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Private trips are non-Sierra Club activities which are not sponsored or administered by the PCS or the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club has no information about the planning of these activities and makes no representations or warranties about the quality, safety, supervision or management of such activities. The organizers of these trips might not be approved PCS Leaders or even members of the PCS or Sierra Club. These trips are listed here because they may be of interest to PCS members.

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Private trips are not sponsored or administered by the Sierra Club.


Aconcagua (22,841')

If you are interested in visiting Argentina and climbing Aconcagua, one of the seven summits, contact Warren Storkman:

No obligation, but I need your email address.

01/01/2013 - 8:00am
Warren Storkman


Rara Lake

If you are interested in Nepal, October 2012, and going to Rara Lake in the remote Mugu District, contact Warren Storkman:

No obligation, but I need your email address.

10/01/2012 - 7:00am
Warren Storkman

Hooper, Senger, Gemini, 7 Gables

Hooper (12,349'), Senger (12,286'), Gemini (12,088'), possibly Seven Gables (13,080')

Hooper (12,349), Senger (12,286), Gemini (12,088) and possibly 7 Gables (13,080). We will begin at Florence Lake ferry ride on 1 September. Trip is rated at class 3/4 for some of the peaks, and 2 for others. Permit is for 4. Participants must be comfortable with climbing up to class 4 and knowledgeable on use of a rope and proper technique. Contact

Class 4
09/01/2012 - 7:00am
Florence Lake
Tim Hult

Bear Creek Spire

Bear Creek Spire (13,720')

Saturday we'll hike from Mosquito Flat to a camp at Dade Lake. Sunday we'll climb the northeast buttress of Bear Creek Spire and descend the Ulrichs Route and if time allows climb Mt Dade (class 2) before returning to camp and hiking out. A rope will be carried since some class 4 climbing should be encountered near the summit. To shorten Sunday, we could do Dade on Saturday via the class 2 Hourglass route after setting up camp.

Leader: Terry Cline,

Class 4
08/25/2012 - 7:00am
Little Lakes Valley
Terry Cline

Goddard and Reinstein

Mt. Goddard (13,568') and Mt. Reinstein (12,586')

Mts. Goddard and Reinstein from the West, class 2/3, but plan on bringing ice axe and crampons for the higher snow fields early in the season. We will enter from the West, proceed over Hell for Sure Pass, and camp at Martha Lake. Given this is a 5 day hike, the pace will be moderate. Wait list only for this hike. contact: timdhultatsbcglobal dot net

Class 2/3 but possible ice axe and crampons
07/05/2012 - 7:00am
Courtright Reservoir
Tim Hult

Mount Gayley

Mount Gayley (13,510')

Gayley is on one end of a spectacular ring of peaks and the most alpine region of the Sierra with 5 peaks over 14000 ft next to it in a circle and the largest glacier in the Sierra in between.

Start from Big Pine on Saturday and then take the North Fork of Big Pine Creek and huff and puff our way to Gayley Camp at the edge of the Palisade Glacier. Sunday: Alpine start to go to Glacier Notch and then the Yellow Brick Road (aka Golden Staircase) route (class 3) to the summit and back to camp. If time and energy permit, pack out to the trailhead the same day. Otherwise, early morning pack out and hike out to the cars on Monday instead. Class 3 climbing; ice-axe and crampons may be needed for the walk to Glacier Notch from Gayley camp.

Participants must have this level of experience.

Organiser(s): Arun Mahajan (
Scott Kreider (

Class-3 rock, ice-axe, crampons, helmets required
06/30/2012 - 7:00am
Big Pine, Eastside of the Sierra
Arun Mahajan
Scott Kreider

Eclipse on Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta (14,104')

Why not combine two great activities and watch a solar eclipse from the top of a mountain? On May 20 there will be an annular solar eclipse visible in northern California and we are planning to watch it from the top of Mt. Shasta. But there is a catch! The eclipse is on the 20th at 18:25. Yes, that is half past 6 in the evening! So the current plan is to camp on the summit plateau. Route is planned to be West Face Gully, but this may change. As always the conditions vary, so we may end deciding to descend after the eclipse, watch the eclipse from further down the mountain, not make the summit or watch the eclipse from the local bar.

While we are not planning on a difficult route, the time of day presents some obvious problems and all participants are thus expected to have a reasonable level of experience and past experience with sleeping at high altitude.

Leaders: Jesper Schou (schou AT and Jeff Fisher (jeff_fisher_5252 AT

Reasonable level of experience with snow conditions and with sleeping at high altitude
05/19/2012 - 7:00am
Mount Shasta
Jesper Schou
Jeff Fisher

A Waterfall - Really?

Mounts LeConte (13,960') and Corcoran (13,760')

Objectives are to climb the NW Couloir of Mount LeConte under spring alpine conditions, encountering the "waterfall" pitch near the top, summit LeConte and traverse over to Mount Corcoran on its west side. We'll hike up to the Meysan Lakes to camp on the first day, climb the peaks the second, and hike out the third. Depending on conditions, a rope may be used. Because of the early season conditions, participants must be comfortable on steep mixed terrain without a rope. The July trip to the same area led by Aaron Schuman may be a more appropriate trip for many people.

Leader: Terry Cline,

class 4, ice axe and crampons required
05/19/2012 - 12:07am
Above Lone Pine from Horseshoe Meadows
Terry Cline

Snow Climbing Practice

Leavitt Peak, Class 2 (11,569')

Join us for a day of ice axe practice in the high country at Sonora Pass. I anticipate being able to include a peak climb along with the practice. Optional car camping - details TBD.

Crampon practice is also an option, though we rarely
find suitable snow conditions. Participants supply their own gear, and should have some knowledge of how to use an ice axe, but experience is not required.

Dress for lying down in wet snow (full rain gear). Note that this year I'm changing from a 2-day format to one day. Location and date are tentative and subject to road, snow and weather conditions.

Contact the leader for final details on when & where to meet: Kelly Maas, (408)-378-5311,

Some knowledge of how to use an ice axe
05/05/2012 - 7:00am
Sonora Pass
Kelly A Maas


Hiking, climbing, biking - your choice!

Come down for a weekend of climbing and/or hiking or even biking. There will be climbers of varying abilities. Group site #126 has been reserved for 2 nights at the Pinnacles campground on the east side of the park. Holds total of up to 20 people (We’ve had more). Shoes, harness and helmet needed if you are going to be climbing.

You can stay the night, or just come down for one of the days.

The cost for the camp site is $75 night for up to 20. Leader; Jeff Fisher 650-207-9632, E-mail; jeff_fisher_5252 at

What you make it!
04/06/2012 - 6:00pm
Pinnacles National Monument, East Side
Jeff Fisher

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