Roger J. Wendell
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Roger J. Wendell CMC Service Award - 12-03-2017 Although the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) has its own web page I'm proud to feature them here as well! Although I was involved with the CMC in the early 80s I didn't become really active in the club until '96 when I was almost 41 (the kids were almost grown and my career was calming down by then!). Nevertheless, it's been a great experience with lots of learning in addition to contact with interesting and knowledgeable people. Below is a list of some of my CMC experiences along with trip photos as they become available:


A few of the CMC Outings I've been on:

Roger J. Wendell climbing ice at Vail, Colorado - February 2000
Me climbing ice in Vail, Colorado



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AIARE Level 1 Training Certificate for Roger J. Wendell - 01-22-2012
CMC Avalanche Course Roger J. Wendell - 01-11-1997
Basic Avalanche
CMC HAMS Graduation Certificate - March 2000
CMC BRCS Instructor's Badge Roger Wendell - 2002
BRCS Instructor
CMC Mountain Oriented First Aid Roger J. Wendell - 10-22-1998
CMC Wilderness First Aid Roger J. Wendell - 03-11-2012
CMC IRCS certificate for Roger J. Wendell - 1999
CMC Trip Leader School Roger J. Wendell - 11-15-2011
Trip Leader School
CMC Basic Mountaineeering School Roger Wendell - 1998
CMC Wilderness Trekking School Roger Wendell - Spring 1997
Wilderness Trekking
CMC XC Ski School business Card - I graduated on 01-21-2011
XC Ski school
CMC Tech Section Examiner, Roger J. Wendell - 2012
Tech Section Examiner


Mt. Rainier (Tahoma)
14,411 feet / 4,392 metres
HAMS Graduation Climb

Yellow Arrow Pointing Right Click Here for my YouTube video of Rainer from my plane window eight years later...

HAMS is the High Altitude Mountaineering Section of the Colorado Mountain Club and is an excellent course of training for anyone interested in serious mountaineering. Back when I was in class, Tom Urban was my immediate instructor and Ken Yarcho was the school's director.

Below: Over the 2000 Independence Day holiday nine members of our HAMS group made the summit of Washington State's Mt. Rainier for our graduation climb. We were in three rope teams so it's somewhat difficult to display complete group photos here. At the time, summit conditions were clear, 15°F (Minus 9.4 Celsius), and extremely windy with continuous cloud cover at around the 10,000 foot (3,048 metres) level over the entire state...


From parking lot to summit!

Part of CMC HAMS summit party on Mt Raineer - photo by Roger J. Wendell 07-02-2000
Mt. Rainier Summit: July 02, 2000
Part of our summit party;
left to right:
Ray Meng, Denise Bingham, John Streeter, Kurt Wibbenmeyer and leader John Mill
Our entire team
Our team at White River Ranger Station
left to right:
Me, John Streeter, Dave Ditchkus, Denise Bingham,
John Shunk, Linda Johnson, assistant leader Steve Cleary,
Ray Meng, leader John Mill, and Kurt Wibbenmeyer


A decade later, in the Spring of 2010, my friend Linda Jagger found the original trip report that I had long since forgotten about. I posted it here exactly as it appeared on some CMC listservers figuring after ten years most of the email addresses have expired:


  From: Roger J Wendell
To: [email protected]; [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];
[email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];
[email protected]; [email protected]
Sent: Wed, July 5, 2000 8:13:44 PM
Subject: Rainier Trip Report


Pix from our Rainier climb:

Roger on the windy summit
Me on top the windy summit
Roger going up in shorts
Me going up in shorts...
Passing a crevasse
Passing a crevasse
Crevasse swarm
Crevasse swarm
One ugly crevasse
One ugly crevasse
View from Glacier Camp
View from Glacier Camp
View from above the clouds
View from above the clouds
Looking down from the top
Looking down from the top
Glacier Camp toilets
Glacier Camp toilets
Mt. Rainier (14,410 feet), Washington State:

On Sunday morning, July 2nd, CMC leader John Mill, and his assistant Steve Cleary, led 9 of our 11 member HAMS graduation team to the summit of Rainier. From camp Schurman (2,875 metres / 9,430+ feet) we departed around 03:00 am after waking to clear, starry skies at 01:30 am. Our route of travel was both the Inter and Emmons Glaciers, having started around 4,300 feet at the White River Ranger Station. (My GPS indicates that there are 1.79 line-of-sight miles between Schurman and the summit - we were delayed about an hour, mid route, due to a change in rope teams).

