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.
DEATH VALLEY WILDERNESS RESTORATION
October 30 -November 1, Thursday-Saturday
Join us in restoring wilderness values in this remote and beautiful National Park. The main project involves cleaning up the debris from a marijuana grow site on Friday. We will gather early Thursday afternoon and work on an as-yet-undecided project in the Valley before heading to our campsite. Trip requires four wheel drive to get to the work site. Camping will be primitive – bring everything you need, including water. Group size limited. Leader: Kate Allen, email@example.com, 661-944-4056. CNRCC Desert Committee
DESERT WILDERNESS CAMPOUTS AND CELEBRATIONS
October 31-November 9, Friday-Sunday
Join the Sierra Club’s California/Nevada Wilderness Committee in a series of gatherings to celebrate the anniversaries of the Wilderness Act (50th) and the CA Desert Protection Act (20th). Starting the evening of Oct 31, joining NPS’s “Mojave Fest” Nov 1, heading Nov 2 to Mecca Hills Wilderness and continuing as a moving campout in honor of both anniversaries. Ending at the Nov 8-9 Desert Committee in Saddleback Butte State Park. Attend one or both weekends plus any in-between time you can; for details as they develop; see www.caldesert20.org or contact Vicky Hoover: firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-977-5527; Judy Anderson, email@example.com , 818-248-0402; or Pat Flanagan, firstname.lastname@example.org. CNRCC Wilderness Committee
CELEBRATION OF THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CALIFORNIA DESERT PROTECTION ACT AND DESERT WILDERNESS AND WILDERNESS 50: MECCA HILLS – PAINTED CANYON
Sunday, November 2, 2014 3:00 PM.
Brought to you by The Bureau of Land Management, and Sierra Club-California’s Wilderness and Desert Committees and Angeles Natu¬ral Science Section. Mecca Hills Wilderness is NE of the Salton Sea, south of Joshua Tree NP. Late afternoon: toasts, games, stories and cake cutting, remembrances, light refreshments. Hear about what has happened in the intervening years… successes and failures, and continuing issues. DRY campground, no facilities–bring water, snacks to share, your own utensils. Come early and explore the slot canyons off Painted Canyon. Optional Monday activities include, photography, birding, and BLM directed wilderness clean-up. Extended trip possible for those free to explore the desert for the next week. High Clearance Vehicles suggested. For additional information and registration, email Anderson. Leaders: Judy Anderson 818-248-0402; email@example.com; Vicky Hoover 415-977-5527; firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 .
THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITY IS NOT SPONSORED BY THE SIERRA CLUB:
MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE RESTORATION EVENT
February 6, Friday
Join the National Park Service and members of the California/Nevada Desert Committee 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 (email@example.com). Don’t miss this annual, pre-Desert Committee service opportunity. It’s good work and we will have fun.
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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.
California Wilderness Coalition The California Wilderness Coalition 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.