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Quick Start Schools


“Quick Starts” are a series of seminars that highlight topics about recreating in Colorado.  They’re a great place to learn something new, or refresh something familiar! There are currently two tracks available:

Contact QSS Coordinator Ann Liao for any questions or interest in presenting a topic. 


QSS Upcoming Lectures:


Beginning Birding

It is Springtime and the Birds are Calling ... Colorado is home to many colorful and precious species of birds.  Our local open spaces are a great place to view and admire birds.  Come learn the basics about bird identification and places to spot your favorite species.  Join Colorado Mountain Club trip leader Cyndi Lehr for an evening discussion on basic spotting/identifying species, hot spots, resources, and favorite sightings.


QSS Navigation Series: Available Recordings


QSS: Navigation is a series of seminars on selected topics related to trip planning and outdoor navigation. The seminars serve as a complement to, but not a replacement of, navigational skills currently being offered through several CMC schools, such as the ‘Intro to Map & Compass’ section in the Wilderness Trekking School or the ‘Navigation 1-3’ modules available through the Technical Climbing School. The seminars offer participants the opportunity to obtain an in-depth introduction to important navigation tools and workflows on topics that may not be discussed in great enough details inside the CMC school curriculum. It also provides participants the opportunity to practice their skills and refresh their knowledge on subjects that they have previously obtained through CMC classes or elsewhere. Ultimately, the goal of this series is to help participants stay up-to-date with currently available tools, devices and workflows in order to help them safely plan and execute their outdoor activities.

Seminars are currently offered exclusively as webinars online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Can’t make a seminar? Here are some additional resources worth checking out curtesy of our own David Litke. Seminars are held at the American Mountaineering Center, local open spaces, CMC outdoor community partners, or via Webinar.