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Events and Programs

Contact: Anita Wright

The Fort Collins Group hosts monthly programs, a winter potluck, a summer BBQ and an annual dinner. These events are an opportunity to socialize, discuss past and present adventures, make friends with other Fort Collins Group members and learn something new! Other than the Annual Dinner, these events are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

The monthly programs feature a guest speaker that presents on a topic related to the outdoors or recreation. These are held in January, March, April, May, September and October. 

The Winter Potluck features presentations given by members on their outings, experiences, or learnings. The Summer BBQ is all about fun in the sun. There is not a presenter, just good friends and food. Lastly, the Annual Dinner is the time to recognize contributions made by the group's leaders, discuss policy as needed and enjoy a guest speaker program.


Upcoming Programs:

October - Climbing Mexico's Volcanoes 

Wednesday, 24 Oct 2018:  

Join the Colorado Mountain Club Fort Collins Group for an evening with Carlo Benvenga, Laura Hinds, John Wullschleger, and Bob Dietz as they share their adventures climbing the Mexican Volcanoes Pico de Orizaba (18,491’) and Iztaccihuatl (17,159’), as well as the training and acclimatization hikes. Hear of their travels and adventures from climbing sheets of glacial ice to an exploding volcano. You do not want to miss the stunning photography and exciting tales from these mountaineers!

Time:  Social Time at 7:00pm; speaker at 7:30pm

Location:  Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr., Foxtail #2 Meeting Room

November Annual Dinner:  Backcountry Skiing the Canadian Rockies 

Saturday, 10 Nov 2018:  

British Columbia has dozens of remote ski lodges that cater to every type of skier background, with access ranging from foot travel to helicopter. Most groups arrive for a week at a time with supplies to eat, drink and ski as much as possible in those 7 days. Lucas Mouttet has led numerous trips to these lodges, planning and prepping for conditions much different from Colorado's climate, snowpack and terrain. His talk will highlight a number of the helicopter-accessed lodges and what it takes to prepare for a successful voyage into the great White-North and the Bugaboos.

Lucas Mouttet is lead instructor for Never Summer Outdoor School, with nearly a decade of experience teaching avalanche safety courses and wilderness first aid in Colorado, while serving as a backcountry patroller & assisting with winter rescue missions at Cameron Pass. Lucas has been certified as a W-EMT, WFR and/or OEC technician since 2000. Lucas is an AIARE Course Leader who has taught avalanche safety for ski patrols, CDOT, military groups, Search and Rescue (SAR) teams, U.S. Forest Service, State Forest Service, and recreationists. Lucas has enjoyed skiing in zones from Canada to Argentina to Chamonix and many places in between!

Note, registration is required for this event. See the link below to register.

Time:  Social/Cash Bar at 6:00 p.m., Dinner at 6:30 p.m., Meeting at 7:30 p.m., Presentation at 8:00 p.m.

Location:  The Lodge at MacKenzie Place, 4751 Pleasant Oak Drive, Fort Collins 80525

Registration Deadline:  24 Oct 2018



Past Programs


September 2018 - Seven trips in the Wilds of Alaska 

June 2018 - Annual Picnic

May 2018 - Hiking the Alta Via -- Italian Dolomites

April 2018 - Forests of the West

March 2018 - How the Rockies Rose from the Sea

February 2018 - Scott Farquhar - Escalanate Canyon

January 2018 - Alan Apt - Ski and Snowshoe Routes, Colorado Front Range

November 2017 - Annual Dinner:  Dangerous River: The First 1000-Mile Expedition of Canada's Churchill River

October 2017 Dawn Wilson - Wildlife and Scenic Photography

September 2017 Mountain Forcasting; Facts, Tips and Tricks

May 2017 Snakes of Colorado

April 2017 ColoradoTrail /Continental Divide Trail

March 2017 Larimer County Search and Rescue

February 2017 Annual Potluck, Ecology of Mountain Rivers

January 25th, 2017 Lucas Mouttet did a presentation on Avalanche Awareness

June 22nd, 2016 was the Annual Group BBQ and Picnic! 

May 25th, 2016 Roger Wolfe presented Rocky Mountain Reflections 

April 20th, 2016 Gale Bernhardt presented on hot to Become a Fat-Burning Machine: Change Your Diet for Performance and Health 

March 23rd, 2016 James H. Pickering presented on The Mountaineering History of Estes Park 

January 27th, 2016 Tom Chapel presented on Avalanche Awareness 

November 7th, 2015 Annual Dinner presentation on Rock Climbing and Advocating for Alzheimers cure research By Alan Arnette. 

October 28th, 2015 was 3000 KMs Journey through NW Namibia by Mark Sickles. 

September 23rd, 2015 Dave Armstrong presented on the Mammals of Larimer County. 

May 27th, 2015's program was on Weather Preparedness While Hiking in the Mountains by Dr. Joe Grimm. He recommends the weather site: Joe's Weather Pages 

April 15th, 2015's program was on Preventing and Healing Hiking Related injuries by Derick Page. 

In March 2015 David Fanning presented on thru hiking the Colorado Trail. 

The February Fort Collins Group Annual Pot Luck program was on Climbing Mexico Volcanoes. 

The Fort Collins Group Inaugural Equipment Swap Meet took place in January 2015. 

The November 2014 Annual Dinner program was by world climber Gerry Roach.

October 2014 Dr. William O'Halloran, talked about foot care in relationship to outdoor activities. " Flyer Not Ready Yet." 

September 2014 York, The Red Lion, presented "Poudre To The Sea". Telling about canoeing from Fort Collins to New Orleans during the summer of 1992 with Kenny Davis. (No Flyer Yet) 

May 28th, 2014 John Giordanengo of Wildlands Restoration Volunteers: presented: "Fires, Floods, and Volunteers -- how to get involved in restoration efforts."

January 2014 Mike MacFerrin "Looking To Greenland."

November 2013 Annual Dinner Speaker: John Fielder

September 2013: Sarah (Booty) Eller: Backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail. 

May 2013: Deborah Price: Watching Wildlife Behind The Scenes. 

March 2013: Dr. Jon Kedrowski: Mountain Meteorology and Sleeping On The Summits: From Colorado to Mount Everest. 

January 2013: Eileen Edelman, Kate Polk, Sandy Jordan, and Linda Brisbane: Alaska Via The Inland Waterway. 

November 2012: Laura Pritchett: Great Colorado Bear Stories. 

October 2012: Bob Michael: Climbing Cerro Toco In Chile. 

September 2012: Beth Lechleitner and Pete Graham: Images of Iceland. 

May 2012: Mat Alldredge: Cougar Demographics and Human Interactions along Colorado's Front Range. 

March 2012: Brenda Hutchinson: Patagonia Plus. 

January 2012: Bob Cormack: The 1976 American Bicentennial Everest Expedition.