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7 Principles of Leave No Trace

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By Leave No Trace Center of Outdoor Ethics This copyrighted information has been reprinted with permission of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics www.LNT.org Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow. Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from […]

Common Effort of Will and Strength

Mount Rainier (14,410’) High Altitude Mountaineering School Graduation Team at Camp Schurman, July 2012. Photo courtesy of Vern Bass.

Many a mountaineer has mentioned at one time or another that mountaineering is ‘the kind of thing that is fun to talk about when you’re done.’ That is to say, the act of mountaineering, itself, is sometimes the farthest thing from fun. Yet, we do it. Maybe it’s that somehow the suffering creates the reward. […]

Riding the Open Road

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Bicycle tours through Colorado By Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan I was only about five miles away from Maybell when the headwind blew in. The day had been challenging from the start—a 5 a.m. wake-up call, quads unaccustomed to pedaling up and down western Colorado’s bumpy topography—but overall, I was pleasantly surprised at how well things were going. […]

When Nobody’s Watching

Starting up Green Mountain (8,150’) outside of Boulder, CO, March 1st, 2015. Photo Courtesy of Jim Berryhill.

  My knee has heeled to the point where I can begin climbing, again, in the variable conditions you get when you leave the safe confines of the gym. When preparing for an expedition, gym work is important as it lets you focus on specific areas of physical improvement within a controlled environment. However, it […]

Browns Canyon Designated as National Monument

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by CMC Lands Manager Julie Mach Thank you Mr. President! CMC is sending a big shout out to the Obama Administration, former Senator Mark Udall and the thousands of individuals who helped make the Browns Canyon National Monument a reality! The White House announced  Feb. 15 the long-awaited executive action which designates the new monument […]

Does Winter Really Have to End?

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By Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan When you’re a newly minted Coloradan, there’s nothing so exhilarating as your first Rocky Mountain winter. Back in the Midwest, the bitterly cold, gray-skied stretch between November and March is just something to be gotten through. But in Colorado, to your great surprise, people are actually excited about winter, for one simple […]

Do It Yourself Classic Corn Dodgers

Make sure you are getting the nutrition you need on every outdoor adventure. Try making this tasty snack. Classic Corn Dodgers This old-fashioned cross between pancakes and corn bread is best enjoyed while backpacking with views of alpine meadows. Don’t forget the honey. Before the trip, mix the dry ingredients together: 1 cup white flour […]

Glaciers are Hot

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By Chris Case For years, scientists have been studying and reporting on the accelerating rates of retreat of the world’s ice sheets (the largest glaciers), the decline of mountain glaciers big and small, and the subsequent rise in sea levels. Media reports have followed: retreating glaciers around the world (at the poles, in the Alps, […]

Six Years in the Making

Me, rappelling into the notch on the east ridge of Mount Bancroft (13,250’) August 30, 2014. Photo courtesy of Jim Berryhill.

“Am I ready? I’m putting in the hours… into planning, into training, into mental preparation. But am I ready?” This is a necessary thought. Certainly, it can be destructive if you let it fester into self-doubt; but without this thought, I would argue that you are lacking a critical reflex of self-assessment. Frankly, it goes […]

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.