For the most recent Protocol, which was updated on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, go to:
Current Additional COVID-19 Considerations for CMC Volunteer Leadership as of January 11, 2022:
Colorado is experience another surge which is impacting our first responders and hospitals dramatically. The infection rate for the Omicron Variant is breaking through vaccinated members and unvaccinated alike. Nobody can predict for certain when rates will decrease, but in the meantime we ask our volunteer leaders to continue to use conservative caution when executing classes, events, gatherings, and outings such as hikes and climbs.
CMC values and trusts our volunteer leadership. They are trained and conscientious of member safety while working diligently to provide a wonderful community experience. We are not updating the protocols yet, but strongly encourage all members to consider the following added guidelines:
Leaders and Instructors still have the authority to follow more restrictive guidance than listed in the most recent protocols for their events, programs, and trips.
Last update to protocols: Monday, NOVEMBER 24, 2021
ALL CMC Events, Trips, Schools and other Activities:
Trip Leaders, Instructors, and School Directors continue to have the discretion to limit participation based on vaccine status or negative PCR COVID test results within three days of the activity (but not the rapid antigen test, which is not as accurate), as follows:
American Mountaineering Center:
(waiver expires annually)
For March 6, 2020 through August 9, 2021
The Center for Disesase Control issued a statement on February 28, 2020 that it is likely the coronavirus (COVID-19) will spread in US communities.
At the Colorado Mountain Club, the safety of our members and staff is our priority. We are closely monitoring expert sources and will share pertinent developments with our membership. All of our decisions regarding programming at the CMC moving forward will be with the health and well-being of our members and staff top of mind.
If you have any questions, please do not hestitate to call our office at 303-279-3080, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are available 10am-6pm Monday-Thursday and 10am-3pm on Fridays.
NOTE: The previous, historical protocols are listed from latest to oldest
In light of the new spread of the dangerous and highly infectious COVID-19 Delta variant, the CMC is making the following changes to our COVID-19 Protocol, effective immediately.
**UPDATE: Monday, August 9 2021**
1. American Mountaineering Center:
2. Outdoor trips, fields days, and gatherings:
3. Liability Waiver:
**UPDATE: Monday, June 14, 2021**
**UPDATE: Monday, May 17, 2021**
The American Mountaineering Center (AMC) has returned to 100% occupancy. We are keeping the mask requirement indoors at the AMC. We will we reevaluate this requirement on June 8, 2021. The decision to maintain masking is based on the varying availability of vaccines in certain communities and those 12-16, as well as out of concern for those under 12 years old. The CMC Membership Services Office is scheduled to reopen on June 15th (the initial reopening will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00am - 5:00pm - check back for changes or updates). Masks may be considered outdoors whenever a reasonable distance cannot be maintained, however this decision is up to each participant based on their comfort level.
**UPDATE: Thursday, May 5, 2021**
As counties move to loosen restrictions, CMC remains conservative with its protocols. Nonetheless, we ask members and participants to focus on personal responsibility. Please continue to wear masks inside and when a reasonable distance outside cannot be maintained, wash hands, socially distance, and monitor symptoms. CMC will continue to re-evaluate protocols and post changes here. Some significant changes:
Counties have moved to setting their own restrictions and capacity limits, in part based on Colorado’s Dial 3.0 dashboard. It establishes county-by-county status levels, which in turn set capacity and activity level restrictions. See:
Please note the following revised items:
Protocols for CMC Trips
Protocols for CMC Schools
Checklist for Participants, Trip Leaders, and School Directors
**UPDATE: Thursday, April 1, 2021**
As counties move to loosen restrictions, CMC remains conservative with its protocols. Please continue to move class content online, wear masks, wash hands, socially distance, and monitor symptoms. CMC will re-evaluate protocols after May 1, 2021. Some significant changes:
We are following Colorado’s new Dial 3.0 dashboard. It establishes county-by-county status levels, which in turn set capacity and activity level restrictions. See
- Dial 3.0 - https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-dial
- County map - https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-dial-dashboard
Last updated: Thursday, February 25, 2021
**UPDATE: Thursday, February 25, 2021**
As counties move to loosen restrictions, CMC remains conservative with it's protocol. Please continue to move class content online, wear masks, wash hands, socially distance, and monitor symptoms. CMC will re-evaluate protocols after May 1. Some significant changes:
**UPDATE: Friday, January 22, 2021**
As counties move to loosen restrictions, CMC remains conservative with it's protocol. Please continue to move class content online, wear masks, wash hands, socially distance, and monitor symptoms. CMC will re-evaluate the protocols for February 2021.
