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									10        AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2006                                                                                                                                                                            TOIYABE TRAILS

The                                                                                                                                            Souther n Nevada Group
                                                                                                                                               Southern Nev     Group
Mojave                                                                                                                                               All phone numbers are 702 unless otherwise noted.

                                                                                                                                                * EVENT INCLUDES CONSERVATION EDUCATION ACTIVITIES
                                                                                                                                                JULY 31 (MONDAY)                                  AUGUST 16-20
                                                                                                                                     *Group Executive Committee (ExCom)                        (WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY)
                                                                                                                                     Meeting. Time & Place: 6-8:30 pm; call for        *Southern Sierra Backpack. Take PCT
                                                                                                                                     location. All members welcome. Contact:
Southern Nevada Group                                                                                                                Rita Ransom (395-6992).
                                                                                                                                                                                       (Pacific Crest Trail), starting at Kennedy
                                                                                                                                                                                       Meadows, to Olancha Peak, highest peak
                                                                                                                                        AUGUST 4-6                                                            in southern Sierra. Go
                              Group News                                                                                             (FRIDAY-SUNDAY)
                                                                                                                                     Laguna Beach Hik-              Hike Hotline
                                                                                                                                                                                                              through several life
                                                                                                                                                                                                              zones — from grey
                                                                                                                                                                                                              pine, creosote bush, to
                                                                                                                                     ing Weekend. Es-
Monthly meetings
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the second
                                                       are the third Thursday of most months, 6-8:30
                                                       pm. Location: Spring Valley Library (4280 S.
                                                                                                                                     cape     heat      for
                                                                                                                                     weekend on beautiful
                                                                                                                                                                    702-363-3267                              above tree line on
                                                                                                                                                                                                              peak (12,123 ft). Be-
Wednesday of every month (except August)               Jones Blvd). See Calendar for details.                                                                                                                 gin at 6100 ft in pin-
                                                                                                                                     California coast.
for the MONTHLY GENERAL MEETING                                                                                                                                                                               yon-juniper zone,
                                                                                                                                     Hike along Laguna Beach; meals at ocean-
at 7:30 pm. Come socialize, learn what’s               Annual Group Holiday Party                                                                                                      which gives way to Jeffrey pine forest. Af-
                                                                                                                                     side restaurants. Call early for tickets to
going on in the environmental community,                                                                                                                                               ter going through some of largest meadows
                                                       (for Members and Guests)                                                      Pageant of Masters. Leave Friday afternoon,
and hear and see an interesting, education-            COME AND HELP the Southern Nevada
                                                                                                                                                                                       in Sierra (8000 ft), move into silvertip fir,
                                                                                                                                     stay in motel in Irvine two nights. Leader:
al slideshow program. See the following                Group start the Holidays off right!                                                                                             red fir forest. Highest camp we backpack
                                                                                                                                     Nick Saines (896-4049). Level 2.
Calendar for dates and details.                                                                                                                                                        into is 9200 ft. Above that, dense forest of
