Because the Denver Group is so large, many trip leaders and participants may not know each other and their abilities before a trip. The Denver Group therefore classifies its hikers and skiers. If you already have the classification for a trip, you may generally register for the trip with the CMC Office without advance leader approval. If you do not have the classification for a trip, you may still register for the trip as long as you call the trip leader for advance approval.
Classification is current for five years. If you have not taken trips at or above a classification or if your membership has lapsed for five years, you may be required to demonstrate ability and skill before your classification is revalidated.
Please be responsible and realistic in registering for a trip. For example, if you have a D rating but have forgotten skills or are out of shape, please don’t register for a D hike before restoring your abilities. Regardless of your classification, the trip leader always has the final word on whether anyone may go on a trip.