Outings

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.

PANAMINT CITY BACKPACK & BACKCOUNTRY CABIN ASSESSMENT
October 15-19, Saturday-Wednesday
Come assist Park volunteer Birgitta Jansen in assessing the state of backcountry cabins in Death Valley National Park. We will meet Saturday evening at Chris Wickt camp and backpack up Surprise Canyon to Panamint City on Sunday. Monday and Tuesday, we will work with Birgitta on assessing the condition of the cabins. If we finish early, there will be time for exploring this interesting historical area. Not a beginning backpack. There is water in the canyon, but may require a hike to get it and it must be filtered before drinking. Be prepared to carry all the food and equipment needed for the trip, as well as helping to carry some of tools we will be using. Contact leader Kate Allen, kj.allen96@gmail.com, 661-944-4056. Group size limited.

GHOST TOWN EXTRAVAGANZA
October 22-23, Saturday-Sunday
Celebrate Halloween by visiting the ghosts of California’s colorful past in the eerie desert landscape near Death Valley. Camp near the historic ghost town of Ballarat. Saturday, a challenging hike to ghost town Lookout City with historian Hal Fowler who will regale us with tales of this wild west town. We’ll return to camp for Happy Hour and a potluck feast, followed by a midnight visit to Ballarat’s graveyard. On Sunday, we’ll tour the town of Ballarat itself before heading home. Send $8 per person (check payable to Lygeia Gerard), home and work phones, email address and rideshare preferences to Leader: Lygeia Gerard, P.O. Box 721039, Pinon Hills, CA 92372, 760-868-2179. (assisted by Marguerite McGuigan) Mojave Group/CNRCC Desert Committee

Activities marked “Non-Sierra Club” are not sponsored by the 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 because they may be of interest to the readers of this publication.

NON-SIERRA CLUB ACTIVITY
Mojave National Preserve Restoration Event
February 10, Friday
Join the California/Nevada Desert Committee and the National Park Service for a restoration project in the Mojave National Preserve (MNP) on February 10, one day before the Desert Committee meeting on Saturday and Sunday. We will gather on Friday at 9 am, work through the afternoon, and adjourn in time to reach Shoshone for the dinner hour. Our primary task will be to remove “culturally planted species” (tamarisk, fan palm, sunflowers) along Zzyzx Road and at the Desert Studies Center. Bring water, sunscreen, a hat, gloves, and lunch. Tools will be provided. Contact Sid Silliman for project details, directions, camping options, and to RSVP (gssilliman@cpp.edu). Don’t miss this annual, pre-Shoshone service opportunity. The work will be rigorous yet rewarding.

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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.