CMC Boulder Group e-Newsletter

October 12, 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


Annual Dinner, Sat, 11/7: Save the date! Details coming soon on the website. We have two exciting speakers, Sherpa Karma and John Mattson.


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. For more information and dates, please see the website (here) or contact Cindy at



For more information & trip signup, see Boulder Trip Schedule


BCMC Volunteer Opportunities


BMS Director needed: The position of director for Boulder Mountain Schools is open. The director is responsible for helping organize the various schools, and recruiting directors of them. To apply, send email to


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.


Denver Group this Week: There are 33 different trips with the Denver Group this week, ranging from early morning photography to strenuous, multi-day backpacking trips. 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.




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.

Brainard Lake Road reconstruction, 10/19, 4:30pm: the USFS is considering road improvements to the Brainard Lake Road, which would close the road during the week, reopening each weekend, throughout winter 2015-16. The public is invited to comment at a meeting Mon, Oct 19, 4:30-6:30, at the USFS Ranger office, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder. More information here.


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. 


Sun in the Face: Ski Touring in Norway, 10/15, 8pm: Join Neptune staffers Elaine and Dan Vardamis as they recount their February 2015 200-km point-to-point ski from Rondane National Park to the Lillehammer Olympic ski jump. Carrying only a backpack and skis, and using only public transportation, they managed to have a fantastic adventure on a very affordable budget. They will discuss the specifics of their Norway ski trip, as well as offer logistical and equipment information that will allow you to enjoy your own Norway ski adventure.


Neptune Mountaineering Autumn Ski & Gear Swap, 10/17, 11am-5pm: The gear swap is the perfect opportunity for you to sell your old ski gear and pick up something new. Accepted gear for the swap includes backcountry and Nordic ski gear, climbing gear, backpacking equipment and outdoor technical wear. All sales are cash only. Many resorts, including Loveland Ski Area, Devils Thumb Nordic Resort and Crested Butte will be on hand selling passes and special lift ticket deals.


Chris Davenport’s 100 Peak project, 10/17, 6:30pm: Join Chris Davenport ( and Kastle Skis for a very special presentation about this challenging and impressive project, of Chris & partners completing skiing the 100 highest peaks in Colorado. This is a special Saturday night show following the Neptune Mountaineering ski swap. Get here early...this one will sell out!



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.


Wildlands Restroration Volunteer (WRV) activities: WRC engages in many land restoration projects in the Front Range region. Several mid-week events are happening, from Summit County and Lefthand Canyon this week, for more information, see here.


Seed Collection, Tues, 9/22: Using native seeds in re-vegetation efforts is essential to restoring native plant diversity. LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED..more info here.


Other Information


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