Black Tie Guest Info

Black Tie Guest Info

The Colorado Outward Bound School Black Tie and Tennis Shoes gala is coming up soon! We wanted to share the following so you know what to expect on Thursday, October 27 at 6:00 pm at Mile High Station (2027 Old West Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80204) so please read on. All guest information and our sponsors can be found at A special thanks to everyone who makes this evening of celebration and support possible!

What to expect:
The first part of the evening – before our guest speaker, Erik Weihenmayer – is designed to be a mingling reception. The COBS community is an incredible and fun group of people. So get to know each other, catch up with old friends, and enjoy yourselves!

Please enjoy dinner during this part of the evening. We have food stations around the room as well as passed appetizers. There will also be a full cash bar, and complimentary vodka cocktails through Tito’s Handmade Vodka. The program will begin at 7:30, at which point the silent auction will be closed. Guests can find seats before the program begins. Our program this year includes Erik’s presentation, an inspirational video of this year’s students in the field, a live auction and a paddle raiser. Following the program end at 8:55, the checkout and coat check will open for folks needing to head home – it is a school night after all. The event closes at 9:30pm, but feel free to catch up with friends until then!

Silent gear and adventure auction
Click here to see our selection of great gear and fun adventures. We are excited to have six Auction Sponsors who are each donating an entire table of gear: Big Agnes, Black Diamond, DYNAFIT, Freeskier Magazine, Osprey, and Scarpa.

Live Auction Offerings

Inspirato Vacationinspirato-destination-grandcayman-beach-cove

Inspirato, a luxury vacation club, has generously donated a 7-night vacation at select residences in Grand Cayman and Vail, Colorado. The winning bidder will choose from one of these beautiful 3- and 4-bedroom homes along the shores of Grand Cayman or the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Available dates for Vail:
September 10-November 19, 2016
April 22-June 10, 2017

Available dates for Grand Cayman:
August 27-November 12, 2016
April 15-May 27, 2017

Value: $3,000-$6,000

COBS Executive Director’s Cabin Retreatimg_6292

Join COBS for a four day, three night stay in the executive director’s cabin. This 200 square foot cabin was meticulously designed and built by students from the University of Colorado in 2016.  Watch the snow fall or sit on the porch and relax at this beautiful oasis in the lodge pole forest. This stay is a unique experience and the perfect retreat for your high alpine adventures out of our basecamp in Leadville, CO. Value: Priceless

COBS Fly In Fly Out Canyoneering Adventure21953620584_f6cb8f616c_o

Utah’s canyon country is a wild and mysterious place. Fly into a remote backcountry airstrip via a small private plane. Climb, stem, scramble, and rappel through slot canyons on a four day trip with five or more of your friends and family. This Outward Bound experience will take you to places rarely traveled; you’ll find yourself face to face with the canyons our students regularly traverse. Fly back to civilization, with amazing views of the desert canyons you just journeyed through. Subject to weather and permitting. Value $7,200

Black tie and, yes, tennis shoes. Other outdoor attire or costumes welcome. This is our annual tribal gathering of adventuresome spirits, after all!


Erik Weihenmayer is one of the most celebrated and accomplished athletes in the world. In 2001, he became the only blind person in history to climb Mount Everest. When he stood on the top of Carstensz Pyramid in 2008, he completed his quest to climb all of the Seven Summits-the tallest peak on each of the seven continents.

In September 2014, Erik and blinded Navy veteran, Lonnie Bedwell, kayaked the entire 277-miles of the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River, considered one of the most formidable whitewater venues in the world. Erik continually seeks out new adventures, focusing his efforts on empowering people traditionally swept to the sidelines of life. He founded an organization called No Barriers, which helps people with challenges tap into the human spirit, break through barriers, and contribute to the world.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their Everest ascent, Erik and his team founded a new No Barriers program, No Barriers Warriors, which uses teamwork and the mountains as a transformative force to help veterans reclaim their lives after devastating injuries.

Erik is the author of two best-selling books: his memoir, Touch the Top of the World and The Adversity Advantage, which offers lessons for turning challenges into greatness. He is an internationally recognized speaker and brings his message of living a No Barriers Life to audiences around the world.

Address and parking
Mile High Station is located at 2027 Old West Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80204. There is a parking lot, but please think about carpooling, for us and the environment.

You can also take the light rail. The closest stop is on line C or E “Sports Authority Field at Mile High” Stop. Once you get off go west on Walnut over the railroad tracks under 1-25 and past two brick buildings. The street will wind around to the right and Mile High Station will be on the right side.

For other questions, please contact Darcy Lattof, director of development, at