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CMC Wilderness Trekking School

From: Ed W.
Sent on: Thursday, March 1, 2012 9:22 AM

Hi After Work Hikers,

As you know, I am a member of and hike leader with the Colorado Mountain Club. The CMC offers some excellent classes to learn about hiking, backpacking, climbing, etc. In particular, Wilderness Trekking School (WTS) starts in April. You need to be a CMC member to take this class (see To sign up, click on the link below or call the membership office at (303)[masked] x2. Email me if you have any questions.

Ed White
Hike Leader & Organizer

Wilderness Trekking School (WTS)

Lecture Dates: Tuesdays, April 3, 10, and 24, May 1 and 15 @ 6:30 pm, Foss Auditorium, AMC Golden

Field Dates: Your Choice of Thursdays, Saturdays, or Sundays; April 12, 14 or 15; April 19, 21 or 22, April 26, 28, or 29; May 3, 5 or 6, and May 17, 19, or 20.

Enrollment fee: $90 Denver Group Members; $100 non DG members

Contact:  or 303/[masked] Ext 2

Hiking in Colorado’s mountains is fabulous, low-cost recreation! Wilderness Trekking School (WTS) is for those looking for adventure – AND – for those who just want to enjoy the scenery. WTS is a great introduction to the Colorado Mountain Club and a place to meet new friends. WTS is Colorado Mountain Club’s largest school, a comprehensive course on mountain hiking. Students are all ages, from 18 to 80.

If you’re new to hiking, WTS gives you the opportunity to learn how to travel safely – and with confidence – in the backcountry. If you’re an experienced hiker, WTS gives you a chance to review, to enhance your skills, and possibly to fill in some gaps. WTS also fulfills one of the requirements to obtain a Denver Group C hiker classification and to attend Basic Mountaineering School.

Topics covered include:

  Essential gear, helping you decide what you need to buy and carry

  Off-trail travel techniques, from boulders and talus to tundra

  Map & compass skills, figuring out where you are, navigation and route-finding

  Weather, how to anticipate and handle wind, rain, lightning, and snow

  Nutrition, helping you choose what food to carry

  Overnight survival techniques and how to handle a backcountry emergency

  Snow travel and avalanche awareness, handling unexpected snow on the trail

  Leave No Trace practices

Students have the opportunity to learn techniques of safe backcountry travel and

to practice in a non-competitive, non-confrontational setting. Students plan and

complete a graduation hike with their field group. WTS is a great place to learn and

practice new skills, make new friends, and become a safe backcountry traveler.  The

course consists of five Tuesday night lectures, four field days, and a graduation hike.

Students are divided into groups of  10-12 people, based on hiking pace, conditioning,

and prior experience. Instructor teams consist of a senior instructor and two assistant


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