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

Safety and Leadership Accomplishments 2016-2017

Safety and Leadership Accomplishments 2017-2018


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.  He chaired the Annual Dinner one year.  Following his term on Council, he accepted a request to join DS&L.  His primary function within DS&L is serving as the Director of Trip Leader School.  Kevin was an assistant instructor for WTS in the Spring of 2017.  Kevin is active with the Bobcats Section and leads about one trip per month mostly for the Bobcats.

Brad Cotten

Brad Cotten, 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.

Tammy Cullins

Jeff Damp, SALT (Support Aid for Leader Training) coordinator

Jeff was an active CMC member in the 90’s and rejoined in 2013.  He is a retired geologist. He has hiked in Kashmir, Alps, Patagonia, Iceland, and many states.  He was a climber for many years and did routes in the Tetons, Cascades, Canadian Rockies, Yosemite, CO, Gunks (NY), and NH.  Jeff has been involved in search and rescue both in the Tetons, and in NH, where he worked for the Appalachian Mtn. Club.  Jeff loves to ski.  As a Bobcats Section leader of the Denver Group, he leads B and C hikes and backcountry ski trips. Jeff began his three-year term as a member of DS&L in 2018 and currently is the SALT (Support Aid for Leader Training) coordinator.

Tom Hartzell

Tom Hartzell 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.  His favorite hiking spots are in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Sarah Maurer

Sarah has been an active CMC member since 2013 and a trip leader since 2015.  She has served as an assistant instructor for the CMC’s Wilderness Trekking School, Basic Mountaineering School, and Alpine Scrambling Course. Her current hiking interests include climbing the Colorado 14ers and the 3000-meter volcanoes of Java and 7000-meter Peak Lenin in Kyrgyzstan. When she’s not outdoors, she works  as a marketing writer, an outdoor blogger, and a fitness coach specializing in hikers and mountaineers.  Sarah began her three-year term as a member of DS&L in 2018 and currently supports the Trip Leader School.

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.

Mark Wolf, Director of Safety

Mark joined the club in late 1998. He has been a leader since 2001, and is currently an Instructor Leader and the Director of Safety for the Denver Safety and Leadership Committee.  He is a former physician.

Joann Young