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Course: Mountain Hiking

Contact: David Wasson

This course is designed to teach club members the necessary skills to safely hike in the mountains of Colorado and participate in the club sponsored hiking trips.

This course is typically taught early in February or March and involves multiple evening lectures and possibly field trips. However the class is not offered every year.

If you are interested in taking this course please contact David for more details and to be placed on the interested members list.

2014 Mountain Hiking School

Are you new to mountain hiking and want to hit the trails in 2014? Are you an experienced backcountry traveler who wants to gain mountaineering knowledge and improve skills? Plan to join the 2014 edition of the Fort Collins CMC Mountain Hiking School.

We will meet in five interactive classroom sessions, practice skills learned on four field trips, and utilize the gamut on graduation hike. Classroom topics include dry land travel (gear, weather, knots, scree, and talus), navigation with map and compass, emergency survival, and snow travel. Experienced volunteer instructors will help you learn and practice techniques in an open group environment.

Sessions begin in late February with completion in May. You must be a CMC member to participate: Membership info. You may participate in a specific class and the related field trip if you are not seeking knowledge in the other areas, if space allows. Experience on CMC hikes at equivalent difficulty is required for participation in field trips.

Contact David Wasson at wasson3@msn.com or call 970.217.9068 evenings between 6 and 8PM or on weekends to enroll or ask questions.

Tentative Schedule:
Introduction to Mountain Hiking (equipment and more) - Feb 25
Map and Compass Navigation, Nutrition/Hydration - Mar 4
Dry Land Travel Field Trip - Mar 8
Navigation with Map and Compass in the Field - Mar 15
Snow Day / Intro to Ice Axe - Apr 8;Field Trip Apr 12
Wilderness Survial/ESP - April 22; Field trip Apr 26
Weather, Knots, Online Resources - May 13
Graduation Hike - TBD

Be safe and leave no trace!