Trip Leader Support

Denver Trip Leaders have many different needs. All documents, rules, instructions, and training opportunities are outlined below. For more information, refer to:

Denver Group Trip Leader Manual (Fall 2018)

Denver Group Trip Leader New Member Support Kit (2017)

Denver Group Beginner Snowshoe Trip Leader Instruction Kit (2018-19)



The CMC Denver Group strongly encourages its trip leaders to take CMC classes to expand their skills and make themselves more effective and versatile trip leaders. To support this, trip leaders in the Denver Group are allowed to apply for scholarships to cover the cost of CMC classes, assuming that they meet the requirements. Even if you are not a trip leader, but you are a member of the CMC Denver Group and you are interested in becoming a trip leader, you can apply for scholarships for the Trip Leader School and Wilderness First Aid to cover the cost of these prerequisite classes. To see what scholarships are available and apply, utilize the following form:



Preparing for a Trip

We can’t tell you what trip you should plan but we can try to make it as easy as possible for you to plan it. These pages provide information that should streamline the planning process.

Website Instructions – This page provides a tutorial and general instructions for entering a trip into the CMC website.

Trip Plan Template and Trip Planning Questions are good references when planning a trip.

Understand the Denver Group Policies.


Running the Trip

These forms and rules are used during the actual trip.

Common Forms

All leaders should carry blank copies of these forms to fill out before and after a hike.

All guests (hike attendees who are not members of the CMC) must sign a Guest Liability Waiver. It is not uncommon for a CMC member to show up at a hike with an unannounced friend or relative.

Members of the Denver CMC group must fill out a Classification Change Request Form in order gain a rating higher than A. Ideally hikers show up with their own copies but they are frequently grateful if the leader has spares.


Emergency Forms

In the event of an emergency during a led CMC trip, the leader should contact the appropriate authorities immediately. The CMC should also be contacted as soon as possible.

The CMC Emergency Action Plan provides specific information on contacting the CMC and how the CMC will respond.

This CMC Emergency Contact Card can be printed out and carried by CMC leaders. It contains a condensed set of instructions to be followed during an emergency.

The CMC emergency number (269-384-1056) is printed at the top of all trip rosters.

Copies of the Emergency First Aid Checklist and Report Form should be in every leader’s first aid kit. This form provides a simple way to track a patient’s status and hand off that information to medical technicians.

Copies of the Head-To-Toe assessment diagram and checklist, along with the Patient Assessment Form should also be carried for reference in case of a medical incident.

The Denver Group’s Safety and Leadership Committee has developed recommended guidelines on determining whether to evacuate a sick or injured participant.


Leader in Training Forms

Decided to mark your trip as a LIT so a potential leader can get some experience? Good for you.

Please read the LIT Guidelines before the trip and make sure the LIT is aware of your expectations.

The Leader In Training should arrive at the hike with a copy of the LIT Evaluation Form already filled out. The leader simply needs to go down the list and check off the LIT’s accomplishments.


Additional Forms

The Trail Head Check List can be used during a hike to make sure that all important steps are accomplished on the trail.

Certain parking areas (such as St Mary’s Glacier) will give a discount to CMC members or you may be required to identify your vehicle. The CMC member vehicle tag can be printed out and placed on the vehicle’s dashboard.

Whistle Protocol Recommendation for Leaders & Members.


After the Trip

Once you get back home don’t forget to sign back into the CMC website and mark the trip as completed.

If an incident occurred on the trip you must fill out the Incident/Injury/Illness Report Form. This is required in any situation where the consequences of the incident extend beyond the trip.


Forms and Documents

These documents are either rarely needed or have been depreciated. They should not be required during a typical hike.

Activity Report

Check Request

CMC Release of Liability

Denver Group Trip Leader New Member Support Kit – 2017

Roxborough State Park Daily Hike Permit Application (download then complete using Adobe Acrobat)