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+)

Ski/Board @ Loveland

Skiers' Lot

Let's ski/ride at Loveland on Thursday. All skier/rider abilities are welcomed. We'll meet at 7:30am at Skier's lot to organize carpooling. Lift tickets are only $25 on Hooky day (see the Facebook link) and are sold through Loveland resort. https://www.facebook.com/events/542928022858318/?event_time_id=542928029524984 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.

Ski/Board at Monarch (near Salida CO)

Monarch Mountain

Let's ski/ride at Monarch on Sunday February 17th. All skier/rider abilities are welcomed. Meet inside the main lodge. Ikon or Epic Pass Holders pay roughly $54 for a day lift ticket!

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.

Past events (1,000)

Full Moon Hike from NCAR (two hours)

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

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