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.
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
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
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
It’s time for you to MountainUp. The Colorado Mountain Club is helping you harness the power of summer adventure this July and August to benefit outdoor education, conservation and the mountain lifestyle. Choose your own adventure, big or small, and … Continued
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 … Continued
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, … Continued
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 … 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
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 … Continued
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 … Continued