                                                              Saturday                                                                         AUGUST 6 (SUNDAY)                       foxtail pines, a close relative of bristlecone
MEETING precedes the General Meeting
                                                            Dec. 2, 2006                                                             Fletcher Loop, SMNRA. Begin up steep              pines. These trees look identical, but fox-
in the same room from 6-7 pm. The next                      6:30 p.m. - ?                                                            trail in upper Kyle Canyon. Then down             tail pines have somewhat different colored
                                                             Braewood                                                                Fletcher Canyon. Impressive narrows in            bark, slightly larger cone. At top of Olan-
ConsCom meetings are September 13
                                                                                                                                     Fletcher. About 7 mi, 2000 ft gain, then 2500     cha Peak, enjoy views of desert, Mts Whit-
and October 11.                                            Heritage Square                                                           ft loss. Leader: David Hardy (875-4549).          ney and Langley, Monache Meadow. About
  To put an announcement in our local month-                 Clubhouse                                                               Level 2-3.                                        31 mi RT with backpack. Day trip adds 7
ly announcement sheet (available at the Gen-              Directions. 3570 Braewood Dr., please
eral Meeting), please send a brief e-mail to                                                                                                AUGUST 9 (WEDNESDAY)                       mi RT from high camp to top of Olancha
                                                       use EAST entry gate to subdivision, near E.                                                                                     Peak. Info: contact leader, David Hardy
Rita ( no later than             Desert Inn Rd off Pecos Rd.                                                   NO General Membership Meeting this
Tuesday afternoon before meeting. To make                                                                                            month (only). Annual summer vacation!             (875-4549,
                                                         Potluck. bring a delicious dish to share.                                                                           
a brief announcement at the meeting, check             Also, bring your own non-disposable set ups                                           AUGUST 12 (SATURDAY)
with Rita, Gary, or another officer beforehand.        (plates, cup, silverware, drinks, etc.)                                                                                                AUGUST 17 (THURSDAY)
                                                                                                                                     *Leaders’ Choice: Up in Cool Spring
  GROUP EXCOM MEETINGS are 6 - 830                       Suggested Donation. $2 each (we have                                        Mountains. What kind of trees are grow-           *Political Committee Meeting. Time &
pm on the first Monday of each month, except           to rent the clubhouse)                                                        ing in area? Leaders: Mike Sheffer (353-          Place: 6-8:30 pm; call for location. Contact:
August and December. Location: Spring Val-                RSVP for gate access information (gate                                     0980), Bill Marr (433-0743). Level 3-4.           Tom Boone (456-3875, Tom.Boone@toi-
ley Library, 4280 S. Jones Blvd, Las Vegas.            access information will be available approx-                                                                          
                                                                                                                                              AUGUST 13 (SUNDAY)
The next ExCom meeting dates are July 31,              imately 2 weeks before the party). If you get                                                                                          AUGUST 19 (SATURDAY)
Sepetmber 11, and October 2. All members               lost heading towards the party, call 506-3986.                                *Fletcher Peak, SMNRA. Up North Loop
                                                                                                                                     Trail, onto a primitive trail leading to crest.   *Stanley B. Springs, Kyle Canyon, SM-
welcome. Info: Rita Ransom (702-395-6992).               Ideas for fun. Know a fun game/activity?                                                                                      NRA. Water quality hike for scientists to
  POLITICAL COMMITTEE MEETINGS                         Dancing? Call Marcia Forkos at 248-6768.                                      Vista: Mummy’s big toe, Fletcher Canyon.
                                                                                                                                     Return same route to “wild horse trail,” path     identify which larvae are living in streams.
                                                                                                                                     along a dry creek bed. Can you identify gi-       Gung-ho athletes can climb up and over
Group outings leaders recognized                                                                                                     ant ponderosa, wild rose, “false Solomon’s
                                                                                                                                     seal”? Mod. strenuous, about 7.4 mi RT,
                                                                                                                                                                                       forested ridge. Leaders: Randy & Bob Slov-
                                                                                                                                                                                       ic, Jack Sawyer (363-6245). Level 1-3.
BY YUKI TAKAGI                                                                                                                       8200 - 10,319 ft. Leader: Lee Schultz (294-
DURING A GENERAL MEETING, GROUP OUTINGS LEADERS were presented                                                                       1404). Level 4.                                            Please see SN CALENDAR, page 11.
with Sierra Club T-shirts for their great dedication to the local outings program.
(L-R) Ann Cronin, Peppe Sotomayor, Mike Scheffer, Nick Saines, George Mc-
Donald and Gary Beckman.
                                                                                                                                     Raintree hike
                                                                                                                                     Visiting the local reigning beauty
                                                                                                                                     BY YUKI TAKAGI

