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Date Tuesday  3/19/2019
End Date Saturday  4/20/2019
Group Fort Collins
Event Title Mountain Hiking School
Start Time 6:30 PM
Status Approved
Leader Ward Whicker
Co-Leader JoAnn Herkenhoff
Member Price Free
Available Participants No tickets left
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Casual
Classification Moderate B
Trail Mileage 5
Elevation Gain up to 1800'
Driving Distance up to 140 mi


Evening classes (March 19, 26; April 2, 9, 16) will meet in Fort Collins at a location to be announced

Field trips (March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 20) will meet in Fort Collins at a location to be announced to form car pools.

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Questions about the course may be directed by email to JoAnn Herkenhoff, Administrative Director ( or to Ward Whicker, Technical Director (


To apply for this course, you may request the form from JoAnn via email or simply copy and paste the below information into an email to JoAnn at You may also mail a hard copy to JoAnn at 3210 Moore Lane Fort Collins, CO 80526.

Full Name____________________________
CMC Membership Number_______________ Expiration Date_________________
Briefly describe your hiking experience:
Briefly describe your general fitness level:
What are your motivations for taking this course;
Do you have any known medical conditions that might impair completion of a hike?
Do you have any known limitations concerning strenuous hiking at higher altitudes?
Please provide full contact information (email, home phone, mobile phone):
Please provide full contact information for an emergency contact:
Do you expect to be available for all the dates planned for lectures and field trips?
List any questions or concerns you may have:


The 2019 Mountain Hiking School (MHS) will be offered to Fort Collins Group members in good standing.  The course will be patterned after previous offerings of the MHS, as well as the Denver Group’s Wilderness Trekking Course. The planned MHS will consist of five 3-hour lectures (Tuesday evenings) and five all-day field trips (Saturdays). The primary subject areas include Basic Fundamentals such as: gear, nutrition & hydration, natural hazards, trip planning, hiking styles, group dynamics, and back-country ethics. Navigation and route-finding on- and off-trail will be heavily emphasized, using maps, compass and other readily-available tools and I-phone applications (other than GPS). Students will also learn how to deal with Emergencies such as illness, injury, getting help and overnight survival. 

This course will help prepare students for hiking safely and competently in all seasons in the Colorado Mountains, at varied elevations and under challenging weather conditions. It will also provide invaluable information & experience for those who might want to eventually become official CMC leaders. Completion of the course will also help prepare those who may be interested in enrolling in our springtime Alpine Scrambling Course, Basic Mountaineering Course, as well as other educational clinics & workshops. Four field trips will be conducted at lower elevations near Fort Collins where snow may or may not be present, while the graduation hike will be near Cameron Pass at elevations from over 10,000’ to about 11,500’ and on snow. The B Level graduation hike will involve snowshoe travel, ice axe practice on moderate terrain, and a Class 2 ascent of an alpine ridge to a summit offering exceptional views.


Students are expected to attend all lectures and field trips in order to receive a certificate of completion. Enrollees are expected to be CMC-Fort Collins Group members, 18 years of age, to have good fitness & motivation, and to provide or purchase all necessary clothing & basic recommended gear. We can provide ice axes for the graduation climb. Necessary purchases can be made after the first classroom where gear will be discussed in detail. The course fee will be $125 for those registering by February 15, and $150 for those registering after that date. Course fees are used to rent space & equipment, prepare written materials, and meet other costs of classroom or internet instruction. Field trips are free, except for customary ride shares. Students who become CMC leaders within 12 months of completing the course can receive a rebate of $75.  The class will be limited to 18 students, and the course fee will be due at the time of the first classroom session, payable to Colorado Mountain Club.