Friday, May 25, 2012

Media Advisory: JOHN FIELDER’S “COLORADO RIVERS” Colorado Mountain Club Sponsors Free Public Presentation


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                               
May 25, 2012

Colorado Mountain Club Sponsors Free Public Presentation

WHAT:           Renowned landscape photographer and conservationist John Fielder presents “Colorado Rivers,” focusing on the beauty and conservation issues affecting Colorado’s waterways.  Special emphasis will be placed on current opportunities to protect Browns Canyon of the Arkansas River. Admission is free so preregistration is encouraged. Limited seating. Will call at the door.

WHO:            Sponsored and hosted by the Colorado Mountain Club along with Friends of Brown Canyon, CO River Outfitters Association, Colorado Environmental Coalition and Lifestream Water Systems

WHEN:          Thursday, June 14th, 2012

WHERE:       Foss Auditorium, the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th Street, Golden, Colorado 80401

WHY:             John Fielder has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado's open space and wildlands. His photography has influenced people and legislation earning him recognition including the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award in 1993, and in 2011 the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s first Achievement Award given to an individual. He was an original governor-appointed member of the lottery-related Board of Great Outdoors Colorado, and speaks to thousands of people each year to rally support for timely land use and environmental issues. His latest Colorado project involves photographing parks, open space, wildlife habitat, ranches, and more…the work of Great Outdoors Colorado…for its 20th anniversary in 2012.

Scott Braden, Conservation Director, 303-996-2768;;    
Rachel Scott, Marketing & Membership Director, 303-996-2746;
Registration encouraged for this free event at
For more information on public events offered by the Colorado Mountain Club, visit


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mountaineering Museum launches Mountain Rescue Exhibit


Shelby Arnold
American Mountaineering Museum

Rachel Scott
Colorado Mountain Club

For Immediate Release

Mountaineering Museum launches Mountain Rescue Exhibit

GOLDEN, CO (May 23, 2012) – On Thursday, the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum will launch “Risk & Reward: A Mountain Rescue Exhibit.” The grand opening reception will begin at 6:00pm at the Museum, located at 710 10th Street in Golden, Colorado. Tickets are free for Museum members and $5 for non-members.

Spanning from the mid-1900s to present day, “Risk & Reward” highlights the evolution, impact and importance of mountain search and rescue in the United States. Visitors will experience the history, tools, people and culture of this often overlooked but heroic specialty.

The Museum worked with local rescue professionals and the Mountain Rescue Association to create a comprehensive exhibit, showcasing various aspects of mountain rescue and the individuals who devote their time and expertise.

As an added benefit, the exhibit will have a mobile website where guests can access additional facts and stories via their smart phones.

“Risk & Reward: A Mountain Rescue Exhibit” will be open through December 8, 2012. For more information about the Museum’s events, programs and exhibits, visit or call 303-996-2755.

About the Museum
The American Mountaineering Museum opened in February 2008 as North America’s first museum devoted to the stories and achievements of American mountaineers. Located at 710 10th Street in Golden, Colorado, the Museum takes visitors through the historic early days of mountaineering adventure from the use of hemp rope and hobnail boots, to the high tech gear of the present day. Topics include mountaineering heroism, gear, culture, high peaks, safety, climate change, inspiration and art. The American Mountaineering Museum is a joint venture between the Colorado Mountain Club and the American Alpine Club. For more information, call 303-996-2755, email, or visit


Monday, May 21, 2012

Why you need to be prepared in the mountains: A true story from the San Juan Group

This came from the San Juan Group Chair from a hike yesterday to San Luis Peak.  This is why we don't recommend hiking in Colorado solo. Also, 10-essentials are essential whether you need them or someone else.

"I thought you might like this feel-good CMC story from our trip to San Luis Peak yesterday.  The El Pueblo group had a group of 5 on an outing to practice climbing San Luis Peak for the 14er Challenge day.  When the group arrived back at the truck, a solo hiker came down and had broken his arm near the summit.  He had walked all those miles out with a broken arm.  He thought he was going to drive himself to the Salida ER, but Nancie Biery sprang into action.  She splinted his arm and drove him in his car all the way to the Salida ER, and the rest of us picked her up at the ER on the way home.  The ER staff members were impressed with her first aid skills.  And the solo hiker was very lucky – we were the only other people at the trailhead."

Want to brush up on your Wilderness First Aid skills or learn a new skill that could protect you in the Colorado backcountry?  Check out some of our upcoming schools and clinics that may interest you. 

Sponsoring Group: Boulder   
Hard snow travel techniques on steep snow/ice. First trip entails roped travel, snow anchors, belaying and self-arrest practice. Second trip focuses on crampon use, ascent/descent on steep snow/ice, and snow/rock transitions. 

Sponsoring Group: Denver   
Basic Rock Climbing Seminar (BRCS) is our introductory climbing course. We teach the basics of safe climbing. BRCS is great for the first-time climber, as well as the more experienced climber looking for a refresher. Read More 

05/31/2012 Denver Alpine Scrambling    
Sponsoring Group: Denver   
The Alpine Scrambling Course is a good choice for those interested in climbing non-technical peaks in Colorado, that is, those peaks that do not usually require the use of technical gear such as ropes, protection gear, and the accompanying knowledge 

Wilderness First Aid for Ft. Collins Group Leaders 

Sponsoring Group: Denver   
Basic Rock Climbing Seminar (BRCS) is our introductory climbing course. We teach the basics of safe climbing. BRCS is great for the first-time climber, as well as the more experienced climber looking for a refresher. 

Sponsoring Group: Boulder   
RLS is the next step for climbers who have been through BRS, can climb well at 5.6 or above, and are ready for the "sharp end". 

Sponsoring Group: Pikes Peak   
With overnight backpacking, you open yourself up to awesome multi-day trips in Colorado’s wilderness areas. This course is one of three you can take towards earning a PPG-CMC BMS Wilderness Trekking Certificate. 

Sponsoring Group: Boulder   Leadership training is required for all new trip leaders. Existing trip leaders who would like to review their training are welcome to attend, as well.