CMC Group for Young Adults
Alpine Start is a CMC group for 18-25+ year olds' offering a variety of opportunities for young adults in the Front Range to experience
the mountains. In addition to simply
enjoying the outdoors with peers, Alpine Start offers age-specific
opportunities for young adults to participate in outdoor leadership training, stewardship projects, and social events such as film festivals and
holiday parties. Alpine Start members participate in group activities for a variety of
reasons, ranging from pure enjoyment to fulfilling academic & volunteer
requirements, to pursuing a career in outdoor recreation!
Inspired by a term used by climbers, ‘Alpine Start’ denotes
beginning a mountain ascent in the earliest hours of the morning, in order to
maximize climbing time, minimize risk, and increase the group’s chances of
success. The Alpine Start group of the
CMC strives towards these same goals by providing young adults an
early start in facing challenging experiences, developing outdoor
skills, and building community.
Through shared outdoor experiences and skill-building,
Alpine Start aims to:
- Develop caring, compassionate, and capable young
adult leaders who have a lifelong desire to learn about, preserve, and actively
engage in their environment.
- Foster a passion for life in youth and young adults,
empowering them to guide and support themselves and others through challenges.
- Inspire the next generation of CMC members and
What does an Alpine Start membership offer?
Membership provides access to courses on essential hiking
and back-country survival skills, rock climbing training and organized climbing
trips, back-country hut trips, stewardship projects, outdoor film festivals,
winter snow skills and avalanche training, and a variety of options for easy
to challenging hikes in the mountains. Additionally,
Alpine Start members receive discounts with a number of local outfitters, better
enabling our members to get out and do what they love.
Join here: Online Application
The CMC offers similar outdoor and adventure-based programming for 15-18 year old high school students through the Teen Ventures program.