Colorado Mountain College Adventures

photo - President Hauser with faculty members Johann Aberger (l) and Derek Johnston (r) on the summit of Maroon Peak, 14,156 ft.

President Hauser with faculty members Johann Aberger (l) and Derek Johnston (r) on the summit of Maroon Peak, 14,156 ft.

As the College was preparing for the 50th anniversary celebration, Photography Professor Derek Johnston challenged CMC President Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser to climb or hike 50,000 vertical feet. She took up his challenge, completing the goal in 31 hikes and 167 miles, many with CMC colleagues as guides and trail companions.

The journey was a fitting tribute to the obstacles overcome by the bold visionaries who founded this exceptional college in the early 1960s. For countless nights, traveling pre-interstate roads, through rain and blizzard, they achieved the improbable — a coalition of rural citizens who voted to tax themselves to create a college, a college which now influences lives across the world.

Read more about Dr. Hauser's 50K for 50th Challenge below.

CMC Adventure Flags Around the World

While Dr. Hauser was completing her 50K challenge, other Colorado Mountain College faculty and staff were taking the CMC Adventure Flag with on travels near and far, posting photos with #CMCAdventureFlag. Here are some of them, with more still coming…