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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 Leadership Training Committee can be accessed by following the links displayed at the bottom of this Listing of Outings and Activities.
   
Jan
Jan 3-4  Sat-Sun  Hundred Peaks, Desert Peaks, WTC I: Black Butte (4,504'), Chuckwalla Mountains HP (3,446') - A moderately strenuous outing on rocky, thorny, steep, and loose class 2 terrain to two Desert Peaks conducted at a slow pace.  Saturday's totals will be about 12 RT miles with 4,500' gain (700' of which we'll get on our way out; Sunday's will be about 3 RT miles with 1,600' gain.  Email Mat Kelliher at mkelliher746@gmail.com 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 miladingloria@yahoo.com.

Jan 17 - 18  Sat - Sun  WTC, DPS I: 4th Annual Mustache Mosey - Big Maria High Point (3,381') & McCoy Mountain (2,830'): Join us for the 4th Annual Desert Upper Lip Hair Themed Social Event of the Season! aka The Fourth Annual Mustache Mosey! Saturday climb DPS peak Big Maria (4.5 miles, 2300' gain) and then onward to a fireside car camp potluck! Sunday we'll be doing an exploratory of nearby seldom climbed McCoy Mountain from the east. We’re in the desert here so high clearance vehicle required, 4wd recommended but carpool opportunities abound! Epic fake mustaches (or real mustache capable of being entered in World Mustache Competition) required! Contact Matt Hengst at matthew.hengst@gmail.com for trip status and details. Leaders: Matt Hengst and Jack Kieffer.

Jan 31 - Feb 1  Sat - Sun  DPS, WTC, Hundred Peaks I: Whipple Mountains HP (4,130'), Chemehuevi Peak (3,694') Join us for a fun weekend of desert peak bagging out near Lake Havasu in eastern California.  Both peaks require a moderately strenuous effort, which we'll exert at a slow pace, and require comfort on rocky, thorny, steep, and loose class 2 terrain.  We'll start out on Saturday by making our way south across the Whipple Mountains Wilderness Area on a variation of DPS Routes B and C and then gain the northwestern ridge of the Whipple Mtns.  We'll follow this ridge up and over the enticingly named "Peak 3292" as we make our way up onto the summit ridge, once there we'll head up to the northeast to summit the high point of the Range.  From the high point we'll return to our cars to enjoy a festive and traditional DPS Happy Hour Potluck around a roaring fire, and camp out for the night where we're parked.  Totals for the day will be about 9 miles RT with 2,700' of gain.  Sunday we'll break camp and drive over to the Chemeheuvi Mountains Wilderness Area.  Once at our trailhead we'll head off to the northeast and ascend a classic desert gully up onto the summit ridge and then work our way south up onto the summit, where spectacular views are sure to be had!  We'll return the way we came in for a day's total of about 7.5 RT miles with 2,000' of gain.  Feel free to join us for one or both days.  This is a DPS Outing co-sponsored by WTC and HPS.  Email Mat Kelliher at mkelliher746@gmail.com with contact and carpool info, recent conditioning, and experience for trip status and details.  Leaders: MAT KELLIHER, BILL SIMPSON

Jan 31 - Feb 1  Sat - Sun  WTC, DPS I: Black Butte (4,504') and Chuckwalla Mountain (3,446): Mark your calendars for a desert peak spectacular! We will meet early Saturday morning at the beautiful Corn Springs campground to climb Black Butte (12 mi, 4500’ gain), followed by a sure-to-epic happy hour and campfire. The next morning we will head out a little more leisurely to climb nearby Chuckwalla (3 mi, 1600’ gain). The area is known for its petroglyphs, desert tortoise and wide variety of all our favorite cacti. Both days hikes will be at a moderate pace, but expect full days of off trail travel, particularly for Black Butte on Saturday. Email Kristen at kmlindbergh@gmail.com for more info! Leaders: Kristen Lindbergh and Ron Campbell.

Feb

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 prc.calif@gmail.com.

Feb 14-15, Sat -Sun, Joint Outing DPS and California Mountaineering Club I: Wilderness Highpoint Exploratory Climb of Mt Manchester (3602') and Homer Mountain (3,740): 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 daryn.dodge@oehha.ca.gov for trip status and details.  Leaders: Daryn Dodge, Kathy Rich.

