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The 2021 Volunteer Leadership Conference will be held VIRTUALLY February 8-11, 2021

 

Join us for the second annual Volunteer Leadership Conference on February 8-11, 2021! This year will look a little different, as the conference will be conducted virtually via Zoom. Additionally, the Conference will be two extra days to accomodate all the presentation, AND we will be offering an exclusive workshop on diversity, equity, and inclusion training. Make sure to reserve your spot, and click on the button below!

The CMC Volunteer Leadership Conference is a part of the Colorado Mountain Club Leadership Project, a statewide program to invest in our volunteer trip leaders and school instructors. Together, trip leaders and school instructors take our 7,000 members on over 3,000 outings annually and teach 3,286 members in our schools. Our volunteers create a community of responsible outdoor enthusiasts in Colorado. The CMC Leadership Project provides opportunities for training and skill development to support and appreciate our volunteer leadership, and promote volunteerism at the CMC. The Volunteer Leadership Conference is a celebration and developmental series put on by the Leadership Project. It continues to help our volunteers develop, grow, and thrive as leaders in the Colorado community. Join the over 27 presentations and seminars we will be offering by registering at the button below! 

 

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The first 200 volunteers to register will receive an exclusive swag bag from our sponsors and partners! Included will be a branded CMC Leader Beanie, Clif Bar, T-Shirt, and more! Details to be announced in January! Reserve your spot!


Sponsors:

 

We are proud to present CAMP USA as our title sponsor for the 2021 Volunteer Leadership Conference! Every participant will receive an extra 25% off your existing prodeal, as well as exclusive presentations from CAMP athletes. Check out CAMP USA's website to see all of their incredible gear: https://www.camp-usa.com/outdoor/


 

Presenting Speakers:

Garrett Madison - Big Mountain Expedition Leadership & Fitness

Date: Wednesday, February 10

Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm

Garrett Madison began guiding professionally in 1999 on Mount Rainier. As Expedition Leader, he has personally led 60+ climbers (clients) to the summit of Everest since 2009, more than any other guide. In 2011, Garrett led the first expedition in history where climbers succeeded in the Everest – Lhotse combination, reaching the summit of two 8000-meter peaks back to back in less than 24 hours (while personally guiding one climber peak to peak in 21 hours). He has since repeated this ‘doubleheader’ combination in 2013 and 2018 and is currently the only climber in the world to have done so 3 times. Garrett holds the record for guiding climbers (5) in reaching the summits of two 8000-meter peaks within 24 hours. In 2014, Garrett led the first successfully ‘guided’ ascent of K2, arguably the hardest and most dangerous mountain in the world. Garrett also regularly guides many ‘7 Summits’ expeditions during the year such as Mount Vinson, Carstensz Pyramid, Mount Elbrus, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, etc., as well as first ascents of unclimbed peaks in the Himalayas. As an Emmy award-winning producer, Garrett is regularly consulted on Everest and other film productions, including Sports Illustrated’s Capturing Everest. Check out more on Garrett Madison here

​Chris Tomer - Mountain Weather for the Mountain Leader

Opening remarks from CMC's Executive Director, Keegan Young

Date: Monday, February 8

Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Meteorologist Chris Tomer has forecast weather for teams climbing and skiing the highest peaks around the world for 20 years.  His forecasting experience includes all the 8000meter peaks, Denali, unnamed peaks, speed ascents, record attempts, and most recently the first ever summit of K2 in calendar Winter. Tomer can also be seen on television forecasting Colorado's weather at FOX-31 and Channel 2.  In his free time, Chris teaches weather safety courses, talks weather with kids, and presents at conferences. Tomer is an avid mountain climber, snow skier, and trail runner.  Chris has climbed all over North and South America.  He is also the co-author of Sleeping on the Summits and a peer-reviewed article detailing Colorado's dirty snowpack. Check out more on Chris Tomer here

