Become a Trip Leader

Become a trip leader!

Trip leaders are the heart of the Rocky Mountain Section.

They're members who volunteer their time to lead trips.

They provide members with a vast choice of outdoor activities (see trip schedule) but are not professional guides and are not getting paid when leading a trip.

If you feel like getting involved in the Rocky Mountain Section by being a trip leader, you're more than welcome!

Please discuss your interest with current trip leaders and/or Trips Committee members.

This will provide you with more in-depth knowledge of what it entails and the volunteering work required vs rewards to expect. You can also contact the Trips Committee Chairman for more information.

Leadership development program

As a trip leader you will be rewarded with many opportunities to develop your leadership and technical skills.

The RMS offers a plethora of courses to its leaders.

All of them are heavily subsidized by the section and end up being rather inexpensive.

Some examples of past courses offered to leaders:

5-day Alpine Rock Leadership Course ($275)

3-day AST 2 ($150)

CPR Level C (Free)

Advanced Rock Self-Rescue ($50)

4-day Backcountry Skiing Leadership Course ($275)

Climbing Skills Course ($10)

The courses are offered to all leaders via e-mails.

For a schedule of courses offered this year, please see the courses page.

The Rocky Mountain Section also subsidize courses offered by the National Office: leaders attending the summer or winter "The North Face" Leadership Development courses get 50% off the course fee reimbursed... learn more HERE and read the expenditure guidelines.

Trip leader handbook

The trip leader handbook is the mini bible for trip leaders. It contains guidelines for trip leaders, waivers, custodial groups, incidents management and reporting and much more.

Read the Rocky Mountain Section Trip Leader Handbook  in PDF format here!

For a Trip Leader Application Form, click here and email the completed form to Ross McEwen ( 

In order to do so, download Adobe Acrobat Reader if not already installed on your computer.