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Newsletter of the Peak Climbing Section, Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter
May, 1995                                                  Vol. 28, No. 5


Date: Tuesday, May 9
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: The Pacific Mountaiueer
       200 Hamilton Ave.
       Palo Alto

Program: Spring is the time when young hearts turn to thoughts of love and 
certain backcountry funhogs lream of skiing peaks.  The Cascade volcanos 
provide a beautiful and challenging setting for indulging this passion.  
Join Butch Suits for a slide show highlighting several volcanic 
explorations - a scenic tour around Crater Lake, ski descents of Mt.  
Lassen and South Sister, and ski-mountaineering on the glaciers of Mt.  
Garibaldi northernmost of the Cascade summits.  

Members are invited to join officers for dinner prior to the meeting We'll
dine at the Good Barth Restaurant on University Avenue in Palo Alto at 6
p.m.  Open discussion on first aid card reimbursement or topic of choice.

(map of location on original)

E-mail on Everest

HERE's A NEW stupid altitude trick sending e-mail.  According to Compaq 
Computer Corp., three of its LTE Elite notebook computers are going along 
with the Americans on Everest 9.5 Expedition.  

In addition to recording the team's ascent and the environmental impact of 
climbing teams on the mountain, a Compaq spokeswoman said, the laptops 
will be used in higher camps to communicate with basecamp via wireless 

Compaq said the climbing team "requested the LTE Elites as their notebook 
of choice," which may very well be true.  But we suspect that what the 
climbing team really wanted was a generous cash stipend, and agreed to 
haul the notebooks along to give their sponsor a publicity hook.  

Anyone who has ever had a camera or headlamp battery fizzle out in the 
chill air of high altitude might wonder how the machines will function at 
the 26,000-foot South Col.  Compaq said the computers have not been 
weather-proofed, but were tried out in an altitude chamber.  

"One of the stresses that is placed on a notebook computer is taking it 
from a warm, cozy house to your car and throwing it in your trunk," a 
Compaq spokeswoman was quoted as saying.  "That very quick change in 
temperature can stress and test the durability of the unit." Compared to 
that, presumably, the 35-below temperatures of the South Co1 will be a 

This being the mid-1990s, there's of course an Internet angle.  Weekly 
updates of the climber's progress will be posted on Compaq's World Wide 
Web home page for net surfers to check out (http://www.compaq.com.) 

Will this expedition set the altitude record for personal comput-ing?  It 
remains to be seen.  Chris Bonington (or, more likely, a long-suffering 
Sherpa) hauled a solar-powered Apple IIc and a printer up to Camp II in 
the Western Cwm in 1985.  The Copaqs will have to make it to the foot of 
the Lhotse face to break the record.  

PCS membership dues going up; now will be $12 a year

AT THE April meeting I gave a treasurer's report detailing the Section's 
current financial situation and where we were headed in the future.  The 
bottom line is that due to rising newsletter costs (postage/ printing) and 
spending on projector equipment and other miscellaneous expenses, I 
predict the PCS will run out of money by the year 1999.  

To avoid this calamity, a majority of the members present at the meeting 
voted to increase the subscription fee to $12 a year beginning January 
1,1996.  Anyone renewing or joining from that date on will pay the new 

If you renew or join before that date, you will pay the old fee - $10 a 
year.  I will be happy to send out the spreadsheets I distributed at the 
meeting upon request and discuss the details of our financial picture with 
anyone.  If you have comments or suggestions on ways to decrease our 
costs, I welcome the input.  To reach me, see the back of your Scree.  

- Phyllis Olrich

Stipend to offset first aid expenses to be considered

IT WAS decided at last month's meeting to determine eligibility 
requirements for leaders who may request a 50 percent stipend to assist 
with payment of the American Red Cross First Aid Course.  For the 1995 
year, de First Aid Course is $48, and haIf of that would be $24.  Who's 
eligible?  Pick one.  We'll officially vote at May's meeting.  

