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Upcoming Courses & Events | Alpine Start


The Alpine Start group of the CMC provides numerous opportunities to climb both indoors and out on a variety of terrain, affords skills-based trainings that enable competency and safety in outdoor ventures, and allows for the development of essential technical and relational leadership skills. We also get together for environmental film festivals, potlucks, and other events of interest. Take a look at our upcoming courses and events below, or search the CMC calendar for ‘Alpine Start’.


Get out and do something!


Open Climb Session

First Thursday of Every Month, 5:30-7:30 pm

Free for members, but registration required!

American Mountaineering Center Climbing Wall


FREE Outdoor Clinic Series

Spring & Summer 2014


CMC Alpine Start, Cottonwood Institute, and Women’s Wilderness Institute are teaming up this spring and summer to offer FREE clinics to educate, inspire, and connect Front Range outdoor enthusiasts. From March through August, clinics will be held on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30pm at various locations. Each clinic will include free giveaways and fun presentations about a variety of outdoor skills.



Winter Wilderness Survival Skills

Thursday, April 17th, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Whether you’re an experienced winter camping guru, backcountry snowboarder or skier, casual snowshoer, or beginner, this winter survival clinic could save your life. During this clinic led by Ford Church from Cottonwood Institute, you will par-ticipate in survival scenarios, learn winter survival priorities, tips, strategies, and techniques, learn how to make basic snow shelters, and learn how to make a per-sonal survival kit. 

Location: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 West 104th Avenue Westminster, CO 80020

Safe Adventure Travel on a Budget

Thursday, May 15, 6:30-7:30 pm

Join Melanie Leggett from Colorado Mountain Club for a night of tips, stories, and tools related to safe adventure travel on the cheap. Learn how to decide where to go, what to bring, what to do, and how to stay safe when you are planning a trip domestically or abroad with an adventure focus.


Location:  Auraria Campus, Metro State Outdoor Adventure Center, Tivoli Building, Room 329


Essential Knowledge for Climbing Colorado 14ers

Thursday, June 19, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

More than a walk in the park: Do you want to expand your hiking adventures to some of the summits of CO's most beautiful peaks? Join the Colorado Mountain Club for this free clinic that will cover the basic skills and knowledge necessary to stay safe and sustained on an adventure to the top of the state.

Location: Auraria Campus, Metro State Outdoor Adventure Center, Tivoli Building, Room 442


3-Season Wilderness Survival Skills

Thursday, July 17, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Do you have what it takes to survive? Ford Church from Cottonwood Institute will guide this clinic covering primitive and modern wilderness survival skills. You will learn survival strategies, how to make a personal survival kit, how to build emer-gency shelters, and participate in an interactive survival scenario.


Location:  Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 West 104th Avenue Westminster, CO 80020


Conscious Goal Setting & Outdoor Adventure

Thursday, August 14, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

You’ve been told about the power of goals before but perhaps they haven’t worked for you, or the process felt too confining, reducing your spontaneity and confining your Wild Self. What if there was a deeper way to access your heart’s desire for pulling things into your life and to bring focus and clarity to your daily actions? What if there was a fluid way to call forth vision that kept informing you, moment to moment, of the actions to take so they can add together to bring about your ‘One precious life’? There is. Come to this workshop and play with Discovery with Women’s Wilderness Institute.


Location: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 West 104th Avenue Westminster, CO 80020


Contact Carmen Stagg for more information.


Schools & Trainings


*Note:  The following schools are offered through the CMC Denver Group

Stay tuned for select schools just for young adults, soon to come!


Basic Mountaineering School (BMS)

Application Deadline Feb. 28, 2014

Mandatory Orientation Sessions Jan. 7 OR Jan. 13 at 6:30 pm.


AIARE Level 1 Avalanche School

Essential knowledge for winter backcountry recreationists.

Session 1:  January 31, February 1 & 2, 2014

Session 2:  February 26 & 27, March 1 & 2, 2014


Winter Camping School (WCS)

Open up a fourth season of camping for your backcountry enjoyment!

Begins Feb. 4, 2014