

Leader: Gyorgy Kereszti
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000 feet
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Saturday, 2/24/2018, Overnight #1 WCS Group #3

We will travel from the parking area to an overnight camp site after an approximate 1 mile snowshoe.  Only tent camping will be allowed for this overnight trip.Trip preference will be given to current WCS students on a space-available basis.

Leader: Jeff Benton
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 3, Elevation Gain: 500
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Sunday, 2/25/2018, Burning Bear Trail

From the Abyss/Burning Bear trailhead in Geneva Park we will follow the Burning Bear trail to the saddle at 10,800' which is the official destination. Depending on the snow, weather, and the group, we optionally can try for Point 11356 which is SE of the saddle. This is a point of prominence and would add an additional 0.9 miles each way and an additional 600'.of elevation. Be prepared to hike in wintery or windy conditions. Snowshoes and micro spikes required. Winter clothing, boots, and gear required.

Leader: Dean Cates
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1100
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Sunday, 2/25/2018, Old Monarch Pass

Ski up the old pass road to the Continental Divide, a ways down the back, and return.

Leader: Isobel Drysdale
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 500
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Friday, 3/2/2018, Mt. Princeton Resort Weekend 2018

The Mt. Princeton Resort party weekend for 2018 will take place from March 2nd to March 4th. This annual weekend of ski, snowshoe, swim, soak, and dining adventure includes two nights lodging at the resort (Friday and Saturday), dinner on Friday and Saturday, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, two complimentary drinks on Friday night (wine, beer, or soft drink), all the swimming and soaking you can get in on three days, as well as an informal get together on Saturday after dinner. On Saturday and Sunday, after breakfast, local trips will be sponsored for all levels and abilities. The cost is only $290 for double occupancy and $400 for single occupancy (please add $10 for non-CMC members). This is a fun event, attended by members from several CMC groups The registration deadline is February 4th and  payment by check will be due by February 10th. Guests are welcome.

Leader: Gertrud Nuhn
Type:
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Friday, 3/2/2018, Mayflower Gulch*

Bring the 10 essentials, first aid kit, and warm clothing.

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Friday, 3/2/2018, Moonlight Snowshoe and Potluck

Join the trip leaders for an evening moonlight snowshoe in the Singletree area near Edwards, followed by pot luck soup supper at their home. Register with Leaders for details. Lisa Siegert-Free / Nate Free 970-926-5269

Leader: Lisa Siegert-Free
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5
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Saturday, 3/3/2018, Quandary Peak 14,265', Re-scheduled date

This trip is scheduled to allow 2018 BMS students to complete their C hiker certification.  Priority given to BMS 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, 3/3/2018, Sky Pond Snowshoe

We will start at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead and go up the winter trail to the intersection with the trail to The Loch. From here we will follow this summer trail for a bit then decide if the stream is covered adequately to take the winter route up the "canyon" or proceed on the summer trail above the canyon. After crossing The Loch we will proceed on the Sky Pond Trail towards Timberline Falls. Note often this trail has not been used so there is a good chance the group will need to take turns breaking trail. At the falls we will determine weather to proceed up the steep climb to the west of the falls on the summer trail or take a wide route further east, which is still pretty steep (in the past I have come up the steep route west of the falls and come down to the east). Once above the falls the group will climb futher up to Glass Lake the climb again up to Sky Pond. Once again there is a high probability that we will need to break trail.  

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Saturday, 3/3/2018, 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.  240mi.  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, 3/3/2018, Try Snowshoes! Kenosha Pass West* Part of CT Segment 6

We will snowshoe west on Segment 6 of the Colorado Trail, 4-6 miles OB.   Lunch at the furthest point.There will be a rest stop at the Bailey Loaf 'N Jug, 173 Bulldogger Rd, Bailey, CO 80421.Never snowshoed?  It's as easy as walking.  Borrow some or rent a pair at REI or your local mountain store, get snow baskets (usually the same brand) to fit your hiking poles, be sure your hiking boots are waterproof, add some gaiters, and you will be good to go. We'll show you a  few tricks, if need be. 

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000'
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Saturday, 3/3/2018, Heart Lake's L Aorta

Ski Boulder Ck trail route to the lake. Be prepared for high winds in the treeless area near the lake. Then take the lake's left lobe and ski an exciting tree run N over pitching and rolling moraine terrain until meeting up with the trail again. Good downhill control. Skins, beepers needed.  If you don't have an Advanced Rating contact leader for PASS CODE.

