Denver Safety & Leadership Committee


The Committee is chartered by the CMC Denver Group Council, as authorized in the Bylaws of the CMC Denver Group, and operates under the CMC State Board Manual, Constitution and Operating Policies.

Charter for Safety and Leadership


The Denver Safety & Leadership Committee (also known as DS&L) carries out Denver Group responsibilities as delegated by the Denver Council. DS&L is responsible for managing Denver trip leaders with safety for all Denver Members.

DS&L meets every third Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the AMC. All Denver club members are welcome to attend and observe. Visitors who wish to address the committee are requested to register before the meeting begins, providing the chair with visitor’s written name, member #, contact info and topic. Time permitting, unscheduled speakers will normally be given three minutes to address the committee.

Denver Safety and Leadership Committee Policies and Procedure Manual – Rev March 2019

Archived Minutes of Monthly Meetings

Winter Trip Leader Rules – Rev Dec 2020

Safety and Leadership Accomplishments 2019-2020

Classification Changes Annual Report 2020

Safety and Leadership Accomplishments 2018-2019

Safety and Leadership Accomplishments 2017-2018

Safety and Leadership Accomplishments 2016-2017


The Committee chair is appointed by the Denver Council chair, and Committee members are appointed by the Committee chair. All Committee appointments are confirmed by the Denver Group Council. Committee members are among Denver Group’s most highly trained and experienced trip leaders and safety professionals.

Subcommittees are appointed by the committee chair, without confirmation of the Council. Subcommittees may be standing committees, advisory committees, or temporary task forces with a one-time project. 

Kevin Schaal, Committee Chair

Kevin joined CMC in 2000 and has completed a variety of schools including WTS, BMS, a cross country ski school, Trip Leader School, Avalanche Terrain Avoidance and AIARE Level 1.  He served on Denver Group Council from 2013-2016 and was Secretary for most of his term.  Following his term on Council, he accepted a request to join DS&L and served as the Director of Trip Leader School for two and a half years.  Kevin was an assistant instructor for WTS in the Spring of 2017.  Kevin is active with the Bobcats Section and leads Leader-in-Training hikes for perspective new leaders.

Bob Collins, Secretary

Bob joined CMC in 2009. He has completed several schools including WTS, Trip Leader School, Avalanche Terrain Avoidance and AIARE Level 1.  He served on Denver Group Council and was Treasurer from 2011-2013.  He served his first term on DS&L from 2013-2016.  He returned to DS&L in 2019.  He is currently DS&L Secretary.  Bob was the first Chair of the Bobcats Section.

Brad Cotten

Brad, Avalanche Terrain Avoidance (ATA) Director, Leader, AIARE Level 1 Assistant, Knot Tying School Instructor. He has been an active member of the CMC since 2011 and a life long outdoors man, and Naturalist. He studied Field Botany, Zoology and Ecology in school before being commissioned in the Navy. Brad has been an avid backpacker since joining the boy scouts. Brad started Technical rock climbing in the early 1970’s and taught rock climbing for California State University at Fullerton for many years, He has put up many in Joshua Tree and climbed in the Mojave Desert, Angeles Crest, Serra Nevada, Olympic, Cascades, Tetons, Colorado and Canadian Rockies. Brad works as a, cowboy, printer, botanist, EMT-P, Naval Flight Officer, Red Cross disaster planner and currently as a flight ground instructor.

Kevin Galliers

Kevin grew up in St. Louis and moved to Colorado in 2015 after working in Washington D.C. as an Industrial/Organizational psychologist for several years.  Following a few years of day hiking and car camping he joined the CMC in 2017. In that time he has taken Wilderness Trekking school, Backcountry Ski school, Wilderness First Aid, Backpacking, Alpine Climbing School, and Wilderness Survival.  Kevin likes to do challenging day hikes and backpacking in the summer and backcountry skiing in the winter.  In addition, Kevin has been a trip leader since 2018 and leads all types of non-technical trips for those CMC members who can put up with his dry jokes. When he is not doing outdoor recreational activities, Kevin enjoys ultimate frisbee, mountain sport strength and conditioning, stand-up comedy shows, and trying to wear out his Chinook sled dog.

Tom Hartzell

Tom has been an active CMC member since moving to Boulder in 2011. He is a Senior WTS Instructor; an Instructor Leader for the Trip Leader School; and also instructs in the Wilderness Survival School and Intro To Hiking Safety class.  He enjoys hiking to the high lakes, and is certified as a Wilderness First Responder.  His favorite hiking spots are in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Annette Mickle

Durrie Monsma, Newsletter Editor

Durrie is a retired attorney, newspaper publisher, and Coast Guard Reserve Captain who rejoined CMC in 2013.  He has hiked in Nepal, New Zealand, Bhutan, Ecuador, Peru, Scotland, Alaska, California, and other states.  Durrie began his three-year DS&L term in 2017 and leads B and C hikes and snowshoe trips for the Bobcats section of the Denver Group.  He enjoys a variety of fitness activities and serves on the nonprofit boards of the Colorado Independent and a foundation that serves needy employees and retirees of the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers.  Durrie is amazed by the expertise and variety of backgrounds of his fellow CMC members and learns something from them on every trip.

Tom O’Connor, Leader, Trip Leader Certification Coordinator

Tom has been a CMC member since 2012 and a trip leader since 2017. He retired from the energy industry in 2013. Tom’s main hiking interests are finishing the Colorado 14ers and challenging himself on high peaks around the world including Africa, Russia, Ecuador and Argentina. It all began in the White Mountains of NH where he still hikes every summer.
Tom began his three year term on the DS&L in 2018 and is currently Trip Leader Certification Coordinator.

Ralph Shroba

Ralph joined CMC in April 1979. He is a semi-retired field geologist who has been hiking in the mountains of Colorado and has studied their geologic features for 50 years. Ralph has completed a variety of CMC schools including WTS, Cross-country Ski School, Trip Leader School, WFA, Avalanche Terrain Avoidance, and AIARE Level 1.  He leads hike and snowshoe trips mainly for the Bobcats Section.