What we're about

The Western Slope Adventurers (WSA) is a group of motivated outdoor enthusiasts who want to get together and meet other like-minded folks--to share hiking, backpacking, canyoneering, road and mountain cycling, and water sports such as rafting, kayaking, paddleboarding, skiing of all kinds, and more socially oriented outings like dog walks, film festivals, photography, and pot-luck or restaurant dining events.
You are encouraged to BE ACTIVE in the group. The beauty of this and other Meetup groups is to connect online for IRL --"IN REAL LIFE"-- outings.
Although geographically centered in southwestern Colorado (Montrose and Grand Junction) we welcome members, hosts and activities elsewhere.
MeetUp.com allows for a principle 'Organizer' and unlimited number of Assistant Organizers and Event Organizers . If you have an event you want posted to the calendar, you can then be designated as the event organizer. After you have initiated a few events you will probably be invited to become an Assistant Organizer (AO). It will be great if we can expand our network of AOs into all the various population centers of the Western Slope.
Western Colorado is a great place to live and we will meetup up to share it and make it even better , for ourselves, our group and and larger community.

Meetup.com has a cost, and the leadership team pays the subscription fee. The "Pledge" donation feature you will encounter on some of our pages is to reimburse these costs, and any surplus will be used for group events (such as venue rental for social events). Event costs (such as carpooling, camping fees, etc) are managed by the event organizer(s) and participants are expected to share event costs. In keeping with the wishes of our founder, the late Doug Van Etten, there are no dues nor subscription fees to be a member, and event costs are shared amongst event participants. The only requirements for entry are a willingness to participate, contribute to the group, to show respect to other members, and observe responsible outdoor safety and ethics practices.

Upcoming events (4+)

Cross Post - Canyoneering Courses in Moab and Boulder

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Hello fellow canyoneers!

If anyone is interested in learning to canyoneer, I wanted to let folks know that my Moab, UT and Boulder, CO course schedule is solidified and is available at:

My first Moab L1 starts Fri 9/29, more details and sign up at:

My first Boulder L1 is on Memorial Day Weekend, starting Fri 5/26:

For those unfamiliar:
- L1 is designed to show the gear, concepts and techniques needed to descend Technical Canyons (ACA-type 3 canyons. i.e. canyons that need a rope.)
- L2 is designed to help descend Advanced Canyons (ACA-type 4 canyons. i.e. canyons with retrievable anchors, potholes, deviations, etc.)
- L3 shows the essential skills that at least ONE person in the group should know.
- L4 teaches rescue techniques that can help you to rescue someone in your group (or another group) when things don't go according to plan.

L1 and L4 are Friday evening, Sat and Sun. L2 and L3 are Sat and Sun.

L1 through L4 are each $395.

This is a cross post, you need to sign up for courses on:

Hope to see you in a course, or in the canyons!

Rock climbing and traveling in Southern Spain (CMC)

Montrose Regional Library District

Brenda Leach, the Western Slope Group Colorado Mountain Club Vice Chair, will give a slide show presentation of her December 2022 trip to southern Spain to rock climb and enjoy the Spanish culture.
CMC members please RSVP via cmc.org. Public welcome!
We need to vacate the library before 7pm closing.

Patagonia to El Fin del Mundo presentation (CMC)


Colorado Mountain Club Western Slope Group's monthly presentations continue. Anne will present on her trip trekking and touring Patagonia to El Fin del Mundo.
Free and open to the public. CMC members please register at cmc.org.

CMC Wilderness First Aid in Montrose (fee)

In Motion Therapy

This 2 day WFA course sponsored by Colorado Mountain Club teaches students the skills to anticipate risks and hazards, identify medical, traumatic, and environmental problems, recognize life-threatening issues, initiate basic care, and deliver a cohesive report. The curriculum forces students to think creatively, adapt to ever changing situations, and learn valuable leadership, decision making, and communication skills.
The class schedule is typically 9am - 6pm with a one hour lunch break. Lessons and practice scenarios may take place inside or outside, so be prepared for a variety of weather conditions.
There are no prerequisites. This class is only open to students 18 years and over. This class satisfies the requirements for CMC trip leaders (free scholarship available for leaders).
Registration will close and students will gain access to all materials one week prior to the course.
The email address you use when registering will be the email used for all course related resources.
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Pre-register online only before 7/22, space is limited: https://www.cmc.org/groups-sections/cmc-state/course-templates/wilderness-medicine-school-wilderness-first-aid/copy6_of_wilderness-first-aid-cmc-state-2023

Past events (2,982)

TALK: JURASSIC PARK AT OURAY, Hosted by Ouray Trail Group

St John's Episcopal Church

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