The High Rockies Adventure Club gears up for a semester of outdoor experiences and excursions
The High Rockies Adventure Club (HRAC) is a student-led group dedicated to building a community of conscientious outdoor leaders while developing an inclusive culture of outdoor recreation.
The club plans and participates in school-sponsored excursions, like mountain bike rides, rock climbing trips and even ice climbing. Though Outdoor Recreation Leadership program resources help facilitate elements like gear rental and planning, all CMC students are encouraged to join, regardless of major or experience level.
“So many people may have outdoor interests they want to try but don’t know where to start,” says Matt White, CMC Outdoor Technician and club leader, “The High Rockies Adventure Club is a place where students can come to pursue potential interests.”
The club’s first meeting will be an informational session at 5pm on Wednesday, September 9th at the Gazebo. This meeting will primarily be to brainstorm for the upcoming semester, provide more information for interested students, and finalize a meeting time and schedule.
“This is the perfect opportunity for folks to get involved here on campus,” says Matt, “Help create the trips and events you’d like to see on campus this year.”
This year, each HRAC meeting will have an educational component to it, where students can practice teaching and learn something new. Some examples are gear repair, navigational skills, and wilderness first aid scenarios.
So far HRAC has planned a mountain bike group ride for September 12 on campus trails. They are also finalizing times for a rock-climbing trip down to Buena Vista, a 14er hike up Mount Sherman, and a day hike around Leadville to look at the fall colors as the leaves begin to change.
To help protect against the spread of COVID-19, HRAC has made some changes and adjustments to club operations. Club meetings will be hosted outside, either in the Gazebo, on the trails, or around the Climax Building.
During all trips and events, club participants will follow the campus operation plan for COVID-19. Luckily, outdoor adventures are very conducive to social distancing, but when it isn’t possible, students will wear the appropriate face masks.