**UPDATE: Monday, December 7, 2020**
As we hit the holidays, cases are spiking here in Colorado. The guidelines remain the same. However, CMC highly encourages it's members and volunteers to tread with extra caution this next month. Please stay safe and stay healthy. The guidelines remain the same, but we are again re-emphasizing the importance of:
**UPDATE: Thursday, November 5, 2020**
As Colorado continues to tighten restrictions, CMC will be monitoring the CDC guidelines and state orders closely. We will be continuing to take a conservative approach, as we want to keep our staff, volunteers, and community members healthy and safe. As most counties are now hitting Stage 3 (or Orange Dial levels), we represent an Outdoor Guided Service. So, although "social gatherings and groups" are limited to 5 or 10 people in two or less households, CMC as an Outdoor Guided Service can still have multi-household group sizes of 10 or less, as long as strict social distancing standards are met. The new protocol starting November 1 is not that different compared to this summer. However, we wanted to reinforce some already existing protocols, as well as tighten down some activity allowances. Here are the major changes:
**UPDATE: Thursday, June 18, 2020**
As Colorado continues to loosen restrictions surrounding COVID-19, the Colorado Mountain Club will also be loosening some of our protocol given state orders and industry guidelines. Starting July 1, we will be updating our protocols with the following changes in place:
Please refer to our website for the official document and to keep up to date with any changes. The protocols for July can be found below here:
**UPDATE: Thursday, May 28, 2020**
In accordance with a recent amendment to Governor Polis' Executive Order D 2020 044, Colorado Mountain Club has decided to open up our radius for outdoor recreation from a 10-mile radius. The amendment states:
"Travel to within their local community or as necessary to access outdoor recreation areas. If travelling outside their community, Coloradans are urged to honor all restrictions in place at their destination and avoid travel to counties or municipalities that issue travel restrictions."
As CMC Trips resume, please consider smaller mountain towns when deciding where to recreate, adhere to all local and county level closures, and be safe out there while following our protocols, which were created following expert advice from CDC, state and local public health departments, and guidance from our elected state and local officials. We also consulted Golden Fire Department, first responders, land managers, CMC volunteer leadership, and our members.
Furthermore, starting Monday, June 1, the CMC offices will be open Monday - Thursday, 10am-6pm. Staff & guests must follow our new protocols for in-person interactions in the office. Most staff will continue working on a remote schedule. These include, but not limited to:
Read the full CMC staff and guest protocols here.
We will be working with the American Mountaineering Center to create protocols for our volunteers to use the building. Stay tuned. We will have those soon.
**UPDATE: Tuesday, May 19, 2020**
After careful review of our revised budget forecast, we are making some difficult decisions to keep the organization moving forward while continuing to serve the membership and support our staff.
As such, effective May 18, 2020, CMC will reduce our hours of operations by 20%. Our operating hours, including for Member Services, will be Monday-Thursday, 10am-6pm.
Staff will continue working remotely, with a partial return to the office for some staff starting June 1 in accordance with state, local, and CMC guidelines. We have been approved for Colorado’s Work-Share Program so our staff will have access to supplemental support during this time, and will maintain full medical benefits.
This was not a decision that we arrived at lightly. Safety is a core value of the CMC – protecting each other, our lands, our partners while out recreating – and the safety of our staff is paramount. A reduction in operating hours across the board now means that we can conserve funds while we retool some programs and assess the path forward. Our full staff will continue working to fulfill the mission of the Colorado Mountain Club for you, the members.
Read Keegan's full letter to membership here.
If you have any questions, please contact the us at email@example.com. Thanks for your membership, support, and dedication to our community.
**UPDATE: Friday, May 8, 2020**
Full protocols for planning and attending both CMC Trips and CMC Schools after June 1, 2020 can be found below. These protocols are subject to change, postponement, or cancellation owing to evolving COVID-19 guidelines set forth by state and local government officials and public health departments.
These protocols were created following expert advice from CDC, state and local public health departments, and guidance from our elected state and local officials. We also consulted Golden Fire Department, first responders, land managers, CMC volunteer leadership, and our members.
**Below protocols are from Friday, May 8. On May 28, we amended the below documents following a new amendment from Governor Polis ending the 10-mile radius. For the May 28 protocols, please scroll up to the May 28 update, or click here.**
If you have any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a trip leader or school director, please email Maddie Miller, Trip Leader Support Coordinator, at email@example.com.
**UPDATE: Wednesday, May 6, 2020**
Update on reopeing the Colorado Mountain Club for trips, courses, and gatherings. Read Keegan's full letter here.
