MARS Associates

 Hiking Club



Point of Contact:

Sue Janssen at susan.g.janssen@gmail.com or 303-936-8339

Ours is a gathering of like-minded MARS members who enjoy hiking and desire to share the experience with others. We plan to conduct a sponsored hike each month, on the third Wednesday. Twice a year, in the Spring and the Fall, we will hold a planning meeting to address organizational issues and plan for the forthcoming season. Each hike event will be overseen by a member point of contact. We have no insurance, so members will be required to sign a waiver for each hike.

You must RSVP to the Point of Contact (POC) at least 2 days before the hike.  The POC will provide you with additional information. These hikes are generally rated as easy to intermediate.   Read the descriptions to evaluate your readiness to enjoy the outing. Please check this webpage at your convenience to be sure you have the latest information.








July – Ken Ruiz, ruiz.kenny@gmail.com


June – Sherry Vargo, shervargo@comcst.net





May 15, 2019, Dawson
Butte Ranch Trail





March 27, 2019,
Painted Mines





February 20, 2019,
Echo Lake





January 16, 2019,
Meyers Ranch
Open Space
















Hikers must complete the Liability Waiver Form


Participants must wear appropriate footwear (no sandals please) and carry their own pack.
Remember the scouting motto – “Be prepared” – and carry the “10 Essentials.”
1.    Navigation (map and compass or GPS and know how to use them)
2.    Sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, lip balm)
3.    Insulation (dress in layers –it can rain or snow any day in Colorado)
4.    Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
5.    First-aid supplies (take good care of your feet)
6.    Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
7.    Repair kit and tools (pocket knife, duct tape, extra batteries, etc.)
8.    Nutrition (snacks and food)
9.    Hydration (water - lots of it)
10.    Emergency shelter (such as a space blanket)
You may also wish to add toilet paper, hand sanitizer, garbage bag, camera, whistle, extra socks, medication, pen and paper or sketchbook, insect repellant and a handkerchief.  But don’t make your pack too heavy!

If you don’t own snowshoes you can rent them at lots of places including REI, Sports Authority, and Christy Sports.  Poles are optional, but sometimes helpful.

We will be in the “backcountry” during the winter – be prepared for adverse weather and winter driving conditions.  Before heading out, check road conditions by calling “511” or http://www.cotrip.org/.  Check with CAIC at https://avalanche.state.co.us/index.php.

COSAR CARD (Optional)

Purchase your Colorado Search and Rescue Card at Roxborough State Park Visitor Center (or other locations). The cost is $3.00 for one year and $12.00 for five years.

https://dola.colorado.gov/sar/orderInstructions.jsf

If you wish to join the MARS Hiking Club, please contact Sue Janssen at susan.g.janssen@gmail.com or 303-936-8339.  Provide your email address and phone number.






Last updated May 21, 2019, by Jim Kummer  <jkummer@comcast.net>