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New to Mountaineering

Post by zestyziggy » Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:38 am

Hey guys!
I've decided this year is the year that I'm going to start mountaineering. Where's a good place to start? I'm aware that classes are offered at the CMC and I plan on taking those as soon as possible. Are there clubs I can join? and what gear is recommended? Thanks for all the help.
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Re: New to Mountaineering

Post by Sbenfield » Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:40 am

I had a good time with the CMC wilderness Trekking School!
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Re: New to Mountaineering

Post by d_baker » Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:50 am

zestyziggy wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:38 am
Hey guys!
I've decided this year is the year that I'm going to start mountaineering. Where's a good place to start? I'm aware that classes are offered at the CMC and I plan on taking those as soon as possible. Are there clubs I can join? and what gear is recommended? Thanks for all the help.
What' are your goals, specifically?
What's your definition of mountaineering?
What's your current level of experience?
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Re: New to Mountaineering

Post by zestyziggy » Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:59 pm

d_baker wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:50 am
zestyziggy wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:38 am
Hey guys!
I've decided this year is the year that I'm going to start mountaineering. Where's a good place to start? I'm aware that classes are offered at the CMC and I plan on taking those as soon as possible. Are there clubs I can join? and what gear is recommended? Thanks for all the help.
What' are your goals, specifically?
What's your definition of mountaineering?
What's your current level of experience?
Honestly I have no clue, it seems like a good experience and I want to see where it takes me. To me its climbing excursions, of any class, in the winter. I have a pretty strong cardio and can do 15-20 miles in a day. I've done 14ers but nothing technical.
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Re: New to Mountaineering

Post by zestyziggy » Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:03 pm

Sbenfield wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:40 am
I had a good time with the CMC wilderness Trekking School!
That's good to hear! Do they provide gear or do you have to bring your own?
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Re: New to Mountaineering

Post by Eli Boardman » Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:22 pm

This is what worked for me, and what I'd recommend:

1. Pick a goal (let's say: "climb a 14er in winter").

2. Research it a bunch and find out what you need to learn (in this example, look up which 14ers are safest in winter (Quandary), then read Quandary trip reports from Dec - March).

3. Pick up the gear and/or skills you need (maybe take an intro avalanche avoidance class, buy microspikes, study mountain forecasts, make sure your boots are warm enough, etc.).

4. Make a conservative attempt (simply start hiking and turn around if things start to go south).

5. Evaluate your success/failure and repeat cycle (maybe you turned around because your water bottles froze--next time you know to keep them inside your pack and turn them upside-down).

Note: a lot of this could be simplified by finding an experienced mentor or taking tons of dedicated classes, which many will recommend. I prefer the DIY approach, and finding the right mentor is far from a given.
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Re: New to Mountaineering

Post by d_baker » Sat Oct 10, 2020 4:51 pm

Zesty, do what Eli said!! He's proven that approach works!
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Re: New to Mountaineering

Post by SchralpTheGnar » Sat Oct 10, 2020 5:48 pm

Make sure you hike back to the trailhead still racked for that authentic mountaineering clankity clack
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Re: New to Mountaineering

Post by pvnisher » Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:25 pm

What's the quote, "if you're warm, regular, rested, or well fed then you're not mountaineering."
Ha.
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Re: New to Mountaineering

Post by asbochav » Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:14 pm

Learn about the ten essentials and how to use them.

Learn all you can about ethical mountaineering and "leave no trace" travel. Practice what you have learnt.
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Re: New to Mountaineering

Post by nyker » Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:06 am

zestyziggy wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:38 am
Hey guys!
I've decided this year is the year that I'm going to start mountaineering. Where's a good place to start? I'm aware that classes are offered at the CMC and I plan on taking those as soon as possible. Are there clubs I can join? and what gear is recommended? Thanks for all the help.
Zestyziggy, that's great. As far as where to start, read through topics and trip reports on this site, you'll see what different mountains are like in and outside of Colorado (though one can only glean so much from reading about a mountain vs. being on the mountain). Post questions here, there is a lot of collective knowledge on this site. Get a copy of Freedom of The Hills, also get some of the recent editions of Accidents in North American Mountaineering, to learn what can go wrong and to prepare to help mitigate those risks. and... get out on the trails!
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Re: New to Mountaineering

Post by peter303 » Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:02 am

With winter around the corner, I suggest viewing an avalanche awareness video. That is a constant issue for backcountry excursions. This video will tell you how to avoid avalanche prone areas. If you want to go out in areas where avalanches occur, then you follow this up with a field course on how interpret snow signs and use avalanche rescue equipment.
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