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Colorado Mtn Club Schools

From: Ed W.
Sent on: Sunday, July 8, 2012 4:34 PM

Hi After Work Hikers,

As you know, I am a member of, and hike leader with, the Colorado Mountain Club ("CMC"). The CMC offers some excellent classes on hiking, climbing and mountaineering in Colorado. Among the classes offered are Wilderness Trekking School ("WTS") and Backpacking School ("BKPS"). Both schools teach provide a foundation for hiking in mountains in Colorado, including equipment needed, map and compass skills, basic mountaineering first aid, etc., and BKPS additionally covers backpacking (hiking out and camping in the wilderness). I recommend these schools. Information on all the schools offered by the CMC is available at  Specific information on WTS and BKPS is below. BKPS starts at the end of August and WTS starts in September. Note: You must first be a member of the CMC to take these classes—see or

Ed White, Hike Leader & Organizer


Backpacking School (BKPS)

Joe Vella, Director at [address removed]

August 29 – November 10, 8 Lectures; four overnight trips (one optional), one day trip

$130 Denver Group Members; $140 Non Denver Group Members

CMC members are a cut above the average Colorado hiker. Much of the credit goes to the CMC’s two schools that teach the basics: the Wilderness Trekking School (best for people who are primarily

Interested in day trips), and the Backpacking School (best for people who are interested in both day trips and overnight wilderness camping ). Both are great ways to learn skills needed for a safe and enjoyable time in the mountains, to meet others with similar interests, and to have great time learning. If both hiking and backpacking are your thing, come join us. Graduation includes a B hiking classification and satisfies one of the requirements for a C classification, as well as a prerequisite for Basic Mountaineering admission. Go to for more information, the detailed class schedule or to register.


Wilderness Trekking School (WTS)

Lecture Dates: Tuesdays, September 11 and 18, October 2, 9, and 16 @ 6:30 pm, Foss Auditorium, AMC Golden

Field Dates: Your Choice of Thursdays, Saturdays, or Sundays; September 20, 22 or 23; September 27, 29 or 30, October 4, 6, or 7; October 18, 20, or 21, and

November 15, 17, or 18.

Enrollment fee: $90 Denver Group Members; $100 non DG members, until September 4; $100/$110 after September 4th.

Contact: or 303/[masked] Ext 2

Hiking in Colorado’s mountains is fabulous recreation! Wilderness Trekking School (WTS) is for all – whether you want to bag a few 14ers – OR – 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 CMC’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

• Handling an unexpected night in the backcountry and a backcountry emergency

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

• Leave No Trace practices

The course consists of five Tuesday night lectures, four field days, a group hike, and some homework (yes, really!). 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 instructors. 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 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.

“I thought I knew a lot about hiking. Was I wrong! WTS taught me so much more than I imagined.” –WTS Student

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