Leader: Blake Clark
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 3/3/2018, "Boulder Mountain Twofer" Bear Peak & S Boulder Peak

We meet at the Cragmoor trailhead at 7AM. The hike will take us up Shanahan Ridge, Fern Canyon, and then up the S Ridge of Bear Peak. From there, it's an out and back to S Boulder Peak and a descent of the W ridge of Bear Peak and Bear canyon. On this trip you'll get an up close look at the effects of the fire of 2012 and the flood of 2013. This hike has mileage and elevation similar to a lot of 14ers, and can be very challenging in winter. We are likely to encounter icy and snowy conditions on steep rocky trails, so microspikes are required as well as the usual 10 essentails. Hiking poles are useful as well, especially on the steep descents. The trip is estimated to take 7 to 11 hours. There is no potable water on the trip, but water may be available to filter about 2/3 of the way in if it's not frozen.If you're up for a challenging and strenuous winter adventure, please join us and help Bogie get his D leader rating as our Leader in Training!When you register please describe in detail ( in  the comments section) the last 5 hikes/trail runs longer than 7 miles that you have done. Or why do you think you are qualified for this trip.

Leader: Gary Johnston
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Saturday, 3/3/2018, XC Ski Coney Flats* BSTS Welcome

Trail Description:  Start at the trailhead on the north side of the Beaver Reservoir. The trail starts ups a hill  into a lodge pole pine mixed forest. At 3.0 miles we will reach the Coney Creek and the Indian Peaks Wilderness sign. At 3.2 miles we will reach the Coney Lake/Creek Trail sign and this will be our turn around point. Metal edged skies are highly recommend for this trip. I will let you know weathe and conditions as we get closer to the trip

Leader: Carol Munch
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6.5, Elevation Gain: 700 feet
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Saturday, 3/3/2018, Timberline Falls Loop (RMNP)

Timberline Falls (10,480') sits at the head end of one of the most spectacular valleys in RMNP. Though known primarily as a summer destination or as a waypoint along the way to the alpine lakes above, the terrain is equally stunning dressed for winter. Join us for a snowshoe hike to Timberline Falls but note that this hike is more about the journey to/from the falls rather than the destination.  Read on...From the Glacier Gorge Trailhead (9,180'), we will take the standard summer trail to the Loch/Mills Junction then reach The Loch via the amazing winter route up through the Loch Vale Gorge.  We will be returning on another track thereby making a sort of "twisted loop" hike. After some picture taking at The Loch, we will cross its frozen surface and continue into the forest as we climb steadily towards Timberline Falls. The final couple hundred yards before the falls is quite steep; however, that will work to our advantage as we'll be able to butt-glissade the descent.Upon reaching the flats below the falls, we will deviate from our ascent route and blaze our own route towards tiny Embryo Lake.  This should make a good sunny spot for a lunch break.  We will continue cross-country to The Loch, recross it, and then climb into the forest with the intent (depends upon the weather and group interest) of climbing the West Glacier Knob.  This bare granite outcrop offers magnificent views of both the valley we've just descended and the beautiful Glacier Gorge with Longs Peak above it.  From the knob we will descend into the forest again to a hidden gem of a pond known locally as Serendipity Pond. This will be another fine spot for a break. From the pond, we will follow its outflow creek into the forest and plunge through deep snow and down very steep terrain. Despite the steep gradient, the soft snow in the trees here makes the descent quite enjoyable. In fact, there will be ample opportunities to, once-again, test the fabric on the seat of one's pants!  We will eventually reach the Lake Haiyaha Trail, cross it, and continue downward until we reach the "Winter Trail".  We'll take that route home.Snowshoes will be required for this outing and gaiters and trekking poles are highly recommended. You may also want to bring MicroSpikes or other shoe traction devices as we will likely be on icy/packed trails on our outbound journey up the summer trail to the Loch/Mills Junction.  Once in the Loch Vale Gorge and above the lake, snowshoes are required.  Headwinds can often be quite fierce crossing The Loch so a balaclava and goggles are also recommended. Overall, this hike will be approximately 7.5 miles long with a gain of about 1,900'. Trailhead to trailhead time will be in the vicinity of 6 hours. Our pace will be casually comfortable. 

