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Colorado Mountain Fest powered by prAna hosted by colorado mountain club


Free Educational Outdoor Seminars


September 28 - 29, 2019 | American Mountaineering Center | Golden, CO


In addition to the fun festival and outdoor skills clinics, we're also thrilled to have a number of events such as Intro to Fly Fishing, Intro to Mountain Biking, Photography, Trail Running, and Navigation with Map and Compass. This is a great way to learn new sports with experienced instructors! 

Seminars are now open for registration! Seminars are FREE and open to the public. All seminars will take place inside the American Mountaineering Center.

Check the schedule below and sign up today. 

In addition to Seminars, we will also be hosting outdoor clinics led by top industry brands and professional athletes all around Golden. There is something for all ability levels, from novice mountain bikers to avid mountaineers. Learn more about our available clinics by clicking here

If you are just attending the festival and do not wish to take a Clinic or Seminar, no registration is required. Simply show up & enjoy!

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Saturday Seminars



Morning Flow Yoga presented by prAna 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. 

Power up your day with an energizing all levels flow as you turn stress into sweat. This signature class strengthens, balances and detoxifies your entire body and mind as you move through an accessible vinyasa flow.Please bring a yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Participants will be entered to win a special prAna giveaway package!

200RYT Instructor: Cat Moede

Cat is a passionate yoga practitioner and teacher based in Denver, CO. She has been practicing yoga for over ten years and finds so much joy in linking breath to movement. Yoga is where she found self-love and it is the center of her own love story. Her mission is to be contagious love; to share yoga with humans around the world. 



CAMP Presents: Mountain Efficiency - Tricks of the Trade for Confusing 4th & 5th Class Terrain | 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. 

4th class and easy 5th class terrain can take up a lot of time on big routes. Rock climbers are often good at navigating straight forward 5th class terrain but burn too much time when pitches get easy, scrambly, and broken. Learn some techniques to assess and navigate this type of terrain efficiently while still retaining a good safety margin.



Winter Mountaineering 101: Snowshoeing and Skiing | 10 - 11:30 a.m. 

Join CMC Author Alan Apt for a session on winter mountaineering with snowshoes or skis. He will cover essential equipment and avalanche awareness and safety, as well as snowshoeing and skiing equipment and techniques. He will also show beautiful photos of great routes for both sports. His bestselling books, Snowshoe Routes Colorado's Front Range, and Ski and Snowshoe routes will be available at a discount for CMC members. 



Birding for Beginners | 10 - 11 a.m.

Want to get better acquainted with our feathered friends, but don't know where to start? Join us for a quick introduction to birding in the Front Range. Our seminar will cover bird identification, local habitats, and bird watching gear. We'll also offer an optional BYOB (bring your own binoculars) bird walk around Golden.



Happy Campers: How to Have a Successful Family Camping Trip | 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. 

Top Tips for Family Camping with Helen Olsson, freelance journalist and the author of The Down & Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids. Olsson's interactive talk will cover gear specific to camping with kids, camp grub, family-friendly activities and camp games, and nature journaling and camp art to keep kids entertained in the wild. 



Backcountry Cuisine: Recipes and Tips by Seasoned Chef, Rosemary Burkholder and Presented by Mountainside Gear Rental | 11 - 12:30 p.m. 

Are you looking to elevate your outdoor cooking? Whether you are a car-camper, a backpacker, or an avid picnicker, join us for a presentation full of fun, flavor, and learning. Seasoned Chef Rosemary Burkholder. A.O.S. Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of America will teach cooking methods and strategies for a variety of gourmet adventures. We will discuss proper food handling and sanitation, outdoor ethics, how to design a menu, preparation and packing, kitchen setup, and necessary equipment. 



Avalanche Awareness with Friends of Berthoud Pass | 11:30 - 1 p.m. 

Friends Of Berthoud Pass will cover topics such as identifying hazards, observing weather, terrain and snowfall, and self-rescue. This class is a perfect introduction for novices and also a great early season refresher for more experienced backcountry travelers.

