CMC Boulder Group e-Newsletter

January 25, 2016



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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Emergency Announcement: Boulder Clubroom to close by February 1, 2016


The Boulder Clubroom will need to be moved this weekend. If you can come and help this Saturday, January 30, 9am, it would be much appreciated; other volunteer work will be needed before then. Look for a special edition of the Compass newsletter, which will be sent soon to all Boulder CMC members. Information will also be posted at Questions can be sent to the Council Chair, Rick Casey, at


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


BCMC Spring/Summmer/Fall Schools: The 2016 schedule of classes for spring, summer and fall, will be published on Monday, February 1, 2016, at which time registration will be available on the state website, This will include classes in snow, hiking, navigation, wilderness survival, rock climbing and rock leading. Descriptions of the courses are available here.


For more information & trip signup, see Boulder Trip Schedule


BCMC Volunteer Opportunities

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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 21 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, to tele ski days, including a trip to Cameron Pass, where the snow is always good! 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 shows are free and happen at 8pm 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, 1/27, 5pm: Bring your beacon, if not a few are provided. One hour beacon session, followed by a one hour avi awareness clinic at 6 pm. All attendees get a 15% off coupon on beacons, probes and shovels.


Big City Mountaineers Brew + View, Thurs, 1/28: Enjoy brews from Left Hand Brewing, watch Teton Gravity Research's new film Paradise Waits, and a chance to win amazing prizes from BCM's sponsors! First 100 people to register get a pair of SmartWool PhD Ski Socks. All proceeds support BCM's mission of getting youth outside on wilderness mentoring experiences. Tickets: $20 pre-sale/$25 door.


Backcountry Film Festival, Thurs, Feb 11, 6:30pm: Come celebrate the 11th annual presentation of original short films about non-motorized snow sports. A benefit fundraiser for the Winter Wildlands Alliance (, a national lobbying group based in Boise, ID that promotes and protects non-motorized travel in our winter backcountry areas. Tickets available ($10 CMC members, $12 non-members) at the door or purchase online at



Wilderness First Responder /Wilderness EMT training, Jan 26-Mar 3: Mon/Wed, 6-10pm +  three weekend field trips. Join Wilderness Medicine Outfitters for 76 hours of training for backcountry professionals, outdoor enthusiasts, EMTs and other healthcare professionals. This class emphasizes self-reliance in wilderness, remote and foreign settings. No previous training is required. CPR for the professional rescuer credential included. Limited to 24 students. Location: Louisville, CO. Cost: $695 (includes for $85 books and materials). To register, send tuition, or a $195 deposit, to Carl Weil, WMO Director, 2477 County Rd 132, Elizabeth, CO 80107. For more information, go to or call Carl at 303-688-5176.


CU Wilderness & Environmental Medicine Series Kickoff Event, Wed, Feb 17: A free event in Parker, CO, to interest the community in this collaboration between the CU School of Emergency Medicine and the south Denver community. Win free merchandise while attending a short lecture, "What's in Your Backpack?" Food & beverages provided. Families, students, and anyone interested in the outdoors, travel, global health, public health, climate change, development work, or medicine are encouraged to attend.

For more information contact Marisa Burton at or at 720.848.4225. More information on their website at,


Banff Mountain Film Festival 2016 World Tour: Note that there are different film lineups each night at a given location. You canÕt beat this film festival for heart-pounding adrenalin rushes!

Feb 23-24:  Tickets on sale now for Boulder Theater. (shows the thrilling film trailer)

Feb 25-27: Tickets on sale now for Paramount Theater in Denver.  Buy tickets through CMC.


Make It To Moab in 2016, May 18 – 22: Led by Rick Pratt for some years, with the option of 4 or 5 days, this guided multi-day trip offers hiking, camping, and other options depending on the group such as mountain biking, canyoneering or rafting. Nightly music performances encouraged! Cost: $355. Contact and register at


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.


Job with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers: WRV is hiring an accounting assistant; great opportunity to work with a great non-profit. More information here.



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