Scree for February 1993

Newsletter of the Peak Climbing Section, Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter
February, 1993 Vol. 26, No. 2

Next Meeting
Date: Tues., Feb.  9,1993
Time: 8:OO PM
Place: Westem Mountaineering
840 Town & Country Village, across from the Winchester Mystery House in
San Jose
Program: There is no reason to stop climbing in the winter!  Our own Eugene
Miya will show us why, by introcjucing us to the technology and 
techniques of ski mountaineering (AKA alpine touring, Randonne skiing, 
and its child - "extreme" skiing).  The sport will be viewed from three 
perspectives: as a mode of transportation, as an "end-in-itself" (the 
descent), and as a profession.  

Trip Planning Meeting

It's time to plan our upcoming season's trips.  Without them the best we 
can do is listen to other people tell us about their adventures.  One of 
the strengths of the PCS has always been an exciting line-up of trips of 
all classes.  To continue this, we need leaders to plan and offer them.  

To coordinate activities there will be a meeting at Peter Maxwell's house 
at 7 PM on Tuesday, February 16.  Bring money for pizza which we'll order 
in.  If you go for beer, some tasty homebrew will be provided (those who 
experienced this at the Christmas party will know it's quite drinkable).  
Otherwise, bring your own drinks 

lf you are a qualified leader, please consider offering at least one trip 
this year.  But existing leaders are not all we need.  We're always in 
need of new leaders and co-leaders, so if you're interested in 
participating, please come along.  Co-leading trips is part of the 
straight-forward qualification procedure for leadership, and it's also a 
way of having some say in where trips go.  

To help advance planning, see the following article detailing most of the 
relevant trailheads and where to write to get permits.  Hopefully this 
list will give a better idea of where the access points are to various 
parts of the Sierras.  Remember that permit applications must be 
postmarked no earlier (and no later, if you want the best chance of 
getting your permit) than March 1.  

Directions to Peter's place:

From highway 85 take the Fremont Ave.  exit.  Take the Sunnyvale direction 
on Fremont and turn left at the very first stop light past the freeway 
(it's very close - about 25 yards).  This is South Bernado Ave.  Blackberry 
Terrace is the first street on the left, but it looks more like a driveway 
than a street because it's private.  If you come to a real street you've 
gone too far.  1180 is right by a fire hydrant.  Please park outside, on 
Bernado, because parking is very limited.  

Wilderness Permits and Trailheads

In order to camp overnight at any of the locations we're likely to want to 
go to, a wilderness permit is required.  Wilderness permit requests by 
mail are accepted from March 1 through May 31.  Most trails have entry 
quotas associated with them, the quota period being the last Friday in 
June through September 15.  The exception is the Mt.  Whitney trail, whose 
quota period is May 22 through October 15.  A permit application should 
include a reservation fee of $3 per person in the party, together with the 
date of entry, date of exit, entry trail name, exit trail name, number of 
people in the party, number of pack or saddle stock (for us this is 
usually zero) and the location of each overnight camp.  A second and third 
choice should be given, if possible, especially for popular weekends such 
as July 4 and Labor Day, since there is a strong demand for permits and 
frequently the first choice is not available.  

The Sierras are divided into a number of jurisdictions, each of which has 
its own ranger station.  Wilderness permits are obtained from the ranger 
station nearest to the entry trailhead.  Just about every-thing is 
included in Yosemite, Sequoia & King's Canyon National Parks, and Inyo and 
Toyabe National Forests.  To help people plan, and have the necessary 
information available, what follows is a list of ranger stations, their 
addresses and phone numbers, and the names of trailheads which fall into 
each respective ranger district.  


Note that this list includes eastside entry to Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP.


