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Newsletter of the Peak Climbing Section, Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter
April, 1995                                                Vol. 28, No. 4
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NEXT MEETING
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Date:  Tuesday, April 11
Time:  8 p.m.
Place: Western Mountainering
       Town & Country
       Shopping Center
       San Jose
       
Program: Howard Steidtmann will be presenting an overviews of the Desert 
Peaks list of the Angeles Sierra Club.  Come see a variety of slides 
showing the diverse flora and fauna of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, as 
well as a wide range of geologic phenomena found in Baja, Nevada, Arizona 
and California.  

(map of location on original)


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Carl Sharsmith, 1903-19
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CARL W. SHARSMITH, Yosemite's famous ranger-naturalist, died October 14, 
1994, at the age of 91.  As the angel chorus sang to welcome Carl into 
paradise on that morning, the heavens were sending snow down upon his 
beloved Tuolumne Meadows, furnishing a blanket for his alpine plants.  The 
flowers rest early this year.  

Carl may be remembered as the oldest and longest serving National Park 
Ranger, as an expert alpine botanist, as professor of botany at San Jose 
State University, as discoverer of previously unclassified wildflowers and 
for establishing the herbarium at SJSU, which now bears his name.  

But he will be best remembered as Tuolumne Meadows' best-loved naturalist.  
Carl was an inspiration to all and has influenced thousands of children 
and adult visitors to Yosemite.  I am one of those, having first met Carl 
on his meadow walk in June 1987.  He was magical and delightful while 
encouraging all of us to develop a greater appreciation for wilderness.  

Carl's love for the flowers and the mountains defined his life, which he 
joyfully shared with all park visitors and friends.  Wallace Stegner, the 
Pulitzer-prize winning author, once said, "A place is not fully a place 
until it has had its poet.  Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada have had two 
great posts, Muir and Adams.  In consequence I think these mountains are 
better understood, held worthier of respect and protection than they would 
be if those two had never looked on them with reverence and been delighted 
with spring dogwood blossoms, and exhilarated by glacier pavements, dazed 
by half-mile cliffs, and glorified by snow peaks blossoming like roses in 
the dawn."

The third great post of Yosemite is Carl Sharsmith, who looked on Tuolumne 
Meadows and its high country peaks with reverence, was delighted with 
sweet casssiope's white blossoms, and exhilarated by his continued 
learning of nature's secrets, dazed by a sunlit meadow patched with 
delicately colored blossoms, and glorified by aster integrifolious 
stretching her angelical rays toward heaven.  

Tnolumne Meadows had been Carl's home since 193 1.  He was Tuolumne's, 
first Ranger-naturalist and was the meadows' best friend since John Muir.  
Carl was greatly influenced by Muir, having first discovered, as a boy, 
Muir's writings, which he said, "set me afire." 

Carl reflected, I always knew about Yosemite because I knew the writings 
of John Muir by heart; and I was all prepared to see what I saw.  Studying 
at the Yosemite Field School in 1930 was just the most wonderful thing I 
could do; and it led to an invitation to become a ranger-naturalist." 

Carl know the importance of Yosemite to himself and shared his love of 
Yosemite with others for 63 years.  He truly loved bringing people on 
mountain and wildflower walks.  "He felt he had found his true calling- to 
protect and to expound the beauties of the Sierra.  He knew it would take 
dedication for the naturalist program to succeed, and believed the future 
of the park depended in some measure upon his efforts," wrote Elizabeth 
O'Neill in her biogmphy of Carl, "Mountain Sage." 

Carl tried to convert visitors to his religion of the mountains through a 
good naturalist program.  Carl's ranger programs led park visitors to 
experience love for these mountain places and consequently he gained a 
good following to help protect the park.  

Carl under stood what motivates people to learn.  "I find people are not 
interested in facts.  The greater appeal is to the heart." In Robert 
Redford's film, "Yosemite: The Fate Of Heaven," we can see Carl's 
playfulness, his romance with nature, his wisdom, and his heartfelt 
desire that "we bring back the primitive, primeval condition that 
formerly existed in the park." 

