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CMC Wilderness Trekking School

From: Ed W.
Sent on: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 12:45 PM
Hi After Work Hikers,

One more reminder before this class starts--it's a great class--I highly recommend it. 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 three weeks. You need to be a CMC member to take this class (see www.CMC.org). 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 Starts September 14
Get ready for hiking in Colorado?s fabulous golden autumn! The crowds are gone, the foothills are crisp and cool, and the thunder gods are sleeping. 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 and 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 nights and five field days. 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.
Fall 2010 classes will be on Tuesdays Sep. 14, 21, Oct. 12, 19, and 26. Field days are on your choice of all Thursdays, Saturdays, or Sundays on Sep. 23, 25, or 26; Sept 30, Oct. 2 or 3; Oct. 14, 16, or 17; Oct. 21, 23, or 24; Dec. 9, 11, or 12. Make-up arrangements are available for a missed class and may be available for a missed field day, depending upon instructor resources.
The Fall 2010 session starts Tuesday, September 14th at 6:30 pm in the American Mountaineering Center in Golden. Tuition is $90 for Denver group members, $100 for other CMC

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