 Mission statement:  Friends of Berthoud Pass (FOBP) is a grassroots collective of backcounty enthusiasts committed to preserving the legacy of public recreation at Berthoud Pass through safety, access and education.  Founded in 2003 by ski patrollers and backcountry riders, we are a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization, managed by a volunteer executive board and supported by a diverse and active member base.



The 50 Peaks Challenge: Female Record Holder for Climbing the 50 US Highpoints | Noon - 1 p.m.

In 2016, Maddie Miller alongside mentor and professional climber, Melissa Arnot, set out to complete the 50 US highpoints in 50 days. Starting with the summit of Denali as day 1, the team flew to Florida, where they began the crazy lower 48 roadtrip to each state’s highest point.  After days of discomfort, van life, no sleep, and logistical challenges, Maddie made it to her final summit of Mauna Kea in 41 days, 16 hours, and 10 minutes, breaking the world record for fastest completion of the 50 US highpoints. Hear her journey of adaptability, adversity, and growth, along the wild, incredibly insane, but totally fun, 50 states adventure.



Universal Belay Fundamentals | Noon - 1 p.m. 

More information on this seminar coming soon



Online Trip Planning & Tools | Noon - 1 p.m. 

This presentation will introduce users to the basic use of CalTopo as a trip planning and navigation tool.  We will familiarize attendees with the CalTopo web interface and demonstrate features for map layering, route plotting, hazard identification, and custom map creation.  We will also briefly illustrate the use of CalTopo to import and export map data to a GPS device.



Weston Backcountry Presents: Splitboarding 101 | 1 - 2:30 p.m. 

Entering into the backcountry for the first time can be a daunting task. The experts at Weston Snowboards are here to help. From choosing your first splitboard, to planning your first backcountry trip, to choosing what avalanche education you need, the Weston Snowboards crew has the knowledge and gear you need to get out and have fun in the backcountry. This course is ideal for someone who may have just purchased a splitboard setup or is looking to get into the scene and feeling things out. The course itinerary will cover choosing a splitboard setup, gear recommendations, and packing list, a CAIC website demo, an in-depth trip-planning workshop and Hillmap website demo, splitboard tips and tricks from the Weston Team and some awesome local rider edits as well!



Intro to Climbing 14ers | 1 - 2 p.m. 

Most Coloradans have climbing a 14er on their bucket list, but figuring out where to start can be daunting. This one-hour interactive lecture will provide a critical foundation of knowledge for any would-be summiter, including gear selection, mountain weather, route suggestions, navigation, safety, term definitions, trail etiquette and more. The presenter, Jeff Golden, finished the 14ers in 2012 and has accrued more than 250 total summits of Colorado’s highest peaks.



Hike Your Own Hike: Lessons from Thru-Hiking the Colorado Trail + Pack Shake Down! | 1:30 - 3 p.m. ​

In this presentation, Jim Fetterolf will share his story of solo thru-hiking the entire CT in 24 days. He’ll share photos, videos, gear and useful tips he learned on his journey.  Topics will also include how he worked the CT into his schedule, refined his experience from ‘shake-down’ hikes and built up his backpacking confidence one step at a time.  In addition, Jim will also dive into the physical and mental aspects of solo hiking a long trail.  Bill Manning, Executive Director of The Colorado Trail Foundation, will provide valuable detail and a broader perspective on the Trail, its volunteers and the Foundation.  Together Bill and Jim will answer audience Q&A.  



Bikepacking With Justin Simoni | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

Have you ever wondered what it would take to combine backpacking and biking? Join us for this presentation about bike packing from Justin Simoni, a guy who has spent countless hours traveling by bike to remote Colorado locations. He will bring in one of his bikes to show you how he packs and prepares for a trip. Topics include: Sleep & Shelter System, How to treat and carry water, how to store your clothes, and Caltopo maps and routes close to the front range.