Carl's nature writings, to be published soon in the book, "A Naturalist in 
Yosemite," encourage us to experience the joy of observation and 
investigation into nature's beauty in much the same way his nature walks 
delighted us.  

Like Muir and Adams, Carl will have a peak named for him soon.  Hopeful1 y 
it will be the Tuolumne Meadow's region peak, Peak 12,0021,' his 
"snndial." Carl has several wildflowers named for him already.  One is the 
beautiful forget-me-not flower, Hackalia sharsmithii, which grows only in 
the shadow of rocks in the Mt.  Whitney area.  

But Carl, the poet and venerable ranger-naturalist who obtained extreme 
delight in explaining the life of his meadows as he reverently knelt down 
to see the faces of his flowers or the tiny snow fleas in the snow, would 
want us to honor him by having each one of us develop a greater 
appreciation of a wilderness to which he had dedicated his life.  He 
would often tell us, "be enthusiastic and in love with the scene yourself 
so that it should convey itself to you!" Carl has encouraged my own love 
of flowers, lending me his botany notes and helping me with my studies.  
He makes the plants come to life in o ur minds and hearts.  One of Carl's 
favorite flowers is raggedy aster, aster integrifolius.  He showed her to 
me on one of our special walks in the summer of 1989.  "Her rays are blue, 
a heavenly blue, and she spreads them back, not horizontally like other 
asters, so when you look down into her little eyes it looks like an angel 
looking to heaven," he poetically told me.  Carl was loved by many and 
will be missed by all who knew him.  I have so much more to say to Carl; 
and he had so much more to teach us all about nature's beauty in his 
accurate and poetic style.  Every time I climb a mountain, Carl will still 
be there in his ranger tent gently reminding me to make sure I visit with 
all the flowers on the way to the summit.  

1 will always remember Carl.  The visits in his tent, in his home, at my 
home, our hikes, collecting specimens, listening to music, and all our 
special times together will never be forgotten.  

Working in Tuolumne Meadows is how Carl spent his last summer "What else 
would I do‘?  Tnolumne Meadows is home to me, so to speak.  It is the 
happiest place in the mountains.  God blessed this place.  This is the 
place that holds; this is the place that c ha rm s he said.  

He told me that in Tuolumne Meadows his spirit had found its home.  
Although Carl felt at home in the mountains, he realized he was only a 
visitor there, where the flowers and birds belong.  He wanted knowledge 
of the mountains and that's what he got.  "Now what more could I desire or 
expect?" he asked.  

Car1 died peacefully in bed at his winter home in San Jose.  But his 
gentle spirit, like the gentle Tuohmme River he sang about on his nature 
walks, will live on forever.  "Gentle river, gentle river, oh how happy 
you must be." As the river continues forever to sing, Carl's beautiful 
flower asks of us, "forget-me-not." 

- Laura Sefchik

Contributions may be sent to the Dr.  Carl W.  Sharsmith Herbarium 
Fndowment fund, San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San 
Jose, CA 95192.  


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Carl's last days were filled with joy, peace and friendship
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I SHARE THE following in an effort to bring comfort to all of us who loved 
and cared for Carl - his many friends and fellow nature appreciators, in 
Yosemite and beyond.  There is some solace in knowing that Carl's final 
days were spent in peace.  

Carl prepared for his 1994 season in Tuolumne Meadows with the knowledge 
that his health was failing, but with his usual enthusiasm and desire to 
share with Yosemite visitors.  In May he had expressed some concern about 
the upcoming season, because he held himself to such high work standards 
and he did not want to "let down on the job." As June approached, he 
regained his confidence.  Carl was very happy the day we drove from San 
Jose to Tuolumne to begin the season.  

Each morning Carl joined with Tuolumne visitors to walk in the neadow and 
share stories and information As always, he brought joy and good humor to 
those with whom he met.  

In July it became apparent that Carl would need more assistance, to 
facilitate both fulfilling his duty and sharing his passion for Yosemite.  
We brought Tom Ahern into our circle as Carl's attendant.  Tom had been 
Carl's friend and neighbor in Tuolumne and his arrangement helped 
tremendously The additional assistance and kindness provided by many 
others, including Yosemite residents, friends and visitors, was also of 
great help.  