                                                                                                                                     F    or more than ten years, Outings Leader Nick Saines has led
                                                                                                                                          an annual hike to a 3000- year-old Bristlecone Pine nicknamed
                                                                                                                                     Raintree, in the Spring Mountains NRA. At the beginning of every
                                                                                                                                     summer, Nick begins his recruitment efforts to attract new participants
                                                                                                        PHOTO: John D. Harrington.

                                                                                                                                     to the outing by challenging them. “You are not
                                                                                                                                     a tree hugger until you have done this hike.”
                                                                                                                                     That’s all he has to say.
                                                                                                                                       Tenacious, twisted, and “vertically             brush and
        S. Nevada Group
           Nev    Group                                                                                                              challenged” bristlecones often lack               gilia.
                                                                                                                                     the same celebrity status of majestic                “It was a
                   Walter Barbuck*
                   Fred Treat*
                                        702-735-9411       Deadline!                                                                 redwoods and giant sequoias despite
                                                                                                                                     the fact that they are the verified old-
                                                                                                                                                                                       tough hike,”
                                                                                                                                                                                       Chris Loeb-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PHOTO: Par Rasmusson.

 Secretary         Desiree Saporito
 At Large
 At Large
                   Desireee Saporito
                   Fred Treat*
                   Kevin Robitaille*
                                                         SEPTEMBER 5                                                                 est trees. Still, beauty is in the eye of
                                                                                                                                     the beholder. Determined to “meet”
                                                                                                                                                                                       ner, a sea-
                                                                                                                                                                                       soned hiker
 Chapter Del.      Walter Barbuck*      702-735-9411                                                                                 the beloved tree that stands at 9920              who recently
  Chapt. Del. Alt. Rita Ransom*         702-395-6992
 Webgal            Yuki Takagi          702-263-7327                      TRAILS                                                     ft. above sea level, 17 mighty hikers             joined the Si-
 Conservation Jane Feldman*
 Editor            Bob Rynda
                                                                                                                                     gathered at 7820 ft. on June 10. Nick             erra Club, The cherished Raintree.
  Hway Cleanup Jack Borden
 Membership        Marianne Brown*
                                        702-642-9144                                                                                 warned of the high altitude at the                acknowl-
 Outings           Jack Sawyer          702-363-6245                                                                                 trailhead, and off they went.                     edged. “But once I was on the top, I
 Political         James Grayson
                                                                                                                                      Zigzagging through aspen and pon-                was fine.”
                   Gary Beckman
                                                       for October - November                                                        derosa, the hikers were greeted by red
 *ExCom Member                                                  issue                                                                wildflower patches of indian paint-                 Please see RAINTREE HUGGERS, page 11.
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                                                   AUGUST 20 (SUNDAY)                       SEPTEMBER 10 (SUNDAY)                     0980), Bill Marr (433-0743). Level 3-4.                  OCTOBER 2 (MONDAY)
                                    *Cathedral Rock, Kyle Canyon, SMN-                *Stanley B. Springs, Kyle Canyon, SM-                 SEPTEMBER 17 (SUNDAY)                      *Group Executive Committee (ExCom)
                                    RA. Hike along mountain trail through             NRA. Which trees give this trail its autumn     *Bristlecone Loop, SMNRA. Expect to              Meeting. Time & Place: 6-8:30 pm; call for
                                    stands of aspen, ponderosa pines. What is         color? About 4 mi RT, 1000 ft gain. Lead-       see old bristlecone pines, fall colors on this   location. All members welcome. Contact:
                                    Tamias palmeri? Bring your camera to cap-         er: Ann Cronin (737-5758). Level 2-3.           moderate hike. Why are leaves yellow, red,       Rita Ransom (395-6992).
                                    ture this critter. About 3 mi RT, 1000 ft gain.         SEPTEMBER 11 (MONDAY)                     orange now? Where did green go? Leader:                OCTOBER 11 (WEDNESDAY)
                                    Leader: Ann Cronin (737-5758). Level 2.                                                           David Hardy (875-4549). Level 3.
                                                                                      *Group Executive Committee (ExCom)                                                               *Group Conservation Meeting. Time &
                                                   AUGUST 27 (SUNDAY)                 Meeting. Time & Place: 6-8:30 pm; call for           SEPTEMBER 21 (THURSDAY)                     Place: 6-7 pm, before General Membership
                                    *Belly of Mummy Mountain, SMNRA.                  location. All members welcome. Contact:         *Political Committee Meeting. Time &             Meeting; Nevada Power Co. building (see
                                    Be prepared for any kind of weather. Why          Rita Ransom (395-6992).                         Place: 6-8:30 pm; call for
                                    does weather become cooler with higher               SEPTEMBER 13 (WEDNESDAY)                     location. Contact: Tom
                                    elevation? Strenuous, about 10 mi RT, 4000                                                        Boone       (456-3875,
                                                                                      *Group Conservation Meeting. Time &
                                    ft gain, 7500 - 11,500 ft. Leader: David                                                          tom.boone@toi-
                                                                                      Place: 6-7 pm, before General Membership
                                    Hardy (875-4549). Level 5.                                                              
                                                                                      Meeting; Nevada Power Co. building (see
                                                 SEPTEMBER 3 (SUNDAY)                 next). All welcome. Contact: Jane Feldman          SEPTEMBER 23
                                    *Mack’s Peak, SMNRA. Hike along bris-             (648-0699).                                         (SATURDAY)
                                    tlecone- and limber pine-covered ridge to            SEPTEMBER 13 (WEDNESDAY)                     *Adopt-A-Highway
                                    loose-footing ledge leading to top. Panoram-
                                                                                   *General Membership Meeting. Time &                Cleanup. Join us for a
                                                                                                            Place: 7:30 pm; Ne-       walk in near wild as we

