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Colorado Mountain Club's Women's History Month 2020


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In honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day (March 8), the Colorado Mountain Club is celebrating women all month - from the women of our past that were true trailblazers, scaling icy mountains in their bonnets and wool skirts all the way to the women of today, that are pushing the boundaries of outdoor sports in ways our founding women could not have even imagined. 

Throughout March, we will have hikes, events, and more to celebrate women in the outdoors. Click on any of the links below to learn more.

We hope you join us for Women's Month at the CMC. These events are inclusive and open to all gender identities, including men that want to join in the celebration of women in the outdoors. 

Women's Month Membership Deals


Women, since it's your month, you get 10% off your membership when you join in March! Dudes, if you have a women in your life that you want to gift a membership, call the office at 303-279-3080 and we will get the membership set up in her name for 10% off, as well. 

Women, to redeem your 10% off, use code FEM2020 please call the office at 303-279-3080 ext 2.

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Women's Kick-Off Party: March 3 New Details Just Announced!


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Join us on Tuesday, March 3 from 6:30-8:30pm at Ratio Beerworks in Denver to kick-off our Women's Month. We welcome Olga Dobranowski, seasoned mountaineer and high altitude expert, who will be joining us to present on high altitude medicine and her solo ascents world-wide. We are very excited to announce that we will also be screening the incredible film, Shaped by Descent, featuring pro-skiier and Eddie Bauer athlete, Lexi Dupont!

Cost of the event is $5 for members and $10 for non-members, which gets you a free beer, access to Olga's presentation, and screening of the film.


Olga Dobranowski is a seasoned mountaineer and ice-climber, most recently known for her solo speed ascents of the highest point in North and South America. Not only is she an incredibly talented climber, but she is a mother of two sons and a full-time physician. Her specialty is in mountain, expedition, and wilderness medicine, as she studies and teached high altitude medicine. 





Shaped By Descent shares the story of Lexi Dupont and how she went from being the only woman skiing out of Haines to being one of a tribe of women who call Haines their home. Through role models like her sisters, mother, and teammate, Lynsey Dyer, Lexi has been able to meet other women whose passion for skiing match her own and who join her in pursuing big lines in Alaska, a passion with high risks, high rewards, and a high degree of joy!


Event Details

Women's Month Trip Leader School: March 8


Ratio Beerworks LogoWe are proud to announce our inaugural all female trip leader school in honor of International Women's Month on Sunday, March 8. The Trip Leader School will be held from 8am-4pm at the American Mountaineering Center and is twofold:

  • 8:00AM - 11:30AM - Class session, American Mountaineering Center
  • 12:00 AM - 4:00PM - Leader-In-Training (LIT) hike. Location will be in one of the nearby Open Space Parks such as White Ranch, Matthew Winters, and Mount Galbraith. 

​There is no fee for trip leader school, but it is necessary to submit an application to attend here. To learn more, click on the button below!


Event Details

Women Crush Wednesday Hikes


Women about to take on a hike on green grass blue skies



Reclaim your Wednesday evenings with the Colorado Mountain Club in March! Every Wednesday, we will have weekly woman-empowered hikes to foster our mountain community, get outside, and have a great time. We'll meet at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden at 5:30pm to carpool over to the trailhead. 

There is an optional "Wine Down Wednesday" happy hour at local breweries/wineries after the hike. All ages welcome!!

Below is the schedule and click on the links for more information:

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Women's Climb Night: March 12


Woman ClimbingWe're heading to the Climbing Wall at the American Mountaineering Center for a Thursday full of fun! The night will consist of top-roping our very own climbing wall and all ability levels are welcome!

For those interested, the American Alpine Club will provide Universal Belay Certifications. Also, some of the CMC's High Altitude Mountaineering School female instructor team will be teaching a skills class on anchors! HAMS, as we call it, has an instructor team of over 50% female! And, because we are playing with ropes, we will have knot tying instruction and games! 

Light fare/appetizers will be available and we will have refreshments as well. 

Learn climbing knots and the more technical aspects of the sport from our female High Altitude Mountaineering instructors!

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Womentor Climb Night: March 6


While we pay homage to the women of the past, and celebrate the women of today, we also need to empower the women of tomorrow - our outdoor loving girls! 

On Friday, March 6, we welcome all parents, guardians, and mentors to bring your girls to the American Mountaineering Center for an afternoon of climbing. This event is open for the entire family, so bring all the kids. 

We will have our best young climbers there to teach and answer questions about what it takes to get into the climbing world as young women. Youth Education Instructors will be on hand to teach how to climb, new techniques, and teach parents how to help their girls keep on climbing! 

Pizza and some drinks will be provided.

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Pretty Strong Film - March 19


From 5.13 big walls in Yosemite to 5.14 sport climbs in Mexico to V14 boulder problems in Colorado, Pretty Strong follows eight of the Pretty Strong Climbing imageworld’s strongest female climbers as they explore new climbing areas, send hard projects, and push the boundaries of the sport and themselves. Starring Katie Lambert, Nina Williams, Isabelle Faus, Hazel Findlay, Jessa Goebel, Anna Liina Laitinen, Frenanda Rodriguez, and Daila Ojeda. 

Join us for a rad and inspirational film event with your outdoor community!


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Women's HERstory Month at the American Mountaineering Center



The culminating event of Women's History Month will be a night of networking, speakers, and films on Thursday, March 26 at the American Mountaineering Center. All proceeds will benefit the American Mountaineering Museum. 

Gather together for an evening of community celebration and inspiration. Everyone is welcome.

The event is 6-9pm and tickets go on sale in early March. 

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Women of the CMC

Throughout the month, we'll be highlighting some of the leading women of the CMC who help inspire and motivte us all. 

Bea Slingsby

Bea Slingsby:

"At the 2018 Backcountry Bash, Bea was awarded the CMC’s Gudy Gaskill Award, an annual award that honors a female CMC member who serves as a positive and inspirational example of volunteerism. Bea says she often hears younger CMC members tell her, “I want to be like you when I am your age!” but to Bea, ‘old’ is more of a state of mind than a state of being—and she’s not quite there yet."

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Yolanda Mason:

"Yolanda is especially fond of the culture of mentorship fostered in the Colorado Mountain Club. She has always felt welcomed and at home amongst the CMC’s volunteer instructors—regardless of their gender. 'My mentors have been strong, knowledgeable and skilled men who have guided me on how to safely, confidently,
and responsibly enjoy myself while trekking and climbing.'”

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Julie Luce:

"Julie’s found more than an opportunity to learn new skills through the Club, she’s found a strong community of women who encourage and empower her to test her limits. 'Because of the CMC, I have met and developed strong relationships with many amazing women. They are my mentors, role models and friends. Every class I take or trip I go on, I can always count on strong and empowering women instructors and classmates to be there. I love that the CMC encourages everyone, women included, to be leaders,' she said."

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Florencia Szigeti

"Florencia Szigeti is an undeniable badass. From a ripped pair of pants as a seven-year-old, to competing at the Olympic Games, to standing atop one of Earth’s tallest peaks—she’s set and tackled goal after goal. For her, being a badass is about the pursuit and self-improvement that accompanies achieving a goal: 'Understanding your weaknesses and working, training, learning what is needed to overcome those weaknesses and accomplish that goal, makes you a badass,' Florencia said."

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For more information, please contact us at or (303) 279-3080. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on all the Women's Month happenings!