P.O. Box 595
Bridgeport, CA 935 17
(6 19) 932-7070

Virginia Creek
Green Creek
Tamarack Creek
Twin Lakes
Eagle Creek
Burt Canyon
Emma Lake
Leavitt Meadows
Leavitt Lake
Sonora Pass


P.O. Box 429
Lee Vining, CA 93541
(619) 647-6525

Rush Creek Trail

Saddlebag Lake
Yost Creek/Fern Lake
Parker Lake
Bloody Canyon/
Walker Lake
Gibbs Lake
Glacier Canyon
Entering Yosemite
NP through
McCabe Lakes
from Saddlebag
Lundy Canyon
Lakes Canyon

P.O. Box 148
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(619) 934-2505

High Trail
River Trail
Shadow Lake
John Muir Trail
Minaret Lake
Beck Lakes
Fern Lakes

Deer Lakes
Valentine Lake
Laurel Lake
Red Cones
Fish Creek
Convict Canyon
Duck Pass

798 North Main St.
Bishop, CA 935 14
(619) 873-4207 or 873-2500 (visitor center)

Bishop Pass Hilton Lakes
Treasure Lakes
Sabrina Lakes Basin
Piute Pass
Lamarck Lakes
Baker/Green Lakes
Tyee/George Lakes
Horton Lakes
Little Lakes Valley :
Baker Creek
Tamarack Lakes
McGee Creek
Pine Creek Pass
Italy Pass
Gable Pass
Big Pine Creek,
North Fork
Big Pine Creek, South Fork

P.O. Box 8
Lone Pine, CA 93545
(619) 876-5542

Mt. Whitney Trail
Kearsarge Pass
Golden Trout Lakes
Taboose Pass
Sawmill Pass
Baxter Pass
Shepherd Pass
Meysan Lake
Cottonwood Lakes

Cottonwood Pass
George Creek

Backcountry Permit Office
P.O. Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389
(209) 372-0310 or 372-0307



Sierra District Office
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Three Rivers, CA 93271
(209) 565-3306 or 3307

Lady Bug Crescent Meadow
Garfield Grove Wolverton
Franklin Pass Pear Lake
Sawtooth Pass Twin Lakes
Glacier Pass Redwood Canyon
Timber Gap JO Pass
Paradise Ridge Belle Canyon
Atwell/Hockett sugarloaf
Tar Gap
White Chief
Eagle Lake
Kaweah/Md. Meadow
Bubbs Creek
Woods Creek
Copper Creek
Lewis Creek


Pineridge Ranger District
P.O. Box 300
Shaver Lake, CA 93664
(209) 841-3311

Maxson (Courtwright)
Piute (Florence)

(Thanks to Peter Maxwell for the above information.)

First Aid Classes

One of the requirements for leadersbip in the PCS is current first aid 
certification.  Take advantage of one of the following opportu-nities to 
become certified or to update an expired certification: 

Red Cross (415) 322-2143 (Palo Alto) or (408) 292-6242 (San Jose):
Feb. 17,22,24		7-10 PM
Feb. 20,27              9 AM-l:30 PM
Feb. 23,25, Mar. 2      7-10 PM
Mar. 1,3, 8             7-10 PM
Mar. 6,13               9 AM-l:30 PM
Mar. 11,16,18           7-10 PM

Medic First Aid (415) 321-6500 is sponsoring the following classes for $35 
at the Peninsula Con-versation Center (Palo Alto): 

Feb. 27,28 8 AM-5:30 PM

Private Trips

Private trips are not insured, sponsored, or supervised by the Sierra Club 
or the PCS.  They are listed here because they may be of interest to PCS 

Mount Shasta Climb
Date: Feb. 13-15 (SaL-Mon.)
Leader: Kelly Maas
Home: (408) 279-2054
Work: (408) 944-2078

Let's do a winter climb of the majestic, windswept wonderland known as 
Mount Shasta.  With Kai out of commission, I'm picking up the leadership 
duties.  The route will be Casaval Ridge, just left of Avalanche.Gulch.  
Participants should be very motivated, and should have snow camping, ice 
axe, and crampon experience.  If you like that wind-in-your-face feeling, 
this trip's for you.  Co-leader needed (I won't lead without one).  

Adventurers Wanted
Mt. Elbrus
Date: Aug. 1993
Where: Russia via Istanbul
Contact: Warren Storkman
(415) 493-8959
Room for two more persons.

