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.
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 Jason Kolaczkowski It was a very simple hike on a very simple trail with a very simple goal: get the boys on a hike and see how they do. The boys had just turned 9 months old the weekend before, and we were sure (after some test runs in the house) that the boys had […]
By Rod Martinez Silver Basin Trail On the west side of the Maroon Bells and near the town of Crested Butte are a myriad of fabulous trails that will get you into the mountains as you hike through aspen groves that never seem to end. The most spectacular way to get to Silver Basin Trail […]
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 […]
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 […]
by Sherry Richardson Forty-one CMCers enjoyed the 2015 In-State Outing held in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Elk Creek Campground in Grand Lake was perfect for our gathering. Most folks tented, while a few opted for the comforts of a cabin. The “circus” tent was our community tent, where we ate, shared stories, and listened […]
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.
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 […]
By Alan Spriggs I didn’t start out trying to climb the fourteeners. Like many folks I know, when I first moved to Colorado in in 1985 I just wanted to explore this incredible state. Every valley, every basin, every mountain range beckoned with tantalizing views. It was only natural that I should continue to climb […]
Super Carbo Bars 3 cups rolled oats 3 cups apple juice 3 cups granola 1 lb silk or medium tofu, drained 2 cups brown rice flour 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup* 3/4 teaspoon sea salt Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly coat a 10” x 12” pan with vegetable oil of your choice. Mix the […]
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 […]