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Tahoe Backcountry Skiing #3

Castle Peak, Jakes Peak, Mt. Judah, or other, depending on snow

Come join us for our third of the Tahoe Backcountry Skiing Series. We will ski wherever we can find the best snow, with the target always being fresh deep powder.

Requires advanced skiing skills (resort black diamond+), avalanche training. Randonee or Telemark skins, climbing skis, avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe.

Saturday is likely to be Jake's or Rubicon Peak; Sunday Castle or Donner Peak. The choices depend upon weather, snowpack and avalanche conditions.

Advanced skiing skills
Tahoe Basin
Louise Wholey
James Wholey


Sierra Ski Mountaineering

To Be Determined

Come join us for our grand finale of the Backcountry Skiing Series, skiing in the high Sierra. The peak will be announced at the beginning of winter.

Requires advanced skiing skills (resort black diamond+), avalanche training. Randonee or Telemark skis, climbing skis, avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe.

This is an MOC trip. (Officially approved by the Mountaineering Committee)

Advanced skiing skills
Tahoe Basin
Louise Wholey
James Wholey


Yosemite - Glacier Point turnaround

Badger Pass to Glacier Point and back in one day

We'll ski from Badger Pass to Glacier Point and back in one day -- for those of you with stamina! Our lodging for Fri and Sat nights is a recently remodeled charming mountain A-frame cabin in Yosemite West (convenient to Badger Pass), with great views and a hot tub on the deck. Saturday we'll ski the 22-mile round trip to Glacier Point for the spectacular views of Yosemite Valley. Sunday's options include trails near Bridalveil Creek, Dewey Pt, or tele-skiing at the Badger Pass ski area. Other options are available if there is either too much or not enough snow. Cost est for two nights lodging, one dinner and two breakfasts is $140 (based on avg 6 people). Due to new Sierra Club rules, you cannot write STS leaders checks for more than $50 in advance. So please send a check for $50 now and pay the remaining amount when you arrive at the trailhead. The $50 deposit is nonrefundable unless a qualified replacement is available. Limit = 8 participants. All participants must sign a Sierra Club Liability Waiver and a Sierra Club Medical form and send both completed and signed forms to the leader prior to the trip. Send your email address to obtain the forms and mail the $50 check made to: Terri Michel, 131 Ortega Ave, Mtn View, CA 94040. Leader: Terri Michel, 650 965 8456 .

Intermediate skiing skills
Yosemite


Mosquito Flats Hut - Rock Creek Lodge

Backcountry skiing in Little Lakes Valley and beyond

Five lucky people will enjoy early Spring skiing and take Thursday off work so they can have a leisurely drive to Tom's Place (near Mammoth) for Thursday night the 25th; then on Friday the 26th ski the 5 miles from the Rock Creek SnoPark to the Mosquito Flats Hut. We'll spend 3 nights at the hut so we can take advantage of glorious backcountry in the incomparable Little Lakes Valley and beyond, then return for Monday night to modern cabin accommodations (including good food, hot showers and sauna!) at Rock Creek Lodge . The next day after breakfast, we'll tour back to our cars at the trailhead for the drive home. Cost est for five nights lodging, four dinners and four breakfasts is $325 (based on 5 people). Due to new Sierra Club rules, you cannot write STS leaders checks for more than $50 in advance. So please send a check for $50 now and pay the remaining amount when you arrive at the trailhead. The $50 deposit is nonrefundable unless a qualified replacement is available. Limit = 5 participants. All participants must be comfortable skiing 5 miles and 1,500' elevation gain with an overnight pack, bring metal edged skis, climbing skins, a winter sleeping bag and and avalanche transceiver. Our tours all start > 10,000' so high altitude endurance will be necessary. Participants must also sign a Sierra Club Liability Waiver and a Sierra Club Medical form and send both completed and signed forms to the leader prior to the trip. Send your email address to obtain the forms and mail the $50 check made to: Terri Michel, 131 Ortega Ave, Mtn View, CA 94040. Leaders: Terri Michel, 650 965 8456 and Janet Hoffmann, 408 374 0435 .

