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Carl Blaurock “Silver Piton” Volunteer of the Year Award


Named after Carl Blaurock, a founder of the Colorado Mountain Club and influential mountain instructor and climber in the US.  The Blaurock (Sliver Piton) Award is presented annually since 1996 to a CMC member who serves as a positive and inspirational example of volunteerism, investing a substantial amount of volunteer effort in Colorado Mountain Club activities which result cumulatively in a significant improvement to the Club. Please submit nominations by completing this form by September 10, 2021.

Carl Blaurock (April 22, 1894 – February 1, 1993) was an pioneering mountaineer and charter member of the Colorado Mountain Club in 1912. He pioneered many climbing routes throughout Colorado and Mount Blaurock (13,616 feet (4,150m)) is named after him. Blaurock and climbing partner Bill Ervin were the first to climb all of the 14,000-foot peaks (known as "fourteeners") in the state of Colorado, doing so by 1923.

By 1957, he had also climbed all of the 14,000-foot (4,300m) peaks in California as well. In Wyoming, Blaurock participated in the first ascents of Mount Helen, Mount Turret, and Mount Harding along with Hermann Buhl, Elmina Buhl and Albert Ellingwood. In Colorado, he also made the first ascent of Lone Eagle Peak with Stephen H. Hart.