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Friday, 11/24/2017, NEW MEMBER HIKE: Herman Gulch GUEST HIKE: Herman Gulch

The Herman Gulch Trail, which is part of the Continental Divide Trail, follows Herman Gulch through scenic meadows to treeline, where it branches off on a well-defined path to Herman Lake. Visitors will enjoy good trail conditions, open alpine landscapes and a chance to see bighorm sheep and montain goat in their natural habitat. The Herman Gulch Trail begins in a fir - aspen forest and bears north. It steepens on a wide, rocky track to Herman Gulch, where it bends northwest and moderaes along the creek and string of slender glades. The trail rises steadily besides the creek into a long meadow in the lower gulch. Travel moderates with emerging views of the Continental Divide between Pettinglee Peak (13,553') and Hagar Mountain (13,195'). The trail moves quickly up-valley, gaining only 300' between the first and second mile. At 2.5 miles, it edges back into forest and climbs steeply above the gulch, passing treeline just before reaching the CDT - Jones Pass Trail split (2.85 miles, 11,838'). We will continue west to Herman Lake. The Herman Lake Trail climbs steadily into an expansive alpine landscape, easing across open tundra flats to Herman Lake (3.25 miles, 11,987'). Herman Lake is framed by the steep east wall of Pettingell Peak, but is free of major obstacles and easy to explore. The main trail continues past the lake, eventually fading in the tundra on an informal run up the Divide. OPTIONAL: Climb knolls over the east shore for panoramas across the basin, and scan valley walls for bighorn sheep and mountain goat which inhabit this area.

Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1,655
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Friday, 11/24/2017, Sharptail trail mod B (casual pace for retirees)

From Sharptail  Ridge parking lot we will hike sharptail  trail to the Roxborough  state  park and then we  hike ring tail loop and  on  our way back we will hike a trail  to the Roxborough visitor center. it will be a car shuttle trip so we will leave a car at the visitor center in the morning to pick up the drivers afternoon. Sharptail  Ridge trail is in Douglas  County open space

Leader: Hassan Elghandour
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 11/24/2017, Black Friday Staunton SP


Leader: Bea Slingsby
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8.4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1400
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Saturday, 11/25/2017, White Ranch Open Space

Join me for an after "Turkey Day" hike to work off all those calories! This is a close to home hike in the White Ranch Open Space. The leader will choose from a variety of trails throughout the park. Expect a variety of trail conditions from muddy and wet to possible ice and snow. Microspikes, hiking poles and gaiters are always useful this time of year.

Leader: Earl Beam
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2400
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Saturday, 11/25/2017, Betasso Preserve (Boulder area) New Members Welcome

​This Boulder County Open Space park is in the foothills just west of Boulder.  It is popular with both hikers and mountain bikers but Saturdays are hiker only and we take advantage of it here.  From the main TH we traverse both park loop trails and the connector between them.  The all on trail hike is not too steep anywhere.  While we welcome new members on this hike, anyone can come.  We are trying to stay low elevation with the hikes waiting for the snow to come to the high country so  we can do some snowshoeing!

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 7.3, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 11/25/2017, Burning Bear Gulch From Hall Valley Road

Leader will meet group at  corner of Hwy 285 and Hall Valley Road.One car from Denver.  Small group preferred to work off Thanksgiving Day pie calories.

Leader: Linda Lawson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Sunday, 11/26/2017, Keystone Mountain 12400ft

On meeting in Dillon we will drive towards to the town of Keystone and continue past Keystone to Montezuma Road (CO Rd 5). In the winter Saint John's road is closed completely to vehicles, the town of Montezuma has posted “no parking” signs at the beginning of Saints John Road. It is therefore necessary to start at the Peru Creek trailhead parking area.Depending on recent snowfall, we may have to break trail. Everyone will rotate trail breaking.If for any reason you need to cancel or contact me after 3pm on the day prior to the hike, please call or txt to inform me. I will not get notification from the CMC that you have cancelled and the parking lot leader will be waiting for you in the morning.An e mail with final details will be sent out the day prior to the hike. Please check your Junk mail if you do not see the e mail in your In Box. If you have chosen to opt out of notifications from the CMC, please alter this setting as you will not receive e mails from hike leaders.

