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Category: Alpine Start

Winter Rewards: Climbing Mountains in the Frosty Months

A storm clears on the approach to
the East Ridge of Mount Bancroft.
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By Dave Cooper It might be cold, it might be windy, but winter can be the most rewarding time to climb Colorado’s mountains. Gone are the crowds on the fourteeners. Nasty scree slopes can be hidden under a blanket of snow. Also buried are the trails, requiring (and inviting) you to make your own tracks. […]

The Myth of Solutions

Denali traverse plan

If you’ve been reading any of my previous posts, you know that my Denali team and I are preparing to take on the West Rib Cutoff route this coming June. The Cutoff takes the standard West Buttress route from an elevation of around 7500’ up to “14,000’ Camp” (coming into the photo from the left […]

Five Reasons to Consider Snowshoeing

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The snow is coming, and pretty soon your favorite hiking trials will be covered by a thick layer of white powder. Does that mean your hiking quests have to end? Not at all! It means your favorite trails have become a winter wonderland waiting for you to explore further. Avoid lift lines, crowds, and expensive […]

Recapping YEP Summer 2014

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by YEP Program Manager Molly Daley The sounding of school bells and waning hours of daylight are a sure sign that sweet summertime has come and gone. Looking back on Summer 2014 at the CMC’s Youth Education Program (YEP), so many bright points come to mind. There were van rides occupied entirely by games of […]

Sharpening the Ax

Sunrise on the Avenue of the Volcanoes: (from left to right) Iliniza Sur, Ilinza Norte, and Corazon from the Northwest flank of Vulcan Cotopaxi (19,347’) Ecuador, December 25, 2012. Photo courtesy of Jason Kolaczkowski.

Every big climb starts with fitness. I’m as big into logistics and planning as any climber, probably more so; but in the end, your body must be able to execute the plan. You cannot see sunrises like the one I was fortunate enough to have as my Christmas present while on Cotopaxi if you can’t […]