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The CMC Leadership Project

What is the CMC Leadership Project


The CMC Leadership Project is a statewide program to invest in our volunteer trip leaders and school instructors. Together, they take our nearly 6,500 members on over 3,000 outings annually and teach 3,286 members in our schools. Our volunteers create a community of responsible outdoor enthusiasts in Colorado. The CMC Leadership Project provides opportunities for training and skill development to support and appreciate our volunteer leadership, and promote volunteerism at the CMC.


Winter 2019 Leadership Opportunities

This January, CMC & the Mountaineers launched the Alpine Ambassadors Ice Climbing Mentorship Camp in Ouray.  This collaboration was an exhange of climbing skills, ideas, and goodwill between our clubs. Thanks to @valhawks for her amazing photos!

View  Pictures from 2019 Ouray Alpine Ambassadors Camp




Summer Leadership Project Opportunities

The Leadership Project has scholarships to support continued education and training for CMC trip leaders and instructors. Click here for more information on the scholarship application process.  To apply, use the links below:


How to participate in The CMC Leadership Project?

To take part in the Leadership Project, you must be a Club member and certified trip leader or instructor. If you are not a trip leader or instructor yet,  no problem. Let us help you get there so you, too, can take part in this program. While each group has specific requirements for becoming a trip leader, generally, we recommend you have the following qualifications: 

  • Be a current CMC member that is at least 18 years of age
  • Have been on at least five (5) CMC group outings
  • Current certifications in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR
  • Attend a trip leader school or seminar
  • Lead a "check-off" trip with an existing trip leader there to certify you are ready to lead

Again, these are recommended qualifications. Each group has their own qualifications for trip leaders, so please reach out to your local Group to find out specifics. 

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  • Access to exclusive member pricing on our events, classes, youth education programs, and Adventure Travel trips
  • Gear discounts - like deep discounts, up to 70% off some brands!
  • 20% off the 65+ Colorado Mountain Club guide books

Starting at just $30 for a year of membership, and with over 3,000 outings annually for people of all ability levels, we have to ask: what are you waiting for? Your Colorado outdoor community awaits!


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