1.  Current leader status; has beer a PCS leader for the past three years; 
has led three PCS trips in the last year; and will lead three PCS trips in 
the future; or 

2.  Current leader status; has been a PCS leader for the past two years; 
has led two PCS trips in the last year; and will lead two PCS trips in the 
future; or 

3.  Any person interested in becoming a leader or any past leader on an as 
needed basis.  Need to be determined by the Mountaineering Committee; or 

4.  No stipend/no reimbursement.  The 50-percent stipend is not currently 
budgeted into the PCS treasury.  If any one of items 1 - 3 were passed, 
alternative means of payment would have to be deter-mined.  

- Debbie Benhan


May 5-6
Class 1
Leader: Noreen Ford
(510) 2478705, 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.  

May 27-29
Class 2 plus some scrambling
Leader: Kai Wiedman (415) 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 arches 
and exfoliating aprons, make Cherry Creek Canyon the most exciting chasm 
north of Yosemite National Park," says guidebook author Ben Schifrin.  
Swimwear optional.  

Note: Laura Sefchik is also leading a similar trip this weekend.  Phone 
her at (209) 372-4101 

June 16-17
11,204 feet, class 1
Leaders: Cecil and Paul Magliocco (408) 358-1168; pmag@ix.netcom.com
Topo: Triple Divide

Our reservation confirmation for Dorst Campground in Sequoia says that our 
group campsite "will accom-modate 50 people, 11 automobiles, or 7 busses." 
Bring the family for a fun time camping.  There will be day hikes of AIta 
and/or Silliman on both Saturday and Sundav.  

July 15-16
12,850 feet, class 3
Leader: Chris MacIntosh (415) 325-7841
Topos: Mt. Abbot, Convict L. 7.5'

Norman Clyde described McGee Creek as a good approach to this peak, but 
given his reputation for toughness, that could mean anything!  The 
Northeast Ridge is said to have less loose rock than other routes, helpful 
for a group ascent.  This is a lovely area to visit.  Besides a good peak 
and great views, we should also enjoy wildflowers and other Sierran 
delights.  Snow/water conditions in July: anybody's guess at the time of 

Trip leaders: Let us know if you got your summer permits

IF YOU signed up to lead a trip on the preliminary summer schedule, please 
let me know as soon as you can: 

1) if you got turned down for a wilderness permit 

2) if you did get issued a permit.  Send a trip description, too, so we 
can get it in the Scree!  Thanks, 

-- Paul Magliocco
   Trip Scheduler



Mark your calenders: Royal Robbins has rescheduled his slide show for the 
June PCS meeting.  Robbins had originally planned to give his show at the 
March meeting but was forced to cancel at the last minute due to illness.  

The June meeting will be held at Western Mountaineering in the Town and 
Country Shopping Center of San Jose on Tuesday, June 13 at 8 p.m.  
Entitled, "40 Years of Adventure Robbins' presentation looks back on his 
history-making first ascent of the Northwest Face of Half Dome and 
pioneering climbs on El Capitan including the Salathe and North American 
walls.  Later, Robbins went on to become a flight whitewater kayaker, 
making many first descents of rivers.  A $5 donation will be requested at 
the door to support the Climbers' Access Fund.  


We've often gotten a creepy feeling entering the caves at Pinnacles 
National Monnment.  As anyone who's been there knows, they're not real 
caves but merely a dark passageway through some very big boulders piled 
into a narrow canyon.  

Considering the proximity to Hollister, the self-proclaimed "Earthquake 
Capital of the World," we've often wondered what it would be like to be 
down in the caves during a temblor, as a zillion tons of rock groaned arid 
shifted above our cowering heads.  

As it turns out, April 24 would have been the day to find out.  A series 
of earthquakes - the largest registering 5.0 on the Richter scale - 
rumbled through Pinnacles National Monument on that date.  

Luckily, the biggest ones hit at 1:41 a.m., when even the most eager 
spelunker was home in bed.  Another, registering 3.5, struck later that 
day at 2:22 p.m., but apparently no one was in the caves at the time.  

"We felt pretty sharp impacts down here, but there was no damage," Gerry 
Reynolds, a park ranger at the national monument was quoted as saying.  
"I've lived in California all my life, and it's pretty amazing to feel the 
quakes like we did in two- hour intervals." 