Howie Schwartz - CAMP presents: Leadership on Skis

Date: Monday, February 8

Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm

Howie is an international UIAGM & AMGA ski and mountain guide. Climbing, skiing, and mountain guiding has taken him to many spectacular places, primarily to the Sierra Nevada, Alaska, and throughout the Alps – but also to places like Canada, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Antarctica, and Thailand. Howie has been guiding since 1993, and became one of the first 20 American guides to achieve the IFMGA professional credential in 2001. He was also the first and only American IFMGA guide to pass ski guiding exams on telemark equipment (though he shortly afterward went back to his fixed heel roots). With an outdoor education background, Howie got involved with teaching Avalanche Awareness Courses for a small Swiss-owned guide service in Crested Butte, Colorado in 1997. There he became one of the several collaborators to design the now ubiquitous AIARE avalanche course curriculum, and was the creator of the ” AIARE Decision Making Framework,” which the Level 1 & 2 courses are still based upon. Howie teaches Level 1-3 Avalanche Seminars and is involved with the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center locally as a Board Member. Howie has also been an instructor/examiner for the AMGA Training and Certification Programs since 2000, working in all 3 disciplines and serving on the AMGA Technical Committee. He spent 6 years overseeing and developing AMGA ski mountaineering guide training and certification programs as Ski Discipline Coordinator. 

Jason Antin - Work Life Balance: Business, Guiding, Family, and Mountain Equilibrium

Date: Thursday, February 11

Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Jason Antin, a native of Massachuesetts who now calls Colorado home, focuses all of his time striving to achieve the ultimate work-life balance. He started playing outdoors in the White Mountains of New England at a young age. After graduating from St. Lawrence University he began his guiding career working with adults with developmental disabilities in Boston. His love for teaching mountain craft and sharing the outdoors with others inspired a move to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where he has been working as a guide for over a decade. Jason is highly trained in risk management and wilderness emergency medicine and is an incredibly competent guide in all areas of mountain exploration. His greatest passion in the outdoors is embarking on endurance-based alpine adventures. Overall, Jason’s goal in guiding is to provide a safe and positive experience that his guests will talk about for years to come! Some of Jason’s most memorable mountain exploits include summiting Denali twice in a week, once via the Cassin Ridge. Climbing the Nose In A Day during his first time on El Cap, or combining endurance & alpine skills to create incredible adventures like the “Orizaba Rodeo” or to set a speed record on the Rainier Infinity Loop. Along with guiding, Jason coaches at the Alpine Training Center Gym in Boulder, CO where he prepares his athletes for the physical and mental rigors of the mountains.  He also continues to work on his Beat Monday project (featured on Outside TV), where Jason utilizes years of mountain experience and looks for creative and challenging ways to squeeze the most adventure out of your standard 2-day weekend. Off the clock, Jason shares his home in Golden, CO with his wife Jenny and his two daughters Avery and Andora. He enjoys moving quickly in the mountains over all mediums that mother nature shares with us whether that be trails, rock, ice or snow.

Ethan Greene - CAIC Presents: Learning from Avalanche Incidents

Date: Thursday, February 11  

Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm 

Ethan has worked with snow and avalanches since 1990 and directed the CAIC since 2005. He grew up in Boulder, Colorado and worked as a ski patroller (Big Sky Ski Resort, Montana) and as a backcountry avalanche forecaster (USFS Utah Avalanche Forecast Center). He studied meteorology (B.S., University of Utah), mountain weather and snow-drift formation (M.S., Colorado State University), and snow metamorphism and microstructure (Ph.D., Colorado State University). Ethan has published a variety of articles and been a member of national and international working groups on snow, weather, and avalanche topics. Ethan lives in Leadville with his wife and two children. Ethan will present on how avalanche accidents are unfortunate, often confusing, and sometimes traffic events. They are also opportunities to learn from these events and how to avoid them. We'll look at a few events and what they can tell us about snow, avalanches, and people. Check out CAIC HERE

Jesse Mattner - Progression Towards Light & Fast: Introducing Peak Crushers, A Sub-Section of the New High Peaks State Section

Date: Wednesday, February 10

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Join Jesse Mattner, Managing Director of CAMP USA Inc. and CMC Board Member, as he presents the concept of "Off the Couch Fitness for Alpinists" and helps participants understand how to implement this important metric into their own alpine lifestyles and training. Alpinism as a discipline requires a unique kind of physical fitness and mental fortitude that typical training cannot deliver. We are not building muscles to see our mass grow and we are not training in adverse conditions so we can have a story to tell our friends at the bar. We do these things because our unique discipline requires them.


