Wednesday, 2/21/2018, Embryo Lake, 10,400 ft. RMNP

From Glacier Gorge Trailhead in RMNP, travel up the winter route to The Loch and beyond to this little pond below Timberline Falls. Return off trail around the west side of West Glacier Knob. This trip involves off-trail travel, breaking a new track through deep snow, and descending slopes. Topo:  McHenrys Peak. 6 mi/1,400 ft gain. Drive:  130 mi. Suggested rideshare $13.  Limit 8.

Leader: Paul Weber
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Saturday, 2/24/2018, Zimmerman/Meadows Ski

We will set up a car shuttle so we can make a "one-way" trip. We leave a car at the Meadows Trailhead (across CO-14 from the Blue Lake Trailhead) then proceed to the Zimmerman Lake Trailhead. From here we will go uphill 500 feet on-trail to Zimmerman Lake. At the lake we will pick up the Meadows Trail and follow it down to Long Draw Rd and follow the road/trail back to the Meadows Trailhead. As we near the road there may be an opportunity to do a bit of off trail skiing (we will dicuss this with the group at this point). This is not an extreme ski trip, but note that the Meadows trail is not level (it goes up and down) AND the path is narrow in portions, NOT wide like a groomed trail.Note that the trip up to Zimmerman Lake is uphill so I recommend if you have skins that you bring them.   

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 800
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Saturday, 2/24/2018, Backcountry Ski Skills Seminar Field Trip

Backcountry ski tours provide realistic settings to practice a decision-making framework in avalanche terrain. The best way to practice skills learned in avalanche courses is to apply them consistently on all ski tours where all participants share responsibilities for trip planning, working as a team, assessing weather, snowpack, and terrain risks, choosing terrain for ski ascents and descents, and formulating travel strategies. All participants practice small group leadership. The emphasis is on trip planning, snowpack and terrain assessment, and decision making. Ski descents are still a priority, but secondary. This is not a ski mountaineering course nor is it an avalanche training course. There is no fee for the seminar. Seminar director: John Raich, john.raich@colostate.edu.Several field trips are scheduled over a period of 5 months, January through May, at different locations on gradually more challenging terrain at Cameron Pass and RMNP. Field trips are conducted in one or more groups of 4 with overall coordination by the seminar director. Participation on the last two field trips may require completion of an earlier field trip. Those registered for the seminar have priority. Tentative future field trip schedule:February 17 - North Diamond PkMarch 17 - Nokhu Ridge or Seven Utes MtnApril 7 - Richthofen Saddle or Mahler Couloir or Nokhu CouloirMay 19 - Hallett Pk or Tyndall Glacier or Flattop MtnBe aware that trip dates may be changed later because of high avalanche risk, poor weather, marginal driving conditions, availability of trip leaders, or other reasonsRegistration options(1) If you are already signed up for the seminar:The seminar director will contact you via e-mail to ask you to register for the field trip approximately 3 weeks prior to the field trip date. You have until February 4 to 'register with leader' for the field trip. Contact the seminar director at john.raich@colostate.edu. After that date, we'll open the trip to other qualified participants. Those registered for the seminar have priority.(2) Space available basis/register with leader: Qualified CMC members not already signed up for the seminar may register with the director for specific field trips prior to the field trip start if there is room.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Wednesday, 2/28/2018, Lake Helene, RMNP 10,600 ft.

From Bear Lake, snowshoe mostly on trail up a gradual slope above Mill Creek basin. Views of Mt Wuh, Joe Mills Mtn, and Bierstadt Lake along the way. After crossing Two Rivers Lake, we will arrive at Lake Helene surrounded by Flattop, Notchtop, Knobtop and Little Matterhorn mountains. Return via same route. Suggested rideshare $13.

Leader: Paul Weber
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Wednesday, 2/28/2018, Monthly Meeting/Potluck--Escalante Canyon Gear Swap

Join the Colorado Mountain Club Fort Collins Group for a fun evening as we share our yummy potluck dinner favorites, take advantage of our annual gear swap, and enjoy our very own dynamic outdoorsman, Scott Farquhar, as he shares his amazing adventures in beautiful Escalante Canyon of Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere, cash bar, and camaraderie!

Leader: Anita Wright
Type: All Other
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Saturday, 3/3/2018, Sky Pond Snowshoe

We will start at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead and go up the winter trail to the intersection with the trail to The Loch. From here we will follow this summer trail for a bit then decide if the stream is covered adequately to take the winter route up the "canyon" or proceed on the summer trail above the canyon. After crossing The Loch we will proceed on the Sky Pond Trail towards Timberline Falls. Note often this trail has not been used so there is a good chance the group will need to take turns breaking trail. At the falls we will determine weather to proceed up the steep climb to the west of the falls on the summer trail or take a wide route further east, which is still pretty steep (in the past I have come up the steep route west of the falls and come down to the east). Once above the falls the group will climb futher up to Glass Lake the climb again up to Sky Pond. Once again there is a high probability that we will need to break trail.  

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Sunday, 3/11/2018, Snowshoeing the Foothills Trail System of Curt Gowdy State Park


Leader: Steve Martin
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Saturday, 3/17/2018, Sawmill BCX Ski Trip

We 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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Saturday, 3/31/2018, Blue Lake (RMNP) Snowshoe

NOTE - This trip takes the place of the trip in January canceled due to the Govt shut down. I have included folks that were still signed up when the trip was canceled. We will start at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead, take the winter trial up to the intersection with the trail to Mills Lake. At Mills Lake we will contine up to Black Lake. Note that often no one has been on this 1.5 mile section of trail has not been used so the group will probalby need to take turns "breaking trail". At Black Lake we will go uphill the 0.5 miles to Blue Lake, note this section of trail will be steep and off trail. Note that I am not trying to scare members I just want to make sure folks are aware of the challenges.Now that I have gotten the mandatory "warnings" out of the way I do want to say that the views from Mills Lake, Black Lake, and Blue Lake are beautiful. It will be a difficult trip but one well worth the effort.   

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 9.5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2200
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