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Big Pine Peaks

Winchell (13,775'), Agassiz (13,893'), Aperture (13,265'), Gendarme (13,252')


Have a 13ner fest! Start early Friday to Sam Mack Meadow and possibly attempt Agassiz the same day if time permits. (That would be a 6,000' day!) If not, we will do Agassiz Saturday, Winchell Sunday, and bag Aperture and Gendarme Monday on the way out. No ice axe/crampons. Must be fit and not subject to altitude sickness from the quick ascent. Permit for 6 total. Contact leader Jesper Schou - or Co-Leader Stephane Mouradian -

Big Pine, Eastside
Jesper Schou
Stephane Mouradian

Trans-Sierra Dayhike

Trans Sierra from Rock Creek to Lake Thomas Edison (or west to east)


Trans-Sierra Dayhike, Oct. 23-24 Level  5D or F. Lake Thomas Edison to Rock Creek. 22.5 miles. 6,000ft + or- gain on Saturday going west to east, or 3,600ft + or - gain going east to west on Sunday. We will be going over Mono Pass at  11,000ft. going either direction. There will be 2 groups. One on Saturday Oct. 23 going from Lake Thomas Edison to Rock Creek trail head(west to east). They will be picked up at the Rock Creek trail head by the group that will be traveling east to west the next day, Sunday Oct. 24. Everyone will camp together Saturday night. After dropping the Sunday group off at the trail head the Saturday group will drive the east to west groups cars back to the bay area. The east to west group will pick up the other cars and drive home Sunday evening. The West to east group will have to have 2 sets of sleeping gear, one that they will bring to the trailhead on Friday night and one the second group will bring over for them to use on Saturday night. Please contact me if you want to go and which direction. Also if you can drive, carpool or either.

Jeff  Fisher 650-207-9632,

Class 1 but lots of altitude gain/loss
Lake Thomas Edison OR Rock Creek (Eastside of the Sierras)
Jeff Fisher



October is generally the best month to travel in Nepal and Tibet - for weather and holiday events and particularly for the Kora around Mt Kailash.
Reason for starting the plans early.....
To give the opportunity to arrange vacation time for the 21 day trek, the 7 days in KTM and air travel.
There will be two separate flights within Nepal. The first flight will take us west to a large lowland airport with a hotel overnight. The second day we'll fly in a smaller (20 seat) plane and upon landing will start the trek. There will be 6 nights of camping then on the 7th day the group crosses into Tibet with an interesting army border check. This entry is by foot - no roads in this area.
The group will then stop camping and use a hotel on the 14th night.
For those wishing to skip Lhasa a return to KTM is on the 16th day. The Lhasa group will return to KTM on the 21st day by international air.
Without a commitment or obligating yourself just let me know if this trip is of interest to you. If you change your mind, I'll drop your name.
I'll e-mail more information and try for an early trip cost. Contact Warren Storkman (650-493-8959) or email:

Very strenuous
Warren Storkman

Donner Summit Dayhikes On Snowshoes

Mt. Judah (8,245'), Boreal Ridge

We will stay at the Southbay Ski Club lodge at Donner Summit, and do day trips. One day, we will climb Mt. Judah, and the other day we will do a loop from Highway 80 to
Highway 40, following the PCT on the way there and coming over Boreal
Ridge on the way back. Destinations may change based on snow conditions. Contact Judy Molland at

Donner Summit, near Truckee
Joe Baker
Judy Molland

Cone Peak

Cone Peak (5,155'), Ventana Wilderness

We will climb Cone Peak from Highway 1. Cone Peak is the most spectacular mountain on the Big Sur coast of California. It is the second highest mountain (Junipero Serra Peak is higher) in the Santa Lucia Range.

The trip is on-trail but somewhat strenuous. This will either be a dayhike, or we'll camp at Vicente Flat and do the longer loop. I'm leaning toward the second option because LimeKiln Campground (trailhead at the ocean) is still closed due to the fire. With the second option, we can take a leisurely hike up to our camp spot, where we'll spend the night on Saturday, then climb our peak on Sunday morning, before hiking out. This should be an excellent time to see lots of wildflowers.