Leader: Pete Langer
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 7.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1,900'
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Saturday, 3/3/2018, Barr Camp via Barr Trail

Barr Camp. Maybe you've heard about it but never been. Here's a chance to check it out. It's an historic log cabin in the woods with a wood-burning stove and friendly caretakers. There's coffee, hot chocolate, snacks and Barr Camp merch for sale. This could be a strenuous spring walk through the forest or possibly a snowshoe. (Either way you can usher March in with a Lyon, if not like a lion.) Note the elevation gain of 3700 feet - it gets the blood pumping, especially the first three miles. The trail is often snowpacked and icy in its shaded spots so bring spikes/tracks and poles. We'll break for lunch at Barr Camp and then return the way we came, being careful to mind the ice in the shady spots and to dodge the runners coming off the incline. Depending on pace (moderate) and shuttle timing, we should be back at the cars around 4:30 p.m. We’ll meet at the free shuttle stop in Manitou at 10 Old Man Trail, no later than 7:50a. https://goo.gl/maps/3z2yMGepvpT2 so we can catch the 8:00 bus and hit the trail by 8:30. Old Man Trail is a right hand turn just past the Chase Bank on the right.  Do not park in spots reserved for the Spa. If you're reading this Friday day night and the trip is not full, please text the leader at 719.650.3043 to confirm. Additional info in the days leading up to the hike. For more information on Barr Camp. http://www.barrcamp.com/index.php

Leader: Andy Lyon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3700
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Saturday, 3/3/2018, Waterdog Lakes

A short-but=sweet snowshoe to alpine lakes. The fairly steep trail can be tricky to find but the work is worth it.

Leader: Nancie Biery
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Saturday, 3/3/2018, Williams Peak Loop

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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Sunday, 3/4/2018, Cameron Pass Backcountry Ski Descents

The intended destination is North Diamond Peak. However, route choice may depend on weather, snowpack and avalanche forecasts. Participants of the CMC Backcountry Ski Skills Seminar are given priority.For an overview of the range of backcountry ski routes in the Cameron Pass area:www.frontrangeskimo.com/cameron-pass-north/www.frontrangeskimo.com/cameron-pass-seven-utes/www.frontrangeskimo.com/nokhu-crags/Be aware that much of the terrain described above is avalanche terrain and that many of the routes are advised only under low avalanche risk conditions.Map: Trails Illustrated #112The backcountry tour will involve a round trip of up to 6 miles with an elevation gain of up to 2,000', usually with a portion on an established track. Be prepared to break trail for part of the route. Ascent will be moderately paced with periodic short stops. You should be prepared to ski untracked snow in variable conditions, both above and below treeline, in trees of varying density. Terrain steepness will generally be 30 degrees or less, except for short, steeper sections. You should be prepared for an outing of 5-6 hours, trailhead to trailhead. Driving to and from the trailhead adds about another 2.5 hours round trip from the meeting location.On an established track, members of the group can ascend at a pace that is comfortable for them, as long as the fastest in the group never gets too far ahead of the slowest. When setting a new track, the group needs to stay together to communicate on route choices. It is essential for safety reasons to ski with the group in a way to maintain visual or hearing contact during all ski descents. You need to keep the leader or the leader's ski tracks in sight at all times. We will use a buddy system where you stay in close contact with another skier.Bring AT, tele, or split board gear with climbing skins. A helmet (skiing or climbing) is recommended. Avalanche gear (beacon, shovel, probe) and knowledge of how to use it, is required. Bring lunch, including a drink. Winter clothing, including wind protection, is essential.Backcountry AT/Tele ratings for this trip (see Notes below):Fitness - MODERATESkill - BLUEAvalanche training - LEVEL 1 AVALANCHE COURSE AND GEAR REQUIREDPlease read the notes on backcountry skiing ratings below to determine if this trip is for you. This is a 'register with leader' trip.Check:NOAA weather forecast: http://www.weather.gov/bou/CAIC avalanche forecast: http://avalanche.state.co.us/Front Range forecast: http://avalanche.state.co.us/forecasts/backcountry-avalanche/front-range/before you leave for this ski tour.By signing up for this trip, participants agree to allow the trip leader to share contact information with other participants.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Sunday, 3/4/2018, Peaks Trail Ski Tour

Enjoy one of the top cross country ski tours in Colorado, just below the tree line from Breckenridge to Frisco. Meet at Miners Creek trailhead in Frisco to take the Summit Stage to Breckenridge; Gondola ride up to Peaks trailhead start. Rolling/moderate climbs lead to fast final descent to Frisco. Strong intermediate touring skills required.

