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Date Saturday  6/7/2014
End Date
Group Fort Collins
Event Title Scrambling Skills-Emerald Lake
Start Time 7:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Ward Whicker
Member Price Free
Available Participants 6
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult B
Trail Mileage 5
Elevation Gain 1500
Driving Distance 100


A car pool will be formed in Fort Collins at a location to be announced.  We will drive to the Bear Lake trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park to begin the hike.

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For further information contact Leader, Ward Whicker (; phone 970-225-3747) or Co-Leader John Raich (


This trip is restricted to students enrolled in the Fort Collins Group's Alpine Scrambling Course.  Successful completion of this trip is required for participation in three additional field trips to be scheduled this summer.  We will hike to the Emerald Lake area in Tyndall Gorge, where we will practce various mountaineering skills including rock scrambling technique on Class 3 terrain, snow travel, ice axe self-belay and arrest, and basic belay techniques using a rope.  We will work in teams of 4-5 people, and each team will include a qualified Senior Instructor as well as an Assistant Instructor.  Senior Instructors include John Raich, Kevin Willey, Tom Chapel, Laura Hines, and Bob Dietz.  Assistant Instructors include Ward Whicker, Bruce Miskulin,  Péter Bodig, Terri Gerard, and John Wullschleger.  Each student will practice key skills until they are deemed sufficiently competent in each technique by the instructors.  At the completion of the skills practice, groups will assemble, discuss the experience, then hike out.

All participants are required to have appropriate clothing, gaiters, and footwear; climbing helmet; ice axe; locking carabiner; and either a lightweight seat harness or 1" webbing to construct a seat harness ("diaper sling").  Instructors will carry ropes, and other climbing hardware to enable anchor construction for belaying students.  Additional, more detailed information to prepare for this trip has been distributed separately to ASC students and instructors.


Careful preparation for this trip is required.  Refer to the written notes for the FC ASC Field Trip #1..

Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.