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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


Climbing Spring Snow

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 trip leader Jeff Golden for an evening discussion on favorite routes, modern gear and techniques, snow safety, and everything else you need to know to tackle your next (or first!) snow climb.


Improving Fitness, Stamina and Speed

Kathy Zawadski, Director Endurance Sports Division with The FAST Lab  and co-author of Eat Right to Train Right will speak to improving fitness, stamina and speed.  Kathy works with all levels of athletes: recreational, elite and competitive.  Come and learn how to dial it in for your adventures.


Negotiating Off Trail Rocky Terrain

Ascending and descending our beautiful Colorado peaks often involves travel over difficult and rocky terrain.  We encounter talus, scree, loose dirt and other hazards in our off-terrain travel.  Ken Yaphe is a CMC Trip leader and Senior Instructor with Alpine Scrambling Course.  As our summer hiking and peak bagging season approaches, learn how we can tailor our approach as the terrain conditions change.


Trip Planning

Do you enjoy participating in the CMC Hikes listed on the calendar?  Do you want to learn more about planning your own adventures?  Trip planning involves homework ... as the wording planning indicates.  Learn from one of CMC's most popular leaders Carol Munch on how to research and plan a trip; from selecting a hike suitable to your group, making a topographical map, estimating the timeline and checking the weather and other hazards.  Carol Munch will speak to creating your own trip plan.