Adventure of a Lifetime: Rafting the Grand Canyon with the Colorado Mountain Club

I couldn’t believe my luck! There was space for me and my husband, David, to join the CMC’s 2016 Grand Canyon hiking and rafting trip. You may not fully appreciate why I was so excited. These spots are hard to come by. People sign up years in advance and we snagged some of the last available spots.

How to Grip an Ice Ax: Self Belay and Self Arrest

As cool and shiny as a brand-new ice ax looks strapped to the back of your hiking pack, occasionally you’ll have to take it off and actually put it to work. Like any tool, it’s only an asset if you know how to use it. There are many techniques and methods for employing an ice ax to aid progress in the mountains, but let’s start at the beginning: the two basic ways of holding it.

Leave No Trace Ethics for Winter/Spring

by Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Winter is a wonderful time to experience the outdoors. Many find that winter offers solitude, scenic beauty, and a chance to hone outdoor skills. But, with winter use on the rise, users … Continued

The Adventure of a Lifetime: Spring Break in Moab

by Anissa Shull Moab Spring Break Alumni ’16 It all started with packing my luggage into the Youth Education Program van and relaxing until we reached our beautiful campsite in Moab, Utah. It was placed next to the Colorado River, surrounded by … Continued

The Top 9 Best Things About TVOLS

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.

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