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COVID-19 and Colorado Mountain Club Programming

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 hesitate to call our office at 303-279-3080, or email us at We are available 10am-6pm Monday-Thursday and 10am-3pm on Fridays. 


Please note: an archived, historical timeline of previous CMC COVID-19 Programming Protocols

is available at:


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:

  • Require a negative rapid test 12-24 hours before any gathering.
  • Wear a mask indoors at all times.
  • Members should select trips that are conservative relative to their skillset.  Leaders should asses participant abilities relative to technical and physical difficulty of the trip.
  • Require advance registration for all gatherings
  • Publish room capacity and your maximum attendance for your indoor gatherings in advance to your participants.  We recommend 50% room capacity or less during the surge.

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

We continue to monitor state and local health department and governmental requirements, regulations, orders, and recommendations. The CMC COVID-19 protocols are at a higher level given the infection and ICU hospitalization utilization rates across Colorado. The CMC will continue to update the protocol based on these factors.

What's new:

  • Masks required inside the AMC building, CMC offices and all Jefferson County indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status
  • Trip Leaders, School Directors, Instructors, and Event Coordinators:
    • May limit participants to vaccinated only without PCR testing option
    • Must Communicate Protocols, including vaccine requirements, with first posting of trip, advertisement, or notice of any trip, class, or event.
  • Masks required inside and encouraged outside when a reasonable social distance cannot be maintained regardless of vaccine status.
  • No size limits on trips, gathering or events (subject to minimum CMC trip size polcies)
  • Carpooling at discretion of participants
  • Full capacity is allowed at the AMC


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:

  • This may be done on an honor system or may require documentary proof for the following options:
    • Leaders, Instructors and School Directors may require completed vaccine certification or a negative PCR test within three days of the event or activity, or
    • Leaders, Instructors and School Directors may require documentary proof of completed vaccine certification (without a PCR testing option), or
    • Leaders, Instructors and School Directors may elect not to have any restrictions based on vaccine or testing status
  • Protocols MUST BE COMMUNICATED with the first posting, advertisement, or notice of any trip, class, or event.
  • Masks are also strongly encouraged both inside and outdoors when a reasonable social distance cannot be maintained regardless of vaccine status.
  • Any individual who is not completely vaccinated, must wear a mask at all times when indoors.
  • There are no size limits on trips, gatherings, or events (subject to CMC trip group size policies).
  • Carpooling is at the discretion of participants.
  • Protocols must not conflict with local, state, or federal guidelines


American Mountaineering Center:

  • The American Mountaineering Center is utilized frequently by our Youth Education Program and thus several young people are in the building consistently.  This poses a potentially higher risk for transmitting to and/or from unvaccinated individuals.  
  • Any individual meeting/working with Youth Education Staff are required to wear a mask within the AMC.
  • Masks are required in public spaces such as hallways, lobbies, and bathrooms.
  • Requirement of masks within any AMC classroom, conference room, meeting room, or office is left to the discretion of the primary coordinator for any event, class, or gathering.
    • The primary coordinator is responsible for communicating any specific protocols when first communicating the event to prospective attendees.  If the protocols are not communicated clearly and timely then masks will be required for all attendees at that event, class, or gathering.
    • Full capacity is allowed for all AMC spaces and at the discretion of the primary coordinators for any event, class, or gathering.

Liability Waiver:

  • Every participant must have a current signed waiver on file.  This includes instructors and trip leaders.
  • Guests must have an updated waiver on file with the CMC in advance of registering for any trip, class, or event.
  • Trip Leaders and instructors are responsible for confirming every participant has a signed waiver on file. Contact to confirm.
  • Trip Leaders and Instructors should include in all messaging the updated protocols and specifically note the waiver requirement.
  • Active Members Waiver
  • Guest Waiver

     ​(waiver expires annually)