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     PHOTO: Par Rasmusson.
                                                                                                            vada Power Co.            make southern approach
                                                                                                            building, 6226 W.         to Red Rock look a little
                                                                                                            Sahara (E entrance,       more pristine. What kind
                                                                                                            Wengert meeting           of plants are growing
                                                                                                            room). Program:           along roadside? Meet at
                                                                                                            “Environmental Is-        Pizza Hut on Charleston Hikin’ through the pines on the Raintree hike.
PHOTO: Chris Nienaber/Sasson Jahan-Shahi.

                                                                                                            sues in Nevada,” by       Blvd. at Antelope (W of
                                                                                                            Dina Titus, State         Rainbow), 8 am. Share a pizza afterwards. next). All welcome. Contact: Jane Feldman
                                                                                                            Senator for 7th Dis-      Leader: Jack Borden (642-9144). Level 1.    (648-0699).
                                                                                                            trict in Clark Coun-            SEPTEMBER 24 (SUNDAY)                           OCTOBER 11 (WEDNESDAY)
                                                                                                            ty, UNLV Professor
                                                                                                                                      *Autumn Splendor in High Country,                *General Membership Meeting. Time &
                                                                                                            of Political Science,
                                                                                                                                      SMNRA. Hike up Deer Creek trail, over to         Place: 7:30 pm; Nevada Power Co. build-
                                                                                                            Democratic candi-
                                                                                                                                      Kyle Canyon. all colors will provide a feast     ing, 6226 W. Sahara (E entrance, Wengert
                                                                                                            date for Nevada
                                                                                                                                      for your eyes and soul. How do leaves know       meeting room). Program: TBA. Info: Gary
                                                                                                            Governor. Sen. Titus
                                     Raintree hike group photo. (Front L-R) Billie Jean James, Yuki will highlight many               when to turn yellow or red? Leader: Ann          Beckman (648-2983).
                                     Takagi, Marilyn Raines, Nick Saines, Shannon Kelley, Betty Gallifent environmental con-          Cronin (737-5758). Level 4.                                  DECEMBER 3-9
                                     and Sasson Jahan-Shahi. (Back L-R) Desiree Brown, Judy Nance, cerns in our State, in-                 SEPTEMBER 30 (SATURDAY)                              (SUNDAY-SATURDAY)
                                     Par Rasmusson, Gabrielle Antheaume, Bill Marr, Richard Brown, cluding nuclear waste              Leaders’ Choice. Leaders: Bob Rynda (566-        *Service Trip to St. John, U.S. Virgin Is-
                                     Chris Loebner, Kathy Weir and Steve Fletcher.                          storage at Yucca          9905), Bill Marr (433-0743). Level 3-4.          land National Park. Stay at either Cinna-
                                                                                                            Mountain, urban                    OCTOBER 1 (SUNDAY)                      mon Bay or Maho Bay, do a resource
                                    ic view of surrounding mountains, dry lakes
                                                                                   sprawl, water wars, protecting our natural trea-   White Rock Loop, RRNCA. Very scenic              preservation project. This trip will take a
                                    in Desert National Wildlife Range. Is that
                                                                                   sures. Refreshments, announcements, free liter-    hike in Red Rock NCA. Some pictographs.          lot of advance planning, so contact leader
                                    Yucca Flats in distance? Which way is wind
                                                                                   ature, too. Info: Gary Beckman (648-2983).         Hike rain or shine. Moderate, about 6.3 mi       well in advance. Leader: Ed Rothfuss (406-
                                    blowing today? Mod. strenuous, about 3.5 mi
                                    RT, 8500 - 10,036 ft. Bring snack for after.         SEPTEMBER 16 (SATURDAY)                      RT, 700 ft gain. Trailhead at 4370 ft. Leader:   756-0028, Ed.Rothfuss@toiyabe.sier-
                                    Leader: Lee Schultz (294-1404). Level 4.       Leaders’ Choice: Up in Cool Spring                 Dennis Hayes (280-2424). Level 2-3.    
                                                                                   Mountains. Leaders: Mike Sheffer (353-

