What we're about

CHAOS is an informal, Boulder-based group of energetic, fun, non-competitive, backcountry enthusiasts who are in their 20s, 30s, or 40s who enjoy self-powered and self-organized activities including hiking, backpacking, biking, snow shoeing, skiing, mountaineering, and river sports.

CHAOS' main Goal is to be a community through which one can make life-long friendships, share backcountry trips, expand outdoor and leadership skills, appreciate nature and enjoy the sense of community, teamwork, and challenge that prospers in backcountry situations.

As a member you will be able to check activities on this website, and post your own trips/events. Note that all trips should be for CHAOS by CHAOS, outdoors, and self powered.

CHAOS actively encourages its members to organize trips but does not supervise the activities. CHAOS is not a guide service and a person should only go on trips they feel are appropriate for their ability and experience level.

If you have questions, ask the trip organizer! Many trip organizers love to help out new members and will gladly answer any questions you have about the trip, what equipment to bring, etc. Above all else, have fun and be safe!

Here is a Welcome To Chaos document with more information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aLFTysl452wTZcaSYt3KP4brsqsqL867Cos1xZ2gavg/edit?hl=en_US

Many past and present members believe that CHAOS enormously improved their "young adulthood and pre-family" phase of life. To ensure that this wonderful opportunity remains for future members, they should be in their 20's, 30's or 40's when they join CHAOS.

If the members’ ages or the group’s style don’t feel like a good fit for you, we suggest you check out one of the other great clubs in Boulder like the Flatirons Ski Club, the Boulder Outdoor Group, the Colorado Mountain Club, the Boulder Nordic Ski Club, the Sierra Club, or the C.U. Hiking Club (office in UMC).

Please be respectful when you RSVP to events, and only RSVP if you know you will make the event; especially if there is a limited number of spots available. If you end up with three no-shows; whether it's a no call/no show, or a cancel at the last minute; you will be removed from the group.

Upcoming events (5+)

Forest Lakes (JPWA)

Boulder County Justice Center

Approximately 8 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain that features Forest Lakes close to Roger Pass in James Peak Wilderness Area. Start Elevation: 9200’ End Elevation: 10900’ Skill Level: Strenuous https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/colorado/upper-forest-lakes-trail Carpool location: Boulder County Justice Center, Coordinates: 40°00'52.8"N 105°17'12.4"W Trailhead location: Moffat Tunnel East Portal TH, Coordinates: 39°54'10.7"N 105°38'38.1"W This hike is for the fit and acclimated. Meet at 7:00am at Boulder County Justice Center to organize carpool. We leave at 7: 05am promptly. If you are driving to trailhead by yourself, meet us at 8:00am at Moffat Tunnel East Portal TH. We will start hiking at 8:00am so don't be late. If you have a reliable car, please be prepared to drive. Please remember to give your driver $5 for gas and car wash. It is always appreciated. Make sure to bring water, snacks, warm layers, gloves and microspikes. We may need snowshoes depending on snow forecast. I'll inform you one day before hike if we need them. Bad weather postpones/cancels. Disclaimer: By attending this hike, you assume all responsibility for your own safety. Mountaineering in Colorado can be very dangerous. Altitude sickness, dehydration, and fast-building storms are the most common problems. Please be in shape and self-sufficient.

Ski the Talons Challenge (Beaver Creek)

Beaver Creek Village

Who wants to ski the Talons Challenge? This is an annual event where you ski over 26,000 vertical feet on 14 black and double-black runs at Beaver Creek. https://www.beavercreek.com/explore-the-resort/activities/winter-activities/talons-challenge.aspx The registration for the event is $35 (at the link above) and you’ll need an Epic Pass or have to buy a lift ticket. If you sign up it should be expected that you will register for the event before registration closes, that you have a pass/lift ticket, that you have ski/snowboard equipment, and that you can reasonably complete the challenge (or at least make an honest effort to) no matter what the conditions. It’s safe to assume that we’ll break off into smaller groups based on ability/speed/etc but can all plan to meet for lunch and/or at the end of the day. This is probably the one day of the year Beaver Creek actually feels busy and has lift lines but it’s still fun. I did it once several years ago and it was a good day. The meeting time posted is for the event itself. If you want to carpool from the Denver/Boulder area we’ll need to figure out those plans closer to the day. Otherwise I plan to meet in front of the Starbucks in Beaver Creek Village (between the two escalators) at 8:30 AM.

Ski/Board A-Basin (EPIC Pass)

Skiers' Lot

Let's ski/ride at A-Basin on Thursday. All skier/rider abilities are welcomed. We'll meet at 6:30am at Skier's lot to organize carpooling. This resort is on the EPIC pass. You might be able to score discounted lift tix through the A-Basin web portal for $68.99 for Feb 28th. https://tickets.arapahoebasin.com/products/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&start_date=2019-02-28&days=1 If you have a reliable car, please be prepared to drive. Please remember to give your driver $10 for gas and car wash. It is always appreciated.

Colorado winter 14ers: Mt. Yale (East Ridge) *DAY HIKE*

Mount Yale is a 14er in the Sawatch Range near Buena Vista. This is a STRENUOUS hike. The distance is roughly 10.5 miles and vertical gain 5000'. This is not a good introductory winter 14er hike. More info: https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=yale2&peak=Mt.+Yale Bring winter gear and SNOWSHOES. Post hike meal somewhere in Buena Vista.

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