Carl was able to complete the season in Tuolumne and had the satisfaction 
of knowing he had done his job well.  We had made plans for many of our 
usual autumn Bay Area outings, including birding and visits with friends.  
However, after returning home to San Jose at the close of the season his 
health began to rapidly decline.  We talked about how he wanted to 
proceed, and he was able to make decisions affecting his care.  With the 
help of hospice, he spent the final several days of his life in his bed at 
home in San Jose - where he wanted to be - free of pain.  His son John, 
friend and attendant Tom, and I were with him and he knew that we would 
not leave him.  We listened to Mozart and Beethoven.  We talked of Muir, 
opera, Shakespeare, wildlife and a plethora of other favorite topics.  
Friends visited and phoned to express their love and their farewells.  

Carl always approached tasks and projects in his life meticulously and 
without hurry; his approach to dying was no exception.  He drew his final 
breaths quietly and peacefully.  When I made some phone calls that morning 
after he left us, I simply stated that Carl had gone hiking with John Muir 
and Ferdinand (Castillo).  I could well imagine the three of them joyfully 
and freely bounding from peak to peak in their beloved Range of Light.  
There was a very energetic feeling that accompanied this notion, and in 
fact it snowed in Tuolumne that afternoon.  

I will miss Carl for his love of Yosemite, nature, music, learning and 
literature.  But more than anything, I will miss Carl for the sheer joy 
and humor he brought to daily life.  Our simple errands and routine chores 
were enriched by laughter and a constant appreciation of the birds, 
flowers, trees and others that we saw in the course of our meanderings.  

I will always treasure having shared his life these past few years, and am 
grateful to all of those who helped make his life easier and more joyful.  

- Georgia Stigall


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OFFICIAL PCS TRIPS
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*** SOUTH FORK OF THE MERCED
April 29-30
Class 1
Leader: Noreen Ford (510) 247-8705, ext. 39 - Leave voicemail

This easy backpack is 5.5 miles each way.  It is famous for beautiful 
wildflowers and has an old gold mine in the area.  There will be many 
opportunities to swim if the water is warm enough.  Bring shoes for wading 
during the hike.  


*** CHERRY CREEK CANYON
May 27-29
Class 2 plus some scrambling
Leader: Kai Wiedman (425) 347-5234
Topos: Kibble Lake, Cherry lake

"Granite boulders, slabs, talus and sand, spawned from soaring 
Yosemite-like cliffs and buttresses, broken from sensuously curving 1.  
arches and exfoliating aprons, make I Cherry Creek Canyon the most 
exciting chasm north of Yosemite National Park.  For safety and ease of 
travel this hike should be undertake only...when water is low, but the 
intrepid few who navigate Cherry Creek Canyon when water is high 
and wild will be treated to an unforgettable experience," says 
guidebook author Ben Schifrin.  


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A climbing trip to The Great One is now going to cost you 150 big ones
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Beginning in 1995, climbers on Mount McKinley and Mount Foraker in Denali 
National Park will be charged a $150 per climber mountaineering program 
fee.  

The fee will be used to offset mountaineering administrative costs such as 
prepositioning and maintaining the high-altitude ranger camp at 14,200 
feet on the West Buttress route, paying mountaineering patrol salaries, 
preparing educational materials aimed at reducing the number of accidents, 
funding transportation costs, and purchasing supplies.  

In public meetings and in written comments, climbers and others expressed 
overwhelming opposition to paying for actual rescues absent any nationwide 
policy discussion.  The initial proposal for a $200 fee included covering 
some costs associated with rescues; however those expenses have been 
dropped and the fee lowered to $150 per climber.  

The program has three major components: 

* Climbers on the two mountains will be required to register a mini mum of 
60 days in advance of their climb.  This will give Park staff with the 
opportunity to provide information to prospective mountaineers on 
climbing dangers, proper preparation and equipment, and requirements 
concerning resource issues such as littering and human waste disposal.  

