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Private Trips

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.

Private trip announcements should be submitted to the Scree Editor:

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


Gokyo Ri and Kala Patar

Climb both Gokyo Ri and Kala Patar. 19-day camping trek, $1600.00 For more details, contact Warren Storkman: email or phone 650-493-8959.

Warren Storkman

New Years on Mount Clark

Mt. Clark

New Years on Mt Clark (4W)

Dec 31-Jan 3

Come enjoy the Yosemite high country in a different season. A tricky class-4 climb in summer, Mt Clark will be a real alpine challenge in winter. The long western approach up the Illilouette drainage should also make for a pleasant ski tour.

Hike from Valley up Muir Trail, don skis and head up Illilouette drainage to camp

Climb SE Arete (Class 3-4, rope, axe, crampons)

Possible climb of Starr-King on the way out, conditions permitting

Required: backcountry skis (snowshoes OK), avalanche beacon/probe/shovel, axe/crampons, rope/harness

Contact Patrick Callery at for more information

Class 3 - 4
Pat Callery

Ostrander Hut


Ski into the historic and scenic Ostrander Ski Hut in Yosemite's backcountry, the finest backcountry ski hut in the Sierras.
I have a permit for 6 people from Friday Jan 22 - Sunday Jan 24. Cost is $50/night/person for the bunk + cost of common commissary. Ostrander is a 10-mile ski in from the Badger Pass ski area, 6 miles of which are on the Glacier Point Road - a prepared surface. Phone Tim Hult: 408-838-8337 (cell) of reply to timdhult at SBCglobal dot net.

Intermediate backcountry skier
Tim Hult

Mt. Shasta Winter Ascent

Mt. Shasta

This trip will go on a 3-day expedition to one of the ridge routes on Shasta. Weather is always a factor so we will play it by ear starting at the beginning of February. Solid snow camping skills are required as as ownership of extreme weather gear (boots, mittens, outerwear, sleeping bag, etc.). Good training for McKinley. Ice axe and crampon required. Contact Tim Hult for more information. timdhult at sbcglobal dot net;
650-966-2215 (w)

Solid snow camping skills
Mt. Shasta
Tim Hult

Mt. Silliman

Mt. Silliman

Kings Canyon, President's Day weekend. Ski trip (snow shoes acceptable if there are more than one of you.) Another ski tour with a peak. May be done as a two day trip, but we'll reserve 3 to be sure. Contact Tim Hult for more information: timdhult at sbcglobal dot net
650-966-2215 (w)

Class 1
Kings Canyon
Tim Hult

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

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

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