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Our Voice Was Heard: Over-Snow Vehicle Rule Announced

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CMC’s Backcountry Snowsports Initiative (BSI) was pleased to see positive changes in the final rule, but now the real work begins. With the national framework in place, winter travel planning now transitions to a local process where land managers will be gathering input and deciding which trails, skin tracks, ridgelines, powder bowls, tree runs, habitat areas and watersheds will be open or closed to OSV use. We need local backcountry experts like you to weigh in on which areas need protection, where conflicts are occurring and how best to manage recreational uses on Colorado’s winter landscapes.

Mt. Elbert – East Ridge

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by CMC Trip Leader Bill Blazek This was a Colorado Mountain Club trip with 10 members. This exursion was training for the CMC’s 2015 Year of the Mountaineer expedition to Cerro de Aconcaqua, 22,841. Eight of the 10 are on the Aconcagua expedition, and the other two came along just for the “fun!” Everything went […]

Only Half Done

My wife, Kristina, repacking gear from pack to duffel in the parking lot of Mount Rainier (14,410’). July, 2012.

Another Quote from Aristotle: “Well begun is half done.” It’s been a busy two-to-three weeks for team Rocky Mountain Sourdoughs, as we prepare for Denali. The bulk of the team has been out on a few hut trips. I have yet to recover from my knee injury enough to join them. However, I have been […]

Ski Injury Free: Make More Turns

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An interview with physical therapist Patrick Naylor What are you seeing in terms of the prevalence of ski injuries in recent years? We’ve seen a 50 percent decrease in the number of injuries in skiers since the 1970s, due in part to improved gear, bindings, training and preparation by athletes. We see that children between […]

Eatting Your Way to the Top

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By Chris Case The saying goes, “You are what you eat.” But, perhaps it should be, “You should eat for what you are.” Are you a hiker? Are you a track sprinter? Especially when it comes to athletics—including hiking up that fourteener on the weekend, or hiking the Colorado Trail all week—your performance, enjoyment, and […]

Suggested Hut Trips

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By Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan A day of quad-burning Nordic skiing through Colorado’s snowy scenery, followed by a night kicking back in front of a fire in a backcountry haven? We can’t resist, either. Here are a few of the state’s best hut-trip options for every ability level. BEGINNER Grass Creek Yurt The southernmost yurt in the […]

The Habit of Excellence

Rocky Mountain Sourdoughs (Denali team) member Jim Berryhill carrying a heavy pack on Mount Beristadt, October 25th, 2014.

Aristotle wrote, “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” These words ring true to me, now more […]

Advocating for Human-Powered Recreation on Capitol Hill

From left to right: Julie Mach (CMC), Aimee Ross (International Mountain Biking Association), Jason Bertolacci (International Mountain Biking Association), Jared Polis (US Representative), and Nathan Fey (American Whitewater).

CMC Conservation Manager Julie Mach recently returned from a trip to Washington DC where she represented the club and the Backcountry Snowsports Initiative alongside Outdoor Alliance (OA) recreation groups from around the country. The two-day event included advocacy workshops and a series of visits with Senators and House Representatives from Colorado.  The trip was hosted […]

Climbing Ouray’s Mammoth Icicles

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By Anne Martin Combining weight-shifting technique and strength, the climbers ascend gracefully and quickly, occasionally resting on their holds or the ropes to shake blood flow back into their frozen hands. The canyon echoes with the sharp sounds of metal on metal and the loud clinks of metal on ice, while the soft sound of […]

On Setbacks

The view from just below Camp Hazard on the rock rib between the Wilson and Kautz Glaciers on Mount Rainier (14,410’). June 18th, 2013.

You may recall from a previous blog post that I’ve had some knee surgeries: three of them, to be exact. I first tore my right ACL in November of 2007, with surgery happening early the next year. That first repair failed six months later, and I had a second ACL reconstruction – or ACL “revision” […]