6-10pm Friday, October 28
The McNichols Building
Early-bird tickets on sale NOW!
The 24th Annual Backcountry Bash is now better than ever. This year, your favorite winter fundraiser is moving to DENVER! Join other adventure-loving mountaineers for an evening of awards, gear grabs and a chance to win a hut trip, as we raise critical funds for CMC’s education and conservation programs.
Celebrated at the Backcountry Bash are 2016 Fourteener (and other list) Completers and the recipients of the Blaurock, Ellingwood, Colorado Young Climber of the Year and Colorado Aspiring Mountaineer of the Year awards. For more information about these awards and how to nominate or apply, please visit our Awards and Grants page.
MountainUp - July/August Adventure Campaign
Join us for this Summer’s greatest adventure – YOUR adventure. Be part of a community that believes we have to actively protect the mountain experience, that new skills can take you to new places and that smart is the best way to explore. This Summer CMC needs you to set your sights on a personal milestone, set a fundraising goal and set out on your own adventure for our mountains.
Do you love our mountains? Show your love with a gift to CMC! Our Summer Appeal is underway and we are asking you to make a gift to support our important work in education and conservation around Colorado. Our mountains need your love -- make a gift to CMC today.
Peak Happy Hour Series -
Wild Woods Brewery (Boulder)
August 10 / September 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!
A New Season at Badger Flats
By Morgan Anderson, CMC Stewardship Team
Badger Flats — an area just outside of Lake George, Colorado — sees a lot of ATV, side-by-side, and dirt bike use. It’s also a popular place for camping and hiking. In the last couple years, this area has grown in popularity because of surrounding wildfires, like Hayman and Waldo, pushing weekenders into this region. As a result, the terrain has seen the development of more than 200 miles of user-created and illegal routes.
CMC Press Book of the Month
The Best Front Range Wildflower Hikes
by Marlene M. Borneman
Buy the ebook from Mountaineers Books
From the plains to the high mountains, Colorado is known for its magnificent displays of wildflowers. The Best Front Range Wildflower Hikes showcases 22 trails filled with native wildflower species across five life zones. Trail descriptions include habitats and interesting tidbits on the plants, along with a listing of native flora with both common and scientific names.
This pack guide focuses on easily accessible hikes, as well as a variety of habitats and flora. The Best Front Range Wildflower Hikes will lead beginning wildflower enthusiasts, as well as veteran observers, to stunning wildflowers along Colorado’s mountain trails.
To order a copy, please visit our store or call 303-279-3080.
Featured Adventure Travel Trip
Ancients Ruin Bike/Hike Adventure
October 3-8, 2016
The Ancients Ruin Bike & Hike Adventure is 6 days mountain bike riding, hiking and camping through the heart of Anasazi country in the Cedar Mesa region of S.E. Utah. This vehicle supported adventure takes you across Cedar Mesa and the "Trail of the Ancients" and deep into canyons with numerous side trips to spectacular but little known Ancient Puebloan ruins.
To see all adventure travel trips go to www.cmc.org/AdventureTravel
Featured Stewardship Opportunity
August 27, 2016
Come join the Colorado Mountain Club's Stewardship Team in partnership with the Kremmling BLM in their effort to implement a travel management plan which includes illegal route closure and restoration, trail maintenance, and signage.
Volunteers will receive a complementary lunch and CMC T-shirt.
Give back to your public lands and meet cool people.
For more information and volunteer registration, click here.
To see all stewardship opportunities, head to cmc.org/Conservation/Stewardship.aspx
Upcoming Schools and Events
Tuesday, August 23
Rock Rescue Level II Session B (Denver Group)
Tuesday, August 23
Intro to Hiking Safety
Wednesday, August 24
Adventurers Unite: Dinner & Beer
Saturday, August 24
Wilderness First Aid Refresher (Denver Group)
Wednesday, September 7
Intro to Mountain Biking Basics (Pikes Peak Group)
Thursday, September 8
Anchors Seminar Session C (Denver Group)
Saturday, September 10
Wilderness First Aid (Fort Collins Group)
Saturday, September 10
Årestua Hut: Seasonal Preperation
Sunday, September 11
ARCPro Sport Lead Climbing Class (Pikes Peak Group)
Monday, September 12
Basic Climbing Session G (Denver Group)
Tuesday, September 13
Wilderness Trekking School (Denver Group)
Wednesday, September 14
Intro to Technical Canyoneering (Pikes Peak Group)
Thursday, September 15
Fly Fishing Section Open Forum and Presentation (Denver Group)
Monday, September 19
Intermediate Rock Climbing Session C (Denver Group)
Wednesday, September 21
Intro to Desert Trekking and Canyoneering (Pikes Peak Group)
Thursday, September 22
Trip Leader Training (Pikes Peak Group)
Monday, September 26
Rock Seconding School Session B (Denver Group)
Friday, September 30
Radical Reels Day 1
Saturday, October 1
Radical Reels Day 2
Saturday, October 10
Wilderness First Aid (Denver Group)
Tuesday, October 25
Basic Aid Climbing (Denver Group)
Friday, October 28
Sunday, October 30
Denver Group Annual Dinner
Adventure Travel Trips
Founded in 1912 and designed to unite adventure, education and preservation, we represent the Colorado lifestyle and everything that is great about Colorado.
The CMC’s Youth Education Program (YEP) provides active learning through outdoor and adventure education. Explore the mountains with specialized multi-day adventure courses or integrated learning with area schools for youth ages 9-18. Learn more >>
Summer Course Registration