* Written and visual orientation materials will be improved to better 
prepare mountaineers for a subarctic mountaineering experience.  
Mountaineers from 20 to 30 countries outside the United States account 
for a disproportionate number of rescues.  Written and voicemail 
materials will eventually be prepared for them in eight languages.  

* The $150 per climber fee is expected to generate about $180,000 per year 
(1,200 climbers x $1 SO), which will be used to fund ranger and support 
salaries while doing mountaineering-related work, improved educational 
presentations and materials, logistical support and patrol supplies (such 
as those used at the 14,200-foot camp on the West Buttress).  

The fee will not cover the lease of the high-altitude helicopter (about 
$240,000 per year), nor will it be used to offset expenses incurred in 
rescues (anywhere from $70,000 to $200,000 per year).  The move to a fee 
program does not change the Park's existing rescue policy.  

- John Quinle
Colorado Mountain Club


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CIRCLE THE BAY
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Imagine a 400-mile-long ridgeline trail ringing the hills above San 
Francisco Bay and connecting Mt.  Tamalpais with Chabot Regional Park, 
Mission Peak, the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve and Sweeney Ridge.  

That's the goal of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, a San Francisco 
organization dedicated to making this dream a reality.  Already 171 miles 
of the trail were open to use as of January.  The council hopes to open 
another 30 miles this year.  

When finished, the trail will connect more than 75 parks and public open 
spaces throughout the nine-country Bay Area.  The council is looking for 
volunteers to help plan the trail, get their hands dirty building it or, 
of course, write a check.  

For more information contact the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council at 3 11 
California St.  Suite 510, San Francisco, CA 94104.  (415) 391-0697.


HILLARY'S HINTS
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From Backpacker Magazine: To keep your sleeping bag smelling fresh without 
subjecting it to the wear and tear of frequent washes, slip a sheet of 
fabric softener or cling-guard in your stuffsack or the bag itself.  This 
also works for sweat-soaked, stinky backpacks.  


BRAIN DEAD BUT COOL
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We were amused (well, sort of) by an ad placed recently in Climbing and 
Outside magazines by the Climbing Sports Group, some sort of industry 
council.  

"Climbing is dangerous," it says.  "Stack the odds in your favor." The ad 
lists 10 very sensible safety tips, concluding with "Wear a helmet -- it 
can save your life." Accompanying the list is a picture of a fit young 
woman climbing what appears to be a pretty hard face route.  She's wearing 
form-fitting lycra tights, a neon-yellow sports bra and (you guessed it) 
no helmet.  

The problem, of course is that it's impossible to look cool in a helmet -- 
at least while you're rock climbing.  (For some reason the opposite is 
often true of alpine climbing.  In the mountains a brain bucket signifies 
you're up to something serious.) 

It would be great if helmets would become fashionable in rock climbing.  
Unfortunately, most of us would rather risk death or serious brain damage 
than look uncool at the local crag.  


POSERS
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We have a spell checker with an attitude.  While editing a Scree story 
recently, it got stopped cold by the abbreviation "PCSers." It didn't 
recognize the word; it suggested that what we meant to write was "posers." 
At least that's better than the insult it hurled at our wife.  The spell 
checker didn't recognize the name "Jeri," and thought that a better word 
would be "jerk." 


FROZEN STIFF
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A PCS member who wishes to remain anonymous, but who has video viewing 
habits similar to those of Clarence Thomas, if you know what we mean and 
we think you do, reports that a new French porno movie shows an amorous 
couple doing the wild thing on the icy, windswept summit of Mont Blanc.  

This reminds us of persistent rumors that another couple was filmed in 
flagrante delicto atop Yosemite's phallically shaped Lost Arrow Spire in 
the 1970s.  

Given the exposure, let's hope both couples had plenty of protection.  


NOW YOU KNOW
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Q: Who made the first ascent of Peak 12,573, which is a bit to the south 
of Mt.  Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park?  A: Ansel Adams did.  
Incidentally, Mt.  Ansel Adams itself was first climbed not by the noted 
shutterbug, but by Glen Dawson, Jack Riegelhuth and Neil Ruge.  Go figure.  


