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Colorado Mountain Club Hosts the 2022 Banff Mountain Film Festival at Paramount Theatre

Colorado Mountain Club Hosts the 2022 Banff Mountain Film Festival at Paramount Theatre

Get stoked for our return to live screenings and the 2022 presentation of the most outrageous, adventure-packed films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Follow along as some of the world’s best adventurers and film makers hike tough trails, paddle wild waters, ski …

Meet the 21/22 CMC Snow Rangers

Meet the 21/22 CMC Snow Rangers

The Snow Ranger program is a partnership between the Colorado Mountain Club and the U.S. Forest Service Ouray & Grand Valley Ranger Districts...

CMC Press Holiday Gift Guide

CMC Press Holiday Gift Guide

Give them a CMC Press book they'll love!

Enroll in Winter Camping School 2022

Enroll in Winter Camping School 2022

A non-survival school perfect for those who want to enjoy the winter, snow, and moonlight in comfort.

Level Up Your Campsite Cooking

Level Up Your Campsite Cooking

Sneak Peak at CMC's First Backcountry Cookbook: Wild Eats

Wilderness First Responder & WFR Recertification Courses Now Available Through the CMC

Wilderness First Responder & WFR Recertification Courses Now Available Through the CMC

The WFR course is best for individuals who are outdoor instructors and guides, backcountry rangers, or wilderness therapy leaders …

Heads Up for Trip Leaders, Field Day Instructors, and CMC Hikers: Hunting Season is Approaching

Heads Up for Trip Leaders, Field Day Instructors, and CMC Hikers: Hunting Season is Approaching

It's time to get to know the planning resources you’ll need to avoid hunters and shooting in the backcountry…

The Art & Science of Planning Alpine Climbing School Trips

The Art & Science of Planning Alpine Climbing School Trips

How do you define success in alpinism? What makes a good trip? An effective plan? A valuable and worthwhile class? What is the goal of Alpine Climbing School?

So You Want to Hike a 14er?

So You Want to Hike a 14er?

Whether you’re new to Colorado or new to hiking, you’ve probably heard people mention 14ers.

Meet TCS Technical Trip Leader Ryan McCauley

Meet TCS Technical Trip Leader Ryan McCauley

I too often live in my head and overanalyze situations when it comes to work or other aspects of my life...

CMC Holiday Gift Guide

CMC Holiday Gift Guide

Dreaming about a summer 2021 road trip? Already itching to hit the slopes? Whether it's the perfect stocking stuffer or a guide to plan for the coming year, these CMC titles will provide a bright light for the Colorado enthusiast in your life.

The Great American Outdoors Act

The Great American Outdoors Act

WASHINGTON - President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law in August, allocating $900 million to the Land and Water Conservation Fund and $9.5 billion to the maintenance and restoration of public lands.

How to Build a Natural First Aid Kit

How to Build a Natural First Aid Kit

Calendula, arnica and curcumin – oh my! No, these are not threats you will find as you follow the yellow brick hiking path, but rather plants-based ingredients you should consider adding to the first aid kit you carry.

A Few Words with CMC Instructor Jeff Speake

A Few Words with CMC Instructor Jeff Speake

Jeff Speake has been an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club for 12 years. After years of avid beach trips and scuba diving, he changed course for the mountains.

Member Stories: Laura Slivinksi

Member Stories: Laura Slivinksi

Vertical spires of rock arched from the ground and into the sky. Laura Slivinski balanced on the two foot sidewalk formed by the ridge.

A 100th Fourteener to Share

A 100th Fourteener to Share

Clouds rolled in suddenly, rain and hail pelting his back as he continued higher. Six inches of snow fluttered down, painting the Barr Trail in white, uncommon for the late summer months.

Longs Peak, The Monarch of the Rockies

Longs Peak, The Monarch of the Rockies

“THE KEYHOLE ROUTE IS NOT A HIKE. IT IS A CLIMB THAT CROSSES ENORMOUS SHEER VERTICAL ROCK FACES, OFTEN WITH FALLING ROCKS, REQUIRING SCRAMBLING, WHERE AN UN-ROPED FALL WOULD LIKELY BE FATAL. THE ROUTE HAS NARROW LEDGES, LOOSE ROCK, AND STEEP CLIFFS,” —ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK PRESS RELEASE

Scrambling Boulder's Flatirons: Inclusive Recreation

Scrambling Boulder's Flatirons: Inclusive Recreation

Recreation is essential to our health and our overall wellness, especially as the days spent apart begin to out-number the ones together. Recreation affords us the space to exercise, to connect with our community, our city, and to reset after a particularly chaotic day. Some sports, however, are more accessible than others.

Safer at Home and in the Vast Great Outdoors

Safer at Home and in the Vast Great Outdoors

DENVER - The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced Level 2 Phase of Reopening, allowing residents to venture back into the mountains.

CMC Guest Blog: Pemba Sherpa

CMC Guest Blog: Pemba Sherpa

Pemba Sherpa has been involved with the CMC since the ’90s. After migrating to the United States from Nepal, Pemba has dedicated his life to giving back to the people of Nepal. From creating viable infrastructure high in the Himalaya, …

CMC Receives Grant to Overhaul Club Archives

CMC Receives Grant to Overhaul Club Archives

The Colorado Mountain Club has received a $5,000 grant from the Colorado Historical Advisory Board that will allow us to digitize and rediscover our history over the next year.

Colorado Backcountry: To Ski or Not to Ski

For those of you thinking about adding backcountry skiing to your repertoire, here’s what you should know before investing.

Safety First: Some Tips for Planning a Backcountry Ski Trip

Safety First: Some Tips for Planning a Backcountry Ski Trip

By Donny Roth, Dynafit Athlete and Professional Ski Guide Don’t slip! Be careful! Be safe. How many times have you said these words? and yet, do they really help the situation? they elevate awareness levels, which might be good, but …