As with the onset of all this weirdness, we’ll provide a social distancing rubric to guide trips, classes, and gatherings that we created after consulting Golden Fire Department, first responders, land managers, trip leaders, and our members. Some of the measures we’ll be taking to minimize risk on these offerings include:
Please read the full handout or download the PDF here.
Fully detailed protocols and checklists for trips and schools will be published on this site by Saturday morning, May 9, 2020.
If you have any questions about these protocols, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a trip leader, school director, or instructor with questions, please email Maddie Miller, CMC Trip Leader Support Coordinator, at email@example.com.
**UPDATE: Friday, March 27, 2020**
Update on programming, responsible recreation during a pandemic, and how to support CMC during this crisis. Read Keegan's Full letter here.
CMC Staff and Volutneers have created a new Outdoor Online University so that we can learn new skills and brush up on old skills while at home. We are dedicated to continuing our mission and there are several ways that you can help us out in these trying time:
Thank you for your support!
**UPDATE: Tuesday, March 17, 2020**
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**UPDATE: Monday, March 16, 2020**
Colorado Mountain Club staff are now operating on a remote work schedule. We are still answering phones and responding to emails. Please contact us via phone at 303-279-3080 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond during our normal office hours, which are 10am-6pm Monday-Thursday, and 10am-3pm on Friday. A full list of staff emails can be found on our Staff Webpage if you need to contact someone in particular.
The office at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden is closed while we work remotely. Further, the American Mountaineering Center is closed, effective immediately, to the public, our members, and volunteers as we continue to do our part to "flatten the curve" and protect the public health in our community. Thanks for your patience and understanding!
**UPDATE: Sunday, March 15, 2020**
With a focus on the safety of our members, volunteer leaders, staff, and the larger outdoor community, the Colorado Mountain Club has made the difficult decision to postpone all official CMC gatherings, including events, trips, and schools for the time being, effective Monday, March 16, 2020.
Read Keegan Young's, CMC Executive Director, full letter here.
**UPDATE: Friday, March 13, 2020**
Colorado Mountain Club staff will take their temperature each morning before coming into the building or interacting with members or guests. Staff whose temperature exceeds 100, or who have a cough or shortness of breath must stay home. Volunteers should follow the same protocol.
As you can imagine, the impacts of COVID-19 on the Colorado Mountain Club are significant. Your generosity and support are more critical now more than ever in this time of uncertainty. If you can, we would be extremely grateful if you would consider your ticket purchase to the above events as a donation to the CMC in lieu of a refund.
Leaders: When you make a decision about an upcoming program, even if it is to carry on as planned, please take the following communication steps:
**UPDATE: Tuesday, March 10, 2020**
Governor Polis Declares State of Emergency in Colorado with 15 Positive Cases in Colorado as of Monday, 3/9/2020
We will continue to monitor what this means for Club activities. The Declaration from the Governor's office gives them more leeway and executive power to make decision across the state to protect the Colorado community and respond more quickly to this ongoing issue. At this time, it does not change how the CMC is proceeding with Club outings and procedures. Please continue to consult expert sources and use the below rubric to help you make the best decisions about your health.
The health and well-being of our Colorado Mountain Comunity is our highest priority. As the new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, we wanted to share some actions we are taking to protect our CMC community. The Colorado Mountain Club is continually monitoring expert sources, such as the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, which covers the situation in Colorado.
All of us at the Colorado Mountain Club understand the concern and anxiety that this issue is causing, and our deepest sympathies go out to those that have been affected. If you are uncomfortable about attending an upcoming event or course with the Colorado Mountain Club, we will offer full refunds on those courses, events, and activities that we can.
For Trip Leaders, School Directors, and School Instructors around the state, we suggest using this protocol to decide whether to run their courses or trips. Members, please contact your Trip Leader or School Director for more information. You can also click the button below to find other resources about COVID-19 and CMC programming.
COVID-19 Rubric & CMC Resources
Actions we can all take to protect ourselves and each other, as suggested by CDC and Colorado Department for Public Health and Environment:
At the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, we have instituted the following policies:
There is a lot of information, both good and bad, floating around about COVID-19 right now. It is essential that you follow expert sources, such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, to get the correct information and up-to-date analysis. Please consult those expert sources to help you in making decisions about your health during this time.
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If you have questions, contact our front office at (303) 279-3080 or email email@example.com.
710 10th Street, Suite 200Golden, Colorado 80401
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Tuesday - Thursday
10:00 am - 6:00pm
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