THE LAST WORD
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"They were not good mountaineers.  The whole winter could have been spent 
delightfully in so beautiful a spot." 

- John Muir, describing those inept funhogs, the Donner Party


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PRIVATE TRIPS
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Private trips are neither insured, sponsored nor supervised by the Sierra 
Club or the PCS.  They are listed here because they may be of interest to 
PCS climbers.  


*** Mt. SHASTA
Green Butte Ridge
April 8-9
14,162 feet Class 3+
Organizer: Kai Wiedman (415) 347-5234
Topo: Mt. Shasta

The symmetry of the Green Butte Ridge has attracted mountaineers for 
years.  It soars skyward to meet Sargents Ridge just below Thumb Rock.  
The Green Butte can be a quick and safe winter approach to the upper 
reaches of Sargents.  Come join us for this airy, challenging and scenic 
climb.  Participants should be in good condition, for o ur summit day will 
gain 4,700 feet.  


*** CRAG PEAK, SMITH MTN
April 22-23
9,533 feet
Class 3 rock, with snow approaches
Organizers: Steve Eckert, Debbie Bulger
Steve: (415) 508-0500, or eckert@netcom.com
Debbie: (408) 457-1036
Topo: Monache Mtn

This is a repeat trip, late enough in the year that we won't hit sticky 
powder in the Southern Sierra again.  Snowshoes may be required, and we 
may be camping on snow, but spring conditions should be great.  Ice axes 
and a light rope will be carried.  If we make good time on the hike in, or 
if the road from Kennedy Meadow (near Little Lake on 395) is plowed, we 
will bag Smith on Saturday before camp.  Crag is more challenging, 
involving some knife edge third class.  To sign up, send $10 deposit and 
SASE for waiver to Steve Eckert, 1814 Oak Knoll Drive, Belmont CA 94002.  
See Eckert Note below.  


*** MT. WILLIAMSON
April 28-30
14375 feet
Class 2, snow climb
Organizer: Tony Cruz (408) 944-2003
Topo: Mt. Whitney, Lone Pine

Join us on a 10-mile snow hike and climb of the second highest peak in the 
Sierra.  We will hike along George Creek and set camp at a meadow at 
11,200 feet.  We will summit from the east, on the least technically 
difficult route on the mountain (normally Willamson is climbed after 
crossing Shepherd Pass, but we will avoid the pass).  Our route is 
described as "one of the classic bushwhacks of the Sierra," but it may be 
better with this year's snow pack.  


*** CREVASSE RESCUE PRACTICE
Rancho San Antonio Park (Hwy 280) upper parking lot
May 7,200 PM
Organizer Kelly Maas (408) 279-2O54

Back for the third time by popular demand.  This is really useful stuff if 
you're planning a climbing trip that involves traveling on glaciers except 
in the Sierra).  While Andy Selters' "Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue" 
is a great reference any past participant will tell you there's nothing 
like putting it to pracitce And it's too late to start practicing when 
your buddy takes a real fall into a crevasse.  We'll practice self rescue 
(dangling with a pack, then prussiking) and aided rescue (z-pulley).  Call 
for info on what to bring.  


*** SPLIT MOUNTAIN
May 12-14
14,058 feet
Class 2 snow climb
Organizer Tony Cruz
(408) 944.2003
Topo Map: Split Mountain

Inyo National Forest map This trip will involve hiking six miles (or more, 
depending on the road conditions) to Red Lake.  The ascent will be class 2 
from Red Lake.  following the northeast slope.  Bring snow camping gear, 
crampons, ice axe.  


*** TEHIPITE DOME, SPANISH MTN, THREE SISTERS
May 19-21 (fri-sun) or May 20-21 (Sat-sun)
10,619 feet
Class 1, some snow likely, short class 3 on Tehipite
Organizers: Steve Eckert Warren Storkman
Steve: (415) 508-0500, or eckert@netcom.com
Warren: (415) 493-8959, or DStorkman@aol.com
Topos: Tehipite Dome, Huntington Lake

Great views of the Kings Canyon are to be had, even if snow keeps us from 
getting all three peaks.  Ice axe probably required, and there is the 
possibility of truly exciting stream crossings.  This is a seldom-climbed 
area, with moderate altitude peaks to ease you into the climbing season 

We will bag Three Sisters as a day hike, followed by Spanish Mtn and 
Tehipite Dome as an overnight backpack.  If you don't want to take Friday 
off, that's OK - join us for the two-day portion of the trip!  All three 
peaks are on the SPS list.  

