Includes 5 evening lectures and small group meetings, and 5 field days (see Curriculum and FAQs for full details).
Registration for the Spring 2017 session is now open!
Lecture Dates: Tuesdays: April 11, 18, May 2, 9, 23 (check-in opens 6:30 pm), Foss Auditorium, American Mountaineering Center, Golden
Your choice of one of these field day groups:
- Thursday groups meet April 20, 27, May 4, 18, June 1
- Saturday groups meet April 22, 29, May 6, 20, June 3
- Sunday groups meet April 23, 30, May 7, 21, June 4
- Sunday Women Only group meets April 23, 30, May 7, 21, June 4
Enrollment fee: Early Bird registration is $100 until April 4 for current CMC Members; $120 on and after April 5 (class will probably be full before then).
Hiking in Colorado’s mountains is fabulous recreation! Wilderness Trekking School (WTS) is for all – whether you want to bag a few 14ers – OR – just want to enjoy the scenery. WTS is a great introduction to the Colorado Mountain Club and a place to meet new friends. WTS is Colorado Mountain Club’s largest school, a comprehensive course on mountain hiking. Students are all ages, from 18 to 80. If you’re new to hiking, WTS gives you the opportunity to learn how to travel safely – and with confidence – in the backcountry. If you’re an experienced hiker, WTS gives you a chance to review, to enhance your skills, and possibly to fill in some gaps. WTS also fulfills one of the requirements for a Denver Group C hiker classification and for taking Backpacking School.
Topics covered include gear, map & compass, weather, nutrition and hydration, backcountry emergency, travel techniques and avalanche awareness, Leave No Trace, and more.
The course consists of five Tuesday night lectures, four field days, a CMC trip, and some homework (yes, really!). Students are divided into groups of 10-13 people, based on preferred field day, with consideration for hiking level and age. Instructor teams consist of a senior instructor and two assistant instructors. Students have the opportunity to learn techniques of safe backcountry travel and to practice in a supportive environment. Students plan and complete a hike with their field group. WTS is a great place to learn and practice new skills, make new friends, and become a safe backcountry traveler.
“I thought I knew a lot about hiking. Was I wrong! WTS taught me so much more than I imagined.” –WTS Student
Online sign-up (Note – You will be asked to log into CMC.org at the bottom of the linked page.)