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Outings and Activities
DPS trips mainly include Saturday and Sunday day hikes with a Saturday night potluck campfire meal and car or tent camping overnight stay on Saturday. Those wishing to attend must contact the Leader or Assistant Leader as indicated in the Desert Sage
or on this web site. Trip sheets will be e-mailed/mailed prior to the event upon acceptance to the trip. Permits or fees may be required depending on the peak being climbed. A listing of recent expired Section Outing announcements
is available for viewing.
Activity listings for selected Angeles Chapter Outings Sections and the
Committee can be accessed by following the
links displayed at the bottom
Listing of Outings and Activities.
December 14th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of Tom and Tina Bowman in Long Beach for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 pm and potluck at 6:00 pm. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Tina Bowman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 20-21 Sat -Sun Desert Peaks Section, WTC M: Big Maria Peak (3,381’) and Castle Dome (3,788’): Saturday morning meet at Midland-Vidal Road near power lines Northeast of Blythe, CA. We will caravan 5 miles from there to the trailhead. Hike up and traverse loose cross country to Big Maria Peak (total 2,300 feet of gain, 4.5 miles). Drive toward trailhead for Castle Dome and camp. Sunday climb Castle Dome via exposed 3rd class slabs (total 2,100 feet of gain, 6 miles). May need at a minimum high clearance vehicle and AWD to reach the trail heads. Send email and resume detailing experience, conditioning and rideshare info to: Ldr: Alexander Smirnoff, Co-Ldr: Beth Epstein
December 20-21 Sat-Sun Desert Peaks Section, WTC MR: Valley of Fire Peak (2,972’), White Dome (2,234’), Gibraltar Rock (2,172’): Strap on your helmets and join us for an off list desert peakbagging adventure in Valley of Fire State Park out in Nevada (aka that sign you've driven by several times on the 15 and always wondered about) Saturday we’ll climb Valley of Fire Peak via a 3rd class loop (6 miles, 1500’) returning to our cars before sunset and heading back to the group campground for a boisterous potluck and campfire. Sunday we’ll roll out of bed and head over for the short White Dome (easy 3rd class chimney route) and finish on Gibralter Rock (2 miles, 500 ft) before heading for home and the traditional post trip mexican food. All peaks involve scrambling and some 3rd class. Helmets, harnesses, ATC, and locking biner required. $20 entry fee per vehicle since we’re in a Nevada State Park. Group site fee will be divided amongst the participants. Contact email@example.com for more info. Leaders: Matt Hengst, Neal Robbins
|Jan 3 - 4
Sat - Sun Desert Peaks Section, Hundred Peaks Section I: Pahrump Point (5,740'), Stewart Point (5,265') - Start out the New Year with a fun weekend of rocky peakbagging near Death Valley NP high above the Chicago Valley north-northeast of Shoshone, CA. We'll move at a slow pace each day; however, each peak will require a strenuous effort, and although the routes will be restricted to Class 2 scrambling, comfort on steep and loose, rocky and thorny cross-country terrain is required. Saturday morning we'll get an early start and head into the "Nopah Range" Wilderness Area located along the eastern range bordering Chicago Valley; first we'll warm up by trudging across a broad alluvial fan, then we'll make our way up through a sometimes tight and rocky canyon before getting up onto a steep and loose, rocky and thorny ridgeline that will bring us up onto the narrow and rocky summit ridge, which we'll ascend to the summit of Pahrump Point. After thoroughly enjoying the reportedly exquisite views up there, we'll return the way we came in for a day's total of 8 RT mi with 3,400' gain. We'll make camp where we're parked and will celebrate the weekend under a nearly full moon sky with a traditional DPS Potluck Happy Hour. Sunday we'll head over to the nearby "Resting Spring Range" Wilderness Area located along the western range bordering Chicago Valley, and will once again venture out across the alluvium, up into a tight and rocky canyon before ascending steep and loose, rocky ridgelines to the summit of Stewart Point. We'll return the way we came for a day's total of 6.5 RT miles with 2,600' of gain. Feel free to join us for one or both days. This is a DPS Outing co-sponsored by HPS. Email Mat Kelliher at firstname.lastname@example.org with contact and carpool info, recent conditioning, and experience for trip status and details. Leaders: MAT KELLIHER, BILL SIMPSON.
January 11th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck:Join us at the home of Gloria Miladin in Downey for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 pm and potluck at 6:00 pm. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Gloria Miladin at email@example.com.
February 8th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of Tom and Tina Bowman in Long Beach for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 pm and potluck at 6:00 pm. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Paul Cooley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb 14-15, Sat -Sun, Joint Outing Desert Peaks Section and California Mountaineering Club I: Wilderness Highpoint Exploratory Climb of Mt Manchester (3602'): Saturday - join us for an exploratory climb of Mt Manchester, just east of the Mojave National Preserve. This peak is the high point of the Dead Mountains Wilderness, so-named because it was a sacred burial site for local Native Americans. This will be an exploratory climb for potential consideration on the DPS list. We will approach from the west, ~5 to 9 miles r/t and 1500-1800' gain, depending how far we can drive a dirt road onto the Dead Mountains Wilderness. The nearby highpoint of the Sacramento Mtns is also a possibility afterwards if there's sufficient time and interest. Sunday - climb nearby Homer Mtn (3740'), approx. 5 miles r/t. Contact email@example.com for trip status and details. Leaders: Daryn Dodge, Kathy Rich.
