Following is a list of desert trips. Outings are not rated. Distance and elevation gain can give you an indication of the suitability of a trip, but the condition of the trail, or lack of a trail, can change the degree of difficulty. An eight mile, 900’ elevation gain hike on a good trail would be easy to moderate, a similar hike up a brush-filled canyon could be strenuous. If you have not previously participated in a desert outing, it is recommended that you call the leader and ask about the suitability of the trip given your conditioning.
For questions concerning an outing, or to sign up, please contact the leader listed in the write-up. For questions about Desert Committee Outings in general, or to receive the outings list by e-mail, please contact Kate Allen at kj.allen96[at]gmail[dot]com or 661-944-4056.
The Sierra Club requires participants to sign a standard liability waiver at the beginning of each trip. If you would like to read the Liability Waiver before you choose to participate, please go to http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/ chapter/forms, or contact the Outings Department at 415-977-5528 for a printed version.
EXPLORE AND SERVE IN THE CARRIZO PLAINS
November 15-16, Saturday-Sunday
Pronghorn antelope will not jump fences to escape predators but rather attempt to crawl under. Our service on Saturday will either remove or modify several sections of fence to facilitate this mobility. Sunday will be, at the choice of the group, either a hike in the Caliente Range or else a tour of popular viewing areas in the plains. This is an opportunity to combine carcamping, day-hiking, exploring, and service in a relatively unknown wilderness. Leader: Craig Deutsche, email@example.com, (310-477-6670) CNRCC Desert Committee
HOLIDAY SERVICE IN CARRIZO PLAIN
Dec. 29, 2014 – Jan. 2, 2015, Monday-Friday
Once again we return to the Carrizo Plain to celebrate the end of the year and to offer service to the pronghorn antelope in this National Monument. Lying between Bakersfield and San Luis Obispo, this vast grassland is home to pronghorn antelope, tule elk, kit fox, and a wide variety of birds. A welcome hike Dec. 29, two and a half days of service modifying barbed wire fencing, and a full day for hiking and exploring are planned. Use of accommodations at one of the old ranch houses is included. Limited to 12 participants, $30 covers four dinners and breakfast on New Year’s morning. For more information, contact leader: Craig Deutsche, firstname.lastname@example.org, (310-477-6670). CNRCC Desert Committee
THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITY IS NOT SPONSORED BY THE SIERRA CLUB:
ONE DAY AMATEUR RADIO “HAM” LICENSE CLASS IN RENO, NV
JANUARY 10, 2015, SATURDAY
Ham Radio is the top of the line for back country communication and allows the use of a nationwide system of repeaters (relay stations) that greatly increase the range of an inexpensive hand-held radio. Car mounted radios have even greater range! No cell service? No problem!
Desert Rat David Book KD7YIM says that he has a 90-95% pass rate with his one-day FastClass review followed by immediate testing. No Morse Code is required, it’s a 35 question multiple choice test and it’s at a middle school level. However, you do need to read the book ahead of time! Just like for a driver’s license test—-And the recommended book is the Cliff’s Notes of Ham Radio! For complete information and study material, and to sign up, go to http://blackrockdesert.org/ham-radio-class .
DEATH VALLEY WILDERNESS RESTORATION
January 29-31, Thursday-Saturday
Join us in restoring wilderness values in this remote and beautiful National Park. We were not able to access the project area on the last trip, so the project this time is again the clean up of a marijuana grow site. We will gather early Thursday afternoon and work on an as-yet-undecided project, work on the grow site on Friday, and possibly Saturday. Group size limited. Leader: Kate Allen, email@example.com, 661-944-4056. CNRCC Desert Committee
THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITY IS NOT SPONSORED BY THE SIERRA CLUB:
MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE RESTORATION EVENT
February 6, Friday
Join the California/Nevada Desert Committee and the National Park Service in a restoration project on February 6, one day before the Desert Committee meeting on Saturday and Sunday. We will gather on Friday at 9 am, work through mid-afternoon, and adjourn in time to reach Shoshone for the dinner hour. Bring water, sun screen, a hat, and lunch. Tools will be provided. Contact Sid Silliman for project details, for directions to the site, and to RSVP (firstname.lastname@example.org). Don’t miss this annual, pre-Desert Committee service opportunity. It’s good work and we will have fun.
GHOST TOWN EXTRAVAGANZA.
