American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

The Colorado Mountain Club

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  • Publication Year: 1996

The Colorado Mountain Club. The Club, with over 9,000 members, has a primary clubhouse in Golden, Colorado. It has eighteen associated groups in other parts of the state, as well as a "Friends of Colorado" group that accepts members from anywhere in the world. The Boulder and Colorado Springs groups also maintain offices. The Club's activities have expanded to 2,700 trips in 1995 in such areas as technical climbing, bicycling, hiking, and overseas trips. The Club magazine is Trail & Timberline, which is issued ten times a year, along with two activities schedules. The Club also maintains five huts in the Colorado mountains. For more information about the Club, call 303-279-3080.

The Club gained 501c3 tax-exempt status in 1993 from the IRS, and immediately teamed with the American Alpine Club to jointly renovate a school in Golden, Colorado, as the combined headquarters of both organizations. The two clubs are well into a $4.2 million fund raising campaign, with $3 million already collected. Renovation work on the clubhouse will likely begin later in 1996, with construction continuing through 1998.

High altitude climbing schools were offered by both the Boulder and Denver groups. Other schools covered such topics as basic mountaineering, wilderness trekking, wilderness survival, backpacking, avalanche safety, winter camping, beginning and intermediate rock climbing, cross-country skiing, telemark skiing, leadership training, and first-aid instruction. Due to considerable demand from the membership, most of these schools were filled.

Trips offered by the club included multiple ascents of all 54 of the state's 14,000-foot peaks. In addition, hundreds of other trips climbed smaller peaks throughout the state, as well as a limited number of trips targeted at nearby wilderness areas, such as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park. The club also conducts a number of trips outside the United States every year; in 1995, these trips included New Zealand, Holland, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Germany, and Nepal.

Steve Bragg, President

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