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Friday, 1/24/2020, Lake City Ice Climbing Weekend

Ice Climb the Lake City Ice Park for the weekend!  We have reserved a cabin in lake city for the evenings of 1/24 and 1/25.  The plan will be to drive down to lake city on Friday.  For those who want to get some climbing in on Friday will leave Denver in the morning, while others will depart Denver in the afternoon.  Saturday we will spend our day at the Ice park exploring the different routes throughout.  After a 2nd night at the cabin we will return to Denver on Sunday.The cost per-person for two nights at the cabin will be $60 assuming full occupancy of the cabin.  We'll have two cabins.  Each cabin has 2 bedrooms with king-sized beds, a futon and a roll-away bed leading to a maximum occupancy of 6 persons each.  Any couples will get piority on the king beds, otherwise we will share beds by each individual brining their own sleeping bag.At a date closer to the outing we will coordinate carpooling and meals.

Leader: Gregory McVie
Type: Ice Climbing, Trail mileage: 0.5
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Friday, 1/24/2020, Beginner Snowshoes: Kenosha Pass West

We'll show you how to select and wear snowshoes, a few principles of snow travel, trail choice, fastening snowshoes to your pack, and anything else you want to know. We want you to leave this trip excited to sign up for the next one.Please bring the 10 essentials appropriate to the weather and a guided day trip:
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen
  • Clothing Layers
  • Headlamp/extra batteries 
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Knife
  • Extra food
  • Map and compass
  • Fire starter kit
  • Emergency shelter or bivy.
  • Water/hot drink
If you haven't yet re-provisioned your pack for winter sports, consider these items: 

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 800
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Friday, 1/24/2020, Jenny Creek*

Start at Lake Eldora ski area. Go west up a forested valley toward Yankee Doodle Lake, stopping about a mile from the lake. Weather and group permitting, continue to the lake. Wind gear required. This will be a Bobcat lite trip.  That means it will be slower pace and we wait for everyone.  If you want to go fast, best not sign up.The Eldora Ski area has changed procedures on gettng access to the Jenny Creek trail from the normal route we have always taken.  It now has a electric gate (next to the "bunny hill" where we always go up) that requires all everyone to get a free card to open the gate to get into the ski area and out of the ski area.  We will need to stop into the Nordic Center for everyone to get this card.   

Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Friday, 1/24/2020, Britt's 5th Annual Lake City Ice Climbing

Friday, January 24th 8:00am meet at the Safeway at 3275 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, COWe will carpool up and head to Lake City. We will check into our rented house around noon, drop off our luggage, etc. and head to the Ice Park for an afternoon climb.Saturday, January 25th, we are going to try out the natural frozen falls at the old Sherman town site: 

Leader: Britt Jones
Type: Ice Climbing, Trail mileage: 3, Elevation Gain: 100
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Friday, 1/24/2020, New Member Hike: Roxborough Park: Meadows Willow Creek, South Rim and Fountain Valley Overlook Trails

Roxborough State Park is one of the hidden gems in the Denver area. Red rocks against the blue sky is one great setting.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, will be necessary as the trail could be icy. (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)Part of the trail is steep, so bring hiking poles if you use them. If you have never used hiking poles, I have a few to loan, if you'd like to try them.No jeans or cotton clothing. We can talk more about all that on trip day.NO Dogs, please. Look for designated "Doggie Hikes" on the calendar.Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect you on the hike.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: Karen Hurley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 985
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Friday, 1/24/2020, Boulder Rock Club

CMC Rock Climbers are a group of people who love to rock climb, practice mountaineering, and share our experiences.

Leader: Carrie Bielen Simon
Type: Rock Climbing
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Saturday, 1/25/2020, Mt Parnassus

This is going to be a good training hike up Mt Parnassus. From the trailhead we will hike along Watrus Gultch then make our way up to the saddle between Woods and Parnassus, be prepared for very windy conditions at this point. This route mostly avoids avalanche terrain, and I will keep and eye on the weather and avalanche forecasts leading up to the hike. Be prepared for very diffucult, snowy, conditions, and be prepared to switch off breaking trail if needed.Gear:10 EssentialsWind protection (especially for the face, buff and goggles)Winter snowshoes (Not tiny little plastic spring shoes)Treking Poles with snow baskets 

Leader: Robert Gelcius
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6.7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3300
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Saturday, 1/25/2020, 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" where we will stop for lunch.  After lunch we will continue off trail down to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead.  While we are snowshoeing off trail we will use some GPS waypoints to navigate our way so be sure to bring your compass to practice setting and following compass bearings. The total distance should be approximately 6 miles.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, 1/25/2020, Snowshoe Horsethief Park to Putney Falls

