A few of our events are listed below. To become a member of Chaos and start attending events, please join our Meetup Group!
Join us for a hike of Pacific Peak, a Centennial 13er. At 13,950', this almost-14er is definitely a hike to add to your bucket list. Besides the usual stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lakes, this hike features Pacific Tarn at 13,420', possibly the highest lake in the lower 48.
This hike is quite challenging because it features some class 3 scrambling.. that is, where you use your hands and feet!
The total distance is roughly 7.5 miles RT and about 2800' of gain.
If we are feeling really good at the summit, we can continue on to Atlantic Peak (13,842'), a neighboring peak about 0.7 miles away. The trail to Atlantic is class 2, so somewhat easier than Pacific's.
Seal Rock is just south of the numbered flatirons, with an east face that is big but easy. The hardest pitch is rated 5.4, and most is even easier, but it's about 5 pitches long, has a 1 hour approach hike, and a big rappel off the top.
The climb is multi-pitch, so the number of people for this meetup is limited by the number of people who can lead climb. When someone who can lead signs up I'll increase the number of slots available and move them plus one other person from the wait list (if there's a wait list) to attending.
Gear, if you're following: climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay & rappel device. Plus, if you have them, a cleaning tool and an extra locking 'biner.
Meet at the NCAR parking lot; west end of Table Mesa Dr.
At the time I'm posting this, the forecast is for a 40% chance of thunderstorms after noon, thus a really early start in order to be finished before then, but if the forecast gets worse we'll go elsewhere or reschedule.
This is a cross-post of a fee-based canyoneering class for those that might be interested in canyoneering. This is the L3 / Canyon Essentials class. If you want more details, or to sign up: https://www.meetup.com/CanyoneeringCO/events/249644931/
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the City of Boulder Open Space program, join us for the Boulder Open Space Trail Challenge. This Trail Challenge consists of hiking all trails that are part of Boulder Open Space, which comprises of 150 miles of trail! Some trails are easy, flat trail walks and some are steep rock scrambles.
Starting at the Settlers Park on Canyon Dr, we'll hike to the top of Mt Anemone, then down along the Red Rocks Spur trail. There are some nice views of Boulder!
The total distance is roughly 3 miles and gain of roughly 600'!
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).