The quakes, felt in Monterey and San Benito cormties, were thought to have 
been along the San Andreas Fault.  Ranger Reynolds said they were the talk 
of the day among cave explorers in the area.  

No shit.


Clip and save the following recipe from Backpacker Magazine for this 
summer, which promises to be one of the all-time mosquito feeding 
frenzies.  It was the winner in last year's Mosquito Cook-Off, held at 
Crawley's Ridge State Park in Walcott, Arkansas.  Larry Clifford, 
assistant superintendent, won first prize with his recipe for Mosquito 
Chunk Cookies.  He also captured second prize for his Mosquito Supreme 
Pizza ("mosquitoes have a mild anchovy taste," he says).  Actually, as 
Backpacker reported, Clifford was the only contestant.  


Mosquito Chunk Cookies
l/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup freshly netted mosquitoes
("Mosquitoes are meat and can spoil," says Clifford.)

Bring ingredients to boil for 1-1/2 minutes, remove from heat, pour onto 
greased cookie sheet, let cool.  When hardened, smash into chips and fold 
into your favorite cookie dough.  


"Up there, between earth and sky, on vertical rock faces.  we have 
participated in the most beautiful moments in the life of the mountain 
and, through the rope which joined us, there has grown between us that 
deep friendship which only the high places can give." 

- Gaston Rebuffat.

A summary of current state of Sierra Club
insurance regulations for trip leaders

HERE IS a summary on the state of Sierra Club iusurance as I understand 
it.  This is by no means comprehensive.  For more complete information, 
see the references below.  

As it relates to our group, liability insurance is automatically provided 
for approved leaders of official PCS trips while on the trips, excluding 
commuting to or from the trips.  These are the trips listed in the 
"Official PCS Trips" section of the Scree.  

Private trips listed in the "Private Trips" section of the Scree do not 
receive liability insurance.  Trips that do not automatically receive 
liability insurance are defined in the insurance manual (reference 1 
below) as "Climbs, hikes, and expeditions which require the use of ropes 
or any activities where pitons, jam nuts, runner bolts, ice axes, 
carabiners or belaying techniques are recommended." 

Leaders for these trips may apply in advance to receive liability 
insurance (using reference 2 below).  The insurance manual states "To 
conduct an activity/outing that may require the use of any of the items 
listed above, leaders must seek approval and certification from the 
Mountaineering Oversight Committee." 

There is a $10 fee per participant per day.The standard liability policy 
that the Sierra Club has is for $1 million (per occurrence, not per 
person) with au umbrella policy that kicks in if the $1 ,OOO,OOO policy is 
exhausted.  My understanding from the insurance manual is that the 
umbrella policy is $20 million.  Cathy Benton at the Sierra Club office in 
San Francisco said that the umbrella policy has never been used.  


1) "Insurance for the Sierra Club and Affiliated/Related Entities," dated 
July 1994, by the Sierra Club Department of Risk Management at (415) 

2) "Sierra Club Application for Mountaineering Trip Certification." 
Contact Cathy Benton at (415) 923-5652 for an application or additional 
insurance information.  

I will bring extra copies of the two references above to the May PCS 
meeting for anyone that wants them.  

Paul Magliocco

Slide show for new members, aspiring peak baggers

HAVE YOU wanted to know how to become a peak bagger but didn't know how to 
get started?  Have you summited some peaks, and, eager to climb more, were 
not sure about the next step?  Have you often wondered if you needed ropes 
and "those pitons and hammers" to get to the top of a mountain?  

You are invited to attend a new member slide show that will help you 
choose the best mountain to climb for your ability and interest.  Please 
come...and see the gentle slopes up and those knife-edge ridges!  

When: Tuesday, June 6,8 to 9 p.m.
Where: Peter Maxwell/Anouchka Gaillard's home,
1417 Kitimat Place, Sunnyvale
Contact: Debbie Benham PCS Chair, (415) 964-0558
Directions: From Highway 8.5, take the Fremont Avenue esit.  Go toward 
Sunnyvale and after l/4 mile turn right at the next light (Mary).  Turn 
right at the next light (Cascade).  Turn left almost immediately onto 
Kitimat.  1417 is the third house on the right.  