This is a moderate out and back snowshoe from the Waters Tunnel Trailhead to Putney Gulch and Putney Falls.  The trail has great views to Sentinel Peak and passes beaver ponds.  The hike can be a slog in deep snow, but we will work as a team to pack out a nice trail.  We will add enough side hills and side trails to get that perfect amount of tired.  We will avoid avalanche terrain.  This trip is primarily for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be waitlisted.  Nat Geo Map 137.  60mi.  7/1,200’.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Saturday, 1/25/2020, Lake Helene (RMNP)

This is a snowshoe trip that will begin at the Bear Lake Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park and proceed to Lake Helene via the Flattop Mountain Trail and the Fern Lake Trail (see trail map at https://caltopo.com/m/A2VP).  If conditions permit, we will go off-trail for the last mile or so to Lake Helene in order to snowshoe through the woods and cross Two Rivers Lake if it's frozen.  Once we arrive at Lake Helene, which sits at the base of Notchtop Mountain, we'll find a suitable spot for a rest and refueling break.  After our break we'll proceed a short distance off trail to an overlook of Odessa Gorge, which offers excellent views of the gorge, Odessa Lake and the Little Matterhorn.  We'll then return to the trailhead via the standard trails.  Our pace will be comfortable for everyone in the group and should allow us to return to the trailhead by no later than 4:00 p.m.

Leader: David Brush
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6.3, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Saturday, 1/25/2020, Rifle Ice Caves

Located about 15 miles north of Rifle, these limestone caves, hidden behind frozen waterfalls, display an amazing tapestry of ice that filters the outside light in intense shades of blue. The caves are accessed by a short trail from the road. After exploring the caves, we'll make a stop at Rifle Falls State Park and hike along an easy trail that goes above, and below, these ice-covered falls. Foot traction devices (Yaktrax, micro-spikes, etc.) required. Flashlights are not needed. Short coffee stop on the way in. Possible lunch stop in Rifle afterwards. Plan to help pay for gas and entry fees.

Leader: Michael Miller
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.0, Elevation Gain: 800
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Sunday, 1/26/2020, BC Ski Packed Trail Practice

This field session is for those who have completed the two required classroom sessions and the two prior field sessions with the Pikes Peak Group.  The third of three field sessions, this trip will focus on endurance and technique on a packed trail.  We will spend a lot of time building skills for harder hills in tighter turns.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Sunday, 1/26/2020, Young Gulch SnowShoe - LIT

The Young Gulch Trail is recently opened after several years of hard work rerouting the trail.  This snowshoe will begin at the Young Gulch trailhead and meander up Young Gulch and Prarie Gulch.  The climb is very gradual and has several stream crossings, some with bridges and some with narrow logs.  Be prepared with extra socks or warm/waterproof clothes and hiking poles as the stream may not be frozen over.  We will continue 4.9 miles until the end of the trail at the edge of private property near Stove Prarie Rd.  We will return the same route, or may go off trail and hike along the east ridge back to the trailhead. *** This is a leader-in-training (LIT) trip for Jodi Vanden Eng ***

Leader: Christopher Haugen
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 9.8, Elevation Gain: 1170 feet
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Sunday, 1/26/2020, Backcountry Ski Tour

Optional pre-trip, for participants in bjoulder group backcountry ski clinic.We will be headed to the Arapahoe Lakes or Forest Lakes Area.

Leader: Willy Gully
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 9, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Sunday, 1/26/2020, Lady Trailblazer Ski/Splitboard Hidden Valley Lady supportive males welcome too!

SO excited to put together a trip for girls (and for any guys that love to spend time with us girls too)! While we're earning our turns at a casual uphill pace at Hidden Valley in RMNP we'll have time for breaks and for getting to know each other and hopefully gaining some new ski partners. Don't be afraid to bring new layers or new gear to try out too. Hidden Valley used to be an old ski resort and some of the cut runs still exist. This is an easy half-day tour. We will start at the parking lot (elevation 9,325') where there are ample parking spots and bathrooms. If we're lucky, the warming hut will be open for a pre-tour debrief and beacon check.The tour will follow an established skin track up an intermediate/blue slope. There are some short, steep sections that we will slowly navigate when we get to them. Despite these few short and steep sections, the average slope angle is 20-25 degrees. We will skin up to at least Trail Ridge Road and assess if the conditions allow us to keep going above the road. If we stop at Trail Ridge Road the elevation gain is 800'; if we go to the ridge line above the road the elevation gain is a little over 1500'. Requirements: Beacon, shovel, probe, AT ski gear or splitboard, food, water, warm layers. An NSP or AIARE Level 1 course is preferred. Be comfortable riding intermediate backcountry terrain (equivelant to black runs inbounds) and encountering unforseen obstacles. The trip leader is a splitboarder. Meeting Place: NE side of Lucky's Market parking lot in South Boulder (695 S Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305)

Leader: Kahle Toothill
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Sunday, 1/26/2020, Deer Mountain (RMNP)

This popular out-and-back hike will begin and end at the Deer Mountain Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park and proceed to the summit of Deer Mountain via the Deer Mountain Trail.  The hike offers many great views and numerous photo opportunities of the northeast portion of RMNP, including the Continental Divide and Longs Peak.  The hike is 6.1 miles round-trip and requires 1,246 feet of elevation gain.  The climb will be eased by an extended series of switchbacks that spread 721 feet of elevation gain over 1.26 miles.  We will take a lunch break, as well as gear, nature and rest breaks as needed.  Our pace will be casual and comfortable for everyone in the group and should allow us to return to the trailhead by no later than 4:00 p.m.

