Introduction to Hiking Safety (IHS):

The Introduction to Hiking Safety seminar is back on for 2022!

Learning how to be safe in the backcountry is a major reason many members join the CMC. 

            Some people seek out information because:

                  “I know what I don’t know.”

            For others, it’s:

                  “I don’t even know what I don’t know.”

The Introduction to Hiking Safety seminar is a one-evening session during which you will learn:

  •  the many aspects of safety you need to be aware of, including subjects such as lightning, avalanche, animal encounters, getting lost (or staying found), cold weather gear, staying warm, hypothermia and cold weather injuries, and being stranded over-night,
  • tools, methods of preparation, and how to respond to safety challenges,
  • an introduction to the extensive program of in-depth, hands-on safety training offered in the CMC Denver Group’s adult education curriculum.

Subjects will include:

  • trip planning
  • the 10 essentials: must have gear
  • basic navigation: staying found
  • clothing: including layering, materials, rain gear, sun protection
  • animal encounters: bear, moose, mountain lions, rabies, mosquitoes, tics
  • trail nutrition and hydration
  • trail sense: registers, noting location, reading trail markers
  • obtaining Search and Rescue support
  • mountain weather, including lightning safety
  • avalanche terrain avoidance
  • overview of Denver Group schools with significant safety content

Price: $ 10.00 for members, $15.00 for non-members

Because of the low tuition for this course, refunds are not possible.  However, if you must cancel, please notify the school director and we will provide no-cost attendance at a future session.

Colorado Mountain Club
American Mountaineering Center
710 10th St.
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 279-3080

2022 IHS Schedule.  Dates for the rest of the year are:

Saturday.       June  25  Foss Auditorium.   10:00 – 1:00  To register for this date, click here

Tuesday.        July.  19  Foss Auditorium.    6:30   – 9:00  To register for this date, click here

Wednesday.       September  14  Foss Auditorium.    6:30   – 9:00 To register for this date, click here

Director:        Art Hogling:

  Steve Billig:

For downloadable handouts from the course content, click the link below.

Student Handouts