A few of our events are listed below. To become a member of Chaos and start attending events, please join our Meetup Group!
Are you are interested in canyoneering, and want to learn in a safe and fun setting? Or maybe you've done a few canyons and want to expand your knowledge and skillset? If so, I'm hosting another Technical Canyoneering / ACE-Level 1 course starting on Friday, June 23. It's a full weekend hands-on course designed to increase your confidence in the concepts and skills needed to descend Technical Canyons (class 3) safely. Here's a link with more info, and where you can RSVP:
(Note: You will need to RSVP for the class thru the URL above / on Canyoneering Colorado; not here on Boulder CHAOS - as there is a fee for the course.) If you want to know more about what is taught in each of the classes, you can check out this link:
Feel free to ask any questions, and hope to see you there!
(Some background: I've been canyoneering for over 10 years, and have descended over 1,100 canyons; including many explorations. Last year, there were many accidents that could have been easily avoided; so I started a local canyoneering school to try to help out. Previously, the closest training was Moab...)
Join me at Bike to Work Day this year!
Bike to Work Day happens every summer in Boulder, encouraging people to get out of their cars and cycle to work in an effort to shift to more sustainable lifestyles.
This event has FREE BREAKFAST STATIONS all over town! My suggestion is to attend 'Bike to Work Day,' cycle to the food stations, and ask to have your food and drinks in your own reusable containers!
This year, let's all BYOC (Bring Your Own Container)! Bring containers to put your free food and drinks in – and utensils to eat with. We don't need to use single-use plates, forks, cups, and knives! (Can you imagine all the energy, water and resources that go into making things that we use only for a few moments!?) Well, it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, it's quite easy to BYOC!
BYOC is perfectly in line with the sustainability initiative of the event. If we have enough people BYOC'ing, others will notice, and some of them will wish to do the same.
Register here: <a>BIKE TO WORK DAY REGISTRATION</a>
Participant registration is vital to collecting data that will inform decisions on support for bike commuting, including infrastructure such as bike paths and bike lanes, and advocacy on behalf of all cyclists. Plus, registered participants are eligible to win prizes, so don't miss out.
Feel free to take your own route. I will be at 1820 15th Street enjoying vegan pancakes at 7:30am (Thanks Ashley for suggesting this location!) and I may not cycle around to other locations due to extraneous circumstances. I hope to see you there and encourage you to ride around town - there are many great stations to visit. You can plan you route with this link to the list of locations https://biketoworkday.us/station...
Or just look at the map here
and plan your route ahead of time.
We'll start hiking at the Hessie trailhead (9000 feet). If we get an early start we should be able to park at the trailhead. If not we'll park at the Nederland RTD Park-n-Ride and take the shuttle.
We'll hike up to Jasper Lake (5 miles) and Devils Thumb Lake (6 miles). I expect we'll find snow between Jasper Lake and Devils Thumb Lake. It should be clear above Devils Thumb Lake as we get above timberline. There's usually a cornice at Devils Thumb Pass (7 miles) this time of year. With this hot weather it should be melting. Bring microspikes and trekking poles so we can climb a snowfield to go around the cornice.
We then go a mile along the Divide, at a maximum of 12,200 feet. I like to take the short cut to Bob and Betty Lakes (8.5 miles). We then hike back on the King Lake trail. The last four or five miles can be boring so we hike these fast.
Expect the trail to be wet.
Download the GPX track from
My cellphone is (720) 217-6589.
Devils Thumb Pass.
Betty and Bob Lakes.
Devils Thumb Pass. Snowfields should be crossed with microspikes, trekking poles, and a Great Pyrenees.
Peak C, Mt. Powell, and Eagle's Nest from Devils Thumb Pass.
Between Jasper Lake and Devils Thumb Lake.
Hanging out at Hessie trailhead.
8.6 mi, 2404 ft gain, out and back.
Lunch at the top. Photos along the way. We could go back to Bear Lake as an option. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/andrews-tarn-and-andrews-glacier-trail
Carpool from Amante on Broadway before the Ironman riders are on rt 36--good luck racers! Take Hwy. 36 out of Estes Park to the RMNP entrance, go to Bear Lake Rd. then take this road to the Glacier Gorge Th. We should be arriving early enough to get a parking spot at the trailhead.
For questions please call or text Bryce at 303-516-1400
CHAOS is an informal, Boulder-based group of energetic, fun, non-competitive, backcountry enthusiasts who are in their 20s, 30s and 40's, and who enjoy self-powered and self-organized activities including hiking, backpacking, biking, snow shoeing, skiing, mountaineering, and river sports. CHAOS' Main Goal is to be a community through which one can make life-long friendships, share backcountry trips, expand outdoor and leadership skills, appreciate nature and enjoy the sense of community, teamwork, and challenge that prospers in backcountry situations.
CHAOS TRIPS - All trips should be for CHAOS by CHAOS, outdoors, and self powered. CHAOS actively encourages its members to organize trips but does not supervise the activities. CHAOS is not a guide service and a person should only go on trips they feel are at their ability level. If you have questions, ask the trip organizer! Many trip organizers love to help out new members and will gladly answer any questions you have about the trip, what equipment to bring, etc. Above all else, have fun and be safe!
Many past and present members believe that CHAOS enormously improved their "young adulthood and pre-family" phase of life. To ensure that this wonderful opportunity remains for future members, they should be in their 20s, 30s or 40's when they join CHAOS. If the member's ages or the group's style don't feel like a good fit for you, we suggest you check out one of the other great clubs in Boulder like the Flatirons Ski Club , the Boulder Outdoor Group , the Colorado Mountain Club , the Boulder Nordic Ski Club , the Sierra Club , or the C.U. Hiking Club (office in UMC).