Leader: David Brush
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6.1, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1246
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Sunday, 1/26/2020, Resthouse Trail snowshoe (Mt Evans Echo Lake area)


Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Sunday, 1/26/2020, Uphill Skiing at Snowmass

Let's spend our Sunday mornings getting a little excercise at Snowmass Mountain Resort. Meet Lisa at 8:00 AM at the Snowmass mall to uphill ski one of the many trails at the resort. Distance and elevation gain will be based on participant abilities and desires. We will lead this trip every Sunday beginning December 1st until the end of the ski season. Contact Lisa to join. Skiers should be able to ski downhill on at least a groomed, blue-rated ski run. Climbing skins required.

Leader: Lisa Paige
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Friday, 1/31/2020, Snowshoe Kenosha West/Continental Divide

This exploratory snowshoe begins at Kenosha Pass and heads west along the Continental Divide for about three miles before returning the same path. One option includes north on FSR 810 to loop back to the CD on FSR 809.

Leader: John Walters
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 1/31/2020, Ski Big Park to W Lake Creek

This trip involves a car shuttle with cars left at West Lakecreek trailheadWe will start our ski at the top of Cordillera Ranch on a packed trail but will soon be breaking trail til we reach packed Barietta cabin trail to end with a fast ski down to the west lakecreek trailhead

Leader: Judith Rau
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 11, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 2/1/2020, Thunder Lake RMNP*

Thunder Lake is a beautiful alpine lake in the Wild Basin Area of RMNP.  This will be a long and strenuous hike/snowshoe.  There is the possibility that we will not make our destination if there is heavy snow on the trail.  Participants MUST have Microspikes and Snowshoes.  We will most likely start with spikes as we will walk on the road to the Wild Basin Ranger Station Traihead which adds the extra mileage to our trip.Snowshoes MUST be securely fastened to your backpack.  Please have all 10 essentials and dress in layers.  Much of the trail will be wooded so winds will not be a huge factor.  Participants could be on the trail for as much as 10 hours so please do not sign up if you are unsure of your fitness level. We will hike a steady, moderately fast pace.Here is link to trail map  https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/upload/Trail-Guides-Wild-Basin-Winter-Trail-Guide-2016-Digital.pdf

Leader: Sue Ahlberg
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2075
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Saturday, 2/1/2020, PPG Avalanche Level 1 Field Practice

This two day field session is for those who have completed the two required classroom sessions with the Pikes Peak Group.  This two day trip will focus on avalanche evaluation, safe travel skills, and team rescue skills.  We will be returning to town between the two field sessions.  Details will be provided in class.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 400
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Saturday, 2/1/2020, Trap Park XC Ski

This trip will begin at the Meadows Trailhead which is located about 1/4 mile before the turn off to Long Draw Road. We will ski the Meadows trail and cross Long Draw Road. Then continue on Old Long Draw Road until it merges with Long Draw Road. We will continue to the Trap Park Trailhead. At this point, depending on conditions and strength of the group, we will have to decide whether to try to ski into Trap Park. We will then return the same way.I would encourage students from the beginning XC ski class to sign up. This will be a good trip to continue to hone your XC ski skills. Normal XC skis should be adequate for the trip. Should not need full skins, however, kicker skins may come in handy if parts of the trail are icy. If you have waxable skis, I very strongly encourage you to have kicker skins.

Leader: Bill Trout
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 7, Elevation Gain: 800
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Saturday, 2/1/2020, Beginner Snowshoes: Payne Creek Trail

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

Leader: Michael McMahon
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 900
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Saturday, 2/1/2020, Jim Creek Snowshoe

Bring the 10 essentials, snowshoes and poles, first aid kit, warm clothing, wind gear, face mask, and possibly micro spikes.Please inform the leader, prior to the trip, of any medical conditions that could affect you on the trip.The trip shall be along Jim Creek, a well traveled winter snow shoeing trip.  We will go about 4 miles, have a light lunch and return the way we came.  