To sign up, send $10 deposit and SASE for waiver to Steve Eckert, 1814 Oak 
Knoll Drive, Belmont CA 94002.  

See Eckert Note below.


*** MT. SHASTA
May 27-29
14,162 feet
Easy snow
Organizer: George Van Gorden (408) 7792320
Topo: Mt. Shasta

This is one of the easiest routes on Shasta.  No glaciers are involved.  
It is on the east side of the mountain and hopefully not so heavily 
traveled as the south and north side routes.  We will be camping on snow 
and some experience with crampons and ice axe is desirable.  If access to 
this route is a problem because of unmelted snow on the forest roads, we 
will do the Hotlum-Bolum ridge route on the north side.  


*** NEPAL TREKKING
October, 1995
Organizer: Warren Storkman (415) 493-8959

Two possibilities:

1) Kangchenjuga: To the south and north faces of the world's third highest 
peak, plus the Lapsang La (pass.) 1'7,500 ft.  Ramze 14,300 ft.  S.  Base 
Camp.  Pang Pema 16,600ft.  N.  Base Camp.  Twenty-six trekking days.  Our 
land cost: $2225.  

2) The Snow Leopard Trek.  We'll walk in Peter Matthiessen's footsteps to 
Shey Gompa.  Only 200 permits at $700 per person are available each year 
into this remote area of Dolpo.  We also have to pay for an Army Liaison 
officer to accompany us.  Twenty-seven trekking days.  Our total land 
cost: $3 150.  

Also: In January 1996:

Aconcagua (22,800 ft.) in Argentina.  This can be done for under $500 plus 
airfare.  It will be my fourth trip so I'm in on the "know how." An added 
bonus in Mendoza: seeing the most beautiful women in the world.  

For more information contact:

Warren S torkman
4180 Mackay Drive
Palo Alto CA 94306
FAX: 415-493-8959
e-mail: DStorkman @aol.com


Eckert Note:

Each trip will require a $10 appearance bond and your signature on a 
liability waiver (as previously broadcast).  Different trips have 
different contact info, so read carefully!  PCS members have preference 
until one month before the trip, when it is strictly first come first 
served.  Your check will be cashed immediately (make it payable to the 
person you are sending the SASE to), and you will receive a refund at the 
trailhead after permit expenses are deducted.  


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Trail board to hold hearings in South Bay
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FOR THE past two years, a Santa Clara County Trails Advisory Committee has 
studied trail issues, prepared draft policies, and proposed trail routes.  
The committee is now completing its work and is holding a series of public 
workshops to gather public input.  

Preferred routes for the Bay Area Ridge Trail, the Bay Trail, and the De 
Anza Historical Trail and others will be announced Your voice and presence 
is needed at these workshops to show support for trail routes and policies 
- there is organized opposition to the proposed trails.  Decision makers 
need to see and hear public support for the trails.  Two of the ways you 
are needed: Attend and speak at the public hearings.  Write letters 
expressing the need for trails and the adoption of the Santa Clara County 
Trails Master Plan to the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation 
Commission, Planning Commission, and the Board of Supervisors.  

Public Hearings (all from 7 to 9 p.m.): April 18, Gilroy Senior Center; 
April 20, Milpi tas Comrnuni ty Center; April 25, Steinbeck Middle School, 
Commons Room, San Jose; April 26, Mountain View Community Center; April 
29, Franklin-McKinley School District Offices in San Jose.  

