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Monday, 6/1/2020, Road Bike Ride

We can do trips again! Celebrate with an after work road bike ride. We'll start at the North Gate trailhead parking, but we will NOT be riding the Sante Fe trail. We will stay on roads to do a loop ride up to Fox Run Park and back.

Leader: Greg Long
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 15, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1,000
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Wednesday, 6/3/2020, Wednesday Evening Mountain Bike Jefferson County Parks Bear Creek Lake Park

For the month of June I'll be leading mountain bike trips throughout Jefferson County Open Space parks on Wednesday evenings after work.  Locations will include Bear Creek Lake Park, Green Mountain, Deer Creek, North Table Mesa and others.  As we approach the date I will update the CMC trip event with further details on where we will decide to ride.  Rides will vary between 5 to 15 miles.For week one we will do a beginner mountain bike.  Our loop will be the classic loop around bear creek lake park.  For an example of our ride, check out this link- https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7053080/getting-in-shape-ltr-learn-to-ride-bear-creak-108-mile-loop 

Leader: Gregory McVie
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 10.8, Elevation Gain: 751'
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Thursday, 6/4/2020, Tentative- After Work Movement/Recovery Hike

This will be an easy hike with some stretching and easy movement to help unstick some common tight spots in our bodies after working all week. Get things moving and ready for weekend activities! There will be an easy after work hike to get some fresh air and walking and we will make some stops along the way to do some stretching and other movements.

Leader: Monica Clinesmith
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Elevation Gain: 400
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Friday, 6/5/2020, Sharptail Trail - Douglas County* Open to All

We'll hike the Sharptail trail until it intersects with the Swallowtail trail.  This is near Roxborough State Park.If there is interest, we may hike a 1.5 mile loop on the upper Swallowtail trail.  If we do this, the hike will be 10.5 miles and the elevation gain will be 1350 feet. 

Leader: Kevin Schaal
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 9, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1100 ft
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Friday, 6/5/2020, Twin Sisters

The Twin Sisters trail gains over 2200 feet elevation to a high point of 11,413 in just three and a half miles.  We will visit the west summit with the option to go up the east summit (11,428) depending on the group, conditions and weather.  There are occasional glimpes of the Continental Divide along the route up while views are fabulous once at the summit.  The west sister peak is a casual walk up to the top while the east sister peak is some boulder hopping to the summit.  Great hike to acclimate for higher elevation trips this summer. 

Leader: Diane Quinn
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2253
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Friday, 6/5/2020, PPG Mt Herman from NE

Time to test the water and see if it's fine!  Pikes Peak Group trip up Mt. Herman (8947 ft) via NE gully and north ridge after work on a Friday.  Earn your Friday evening adult beverage!  This is a demanding ascent of 1600+ vertical feet in 1.5 miles and will take 2-3 hours.  This trip is under the CMC's CoVID protocols.  If the route looks heavily used, we'll pick a lower elevation hike in the area.  Please see https://www.cmc.org/COVID-19andCMCProgramming.aspx for details.  - Fill out the new online waiver located at: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ad11e69247c3/web/- I will email all participants two days prior to the trip, reminding you to take and report to me your temperature and any CoVID symptons 24 hours prior to the trip, and the morning of the trip.  If you are experiencing any symptoms, you'll be canceled from the trip.  - Please no carpooling.- Bring your own normal 10 essentials but also you must have and wear a face mask ("buffs" are fine) and bring hand sanitizer.  You must have your own first aid kit.  Carefully read the protocols on first aid, especially the notes on CPR.   - We'll maintain 6-foot separation at all times.  Friendly and well-behaved dogs are permitted.  I'll have Talus, my 1-year old chocolate Labrador.  

Leader: David Kuenzli
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1614
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Monday, 6/8/2020, Sutey Ranch Dog-friendly Hike

This is a loop hike on the Sutey Ranch and Red Hill trails. Elevation 6600-7000'. In pinyon-juniper forest and sagebrush meadows, with views of Cattle Creek Valley and Mt Sopris. Dogs are welcome and dog owners must follow CMC rules.