Leader: Jan Dudley
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: +850 ft
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Friday, 3/9/2018, Rosedale Peak 11,825' *

We will start in Harris Park, and follow trail to pass. From pass, we will do some moderate bushwacking to summit. Hike is in woods, except for last half mile or so.If we can drive all the way to the summer trailhead, subtract 2 miles RT, and 200' elevation from the stats given above.Please bring snowshoes, microspikes and ten essentials.

Leader: Jeff Damp
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 11.7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3200'
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Friday, 3/9/2018, Calypso Cascades Wild Basin

TH will be at 8380" and we not see many people

Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5.6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 900
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Friday, 3/9/2018, New Member Hike Roxborough Park Willow Creek, South Rim and Fountain Valley Overlook Trails

We will be on several well-maintained trails, hiking at a moderate pace, approximately 5  miles round trip.  The views of the red rocks and changing colors of the scrub oaks are beautiful. There likely will be  is some snow and ice on the trail, so please bring microspike or other traction devices. Plan for changing Colorado weather by dressing in layers and include your 10 essentials in your pack.  Bring lunch, snacks for the day, and plenty of water.  Some portions of the trail are in full sun, so remember your sunscreen and hat.  The leader will send out an email the day before the hike with anticipated weather and any last minute schedule changes so please watch for that note.  

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 700
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Saturday, 3/10/2018, 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, 3/10/2018, Polk Creek via Uneva Ridge

Ski from Vail Pass to saddle S of Uneva Pk, then to Polk Creek and back to Vail Pass. Two good telemark runs along the route. Skin,Beeper, etc needed. Forest Service fee $6 (at least last year). 

Leader: Blake Clark
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Saturday, 3/10/2018, The Loch & Serendipity Pond (RMNP)

From the Bear Lake Trailhead we will head down to the Glacier Gorge trailhead to connect with the "Winter Trail" up to The Loch in RMNP.  From The Loch we will go off trail to a small un-named pond that the locals in Estes Park all know as "Serendipity Pond".  From here we will continue off trail to two other small ponds before snowshoeing back to the Bear Lake Parking Lot.  While we are snowshoeing off trail we will use some GPS waypoints to navigate our way and avoid some potential avalance terrain so be sure to bring your compass to practice setting and following compass bearings. The total distance should be approximately 6 miles of which about half that distance will be off trail.Year after year this is always one of everyone's favorite snowshoes.It can be extremely windy at The Loch so be sure to pack warm clothing and something to break the wind.Refreshment stop in Estes Park after the snowshoe. Feel free to contact the trip leader with any questions.

Leader: David Sanders
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 3/10/2018, Burning Bear Ski Tour Nordic Ski, BSTS grads welcome

Start from the Burning Bear trailhead on Guanella Pass road and follow the trail, which goes across a large meadow, then climbs gently through a lodgepole forest. We will turn around at or before the remains of an old cabin at 2.5 miles. An easy ski for new BSTS grads to practice skills.

Leader: Renee Howbert
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 3/10/2018, South Glacier Knob Loop (RMNP)