March 8th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of Tom Sumner in Sylmar for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 pm and potluck at 6:00 pm. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Tom Sumner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mar 21, 2015 Saturday O: 21st DPS Chili Cook-off: Join us for a day of fun in Anza Borrego State Park. Whether you like your chili traditional, Texas-style (no beans), or vegetarian, bring your favorite recipe or just hearty taste buds to this DPS classic. Cooks prepare chili from scratch at the site, then all enjoy happy hour followed by chili tasting and judging. Prizes will be awarded by category, with special recognition for the Spiciest Chili, Best Presentation, Most Original Recipe, and the coveted Best Overall Chili. Cook for free or taste for $10. With the recent rains, we hope to enjoy some spring wildflowers. Optional hiking activity in the area before the Cook-off. Send ESASE with choice of Cook or Taster to Hosts: Jan Brahms (email@example.com) and Julie Rush (firstname.lastname@example.org)
April 12th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of Larry and Barbee Tidball in Long Beach for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 pm and potluck at 6:00 pm. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Larry and Barbee Tidball at email@example.com.
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PARTICIPATION IN OUTINGS
Most Desert Peaks Section trips include Saturday and Sunday day hikes with a
Saturday night car camp unless otherwise specified. Trips range in
difficulty from trail hiking to cross-country travel over rugged terrain
to exposed climbing requiring technical aid such as ropes.
In order to participate in a Sierra Club outing, you will need to
sign a liability waiver. If you would like to read a copy of the waiver
prior to attending the outing, please see http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms. In addition, you must contact the leader by sending a
sase (self addressed, stamped, envelope) or email to the leader. Outings listed as restricted trips
(MR and E rated) are limited to Sierra Club members who are qualified to participate in the outing as determined by the leader.
Our trips our published in the Angeles Chapter Schedule of Activities
and in our newsletter. The section is known for the Saturday evening parties. There are usually no
participation quotas. If you have applied and you do not hear otherwise, you may assume
you are accepted. SASE's and emails are normally returned with trip sheets 1-2 weeks
prior to the trip. Please join us on a hike!
In the interests of facilitating the logistics of some outings,
it is customary that participants make voluntary carpooling arrangements.
The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and
assumes no liability for them. Carpooling, ride sharing or anything
similar is strictly a private arrangement among participants. Participants
assume the risks associated with this travel.
Restricted outings requiring the use of ice axes or ropes/climbing gear may be
conducted with special trip plan approval, both at the Chapter and National
levels. Also, all participants must be Sierra Club members and sign a
liability release (waiver).
RULES OF CONDUCT
In order to assure the well-being of all; preserve natural beauty and
living things; maintain good will toward the Sierra Club and its
objectives the following Rules apply to all persons joining Sierra Club
activities. Conduct must, at all times, be acceptable to the group itself,
to the general public, and to officials with whom the group may come in
1. The authority of the leaders is to be recognized. Never precede hike
leader; never leave group without leader's permission; abide by leader's
rulings as to adequacy of clothing, foot-wear, equipment, proficiency,
Obey all fire, sanitary, administrative, and safety regulations of both
the Club and governmental agencies. Don't throw rocks. Bring out all
unburned litter. Take only photographs; leave only footprints. On trails,
don't cut switchbacks as the practice leads to erosions.
All cooking on overnight trips will be done on stoves. One campfire is
permitted where firewood is not in short supply.
Firearms and use of radios (except for essential uses such as navigation
or communication) are prohibited. Animals are prohibited unless a specific
exception is included in the original trip write up.
Persons less than 18 yrs old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
or have written permission from same giving phone number and authorization
for continuing treatment by an Medical Doctor in case of necessity.
Events are open to all members and guests unless the event description
lists special restrictions. Make sure you understand these restrictions as
they apply to your qualifications to participate be sure you are qualified
to participate and that you will not handicap the group because the
activity is too strenuous for you. The privilege to attend outings and
other events may be limited or withdrawn from those who willfully and/or
repeatedly do not comply with the Rules of Conduct.
The Chapter Safety Committee has established classifications for outings
that involve different levels and areas of skill but do not relate to the
strenuousness of the outing.
||For events under external control of a non-Sierra Club entity
(e.g., ranger, concessionaire).
||Applies to uncomplicated outings such as hikes on trails or
||Includes outings involving off-trail travel that require
||Applies to outings that include moderate snow climbs and/or class 3
rock climbing. M-R (rock) and M-S (snow) ratings are available.
|| Applies to outings that involve more severe snow climbing.
||Applies to outings that involve specialized technical activities.
Detailed leadership contact information can be found in the current issue of
Angeles Chapter Schedule of Activities.