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Mountain Hiking

Contact: David Wasson

This course is designed to teach Club members the necessary skills to safely hike in the mountains of Colorado and participate in Club-sponsored hiking trips. It's typically taught early in February or March and involves multiple evening lectures and weekend field trips. The class, however, is not offered every year.

If you are interested in taking this course please contact David for more details and to be placed on the interested members list.

School Overview

Are you new to mountain hiking and want to hit the trails this season? Are you an experienced backcountry traveler who wants to gain mountaineering knowledge and improve skills? Plan to enroll in the next Mountain Hiking School session with the CMC's Fort Collins Group. 

We will meet in four interactive classroom sessions, practice the skills learned on five field trips and utilize what we've learned on a graduation hike. Classroom topics include dry-land travel (gear, weather, knots, scree, and talus), navigation with map and compass, emergency survival, and snow travel. Experienced volunteer instructors will help you learn and practice techniques in an open group environment. 

Sessions begin in early March with completion by late April or early May. You must be a CMC member to participate. You may register for a specific class and the related field trip if you are not seeking knowledge in the other areas, if space allows. Experience on CMC hikes of equivalent difficulty is required for participation in field trips.

Contact David Wasson at or call 970.217.9068 evenings between 6-8pm or on weekends for further information. Enrollment takes place in January of the year the course is offered. 

Course Schedule

1. Introduction to Mountain Hiking (equipment and more)

2. Map and Compass Navigation, Nutrition/Hydration class

3. Dry Land Travel Field Trip

4. Navigation with Map and Compass Field Trip

5. Snow Day / Intro to Ice Axe class

6. Wilderness Survial/Emergency Situation Process class

7. Wilderness Survial/Emergency Situation Process field trip

8. Weather, Knots, Online Resources class

9. Graduation Hike/Field Day

Be safe and leave no trace!