Volunteer Leader Needs at CMC

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Last Updated: May 9, 2022

Position: Trip Leaders/Co-leaders – Ascending Hike Series (AH)
Group: CMC Denver Group
Contact: Robbie Monsma & Michael McMahon at CMCAscendingHikes@gmail.com

Help CMC Members reach their hiking speed and stamina goals. There are other CMC schools to teach specific skills but the core competency of all of those other programs is being able to carry a backpack up a hill. Thus, AH can be the gateway to the rest of CMC programming.

Learn more about leading with Ascending Hikes by viewing the 2022 AH Trip Leader Guide.

Time Commitment: Leading or creating one or more trip labeled “Ascending Hikes,” either as offered by the Series Coordinators or as created by the Trip Leader. Trip Leaders hence have the autonomy to choose or create trips they want to lead.


Position: Senior & Assistant Field Day Instructors – Day Hiker School
Group: CMC Denver Group
Contact: Mike O’Connor at  mikeoc111@gmail.com or ‭(303) 933-3100

Day Hiker School (DHS) is a hybrid alternative to Wilderness Trekking School (WTS) designed for any CMC member who cannot commit to the WTS schedule. This school has rolling admission and runs all year.

As an instructor you have the amazing opportunity to help members complete a fundamental, gateway school so they can continue their CMC education.

Instructors organize and run the field days according to the DHS/WTS curriculum. The School Director is looking for Field Day assistants he can train to become Senior Instructors and who can take over running some of the field days to spread the work load as the demand for DHS field days grows.

Time commitment: One weekend day field trip at a time, as volunteer’s schedule allows. Field Days are ongoing throughout the year and are scheduled when a sufficient number of DHS students request that particular module field day. Although we are looking for instructors who can teach all five field day modules, leaders can choose to specialize in a particular module (ex. navigation, survival, dry land travel, snow travel, etc.) if that makes it easier to participate.

Former WTS instructors are ideal and preferred but WTS grads are also qualified to be trained. Those with much CMC School experience as a student, are encouraged to apply.

Position: School Director(s) for Beginner Snowshoe
Group: CMC Denver Group
Contact: Robbie Monsma or Michael McMahon at cmcbeginnerss@gmail.com

This well-established one-day clinic is offered free to members only, every January through  March.  No tuition, no budgeting, no permits, no classroom time!  Curriculum is written and well-tested.  

Primary duties are scheduling, teaching, recruiting instructors, and advertising to members (via staff) to all available CMC advertising venues, making use of prior years’ examples and resources.  Denver Member Initiative Committee will train and shepherd you through the first year as needed.  

Must be a fully qualified Denver Group trip leader in good standing by January 1, 2022, with Avalanche Terrain Avoidance or AIARE requirements satisfied.  

Fun to do with a co-director friend.  New Director(s) ideally should be in place by October 1, 2022, to organize and advertise classes that should run January through March.  Contact Robbie or Michael at  cmcbeginnerss@gmail.com.

Position: WFA / WFR Instructors
Group: CMC State
Contact: Raquel Sapp / raquel@backcountrypulse.org

Do you have wilderness medicine and outdoor guiding experience? CMC’s Wilderness Medicine brought to you by Backcountry Pulse is hiring Wilderness First Aid instructors. Please email your resume to raquel@backcountrypulse.org if you meet these qualifications:

  • Wilderness First Responder, EMT, or higher
  • Outdoor guiding or Search & Rescue experience
  • Engaging storyteller
  • Hands-on leader
  • Passionate about mental health and inclusivity
  • Available to teach an 8 hour class on a weekend

Position: CMC New Member Hike Trip Leaders
Group: Denver
Contact: Claire Joseph / clairejoseph@cmc.org

Trip Leaders needed for 7/9, and 9/11 New Member Hikes (additional dates needed beyond these as well)! We are in need of leaders of all paces to accommodate different new member experiences and speed. These trips are for new and prospective CMC members and the goal is to get new members comfortable with the trip sign-up and trip-taking process. On each trip we answer new members’ practical questions and talk as needed about pace, clothing, gear, etc. Talking points are provided to trip leaders.

Position: Peak Crushers Trip Leaders
Group: State
Contact: John Nicholas / s.j.nicholas290@gmail.com

Trip Leaders should:

  • be an existing CMC Trip Leader
  • be able to run 5 miles on rough trail with an minimum average pace of 12-minute miles,
  • be extremely comfortable with 3rd and 4th class terrain un-roped, and
  • be familiar with a comfortable with lightweight gear in the mountain environment.

    2022 Proposed Schedule
    2021 Pilot Blog Post

Position: Technical Trip Leaders “Tech Ascents
Group: State
Contact: Brian LeBlanc / brianleblanc3364@msn.com

You may have seen “Tech Ascents” trips on the calendar and wondered what they are. Tech Ascents is a program being developed by the Club to provide an opportunity for recent Technical Climbing School (TCS) grads to hone their skills on technical climbing trips beyond the instructional experience. We are currently seeking leaders for the upcoming couloir and rock seasons. For the rock season we need leaders approved for top rope, sport, and trad, single and multi pitch. The climbs vary in difficulty depending on the comfort level of the leader and the competence of participants, but most of the trips have been in the 5.5-5.6 range. The difficulty does not matter, though, as participants are thrilled to get out on real climbs, clip through or clean gear, and rappel in a non-instructional setting. If you would like more information about how to become a Technical Trip Leader (TTL) or how to get involved with Tech Ascents, contact Brian Le Blanc at brianleblanc3364@msn.com.

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