Leader: Carol Bennett
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Saturday, 2/1/2020, Backcountry Ski Tour, Cameron Pass

A backcountry ski tour at Cameron Pass, for descriptions see:www.frontrangeskimo.com, Cameron Pass, Never Summer MtnsMaps: Trails Illustrated #112, #200. Choice of route depends on weather/avalanche conditions and participant feedback.The backcountry tour will involve a round trip of up to 6 miles with an elevation gain of up to 2,000', with a portion on an established track. Be prepared to break trail for part of the route. Ascent will be casually paced with periodic stops for snowpack and terrain assessments. You should be able 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.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 - BLACK - Participants must be at least intermediate to advanced in-area skiers.Avalanche training - LEVEL 1 AVALANCHE COURSE AND GEAR REQUIREDPlease read the notes on backcountry skiing ratings below to determine if this trip is for you. You can register for this trip online.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 on this trip, you agree to allow the trip leader to share your contact information with other participants.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 2/1/2020, Williams Peak Backcountry Ski

Williams Peak is a backcountry ski trail just west of the Sunlight Mountain Ski Area near Glenwood Springs. From the trailhead, we'll climb steeply up the north side of Williams Peak (10, 079 feet). We travel through a forest of aspen and conifer trees which provides great scenery that is continually changing with each turn in the trail. From the summit there are great views of Fourmile Park to the west and the upper slopes of Sunlight Mountain Resort to the south and east. There are several popular downhill ski routes from the summit. We will meet at 0800 at the south Walmart parking area (upvalley side) near McDonalds. Avalanche gear including transceiver, shovel and probe pole required, along with appropriate food, clothing and metal edge skis with skins. Backcountry, AT, or telemark skis required (no split-boards). The terrain around the summit is steep, so previous skinning and backcountry downhill ski experience is required. Mileage may vary, depending on our down-route.

Leader: Scott Messina
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 4.0, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 2/1/2020, Spruce Mt Hike or Snowshoe

This hike is a Pikes Peak Group favorite and is a wonderful introductory hike for new club members. The trail offers beautiful scenery and has the perfect amount of mileage and elevation to stretch your legs while enjoying the great outdoors and fresh air. In the event of snow, this hike WILL become a SNOWSHOE ( digits crossed ).

Leader: Y Mason
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Elevation Gain: 600
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Saturday, 2/1/2020, Avalanche Terrain Avoidance Field Day (ATA)


Leader: Brad Cotten
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Sunday, 2/2/2020, Sawmill BCX Ski Trip

NOTE THIS TRIP DAY WILL NEED TO BE MOVED DUE TO Wilderness First Aid Training. The new trip day will be published during the week of January 6thWe 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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Sunday, 2/2/2020, Uphill Skiing at Snowmass

Let's spend our Sunday mornings getting a little excercise at Snowmass Mountain Resort. Meet Lisa at 8:00 AM at the Snowmass mall to uphill ski one of the many trails at the resort. Distance and elevation gain will be based on participant abilities and desires. We will lead this trip every Sunday beginning December 1st until the end of the ski season. Contact Lisa to join. Skiers should be able to ski downhill on at least a groomed, blue-rated ski run. Climbing skins required.

Leader: Lisa Paige
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Sunday, 2/2/2020, Super Bowl Party

We will have a separate room that they call the Buffalo Bar. There is a bar inside the Buffalo Bar room, and there will be a bartender and wait staff assigned to the BB. 

Leader: John O'Leary
Type:
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Friday, 2/7/2020, High Line Canal #13 Segment 13

 P.S. The High Line canal starts in Waterton Canyon and meanders through the metro area all the way to DIA. The walk2connect.com is walking the whole 71 miles one segment at the time - 14 of them. Each segment has its own history and views. Check it out if your interested. Also check out the High Line Canal Conservancy and Denver Water for more information.A recommended book: The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland by Robert Michael Pyle, 1993. 

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Friday, 2/7/2020, Barr Camp Overnight & Pikes Pk

We will hike Barr Trail to Barr Camp on the flanks of Pikes Peak.  3700 feet elevation gain, 6.5 miles on Fri.  This is 1/2 the way to the summit of Pikes Peak.  We will overnight two nights at Barr Camp in a dormitory setting. If conditions permit we will attempt to summit Pikes Pk on Saturday (13 mi r/t) or if not wanting to do the Peak, we will do a hike in the area.  We will return Sun morning to the TH by early afternoon. You will be asked about your winter climbing experience and conditioning if you attempt Pikes Pk.Dinner and breakfast are included in the reservation cost as well as bed. You must carry your sleeping bag,

Leader: Dean Waits
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 26, Elevation Gain: 7,410
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Saturday, 2/8/2020, BC Ski or Snowshoe Hut Trip to Weston Pass Hut

This is a difficult ski or snowshoe on an un-groomed county road.  We will stay in a hut just below the west side of Weston Pass.  There is plenty of room to ski and snowshoe around the hut in a bowl and along ridges for our time there.  Due to the long kick and glide approach, NNN-BC or 3-pin skis will work best, but cable-binding skis will work as well.  There is a $100 non-refundable fee to reserve your spot.  The remainder will be based on final number of participants. Avalanche gear and training will be required if going into avalanche terrain.  Group cooking and cleaning will be planned at a required pre trip meeting. This trip is primarily intended for Pikes Peak and Pueblo Group members.  All others will be waitlisted.  Nat Geo Map 110.  14/2,250. 250mi.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 14, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2250
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Saturday, 2/8/2020, Avalanche Terrain Avoidance Workshop - Field Day

