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)See all
- Technical Canyoneering/Canyon Leadership CourseDirty Devil/Robbers Roost Wilderness, Hanksville, UT$549.00
Want to explore some of North America’s most spectacular and awe-inspiring technical canyons with names such as Leprechaun, Larry, Bluejohn, Chambers and Mindbender? Looking to have fun in the canyons, learn essential safety skills, and experience the unique camaraderie and power of the “team”? This course will provide you a well-rounded base of technical canyoneering and canyon leadership skills that are essential for achieving these goals.
The Three-Day Technical Canyoneering Course is the premier introductory course designed to give you the confidence you need to pursue the exciting sport of technical canyoneering. The course includes beginning and intermediate level techniques, trip planning, problem solving, hazard recognition and avoidance and team building. Completion of this course will provide you the skills you need to pursue canyons up to a Class 3B Rating and how to travel safely in a variety of wilderness environments.
Unlike many courses which are taught at climbing walls, this course is taught in actual technical slot canyons. Matter of fact, the areas we teach in have some of the best technical slot canyons on the planet. We believe there is no substitute for learning canyoneering in actual canyons. We're confident that once you see our incredible outdoor, wilderness classroom, you too will agree.
Mornings are spent in an outdoor classroom setting learning the skill set for that day. Each afternoon is spent applying your newly learned skills out on the rocks and in the canyons.
This class is designed for beginners, or those with some in-canyon experience. No previous experience is required.
Specific Skills You will learn Include:
Canyoneering gear. (Selection, use and care)
Navigation and route finding
Canyon Rating System
Knots and Hitches
Hazard Recognition and Avoidance
Critical Thinking Techniques
Partner Assist Techniques
Using and setting natural and fixed anchors
Natural Anchor Construction Techniques
Rappelling and Belaying Techniques
Ascending Fixed Lines
Handlines and Tethers
Pothole Escape Techniques
Group Problem Solving
Dirty Devil/Robbers Roost Wilderness | Hanksville, Utah
To register, please add yourself to the Waitlist and submit payment through the following link: https://getinthewild.com/adventure/technical-canyoneering-canyon-leadership/
Once your payment is received, you will be placed on the RSVP “Yes” list.
Note: This course will be taught from a central canyoneering basecamp in the Dirty Devil/Robber’s Roost Wilderness that is accessible by vehicle.
Please contact Christopher at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
- Hike Mt Garfield (or half of it)Mt. Garfield Trailhead, Clifton, CO
Cross-posted from Cyclepaths meetup:
I'm feeling optimistic that I might be able to hike Mount Garfield for the first time in several years.
It's only about 4-5 total miles, but as you know, straight up and straight down. The down is what gets you.
Bring water and hiking sticks if you like them. Bring your very best shoes. You really need them on the way down. And of course enough water for the hike.
If you decide that the whole thing is too much, there's a great place to start down when we're halfway up.
We'll go up the Gearhart Mine Route on the way up, and climb into the lovely Lemon Squeezer, where you come through a slit in the rock and can sit out on the cliff.
To get to the trailhead you exit I-70 exit 42 (Palisade) and take the first right *after* the canal (so take the second right, G 7/10 road). You just follow that all the way until it turns right and goes underneath I-70 to the trailhead parking. It's a little rough but any car can do it.
- Cycle from Las Colonias to Fruita and BackLas Colonias Park, Grand Junction, CO
Cycle from the east end of Las Colonias (near the boat ramp and ponds) to Fruita on the River Front Trail, then eat breakfast at Camilla's Kaffe and return to Las Colonias. It is a paved and quite level trail the whole way. Total distance there and back is about 26 miles and we should stay together, but I plan to travel at about 12 mph on my MTB. If there are enough of us, we can divide up into different groups depending on speed.
NOTE: For those who went last month, this mileage is more accurate and quite a bit shorter and the restaurant has changed!
- Western Slope Group CMC Annual Dinner featuring Charlie WingerUte Indian Museum, Montrose, CO
Join us at the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose for the Western Slope Group of the Colorado Mountain Club's 2023 Annual Dinner! Members and nonmembers welcome!
Fee $10 and preregistration required before 10/13 at: https://www.cmc.org/groups-sections/groups-around-the-state/western-slope-group/events/western-slope-group-2023-annual-dinner
Our speaker will be local mountaineer extraordinaire, Charlie Winger. Follow Charlie from the summit of the highest mountain in the Americas, Aconcagua at 22,837', to the lower point in North America, Badwater Basin at 282' below sea level and many adventures in between.
- 4:30pm: Socializing
- 5pm: Dinner / potluck
- 6pm: Annual meeting
- 6:30pm: Charlie's presentation
- 7:30pm: Evening conclusion
Bring a dish to share (appetizer, main, side dish, dessert) and serving utensil if needed. BYOBeverage.
Guests are welcome!