CMC Boulder Group e-Newsletter

May 11, 2015



Note: Unless otherwise noted, lectures/presentations are held in the CMC Boulder Group Clubroom, located at 633 South Broadway, Unit K, Boulder (Table Mesa Shopping Center, east of King Soopers or around the west corner from Neptune Mountaineering), 303-554-7688.


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BCMC Events & Trips


WEE Social Hike, Wed, 5/13: the Wednesday Evening Endeavors (WEE) hikes are back! No sign up; just show up shortly before 6pm at the Clubroom, prepared for easy local hike, followed by optional food/drink afterwards. Trip leader: Nelson Tamplin


Boulder Canyon Top-roping, Sat, 5/23: Destination dependent on group size, intended for BRS grads. Trip leader: John Fernandez. More info here.


Eldo climb; Washington Irving, Sat, 5/23: 5.6 trad climb, intended for BRS grads. Trip leader: Rick Casey


BCMC Spring Schools are open!  Class signup now open for avalanche schools, Basic Rock School,  Hiking School, etc. For more information and signup, see here.


Raptor closures in effect until July 1: No climbing on Third Flatiron, Sanitas Summit, among others, though Boulder Canyon now open. See more info here.


For more information & trip signup, see Boulder Trip Schedule


BCMC Volunteer Opportunities


Clubroom hosts needed: Learn more about the Club and provide a real service with just a couple hours of enjoyable work a week. Hosts answer phone messages, handle walk-in traffic and light clerical tasks that help keeping the Club rolling! To learn more, call 303-554-7688 or email


GPS Editor needed: a new editor for the GPS is needed. This is a fun way to learn more about the Club, without too much commitment, about 30 minutes a week. Good training provided; only skills needed are knowing how to use Microsoft Word (or equivalent).


Compass Editor needed: a new editor for the monthly Compass newsletter/blog. An excellent opportunity for an aspiring writer/journalist/activist who enjoys the outdoors and creating community! Contact Roger Hedrick,


Monthly Compass Newsletter: View the latest issue of the Compass here:





Unless otherwise noted, these events will be at the American Mountaineering Center (AMC), 10th & Washington, Golden. See for more information.


Helping Nepal: CMC member Pemba Sherpa is raising funds to rebuild his village in Nepal. Help by donating or sharing the website Sengma Village Nepal Fund. (He is ¾ towards his goal of $40K!)


Denver Group this Week: There are 20 different trips with the Denver Group this week, at varying levels of difficulty, from easy day hikes to demanding peaks and a spring ski mountaineering tour. For full info, see here.  


MountainSmith June discount:  Save 40% discount at during June. Use discount code CMCFORTY. A percentage of the profits will benefit CMC.


New Meetup for CMC events and happy hours: See


Take a Friend on a Hike! As a CMC member, you are the club’s best advocate!  Invite a friend or two to come along as a guest on your next CMC hike.  Then offer them $25 off membership with the discount code “friendhike” when they join online at This offer expires on August 31 and is good for new memberships.


CMC Adventure Travel – Travel the World with the CMC!

See for an up-to-date list of our current trips.


Adventure Camp for Adults: Wilderness First Aid & Navigation, June 28–July 2, 2015. CMC Members: $400, Nonmember Guests: $450.  Conducted at base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Southern Colorado. Get certified in Wilderness First Aid (16-hour course) or spend those two days hiking the Sangres on CMC trips. Includes meals, basic camp sites, and all instruction


Turkey Hike & Culture, Sept 26-Oct 11: Spend 13 days in Turkey Cultural and historic sites including Istanbul, Konya, and Ephesus complete this adventure. Cost: $3904. More info here.


Moab Mtn Bike & Hike Adventure, May 21-25: Four days of hiking or biking at varying difficulty levels with knowledgeable leaders, . Lots of group activities. Cost: $355. For more info contact Rick Pratt,  303-887-3717.


Yampa/Green River rafting & hiking, June 8-12: Five days of river rafting the Yampa River through Dinosaur National Monument with day hikes to historical sites, archeological sites, and other natural sites





Events published in the Compass are for informational purposes only. They are not endorsed by the Boulder Group of the CMC except for the events that are explicitly led, taught or instructed by the Boulder Group. The Boulder Group of the CMC makes no assessment as to their merits. Participants are advised to make their own assessment as to whether to participate in these events.

Neptune Shows & Clinics: All are free and at Neptune Mountaineering at 8pm unless noted otherwise. For more information on the events, see their Facebook page.  Neptune’s also has a new website! Check out for new ways to order gear, and sign up for events & sales notices. 


Spring Skiing in Indian Peaks, Mon, 5/18, 7pm: Neptune Mountaineering staffers Elaine and Dan Vardamis will highlight some classic Indian Peaks climbs and descent, some of the best spring skiing in the entire Rockies. One of the presenters caught the flu, so no show this Thursday night.


Boulder Light-Packers, Tues, 5/12, 6pm: This month’s topic is freeze-dried and dehydrated foods. A representative from Backpacker's Pantry, a Boulder-based manufacturer of gourmet backpacking foods will be there!


Volunteer with Front Range Climbing Stewards: The FRCS is the Boulder Climbing Community’s 3-person full-time trail crew that needs some burly volunteers do some awesome trailbuilding on the Royal Arch Trail. More info at Also a cool video here, showing how much trail is still damaged from the 2013 flood. Get a great workout, work with persons deeply involved in local climbing community, and earn good karma!


Prana Boulder Yoga classes: Free yoga at Prana shop on Pearl St Mall; see info here.


REI events: Many classes and talks offered at the Boulder & Denver REI stores, too many to list here, often free, some with a cost. They fill up fast! Check them out here.


Climbers Helping Bats! -- Rock climbers are uniquely qualified to assist in locating bat roost locations. To help, see Climbers for Bat Conservation at This is being organized by CSU.


WRV seeking Project Coordinators: Wildlands Restoration Volunteers has job openings for one full-time and two seasonal project coordinators, preferably with past experience leading work crews.  For more information, see


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