Denver Member Initiatives Committee (DMIC)


To solicit, encourage, recruit, facilitate, and support Denver Group members’ engagement with the CMC, and to be a clearinghouse for ideas or initiatives members may seek to develop for the benefit of the Club and/or its members. In other words, our projects are initiated by members, other Committees, Council, and staff.  Sometimes, the idea is a way to improve an already existing project.  If you have an idea for DMIC, please contact [email protected].

Initiative Status Contact
Ascending Hikes

Program geared towards new members and individuals seeking to increase their fitness and hiking difficulty with the goal of reaching the summit of a Colorado 14er

2019 Ascending Hikes series #1 is in progress — series #2 is coming soon. Jeff Stevens
[email protected]
Beginner Snowshoes Clinics

Clinics designed to teach beginners how to snowshoe

2019 Snowshoes Clinics are complete. Considering adding a follow-up Snowshoe 2.0 for 2020. Robbie Monsma
([email protected])
Track File Manager

A service to store GPS track files for use within the Club.   Interested trip leaders can contact us for directions on use and access to the library.

DMIC collecting GPS track files. Jeff Stevens
([email protected])
Themed Hike Series

A set of hikes offered throughout the year that showcase and explore a particular aspect of Colorado’s history and natural splendor (e.g. geology, wildflowers)

Several themes are currently under development and will be offered in 2019.

Mike Tischer
([email protected])
Quick Start School

Short programs covering a variety of topics (e.g., Front Range hiking, long distance backpacking, pack fitting, map and compass review)

Programs are under development and will be offered in 2019. Cyndi Lehr
([email protected])

Committee Membership

The DMIC has a Chair and five voting members, at least one of which must be a current or past trip leader (within the last three years), and at least one of which must be a current or past Denver Group Schools instructor (within the last three years).  If you are interested in serving on DMIC, even for just one particular project, write us at [email protected].

Current DMIC Members: 

Cyndi Lehr: A retired physical therapist, Cyndi is a member of Denver Group Council 2018-2022.  A BMS Grad, she is a trip leader trainer and editor of the Bobcat Newsletter. She assists with Basic Rock, Intermediate Rock and is a senior instructor for Alpine Scrambling Course.  Cyndi’s DMIC Initiative: Quick Start Schools.

Michael McMahon: Mike has been a CMC member since 2017.  Since joining CMC, Mike has completed WTS, Nav 1, Nav 2 and WFA.  He was an associate instructor for WTS Spring 2019.  Mike has enjoyed hiking and snowshoeing frequently since joining CMC.  He has completed LIT and will be leading the new member hikes.  

Robbie Monsma: A retired attorney-mediator, Robbie is Co-Chair of the CMC Denver Group Council for 2018-2020.  A BMS grad, she is a trip leader and a board director for the Bobcats Section.  Robbie has worked on new member issues for the past three years.  Robbie’s DMIC Initiatives include: New Member Hikes, Beginner Snowshoe, Modular Wilderness Trekking School, and Quick Start School.

Jeff Stevens: Jeff has been a member of the CMC since 2015, and a trip leader since 2017.  His DMIC Initiatives include: Track File Manager, Ascending Hikes and DMIC survey.

Michael Tischer: Mike is a geologist who has been a member of the club since 2012. He currently is a senior instructor for the Wilderness Trekking School and leads hikes for the club along the Front Range and beyond.  Mike’s DMC Initiatives include: Themed Hike Series and the Quick Start School.

Committee Minutes & Charter

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

DMIC Charter 2018-19

March 2019

January 2019

October 2018

2018 DMIC Annual Report

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018