                                            HUGGERS . . .
                                                                                                             How                      Pet                                                          SMNRA
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                                                                                                         difficult                    policy                                                    Spring Mountain
                                                                                                                                                                                           National Recreation Area
                                      Once everyone arrived at the tree,                            is this hike?                     DOGS ARE generally not permit-                              RRCNCA
                                    Chris joined his fellow hikers’ hand-             Please note: Your leader takes into                                                                      Red Rock Canyon
                                                                                                                                      ted on our outings, unless otherwise
                                    in-hand in a circle around the ancient            account terrain, altitude, scrambling                                                               National Conservation Area
                                    bristlecone. Nick led a prayer, “this                                                             stated in the write-up. Watch for                            LMNRA
                                                                                      and pace. Discuss these factors.
                                    tree was here when Jesus was born                                                                 these abbreviations: DOK = dogs                    Lake Mead National Recreation
                                                                                       Level 1. EASY. Up to 5 mi, little el-
                                    and has survived storm, fire and                  evation gain, trail, easy pace, suitable        OK; DL = dogs limited, check with                              Area
                                    lighting for more than 3000 years...”             for beginners.                                  leaders. Local government leash                               DNWR
                                       Ordained as the Official Tree                    Level 2. EASY TO MODERATE.                    laws apply.                                        Desert National Wildlife Range
                                    Huggers, the group traveled back to               About 5-8 mi, less than 1000 ft gain,                                                                           NP
                                    the scorching Las Vegas Valley down               trail, relaxed pace liberal rest stops.                                                                    National Park
                                    below. Some participants embraced                  Level 3. MODERATE. About 5-10 mi,              Attention,                                                     WSA
                                    the tree as their good-byes. As for               1000-2000 ft gain, may be off trail, scram-                                                           Wilderness Study Area
                                    Chris, he was already planning to join            bling or high altitude, moderate pace.
                                                                                                                                      altitude hikers
                                    another Club outing the next day.
                                      “My parents just completed the en-
                                                                                        Level 4. MODERATE TO STRENU-
                                                                                      OUS. About 10-15 mi, 1000-3000 ft               YOU MAY SIZZLE in the Las                        WAIVERS
                                    tire Pacific Crest Trail,” he modestly            gain, may be steep grade, cross coun-           Vegas Valley, but be rained,                     All participants on Sierra Club outings
                                    revealed. “I’ve been hiking since I               try, hands on, fast pace.                       hailed, or snowed upon in the                    need to to sign a standard liability waiv-
                                    was a small child.” As a newly trans-                                                                                                              er. If you would like to read the liability
                                                                                        Level 5. STRENUOUS. About 12-                 mountains. The Spring Moun-
                                    planted outdoorsman from New                                                                                                                       waiver before you chose to participate on
                                                                                      20 mi, 2000-5000 ft gain, demanding             tains create their own weather.
                                    Mexico, he likes to hike with some-                                                                                                                an outing, please go to: <
                                                                                      pace, exper. hikers.
                                    one who knows the area well.                       Level 6. VERY STRENUOUS. Over
                                                                                                                                      Always carry rain gear, extra          >,
                                                                                                                                      clothing, and gloves for those                   or contact the Outings Department at
                                      Welcome to the Sierra Club, Chris               15 mi, 5000+ ft gain, off trail, high al-                                                        (415) 977-5528 for a printed version.
                                    — and keep on hiking!                             titude, hands on, exposure, fast pace.          cold surprises.

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