The Peak Climbing Section


Climb the mountains and get their good tidings - John Muir

The Peak Climbing Section (PCS) is an activity section of the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club. Most of our members live near the San Francisco Peninsula.

Come join us as we explore the high peaks of the Sierra, in summer, winter, spring and fall! We love the views from the top, but you'll find that we also take great pleasure in identifying the flowers, birds and trees as we pass through the meadows and forests on our way to the alpine zone. Not to mention, capturing some cool photos!

Hiking, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding in the backcountry of the Sierra - we embrace it all, with a focus on non-technical ascents of peaks. We climb those peaks over rock, snow and ice, descend the canyons, and relax in the meadows.

But it's not just about the Sierras. We also have local training hikes, and occasional trips to the high mountains of the world. Club members have climbed in Alaska, Mexico, Ecuador, the spine of the Andes, Antarctica, the Himalayas and the peaks of Africa. Back in the Bay Area, we get together to practice our skills and to swap tall tales.

We welcome newcomers and invite you to join us on an introductory trip or at one of our monthly meetings. At these get-togethers, members and notable climbers share their excitement and expertise about their adventures. Recent meetings have featured slideshows on the Bugaboos, the Khumbhu, Afghanistan, Everest, and the High Peaks of Bolivia.

Our focus is on non-technical ascents of peaks in the Sierra Nevada. Each month we publish our newsletter, Scree.

Advanced Trip Schedule

This trips are planned to occur in the Spring and Summer. They are subject to change until they appear on the Chapter schedule, but are listed here for planning purposes. Advanced Trip Schedule.

Our Next Meeting

Our meetings are held at 7:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month, at the Peninsula Conservation Center, 3921 E. Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto. You are welcome to attend.

Gangsthang and the Thirot Shivling - A Slideshow by Arun Mahajan



October 14, 2014 from 07:30 PM to 09:30 PM

In fall 2007, an expedition from the UK spent close to three weeks, climbing and exploring in a small section of the Himalaya that is in the Lahul-Spiti district of the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. In the process, the splendid pyramidal peak of Gangsthang (6162m/20,200+ ft) was climbed and 6 members stood on the tiny summit, having made a new route up the West Face, finishing up the normal SW Ridge. Prior to this, for acclimatization, the subsidiary rock peak of Thirot Shivling (5324m/17,500ft) was also reached.

The team also enjoyed a superb journey into the area, taking the night sleeper from Delhi, the amazing narrow gauge railway to Shimla hill station, beautiful roads through the verdant valleys of Kullu and Manali, and a breath-taking drive over the 13,000 foot Rohtang Pass into the spectacular Chandra-Bhaga valley.

Come and enjoy a slide show of this wonderful region and its imposing peaks with Arun Mahajan who was a team member of this expedition. This climb was noted in the 2008 edition of the American Alpine Journal.

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