Bikepacking Workshop | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 

Register for this limited workshop with Justin Simoni for a more intimate discussion on bikepacking including the nitty-gritty details like gear selection, how to camp, safety issues, a gear shakedown, and prolonged Q & A. 



Wilderness Medicine - Basic First Aid | 2 - 3:30 p.m. 

Our experienced and knowledgeable CMC wilderness first aid instructors will discuss and demonstrate how to handle the most common backcountry injuries, including bleeding control, wound care, blisters, and splinting.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice these skills and address other common medical situations with the instructors.



Adventure Travel | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 

Adventure Travel hosts as many as 20 inspiring trips around the globe each year. From Walking the Portuguese Camino de Santiago to Climbing Kilimanjaro’s Roof of Africa to Trekking the Kamnik-Savinja Alps of Slovenia, our volunteer trip leaders always find the “hidden gems” to explore. For 2020, we already have adventure programs to Nepal, Glacier National Park, Spain, Japan, Slovenia, Ireland to name just a few. Register for our seminar and learn tips for planning adventure trips, beautiful and wild places you can visit, and steps for taking your next mountaineering expedition abroad. 



Intro to Hiking Safety | 3:30 - 5 p.m. 

CMC Master Wilderness Hiking Safety instructors will share the latest information and answer your questions about backcountry safety skills. Topics will include dealing with lightning, mountain weather, essential trip preparation and gear, wild animal encounters, surviving forest fires and what to do if you're lost.

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Sunday Seminars


Avalanche Awareness Know Before You Go | 10 - 12 p.m. 

Join Linda Lawson, CAIC authorized Know Before You Go presenter, on a class covering the destructive power of avalanches, understanding when and why they happen, and how you can safely have fun in the mountains this winter. Topics such as identifying hazards, observing weather, terrain and snowfall, and self-rescue will be discussed. This class is a perfect introduction for novices and also a great early season refresher for more experienced backcountry travelers.



Ice, Ice, Maybe: Lindsay Hastings Presents A Guide For Those Considering Ice Climbing | 10 - 11 p.m. 

Join Lindsay Hastings, Team USA Ice Climber, as she breaks down the barriers for breaking into ice climbing. Lindsay will cover necessary gear, techniques, tips to stay comfortable in colder temperatures, Colorado climbing areas, and next steps people can take to get out and try it for their first time. 

This interactive presentation will be open to questions, conversations, and Lindsay will have her go-to gear available for the class to view. 



RIMS Stewardship Training | 11 - 2 p.m. 

CMC is going mobile!  Check out our new app and help collect data on trail conditions and recreation impacts around the state.CMC's Recreation Impact Monitoring System (RIMS) Mobile App is designed for volunteers and land managers to complete trail assessments, campsite assessments and visitor use monitoring on public lands.  The app collects GPS info, photos and field reports and feeds into a cloud-based database for land managers to monitor.  Join us to learn about the program and be certified to use the app in 2019.  We will cover topics including app setup, offline use, survey terminology and more. We will spend the first hour reviewing the program and setting up the app, then we will test the data collection functions outside.The app can be used on any apple or android mobile device including smartphones and tablets.  Your device must be equipped with a built-in GPS device in order to work in offline mode.  Please be sure to bring any devices you'd like to use and be sure they are fully charged.  Download instructions will be provided prior to the training.  No previous experience is required, though familiarity with trail maintenance is helpful.



Wilderness Navigation (Maps and Compass) | 11:00 - Noon 

Map and compass are still the fundamental tools for wilderness navigation. In addition, the modern backcountry navigator has many options for staying oriented. We will survey the tools and techniques you can use to stay found while on or off trail. We will also show how a smartphone can provide additional information and backup.



Intro to Hiking Safely | 12:30 - 2 p.m 

CMC Master Wilderness Hiking Safety instructors will share the latest information and answer your questions about backcountry safety skills. Topics will include dealing with lightning, mountain weather, essential trip preparation and gear, wild animal encounters, surviving forest fires and what to do if you're lost.

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