Mera Peak (21,000') and
Kala Pattar (18,000') Date: March 12-14
Date: Oct. 1993
Where: Nepal
Contact: Warren Storkman
(415) 493-8959
Participate in dedication of Tengboche Monastery and Mani Rimdu festival.  

Desert Survivors Spring 1993 Trip Schedule

DESERT SURVIVORS is an affiliation of desert lovers committed to 
experiencing, sharing, and protecting desert wilderness wherever they find 
it.  Their trip schedule is listed here as a courtesy for interested 

Date: February 12-15
Where: Inyos in Winter,
Beveridge/Keynot Mine
Leader: Bob Ellis
Phone: (5 10) 482-0466
Strenuous 4-day hike.

Date: February 13-15
Where: Old Woman Mountains Carcamp
Leader: Steve Tabor
Phone: (510) 357-6585
Easy to strenuous 3-day carcamp includes long hike up Old Woman Mountain

Date: February 27-March 1
Where: The Big Marias
Leader: Marty Dickes
Phone: (510) 482-4159
Rated strenuous.

Date: March 12-14
Where: Soda Mountains Backpack
Leader: Steve Tabor
Phone: (510) 357-6585
Easy 20-mile ramble.

Date: March 13-15
Where: White Cliffs Canyon-Saline Peak
Leader: Bob Ellis
Phone: (510) 482-0466
Moderate 3-day backpack.

Date: March 20-22
Where: Coso Petroglyphs
Leader: David McMullen
Phone: (510) 549-2645
Rated moderate. May include hike up Owens Peak.

Date: March 26-28
Where: Joshua Tree Quiet Weekend
Leader: Rochelle Gerratt
Phone: (5 10) 769- 1706
Easy weekend of contemplation and day hikes.

Date: April 3-11
Where: Superstition Mountains
Backpack (Arizona)
Leader: Steve Tabor
Phone: (510) 357-6585
Six days of moderate backpacking totaling 35 miles.

Date: April 3-11
Where: Death Valley Area
Backpacks (Owlshead Mountains, Queer Mountain WSA, Kingston Mountains)
Leader: Bob Ellis
Phone: (510) 482-0466
Three separate 3-day backpacks rated moderate to strenuous.

Date: April 9-11
Where: Focus on Art in the East Mojave
Leader: Karen Rusiniak
Phone: (510) 778-1879
Carcamping for artists of all skills levels.

Date: April 15-18
Where: Panamint Valley Carcamp
Leader: David McMullen
Phone: (510) 549-2645
Includes two moderate to strenuous day hikes.
Date: April 30-May 2
Where: Last Chance Mountain/Eureka Dunes Carcamp
Leader: Steve Tabor
Phone: (510) 357-5585
Spring desert hiking includes 8456' peak.

Date: May 1-3
Where: High Rock Canyons
North (NW Nevada)
Leader: Bob Ellis
Phone: (510) 482-0466
Moderate to strenuous backpack.

Date: May 14-16
Where: Pyramid Lake Quiet
Weekend (Nevada)
Leader: Rochelle Gerratt
Phone: (510) 769-1706
Possible climb of 8174' Tohakum Peak included on this 3-day carcamp.

Date: May 29-31 (Memorial Day)
Where: Abert Rim Backpack (Oregon)
Leader: Steve Tabor
Phone: (510) 357-6585
Three-day 20-mile backpack.

Official PCS trips

Yikes! Sure hope that Trip Planning Meeting is well attended...

Advance Trips

March  Crater Lake ski
March  Dewey Point ski
May    Ridge Winery conditioning hike

Plant a Register

The Sierra Register Committee (SRC) is casting new aluminum register 
boxes for the coming year.  Are you interested in carrying a brand new box 
to the summit of a peak?  The peaks are already named or numbered, but the 
SRC is taking suggestions for castings right now.  You can suggest peaks 
to Eugene Miya.  Candidate peaks must first fit one of two criteria: 

1) The peak should either be listed in Roper or appear as an elevation on 
a Sierra Topo.  

2) The peak should NOT appear on the Sierra Peaks Section (SPS) peak list 
(a peak climbing section of the LA chapter).  