March 14-15, Saturday-Sunday
Come with us to this spectacular desert landscape near Death Valley to explore the ruins of California’s colorful past. Camp near the historic ghost town of Ballarat (flush toilets). On Sat, do a challenging hike to ghost town Lookout City with expert Hal Fowler who will regale us with tales of this wild west town. Later we’ll return to camp for Happy Hour and a special St. Patty’s Day potluck and campfire. On Sun, a quick visit to the infamous Riley townsite before heading home. Group size strictly limited. Send $8 per person (Lygeia Gerard), 2 sase, H&W phones, email address, rideshare info to Ldr: Lygeia Gerard, P.O. Box 721039, Pinon Hills, CA 92372; (760) 868-2179. CNRCC Desert Committee
SERVE AND DISCOVER THE CARRIZO PLAINS
March 14-15, Saturday-Sunday
We pray for winter rains, and if they arrive we can look forward to a display of spring wildflowers in the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Our service on Saturday will either remove or modify several sections of fence to facilitate the mobility of pronghorn antelope. These residents will not jump fences to escape predators but rather attempt to crawl under, and standing fences can be a handicap. Sunday will be, at the choice of the group, either a hike in the Caliente Range or else a tour of popular viewing areas in the plains. This is an opportunity to combine carcamping, day-hiking, exploring, and service in a relatively unknown wilderness. Leader: Craig Deutsche, email@example.com, (310-477-6670) CNRCC Desert Committee
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK – SPRING WEEKEND
March 18-22, Wednesday-Sunday
For this car-camping trip, we’ve planned our travel when temperatures are mild and wild flowers may be blooming. We’ll hike to waterfalls including oasis-like Darwin Falls, through stunning desert canyons including Titus Canyon, visit ghost towns and mining areas, and explore some lesser known but truly fantastic areas outside of the Park. We will also tour Scotty’s Castle (http://www.nps.gov/deva/historyculture/scottys-castle.htm).
The hikes are rated moderate to strenuous with several hikes off maintained trails. Strenuous hikes to the most interesting locations require short sections of rock scrambling and minor exposure to heights. Participants should have upper body and core body strength and agility to pull themselves up short, but steep rocky areas in a few locations. The hikes range from five to ten miles, with elevation gains up to 500 feet.
Cost is $60 per person and includes 4 nights of camping and tour of Scotty’s Castle. $25 deposit required to confirm participation. Group size limited to 15 people. Email or call leader for reservation information. Leader: Rich Juricich, firstname.lastname@example.org , 916-492-2181. Sacramento Group/CNRCC Desert Committee
SERVICE IN THE CARRIZO PLAINS NATIONAL MONUMENT
April 25-26, Saturday-Sunday
We pray for winter rains, and if they arrive we can look forward to a display of spring wildflowers in the Carrizo Plain. This trip is scheduled toward the end of the usual wildflower season. Our service on Saturday will either remove or modify several sections of fence to facilitate the mobility of pronghorn antelope. Sunday will be, at the choice of the group, either a hike in the Caliente Range or else a tour of popular viewing areas in the plains. This is an opportunity to combine carcamping, day-hiking, exploring, and service in a relatively unknown wilderness. The trip leader will provide details: Craig Deutsche, email@example.com, (310-477-6670) CNRCC Desert Committee
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NON-SIERRA CLUB ACTIVITIES The following activities are not sponsored nor administered by Sierra Club. The Sierra Club has no information about the planning of these activities and makes no representations or warranties about the quality, safety, supervision, or management of such activities. They are published only as a reader service as they may be of interest to the readers of this publication.
Friends of Nevada Wilderness Friends of Nevada Wilderness is dedicated to preserving all qualified Nevada public lands as wilderness, protecting all present and potential wilderness from ongoing threats, informing the public about the values of and need for wilderness, and restoring and improving the management of wild lands. Go to www.nevadawilderness.org to see their list of service trips.
Calwild Calwild works to protect the natural landscapes that make California unique, providing clean air and water, a home to wildlife, and a place for recreation and spiritual renewal. CWC is dedicated to protecting and restoring California’s wild places and native biodiversity on a state-wide level. Learn more at www.calwild.org
Desert Survivors Desert Survivors is an affiliation of desert lovers committed to experiencing, sharing, and protecting desert wilderness. They conduct trips to give others the opportunity to experience the desert as they do, as part of their efforts to protect the wild places they love to explore. Must be a member to participate in trips. For a list of trips, go to: http://www.desert-survivors.org.