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.
2015 Mountain Hiking School is currently under way.
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 2016 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970.217.9068 evenings between
6 and 8PM or on weekends to enroll or ask questions.
2014 Schedule (TO GIVE AN IDEA OF THE NUMBER AND TIMING OF CLASSES):
Introduction to Mountain Hiking (equipment and more) - (Feb 25, 2014)
Map and Compass Navigation, Nutrition/Hydration - (Mar 4, 2014)
Dry Land Travel Field Trip - (Mar 8, 2014)
Navigation with Map and Compass in the Field - (Mar 15, 2014)
Snow Day / Intro to Ice Axe - Apr 8;Field Trip (Apr 12, 2014)
Wilderness Survial/ESP - April 22; Field trip (Apr 26, 2014)
Weather, Knots, Online Resources - (May 13, 2014)
Graduation Hike - TBD
Be safe and leave no trace!