Leader: Eileen O'Leary
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2800
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Sunday, 11/26/2017, Staunton State Park West Meadow & Lions Head New trails

Staunton State Park is the newest Colorado State Park, opened 2013. State Parks pass required or fee admittance. We will Staunton Ranch trail, then Bugling Elk Trail to West Meadows trail. We will then hike out to Lions Head to a new circle trail that goes around Lion Head near the summit. This trail is not yet on their trail maps. Hiking West Meadows trail and around Lions Head will be exploratory as leaders have not been on these 2 last trails. If we cannot access these trails we will do other new trails in the park, either Chase Meadows to a group of old historic bldg, or the Bear Paw trail to awesome views. Bring clothing to keep you warm and dry for up to 8 hr hike. Some trails are quite rocky.This will be a moderate paced hike approx 2mph. We will have lunch at our destination. Park closes at 5pm, so we will hike as briskly as possible to complete this lengthy loop. Trekking poles and microspikes may be beneficial. Microspikes are strongly recommended for any winter hike. 

Leader: Linda Jagger
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Sunday, 11/26/2017, Spruce Creek Ski Tour

We will ski up the trail to the Mohawk Lakes trailhead then descend down the 4WD Spruce Creek Rd to complete the loop. The trail is a moderate climb through the woods, steep enough to require kicker skins, then a brisk downhill ride back to the TH. Intermediate backcountry downhill skill required. Leader will not be able to scout conditions in advance, so be ready for early season conditions and be flexible.Bring the usual: 10 essentials and clothing appropriate for the weather, trail lunch/snacks. You do not need avalanche gear.Be ready for the predicted weather and conditions.My favorite 10 Essentials List (Summit County Rescue Group www.scrg.org)-Navigation: Map & Compass, GPS, extra batteries, watch-Signaling: Whistle, Mirror, Cell Phone, Surveyor Tape-Light Source: Headlamp, flashlight, extra batteries-Nourishment: Water & High Energy food, plus extra-Shelter: Tarp, Bivvy, Cord-Fire Building: Storm-proof matches, Fire Starter, Heat Tabs, Knife, Saw-Personal Protection: Medications, First Aid Kit, Sunscreen, Eye protection, Bug repellent-Weather protection: Extra Clothing, Rain Gear, Hat, Gloves, Large heavy-duty plastic bag-Winter Add-ons (if applicable): Avy Beacon, Probe, Shovel

Leader: Jan Dudley
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 700-850'
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Friday, 12/1/2017, snowshoe - Burning Bear


Leader: Stan Moore
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Friday, 12/1/2017, Hilldebrand Full Moon Hike Well, almost full moon

Join us on our annual event to enjoy the full moon and the Christmas lights at Chatfield Botanic Gardens.  We will meet in the parking lot for Hilldebrand.  Our hike is a 5 mile loop on good trail.  Dec. 1 is a couple of days earlier than the actual full moon that occurs on Sunday night, Dec. 3.  Dress warmly and bring headlamp.  In past years we have not needed the headlamps as the ambient light from the moon has been plenty bright to see where we are putting our feet.  The trail has few rocks and no tree roots.  There are no trees so it is an unobstructed view to the east and the trail sits on a bench so we are higher up and  can see around 30 miles distance.  We also get great views of the Christmas lights at Chatfield.  A few days before our hike, I will let you know if we are going to need traction devices on our boots depending on snow cover.

Leader: Janet Martel
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5
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Saturday, 12/2/2017, Centennial Clipper *Classic* Clinton-Traver-McNamee Loop

The goal of this hike is to reach the summits of Clinton, Traver and McNamee peaks via Montgomery Reservoir. Roach has named this loop the "Clipper Classic." Clinton Peak rises as one of Colorado's Centennial Thirteeners along the Continental Divide, forming a ridge around Wheeler Lake Basin in conjunction with Traver and McNamee Peaks. According to Summitpost, these three mountains also form a geological triple divide between three major river valleys. In addition, Clinton Peak has the distinction of being in both the Tenmile and Mosquito Range. This hike involves both on and off-trail travel, including some talus-hopping which may become more tedious with snow. Snowshoes may be necessary.

