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Date Thursday  4/6/2017
Group Denver
Event Title Eckart Roder Education Fund Annual Dinner
Start Time 5:30 PM
End Time 8:30 PM
Status Approved
Leader Jay Cordes
Member Price $15.00
Non-member Price $15.00
Available Participants 81
Type Public Events


American Mountaineering Center
Conference Rooms A & B (Ground Floor)
710 10th Street
Golden, Colorado
Free parking is available in the AMC lot off Jackson Street and on 10th Street in front of the building.

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Reservation required - for more information and to RSVP, please contact Jay Cordes at (303) 996-2752 or


Please join us for our Annual Pot Luck Dinner to benefit the Eckart Roder Education Fund

Established in 2003, the Eckart Roder Education Fund was named in honor of long-time CMC member Eckart Roder and supports the educational programs of the Colorado Mountain Club.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

5:30pm – 8:00pm

Slide presentation by Alan Stark

Suggested Donation: $15 (can be collected at the door; donations by cash or check also accepted)

Members and their guests welcome! Reservation required - for more information and to RSVP, please contact Jay Cordes at (303) 996-2752 or by March 31st with your dish and number attending!


This is a pot luck dinner! Reservation required - for more information and to RSVP, please contact Jay Cordes at (303) 996-2752 or by March 31st with your dish and the number attending!



The Eckart Roder Education Fund was organized in 2003, in honor of Eckart Roder, a long-time member of The Colorado Mountain Club. He exemplified the values of mountain safety, responsibility and courtesy. The Fund seeks primarily to provide support for the educational programs of the Denver Group of the CMC, but may also be used for CMC education programs as recommended by the Fund Advisory Committee and approved by the CMC Board of Directors.

Admission requires a $15 tax deductible contribution to the Eckart Roder Education Fund and a dish to share for dinner. In addition to hearing reports from CMC sections on how last year's Fund grants were used, the program will also include an interesting presentation by Mr. Alan Stark, director of the Bryan Mountain ski patrol. He will speak on:
        "Tales From the Trails; A Backcountry Volunteer Discusses Trail History, Problems, and Opportunities."

A little about our speaker, Alan Stark:   After graduating from the University of Maryland, he spent most of his career in book publishing in Boulder and Seattle. During that time he has worked for eight book publishing houses including one that he owned and one where he was a partner.  He was the publisher at Colorado Mountain Club Press from 2007 to 2012. During his career he also worked for Westview Press, Fulcrum Publishing, Pruett Publishing, Travis Ilse, Publisher, Mountaineers Books, and Boulder Bookworks.

He sold his interest in Boulder Bookworks in Spring 2012 and later that year signed-up for Ski Patrol training with Eldora Ski Patrol.  He was one of four candidates (out of ten) to pass both the written and practical exams on the first try.   The  Bryan Mountain Nordic Ski Patrol (BMNSP) offered him a slot on injured reserve that he promptly accepted. He was assigned to respond to a request from the Boulder Ranger District for BMNSP to manage a backcountry ski patrol operation along the Peak to Peak Highway. Working with the Forest Service, he negotiated and wrote an operations plan and signed-off on a multitude of Forest Service documents. Last year BMNSP put-up 134 duty days to complete 78 patrols in the Boulder Ranger District, this in addition to completing almost 300 duty days at Devil's Thumb Ranch. BMNSP has 85 members and been in business for 42 years and has patrolled at Eldora, Rocky Mountain National Park, Berthoud Pass, and now Devil's Thumb Ranch. As the lead backcountry coordinator, Alan works with 35 backcountry qualified patrollers who cover all the major trailheads along the Peak to Peak from Rollinsville to Peaceful Valley with a concentration on the East Portal of Moffat Tunnel trailhead and Brainard Lake Gateway trailheads. Most patrols go out on the weekends. Backcountry Patrollers are all Outdoor Emergency Care Technicians and have passed the primary National Ski Patrol avalanche course as well as the mountain travel and rescue course.

Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.