This announcement is from Friends of Santa Clara County Trails Coalition 
(FSCCTC), P.O.  Box 10477, San Jose, CA 95157-9998.  If you want to learn 
more about trails issues, the group meets on the second Monday of each 
month at 1922 The Alameda in San Jose from 7 to 9 p.m.  If you have 
questions about the hearings, FSCCTC, or who to write or call, please call 
any one of the Friends members: Hikers: Marj Ottenberg (408) 867-4576; 
Bicyclists: Bob Kain (408) 261-8608; Equestrians: Judy Etheridge (408) 
248-3900 


[photo of Peter Maxwell & Co. in original]

[Caption: Peter Maxwell, Auoushka Gaillard and Tania at lunch break en 
route to Stanford Rock (west of Lake Tahoe) on Presidents Day.]

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CLASSIFIEDS
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PEOPLE WANTED FOR HAZARD-OUS JOURNEY Small wages, bitter cold, long months 
of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful -honor and 
recognition in case of success.  Trip leaves April 1.  Contact: Ernie 
Shackleton (415) 555-1212.

FOR SALE: Only used twice Fischer Revolution Crown Striding Skis with 
Salomon bindings and poles.  Excellent condition.  Price for complete 
package is $125.  Debra Sloane.  W: (408) 285 1424 e-mail: 
Sloane-debra@tandem.com.  

TRADE: I want to swap my 85 cm Laprade ice axe for a shorter ice axe, 
preferably something close to 60 cm.  My Iaprade is a fine tool, and in 
excellent condition.  The shaft is sheathed in hard rubber, an unusual 
feature that has helped keep my hands warm on many climbs.  It would be an 
ideal ice axe for a very tall climber.  Aaron Schuman (415) 390-1901 
e-mail: schuman@sgi.com 

FOR SALE: Two out-of-print books on Norman Clyde.  Both books are in good 
condition.  Actually these books are the only books ever written 
exclusively about Norman Clyde.  Both books are listed below.  Please note 
that in the most recent Chessler catalog the second book listed below is 
priced at $200.00.  Therefore I think my asking price is reasonable.  If 
you think it is not reasonable, pIease make an offer.  Normally I would 
never part with these literary treasures, except that for me they are both 
extras.

1.  Close Ups of the High Sierra; $30.00 
2.  Norman Clyde of the Sierra Nevada; $150.00 

Please call George Sinclair 415-941-2160.  

FOR SALE: New!  The "Northern Sierra Peaks Guide," by Peter Yamagata 
covers 71 peaks with 103 routes from Adams Peak to Sonora Peak.  A11 
proceeds to the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club.  To order, send check, 
payable to the Toiyabe Chapter, Sierra Club, for $10 with Sierra Club 
number or $11 without, to Toiyabe Chapter, Sierra Club, Attn: George 
Churchill, Treasurer, P.O.  Box 8096, Reno, NV 89507.  


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Elected Officials
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CHAIRPERSON
        Debbie Benham
        1722 Villa St. #2
        Mountain View, CA 94041
        (415) 964-0558 (h)

VICE CHAIR/SCHEDULER
        Paul Magliocco
        15944 Longwood Dr.
        Los Gatos, CA 95032
        (408) 358- 1168 (h)
        e-mail: pmag@ix.netcom.com
        
TREASURER
        Phyllis Olrich
        750 Homer Ave.
        Palo Alto, CA 94301-2907
        (415) 322-0323 (h)
        (415) 7251.541 (w)
        e-mail: PhyjlisO@forsythe.stanford.edu

SCREE EDITOR
        John Flinn
        133 Promethean Way
        Mountain View, CA 94043
        (415) 968-2050 (h)
        (415) 777-8705 (w)
        e-mail: jnflinn@?aol.com
        


Scree is the monthly journal of the Peak Climbing Section of the Sierra 
Club.  Loma Prieta chapter.  Subscriptions are $10 per year.  Checks 
payable to the PCS, should be mailed to the treasurer, Phyllis Olrich.  To 
ensure an uninterrupted subscription, renewal checks must be received no 
later than the last Tuesday of the expiration month.  


For change of address, contact Paul Vlasveld 789 Daffodil Way, San Jose, 
CA 95117; (408) 247-6472 (h), (408) 257-7910 x3613(w) 

PCS meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month.  See Scree for 
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: Walking 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.


Deadline for May issue: Tuesday, April 25


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