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Capturing the Fall Colors of Colorado: Part 3 Scenic Drive

By Rod Martinez Fall Foliage Drives If you simply want to view the aspens and the mountains, here are a few drives I recommend. On the east slope, the Peak to Peak highway from Estes Park to Nederland on highways 7 and 72 affords many opportunities for real up-close and vista photos. This is a […]

New Series: Hiking with Children


by CMC member Jason Kolaczkowski Introduction After climbing Denali I now shift my attention to something smaller scale, but infinitely more important. It’s small: just local hikes, probably often times not even getting outside of the Denver/Metro area. Although, we’re sure to progress to longer hikes that are further afield. But it’s important: exposing our […]

Capturing the Fall Colors of Colorado: Part 1

By Rod Martinez How did Colorado acquire its nickname “Colorful Colorado”? There are many reasons why Colorado is colorful, starting with the golden plains, or the blue spruce or green conifers, to our never-ending blue skies, or our abundance of red rocks on the Western Slope. When I think of Colorful Colorado I think of […]

2015 In-State Outing


by Sherry Richardson Forty-one CMCers enjoyed the 2015 In-State Outing held in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Elk Creek Campground in Grand Lake was perfect for our gathering. Most folks tented, while a few opted for the comforts of a cabin. The “circus” tent was our community tent, where we ate, shared stories, and listened […]

CMC Trip #30701: Little Bear Peak via West Ridge and Southeast Face

Classic pre-dawn morning start. On the trail by 04:00 to climb the gully. The advantage of doing it this way is you do not have to look up at what you are climbing. By day, it is a miserable little gully, both up and down. But at night, it just feels like a steep ascent on sketchy dirt and rock. Crawling along the solid gully wall was the best way. Another reason for an early start is the weather. In our case, weather would be our friend all day long.

Denali Dispatch #14: Heading Down


by Jason Kolaczkowski CMC Denali Trip Leader Friday 06-19-2015 Camp 4 (14,200′) Making the descent. Today was always going to be physically painful. Not necessarily as energy sapping, but hard on the body. We had one camp supplied at 17,200′ and then carried over a second camp. So, we had two camps worth of weight […]

Denali Dispatch #13: Success!


by Jason Kolaczkowski CMC Denali Trip Leader 06-19-15 17k Camp We made it.From our exceptionally high and unplanned camp at 19,150′ just below the “Football Field” to the summit (20,320′) and down to the high camp on the Buttress Route, that was our Thursday.First, we’ve been blessed with an extended weather window that allowed our […]

Denali Dispatch #12: Bivy at 19,150′


by Jason Kolaczkowski CMC Denali Trip Leader Wednesday 06-17-2015Camp “Extra” (19,150′)We just didn’t move fast enough to push all the way to the summit. We ended up using a running belay for almost all of the snow sections, as the runout of a fall would not have been pretty. So, that really slowed us down.However, […]

Denali Dispatch #10: Here We Go


by Jason Kolaczkowski CMC Denali Trip Leader Tuesday 06-16-2015 Camp 5 (16,300′) Seven months ago, to the day, I became a father, twice over. I’ve been thinking of Connor and Kade and my wife, Kristina, a lot today. Tomorrow we head for the summit, and the fact that I’m here at all says everything about […]