Strong to Advanced Intermediate
East side - Tom's Place


Junipero Serra

Junipero Serra

Carpool: Morgan Hill, 7:00 AM - Carl's Jr. Dunne Ave Exit

Greet the New Year with a fun conditioning hike to the summit of Junipero Serra Peak. It's a 10 mile round trip, 3900 feet gain to the summit. This peak is the 2nd highest in the Santa Lucia range. On the summit, we'll find exotic ponderosa pine, white fir, and other plants normally associated with the Sierra. We'll start at the trailhead at 10AM, summit by 2PM and be back at the cars by 5PM. This is a class 1 day hike open to all.

Carpool: 7:00 AM: Meet at Carl's Jr. at Dunne Ave exit from 101 in Morgan Hill and caravan from there.

Note: The requirement for an adventure pass was suspended for this area in 2005. See this link:

http://www.lpfw.org/news/0506adventurepass.htm

For more information, call Lisa @ 650/493-8099 or email at pcs.chair@lomaprieta.sierraclub.org

Class 1
Ventana Wilderness, Jolon Road exit from US-101
Lisa Barboza


Nepal

Gokyo Ri and Kala Patar

Climb both Gokyo Ri and Kala Patar. 19-day camping trek, $1600.00 For more details, contact Warren Storkman: email dstorkman@aol.com or phone 650-493-8959.

Tibet
Warren Storkman


New Years on Mount Clark

Mt. Clark

New Years on Mt Clark (4W)

Dec 31-Jan 3

Come enjoy the Yosemite high country in a different season. A tricky class-4 climb in summer, Mt Clark will be a real alpine challenge in winter. The long western approach up the Illilouette drainage should also make for a pleasant ski tour.

Hike from Valley up Muir Trail, don skis and head up Illilouette drainage to camp

Climb SE Arete (Class 3-4, rope, axe, crampons)

Possible climb of Starr-King on the way out, conditions permitting

Required: backcountry skis (snowshoes OK), avalanche beacon/probe/shovel, axe/crampons, rope/harness

Contact Patrick Callery at haishan1@yahoo.com for more information

Class 3 - 4
Yosemite
Pat Callery


Ostrander Hut

Ostrander

Ski into the historic and scenic Ostrander Ski Hut in Yosemite's backcountry, the finest backcountry ski hut in the Sierras.
I have a permit for 6 people from Friday Jan 22 - Sunday Jan 24. Cost is $50/night/person for the bunk + cost of common commissary. Ostrander is a 10-mile ski in from the Badger Pass ski area, 6 miles of which are on the Glacier Point Road - a prepared surface. Phone Tim Hult: 408-838-8337 (cell) of reply to timdhult at SBCglobal dot net.

Intermediate backcountry skier
Yosemite
Tim Hult


Mt. Shasta Winter Ascent

Mt. Shasta

This trip will go on a 3-day expedition to one of the ridge routes on Shasta. Weather is always a factor so we will play it by ear starting at the beginning of February. Solid snow camping skills are required as as ownership of extreme weather gear (boots, mittens, outerwear, sleeping bag, etc.). Good training for McKinley. Ice axe and crampon required. Contact Tim Hult for more information. timdhult at sbcglobal dot net;
650-966-2215 (w)

Solid snow camping skills
Mt. Shasta
Tim Hult


Mt. Silliman

Mt. Silliman

Kings Canyon, President's Day weekend. Ski trip (snow shoes acceptable if there are more than one of you.) Another ski tour with a peak. May be done as a two day trip, but we'll reserve 3 to be sure. Contact Tim Hult for more information: timdhult at sbcglobal dot net
650-966-2215 (w)

Class 1
Kings Canyon
Tim Hult


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