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: 

  • Overview of avalanche occurrence, with a focus on Colorado
  • Causes, types & characteristics of avalanches
  • Nature of the risks
  • Factors affecting avalanche risk (slope, wind, terrain, temperature, cornices, tree density, human factors)
  • Recognizing potential avalanche terrain, and avoiding dangerous terrain through route selection
  • Internet resources for planning (Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) ratings & snowfall data, NWS forecasts, Caltopo for slope/terrain information).
The all-day field trip will take place in the Cameron Pass area on Saturday, February 8.  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), but participants must remain together as a group. 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, 2/8/2020, 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 three 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 the Estes Park Visitor Center Parking Garage, we will carpool to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead.  We will take the standard summer trail (because it is scenic) to the Loch/Mills junction and continue on 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 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.  We will descend a slightly different route on steep but not as rocky terrain.Once back at Mills Lake, we will exit the lake on its outflow creek, Glacier Creek.  We will drop over one large unnamed waterfall then over steep Glacier Falls (neither is 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 which, like the other waterfalls, we will descend on the seat of our pants (always optional).  Our first possible 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 (highly likely for this date), 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.  It will be a memorable outing!

Leader: Pete Langer
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6.0, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Saturday, 2/8/2020, TRAILBLAZERS: Chief Mountain and Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout

We'll start with Chief Mountain (1.6 miles, 984 feet one-way), and if the group feels up to it, add on a side-jaunt to the Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout (total round-trip hike would be 4.8 miles and 1,800'). This is a beginner-friendly outing with mellow terrain and no avalanche danger, plus great views of the Mt. Evans Wilderness and Indian Peaks Wilderness areas. Snowshoes and/or microspikes highly recommended.

Leader: Jeff Golden
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1,800'
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Saturday, 2/8/2020, New Member Hike: Centennial Cone Park OB

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

Leader: Cheryl Ames
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2250
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Saturday, 2/8/2020, Marion Mine Snowshoe Dogs are welcome! *Meet in Florence @ Carls JR @ 9:30am

Lets get those snowshoes in gear! An easy snowshoe to an old mine.

Leader: John Gray
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 900
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Saturday, 2/8/2020, Ashcroft XC Ski

In 1971, the White River National Forest issued a unique special permit and Ashcroft became the first self-sustaining cross-country ski area in the United States. Located 12 miles above Aspen in the upper reaches of spectacular Castle Creek Valley, the ski area offers excellent terrain for all levels of Nordic skiers. Thirty-five kilometers of meticulously groomed trails wind across 600 acres in the sub-alpine valley surrounding the Ghost Town of Ashcroft, a turn-of-the-century mining town designated on the National Register of Historical Places. At an elevation of 9,500 feet Ashcroft Ski Touring offers fantastic snow conditions and unparalleled scenery. Ashcroft Ski Touring operates out of the Ashcroft Adventure Lodge at the end of Castle Creek Road. At the Adventure Lodge, you may rent classic cross-country ski equipment, skate ski gear, or snowshoes. $25 trail fee (will try to get club discount). 

Leader: Mary Wiener
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 750
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Sunday, 2/9/2020, Lake Haiyaha Snowshoe

We will start at Bear Lake and travel down to the Glacier Gorge Trail. We will then follow the "Winter Trail" up towards the Loch/Mills Lake intersection. Before the intersection we will cut off trail below West Glacier Knob towards an un-named pond then up up a drainage. Once up to a plateau we will travel north-west to Lake Haiyaha. After checking out the lake we will retrace our steps down the drainage, but rather than traveling back to the winter trail we will continue down off-trail to Nymph Lake. We will follow the winter trail down from Nymph to Bear with an optional trip to the Bear Lake overlook and optional off trail powder run to Bear.Note as of 12/5/19 the Winter Trail has not yet been traveled but the Fire Trail has. IF we need to take the Fire Trail it will add a bit of distance and off-trail travel to the trip making the trip a bit more difficult. I will keep participants posted. This trip will be slightly more difficult than the distance implies due to the off trail travel. Since we will be going off trail you will need snowshoes and hiking poles with snow baskets. For folks new to the area you should note that the windchill at the lakes can be brutal so you should have face protection (like a balaclava or buff) and eye protection (I use goggles). 

