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Quick Start Schools

“Quick Starts” are a series of seminars that highlight topics about recreating in Colorado.  They’re a great place to learn something new, or refresh something familiar! 

Seminars are held at the American Mountaineering Center, local open spaces, or hosted by CMC outdoor community partners.  Cost is $10 for CMC members / $15 for non-members


Hot Tips for Winter Wandering

Come hear CMC's own Gyorgy Kereszti take on temperature regulation in the cold weather. Learn about keeping warm and why it matters.  With winter upon us, how can we enjoy hiking and other outdoor pursuits. Gyorgy will address the basics of how to lose, retain and gain in the cold environment. How to dress effectively, how to prepare and be comfortable outside, how to "winterize" the 10 Essentials. Gyorgy Kereszti has served as the Director of CMC's Winter Camping School for many years. Come early for a brew, snacks and meet the speaker Gyorgy Kereszti.


Caltopo Classroom

Come hear CMC's own Jeff Benton demonstrate and explain CalTopo. CalTopo is a free web based mapping and trip planning tool for the backcountry.  Jeff will show basic and more advanced CalTopo functions. Did you know we can draw and measure routes, identify avalanche prone terrain, adjust contour lines and see your route profile with Caltopo? Bring your laptop and work along with Jeff, then create your own map with support from Jeff (and other geeky helpers). Jeff Benton is a CMC Trailblazer Technical Leader and instructor with Winter Camping, Technical Climbing School, Wilderness Survival School and has previously instructed with Alpine Scrambling School.


Climbing Spring Snow (Webinar)

Couloir climbing season is upon us ... come and learn about traveling spring snow climbs. Colorado's mountains are full of couloirs -- steep, narrow valleys of snow between rock cliffs -- that ripen for climbing every spring. They're the perfect place to learn and hone true mountaineering skills, including using technical gear such as ice axes and crampons. Join Colorado Mountain Club Trailblazer Trip Leader Jeff Golden for an evening discussion on favorite routes, modern gear and techniques, snow safety, and other snippets for snow climbing. Webinar: Details will be e-mailed to participants prior to event.


Stop the Bleed

Nicole Gordon, BSN, RN is a Trauma Quality Specialist with Littleton Adventist Hospital and teacher with Stop the Bleed campaign. The purpose of Stop the Bleed training is to make our nation more resilient by better preparing the public to save lives. Learn three quick actions to control life threatening, serious bleeding. Learn how to apply a tourniquet. Learn how to recognize life threatening blood loss. Stop the Bleed kits will be available for cash sale ($30). Come early for a brew, beverage and snacks and meet the speaker: Nicole Gordon, BSN, RN



Experience live raptors and learn about the uniqueness of these fascinating creatures.  HawkQuest will provide a fun and amazing hour with 4 birds of prey.  This is a family friendly event ... young and old can enjoy learning and seeing this presentation.  This one-hour program features an eagle, an owl, a falcon, and a hawk.  See the importance of the different raptor species, their special-adapted tools, and their role in our ecosystems.  Learn about the unique tools of the owl, the incredible talons and 6 foot wingspan of the eagle, how falcons are aerodynamic, and the precision of the hawk.


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  • Thursday 6/11/2020 - Registration coming soon!

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  • Thursday 11/12/2020 - Registration coming soon!

Joel Gratz from OpenSnow will be presenting on Meteorology! More information will be coming soon!