Saturday, September 29, 2012

Listen to the KGNU Interview on CMC Press' 100 Years Up High

Janet Robertson and Walter Borneman were recently interviewed by Richard Kiefer of KGNU in Boulder. In the interview, Robertson and Borneman delve into the history of the Colorado Mountain Club, including discussing their book, 100 Years Up High; their love of mountaineering; notable CMC members; and the benefits of joining the CMC, among other interesting topics.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Chimney Rock: America’s Newest National Monument

Chimney Rock
Photo courtesy of CEC

During President Obama’s visit to Golden earlier this month, young climbers and outdoor enthusiasts representing the Colorado Mountain Club gathered at our downtown headquarters to urge the President to protect our outdoor heritage here in Colorado and across the West.

Last week, the President responded to our call by designating Chimney Rock, a unique cultural landscape in the San Juan National Forest, as the country’s newest National Monument. 

Chimney Rock, an area that is sacred to local Native American tribes, is an irreplaceable piece of the area's cultural heritage, as well as a popular destination for hikers and tourists.

This announcement is a major win-win for the local economy and the tourism and outdoor industries in Colorado.   According to a recent economic study by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, designation of Chimney Rock as a national monument double the area's impact on the region within five years, adding as much as $1.2 million in new tourism dollars. 

Chimney Rock National Monument is supported by a broad coalition of local organizations, businesses, and politicians from both sides of the aisle.

Scott Braden
Conservation Director