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5.7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1700
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Sunday, 2/9/2020, Beginner Snowshoes: Brainard Lake

We'll show you how to select and wear snowshoes, a few principles of snow travel, trail choice, fastening snowshoes to your pack, and anything else you want to know. We want you to leave this trip excited to sign up for the next one.Please bring the 10 essentials appropriate to the weather and a guided day trip:
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen
  • Clothing Layers
  • Headlamp/extra batteries 
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Knife
  • Extra food
  • Map and compass
  • Fire starter kit
  • Emergency shelter or bivy.
  • Water/hot drink
If you haven't yet re-provisioned your pack for winter sports, consider these items: 
  • A bigger backpack for winter sports (to hold cold-weather gear) with a trash bag inserted  as a liner to keep everything dry
  • Chemical hand/toe warmers
  • Balaclava or neck gaiter
  • Microspikes or Yaktrax 
  • Ties or bungies for attaching snowshoes to your pack
  • Thermos with hot drink
  • High boot gaiters
  • Sit Pad for lunch stop
  • And don’t forget to put the snow baskets on your hiking poles!

Leader: Cynthia Lehr
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 700
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Sunday, 2/9/2020, Mt. Evans Snow Shoe

 
The first plan is for us to snowshoe the Mt. Evans road 

Leader: John O'Leary
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,400
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Sunday, 2/9/2020, Uphill Skiing at Snowmass

Let's spend our Sunday mornings getting a little excercise at Snowmass Mountain Resort. Meet Lisa at 8:00 AM at the Snowmass mall to uphill ski one of the many trails at the resort. Distance and elevation gain will be based on participant abilities and desires. We will lead this trip every Sunday beginning December 1st until the end of the ski season. Contact Lisa to join. Skiers should be able to ski downhill on at least a groomed, blue-rated ski run. Climbing skins required.

Leader: Lisa Paige
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Friday, 2/14/2020, Abyss Lake Trail Snowshoe * Mt Evans Wilderness

We will 'shoe up this popular both summer and winter trail on the west side of Mt Evans Wilderness for four miles and turn around at the Scott Gomer Creek bridge.  Most elevation gain is in the first mile but the grade is not severe.  Expect nice wintry views of Mt.Bierstadt and Mt. Evans from the west.Don’t forget to bring your

Leader: Jeff Stevens
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Friday, 2/14/2020, New Member Hike: Mt Falcon - East Side

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.l will write you with a weather forecast the day before. Do not assume bad weather means the trip is canceled. We only cancel if the roads are treacherous. We just try to dress appropriately.Please bring those of the 10 Essentials http://https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html appropriate to a mountain hike: Wear proper hiking boots, sunglasses and sunscreen, a hat, a personal first aid kit, nutrition items, and plenty of water. Rain jacket with hood is a year-round pack item.A few small parts of the trail is steep, so bring hiking poles if you use them. If you have never used hiking poles, we will have a few to loan, if you would like to try them.No jeans or cotton clothing. We can talk more about all that on trip day.NO Dogs, please. Look for designated - Doggie Hikes on the calendar.

Leader: Grayson Garner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1837
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Friday, 2/14/2020, Panorama Pt. 7340ft Bear Creek Trail

see above

Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Saturday, 2/15/2020, Nordic Ski Breckenridge Nordic Center

Did you just complete the Pikes Peak Group Backcountry Ski Class?  Are you trying to get back into the winter season and just need some practice before your big hut trip?  Come spend the day honing your skate or classic track skiing skills on the groomed trails of this fantastic Nordic Center.  Full rentals available at the center.  All skill levels welcome.  We will avoid avalanche terrain.  Nordic Center Map.  260mi.  Register with leader.  Eric Hunter ehuntercmc@gmail.com or (719) 266-9647.

Leader: Eric Hunter
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 10, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 2/15/2020, Ski Berthoud Pass - BC Ski

Easy BC touring and fun time companion rescue exercises. Gear Requirements:10 essentials appropriate for 1/2 day or so in the Colorado BC in winter. (Layers! It will be cold. It's winter!Avy gear - Beacon, probe, shovelHelmet for the downhillsNote if you forget any of the following: beacon/probe/shovel, skis, skins, helmet, you can't go.Bring your AIARE 1 Blue Book if you have oneI'll send out some tour maps outlining our travel goals.We'll meet at Woolly Mammoth P&R. Section NN.Roll call, gear check, car pool, head out.Stop in Empire - Mountain Xpress Coffee Cafe for a CAIC conditions review, and plan discussion.Head out to either Current Creek or Second Creek.-TH beacon check- Tour terrain, focusing on identifying avy terrain,- Checking out the snowpack- Making terrain tour decisions- Carve some turns- Take avy terrain pictures- Find a decent area to practice companion rescueWe'll wrap -up by around 1:00PM and head back to Mountain xPress Coffee Cafe, for our debrief before heading back to Woolly Mammoth.

