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Climbing Program

The Chemeketan climbing program provides a variety of activities, training, and climbs ranging from those suitable for first year climbers to more technical climbs for experienced mountaineers. All climbs on the schedule, including the climb school, are qualifying trips for Chemeketan membership. Completion of the Chemeketan climb school, or an equivalent climb school experience as approved by the leader of each individual climb, is required for participation in Chemeketan climbs.

Chemeketan climbs are limited in party size. All wilderness area activities are limited to no more than 12 participants by the Forest Service, and most climbs will have fewer depending on the nature of the climb and the preferences of the climb leader. Climbers interested in a particular climb should contact the leader as soon as possible to sign up in advance of the climb. Details of Chemeketan climbs are sometimes provided in the monthly bulletin prior to a scheduled climb, but interested individuals should check the schedule below and contact the individual climb leaders for more information.

The current Climb Committee co-chairs are Mike Rudy and Mason Smith.


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Climbing Schedule

Interpreting the climb schedule: the dates and days of the particular climbs/activities are listed chronologically, along with the climb leader. Many of the various mountains or locations are given as links. To learn more about the particular mountain, click its link and a new Summitpost.com webpage will appear with a description of the peak, access information, pictures, and some route descriptions. The climb leader’s name is also given as a link which, if clicked, will open a new email to that individual – use this to contact the leader. See the Chemeketan Climbing Classification System below for descriptions of the nature and likely difficulty of the climb, e.g., R1.

Getting on a climb: If, after investigating a particular climb, you feel you’d like to participate, please contact the climb leader via email (click the leader’s name link) or telephone. The leader will most likely inquire as to your experience, offer some further information on the climb, and inform you of your status. Some climbs are appropriate only for those with more experience, and all climbs are limited in party size at the discretion of the leader.

Watch this page as this year's climb schedule develops and changes.

Send an email directly to the Climb Leader to request a position on the climb team.

Climbing Schedule Key
Climbs   (* denotes activities available to first year climbers)
Training Opportunities (more info)
Social Events (more info)

2017 Climbing Schedule

Click the "?" on the schedule below for additional details about the climb.
Date DayActivity/Rating Climb Leader
Jan 12 - Jan 16Thu-Mon
Ouray (CO) Ice Climbing - S3
?Mike Pennington/Chris Salaz
Mar 29Wed
Climb School Classroom Session #1
?Theresa Conley
Apr 5Wed
Climb School Classroom Session #2
?Theresa Conley
Apr 8 - Apr 9Sat-Sun
Climb School Field Session
?Theresa Conley

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More Information

Archive of Climb Reports
Past Climb Schedules By Year 
Climb Leadership
Typical Student Climbs
Training Opportunities
Social Activities
The Chemeketan Climbing Classification System (CCCS)
Chemeketan Climbing Awards
Selected Peak and Route Lists and Emblems

Climb Leader Resources

Current Climb Leaders.
Provisional Leader Feedback Form
Assistant Leader Feedback Form
Liability Release form
Climb Leader Guide 2008
Assistant Leader Skills Checklist
Scramble Summit Program
Chemeketan Color Codes for Climbing Gear

Climbers E-Mail Group
Join the Chemeketan climbers eGroup below to send and receive email regarding climbing activities,
opportunities, and other climbing related information.

Join the Chemeketan Climber "eGroup"
The best way to stay involved.

Revised 17 Mar 2016