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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.

Pyramid Peak

On this 3 day weekend we'll go in on snowshoes from the Echo Summit snow-park, cross Echo lakes, camp above Lake of the Woods and summit Pyramid Peak. Crampons, ice axe, 3rd class climbing. This is an intermediate level trip.

Winter, 3rd Class
Lisa Barboza


Round Top

Annual day trip from Carson Pass on skis or snowshoes. Crampons and ice axe required.

Winter Mountaineering
Arun Mahajan


Pinnacles

Hike, Bike, and Climb at Pinnacles National Monument

Come to the interesting and popular Pinnacles National Monument for a Spring trip. A group camp site has been reserved at the campground for Saturday night, April 5. This is a great area where you can hike, bike or rock climb. Plenty of good hiking and road biking. This is a private trip, no rock climbing instruction is available so be prepared to operate on your own.

Jeff Fisher
Rick Booth


Kanchenguna - North and South Base Camp

This will be a 20 day trek in Nepal.

This is my 30th year leading treks in Nepal and Tibet. I do not handle any of your funds. We pay the trip provider in Nepal.

Warren Storkman


Iron Mtn.

This will be a relatively slow-paced, weekend climb of Iron Mountain. Saturday we'll hike in via the Beck Lakes trail and we'll set up camp. Sunday we'll climb the peak, and hike out. We will be using ice axe and crampons so some experience with them will be necessary, but it will not be a difficult climb.

This region of the Sierra is one of my favorites because of its scenic beauty. Map is Cattle Mountain 7.5 or Topo!

Class 2 - Technical Snow Climbing
Charles Schafer


Ice axe & crampon practice, plus Mt Warren & Lee Vining Pk (car camp)

Ice axe & crampon practice, plus Mt Warren & Lee Vining Pk (car camp)

Tioga Pass area. Open to all skill levels. Saturday: ice axe & crampon training & practice in a controlled environment on the Dana Glacier, which is a couple miles cross country from Tioga Pass. Previous ice axe & crampon experience is not required, but if you're new to these tools, you should do some reading first. "Freedom of the Hills" is the mountaineering bible. Sunday: climb nearby Mt Warren (12327', class 2) and Lee Vining Pk (11691', class 2), which should have outstanding views down to Mono Lake. Maybe we'll get lucky and see some bighorn sheep. These peaks are not technical, but may involve some bushwhacking.

Tioga Pass, Eastern Sierra
Kelly A Maas


Mt Disappointment

Mt. Disappointment (13,817')

This is a technical trip requiring a high level of skill.

To avoid holiday traffic we'll leave the Bay Area on Wednesday, and hopefully celebrate July 4 on the summit of Disappointment Peak. Experience with ice ax, crampons, rope, and loose rock required for this strenuous class 4 couloir climb. We will drive home Saturday, or possibly climb Middle Palisade. Permit for 5.

Class 4, ice axe, crampons, rope
Eastern Sierra
Bob Suzuki
Jim Ramaker


Wind Rivers

Gannett, Fremont, Arrowhead, Lester, Ellingwood, Stroud

More than just a dash up Titcomb Basin to bag the state highpoint of Gannett, we'll hike a loop over Knapsack Pass and climb a mixed bag of peaks with an eye toward variety and views (not just the highest ones around). The scenery should be great and greatly varied. Most of the backpacking will be on trail and the gain with full packs will be moderate. Some peaks will be rock, some snow, probably some with steep ice sections. Rope, tools, recent climbing resume, and confidence required. Leaders will be driving from San Francisco, Participants from other areas welcome. See http://www.climber.org/trips/#706.

Maps: Bridger Teton N. F.: Pinedale R.; Wind River Range, north half

Class 3-4, ice axe, crampons, rope used
Wind Rivers
Bob Suzuki
Tim Hult


Clarence King, Gardiner, Cotter, & Fin Dome

Clarence King, Gardiner, Cotter, & Fin Dome

This is a technical trip requiring a high level of skill.

To avoid holiday traffic we will leave the Bay Area on Thursday. After a long, strenuous backpack to camp, we will have 2 fairly difficult climbs each day, with short belayed climbing on Clarence King and possibly on Gardiner. If interested please be in very good shape with confidence on class 3 & 4 and with some roped climbing experience.

Class 3-5, rope
Eastern Sierra
Bob Suzuki
Jim Ramaker


Mt. Thompson

Mt. Thompson (13,494')

This will be a relatively slow paced, three day climb of Mt. Thompson. Friday we'll hike in to Sunset Lake where we'll set up camp. Saturday we'll climb the peak, and on Sunday we'll hike out. We will be using ice axe and crampons so experience with them will be necessary.

This region of the Sierra is very rugged, with some great alpine scenery.

Co-leader wanted.

Class 3 + ice axe
Charles Schafer


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