Fort Collins Group Newsletter
Summer 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

Summer is here, if not by date then certainly by temperature. Time to put away the snowshoes and skis, take the snow baskets off the trekking poles and get out the lite hiking pants.

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

-Conrad Anker

Basic Mountaineering Course

The Basic Mountaineering Course is wrapping up for the year and the instructors and students are excited about planning and completing their upcoming student-led high peak bivy and route finding field trips. 

Over the course of Spring 2018, students learned and practiced essential basic mountaineering skills and techniques to safely and successfully navigate the mountains of Colorado and beyond. This ultimately culminated in a multi-pitch trad climbing field day in the Flatirons on features such as the 2nd Flatiron Freeway and Hillbilly Rock’s Billy Goat Arete. Next, students will prepare trip plans and identify routes to ascend some of Colorado’s more challenging peaks.

Check back in the Fall for photos from the field trips in our next newsletter.

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

-Edward Abbey

Photos from BMC Field Days

By:  John Wullschleger

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

-Lynn Hill

Using your smartphone as a gps

When:  Classroom Thursday, 20 Sep and Field Day 22 Sep

Would you like to learn how to use your smart phone as a gps? Have you done it in the past, but don’t feel confident in your skills? If so then this seminar may be for you.

The seminar will be led by Sheila Dielman and will focus on the ViewRanger app. It will involve one classroom session in the evening during the week and one short local hike to practice your skills. To register you must be willing to attend both sessions. The seminar will be limited to 20 students, if interest is greater than this active Trip Leaders will be given priority.

Mountains are freedom. Treat them respectfully.

-Conrad Anker

Navigation Refresher

In May and early June, Scott Farquhar led a navigation refresher course to review navigation topics including map legends and topographic features, route planning, orienting, and triangulation. After a classroom session, students participated in two days of field exercises to practice and refresh their skills with the assistance of several Fort Collins group trip leaders and instructors. The first field day involved an exercise locating wooden stakes that were placed within Lory State Park; all stakes were located and recovered by student groups utilizing their compasses and maps with waypoints marking the stake locations. The second field day involved an off-trail route planning and finding exercise at Peak 8228 near Eggers in Poudre Canyon.

Not all those who wander are lost.

-JRR Tolkien

Photos from Navigation Refresher Field Days

Photos Provided By:  Sue White and Michael Pavlak

The summit is just a halfway point.

-Ed Viesturs

Photos from the Trail:
Diamond Peaks Ridgeline Traverse

Trip By:  Ward Whicker

Photos Provided By:  Sue White

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

-Sir Edmund Hillary

Photos from the Trail:
Wintersteen trail

Trip By:  Paul Weber

Photos Provided By:  Sue White

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

Photos from the Trail:
Red Mountain Open Space

Trip By:  Paul Weber

Photos Provided By:  Sue White

It always seems impossible until it is done.

-Nelson Mandela

Adventure Travel: Iceland

When:  20-31 Jul 2019

National Geographic named the Laugavegur Trail as one of the 20 Best Hikes in the World! Come explore this amazing trek and include the Skógar extension, ending at the stunning 200-foot-high Skógafoss waterfall. Your 50-mile trek will start in Landmannalaugar, known for its multicolored rhyolite mountains and hot springs. The breathtaking scenery throughout the 7-day hike includes fields of obsidian, colorful mountains, black sands, geysers, glaciers and glacial rivers. Spend your nights relaxing in mountain huts at beautiful remote locations including one at the foot of the glacier Eyjafjallajokull at the base of a volcano that erupted in 2010 and halted air traffic in Europe.

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.

Climbing is my lifelong journey.

-Chris Sharma

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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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