The peak will then be checked against known records.  If the peak is known 
not to have a register box or is not in certain sensitive areas, we will 
cast the box for next summer.  A sensitive area would include any easily 
reachable peak near Tuolumne Meadows where vandalism is easy.  

If you suggest a peak, and if we cast a box, we will then coordinate a 
wilderness permit for you with the Park or Forest Service.  You will not 
have to compete against normal wilderness permit holders.  Maximum SRC 
party size is four people.  The box is then yours for placement on the 
designated peak.  

Most of the peaks in Roper are not on the SPS list.  Look closely, and you 
can help place one of these time capsules.  Phone your suggested peaks to 
Eugene at (415) 962-6772 or email to  Do not suggest 
a peak which you will not be able to ascend during the year yourself.  We 
have other peaks we need to get other boxes carried up.  (Another of our 
members adds that Milestone's notebook is full and that Mt.  LeConte 
sports a Tupperware register with no pen...) 

Trip report

Simmons in the Snow August 28-30, 1992

Noreen Ford led this trip on the last weekend in August, and it was 
intended to develop navigation skills acquired at a pre-trip navigation 
seminar at Noreen's house.  (Yes, believe it or not, a PCS trip actually 
intended to improve the mind.) 

After a restful camp-out Friday night near May Lake, six of us met early 
Saturday morning at the Tuolumne Meadows Ranger kiosk: Noreen, Tawna 
Wilsey, Laura Sefchick, David Ryan, Petra Wiedman (sister of the infamous 
PCS hardman Kai), and myself (Jim Ramaker).  Clouds slowly built up in the 
sky as we hiked across Tuolumne Meadows and up the Rafferty Creek trail, 
and a mild hail storm hit us as we crossed Tuolumne Pass and stopped for 
lunch.  The weather then turned cool and cloudy, and we continued up to 
Vogelsang Pass (10,700'), and headed southeastward off trail toward 
Gallison Lake.  Traversing a large area of downsloping waterstained 
granite, a couple of us amused the group by taking stylish pratfalls.  

Gallison Lake basin is an alpine playground of spacio;ls meadows and half 
a dozen beautiful lakes, just a day's hike from Yosemite Valley or 
Tuolumne Meadows.  But go there, even on a summer weekend as we did, and 
you're likely to have the whole vast basin to Scree 

But enough poetry - there was climbing to be done, or at least camping and 
eating in preparation for climbing.  Around 4:30 PM, we camped by one of 
the few pine groves in the area, above one of the basin's unnamed lakes.  
Laura, who lives a self-sufficient life with her husband in a cabin in 
Yosemite, wowed us with her homemade pizza and delicious homemade crackers 
(maybe we were craving the salt).
Drill sergeant Noreen had us up at 6 AM for the climb on Sunday, and we 
headed up the talus under cloudless skies.  Around 8 we crested a hill and 
got out our maps and compasses to argue about just which peak was Simmons 
anyway.  Noreen had slyly chosen it as onr destination because it's 
within a mile or so of half a dozen unnamed peaks over 12,000', one of 
which is actually taller than Simmons (which is 12,503').  After a 
20-minute debate, we selected a peak that either was Simmons, or if it 
wasn't, then damn well should have been.  

We strolled up the talus toward the peak's West Ridge, and Petra opted to 
relax by a lake and catch us on the way down.  The ridge steepened as we 
climbed, and I traversed off to the right to preserve the sanctity of 
Roper's class 2 rating.  Noreen, Tawna, and Laura took a more direct line 
up some class 3 slabs, while David stayed on the ridge crest until class 4 
terrain forced him to the right also.  He and I met on top at 10 AM, and 
were soon joined by the three intrepid women.  We had a great time goofing 
around on top and admiring the views of Mt.  Lyell and other peaks, but 
black clouds building over the Mt.  Dana area soon sent us on our way.  
Partway down the talus, the clouds moved overhead and damn if it didn't 
start snowing!  (Remember, this was August.) Things started to look 
downright Christmasy as snow began covering the talus and swirling in our 
faces.  What a blast - a real treat for us refugees from the 
drought-parched Bay Area.  After a few rest stops and a few stumbles on 
the slippery rock, we all rendez-vous'd at our camp for lunch under the 
sheltering pine trees.  

