Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Must-do Centennial Celebration Climbs and Adventure Travel Trips

Your membership in the CMC allows you access to some pretty exotic and private locations. Check out the upcoming Adventure Travel and Centennial Celebration Climbs we have this year that you don't want to miss!

June 26-June 28
Easy D
Culebra and Red Mountain, two of Colorado’s top 100 peaks, are located on private property in the southern part of the state.   In the summer the owners allow access to 25 people each weekend day.  You need to make a reservation, pay the fee, then join your 24 new friends on the trek to the summit.

The CMC has obtained permission for a private trip to these peaks.  We will leave Denver on the afternoon of the 27th and car camp on the property.  On the 28th we will  do this Centennial Celebration Climb and return home.  There are options to climb one or both peaks.   This is a great opportunity to bag these centennial peaks without the hassle of making your  own reservations!  Additional details are in the online CMC trip schedule.

Wind River Llama Trek
Bob Seyse 303/718-2005 or
August 15-19, 2011, $1,324

Hike the remote and rugged Wind River Wyoming range while letting the llamas carry the heavy loads and the outfitters do the cooking and wash the dishes. Trip leaves from Worthen Meadow, a southern access point to the Popo Agie Wilderness of Shoshone National Forest. Starting at 9,000 feet the first day the route follows the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River through high alpine parks and riparian water sheds. Day 2 finds the route below Wind River Peak and Day 3 allows participants to ascend Wind River Peak, weather permitting. Day Four finds the route in Pinto Park with panoramic views of The Cirque of Towers. Day 5 returns to Worthen Meadow Reservoir; all hikes will be at B level. Price includes tents, sleeping bags &liners, ThermaRest, llamas, guide & wrangler services and meals on the trail. Price does not include travel to Landers, 2 nights motel stay, 2 evening meals, wrangler tips

Italian Alps: Mountaineering Trek & Ferrate-Bernia to Dolomites
Eugene Culbertson
Aug 29-Sept 15, 2011

Trek Italy’s Alps 29 Aug to 15 Sep 2011 from the beautiful lakes of Como and Garda to the majestic Bernina Range and awesome pillars and spires of the Brenta Dolomites, replete with itinerant “rifugio” hut-based lodging and “via ferrata” climbs certain to inspire a memorable adventure. Hike through forests, alpine meadows, over saddles, passes and across glaciers with breathtaking vistas to summit awe-inspiring peaks, many via the famous “path of iron” ferrate where multi-colored rock face and ledges are outfitted with anchored cables, ladders and bridges. Experience the culture as well, motoring between trailhead gateways: e.g., Bellagio (by boat), Merano, wine-tasting at Lake Caldaro, Verona, Bergamo and many quaint medieval towns.”

Mongolia Trek, Culture, Eagle Festival
September 5-22, 2011, $2700 Trip is limited to 10 people with a sense of adventure, and flexibility for traveling in this remote country.
Bea Slingsby, 303-422-3728,

Some of the experiences on our 17-day trip include trekking with Mongolian Kazak herds men with camels or horses carrying our gear, hiking over Jolt Pass at 10,300 ft. in the Western Altai Mountains, staying in gers and tents, visiting with nomads who have trained Golden Eagles to use for hunting, being at the crossroads of emerging cultures of ancient times, 2 days at an Eagle Festival including horse racing, and locals wearing very colorful native dresses, and time to visit museums in Hovd and Ulaanbaatar. At Chigertei Lake we will stay for 2 nights, hiking in the area and meeting the nomads. Daily mileage 7-12 miles for 6 days. A visa is not needed for U.S. citizens. Included in price is 4 nights’ hotel in Ulaanbaatar, internal flight to Western Mongolia and return, all meals outside of Ulaanbaatar, English speaking guide, fees for National Park & Eagle Festival, 4-wheel drive vehicles, nomads with camels or horses carrying gear, all camp equipment, welcome and farewell dinner, breakfasts in Ulaanbaatar, medivac evacuation insurance. Not included in price is round trip flight to Ulaanbaatar, two lunches, one dinner, tips, single supplement of $30 night, bottled water, drinks, personal items.

Trekking in Nepal
October 1 – 18, 2011 Fee: $2,806
Pemba Sherpa at (303) 525-6508 or

Join Pemba Sherpa, a native of the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas, on this spectacular trek through the foothills of some of the world’s highest peaks. Pemba has been guiding visitors to his homeland since 1986. On this trip he will be taking us into the heart of the world’s majestic Himalayan Mountains around Annapurna. The classic Around Annapurna trek offers a complete panorama of culture and ecosystems, including high mountain passes, the deepest valley in the world, the desert of the Tibetan plateau, pine forests, rice paddies, monasteries and people as diverse as Tibetan lamas and Hindu farmers.

Sikkim Himalayan Trek
Gyeljen Sherpa at or 720-273-7158
October 15 – November 5, 2011 / 21 Days, $3,220 Minimum participants: 8

Gyeljen Sherpa invites you to trek with him through Sikkim, once its own kingdom, now a state of India and home to the third highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga, 28,169 ft. From Delhi fly to Bagdora then to Darjeeling, home of His Holiness, the Dali Lama. The two week trek travels through the Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve. Trekkers will camp beside the sacred Lam Pokhari Lake and cross the 16,207 foot Goecha La Pass. You will interact with locals coming to know their customs, culture and make new friends. Not included in price: International and domestic fare, travel insurance, personal spending money, and an Indian visa fee of $73. Indian visas must be obtained before departing the US.