Leader: Uwe Sartori
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10.8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 3500
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Saturday, 12/2/2017, Bergen Peak Loop Hike

We'll begin from the Lewis Ridge parking lot and hike the Bergen Peak Trail to the summit. Max elevation is 9708', and there are nice views of Mt Evans. We'll descend via Too Long Trail.Bring layers, warm clothing and footgear appropriate for an all-day hike on established trails in Colorado. Expect late fall, early winter conditions. Bring 10 Essentials appropriate for this hike, including sun and wind protection, hat and gloves, insulating jacket, 2 + liters of H2O, food; your personal medical kit, compass, trail map, MICROSPIKES OR YAKTRAX and gaiters recommended in case of snowy or icy conditions. 

Leader: Stephen Norman
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 10, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2100
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Saturday, 12/2/2017, Old Monarch Pass

Ski up the old pass road to the Continental Divide, a ways down the back, and return. Breakfast at the Pancake Palace in Sailda.

Leader: Jill Mattoon
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 12/2/2017, Backcountry Ski Tour, Cameron Pass Review of Avalanche Rescue

This will probably be the first backcountry ski tour of the season for most participants. We will therefore emphasize avalanche terrain assessment and a review of avalanche rescue techniques. You will need your avalanche gear for a practice session. Route choice will be limited by snowpack and avalanche conditions. For early season ski tours, we usually select shorter routes, mostly below treeline, on the east side of the pass. The early season snowpack usually means a relatively thin snow cover, obstacles such as downed trees, bare areas, rocks. Careful skiing at slower speeds is usually required to avoid such obstacles.For an overview of avalanche rescue:https://backcountryaccess.com/features/bca-companion-rescue-series/For an overview of the range of backcountry ski routes in the Cameron Pass area:www.frontrangeskimo.com/cameron-pass-north/www.frontrangeskimo.com/cameron-pass-seven-utes/www.frontrangeskimo.com/nokhu-crags/Be aware that much of the terrain described above is avalanche terrain and that many of the routes are advised only under low avalanche risk conditions.The backcountry tour will involve a round trip of up to 5 miles with an elevation gain of up to 1,800', usually with a portion on an established track. Be prepared to break trail for part of the route. Ascent will be moderately paced with periodic short stops. You should be prepared to ski untracked snow in variable conditions, both above and below treeline, in trees of varying density. Terrain steepness will generally be 30 degrees or less, except for short, steeper sections. You should be prepared for an outing of 4-5 hours, trailhead to trailhead. Driving to and from the trailhead adds about another 2.5 hours from the meeting location.On an established track, members of the group can ascend at a pace that is comfortable for them, as long as the fastest in the group never gets too far ahead of the slowest. When setting a new track, the group needs to stay together to communicate on route choices. It is essential for safety reasons to ski with the group in a way to maintain visual or hearing contact during all ski descents. You need to keep the leader or the leader's ski tracks in sight at all times. We will use a buddy system where you stay in close contact with another skier.Bring AT, tele, or split board gear with climbing skins. A helmet (skiing or climbing) is recommended. Avalanche gear (beacon, shovel, probe) and knowledge of how to use it, is required. Bring lunch, including a drink. Winter clothing, including wind protection, is essential.Backcountry AT/Tele ratings for this trip (see Notes below):Fitness - MODERATESkill - BLUEAvalanche training - LEVEL 1 AVALANCHE COURSE AND GEAR REQUIREDPlease read the trip description and the notes on backcountry skiing ratings below to determine if this trip is for you. Check:NOAA weather forecast: http://www.weather.gov/bou/CAIC avalanche forecast: http://avalanche.state.co.us/Front Range forecast: http://avalanche.state.co.us/forecasts/backcountry-avalanche/front-range/before you leave for this ski tour.By signing up for this trip, participants agree to allow the trip leader to share contact information with other participants.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Saturday, 12/2/2017, Beginner Skate Skiing Clinic

Learn the basics of this wonderful Nordic Center sport seen in the Winter Olympics. It is incredibly aerobic and can take years to master. However, one session can show you the basics. It is recommended that you have prior experience roller/ice skating, downhill skiing or Nordic skiing. You must use specialized skate ski equipment that you can rent at the Nordic Center. Plan to meet in the Nordic Center at 9:00. The instruction will take place in the morning, then you will have the afternoon to practice what you learned.