Climbing Mexico's Picacho Grande: The Teapot Route

IN QUEST de1 Diablo, Joe Stephens and I crossed the border at Tijuana 
about 8 a.m.  Friday morning and headed to Ensenada and then on to the 
Observatorio Road, identified by the "Rancho Meling" sign.  It took us 
about tres horas to drive in the dirt road - we had no trouble crossing 
the rivers in my 2WD truck - all the way to our parking spot more than a 
mile further in the road than the normal "trailhead," which was barely 
marked by a duck.  

Senor John McCully had described parking just beyond the log across the 
road, but the log now seems to be gone or is much farther down the road.  
We had a good place to park and were a short distance from the trail, 
which parallels the road for the first mile or more.  

We picked up the trail - faint at times but generally well-ducked - to 
Blue Bottle Saddle, where we camped.  We had a nice campsite at the saddle 
and could look at our route up the peak for the next day.  

We had packed in water for dinner and breakfast.  Saturday we left camp at 
530 a.m.  and headed to Cedaroak Camp, spotting a few big horn sheep and 
filling two water bottles each there at the stream.  Three might have been 
better - we were pretty thirsty by the time we got back to the stream.  We 
only had a few nettles and a little brush to deal with since we soon 
crossed from Cedaroak Camp into Boulder Wash.  

A few hundred feet up this wash we spotted the Teapot, a prominent bulging 
rock high on the ridge to the left which has a "nose" giving the 
impression of a spout.  We turned left into the gully that follows up and 
behind the Teapot, as described in John Robinson's "Camping and limbing in 
Baja," p.  8.5 (presently out of print).  

The route goes straight up the gully and crosses the ridge.  As we went 
up, we sometimes exited right onto somewhat exposed but not very difficult 
slabs.  From the notch above the Teapot, we contoured over to the 8-foot 
tree snag which Robinson describes, going low where the climbing became 
difficult and it cost us some time.  

On the way back we found a mucho better route that stays 50 to we 100 feet 
above the prominent snag We picked up ducks just above the snag, climbed 
up the ridge briefly and then bushwhacked down into tje Wash, where we 
followed the normal route, taking the freeway offramp over to Wall Street 
and up to the summit - well-ducked and easy to follow with two pairs of 

We were on the summit before noon and hadn't been moving particularly 
fast, with the rough terrain and various breaks.  

Thanks again to Joe for navigating.  On the way back we generally retraced 
our steps.  As we dropped down to Boulder Wash from the Teapot, when the 
gully was steep we tended to exit right -more into brush rather than left 
onto the slabs, following a few duckshere.  

We finally reached the stream again and loaded up on lemonade.  The grind 
back up to Blue Bottle Saddle went methodically - I was very grateful that 
I was only carrying a daypack.  

We were back at our campsite at 7 p.m.  and began hiking out a little 
later.  Camping again at the saddle would have been the sensible thing to 
do, but we were hoping to be back in San Diego the next day for Joe's 1:30 
p.m.  flight to San Jose.  

Darkness fell and we ended up camping again about an hour from the truck 
and were soon out the next morning - missing Joe's flight, however.  

We liked this route since it avoids carrying a full pack into Canon de1 
Diablo and bypasses the nettles and brush bctwcen Cedaroak Leaving LA 
between 5 and 6 Camp and Campo Noche.  

a.m., climbers will have time for the drive and the hike in to the first 
night's camp, enjoying the scenery and watching out for potholes on Baja 
Highway 1 and the hungry, extrovert& burro on the Observatorio Road, who 
had his head all the way in the car from the driver's window to the 
passenger's seat, going for apples, gear shifts, and Camping at Blue 
Bottle again the second night still allows one to get open soft drinks!  

back home at a decent hour the third day.  John Robinson's description and 
Jerry Schad's map (Parque National San Pedro Martir were very helpful.  
Muchas gracias, Senor McCully for suggesting the camp at Botella Azul.  

- Tina Stough

On Mt.  Hood, never leaving the parking lot is better part of valor

THANKS TO everyone who responded to my request for Oregon climbing info.  

