Colorado Mountain Club
Fort Collins Group Newsletter
Fall 2018

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.

-John Muir

Mountain Hiking School

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. Experienced volunteer instructors will help you learn and practice techniques in an open group environment. 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, as space permits.

We are able to offer the MHS again this fall, October 23 through December 8. No classes or field trips will be held during the period of Thanksgiving, Nov 18-26. The course will be patterned after our previous offerings of the MHS, as well as the Denver Group’s Wilderness Trekking Course. The school will consist of six 3-hour lectures (Tuesday evenings) and six all-day field trips (Saturdays). The primary subject areas include Basic Fundamentals such as: gear, nutrition & hydration, natural hazards, trip planning, hiking styles, group dynamics, and back-country ethics. Navigation and route-finding on- and off-trail will be heavily emphasized, using maps, compass and other readily-available tools and I-phone applications (other than GPS). You will also learn how to deal with Emergencies such as illness, injury, getting help and overnight survival.

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.

-Edward Abbey

This course will help prepare students for hiking safely and competently in all seasons in the Colorado Mountains, at varied elevations and under challenging weather conditions. It will also provide invaluable information & experience for those who might want to eventually become official CMC leaders. Completion of the course will also help prepare those who may be interested in enrolling in our springtime Basic Mountaineering Course, as well as other courses. Because the course extends into early December, some snow cover is very likely, and may involve snowshoe travel and avalanche avoidance when necessary.

Students will be expected to attend all lectures and field trips in order to receive a certificate of completion. Enrollees will be expected to be CMC-Fort Collins Group members, 18 years of age, to have good fitness & motivation, and to provide or purchase all necessary clothing & basic recommended gear. The course fee will be $175. Field trips are free, except for customary ride shares. Students who become CMC leaders within 12 months of completing the course can receive a rebate of $100. Applications for the fall 2018 course must be completed and returned to the Administrative Director, JoAnn Herkenhoff no later than October 19. The class will be limited to 18 students. Questions about the course may be directed by email to JoAnn Herkenhoff or Course Director, Ward Whicker.

Not all those who wander are lost.

-JRR Tolkien

Message from the Chair

Members of the Fort Collins Group:

Our Constitution and Bylaws allow for amendments by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the general membership of those present at any meeting of the general membership. Over the past months, the Council has considered several ideas that will be presented to you for ratification at the annual meeting scheduled for 10 November 2018. I am sending this to you now so that you have time to consider the recommendations, get clarifications from me or any Council member and provide any input to the Council that you would like to have considered.

The proposed changes fall into two categories; the State Liaison Director Position and terms of office for Council officers:

Enlightenment isn’t found with a full stomach, or on a soft pillow.

-Conrad Anker

The State Liaison Director represents the Fort Collins Group at the CMC State level. This position has existed for years as an Ad Hoc position. The Council believes that this position should be formalized in our Bylaws and that the position should be a regular member of the Council. The proposed change adds the State Liaison Director position as an elected officer position of the Council and outlines the duties of the position.

The current officer terms of office are one year with a maximum of three terms or three years. The proposal is to change the term of office to three years with a maximum of two terms or 6 years. The rationale behind this change is to allow for more continuity in the positions if the individual serving is willing to serve a second three-year term. And we are a relatively small group and we often struggle to find replacements for those officers completing their terms, requiring the Group to be without a replacement for an extended periods of time. This change will allow an officer to continue to serve beyond three years until a replacement can be found. 

The specific language of the proposed change is provided below. A link to the current Constitution and Bylaws document is provided as well. Please take time to review the proposal, get your questions answered, and provide any feedback that you have to me or to any Council Member.

When the pursuit of natural harmony is a shared journey, great heights can be attained.

-Lynn Hill

Draft Bylaws Change 10 Sep 2018

Article IV. Section 1. Changed to read “ …. shall consist of 9 elected officers and …” “The elected officers of the Group…. and a State Liaison Director.” 

Article IV. Section 2. (d) Changed to read “The term of each officer shall be three years running from January 1 until December 31 of the third year or until a term ends and a successor is selected by other means as allowed in these bylaws.

Article IV. Section 2. (e) Changed to read “Any elected officer is eligible for election to a specific office for a maximum of two, three-year terms. The only exception is the State Liaison Director who may continue to serve beyond the second three-year term if elected to a State CMC Board position and may then continue to serve on the Council for the duration of that State position term. The immediate past Chair…” 

Article IV. Section 4. Add State Liaison Director:  1. Serve as the Fort Collins Council Representation to the State Council; 2. Represent the Fort Collins Group at the CMC; 3. Provide information to the Fort Collins council regarding activities of the CMC; 4. Serve as a liaison between the Fort Collins Group and other CMC Groups; 5. Serve on the State Board, if elected by the State Council.

Mountains are freedom. Treat them respectfully.

-Conrad Anker

Save the Date: Annual Dinner
Saturday, 10 Nov 2018

The Annual Dinner will be held the evening of Saturday, 10 Nov 2018 at the Lodge at Mackenzie Place. Invitations and programs will be sent to Fort Collins group member  in the coming weeks with details on how to register for the event. 

The summit is just a halfway point.

-Ed Viesturs

Member Deals

The Colorado Mountain Club partners with outdoor recreation manufacturers, retailers, and local businesses to bring its members terrific deals on gear, books, and everything you need to enjoy the great outdoors. These programs are open to all CMC members and are an excellent benefit of your membership. Click the link below to see all the opportunities. Note, you’ll need to be logged in to to view it. I’ll highlight two personal favorites, ExpertVoice and CMC Press, below.

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

-Sir Edmund Hillary

Thanks to a new partnership with ExpertVoice (formerly Experticity), CMC members have joined an elite group of people who qualify for huge discounts on outdoor gear. Save on purchases from the biggest name brands in the outdoor industry like Icebreaker, Petzl, SmartWool, Big Agnes, Mountain House, National Geographic trail maps, and many more. See the Member Deals page for registration instructions.

The CMC Press is your map to adventure. All the information you need to summit a peak, hike year-round, learn new skills, and relive history are right here in this one-stop shop for Rocky Mountain exploration. Many of the CMC Press books and pack guides are written by CMC members and feature routes and descriptions submitted by trip leaders and members alike. Best of all, enjoy a 20% discount every day!

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

– Henry David Thoreau

Adventure is worthwhile in itself.

-Amelia Earhart

Leadership and Safety

The Colorado Mountain Club relies on volunteer trip leaders to lead adventures for its members. Being a trip leader is a great way to give back to the club and help foster the next generation of mountaineering enthusiasts. To become a trip leader, an applicant will complete a leader training session with the leadership and safety director, acquire and maintain wilderness first aid certification, and plan and lead a trip with a mentoring trip leader. The cost of first aid training is reimbursed to trip leaders who lead one or more trips each year. Anyone interested in becoming a trip leader is encouraged to speak with the leadership and safety coordinator for the Fort Collins group, Peter Gill.

It always seems impossible until it is done.

-Nelson Mandela

Calling All Contributors

The Fort Collins group newsletter relies on submissions by our members, trip leaders, instructors, and council to share their experiences with the Colorado Mountain Club on and off the trail. If you would like submit a trip report, article, photograph, or library for inclusion in this newsletter, please email communications director, Chris Haugen.

Climbing is my lifelong journey.

-Chris Sharma

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