 

Presenting Workshop:

Parker McMullen Bushman - Inclusion in the Outdoores: The Importance of DEI to Conservation & Outdoor Recreation

Date: Wednesday, February 10 

Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm 

Our outdoor spaces are such vital community resources and their protection relies on the inclusion of all people in the outdoor narrative. But what does inclusion really mean? And how can we use the lessons of the past to help plan for a bright and united future? Join Parker McMullen Bushman as she discusses the importance of creating welcoming spaces so that all people feel comfortable and safe in the outdoors and may become environmental stewards who will advocate for and protect our most precious public resources – our land, water, trees, open spaces and wildlife. 

Parker is a dynamic speaker that engages audiences in new thinking around what it means to be a diversity change agent, an inclusive leader and building capacity for transformational change. Parker is the founder and lead Justice and Equity Strategist for Ecoinclusive. Her background in the education, conservation, outdoor recreation, and interpretive fields spans over 23 years. Parker’s interest in diversity, equity and inclusion issues developed from her personal experiences facing the unequal representation of people of color in nonprofit and environmental organizations. Parker tackles these complex issues through head on activism and education. In Colorado she works with organizations to aid them in building culturally competent organizations that are representative of their communities. Additionally, she sits on the board of Next 100 Coalitions, Metro Denver Nature Alliance and the National Association for Interpretation.  

**Updated Schedule as of 2/1/2021**


 

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Speaker & Presentation Information:

Nate Bondi - Outdoor Leadership

Date: Monday, February 8

Time: 10:30am-11:30am

   

Emily Bresko - Recreate with RIMS

Date: Monday, February 8

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

The demand for access to outdoor recreation in Colorado is increasing and the COVID-19 pandemic has driven more people to seek refuge in our state’s wild places. Land managers are reporting a 40-50% increase in public land visitation this past year. This unprecedented increase in use has exacerbated issues like soil and vegetation damage, user conflict, and trailhead parking overwhelm. The need for comprehensive recreation impact monitoring is more important than ever. CMC RIMS program was launched in 2019 to help land managers collect and utilize crowdsourced data to better understand and address critical issues related to recreation and natural resources. Register for this virtual seminar to learn how you can help improve public lands and use your smartphone to collect data on trails, campsites, visitor use and more with the CMC RIMS mobile app!

Linda Lawson - Are you Avy Savvy: Avalanche Awareness

Date: Monday, February 8

Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm

Linda Lawson has been playing in the snow since joining CMC in 2000 and been involved in avalanche education since 2007. She is an AIARE Instructor, a member of the American Avalanche Association and a board member of AIARE. As a CMC Trip Leader she leads hikes, snowshoes and backpacking trips. Did I mention she LOVES, LOVES the outdoors and CMC! She has hiked the Colorado Trail, some parts more than once, and the JMT.  Having read numerous accounts of the AT,she is certain it is NOT on her bucket list.

Mountain Mentorship Networking Hour

Date: Monday, February 8

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Looking to find your next adventure partner? Looking to connect with the rest of your fellow leaders? This networking session is designed as a way to get to know some future partners and trip co-leaders. Share ideas, partake in breakout rooms, and discuss fun/interesting topics. This session is designed for new and experienced leaders alike! Join Sarah Gorecki, Press Director, and Maddie Miller, Adventure & Education Manager, for a seriously fun and engaging time. 