Leader: Denise Snow
Type: Ski
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Saturday, 12/2/2017, Intermediate Skate Skiing Clinic

This is an intermediate skate ski class. You must have previous experience skate skiing to take this class and be aware that this is an aerobic sport. Instruction will be in the afternoon and equipment can be rented at the Nordic center. Plan on meeting at the Nordic Center at 1:00.

Leader: Denise Snow
Type: Ski
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Saturday, 12/2/2017, Fullmoon Snowshoe or Hike

Single track through pinion, pine and juniper forest for the first 1.5 miles: steady uphill climb. We will descend back to the parking lot via Bellyache Road ( FS RD 8410G) _ Meet at7pm at the Lagace home. We will carpool to the Bellyache trailhead. We will be on the trail at 7:30pm. Please bring an appetizer/dessert to share around the campfire. 

Leader: Cynthia (Cindy) Lagace
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 3, Elevation Gain: 400 '
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Sunday, 12/3/2017, TRAILBLAZERS- CRATER LAKES

From the East Portal trailhead, hike southwest on FSR 900 to the intersection with Crater Lakes Trail. The Crater Lakes are a cluster of 5 lakes spread about a rugged valley that forms a major tributary to South Boulder Creek in James Peak Wilderness. We will hike off trail to see as many of the lakes as time and weather permits.

Leader: Erin Thompson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500
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Sunday, 12/3/2017, Mt. Rosa

Face it. The Broncos seem to be done for the year. Why not skip the couch and hit the woods on the first Sunday in December? We'll meet at "the Hub" parking area where Gold Camp Road and High Drive intersect, walk up Gold Camp Road, take the St. Mary's Falls trail and connect to the Mt. Rosa trail. Layer up and bring your poles, micro-spikes or yak tracks to handle the icy spots. Pack a headlamp and a thermos with warm liquids, too. The summit provides a great view of the Pikes Peak area and the Sangres to the southwest. You can register online BUT acknowledgement of your participation by email, text or, (gasp!) telephone will be required as we get within 48 hours of the hike. Prepared guests (gear and fitness) are welcome but no sorry no dogs. The canyon road up to the parking area can be icy so we can arrange to meet lower down and carpool up if your vehicle isn't up to the task.  

Leader: Andy Lyon
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 12, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 4000
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Sunday, 12/3/2017, Ralston Roost GGCSP

In Golden Gate Canyon State Park west of Golden we ascend Black Bear Trail steeply to a rocky ridge which we follow to the high point at 2.2 miles.  There is some minor scrambling on the ridge which could be complicated by ice, and hiking  progress is slow.  From here we descend to an unnamed cutoff trail leading to the Horseshoe Trail for the return trip down the valley.   We may pick up the pace a bit on this easy trail.  It takes one more cutoff to get back to Black Bear Trail which rises only 100 ft but is prone to being icy depending on conditions.  This time of year expect any of packed snow, mushy snow, ice, mud, and dry trail conditions.  Foot traction is recommended unless everything is dry.  I am rating this short trip "Difficult" because of the steep and rocky trail to the high point.We should be back to Golden before 2PM, plenty of time to ready for the Denver Group Annual Dinner at 5PM.

Leader: Grover Cleveland
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4.5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1199
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Sunday, 12/3/2017, Moonlight Schmoonlight

Discover the magic of moonlight on the snow! We'll ski and/or snowshoe where we can find snow, most often at Lake Isabel. Warming flasks encouraged.

Leader: Isobel Drysdale
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 300
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Friday, 12/8/2017, Loch Lomond * Via Stuart Road

We'll snowshoe uphill along Stuart Road to Loch Lomond and then see if we can climb about 300 feet to the shores of Reynolds Lake and potentially Stuart Lake. We'll return the way we climbed up. 

Leader: Kevin Schaal
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1500 ft
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Friday, 12/8/2017, Reynolds Park Platte River


Leader: Dorothea Frohner
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Saturday, 12/9/2017, ATA Field Day

This half day field experience will teach you how to assess slope angles, identify avalanche terrain, how to use your slope meter and snow quality if there is snow available.

Leader: Brad Cotten
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 45, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 12/9/2017, Mayflower Gulch - snowshoe


Leader: Richard Louden
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 500
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Saturday, 12/9/2017, Berthoud Pass


Leader: Terry Ploski
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 120, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 200
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Saturday, 12/9/2017, Ophir Creek

Depending on snow conditions, this will be a 4-5 mile ski, snowshoe or hike in the Ophir Creek area of the We Mountains.  We will be carpooling from the parking lot at City Park swimming pool.  Please contact the leader by December 7th by email.

