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Banff Mountain Film Festival 2017 - Denver, CO - March 2-4

Banff Mountain Film Festival | Denver | March 2-4


Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel! The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Paramount Theater in March 2017. Tickets go on sale December 16th! Learn more >

Global Rescue Insurance

Colorado Mountain Club members now have access to the finest health, safety and travel risk-management services through Global Rescue! Learn more > 

Adventure Travel

The CMC leads dozens of trips around the world every year, from summit hikes in Mexico to cycle tours of Italy. Make your next vacation
the adventure of a lifetime. Learn more >

Become a Member, Today!

Meet new people and explore the mountains with the Colorado Mountain Club. Join us for trips, hikes and activities throughout the state!

Youth Education Program (YEP)

The Colorado Mountain Club’s Youth Education Program (YEP) provides active learning through outdoor and adventure education. Learn more >

mySummits - online summit registry

Welcome to mySummits – a virtual summit register available to anyone and everyone who climb the mountains of Colorado! Register your summits, today!

Colorado Gives Day 2016

Tuesday, Dec. 6
***Preschedule your donation now!***

The Colorado Mountain Club helps protect Colorado's majestic backcountry for wildlife and sustainable human-powered recreation and connects children to nature through active outdoor learning. Support our education and conservation missions by donating to the CMC on Colorado Gives Day!







2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour


Paramount Theatre
Denver, CO
7pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday
March 2-4

***Tickets on sale beginning Friday, Dec. 16***


Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel! The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories when it comes to the Paramount Theater in March 2017. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, climb the highest peaks and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth.



Backcountry Film Festival 2017


Salida - January 13
Boulder - January 26
Fort Collins - January 30-31
Colorado Springs - February 3
Alamosa - February 11
Golden - March 16


Don't miss the Backcountry Film Festival, with unique films aimed to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled. Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit, Winter Wildlands Alliance, the Backcountry Film Festival is renowned for its mix of professional and grassroots films – from well-known filmmakers who search backcountry corners across the globe to submit their best work to first-timers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions.


Peak Happy Hour Series -
Fall 2016

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co.
Golden, CO
Wednesday, Dec. 14

Join us on the second Wednesday of every month for our Peak of the Week happy hour series! Wednesdays are the perfect time to get together with fellow mountain enthusiasts over a pint – after all, you've finally recovered enough from the previous weekend’s adventures to start making plans for the next, right? Celebrate all things outdoors with an evening of fun, tasty beer, socializing and networking. $1 from every beer sold between 5pm & 9pm will be donated back to CMC!


CMC Blog

Kautz Potatoes Attempt Mt. Rainier

By Spud, an actual potato

After months of lectures, z-haul practices, carrying excessive quantities of water to the tops of various terrain features and climbing snowy things in the dark, our team was finally poised to climb the Kautz Glacier route on Mt. Rainier.

CMC Press Book of the Month

Colorado 14er Disasters, Second Edition

by Mark Scott-Nash

Hiking to the summits Colorado’s many 14,000-foot peaks is an incredibly popular activity, enjoyed by thousands of people every year. But the potential of a serious accident casts a dark shadow on what is usually a great experience. 

Colorado 14er Disasters, Second Edition explores the disturbingly easy ways that hikers become stranded, severely injured, or killed on the state’s high alpine peaks. When those accidents happen, the victim is far from help and in an environment where rescue is difficult at best. 

Even the most experienced mountaineers are not immune to catastrophe. Seemingly small errors can compound into serious consequences. Sometimes bad luck is a factor yet even in those cases alternative strategies may change the outcome.

Mark Scott-Nash, a veteran mountain rescuer and climber, offers an unflinching exploration of unfortunate incidents. These captivating stories in turn give any mountaineer helpful information for avoiding disaster.

To order a copy, please visit our store or call 303-279-3080.



Featured Adventure Travel Trip

Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru Climbs, Tanzania

July 8-23, 2017

This will be a new variation on previous CMC trips to Kilimanjaro. We will warm up and acclimatize with a 4-day climb of Mt. Meru, 14,968’. Mt. Meru is just West of Kilimanjaro, near Arusha, Tanzania, and will give us great views of Kilimanjaro. Then for the main event, we will climb Kilimanjaro (19,340’), during a 6-day climb on the Rongai Route on the North side of the mountain. CMC has only done one trip ever to Mt. Meru back in 1998 and has never done the Rongai Route on Kilimanjaro. So people who have done the Machame Route on previous CMC trips may be interested in this trip to do a different route on this great mountain as well as the climb of Mt. Meru. Participants are free to arrange their own safari before or after this trip. Leader can provide relevant information.

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Upcoming Schools and Events


Saturday, December 3
Beginner Skate Skiing Clinic (Pikes Peak Group)

Saturday, December 3
Intermediate Skate Skiing Clinic (Pikes Peak Group)

Monday, December 5
Avalanche Level 1 (Boulder Group)

Tuesday, December 6
Backcountry Ski Touring School (Denver Group)

Wednesday, December 7
Avalanche Terrain Avoidance (Denver Group)

Wednesday, December 7
Hut to Hut Clinic (Pikes Peak Group)

Thursday, December 8
AIARE Avalanche 1 (Boulder Group)

Saturday, December 10
Teen Ventures WFA (Youth Education)

Sunday, December 11
Holiday Dinner (Rocky Mountain Over the Hill Gang)

Sunday, December 11
Annual Banquet (Pikes Peak Group)

Thursday, December 15
FREE Snowshoeing and Backcountry Skiing Clinic in Golden (State CMC)

Thursday, December 15
Adventurers Unite: Dinner and Beer (Trailblazers)

Thursday, December 15
AIARE Avalanche Level 1 (Boulder Group)

Friday, December 16
AIARE Avalanche Level 1, Session 1 (Denver Group)

Sunday, December 18
New Member Hike - Meyer Ranch Park (Denver Group)

Sunday, December 18
Holiday Party and Member Meeting (Colorado Wilderness Families)

Monday, January 2
Galapagos & Ecuador Slideshow/Potluck (Aspen Group)

Tuesday, January 3
Winter Camp (Youth Education)

Tuesday, January 3
Snowshoe Basics Class (Pikes Peak Group)

Tuesday, January 3
Intro to Backcountry Skiing (Pikes Peak Group)

Thursday, January 5
Ice Climbing School (Boulder Group)

Thursday, January 5
Basic Mountaineering/Technical Climbing School Orientation (Denver Group)

Saturday, January 7
Cross-country Ski School (El Pueblo Group)

Monday, January 9
New and Prospective Member Meeting (Denver Group)

Tuesday, January 10
Advanced Mountaineering School (Boulder Group)

Tuesday, January 10
Telemark Ski School (Denver Group)

Wednesday, January 11
High Altitude Mountaineering School (Denver Group)

Wednesday, January 11
Photography Section Meeting (Denver Group)

Wednesday, January 11
Avalanche Terrain Avoidance (Denver Group)

Wednesday, January 11
Avalanche Terrain Avoidance for Trip Leaders (Denver Group)

Thursday, January 12
Women's AIARE Avalanche Level 1 (Outdoor Women's Alliance / Boulder Group)

Thursday, January 12
Basic Climbing Session A (Denver Group)

Friday, January 13
Backcountry Film Festival - Salida

Throughout 2016
Adventure Travel Trips