Sarah Maurer - Your 365-Day Fitness Plan for Outdoor Adventure

Date: Tuesday, February 9 

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm 

Ready to develop always-on hiking fitness? In this presentation I’ll show you how to make fitness a part of your lifestyle so you’re always down for an adventure. We’ll walk through an entire year of fitness and training so you know when to go hard, when to take a break, and how to deal with inevitable interruptions and rough patches. Ready? Let’s do this! Sarah Maurer is a high-altitude mountaineer, ultra runner, personal trainer, certified running coach, and certified breathwork coach. She started the Climb Your Mountain podcast to help outdoor lovers get fit, happy and healthy so they can live amazing lives of adventure. Catch up with Sarah at missadventurepants.com or on Instagram at @missadventurepants. 

Jacob McCracken - CMC's Future: The New Mountaineers' Website

Date: Tueday, February 9

Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm

Anyone that has visited the website cmc.org has probably been left with an impression and most likely not a good one. If you have ever experienced difficulties registering for a class, signing up for a trip, or even trying to renew your membership or make a donation you will want to join us for an overview of a new and improved website that will be rolling out in 2022. Jacob McCracken, the new Ops Director for the CMC will be going through it all with us!

Greg Long - The Art of Adventure Travel Trip Leading

Date: Tuesday, February 9

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Have you ever wanted to get out with your CMC friends to international destinations? Are you a good organizer and planner? Then Adventure Travel trip leading is for you. In this class, you will learn to plan and lead a CMC Adventure Travel trip. Topics will include trip planning, proposing a trip, budgeting, marketing, group dynamics, and the unique leadership challenges of international travel. Join Greg Long, a longtime CMC member since 1992 and trip leader since 1994. He is a long time member of the Pikes Peak Group council and has taught many of their schools, including BMS and HAMS. He started leading adventure travel trips in 2006 and has led 11 HAMS graduation climbs of Mt. Rainier as well as trips to South America and the Alps. 

Jeff Golden - Authenticity & Commitment: Keys to Engaging Social Presence

Date: Tuesday, February 9

Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Authenticity and Commitment: The Keys to an Engaging Social Presence will feature advice and guidance on growing your personal social media following, how to partner with brands as an influencer, and a discussion on ethical considerations when sharing outdoor-related content in 2021 and beyond. Over his 10-year career in digital marketing, Jeff Golden has served as content director for Zuke's dog treats (@zukespets), Fire & Flavor grilling products (@fireflavor), and the Colorado Mountain Club (@coloradomtnclub). He's managed accounts as large as 45,000 followers, as well as supervised robust paid influencer programs. He's an expert at building a personal or professional brand, enticing new followers, increasing engagement and forging relationships between influencers and companies. 

MOUNTAIN TRIVIA NIGHT with Adam Fedyski

Date: Tuesday, February 9

Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm

Join us for a fun filled hour with the question master himself, Adam Fedyski. With mixed teams to get to know other volunteers, fun and challenging questions that will get your mind spinning, and a time to relax and enjoy the community we have built at the CMC. Question is: will you get the right answer? Join us!

YEP - Creating Community & Engaging Your Group on Trips

Date: Wednesday, February 10 

Time: 9:00am-10:00am 

Are you looking for fun ways to engage everyone in your trip? Have you ever been on a trip where it felt like individuals were doing the same activity, but it never felt like a group? This interactive session will inspire ideas for your trip leader toolkit to ensure every trip you lead is memorable for every participant- no matter their age. We will also talk about the variety of ways you can volunteer with CMC’s Youth Education Programs (YEP). CMC’s Youth Education Program (YEP) provides active learning through outdoor and adventure education for students ages 6-18. The YEP team is made up of Adam Fedyski (Youth Education Volunteer Coordinator), Kathy Nguyen (YEP Program Director), and Patrick Collentine (Adventure Course Program Manager). They are excited to draw upon their individual and collective experiences with youth for this session.  

Snow Rangers - Leadership by Snow

Date: Wednesday, February 10

Time: 10:30am-11:30am

Join the CMC Conservation team's snow rangers as they delve into their daily duties on what it takes to be a ranger of the snow!

