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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.

Mt Humphreys and Mt Emerson

Mt Humphreys (13,986'), Mt Emerson (13,204')

Visit the scenic North Fork of Bishop Creek, Piute Pass and alpine Humphreys Basin. Endure the class 2, loose scree of Humphreys' southwest slope before enjoying the final two short, roped pitches over solid rock. A half rope-length rappel begins the decent. Required: climbing harness, belay/rappel device, roped climbing experience, group bear canisters; also, a $10 deposit to cover cost of the permit (forfeit if cancel, difference refunded at trailhead).

class 4, rope
Bob Suzuki


Goddard Divide (High Sierra from East Side)

Haeckel, Wallace, Fiske, Huxley, McGee, Black Giant, Solomons, Thompson, Powell, Goode

We’ll trek for a week through the breathtaking Evolution region of the Sierra Nevada, backpacking to infrequently visited rockbound lake basins and climbing challenging summits. We’ll make a loop from our trailhead at Lake Sabrina (near the town of Big Pine), packing cross-country across the Goddard Divide at Wallace Col, spending an average of two nights at each camp, and ultimately returning to our trailhead with a cross-country pack back across the Goddard Divide at Echo Col. We’ll be challenged by the ruggedness of the terrain, the high elevations (up to 13500 feet), the weight of our packs with a week’s food, and the mountaintops of class 2 and 3 difficulty. None of the summits require the use of a rope. This trip has a maximum of six participants.

Class 2-3, extended mountaineering trip
Lake Sabrina, East Side
Aaron Schuman


Brewer, S&N Guard, Table, Thunder, Jordan

Brewer (13570), S Guard (13232), N Guard (13327), Table (13632), Thunder (13517+), Jordan (13320+)

A long and strenuous backpack from Road's End in Kings Canyon NP to our base camps near East Lake will position us for attempts on nearby class 4 summits. If interested please be fast, strong, confident and skilled on rock and snow.

Class 4, rope
Road's End, King's Canyon National Park
Bob Suzuki
Jim Ramaker


Elektra Peak

Elektra (12,442')

Starting from Tuolumne Meadows, we'll head up Rafferty Creek, over Vogelsang Pass, follow then cross Lewis Creek, pass by the Cony Crags, then head up the Lyell Fork drainage to climb Elektra Peak. Permit for 5. Must have backpacking experience and comfortable hiking cross country (we leave the trail as we follow the Lyell Fork drainage). To find out about the peak's namesake, read Sophocles's play 'Elektra' (410 B.C.), based on the famous Greek Orestes myth.

Class 2
Yosemite National Park
Deborah Benham


Clarence King, Gardiner, Cotter, Fin Dome

Clarence King, Gardiner, Cotter, Fin Dome

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. This is a technical trip requiring a high level of skill
Kearsage Pass, Onion Valley, East Side
Bob Suzuki
Jim Ramaker


Pinnacles

Climbing, hiking, biking

Come down for a weekend or just for a day of climbing or if you prefer hiking or even biking. There will be climbers of varying abilities. We have reserved group campsite #134 at the Pinnacles campground on the east side of the park. Camping cost is usually about $8 per person. Shoes, harness and helmet needed if you are going to be climbing. We will meet at the Bear Gulch visitor center at 9AM on Saturday. Carpools meet Saturday morning at 7AM at Cottle Rd. and Hwy 85 park and ride.

Class 1 - 5, your choice
Pinnacles
Jeff Fisher


Jim Weaver Memorial Beginner's Ski Trip

Enjoy cross-country skiing in the Soda Springs/Norden/Donner Lake area

Learn the joys cross-country skiing on gentle terrain in the Soda Springs/ Norden/ Donner Lake Area. This trip honors the late Jim Weaver, long time Sierra Club trip leader, who faithfully lead this trip annually. We’ll stay at the Sierra Club’s Clair Tappan Lodge in Norden. On Saturday we’ll ski the groomed trails around Clair Tappan. On Sunday, we will venture into beginner level backcountry in the area. People completely new to cross country skiing are encourage to take a lesson from the lodge staff. Gear rental is available at the lodge. Sign up by contacting the leader, but please make your own lodging reservations by calling Clair Tappan Lodge (530-426-3632). The cost is $55+tax/nite-person for lodging and 3 meals. For more information about Clair Tappan, visit the Sierra Club website http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/lodges/ctl/ ... For more information about the trip, contact the leader. We will meet at the Living room at 9:30 AM. Saturday morning.

Leader: John Cordes 650-288-9645 email: johncordes@yahoo.com

Beginner to Advanced Beginner
Clair Tappan Lodge


Telescope Peak

Telescope Peak, 11.050'

Car shuttle needed.

Group #1
Difficulty: Class 2, 23 miles 11,000 ft of gain.
Will camp at Shorty’s Well at -250 Ft on Friday night Nov. 6. Get up Saturday morning at 3AM and be on the trail by 3:30AM. After summiting we will hike to Mahogany Flats to the waiting car shuttle. There is a spring in Hanapai Canyon at 3,500ft and 9 miles into the hike. But should bring at least 4 liters of water. Hopefully those going in group #2 will camp with us and shuttle the cars around for their start at Mahogany Flats.

Group #2
Difficulty: Class 1, 14 miles 3,000 ft of gain
Leave from Mahogany Flat at 8 or 9AM hopefully reaching the summit around the same time as group #1. Returning to Mahogany Flats and shuttling Group.

Leader Jeff Fisher Co-leader needed (650) 207-9632, E-mail; jeff_fisher_5252@sbcglobal.net
Leader needed for Mahogany Flats start.

Class 2
Death Valley
Jeff Fisher


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


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