Leader: Paulette Arns
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 4.5, Pace: Moderate
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Saturday, 12/9/2017, Backcountry Ski - Mayflower Gulch

This will be an easy day of moderate backcountry skiing at Mayflower Gulch in Summit County. This trip is open to AT and tele skiers and splitboarders and is intended for those looking to get in some early season turns and/or to break in new gear. This is not a trip for Nordic skiers, snowshoers or dogs.Weather and snow conditions will dictate the exact route but we'll probably skin uphill about 2 miles and 1,400 feet, more if conditions are good. The group will stay together and move at a moderate pace. Expect to be out 3-5 hours. Some skiing may be above treeline and could be very cold in the wind. The leader will supply a detailed route map in advance of the outing.You must have AT skis, tele skis or a splitboard with properly fit climbing skins. Beacon, shovel, probe and backpack are mandatory. Warm clothes and wind protection are also required. Goggles and helmet are recommended but not required. Please make sure your gear is ready to go prior to the outing.We will conduct a standard beacon check at the trailhead. Please test your beacon prior to the outing. You will not be allowed to join if your beacon does not work properly. We will review terrain assessment, snowpack evaluation and basic avalanche rescue procedures throughout the day.You must have AIARE Level 1 or the equivalent to attend this outing. You must know how to use your beacon, shovel and probe. You must be comfortable skiing ungroomed terrain up to 30 degrees. This is a Blue Downhill Ski Tour Classification (see Ski Tour Classifications). 

Leader: Marshall Hull
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
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Saturday, 12/9/2017, cross country ski Divide

We will meet at safeway in old Colorado City at 10 am to arrange car pooling or at pre determined pick up spot.

Leader: Robert Mouner
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 4, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 50 FT
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Friday, 12/15/2017, Ski/snowshoe Corral creek

Meet at Vail Pass rest area at 9:30 AM where we have to park (forest service fee required) trailhead is on the north side of highway. First part of trail is fairly steep skins are recommended. We will ski to the historic corrals have lunch and ski back the way we came.

Leader: Judith Rau
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 8, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1640'
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Saturday, 12/16/2017, Lake Agnes Snowshoe

We will start at the Craigs Campground pulloff and hike uphill along the road to the cabin at the Lake Agnes "Summer Trailhead". From here we will go up the summer trail if we do not have to break trail. If no other groups have gone up the trail we will go a bit further west and follow a drainage up, breaking trail up to the lake (there is one steep section a bit below the lake).Note that you will need to have snowshoes and hiking poles with snow baskets. The wind can be very cold on the lake so you will also need face protection (mask, buff, or scarf) and something to cover your eyes (I use goggles). I also recommend gaiters to keep snow out of your boots. This is a Colorado State Park, I have a state park sticker, but other drivers will also need to have one or all riders will need to contribute to the purchase of a day pass.  

Leader: Scott Farquhar
Type: Snowshoe, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1300
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Saturday, 12/16/2017, Backcountry Ski Tour, Cameron Pass

