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Moving to Centennial in late May. Looking to meet climbers and find some partners. Is joining the Colorado Mountain Club a good idea? In other words, are the opportunities/activities organized worth the price of membership?

Are there better/easier ways to find climbing partners in CO?

Thanks,
Tony
T Gryckiewicz
From Centennial, CO
Joined May 26, 2012
5 points
May 1, 2014
Stairway to Heaven
If you're an experienced climber then you probably won't get much out of the CMC. Their focus is more on beginner instruction and hiking and scrambling. Martin le Roux
From Superior, CO
Joined Jul 16, 2003
179 points
May 1, 2014
No. Just post for partners on here and meet people. Plenty of folks climb ing CO/Denver Kevin Pula
Joined May 25, 2012
3 points
May 1, 2014
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In the last two years I've needed to meet new people to climb with in the Denver metro area. I met 4 of them off of Mt. Project, 3 through people I knew, 1 off of RC.com, 2 off of Denver Social Climbers on Meetup, 2 from Rockin' & Jammin's partner page, and 1 from just introducing myself in the gym.

I never thought to try the CMC. I used to be a member, but that was in the 90s, and I remember the outings being more geared towards BC skiing, hiking, and easy mountaineering/peak bagging than technical rock climbing.

Cool organization, though!

(It's weird, also, that no matter how many climbing friends I have, it never seems to be enough. There are *still* times I end up having to TR solo because everyone is busy. Go figure.)
teece303
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Joined Dec 16, 2012
636 points
May 1, 2014
Tour Ronde North Face
If you are a backcountry skier, then the CMC is absolutely worth it.

They have a very active group of skiers, and provide the opportunity for lots of great ski outings.

Can't really comment much on their other activities, as I never really participated in anything other than the ski trips.
Kai Larson
From Sandy, Utah
Joined Jan 6, 2006
261 points
May 1, 2014
castleton tower
The CMC has good cheap instructional classes. If you are looking for affordable training they are good. I've taken their Basic Mountaineering School and Wilderness First Aid etc. I think the classes were like $30-$50 but that's been quite a few years ago...

Also - if you are a member I know you get 10% off of gear at Bent Gate in Golden :) (probably other places as well)

Signing up for their "trips" might be good for you as well if you want to get out and hike a 14er and meet some cool people...
Matt Pierce
From Denver, CO
Joined May 11, 2010
145 points
May 1, 2014
Flatirons
When I was in CO I either met people while out climbing (bouldering or whatever) or on here. There are enough climbers you probably won't have any trouble. Ryan Watts
From Bishop, CA
Joined Apr 15, 2013
49 points
May 2, 2014
Chimney pitch
Check out meetup.com. There are several groups you can join that arrange climbing trips outside and in the gym. Denver social climb, Rock and soul climbers and Rock climbers of Colorado springs. Mike Carrington
From Centenntial
Joined Feb 20, 2006
1,759 points


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