Sarah Engel & Jenn Bealer - High Peaks: Alpinism Tips & Tricks

Date: Thursday, February 11

Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm

Join the High Peaks Committee members, Sarah and Jennifer as they host an interactive session on the latest and greatest section of the CMC: Colorado High Peaks, while also giving you tips for how to be your best alpinist! We all dream of being a mountaineer, achieving a true alpine environment by the will of your own two feet. But, how do we get there? These two ladies explain how to trip prep for high alpine summits, how to prepare different groups for those CMC trips, how to collaborate, and most importantly, how to have a whole lot of fun in the alpine!  

John Nicholas from Bonfire Collective - CMC's Brand: the CMC story leadership tells

Date: Thursday, February 11

Time: 9:00am-10:00am

This presentation will explore the power of brand and story, and delve into the brand filters of the Colorado Mountain Club. It will include both a high level discussion of branding principles, specific applications for the CMC, and an interactive component where participants can take a crack at developing their own branded content. 

Julie Luce, DG Trip Leader School Director - Trip Leader Scenarios: Practicing Risk Management

Date: Thursday, February 11

Time: 10:30am-11:30am

Newly appointed CMC DG Trip Leader School Director, Julie Luce, will go through scenarios to practice our incident and risk management assessments. Have you been in a situation where you're not quite sure what to do? This will be the perfect seminar for you to put those skills to the test and PRACTICE!

Val Hawks - Adventure Photography

Date: Thursday, February 11

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

With almost two decades of experience as a professional editorial and portrait photographer, Val Hawks didn't have adventure photography on her radar when she began climbing seven years ago. Though it was vastly different from the studio lights she was used to, Val couldn't resist the pull of bringing her camera on her adventures to document the beautiful places she was finding herself in. Val will discuss photography for adventurers – moving beyond the Instagram aesthetic to document and capture your passion. After joining the CMC in 2011, Val worked her way through all of the Technical Climbing School courses and is now a senior instructor and a Technical Climbing School Committee member and Co-Chair of rock courses.  

Ari Antonio - Climbing the Ranks of CMC Leadership

Date: Thursday, February 11

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Have you walked into the CMC and immediately felt like you did not belong? Like perhaps the space was not created with you in mind? That was my experience when I first became a member and it stayed with me, even as I continued taking courses like Alpine Climbing School (ACS) and High Altitude Mountaineering School (HAMS). I even had an impostor syndrome crisis during HAMS! I think it all boiled down to what I saw as a lack of intentionality toward making underrepresented folks feel like they had a space and right to those spaces within the CMC. Having volunteered with other organizations, I see the small but impactful practices that signal belonging to groups that may not immediately see themselves in the “outdoors.” I welcome you to engage and consider adding some of these practices into your CMC volunteerism.

 

 

How to participate in The CMC Leadership Project & Volunteer Leadership Conference?

To take part in both the Volunteer Leadership Conference and The Leadership Project, we recommend that you must be a Club member and certified trip leader, school director, or school instructor. If you are not a trip leader or instructor yet,  no problem. Let us help you get there so you, too, can take part in this program. While each group has specific requirements for becoming a trip leader, generally, we recommend you have the following qualifications: 

  • Be a current CMC member that is at least 18 years of age
  • Have been on at least five (5) CMC group outings
  • Current certifications in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR
  • Attend a trip leader school or seminar
  • Lead a "check-off" trip with an existing trip leader there to certify you are ready to lead

Again, these are recommended qualifications. Each group has their own qualifications for trip leaders, so please reach out to your local Group to find out specifics. 

This year 2021, we are opening up the conference to potential leaders, members, and non-members (at a charge of $25). We want the conference to help those thinking about becoming a leader, get psyched on the incredible opportunities, resources, and support that leaders do get. Join in on the fun. Interested in becoming a leader? Reach out to office@cmc.org to get started!


2019 Post-Conference Resources

 

Keynote Resources:

Keynote speaker Chris Warner presented High Altitude Leadership.  Click links below to watch the keynote and view the accompanying handbook.

Watch Keynote Handbook

 

Seminar Resources: