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Winter Rewards: Climbing Mountains in the Frosty Months

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By Dave Cooper It might be cold, it might be windy, but winter can be the most rewarding time to climb Colorado’s mountains. Gone are the crowds on the fourteeners. Nasty scree slopes can be hidden under a blanket of snow. Also buried are the trails, requiring (and inviting) you to make your own tracks. […]

The Myth of Solutions

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If you’ve been reading any of my previous posts, you know that my Denali team and I are preparing to take on the West Rib Cutoff route this coming June. The Cutoff takes the standard West Buttress route from an elevation of around 7500’ up to “14,000’ Camp” (coming into the photo from the left […]

Safety First: Some Tips for Planning a Backcountry Ski Trip

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By Donny Roth, Dynafit Athlete and Professional Ski Guide Don’t slip! Be careful! Be safe. How many times have you said these words? and yet, do they really help the situation? they elevate awareness levels, which might be good, but if your attention is not properly directed, it may make matters worse. Skiing in the […]

6 Reasons to Attend the 22nd Annual Backcountry Bash

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Looking for something to do on a Saturday night that’s affordable, family friendly, and AWESOME? Well, the Colorado Mountain Club has the solution for you! Escape another couch-ridden night watching reruns and spice up your Saturday on Nov. 15 by attending the CMC Backcountry Bash. This event, which is in its 22nd year, celebrates Colorado’s […]

Skip the Gym, Cross Country Ski Instead!

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Work week stressing you out? Need to get away? This winter take a break from the everyday grind by escaping to the snow covered mountains! Spend a day, spend a weekend; but definitely get outside and exercise this winter. Enjoy peace, quite, and serenity by exploring new terrain in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountains […]

Five Reasons to Consider Snowshoeing

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The snow is coming, and pretty soon your favorite hiking trials will be covered by a thick layer of white powder. Does that mean your hiking quests have to end? Not at all! It means your favorite trails have become a winter wonderland waiting for you to explore further. Avoid lift lines, crowds, and expensive […]

Recapping YEP Summer 2014

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by YEP Program Manager Molly Daley The sounding of school bells and waning hours of daylight are a sure sign that sweet summertime has come and gone. Looking back on Summer 2014 at the CMC’s Youth Education Program (YEP), so many bright points come to mind. There were van rides occupied entirely by games of […]

The Line Between Disorder and Order

Members of the Denali team down climbing into the saddle between Apache Peak (13,441’) and Navajo Peak (13,409’): (from left to right) Chris Schuhmann, Sally Wier, Aaron Sallade, Jim Berryhill, Patrick Hutchinson, September 14, 2014. Photo courtesy of Jason Kolaczkowski.

A lot of things about climbing can be viewed as walking a “line between disorder and order.” Admittedly, quite a bit of what we do is a bit out on the edge. That being said, for me personally, climbing is about mitigating risk, not about seeking risk. I’ve written about training as a key component […]

Year of the Mountaineer Hike: Estes Cone

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Estes Cone is a popular destination in Rocky Mountain National Park. It is fitting that this popular destination would be in the early part of the Year of the Mountaineer hiking series. It is near Estes Park, closer to the eastern entrance to the park near Allen’s Park. The trailhead is shared by Longs Peak […]

Solo Adventures to Chicago Basin: Part 1

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Part 1: The Buildup by Erin Thompson, Denver Group Member I left work on Tuesday the 12th and began my 6.5-hour drive down to Silverton. Most of the time was spent listening to “Denali Howl’s” by Andy Hall. It was a fantastic book, and kept me occupied for the entire drive! When I got to […]

Sharpening the Ax

Sunrise on the Avenue of the Volcanoes: (from left to right) Iliniza Sur, Ilinza Norte, and Corazon from the Northwest flank of Vulcan Cotopaxi (19,347’) Ecuador, December 25, 2012. Photo courtesy of Jason Kolaczkowski.

Every big climb starts with fitness. I’m as big into logistics and planning as any climber, probably more so; but in the end, your body must be able to execute the plan. You cannot see sunrises like the one I was fortunate enough to have as my Christmas present while on Cotopaxi if you can’t […]