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Colorado Mountain Club's Women's History Month 2019

Woman in early 1900 dress at top of a mountain


In honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day (March 8), the Colorado Mountain Club is celebrating women all month - from the women of our past that were true trailblazers, scaling icy mountains in their bonnets and wool skirts all the way to the women of today, that are pushing the boundaries of outdoor sports in ways our founding women could not have even imagined. 

Throughout March, we will have hikes, events, and more to celebrate women in the outdoors. Click on any of the links below to learn more.

We hope you join us for Women's Month at the CMC. These events are inclusive and open to all gender identities, including men that want to join in the celebration of women in the outdoors. 

Women's Month Membership Deals


Blue Shit with comic strip of woman ice climbingEveryone that joins the Colorado Mountain Club in March will receive a FREE limited edition comic strip t-shirt. 

Women, since it's your month, you get 10% off your membership and the t-shirt when you join in March! Dudes, if you have a women in your life that you want to gift a membership, call the office at 303-279-3080 and we will get the membership set up in her name for 10% off, as well. 

Women, to redeem your 10% off, please call the office at 303-279-3080 ext 2.

If you join online, please use the codes below to get your proper shirt size:


  • FEM19XS
  • FEM19S
  • FEM19M
  • FEM19L
  • FEM19XL

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Women's Kick-Off Party: March 5


Woman on top of Aconcagua Join us on Tuesday, March 5 from 6-8pm at Wild Women Winery in Denver to kick-off our Women's Month. Cost of the event is $5 for members and $10 for non-members, which covers a wine tasting, the talk with Olga and the screening of Pretty Faces. 

Olga Dobranowski is a seasoned mountaineer and ice-climber, most recently known for her solo speed ascents of the highest point in North and South America. Not only is she an incredibly talented climber, but she is a mother of two sons and a full-time physician. Her specialty is in mountain, expedition, and wilderness medicine, as she studies and teaches high-altitude medicine.

After Olga's talk, we will be screening, "Pretty Faces", an all female ski film inspiring mentorship and outdoor recreation.  This film defines what it truly means to "Ski Like a Girl" featuring the best athletes from around the world, including Lynsey Dyer and Angel Collinson. Come celebrate playing outside, pushing the sport of skiing, and living our best life as a supportive community. 

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Women Crush Wednesday Hikes


Women about to take on a hike on green grass blue skiesReclaim your Wednesday evenings with the Colorado Mountain Club in March! Every Wednesday, we will have weekly woman-empowered hikes to foster our mountain community, get outside, and have a great time. We'll meet at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden at 5:30pm to carpool over to the trailhead. 

There is an optional "Wine Down Wednesday" happy hour at local breweries/wineries after the hike. All ages welcome!!

Below is the schedule and click on the links for more information:

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Women's Climb Night


Woman ClimbingWe're heading to the Climbing Wall at the American Mountaineering Center for a Friday full of fun! The night will consist of top-roping our very own climbing wall and all ability levels are welcome!

We will have a CMC Instructor, Val Hawks, teaching basic climbing techniques. For those interested, the American Alpine Club will provide Universal Belay Certifications. And, because we are playing with ropes, we will have knot tying instruction and games!

Light fare/appetizers will be available and we will have refreshments from Stem Cider! 

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Womentor Climb Night: March 22


While we pay homage to the women of the past, and celebrate the women of today, we also need to empower the women of tomorrow - our outdoor loving girls! 

On Friday, March 22, we welcome all parents, guardians, and mentors to bring your girls to the American Mountaineering Center for an afternoon of climbing. This event is open for the entire family, so bring all the kids. 

We will have our best young climbers there to teach and answer questions about what it takes to get into the climbing world as young women. Youth Education Instructors will be on hand to teach how to climb, new techniques, and teach parents how to help their girls keep on climbing! 

Pizza and some drinks will be provided.

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Women's HERstory Month at the American Mountaineering Center


Women's Herstory Month at the American Mountaineering Museum

The culminating event of Women's History Month will be a night of networking, speakers, and films on Wednesday, March 27 at the American Mountaineering Center. All proceeds will benefit the American Mountaineering Museum. 

Gather together for an evening of community celebration and inspiration. Everyone is welcome.

The event is 6-9pm and tickets go on sale March 4. 

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Women's History HikesWoman in Creek Smiling


Since its beginning, the Colorado Mountain Club has always celebrated women, and had strong women in leadership roles. Mary Sabin is the first signature on the CMC founding charter, Eleanor Davis completed first ascents of the Crestones with Albert Ellingwood, Mary Cronin was the first woman to summit all of the 14ers in 1934, Gudy Gaskill was the mother of the Colorado Trail, and that is just to name a few!

To honor the women of our past, there will be Women's History hikes around Colorado all month long. These hikes are based on the stories in the book, "The Magnificent Mountain Women," by Janet Robertson, a CMC member. 

Check the trip calendar for a Women's History Hike near you! 

Great Colorado Women PBS Series

Gudy Gaskill


From February 28 - April 11, 2019, Rocky Mountain PBS will be airing the second season of, "Great Colorado Women", produced by the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame (CWHF). Tune in to hear the untold stories of amazing women that shaped the history of Colorado and had a tremendous impact on its future. 

On Thursday, March 28, from 8:30-9:30pm, PBS will air an episode titled, "Gudy Gaskill: Blazing the Colorado Trail". Gudy Gaskill joined the Colorado Mountain Club in the early 1950s. She climbed the 52 (at the time) high peaks several times over, was a mentor for the youth program in the Club, and became our first female Board President in 1977. 

Tune into Rocky Mountain PBS to catch the series and learn more about it here

Women of the CMC

Throughout the month, we'll be highlighting some of the leading women of the CMC who help inspire and motivte us all. 

Bea Slingsby

Bea Slingsby:

"At the 2018 Backcountry Bash, Bea was awarded the CMC’s Gudy Gaskill Award, an annual award that honors a female CMC member who serves as a positive and inspirational example of volunteerism. Bea says she often hears younger CMC members tell her, “I want to be like you when I am your age!” but to Bea, ‘old’ is more of a state of mind than a state of being—and she’s not quite there yet."

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Yolanda Mason:

"Yolanda is especially fond of the culture of mentorship fostered in the Colorado Mountain Club. She has always felt welcomed and at home amongst the CMC’s volunteer instructors—regardless of their gender. 'My mentors have been strong, knowledgeable and skilled men who have guided me on how to safely, confidently,
and responsibly enjoy myself while trekking and climbing.'”

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Julie Luce:

"Julie’s found more than an opportunity to learn new skills through the Club, she’s found a strong community of women who encourage and empower her to test her limits. 'Because of the CMC, I have met and developed strong relationships with many amazing women. They are my mentors, role models and friends. Every class I take or trip I go on, I can always count on strong and empowering women instructors and classmates to be there. I love that the CMC encourages everyone, women included, to be leaders,' she said."

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Florencia Szigeti

"Florencia Szigeti is an undeniable badass. From a ripped pair of pants as a seven-year-old, to competing at the Olympic Games, to standing atop one of Earth’s tallest peaks—she’s set and tackled goal after goal. For her, being a badass is about the pursuit and self-improvement that accompanies achieving a goal: 'Understanding your weaknesses and working, training, learning what is needed to overcome those weaknesses and accomplish that goal, makes you a badass,' Florencia said."

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For more information, please contact us at or (303) 279-3080. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on all the Women's Month happenings!