The Colorado Mountain Club is welcoming three interns for the summer months. Reed Fischer, Libby Gemperline and Beth Ebisch are joining the CMC team to help with marketing, membership and the Backcountry Snowsport Initiative. Reed Fischer will be working closely with the marketing and membership departments. Reed is a Minnesota native currently studying public relations and English […]
Whenever people ask me what my job is, they usually respond with something along the lines of “Wow! That is so cool that you get to spend so much time in the outdoors! I’m so jealous!” And while it is true that being outside for a majority of the time is a definite plus, my position as a member of the CMC Stewardship Team is much more than that: it includes being outside for 10 hours a day in the hot sun with little shade, working with tools that make you sweat and your muscles sore, and trying to push past the thoughts of “What did I get myself into?!”
It’s time for you to MountainUp. The Colorado Mountain Club is helping you harness the power of summer adventure this July and August to benefit outdoor education, conservation and the mountain lifestyle. Choose your own adventure, big or small, and use your inspiring goals, stories and photos to motivate others to sponsor you with monetary […]
The Colorado Mountain Club’s Conservation Department is excited to introduce the 2016 Stewardship Team. The Team is an active group of eager and enthusiastic conservation professionals that make informed decisions and impactful measures that directly correlate with some of Colorado’s biggest conservation issues and concerns. The Team also engages the public in volunteer projects which […]
In Colorado, our 13 national park sites showcase the unique outdoor spaces, culture and history that define our state. But despite their importance to Colorado’s economy and our natural and cultural heritage, our national park sites are in trouble.
I started attending summer camps with the CMC’s Youth Education Program when I was 12, enticed by a mild interest in rock climbing. I had so much fun that I convinced my parents to sign me up for several more programs that summer and every year following. Two years ago, when I new course was introduced, I immediately leapt at the opportunity to go on the Teen Ventures Outdoor Leadership Summit. I signed up a bit skeptical about the prospect of a week focused on teambuilding and volunteer work. It turned out to be my favorite week all summer. I could go on a multi-hour rant about how much fun I had, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll condense it into a list of the nine best parts of the trip.
EDIT: APRIL FOOLS! The Colorado Mountain Club is thrilled to announce that Mt. Elbert is now officially recognized at 14,539 feet, making it the highest mountain in the contiguous United States. That honor was previously held by 14,505-foot Mt. Whitney in California. “COLORADO RULES,” said a CMC spokeswoman in a press release. That was the […]
By Robin Lindsay After learning to ice climb last winter and seeing and hearing a lot about the famed Ouray Ice Festival, I decided to make the trip down to Ouray and spend the weekend there. Every January the Ouray Ice Park hosts the Ice Festival, a celebration and gathering of ice climbers that […]
Tuesday, December 8 is Colorado Gives Day, an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Participation has grown every year. Here are six great reasons to support CMC on December 8: Your donation will be “boosted” by a $1.2 million incentive fund! CMC’s Board of Directors has challenged our supporters to raise $25,000 […]
By Jason Kolaczkowski Connor and Kade (left to right) taking a break at Colter Bay. Not too long after we introduced our boys to the baby carrying packs and the joys of hiking, my wife and I also celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. We knew that we wanted to take a trip (we usually do) and […]
by Julie Mach CMC Conservation Director You’ve heard about rogue trail building that leads to erosion, dispersed camping that pollutes waterways and unmanaged campfires that become devastating infernos. All are the result of increased and irresponsible recreation on public lands. Now, a new phenomenon has made its first irreversible mark on the West. In September, […]
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 […]