Wanted: Wilderness Trekking School Instructors


Wilderness Trekking School (WTS) is now looking for instructors to teach in our next session. This is not only a wonderful opportunity to give back to the club; it is also a chance to contribute to the quality, safety, and over all hiking competency of our membership. Here is a chance to make a difference. Whether you are currently an instructor or just want to become more active with the CMC, you will feel great knowing that you are helping our hikers be safe and skilled on the trails.

You should have the flexibility to accommodate all paces and skill levels from beginner to advanced hiker, love the mountains, and be eager and able to teach people the skills necessary for safe backcountry travel.

Instructor teams are generally made up of a senior instructor, one returning assistant, and one new assistant.  Candidates who are not initially assigned to an instructor team will be placed on a waitlist. As the instructor teams are configured, the waitlist will be used to fill vacancies, to assign instructors as substitutes, or to identify instructors to facilitate make-up field days. (Due to reduced enrollment, not all instructors who apply may be selected.)  Assignments will be based on the information that you provide in the WTS Instructor Application and Personal Data Sheet (aka the Application).  Click here to download a copy, enter your info, save with your name at the end of the file name (i.e. "IA_2011_Spring_lastname_firstname.doc"), and attach to an email as provided below. Instructors who are selected will be notified by March 22.

Don't have all the evenings and field days available to teach? This may be OK, since we need instructors for make-up days and as substitutes. Just indicate the days that you will be available on the Application.

Senior Instructors must:

         Be an approved CMC leader

         Have at least a B hiking classification

         Successfully complete an Avalanche Awareness class

         Have been an instructor for at least two recent WTS sessions

         Be able to attend all field days

Assistant Instructors must:

         Be a recent graduate of WTS

         Be recommended by their senior instructor

For more information about the WTS, please refer to the other pages on this website: http://www.wts.cmcschools.org/.

Additional Events (Instructor schedule)

Instructor Orientation Night All selected instructors are strongly encouraged to attend this opportunity to meet other instructors, share ideas and best practices, learn tricks of the trade, receive training on team dynamics, review the materials to be taught during the field sessions, and get answers to any questions.

Tuesday, March 29

Dinner provided

6:00 pm at CMC

Instructor Map & Compass Field Day refresher training, brats and burgers provided, plus pot-luck

Saturday, April 2

Instructor Snow Day refresher training

Saturday, April 9

If you are interested in volunteering as a WTS instructor, please e-mail the Application to the appropriate WTS committee member below by Tuesday, March 1.

Senior Instructors (new and experienced) Dave Callais 303-237-3726 or dctstrider@comcast.net

Experienced Returning Associate Instructors Ken Gurvin at 720-542-6720 or gurv1@msn.com

New First Time Assistant Instructors Martha Mustard at 303-547-8891or mustardo3@comcast.net


Plan ahead.  Schedule your wedding or world cruise around WTS.  Click here for the draft schedule for the NEXT session after this one.