CMC Boulder Group e-Newsletter

November 23, 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


BCMC Winter Schools Program: CMC Boulder group is hosting a number of Avalanche Classes for the 2015-016 winter season. A National  Ski Patrol, AAA Avalanche Level 1 course, sponsored by Bryan Mountain Nordic Ski Patrol , a Boulder based ski patrol,  is offered in Dec. AIARE Level 1 courses, sponsored by Colorado Wilderness Rides n Guides , a Boulder based guide service, are being offered in DEC, Jan, and Feb this coming season. In addition, a Backcountry Ski Skills Course will be offered beginning in Jan, 2016 that includes 3 field days and 3 lectures. The Ice Climbing Clinic was be in January. For more information and dates, please see the website (here) or contact Cindy at


Snowshoe trip, Sat, Dec 12: Hike up to Sky Pond in RMNP. Trip leader: Rick Casey


For more information & trip signup, see Boulder Trip Schedule


BCMC Volunteer Opportunities


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,


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




Denver Group this Week: There are 14 different trips with the Denver Group this week, ranging from easy after work hikes to wall climbs at the AMC to strenuous, all-day mountain scrambles. For full info, see here.  

New Meetup for CMC events and happy hours: See


CMC Adventure Travel – Travel the World with the CMC!

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


Yellowstone in Winter, Feb 10-14, 2016: A classic trip that the CMC has been leading for over 20 years. Stay in the famous Snow Lodge near Old Faithful geyser. A variety of snowshoe and cross-country ski experiences available, with many group activities for everyone. More information here.




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 unless noted otherwise. For more information on the events, see their Facebook page.  Check out for new ways to order gear, and sign up for events & sales notices. 


Avalanche and Beacon Clinic, Wed, 12/2, 5pm: free avalanche clinics from November to March. Bring a beacon if you own one...if not we can provide a few. One hour beacon session at 5 pm followed by a one hour awareness clinic at 6 pm. Get a 15% off coupon on beacons, probes and shovels. These clinics are an excellent introduction to avalanche and mountain safety.


Friends of Berthoud Pass Avalanche Awareness Class, Thurs, 12/3: overview of basic avalanche awareness, covering topics such as avalanche red flags, observing weather and snowfall, identifying potential avalanche terrain, self-rescue and safety gear. Additional open discussion follows. This class is a perfect introduction for novices and also a great early season refresher for more experienced BC travelers.


Neptune Mountaineering Fashion Show and Holiday Party, Thurs, 12/10: The 4th Annual Neptune Mountaineering Fashion Show is taking place on December 10th from 7:30pm to who-knows-when and you are invited. This event features beverages, cake from Kim and Jakes Cakes, stellar beats and a gear raffle of great gear. The highlight of the event is watching beautiful people walk the runway with the finest outdoor clothing available. Anybody who shows up dressed to impress in their finest ski attire receives 15% off one item in the shop from 5pm to 8pm. Some exclusions may apply. The 2015 Neptune Mountaineering Fashion Show is a fundraiser for the Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation, a non-profit organization that was inspired by extreme skier Ryan Hawks who died from skiing injuries. The mission of the foundations is to encourage adventurers to follow their dreams. This is the event of the year and is sure to be packed. See you here!


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.



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