Feb 21-22, Sat - Sun, Desert Peaks Section I: Shoreline Butte (662') and Cinder Hill (-75'): Join us as Christine Mitchell and Ron Bartell finish their version of the "Death Valley National Park Peaks List" - 94 named peaks and benchmarks within the boundary of DVNP. We'll do these peaks on Saturday (4 miles, 800' gain), followed by a potluck celebration at a campsite near Shoshone. We'll choose another nearby peak to climb on Sunday. Leaders: Dave & Ann Perkins. Send email (preferred) or SASE to (ann.perkins@csun.edu). Note: this trip is pending approval.

  

 

Mar

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 locornnr@aol.com.

Mar 21, 2015 Saturday O: 21st DPS Chili Cook-off: Join us for a day of fun in Anza Borrego State Park (campsite location TBD). 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 (janbee@reneric.com) and Julie Rush (julierush11@gmail.com)

April

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  lbtidball@verizon.net.

Apr 18-19  Sat-Sun  DPS, WTC, Hundred Peaks I: Pahrump Point (5,740'), Stewart Point (5,265') - Come join us for a fun spring-time weekend of rocky class 2 peakbagging near Death Valley NP high above the Chicago Valley north-northeast of Shoshone, CA.  Feel free to join us for one or both days.  This is a DPS Outing co-sponsored by WTC and HPS.  Email Mat Kelliher at mkelliher746@gmail.com with contact and carpool info, recent conditioning, and experience for trip status and details.  Leaders: MAT KELLIHER, BILL SIMPSON

 

May

May 17 Sunday Desert Peaks Section O: Desert Peaks Section Annual Banquet: Mark your calendar now for the DPS annual banquet, which will be held at the Luminarias Restaurant in Monterey Park. Program details and additional information will be in a future issue of the Sage and on the Section’s website.

May  30 –31  Sat – Sun  DPS,  Hundred Peaks, WTC I: New York Butte (10,668’), Pleasant Point (9,690’), Cerro Gordo Peak (9,188’) Join us for a late spring weekend in the southern Inyo Mountains as we scale a couple of classic DPS peaks as well as a bonus trip up to the summit of one of the Great Basin Peaks Section peaks.  Saturday we’ll start out from Long John Canyon near Lone Pine, CA to ascend the long and steep southwestern ridge of New York Butte to its summit and return for a very strenuous day’s total of 8.3 RT miles with 6,200’ of gain.  Saturday night we’ll camp at our cars in Long John Canyon and enjoy a traditional and festive DPS Potluck Happy Hour.  Sunday we’ll drive over to the eastern side of Owens Lake and head up into the Inyo Mtns.  From our trailhead in the Cerro Gordo Ghost Town, we’ll first head north up the southern ridge crest to Pleasant Point and return for a total of 6.0 RT miles and 1,850’ of gain.  Then we’ll head south to hike up an old mining road to the summit of Cerro Gordo Peak and return for a total of 2.8 RT miles with 1,150’ of gain. This is a DPS Outing co-sponsored by HPS and WTC.  Email Mat Kelliher at mkelliher746@gmail.com with contact info, recent conditioning, and experience for trip status and details.  Leaders: MAT KELLIHER, BILL SIMPSON

Please make a selection below to see the Outings Schedule for other Angeles Chapter Activity Sections
Leadership Training Course Schedule
Sierra Peaks Outings Schedule
Lower Peaks Outings Schedule
Hundred Peaks Outings Schedule
Mule Pack Section Outings Schedule
Ski Mountaineers Outings Schedule
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!
TRANSPORTATION
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.
MOUNTAINEERING RESTRICTIONS
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 contact.
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, experience, etc.
2. 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.
3. All cooking on overnight trips will be done on stoves. One campfire is permitted where firewood is not in short supply.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
C For events under external control of a non-Sierra Club entity (e.g., ranger, concessionaire).
O Applies to uncomplicated outings such as hikes on trails or equivalent.
I Includes outings involving off-trail travel that require navigational skills.
M Applies to outings that include moderate snow climbs and/or class 3 rock climbing. M-R (rock) and M-S (snow) ratings are available.
E Applies to outings that involve more severe snow climbing.
T Applies to outings that involve specialized technical activities.

Detailed leadership contact information can be found in the current issue of the Angeles Chapter Schedule of Activities.
 
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