Summit conditions were clear, extremely windy and cold with Kurt measuring the temperature at about 15 degrees F (Minus 9.4 Celsius). Visibility was good in all directions except for the continuous cloud layer covering the state at around the 10,000 foot (3,048 metres) level. The down climb was relatively quick until we reached the clouds and had to look around for wands until reaching Schurman.

The next day, Monday, required more careful down climbing as a steady snow fell, at times reducing visibility to a rope length. Earlier that morning, between about midnight and 02:00 am, we listened to many teams abandon their plans for a summit attempt because of the weather. We reached the White River Ranger Station in the early afternoon - walking through snow or continuous drizzle the entire way.

In SUMMARY I found the trip to be extremely enjoyable, educational, and inspirational. In some areas the glaciers were so bluish or green that it seemed "otherworldly." Also, our team, for a beginner like me, seemed efficient and cohesive under the expert guidance of both John Mill and Steve Cleary. And finally, no matter how difficult the hike it sure beats a day at the office...

Our Rainier Tem Members:
John Mill - Leader, Steve Cleary - Assistant, Denise Bingham, Dave Ditchkus, Linda Johnson, Chris Long, Ray Meng, John Shunk, John Streeter, Bob Thompson, Me, Kurt Wibbenmeyer




Tom Urban's HAMS ice climbing class
above Vail, Colorado in February 2000
(photos by me):

Tom Urban's CMC HAMS ice climbing class above Vail by Roger Wendell - 02-05-2000 CMC HAMS ice climbing class above Vail with Scott Nykerk coming over the top by Roger Wendell - 02-05-2000
In this one (above) Scott Nykerk is coming over the top...




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Is it fourteener season yet in Colorado? Almost.
Experts warn traversing snowfields without proper gear is risky; Colorado Mountain Club recommends waiting until July.
By John Meyer, The Denver Post Jun 19, 2021, 6:00 am
"'Somewhere along the line, the fourteeners went from being mountaineering objectives to being hiking destinations,' Athearn said [Lloyd Athearn, executive director of Colorado Fourteeners Initiative]. 'I think there is a big difference between those two terms. From year to year, the mountains can still be very much mountaineering objectives in June if they've got snow. It only takes one small patch of icy snow in the wrong place - you're trying to cross it, you slip and fall and end up in a talus field. Or worse.'"
"That's why the Colorado Mountain Club typically recommends casual hikers wait until July, and they're holding to that advice this year despite Colorado’s recent heat wave and rapid snowmelt."
"'Traveling through snow, especially on a steep slope, can be hazardous,' said CMC membership specialist Roger Wendell. 'Post-holing - punching your foot and your leg into the snow, sometimes up to your hip - can be exhausting. But if things froze over or were hard-packed, and you're not prepared - if you don't have crampons, or you don't know how to use an ice axe - you can slide. You could get seriously hurt, if not killed.'"





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  1. 12ers
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  4. Acongcagua - a 2004 Bonowski/CMC trip...
  5. Africa (Eastern) - Kenya, Tanzania, and my Kilimanjaro climb
  6. Africa (Southern) - Our trip through Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  7. AIARE - The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education
  8. Alpine Resuce Team - Evergreen, Colorado
  9. American Avalanche Association
  10. Camping
  11. Colorado Avalanche Information Center
  12. Bear Safety
  13. BRCS - Beginner Rock Climbing School
  14. Climbing
  15. CMC - Colorado Mountain Club
  16. CORSAR - Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue Card
  17. Ecuador with the Colorado Mountain Club
  1. Gear - Stuff for the Backcountry...
  2. High Altitude Medicine Guide
  3. Hiking
  4. Knots for climbing (animated by Grog)
  5. Leave No Trace - Center for Outdoor Ethics
  6. Lightning Safety
  7. More climbing photos...
  8. Pikes Peak and Barr Camp
  9. Russia
  10. Sierra Club
  11. Skiing in the backcountry...
  12. Survival in the backcountry
  13. Ten Essentials - Don't leave home without 'em!
  14. Travel
  15. Travel Two
  16. Walking Softly in the backcountry
  17. Waypoints, Grid Squares and Navigation


Warning! Climbing, mountaineering, and backcountry skiing are dangerous and can seriously injure or kill you. By further exploring this web site you acknowledge that the information presented here may be out of date or incorrect, and you agree not to hold the author responsible for any damages, injuries, or death arising from any use of this resource. Please thoroughly investigate any mountain before attempting to climb it, and do not substitute this web site for experience, training, and recognizing your limitations!




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