Contact Judy Molland at

Class 1
Ventana Wilderness, below Big Sur
Joe Baker
Judy Molland

Split Mountain

Split Mountain (14,042')

Another prized winter 14er. Winter backcoutry travel and snowcamping skills highly recommended.

This is an intermediate/advanced trip and you must have
previous crampon/ice axe experience. You should have a solid
backpacking/hiking foundation to carry a heavy pack, a proven ability to acclimatize, and an adventurous attitude as winter climbing can be challenging and require tough decisions. Many winter attempts do not result in a summit as conditions typically must be ideal. Possibly includes Prater and Tinemaha. Led by Lisa Barboza, co-led by Emilie Cortes. Contact Lisa Barboza at Lisa.Barboza(at)

Intermediate/Advanced; 2D3 with class 2 winter climbing
Big Pine, Eastside
Lisa Barboza
Emilie Cortes

Potrero Chico, Mexico

Potrero Chico (The Little Yosemite of Northern Mexico)

Private trip to the little Yosemite of Northern Mexico. I speak Spanish and will assist with logistics. You can either come as a pre-formed climbing team, meet up
with others that are there (Thanksgiving is the high season but it is
still not too crowded), or hire a guide. Previous rock-climbing
experience recommended but not required given guided options.

As I do not lead on rock outdoors, I plan to hire a guide for the tougher
multi-pitch routes I would like to do and team up with other climbers
for mellower routes. Contact Emilie at mountaineerchica (at) gmail.
You can also visit for more info on the

Your Choice!
Hidalgo, Mexico
Emilie Cortes

Ice axe and crampon practice

Carson Pass

May 7-8, 2011 (Sat-Sun)

Spend the weekend practicing with ice axe and crampons at Carson Pass. Camp
overnight at Cyrstal Springs Campground on the other side of the pass. The
second day we will climb a peak. For those who want to come for Saturday only,
that is possible. Bring your own gear, including a waterproof layer since self
arrest practice involves lying down in snow. Coaching is provided, but
participants are expected to have studied the skills in advance.

Contact Kelly Maas at or 408-378-5311

Class 2 + snow climbing
Carson Pass, Hwy 88
Kelly A Maas

Louise's 70th Birthday Celebration

Iron Mountain (11,149')

The trip to Iron Mountain is to celebrate Louise's 70th birthday. She will not yet have finished the SPS peaks list (still needs Table).

The plan is for 2 groups to climb the peak, one a day hike Saturday and the other overnight Friday climbing Saturday. Following the climb Saturday evening we will meet in Mammoth for a birthday party at reserved camp sites in Sherwin Creek Campground.

Route: Hike from the ranger's station at Soda Springs (7400') to Anona Lake (9100') via Fern Lake Trail, about 8 miles. Climb the east slope (class 2) to the south ridge and walk the final ridge to the summit. One can climb onsnow, rock or talus to reach the summit ridge.

Contact Louise, louisewholey at, for space on the overnight permit. Contact Kelly Maas, kamaas444 at, to participate in the day hike.

Moderately difficult, 2D2
Mammoth area, Eastside of the Sierras
Louise Wholey

Pahrump Point and Stewart Point

Pahrump Point (5,740') and Stewart Point (5,265')

From the Desert Peaks Section:
Pahrump Point (5740’) and Stewart Point (5265’): Join us for one or
both of these fine DPS-listed limestone peaks just east of Death
Valley National Park. Saturday climb Pahrump Point (3400' gain, 8
miles). Happy hour Saturday night. Sunday climb Stewart Point (2600'
gain, 6.5 miles). Send e-mail with conditioning and experience to
Leader: Daryn Dodge or Co-leader: Kathy Rich

I Rated
Just east of Death Valley National Park
Daryn Dodge