Indoor Climbing Wall
Join the us three nights a week to climb on our small but mighty indoor gym!
* 30 Day Pass is valid from the first day used and for 30 consecutive days following. Can be purchased here or at the gym cash or check.
- Where: Telluride High School climbing gym – doors left of Palm Theater entrance
- When: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 6 to 9 (Dec. 1- April 6, 2014)
- Cost: $5/night (cash or check). 30 Day Pass $25 (member) $35 (non-member)*. Season Pass $100 (member) $130 (non-member) **
- What: The type of climbing is some route climbing (30′ up) and mostly rated bouldering problems. The difficulty of the problems is beginner to advanced. Routes are changes throughout the season by our excellent route setters.
- Details: no equipment – other then ropes – available for use or rent. All participants must sign a Liability release form and have payment at the time of participation. Children are welcome with adult supervision.
- Other: Skill Building programs offed thought the season. Some examples are: How to best use the climbing wall to train, yoga for climbers, belay escape techniques, rappelling techniques, building core strength and injury prevention. See calendar for details. COST: $10 (non-member) FREE to members (yoga in 30 min, $5).
** Season Pass is valid December 1 to April 1 all nights we are open.
TMC Upcoming Offerings:
TMC Trail Work Day on Deer Trail Basin Trail
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Meet at Baked In Telluride
Bring lunch and work gloves
Wilderness First Responder Course
October 11-15, 2013
This is a 5-Day Wilderness First Responder course that requires approximately 24 hours of self study prior to the first day of class.
This course covers the same material and meets the same criteria as the standard 9-Day Wilderness First Responder. It is designed for students and professionals who have tight schedules and the self-discipline to complete the pre-course preparation. Class time will focus primarily on practical hands-on skill building and rescue scenarios. The cost of the full course is $675 and includes Healthcare Provider CPR.
If you need to re-certify your WFR you can attend October 11-13. The cost of the re-certification course is $300 and includes Healthcare Provider CPR.
Please visit cprworld.com for more information.
BILK CREEK EROSION REPORT
The Telluride Mountain Club was notified by San Miguel County about tresspass and erosion problems at the Bilk Creek climbing area.
A site visit confirmed that there is a problem at the right side (South side) of the cliff, where some climbers had been taking a direct path up to the summit instead of using the established trail on the left side (North side) of the cliff. Please avoid taking this short cut around the right side, as it goes straight up a very steep hillside and is causing substantial erosion. Also, the short cut on the right side of the cliff is crossing property owned by the adjacent private landowner. (more…)
Patagonia, Bluegrass Donate to Telluride Mountain Club
This summer the Telluride Mountain Club received two donations from organizations honoring the Club’s efforts.
Both the local Patagonia store and Planet Bluegrass chose the Telluride Mountain Club, in recent months, as organizations to support.
Since 1985, Patagonia has pledged 1% of sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment. They’ve awarded over $46 million in cash and in-kind donations to domestic and international grassroots environmental groups making a difference in their local communities. Telluride’s Patagonia store, located on the southwest corner of Fir and Colorado Ave, donated 1% of their 2012/13 winter season profits to the Telluride Mountain Club.
Planet Bluegrass donated all beer booth tips from this June’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival to four nonprofits: San Miguel Bike Alliance, One to One Telluride Mentoring, Leave No Trace and the Telluride Mountain Club.
This year’s Bluegrass celebration, the 40th for the festival, set records for both beer sales and tips. Once the tips were tallied and totaled, they were split four ways for equal distribution to the selected organizations.
“We’re besides ourselves with gratitude for the recognition from both Patagonia and Planet Bluegrass. We look forward to honoring their donations with amped up and targeted efforts throughout this year,” said Josh Borof, who sits on the Telluride Mountain Club’s board of directors.
The Telluride Mountain Club’s serves as the premiere organization advocating for safe, enjoyable and environmentally responsible opportunities for human-powered recreational activity in the San Juan Mountains.
Donations from both Patagonia and Planet Bluegrass will be used towards the Club’s goals of growing as a sustainable and esteemed non-profit organization; improving the scope of the Regional Trails Initiative to include a wider range of user groups; promoting safety in the backcountry and supporting climbing access, anchor replacements and climbing trail maintenance projects.
Photo courtesy of bridalpeak.com.
The Telluride Mountain Club announced this week their support of a proposal to rename the unnamed peak located on the ridge between Lewis and Blue Lakes back to its original name of Bridal Peak.
The name was left off from an older The United States Geological Survey (USGS) map, which left the summit unnamed.
In a letter to the USGS, the Mountain Club commended Delta resident Jeff Burch for alerting the Club and community to this detail.
Returning the name to this peak popular idea amongst the Telluride Mountain Club members and its board.
