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Late spring Ski Tour - High Sierras


The route is TBD, but I'd like to do a 3 to 4 day ski traverse, possibly Mammoth to Yosemite, or Rock Creek to Mammoth. Otherwise open to suggestions. Mid April to Mid May are the target dates, weather and conditions dependent. Excellent skiing skills and winter camping experience required.
Contact Tim Hult for more information: timdhult at sbcglobal dot net
650-966-2215 (w)

Excellent skiing skills and winter camping experience required
Tim Hult

Sutter Buttes

The Sutter Buttes are the oldest and smallest volcanic range in California;
a geologic and botanical wonder, preserved as a private park by the Middle
Mountain Foundation. See

We'll meet in Yuba City CA at 9:00 a.m., ready to caravan to the preserve.
Some of us will travel up the night before, and others will start extra
early to make the drive before dawn (3 hours from Santa Clara County).

The hike is about 6-8 miles and 1000 vertical feet. This trip is suitable
for experienced hikers and their physically fit family members. The hike is
on trail, but the trail might be sketchy in places. The high point of the
Sutter Buttes is at only about 1500 feet; there should not be any snow.

The non-profit that owns the Sutter Buttes sends a naturalist guide to
accompany hiking groups. To cover the cost of the guide and to help raise
money for their conservation programs, they charge a fee of $30 per person.

This is a private trip and is not sponsored, approved or insured by the
Sierra Club.

RSVP required. Aaron Schuman;; 650-450-1437

Class 1
Aaron Schuman

Arun's Annual Round Top Day Hike

Round Top

Arun isn't dead yet but he is working on it. Join us on what has been Arun's annual Roundtop Day Hike. Arun cannot do it this year so this means you are stuck with Ron Karpel and Rick Booth. Consider yourself warned. Cat herding begins at 8:00 AM at the Carson Pass Snow Park on Sunday, March 21, 2010. We will be moving at 8:30 AM. Snow shoes or skis, ice ax and crampons are needed and the ability to use them. Group size limited to 12. No morons.
Snow Park Pass a must. Bad weather cancels. This means rain, snow, howling wind, freezing cold, tsunami, avalanche conditions, hurricane, flood. We are fair weather climbers.

Rick Booth or Ron Karpel

Snow shoes or skis, ice ax and crampons, and the ability to use them
Carson Pass
Rick Booth
Ron Karpel

Junipero Serra

Junipero Serra (5,862'), King City

This is an annual January Loma Prieta Peak Climbing Section tradition. It's a 12-mile round-trip to the summit of the peak. We'll be carpooling from San Jose for this trip as it is a 150 mile drive to the trailhead.

This peak is the 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 4PM. This is a class 1 day hike open to all.
Contact Lisa Barboza at Lisa.Barboza(at)

Class 1
Junipero Serra, King City
Lisa Barboza

Pinnacles National Monument


Climbing, hiking and biking. Come down for the weekend or just for the day. A group camping site #134 has been reserved for the Saturday night April 3. If climbing, need shoes, harness and climbing shoes. Bring other gear if you have hit. We will meet at the Bear Gulch Ranger Station on the east side of the park at 9AM Saturday morning. Carpool from park and ride at Cottle Rd and Hwy 85 at 7AM. Carpooling encouraged because of the limited parking at the camp site. Camping fees average about $8 per person. Leader: Jeff Fisher E-mail:
Co-leader wanted.

Pinnacles National Monument
Jeff Fisher

Henry Coe Park

Mt. Sizer

This is a wonderful loop with great vistas from the ridge. Strenuous hike with possible stream crossings. Bring water and food for the day.
Please contact the Leaders if you haven't hiked with this group. Heavy rain cancels. Carpool: 7:30 am at Cottle & 85 Park & Ride, or 8:30 am at Henry Coe Park Hdqs.
Leader: Ron Karpel, ronny AT

15 - 20 miles;/ 3000 - 4000 feet elevation gain
Henry Coe State Park
Ron Karpel

Kearsarge Pass Peaks

Mt. Gould (13,005'), possibly also Rixford(12,887') and Bago (11,870')

We will climb Gould from Onion Valley via Kearsarge Pass then directly to the summit of Gould on the south facing slope. The summit block is class 3.
If time permits we will traverse to Rixford. We will include Bago in the trip if the group is strong enough by going over Kearsarge Pass to a camp at Kearsarge Lakes. Alternative route depending upon snow and the group is to go around to Golden Trout Lake to ski the east bowl of Gould.

Ski mountaineering experience with ice axe and crampons, advanced (black diamond) skiing skills for the descent, excellent physical condition, and snow camping experience are all required. Must have avalanche training. WFA & ski patrol experience are a plus. For the summit block I suggest bringing light rock shoes. Equipment required: skis, skins, poles, ski crampons, boot crampons, ice axe, helmet, avalanche beacon, probe, shovel and snow camping gear.

Sierra Club membership is required, as is the club medical form and signing the Sierra Club waiver. The medical form is at

Send skiing resume to leader: Louise Wholey (louisewholey at gmail dot com)

Ski mountaineering experience with ice axe and crampons, sdvanced skiing skills, excellent physical condition, snow camping experience all required
Onion Valley, Eastside
Louise Wholey

Mount Shasta

Shasta 14,162'

We will climb the mountain by the West Face Gully. We will camp Saturday night at 9000 feet, attempt the summit on Sunday and return to our cars before night. The route is not nearly as crowded as the normal route and, although a little more difficult, the solitude and beauty make it worth the extra effort. Participants must have training in self-arrest and feel competent that they can use their skills if needed. Contact: 408-779-2320;

Mount Shasta

Lyell and Maclure

Lyell (13,114') and Maclure (12,880')

These are Yosemite's most sought-after peaks, so expect the roster to fill up quickly. Friday hike about 10 miles in the relatively flat Lyell Canyon from Tuolumne Meadows TH. Saturday climb the peaks. Sunday hike out. Participants must be in good shape, able to climb snow and ice, experienced in using crampons and an ice axe (prior experience a must) and be able to scramble class 3 rock. We will not carry a rope. Not for beginners.

One wrinkle to consider: it is possible, due to the early date, that Tioga Pass road will still be closed at the time of this trip. If this happens, we will try to decide on an alternate destination that will appeal to most participants.
This is a restricted mountaineering trip requiring Sierra Club membership.
Contact: Ron Karpel, ronny AT

Class 3, snow and glacier
Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite
Ron Karpel

Unicorn Peak (10,880'), Cockscomb (11,065'), Echo Peak #4 (~11,100')

Unicorn, Cockscomb, Echo #4

Driving through Tuolumne Meadows one cannot but admire the surrounding peaks. Yet we are often too rushed to reach mountains in faraway places. This time we will stop and enjoy the ones nearby. To add to our fun, we have chosen peaks that require a bit of technical climbing. To be able to use ropes and climb as a group, the technical section is limited to one short pitch of class 4 or so. Participants must have previous mountaineering experience, must have experience with rock route of at least class 3, be experienced in tying in and giving top rope belay, and be in excellent physical condition. Not for beginners!!

This is an official Sierra Club trip. You have to be a Sierra Club member. You must include your Sierra Club number with your application to be considered.
Contact: Ron Karpel, ronny AT
Co-contact: Charles Schafer, c_g_schafer AT

Class 4, rock, ropes
Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite
Ron Karpel
Charles Schafer