Leader: Helen Carlsen
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 600'
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Tuesday, 6/9/2020, Avalanche Terrain Avoidance Workshop - Group #2 Field Day Reschedule (Tentative)

This workshop is designed to help those engaged in wintertime backcountry snowshoe and nordic ski trips, or winter/spring climbs, to recognize and avoid potential avalanche terrain.  The workshop will consist of (1) an evening discussion and trip planning session, and (2) an all day field trip.  Both elements of the workshop are required.This workshop will NOT include training for travel within potential avalanche terrain and search/rescue techniques covered in more comprehensive courses such as AIARE Level 1.The evening session is scheduled from 7:00-9:30 pm, Tuesday Feb 4, at the leader's home in southwest Fort Collins. This will consist of a slide lecture/discussion and development of a trip & route plan specific to the field trip.  Specific topics will include: 

Participants will also attend one of two all-day field trips in the Cameron Pass area.  The specific route will depend on snow and weather conditions, as well as the experience & skill level of the participants.  The field trip travel can involve either snowshoes or skis (nordic or AT).  Whichever equipment is used, participants must be reasonably fit and able to handle deep, ungroomed snow and moderately steep terrain (up to 20 deg).  The trip is designed to help CMC trip leaders and participants that engage in snowshoe and nordic ski outings, or winter/spring climbers, learn to distinguish between avalanche terrain and non-avalanche terrain. The dividing line between these classifications is not always that obvious to those lacking formal training, and that line can vary somewhat depending on time of year and current weather and snow conditions.  Classroom lectures help, but actual experience in or near true avalanche terrain is more instructive.  On the field trip we will observe actual avalanche terrain from adjacent terrain where avalanche risk is at or near zero. Estimation and measurement of slope angles will be practiced, and numerous examples of potentially risky (e.g. slopes, gullies, road cuts, cornices, etc.) and avalanche-free areas will be pointed out and discussed.  Clues as to what constitutes avalanche terrain versus non-avalanche terrain will be pointed out and discussed. Wintertime hazards in addition to avalanches will be observed, such as tree wells, stream crossings, deadfall, and snow hollows near rocks and stumps.. We will finish at some of the parking areas at and near Cameron Pass to observe and discuss various avalanche paths that portray historic occurrances and which should be avoided.  

Leader: Steve Dielman
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1600
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Wednesday, 6/10/2020, Wednesday Evening Mountain Bike Jefferson County Parks North Table Mountain

For the month of June I'll be leading mountain bike trips throughout Jefferson County Open Space parks on Wednesday evenings after work.  Locations will include Bear Creek Lake Park, Green Mountain, Deer Creek, North Table Mesa and others.  As we approach the date I will update the CMC trip event with further details on where we will decide to ride.  Rides will vary between 5 to 15 miles. For week two of the Wednesday evening series we'll be heading north to North Table Mesa where our primary Objective will be the North Table loop.  Depending on group strengh and avaialable time/sunlight we may ride some additional trails at the park.  https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/5466724/north-table-loop

Leader: Gregory McVie
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 7.5, Elevation Gain: 883'
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Wednesday, 6/17/2020, Wednesday Evening Mountain Bike Jefferson County Parks Green Mountain

For the month of June I'll be leading mountain bike trips throughout Jefferson County Open Space parks on Wednesday evenings after work.  Locations will include Bear Creek Lake Park, Green Mountain, Deer Creek, North Table Mesa and others.  As we approach the date I will update the CMC trip event with further details on where we will decide to ride.  Rides will vary between 5 to 15 miles. For week 3 of the Wednesday mountain bike series we will ride Green Mountian.  In my opinion this ride is more physically demanding than our two previous rides (North Table Mesa & bear creek lake park), but offers a stellar descent down the Box-o-rox trail.

Leader: Gregory McVie
Type: Bike, Trail mileage: 10, Elevation Gain: 1000'
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