Students can pay $20 for year membership or $15 for semester membership
Boulder is filled with beautiful scenery and gorgeous hiking trails. Just because snow is on the ground doesn’t mean the outdoors cannot still be enjoyed.
The CU Hiking club offers a way to experience the outdoors throughout the entire school year. The club provides a way to explore the world outside of the classroom with other students.
“This is a student-run organization with student-led trips,” said Jon Leff, a senior ecology and evolutionary biology major and co-president of the Hiking Club.
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The club offers various activities for all outdoor enthusiasts.
“We go somewhere almost every weekend,” Leff said. “We go on hikes, climbs and backpacking trips.”
The winter time doesn’t slow the club down. Even in this record snowfall year, hikers still have options.
“I like all the seasons,” Leff said. :In the winter we snowshoe and cross country ski.”
The winter season brings an invitation for members to get out on hikes without having to wait for spring.
“We tend to get new members in the winter,” said Anna Felton, a sophomore Chinese major and trip leader for the Hiking Club.
The hikes range in difficulty levels from easy to hard. Anyone can participate no matter what skill level.
“I’ve been wanting to get into hiking. I think it’s cool that all skill levels can join,” said Jeremy Juarez, a freshman communication major.
Club members can join for recreation and as a form of physical fitness.
“We’re pretty buff,” Leff said. “It’s a good way to stay in shape and it motivates you to keep exercising.”
On top of getting into good shape, the club offers beautiful hike destinations. Upcoming trips include an overnight trip to Mt. Elber, Pikes Peak, Boulder Mountain Peaks and Buckskin Gulch.
“The Tetons and Maroon Bells are my favorite,” said Felton.
Fees for hiking club members are quit modest. Hikers pay $20 for the year or $15 for a semester.
Benefits include free equipment rentals, discounts at local stores and access to the trips.
“The Hiking Club is an awesome way to meet other people who enjoy the outdoors. It’s a fun way to keep active during the school year,” Leff said.
Interested students can join the club’s e-mail list or stop by the club office in UMC room 352.
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