Michael Restivo Denali is the dream for any mountaineer. It’s summit at 20,310 feet, it is the prize of North American mountaineering, rising dramatically above the Alaska Range, and so prominent it can be seen from downtown Anchorage. From Denver … Continued
by G. Jeff Golden CMC Marketing Manager 1. Be Prepared for Varied Terrain Spring as known as mud season in the high country, and for good reason. There’s a lot of it. Your boots, socks and lower legs are … Continued
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes crashing into downtown Denver on Thursday, Friday and Saturday March 2-4. It’s your chance to watch, fire up some adrenaline and add new bullet points to your list of lifegoals. Without further ado, here’s the film lineup for the 2017 show, complete with a few trailers to get your blood pumping.
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 … Continued
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 … Continued
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.
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 … Continued
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 … Continued
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 … Continued
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 … Continued
“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, … Continued