Leader: Uwe Sartori
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 4, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 2/15/2020, Zimmerman to Meadows XC Ski Trip

This trip was originally going to ski East Twin Lake. However, Laramie River road is closed for the winter and to all recreation activities. Therefore the venue was changed to Zimmerman to Meadows trailhead. Mileage for both was about 7 miles. This trip will begin with a good climb to Zimmerman Lake. Then nice rolling terrain heading downhill to the Meadows trailhead. It is one of my favorite XC ski trails in the upper Poudre area. This is a classic Cameron Pass XC ski route.  This will be a point-to-point trip with a short car shuttle.  We will leave a vehicle at the Meadows parking lot and start our ski at the Zimmerman Trailhead five miles up the road.This will be a casually paced trip. From the trailhead we will ski up ~600 feet to Zimmerman Lake area, maybe do the loop trail around the lake, and then descend the Meadows Trail to Long Draw Road ~1200 feet below Zimmerman Lake.   Despite its name, the Meadows Trail mostly traverses rolling terrain through forested areas with several short but fun downslopes.  Total elevation gain for this trip is ~800 feet and the total descent is ~1400 feet. I would recommend waxless skis. Kicker skins could be useful for the initial climb to Zimmerman Lake and if we encounter any icy conditions. Full skins should not be necessary. If you are on waxable skies, I would strongly recommend full skins or kicker skins.I would recommend students of the beginning XC class sign up for this trip. It will be very good trip for you to continue to hone your XC skiing skills.

Leader: Bill Trout
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 2/15/2020, 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" where we will stop for lunch.  After lunch we will continue off trail down to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead.  While we are snowshoeing off trail we will use some GPS waypoints to navigate our way so be sure to bring your compass to practice setting and following compass bearings. The total distance should be approximately 6 miles.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, 2/15/2020, Mt Sherman (14.036')

This hike/snowshoe is open to anyone capable of 12-13 miles roundtrip distance above timberline and in difficult winter conditions. We will be attempting Mount Sherman. We will not risk avalanche hazards. From the parking area at the end of the plowed road, start walking up the road, passing the remains of the ghost town of Leavick after 2 miles. Directly ahead at this point is the well-named Horseshoe Mountain. Continue along the road, reaching the closed gate (the summer trailhead) ~3.8 miles from vehicles. Make your way to a flat area at 12,900 feet near the Hilltop Mine. At this point, your route will diverge from the summer trail, which heads up toward the Sheridan/Sherman saddle. Luckily the winds that load the slopes below this saddle also scour other slopes clear, so it is often possible to find a safe route.Plan B if summit or snow conditions are unfavorable this trip will be a dog-friendly snowshoe hike at a location to be determined.

Leader: David Langley
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 13, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3100
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Saturday, 2/15/2020, Backcountry Ski - Vail Pass

Backcountry ski tour in Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area.Depending on conditions, we will ski 6-8 miles and 2,000-3,000 feet.Plan to be out from the cars for 6 hours.This will be a moderately strenuous outing. We will move at a pace of about 1 mile and 800 ft per hour.Previous backcountry ski experience required.Required gear:AT skis or Telemark skis or Splitboard. Good skins.Beacon, Shovel, ProbeBackpack, clothing, food and water appropriate for a backcountry ski tour.AIARE Level 1 or equivalent required.

Leader: Marshall Hull
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8.0, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3,000
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Saturday, 2/15/2020, Basic Geocaching

Have you wanted to explore geocaches in the area, or to learn what cache-finding is all about, or to refine your present skill-level a bit, or do you have specific questions about geocaching?  If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these, join us on February 15th for some fun while we find some interesting geocaches around the Fort Collins/Loveland areas.  To give you a sense of the spectrum of activities geocaching provides, we will find several distinct types of caches in the following categories: Traditional, Multi, Mystery/Puzzle, EarthCache, Letterbox Hybrid, Virtual, and perhaps a Wherigo; and we'll show you some tricks that can be useful if you decide to pursue this interesting game that can entice you on some great hikes and adventures.  You might even get to climb a tree! And if it all works out, we’ll end our time of instruction and “finding fun” by attending an actual Geocaching Event, where you can share your experiences with local cachers who attend.
 
Clear instructions will be sent out to all of you on the roster several days in advance of the trip, including tips on how to sign up for geocaching (if you desire to do that–there is no cost, and it is not required in order to participate in this CMC activity) and suggestions on items you might wish to bring. Drop me or Brad an email if you have questions.  Years ago I led three or four CMC geocaching trips, and everyone enjoyed them!  Steve Martin:  falconridge@cowisp.net

Leader: Steve Martin
Type: All Other, Trail mileage: 2, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 100
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Saturday, 2/15/2020, Avalanche Terrain Avoidance Field Day (ATA)

This field day experience will teach you how to assess slope angles, identify avalanche terrain, how to use your slope meter and snow quality as well as matching terminology on the CAIC report with field conditions..

