10 AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2006 TOIYABE TRAILS The Souther n Nevada Group Southern Nev Group Calendar Mojave All phone numbers are 702 unless otherwise noted. Monitor * 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 The CONSERVATION COMMITTEE 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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, David.Hardy@toiyabe.si- Potluck. bring a delicious dish to share. erraclub.org). 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- abe.sierraclub.org). 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 Chair Vice-Chair Officers 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 Treasurer 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 702-648-0699 702-566-9905 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 email@example.com Zigzagging through aspen and pon- was fine.” Programs Recycling Gary Beckman Open 702-648-2983 for October - November derosa, the hikers were greeted by red *ExCom Member issue wildflower patches of indian paint- Please see RAINTREE HUGGERS, page 11. TOIYABE TRAILS AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2006 11 Souther n Nevada Group Southern Nev Group Calendar continued from page 10 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. yabe.sierraclub.org). 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. raclub.org). Mountains. Leaders: Mike Sheffer (353- ABBREVIATIONS RAINTREE HUGGERS . . . How Pet SMNRA continued from page 10 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: <www.si- pace, exper. hikers. one who knows the area well. Level 6. VERY STRENUOUS. Over Always carry rain gear, extra erraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/>, 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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