CMC needs votes for outdoor recognition |

CMC needs votes for outdoor recognition

Staff Report
Bruce Kime pilots a CMC raft during an outdoor education trip down the Colorado River in March.
Will Grandbois / Post Independent |

After the Hot Springs Pool and Glenwood Springs itself have been in online voting contests, it’s now Colorado Mountain College’s turn.

CMC is in the final four of a 32-college tournament to be recognized as the “top adventure college” in the Rockies and the Southwest.

Elevation Outdoors Magazine started its search with 32 colleges, which according to the magazine “were selected for their outdoor clubs and curricula, their commitment to outdoor and environmental initiatives, the quality of their outdoor athletes and programs and their opportunities for adventure.”

For weeks, the colleges and universities have been competing for online votes in two brackets of smaller and larger schools.

CMC has made it to the small-school championship round, having won against Southern Utah University, Fort Lewis College and Montana State University.

The school is now fighting for votes against Western State University for the title of top small adventure college. If CMC wins this round in voting that runs through 9 a.m. Monday, June 8, it will go for the championship against the winner of the large schools’ bracket: Regis University or the University of Utah.

The Post Independent recently featured CMC’s outdoor education program.

“I think our students can go toe to toe with any other students coming out of any other two-year program in the United States,” retiring professor of outdoor studies Bruce Kime told the PI.

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