“We have never heard of any other name being prescribed to this peak and therefore know of no conflict that this naming will cause,” said Josh Borof, who sits on the Telluride Mountain Club Board of Directors.
The USGS has made note of the Mountain Club’s support and has shared the Club’s recommendation with the Colorado Board on Geographic Names and the U.S. Forest Service; both organizations have been asked to provide comments before the U.S. Board votes on the proposal. Once the U.S. Board renders its decision, the USGS will relay the outcome to the Telluride Mountain Club.
The extension begins at the right side of the photos near the snapped off tree and extends 50 ft apx to the west. The old cable east of the snapped tree has been replaced.
Via Ferrata Cable #4 which was damaged, has been replaced. It’s also been extended about 50 feet to the west.
The cable was extended to compensate for the trail, which became a little more difficult as a result of rockfall. Take note of the telephone pole sized trees broken off when you go through there.
Note: Cable 4 is just west of the hanging forest.
An illustrated presentation by Kelvin Kent, member of Sir Chris Bonington’s Legendary Teams, illuminating two historic and iconic Himalayan climbs of over 40 years ago, contrasting pre and post monsoon mountaineering expeditions in Nepal.
Monday, August 197:30p.m.
At Jagged Edge (223 East Colorado Ave., Telluride)
Sponsored by Jagged Edge. Contributions received will benefit the Telluride Mountain Club.
Kent is author of a book of hikes in the Silverton, Colorado area. He is also author of a book of hikes in the Ouray, Colorado area. Contributions received will benefit the Telluride Mountain Club.
Kelvin Kent is a British adventurer, hiker, mountaineer, businessman and lecturer. He served in the British army for many years, seeing combat in Borneo and working with the Gurkhas of Nepal, before moving to the United States in 1976. Previously he had been a member of two mountaineering expeditions organized by Chris Bonington, to the south face of Annapurna in 1970 and the south-west face of Mount Everest in 1972. The Annapurna expedition, on which Kent served as base camp commander, successfully put Dougal Haston and Don Whillans on the summit, but Kent’s friend Ian Clough was killed by a falling ice-pillar on the descent. In 1999 Kent established a plaque in Clough’s memory at the site.
Kent is author of a book of hikes in the Silverton, Colorado area. He is also author of a book of hikes in the Ouray, Colorado area.
August 13, 2013 — Reports of a rockfall off of Ajax Mountain, Saturday night (8/10), have caused substantial damage to Telluride’s via ferrata.
Climbers should use caution on Telluride’s Via Ferrata until repairs are made.
Climbers should use extreme caution on the via ferrata until repairs are made. Please check back here for updates on the repair and conditions.
UPDATE: August 14 — Where the cable is damaged, climbers should clip into the rungs instead. A few bolts were impacted by falling rocks but none are noticeably loose. After the cable, where the tree was taken out, the trail is a bit rough. There is now about 30 ft of climbing rope and a warning sign.
The damage warrants caution but managing safety on this section is still reasonable.
Rockfall into the gully just west of the Hanging Forest has damaged a cable, bolt and possibly a rung, in addition to substantial terrain movement of large rocks and trees. Those most familiar to the area may notice large loose sections of natural terrain that are likely gone or dramatically altered.
Tonight, July 25, is the Mountain Club’s Annual Membership BBQ, and will be, for most members, the first time they’ll meet me, Beth Kelly, as the newest addition to the TMC Family.
Beth Kelly, the newest member of the TMC family
One of the items I’m most excited about, for tonight’s gathering, is to announce TMC’s intentions for a stronger Membership program in the next year.
If you renew your membership tonight, you might notice that we’re adding more Membership Levels and increasing the “Individual” amount by $5. By increasing the minimum and adding more ways to donate, we hope to grow a stronger membership and organization.
What we’ve accomplished, thanks to Membership, in the last year:
• Convince the U.S. Forest Service that recognizing and preserving Telluride’s Via Ferrata route was better than closing and removing it
• Hire an Executive Director
• Celebrate the grand opening of the Rock of Ages trail to Wilson Peak that TMC helped restore access to along with the Trust For Public Land and U.S. Forest Service
• Put continued pressure on the U.S. Forest Service to re-open the Gold Hill backcountry access gates above the Telluride ski area
• Work with the Telluride High School and Telluride Academy to re-open the Community Climbing Wall
A Look to the Future, TMC in the Next Year:
• Expand advocacy for hikers and hiking-trail expansion
• Host social events to raise awareness of public land access issues
• Develop sub-committees to focus and expand on specific areas of interest
• Continue to replace old bolts and anchors on climbing routes
• Keep the community climbing wall open through the winter season
• Help restore access to the ski area in pre- and post-seasons
• Work with the Forest Service and other entities to Free Bear Creek!
These accomplishments would/will not be possible without the support of our members. I hope to see you tonight at the BBQ at Town Park, 5p.m. and to answer any questions you might have!