Our hike today will be a loop hike to the summit of the "South Glacier Knob".  This is a rock dome above Mills Lake and is connected to Half Mountain by a ridge.  The highest of the highpoints that comprise this glacier knob is visible from the Glacier Gorge TH parking lot.  It is the bump on the horizon between Half Mountain and Thatchtop.  However, the summit is not our only objective.  Our descent route down Glacier Creek from its outflow point at Mills Lake is just plain fun!  Our pace will be comfortable to all participants.  We'll take the few steep segments slowly.  The trailhead to trailhead time will be about 6 hours.From our meeting point at BMVC, we will carpool to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead.  We will take the "winter trail" to the Loch/Mills junction and continue on the summer trail to Mills Lake.  The South Glacier Knob will be immediately above us to our left.  After a brief rest we will begin the ascent of the Knob.  Initially we will be on open terrain with some well-placed vantage points that look out high over Mills Lake.  Eventually we will work our way into denser, steeper terrain that we will take to the top.  We should be able to wear our snowshoes to the cairned summit.  There is an excellent lunch spot up here that we will take advantage of.  The views up Glacier Gorge are spectacular and are somewhat unique as the whole of the gorge is visible.Once back at Mills Lake, we will exit the lake on its outflow creek, Glacier Creek.  We will drop over steep Glacier Falls (which is not visible from the summer trail) and continue down the Glacier Creek drainage passing the bridge at the North Longs Peak Trail.  We will continue down the drainage over a blue-ice wonder unofficially known as "Roberta Falls" and make our way to Alberta Falls.  Our likely exit point will be about 100 yards below Alberta Falls at "the log jam".  However, if sufficient snowfall has covered the rocks in the lower drainage (this hike will be previewed), we will continue to the bridge on the Glacier Creek Trail.  We will take that trail back to the Glacier Gorge TH thereby completing the loop.

Leader: Pete Langer
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6.0, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Saturday, 3/10/2018, 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. We should be complete by 11:30ish.

Leader: Dean Waits
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 3/10/2018, Pancake Rocks

Contact Christie Lee at (719) 243-1821 at least two days prior to the trip.

Leader: Christie Lee
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6.2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 800
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Sunday, 3/11/2018, Snowshoeing the Foothills Trail System of Curt Gowdy State Park


Leader: Steve Martin
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Sunday, 3/11/2018, Avalanche Beacon Practice

This will be a fun day to practice your avalanche rescue skills. We've all taken Avy courses, but have you practiced a rescue since then? To keep your skills fresh you should practice every season.  We will find a safe slope near the trailhead to burry beacons and practice different scenarios, including multiple burrials.  GEAR: all participants must have their own beacon, probe, and shovel. Bring typical winter clothing and gear, including snowshoes. Prereq: You must have taken an Avalanche Awarenss, AIARE Level 1, or equivelant Avalanche Course NOTE: This is not an official class or instruction. Trip leader is not an Avy Instructor. This is not a substitute for a certifed Avalanche Course. Go to aai.org for course info. 

Leader: Kristen Buckland
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 2, Elevation Gain: 500
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Sunday, 3/11/2018, Usher in Daylight Savings hiking two trails in Boulder


Leader: Carrie Simon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4100
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Friday, 3/16/2018, Tour de Green/ Green Mtn-Boulder/

Let's celebrate St Patrick's Day one day early, so you can burn some calories so you can eat more corned beef & cabbage.This "Tour De Green " hike will begin at NCAR trailhead/Bear Canyon.  We will follow Bear Canyon trail for a couple miles until it meets up with Green Bear. Green Bear trail has easy going switch backs until it meets up with Green Mountain West Ridge. At this point it is .2 of a mile to the summit of Green mountain. There should be great views at the top.Please wear "Green" for the hike or risk being pinched by a leprechaun. This is an exploratory hike, so plan to have some fun and be rewarded at the end.

Leader: Karen Hurley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Friday, 3/16/2018, Windy Peak Loop Moderate B hike

Micro spikes AND snowhoes required.

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Saturday, 3/17/2018, 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, 3/17/2018, Sawmill BCX Ski Trip

We will park at the Blue Lake Trailhead and walk the short distance to the Sawmill Trail. Here we will ski on-trail uphill for approximately 2 1/2 miles. At this point the group will cut off trail uphill through the powder to the west then to the south-west. The climb will be approximately 700 to 800 ft through what we "hope" is deep powder. At this point we will turn around and ski downhill through the trees back to the trail then down the trail to the trailhead.Note the maximum slope will only be slightly above 20 deg so you will not need AT Equipment or Avalanche beacons. HOWEVER, due to the slope and since we will be skiing in the trees you will need shaped skis (BCX or Tele) with metal edges (not skinny skis) and skins (for the climb uphill). A helmet will not be "required", but I will be wearing mine on the way down. You also need to be comfortable skiing downhill on a decent slope, in the powder through the trees. In some past years even the final downhill trail section has been a bit icy making for an "exciting" ending to the day. THINK SNOW!! 

