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 (4)

Sunset Hike of Estes Cone in RMNP (**VIEWS!**)

Longs Peak Trailhead

Starting at the Longs Peak Trailhead (at 5pm), we will follow the Longs Peak Trail for a bit, then past Eugenia mine and finally go up the scrambly trail to Estes Cone.

The hike is entirely on trail, but the Estes Cone portion is a bit of a scramble.

The total distance is 6 miles RT with nearly 2000' of ascent.

Track is here
https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/colorado/estes-cone-via-eugena-mine-and-longs-peak-trail

Bring water, snacks and headlamp.

This is RMNP, so no dogs are allowed.

Wilson Peak (14,016) and Bridal Vail Falls

Wooly Mammoth Park-N-Ride

Wilson Peak near Telluride (Sat) and Bridal Vail Falls (Sun).
Pace: casual (~1.2 mph), early alpine start.
class 3 scramble
plan: meet at Wooly pnr row GG for carpool, drive there on Friday, Wilson Peak on Sat, Bridal Vail Falls on Sun.
Look for gray Toyota Land Cruiser
Leaning towards staying in a hostel in Telluride this time (link below) but open to camping at TH - let me know in the comments about preferences.

We will do standard route from Rock of Ages trailhead. Link below.
https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=wils1&peak=Wilson+Peak
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/bridal-veil-falls-trail--3
https://www.thebivvi-telluride.com/

It is the peak on Coors Beer.

Sunset hike along newly-finished Boulder Canyon Trail!! (**LONG**)

The western end of the Boulder Canyon Trail now runs all the way from Settler's Park up to Chapman Drive trail. This means we can do a complete loop all along trails starting from the Settler's Park Parking Lot, up along the Panorama Trail to Flagstaff to Realization Point, down Chapman to the Boulder Canyon Trail, then follow the trail back to town.

The total distance is nearly 9 miles with 2000' of uphill, most on the first bit of the hike up to Realization Point.

Bring snacks, water and headlamp as we will be finishing in the dark.

CalTopo map link: https://caltopo.com/m/EE80

(International) Bolivia Mountaineering Expedition 2017
Needs a date and time

Needs a location

Located near the city of La Paz, the Cordillera Real offers some of the best mountaineering in South America. Easy access, stable weather, excellent climbing conditions, interesting culture and relatively easy to moderate routes makes this a good place to start climbing peaks over 14,000'.
We would go down for aprox two weeks (with prior acclimatization here in CO) somewhere between June and August. Prices would range somewhere between $1500- 2500 pp, not including airfare, but I'm still working on logistics. Looking for 2-3 climbers to form a rope team. Prior experience with; snow/ glacier travel, crevasse rescue and Avy level 1, 2 or both. Wilderness First aid, WFR or other medical training is a bonus. Spanish would be incredibly helpful.
Possible objectives; Pequeno Alpamayo (17,618), Huayna Potosi (19,974) and Illimani Pico Sur (21,125). These are not technically hard and are fairly strait forward peaks. However they are challenging due to the high altitude and glacier travel.

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Sunset & Full Moon Hike & Ski @StMary's

St Mary's Glacier

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