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)

RMNP backpack June 13-14 two nights Glacier Gorge and Andrews Creek

Glacier Gorge Trailhead

I have a permit for Glacier Gorge Sunday, June 13 and Andrews Creek Monday, June 14. My plan is to hike in Sunday; Monday day hike to Black, Green, and Blue Lakes, then move camp to Andrews Creek; and Tuesday day hike to Andrews Tarn and Sky Pond and then hike out. The permit is for two people but I may be able to change it to three or four people.

Both campsites require wag bags (carry out your poop).

Snow levels are above normal. I'm bringing snowshoes, microspikes, and poles.

Bearproof food containers are required.

We have to park at the Glacier Basin Park and Ride then take the bus to the trailhead. We should carpool.

(Exploratory) Sunset hike of Bald Mountain

Boulder County Justice Center

This is an exploratory hike of Bald Mountain, a 9000' peak just west of Boulder. The hike itself is about 5 miles with less than 800' of gain.

The highlight of this hike is the views you get of the entire northern Front range!

The trail is mostly 4wd road.

Meet at the justice center at 5:30pm to coordinate carpool/caravan.

The trailhead is actually the Sugarloaf Mtn trailhead.

You can bring your dog.

We'll follow this track


Canyoneering L1 - Technical Canyoneering Course (Cross-Post)

Needs a location

Are you interested in learning how to canyoneer? My next L1 course will be coming up the weekend of June 18, and will go over all the aspects you need to descend a technical canyon (i.e. using ropes.) More details about the course (including videos about canyoneering) and what is covered can be found here:

Note: This is a cross post, and there is a fee associated with this course. If you are interested in attending, you must register on the CanyoneeringCO meetup ( https://www.meetup.com/CanyoneeringCO/events/276134009/ ), not here on BoulderCHAOS.

My full schedule can be found here:
(or for your convenience: 6/18 L1, 7/10 L3, 7/23 L4, 8/6 L1, 8/27 L1, 9/11 L2)

Hope to see you there!

(Exploratory) Sunset hike of Twin Sisters peak by Gross Reservoir

Boulder County Justice Center

This is an exploratory hike of Twin Sisters, a 8700' foot peak by Gross Reservoir. The highlight of this hike is the views you get of the entire northern Front range!

The trail starts off as a 4wd road, then single track, then scramble to the top. The hike is 6.5 miles RT with about 1300' of gain.

Meet at the justice center at 5:30pm to coordinate carpool/caravan.

You can bring your dog.

Make sure to bring a headlamp!

We'll follow this track


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