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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 training that enable competency and safety in outdoor ventures, and allows for the development of technical and leadership skills. We also get together for film festivals and other social events of interest. Take a look at our upcoming courses and events below, or search the CMC calendar for ‘Alpine Start’. Remember, you are not limited to Alpine Start activities; as a CMC member, you can join any group trip or event, which means you have access to over 3,000 trips and events each year!  Check out the "Trailblazers", through the Denver group, for additional activities for the 20-40 age group.

Visit our Calendar of Events for all trips and events.

Get your Climb on!

Climb Nights

Each Month, 6:00-8:00 pm
Free for members, but registration is required! Bring your shoes, your harness, belay device and a friend!

American Mountaineering Center Climbing Wall

Belay Basics

Each Month, 5:30 pm
Held before the Open Climb Session- learn to tie in to your harness correctly and safely belay.

American Mountaineering Center Climbing Wall

Climbing Technique

Mini Series offered in January, February
Offered during our Open Climb Session, these mini classes are designed to give you the tips needed to help with footwork, body position and route-reading. 

American Mountaineering Center Climbing Wall

Intermediate Climbing Skills

Learn to Lead Couse 
In partnership with Boulder Rock Club, this Learn to Lead course is being offered to our Alpine Start group of the CMC at a special rate. Take your climbing to the next level and learn to safely execute a lead climb in doors. Climbers must be comfortable top-roping 5.9 and pass a top rope belay test. 

Get Outside!

Hiking and Outdoor Adventures

Each Month
Trips are organized and set up on the CMC Calendar of Events and will offer our Alpine Start members a chance to experience and explore Colorado, build basic outdoor skills and meet new friends. A variety of trips will include hiking, biking, climbing and hut trips. We lean towards hikes and adventures that don't require a lot of experience or equipment but, remember, as a CMC member you can join ANY CMC trip so, check the Calendar often and make plans to join in the fun.

Wilderness First Aid

Certification Course 
This 16 hour course follows a standardized program thorough the Emergency Care and Safety Institute and consists of 8 hours of lectures, 8 hours of practical training, a written test, and practice scenarios. A comprehensive textbook is included in the fee.

Get Involved!


From speakers to film festivals and fundraisers, CMC hosts a number of exciting events throughout the year that you can be a part of just by volunteering!  mail for more details on volunteering.

January- Backcountry Film Festival

February- Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 

March- Mountain Fest

June- Backyard Benefit for our Youth Education Program (YEP)

September- Wild and Scenic Film Festival

October- Radical Reels 

November- Backcountry Bash for CMC Conservation

Trip Leader Training

Leading a CMC trip is one of the most rewarding experiences, you get to plan the trip you like and share it with like minded people. Through Alpine Start Trip Leadership, you develop your own outdoor skills as well as gain knowledge and resources on leading a safe and fun trip while following CMC guidelines. Planning and conducting a trip, safety management and emergency response, CMC trip policies and guidelines as well as CMC history, structure and programs are all part of what our Trip Leaders learn. These Leadership skills easily translated to other opportunities in your future. If you are interested in more details,

Visit our Calendar of Events for all trips and events.