Route choice will be limited by snowpack and avalanche conditions. For early season ski tours, we usually select shorter routes, mostly below treeline, on the east side of the pass. The early season snowpack usually means a relatively thin snow cover, obstacles such as downed trees, bare areas, rocks. Careful skiing at slower speeds is usually required to avoid such obstacles.For an overview of avalanche rescue:https://backcountryaccess.com/features/bca-companion-rescue-series/For an overview of the range of backcountry ski routes in the Cameron Pass area:www.frontrangeskimo.com/cameron-pass-north/www.frontrangeskimo.com/cameron-pass-seven-utes/www.frontrangeskimo.com/nokhu-crags/Be aware that much of the terrain described above is avalanche terrain and that many of the routes are advised only under low avalanche risk conditions.The backcountry tour will involve a round trip of up to 6 miles with an elevation gain of up to 2,000', usually with a portion on an established track. Be prepared to break trail for part of the route. Ascent will be moderately paced with periodic short stops. You should be prepared to ski untracked snow in variable conditions, both above and below treeline, in trees of varying density. Terrain steepness will generally be 30 degrees or less, except for short, steeper sections. You should be prepared for an outing of 5-6 hours, trailhead to trailhead. Driving to and from the trailhead adds about another 2.5 hours from the meeting location.On an established track, members of the group can ascend at a pace that is comfortable for them, as long as the fastest in the group never gets too far ahead of the slowest. When setting a new track, the group needs to stay together to communicate on route choices. It is essential for safety reasons to ski with the group in a way to maintain visual or hearing contact during all ski descents. You need to keep the leader or the leader's ski tracks in sight at all times. We will use a buddy system where you stay in close contact with another skier.Bring AT, tele, or split board gear with climbing skins. A helmet (skiing or climbing) is recommended. Avalanche gear (beacon, shovel, probe) and knowledge of how to use it, is required. Bring lunch, including a drink. Winter clothing, including wind protection, is essential.Backcountry AT/Tele ratings for this trip (see Notes below):Fitness - MODERATESkill - BLUEAvalanche training - LEVEL 1 AVALANCHE COURSE AND GEAR REQUIREDPlease read the trip description and the notes on backcountry skiing ratings below to determine if this trip is for you. This is a 'register with leader' trip.Check:NOAA weather forecast: http://www.weather.gov/bou/CAIC avalanche forecast: http://avalanche.state.co.us/Front Range forecast: http://avalanche.state.co.us/forecasts/backcountry-avalanche/front-range/before you leave for this ski tour.By signing up for this trip, participants agree to allow the trip leader to share contact information with other participants.

Leader: John Raich
Type: Ski, Trail mileage: 6, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 2000
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Saturday, 12/16/2017, New Member Hike Reynolds Park

This is a beautiful park with a babbling stream (if not frozen), with  an exceptional variety of vegetation, and great views.   On a clear day, we can see all the way to Pike's Peak.   We will be mostly in the forest but sometimes in the sun.  Expect to wear layers. I'll write you with a weather forecast the  day before. Do not assume bad weather means the trip is canceled.  We only cancel if the roads are treacherous. We just try to dress appropriately.Although this is for new CMC members, all are welcome.  We will answer new members' practical questions and talk about pace, clothing, gear, etc.  Bring your questions and concerns.Please bring those of the  10 essentials  appropriate to a three-hour hike. Wear proper hiking boots, sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.  Traction devices, such as microspikes, may be necessary.  (I always carry them in my pack from late fall through early summer.)  Part of the trail is a bit steep, so bring hiking poles if you have them.  If you have never used hiking poles, I have a few to loan, if you'd like to try them. No jeans or cotton  clothing.  We can talk more about all that on trip day. No dogs, please.  Look for Doggie Hikes on the CMC calendar.If after signing up you need to cancel, you can do so at your membership dashboard, at CMC.org>Members>My Membership>My Trips.  I will see that when I check the roster so no need to tell me directly except if within the 24 hours before , especially at the last minute.   

Leader: Robbie Monsma
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Moderate, Elevation Gain: 1000
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Sunday, 12/17/2017, TRAILBLAZERS Thorodin Mountain, Starr Peak, and Sheepshead 10,540 ft.

Starting from Gap Road, near Panorama Point in Golden Gate State Park, we will proceed north into the Roosevelt National Forest, ascending the rocky summits of Thorodin Mountain, Starr Peak, and Sheepshead and depending on the group we may include mount Tremont for an additional 1K gain. This entirely off-trail hike is mostly bushwhacking through open forest, with some class 2 scrambling near the several summits. Interesting rocks and long views in all directions from the summits.Make sure you have enough water/ food, layers- it is winter- and this may require microspikes and or snowshoes. 

Leader: Erin Thompson
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 5, Pace: Casual, Elevation Gain: 1800
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Sunday, 12/17/2017, WTS Snow Day

Contact leader for passcode.

Leader: Fred Jorgensen
Type: Hike, Trail mileage: 4, Elevation Gain: 1200
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Sunday, 12/17/2017, Solstice Stroll

It's not quite the solstice (this time), but I/we will figure out a place where we can go for a HIKE to celebrate the shortest day of the year! If we have to, we'll use snowshoes. It's hard to say how long the hike will be, but I aim to be out 3-5 hours.

Leader: Edward Biery
Type: Hike
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