Trade Gear, Get Ready for Summer


Colorado Mountain Club Hosts Trade and Sale

By Steve Graham

In Colorado, most of us somehow have both too much and not enough outdoor gear.

That ultralight tent you took backpacking twice is just too small now that you have a family, and you need something bigger. Or maybe you’re ready to give up the hassles and cost of downhill skiing for the serenity of cross-country skiing, but you need new gear.

There’s a great way to trade out all this gear and get ready for summer, all while benefiting education and conservation programs in the Colorado high country. Check out the Colorado Mountain Club’s free spring gear sale from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden.

Crazy Mountain Brewery is also donating beer, which will be sold for a suggested donation as a Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) fundraiser.

“Gear up for summer adventures without breaking the bank,” said CMC marketing director Brittany Smith. “The CMC gear sale is a chance to ‘Marie Kondo’ your gear closet and support your local outdoor non-profit at the same time.”

Your fellow outdoors enthusiasts will be selling outdoor clothing and gear and giving 25 percent of their revenue to the CMC. Current CMC members only need to give 15 percent to the club, and new members who join at the gear sale will get to keep 100 percent of their sales money.

Adidas TERREX will also be on site selling athletic shoes, technical shirts and jackets.

Expect to see lightly used jackets, ski pants, boots, skis, tents and much more.

The CMC has been a non-profit group dedicated to recreation, conservation and education in the Colorado high country since 1912. The club hosts more than 3,000 year-round activities, events and classes.

For more information on the group or the sale, visit