Leader: Brad Cotten
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Sunday, 2/16/2020, TRAILBLAZERS: Parnassus & Bard Peaks

This is a Trailblazers trip for CMC members ages 21-39.Bard Peak (13,645') and Mt. Parnassus (13,579') are two high 13ers on the north side of I-70, directly across from 14ers Grays and Torreys Peaks. We'll follow the Watrous Gulch Trail, which is popular with skiers, to the saddle between Mt. Parnassus and Woods Mountain. Flotation (snowshoes, backcountry skis, or a splitboard) will be mandatory, as we'll likely be breaking our own trail in deep snow for a mile or so.From the saddle, we can expect dry and windblown conditions up the broad Northwest Ridge of Parnassus. We'll pass over the summit of Parnassus on the way to Bard before retracing our steps back to the vehicles. The elevation gain just for Parnassus is 3,300', but we'll have to drop 600' to the Parnassus-Bard saddle twice on our way out and back. Lots of up and down on this ridge run! The route stays on low-angle, windblown, westerly-facing slopes, helping minimize the avalanche risk.Please note that this half-day hike in summer is much more strenuous in February. I anticipate a full day (7-8+ hours) of effort in cold/windy conditions, including areas where we might have to create our own trail in snowshoes. This hike is probably not a good choice for beginners unfamiliar with the rigors of winter mountaineering. We will have a backup hike if weather or avalanche conditions don't cooperate for a long day above treeline, which is a 50/50 proposition this time of year.To join, please email the leader, Jeff Golden, at gjgolden08@gmail.com with your responses to the following questions:

  1. Which 13ers or 14ers have you done in the last 12 months? Bonus points for peaks summited between October and May.
  2. What's your experience and comfort level with winter conditions above treeline? List any CMC (or equivalent) schools you've taken here, and/or elaborate on other hikes not mentioned in answer #1.
  3. What is your estimated hiking pace in winter conditions? GPS tracks, round-trip times from recent hikes, your estimated miles per hour or elevation gain per hour -- it all works. Just looking for a ballpark estimate to ensure the group is compatible.
 

Leader: Jeff Golden
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 9.3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4,600'
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Sunday, 2/16/2020, 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 (maybe) 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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Sunday, 2/16/2020, Uphill Skiing at Snowmass

Let's spend our Sunday mornings getting a little excercise at Snowmass Mountain Resort. Meet Lisa at 8:00 AM at the Snowmass mall to uphill ski one of the many trails at the resort. Distance and elevation gain will be based on participant abilities and desires. We will lead this trip every Sunday beginning December 1st until the end of the ski season. Contact Lisa to join. Skiers should be able to ski downhill on at least a groomed, blue-rated ski run. Climbing skins required.

Leader: Lisa Paige
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 3000
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Sunday, 2/16/2020, Crown Loop Snowshoe

A local's favorite, the Crown Loop starts and ends at the Prince Creek Road and climbs an oak-covered ridge to the top of the Crown. Spectacular views of Mount Sopris and the Roaring Fork Valley. Exact route will depend on snow conditions. Snowshoes required.

Leader: Rosemary Burkholder
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 5, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Friday, 2/21/2020, 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. This will be a 9-10 mile snowshoe (or possibly a spike hike) with an elevation gain of about 1500 feet, going at a moderate pace. 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 mileage amount per car is $12.00, to be shared among all occupants including the driverNote to all: Optional short scramble sans snowshoes to get to the Eagle Cliff Overlook.Please remember to bring the Ten Essentials, water, snacks, and lunch.If you have a medical issue, please give us a call.Hope to see you all on the trail!

Leader: Durham Monsma
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 9.3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 2/21/2020, Beginner Snowshoes: Pavilion Point

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

We'll show you how to select and wear snowshoes, a few principles of snow travel, trail choice, fastening snowshoes to your pack, and anything else you want to know. We want you to leave this trip excited to sign up for the next one.Please bring the 10 essentials appropriate to the weather and a guided day trip:
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen
  • Clothing Layers
  • Headlamp/extra batteries 
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Knife
  • Extra food
  • Map and compass
  • Fire starter kit
  • Emergency shelter or bivy.
  • Water/hot drink
If you haven't yet re-provisioned your pack for winter sports, consider these items: 
  • A bigger backpack for winter sports (to hold cold-weather gear) with a trash bag inserted  as a liner to keep everything dry
  • Chemical hand/toe warmers
  • Balaclava or neck gaiter
  • Microspikes or Yaktrax 
  • Ties or bungies for attaching snowshoes to your pack
  • Thermos with hot drink
  • High boot gaiters
  • Sit Pad for lunch stop
  • And don’t forget to put the snow baskets on your hiking poles!

Leader: Mark Wolf
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 900
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Friday, 2/21/2020, Ski/snowshoe Yeoman Park

We can meet at Eagle's visitors center to car pool from there at 9:00 AM drive to Yeoman Park, this trail can be skied or snowshoed, from the parking we start thru the forest  on a narrow sometimes rough trail eventually crossing the wetlands and looping back in the open  to the parking area.

Leader: Judith Rau
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 4, Elevation Gain: 200’+/-
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