Intro to Hiking Safety

Learn how to be safe in the Colorado backcountry. Even if you are a proficient mountaineer from other mountain states, Colorado mountains present very unique challenges. From high altitude concerns, to intensely fast weather changes, learn how to prepare yourself and your group for a fun day in the Colorado mountains. This course is great for anyone new to Colorado or new to the Colorado outdoors.


The Intro to Hiking Safety seminar is a one-evening session held four times throughout the spring and summer months. You will leave the seminar with a basic understanding of the following topic areas:

  • Safety Concerns: lightning, avalanche, animal encounters, getting lost (or staying found), cold weather gear, staying warm, hypothermia, and being stranded overnight
  • Tools: how to prepare, what you need in your pack, how to respond to safety challenges
  • Into to the hands on safety training you can get by taking other CMC courses

These evening sessions are open to both CMC members and non-members, alike. 

Subjects will include: 

  • Trip planning
  • 10 Essentials to carry in your pack
  • Basic Navigation: how to stay found
  • Clothing: layering, materials, rain gear, sun protection
  • Animal Encounters: bear, moose, mountain lion, rabies, mosquitoes, ticks, snakes, etc. 
  • Trail nutrition and hydration
  • Trail Sense: registers, noting location, reading trail markers, trail etiquette 
  • Obtaining Search and Rescue Support
  • Mountain Weather - including lightning safety
  • Avalanche terrain avoidance
  • Cold weather concerns

  • All sessions run from 6:30pm - 9:00pm 
  • April 24th, May 22nd, June 26th, and July 24th
  • Please register through the monthly calendar by clicking on the date you want to attend.

 Location: American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St, Golden, CO 80401 - (303) 279-3080


  • Members: $10
  • Non-members: $15

 *Because of the low tuition for this course, refunds will not be possible. However, if you must cancel, please notify the school directors and we will provide no-cost attendance to a future session of the course. 

Have questions? Contact the school director: Art Hogling - 

For downloadable material from the course content, click the link below: Student Handouts