Fort Collins Group Newsletter
Spring 2018

Read articles written by members and friends of the Colorado Mountain Club

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

-John Muir

Message from the Chair

Spring 2018 sees a changing of the guard of the Fort Collins group chairperson. Incoming chair Gordan Thibedeau comments on his upcoming term and discusses his goals for the future of the group.

Ward Whicker has recently completed a three-year term as Fort Collins group chair. He reflects on the many accomplishments of his tenure and discusses upcoming challenges our group may face.

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

-Conrad Anker

Basic Mountaineering Course

The Basic Mountaineering Course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to safely engage in basic mountaineering and begin a life-long learning adventure in the mountains of Colorado and the world.

The course consists of lectures followed by fieldwork, where you are able to practice what you learned in the classroom. Subjects taught in the classroom include knots, rope-handling, harnesses, belays, rock climbing techniques, rappelling, mountain first aid, high altitude climbing, basic snow & glacier travel, and equipment. Fieldwork includes basic rock techniques, belaying, rappelling, climbing safety, a multi-pitch climb, a snow day, a high peak route-finding/snow climb, and a high peak overnight.

We need the tonic of wilderness

-Henry David Thoreau

Meet the 2018 Council

Chair:  Gordan Thibedeau
Vice Chair, Secretary:  JoAnn Herkenhoff
Programs Director:  Anita Wright
Activities Director:  Sheila Dielman

Treasurer:  Erin Bohler
Membership & PR:  Amparo Maya
Leadership & Safety:  Peter Gill
Communications:  Chris Haugen

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

Not all those who wander are lost

-JRR Tolkien

Expedition Watch: Pico de Orizaba

In January 2018, CMC Fort Collins members and trip leaders Laura Hinds, Bob Dietz, Carl Benvenga, and John Wullschleger embarked on an expedition to Pico de Orizaba. Following successful summits of nearby acclimation peaks, here is the story of their attempt at summiting Mexico’s tallest and North America’s third highest peak.

The summit is just a halfway point

-Ed Viesturs

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.

Climbing is my lifelong journey

-Chris Sharma

Volunteer Opportunities

The CMC Fort Collins Group is participating in Earth Day Fort Collins at the Civic Center Park, 11am-5pm, Saturday April 21, 2018. You are invited to this free entry event and to stop by our booth. 

Earth Day encourages and inspires community members to honor the Earth EVERY DAY and make efforts toward conservation and preservation of our wondrous planet for current and future generations.

Would you like to help? Please contact Amparo Maya. We need a few volunteers at the booth for shifts of about 2 hours between 10:00am and 6:00pm.

Adventure is worthwhile in itself

-Amelia Earhart

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-Theodore Roosevelt

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The Colorado Mountain Club has been delivering conservation, education, and recreational opportunities to the Colorado public since 1912. The CMC acts as a gateway to the mountains for novices and experts alike, offering an array of year-round activities, events, and schools centered on outdoor recreation. The Club connects thousands of adventure-loving mountaineers and teaches the skills to safely and respectfully maximize living in an outdoor playground.


To unite the energy, interest, and knowledge of the students, explorers, and lovers of the mountains of Colorado; Collect and disseminate information regarding the Rocky Mountains on behalf of science, literature, art, and recreation; Stimulate public interest in our mountain area; Encourage the preservation of forests, flowers, fauna, and natural scenery; and Render readily accessible the alpine attractions of this region.

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