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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 […]

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 #2: Snowed In


by Jason Kolaczkowski CMC Denali Trip Leader So much for our potential early movement on the mountain. It started snowing around 10:45pm last night and didn’t stop until 7am. We’ve had low clouds and spotty snow all day. Visibility has made route finding difficult, and the foot of new snow has covered the track. Here’s […]

The Other Side of Fear

Heading up the steep north slopes of Vulcan Iliniza Sur (17,267’) with Jorge Nunez. December 18th, 2012.

As I write this, I am one week out from leaving Denver and heading to Anchorage, Alaska. From there, weather permitting, I’m one more day away from landing on the Kahiltna Glacier and beginning my 13,000 foot ascent (~7000’ to ~20,000’) up the highest mountain in North America. Also as I write this, there are […]

Recipe: Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet Potato Chips 2 medium sweet potatoes 2 teaspoons canola/vegetable oil 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Preheat oven to 400°F. Boil large pan of water. Coat baking sheet with non-stick spray. Slice potatoes 1/4” thick and par-boil. Drain well. Brush oil onto slices and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Place on baking sheet in […]

Colorado Kid: Erin Youngkin Climbs High

TT_Winter2010 Erin Youngkin

By Chris Case When you ’re 16 years old, you don’t spend much time thinking about the consequences or rewards of playing outside. For some kids it’s just natural and habitual— they play outside until they’re called in for dinner. For others, it couldn’t be more foreign or inaccessible—they might play video games until dinner […]

7 Principles of Leave No Trace


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 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. […]