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 3/17/2018, Backcountry Ski Skills Seminar Field Trip

Backcountry 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.Several 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 future field trip schedule:February 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) If you are already signed up for the seminar:The seminar director will contact you via e-mail to ask you to register for the field trip approximately 3 weeks prior to the field trip date. You have until February 4 to 'register with leader' for the field trip. Contact the seminar director at john.raich@colostate.edu. After that date, we'll open the trip to other qualified participants. Those registered for the seminar have priority.(2) Space available basis/register with leader: Qualified CMC members not already signed up for the seminar may register with the director for specific field trips prior to the field trip start if there is room.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 3/17/2018, SNOWSHOE!-Devils Thumb Bypass to Lost Lake

This is a moderate snowshoe, leaving from the winter gate at the West end of the town of Eldora (aka Hessie TH).  We'll hike or shoe depending upon snow conditions and continue up the Devils Thumb Bypass trail, hiking to Lost Lake on part of the return loop to the Hessie TH.  Even though this is a 6 mi route with 1000' elevation gain, winter conditions can make this quite strenuous.If you are new to winter travel or have a medical condition please let me know before the trip. (joe.wojniak@gmail.com)

Leader: Joe Wojniak
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 3/17/2018, Steep and Deep*

Bring snowshoes, and the10 essentials. From the TH we will follow the Tanglewood Trail for about 3 miles to 10,700 feet. We will then turn left into the woods. Using GPS waypoints we will traverse and descend back to the Tanglwood-Rosalie Trail junction. The primary purpose is to play in the steep and deep for as long as possible. It is about 1000 feet of descent.  

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6.6, Elevation Gain: 1900
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Sunday, 3/18/2018, Lunch at the Kurt Cabin in Ashcroft

Ski or snowshoe around Ashcroft, then come to Kurt cabin for lunch between noon and 3 pm. Call 925-6648 to RSVP.

Leader: Carol Kurt
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 1.0, Elevation Gain: 100
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Sunday, 3/18/2018, Rainbow Trail

From Alvarado C.G. ski to the Rainbow Trail and along it as desired, possibly the Horn Creek. Very nice views of the Wet Mountain Valley. Return by the same trail. Snowshoe or ski depending on conditions & desires.

Leader: Isobel Drysdale
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 500
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Friday, 3/23/2018, Ski - Chief Mountain*

We will start at the Meadow Creek Trailhead and follow the summer trail for 2 miles prior to cutting West to the highest peak on Chief Mountain.  Depending on group preferences we may do an additional lap on the  glades below the peak.   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 

Leader: Russell Peterson
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2300
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Friday, 3/23/2018, Try Snowshoes! Burning Bear Trail

We will follow  Geneva and Burning Bear Creeks in about two to three miles, have lunch and then return the same way.  Depending on the fitness and desires of the group, we may continue onto the ridge at 10,780'. We will be in lodgepole pines most of the way with some  meadows. Here's hoping we see moose (from afar).Never snowshoed?  It's as easy as walking.  Borrow some or rent a pair at REI or your local mountain store, get snow baskets (usually the same brand) to fit your hiking poles, be sure your hiking boots are waterproof, add some gaiters, and you will be good to go. We'll show you a  few tricks, if need be. 

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 3/23/2018, HAMS Expedition Winter Camping Overnighter

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Leader: Brandon Daniell
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 2, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 3/24/2018, BC Ski South Fork Lake Creek 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 South Fork Lake Creek Road near La Plata Peak.  We will stay to the main road following the creek 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 127.  260mi.  10/1,600.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Saturday, 3/24/2018, Mount Evans Resthouse Trail *

From the trail-head near Echo Lake we will follow the up and down Resthouse Trail into Mt Evans Wilderness for about 5 miles where we will have lunch.  Return the way we came. 

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Sunday, 3/25/2018, SKI! Mesa Cortina

BSTS graduates welcome!This is a nordic ski tour.  We'll follow the Mesa Cortina trail.  This trail is located near Silverthorne / Dillon.More info:https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7002491

Leader: Joe Wojniak
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 800
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Sunday, 3/25/2018, TRAILBLAZERS- Tour de Alderfer/Three Sisters Alderfer Park

We will start on Evergreen Mountain Trail, up to the summit, then back down to the Three Sisters loop- with the option of adding Mountain Muhly trail. It is still winter, and we will probably need layers and waht not- make sure to have microspikes or similar traction devices. This will be a great hike!

Leader: Erin Thompson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1800
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