Special Interests

The Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) has sections for members with special interests to meet others with the same interests. All of these sections schedule activities, from programs to trips and schools, in their area of interest. Some of the sections have their own newsletter to communicate with their members. Although a section may have a newsletter, most of their activities are announced in the Activity Schedule and are open to all CMC members.

Backpacking Section (BPX) was officially authorized by Denver Group Council at its business meeting on September 11, 2019.  The purpose of BPX is to promote backpacking as a core CMC activity, organize and coordinate backpacking trips, create and support a community of backpackers, and provide early notice of BPX events to members.

Bobcats The Bobcats provide a variety of challenging, weekday CMC trips, especially “B Difficult” and “C” hikes and Difficult Snowshoes.  Although we have members, anyone can sign up for a Bobcat trip.  We send out linked trip schedules but you can always search the CMC Calendar for Bobcat trips by using an asterisk ( * )  in the “Keyword Search” box.

Conservation Committee The Denver Conservation Committee works in conjunction with the CMC Conservation Department. We are volunteers from the Denver Group who work on projects and issues to preserve public lands and the responsible enjoyment of those lands.

Fly Fishing Section  The Denver Fly Fishing Section promotes the aquatic habitat of the Colorado Rockies.  We meet monthly on the third Thursday at 7 pm from March thru September.  Our meetings feature guest speakers on topics such as entomology and local hot spots.  The general public is welcome.  We also conduct seminars and clinics on topics like casting, fly tying, nymphing and drag free drift.  Service projects for stream sampling, stream cleanup, hosting wounded warriors, and trail work are also supported.   We lead fly fishing trips in Colorado and adjoining states.   Introductory Fly Fishing School and Fly Tying School are held annually for our members.  Click here to register for and obtain more information about Fly Fishing Section activities.

High Altitude Mountaineering HAMS provides opportunities for Colorado Mountain Club climbers to meet others interested in far away peaks, often involving snow, ice and travel. Section members receive Thin Air, the section’s newsletter, five times a year. Thin Air includes information and articles on high altitude mountaineering, including accounts of expeditions, meeting announcements, used equipment sales, and “how-to” advice.

Member Initiatives Committee The DMIC aims 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.

Over the Hill Gang Rocky Mountain Over the Hill Gang is a group of hikers/bikers/skiers and, most importantly, friends over 50. In other words, a bunch of folks “of a certain age” (definitely NOT old) who love to get out and do and prove we don’t have any feet in the grave yet! In addition, food ranks high on our priority list so most activities include eating one way or another. In the past we have sponsored everything from ethnic dinners to raft trips, to castle visits, as well as our outdoor activities. Read more…

Photography Section  The Denver CMC Photography Section is open to all ages and skill levels. Our activities include conducting specific hikes for photography opportunities and meetings to learn more about a wide variety of photographic subjects and display personal and club work. Periodic trips to take advantage of photographic opportunities and social events round out the Photography Section’s current offerings. Come and meet us at 7:00 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the American Mountaineering Center (710 10th St, Golden) in Lower Level Conference Room A and bring your own ideas to the mix.

Technical Climbing Section The Technical Section is for those members interested in technical climbing, both on rock and ice. The Technical Section sponsors programs, courses, member outings and social activities.

Trails Committee The Denver Group Trails Committee performs trail maintenance on public lands and conducts inventory of trail problems requiring maintenance, all in cooperation with public land managing agencies.  For more information on joining us for a project(s), contact [email protected]

Trailblazers Section The Trailblazers is a statewide section for members in their 20s and 30s. Our purpose goes beyond the normal hiking and snow adventures of the club to create a network of like-minded adventure companions. For more information about the Trailblazers, please go to to CMC’s main Trailblazers page, or join the Facebook group.