The weather soon let up, leaving just some very mild intermittent snow 
flurries and drizzle.  We hiked out around 2, headed back to the trail, 
then said goodbye to one another at Vogelsang Pass and broke up into 
smaller groups to hike out at our own paces.  Fresh snow covered the peaks 
around Tuolumne Meadows, and the cool damp refreshing air along with a 
beautiful sunset kept tiredness away on the long hike out.  

Just goes to show you, even a so-called boring peak like Simmons can 
supply that well-known PCS blend of excite-ment, suffering, camaraderie, 
and beauty.  

-Jim Ramaker

(In case you who don't know what in the dickens "pratfall" means, as I 
didn't, Webster defines it as either (1) a fall on the buttocks, or (2) a 
humiliating mishap or blunder. -editor) 

The South American Explorers Club

For those of you who were inspired by last month's slide presentation on 
the Patagonia region in South America, Aaron Schuman passes along this 

The South American Explorers Club is a non-profit, scientific and 
educational organization with offices in Denver, Colorado (USA), Lima 
(Peru), and Quito (Ecuador).  Membership dues are US$30 (US$40 couple) per 
year and include four issues of the South American Explorer magazine.  All 
dues and donations are tax-deductible.  

US Headquarters:
126 Indian Creek Road
Ithaca, New York 14850
(607) 277-0488

The South American Explorers Club was founded in 1977 for the following 

*To advance and support all forms of scientific field exploration and 
research in such areas as biology, geogra-phy, anthropology, 
oceanogra-phy, archeology, and related sciences as well as field sports 
such as white water running, hiking, mountaineering, caving, and others.  

*To receive contributions for the support of scientific research and 
exploration that comes within the club's range of interests.  

*To promote programs of an educational, scientific, and cultural nature.  

*To further the exchange of information among scientists, adventurers, and 
travelers of all nations with the purpose of encouraging exploration 
throughout South and Central America.  

*To make available infor-mation on all organizations in South and Central 
America which offer services to travel-ers, scientists, and outdoorsmen.  

*To record and publish research in the natural sci-ences and documented 
accounts of adventure/sports.  

*To awaken greater interest in and appreciation for wilderness 
conservation and wildlife protection.  

Women Climbers Northwest

Women Climbers Northwest, a climbing group based in Seattle, Washington, 
was established in 1983 to promote climbing and wilderness activities 
among women and to serve as an informal network.  (There are existing 
members who live in the Bay Area.) 

Their membership spans a wide range of skill levels and interests which 
includes rock climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, and hiking.  
WCN's stated goals are to help women develop skills in leader-ship, 
safety, and decision-making; to become physically fit; to learn more about 
the natural environment; to develop new friendships; and last, but -not 
least, to have fun!  

If you're interested and would like more information, you can write to: 
Women Climbers Northwest, P.O.  Box 20573, Seattle, WA 98 102.  They will 
send you one free copy of their newsletter.  An-nual dues are $15.  


Kelly Maas
2422 Balme Drive
San Jose, CA 95122
(408) 279-2054 H
(408) 944-2078 W

Peter Maxwell
1180 Blackberry Terrace
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 737-9770 H

Brian Boyle
7678 Rainbow Dr.
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 973-0640 H

Phyllis Olrich
750 Homer Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301-2907
(415) 322-0323 H
(415) 725-1541 W
Fax: (415) 723-2011

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PCS meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month. See
Scree for meeting location and program information.

The following trip classifications are to assist you in choosing trips
for which you are qualified. No simple rating system can anticipate
all possible conditions:

	Class 1: Walking on a trail.
	Class 2: WaIking cross-country, using hands for balance.
	Class 3: Requires use of hands for climbing. A rope may be
		 used occasionally.
	Class 4: Requires rope belays.
	Class 5: Technical rock climbing.

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