By Conservation Director Julie Mach Two new staff joined the CMC Conservation Department this winter to help the Forest Service manage winter recreation in the San Juan Mountains. Chris Snell and Kricket Scheerer are our new Snow Rangers and we … Continued
By Art Hogling Hiking season doesn’t have to end when summer is over. Some of the best hikes can occur in Fall and Winter. The mountains are frosted and beautiful, the crowds thin out and the bugs are gone. … Continued
Soaring mountains give way to magnificent glaciers, towering rock formations, pristine fields of ice and stone, and some of America’s most classic trails. In the winter, Glacier National Park becomes a veritable wonderland of mountains contrasted with frozen waterways, snowy … Continued
Recently, a CMC member asked me how I grew to love the outdoors. After thinking about it, I replied: “I owe it to Mr. Payne, my high school cross-country coach.” That conversation got me thinking about other people who shared inspiration and encouragement: my college buddy who convinced me to go on our first backpacking trip together, a friend who invited me to go rock climbing, my supervisor at Outward Bound who challenged me to take up sea kayaking, etc. These people shared their passions with me and encouraged my life-long learning in the outdoors.
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
CMC’s Backcountry Snowsports Initiative (BSI) was pleased to see positive changes in the final rule, but now the real work begins. With the national framework in place, winter travel planning now transitions to a local process where land managers will be gathering input and deciding which trails, skin tracks, ridgelines, powder bowls, tree runs, habitat areas and watersheds will be open or closed to OSV use. We need local backcountry experts like you to weigh in on which areas need protection, where conflicts are occurring and how best to manage recreational uses on Colorado’s winter landscapes.
By Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan A day of quad-burning Nordic skiing through Colorado’s snowy scenery, followed by a night kicking back in front of a fire in a backcountry haven? We can’t resist, either. Here are a few of the state’s best … Continued