Monday was great when I was driving around and dropping people off at the 
Portland airport.  Record temps, solid snow, no clouds, no wind!  

Tuesday morning (at 3 a.m.) I awoke at Timberline (Mt.  Hood) with a few 
stars missing near the horizon and the weather radio calling for rain by 
afternoon.  Two guys had signed in at 1 a.m.  to climb a technical route, 
but no other permits were filed.  

I decided to wait until I could seethe clouds.  It was warm (ground not 
frozen, snowbanks dripping) at 6,000 feet, but the wind was picking up.  
By 5 a.m., the ground had frozen, the wind indicators in the lodge said 28 
mph, lenticular clouds were visible on the desert side of Hood, high 
clouds were and a few wisps were blowing across the face.  

The weather radio now indicated a snow level of 4,000 feet.  I left.  
Turned in the locator beacon at the Mt.  Hood Inn, and headed for 
Port-land.  Rain started hitting the wind-shield about 15 minutes later.  
Good cal l!  I'll be back later, still alive.  

By the way, Oregon Mountain Community (on Davis, between First and Front 
streets, by the river in downtown Portland) is great!  I bought one of 
their 9-ounce ice axes, and the snow shovel that attaches to the axe shaft 
(handle is optional).  This is stuff you won't find at REI in Portland or 
San Francisco.  OMC also has the new Ortovox avalanche transceiver with 
audible and visual signal strength indicators (directional?) for $269.  
The old one is $220, $20 cheaper than REI (who does not carry the new 
one).  My new favorite store: thanks for the tip!  

- Steve Eckert

[picture of Mt. Rainier in the original]
[caption:(O.K., so it's Rainier, not Hood.)]


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 

Note: The editor reserves the right to shorten trip descriptions if there 
are space limitations.  

Rancho San Antonio Park (Hwy 280) upper parking lot
May 7,200 PM
Organizer: Kelly Maas (408) 279-2054

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 refer-ence, any past participant will tell you there's 
nothing like putting it to practice.  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.  

May 12-14
14,058 feet, Class 2 snow climb
Organizer: Tony Cruz (408) 944-2003
Topo Map: Split Mountain
Inyo National Forest (road 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.  Snow shoes should be considered.  

May 19-21 or May 20-21
10,619 feet
Class 1, some snow, short class 3
Organizers: Steve Eckert (415) 508-0500; eckert@netcom.com
Warren Storkman (415) 493-8959; 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.

May 26-29
14,242 feet, class 4/snow
Organizer: Joe Stephens (510) 505-5410
Topos: North Palisade (7.5'), Big Pine (15')

North Pal via U-notch, T-Bolt via North Couloir.  Plan to camp at 12,600 
feet at the top of the moraine that divides de glacier.This will make the 
summit days as easy as possible.  Will start hiking in on Thursday evening 
as far as Lon Cheyney's cabin, This will take the edge off Friday's grunt 
to camp.  Standard snow and rock climbing gear.  P.S.  I may be out of 
town the first couple of weeks in May.  

May 27-29
14,162 feet, easy snow
Organizer: George Van Gorden (408) 779-2320
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.  

June 10-11

Come enjoy the Pacific Coast and the Ventana Wilderness from Pfeiffer Big 
Sur Campgound, on a nearly full moon.  I have reserved two family 
campsites for a maximum of 12 people (four cars.) You are on your own for 
day hikes.  Day-hike leader wanted.  Please call Anouchka Gaillard (408) 
737-9770 after May 9 to reserve your spot (best to call between 8:30 p.m.  
and 10pm) 

June 10-11
12590 feet, class 3, snow
Organizer: Kelly Maas (408) 279-2054 Home (408) 944-2078 Work
Topo: Tuolunme Meadows 15'

Ease into summer with an early venture into the high country of Yosemite.  
Car camping with day hikes of the peaks.  Unfortunately the Tuolumne 
Meadows campground may be closed.  Expect plenty of snow.  An ice axe may 
be useful.  

June 15-19
13680 feet
Class 3
Organizers: Aaron Schuman
Charles Schafer 408-378-9682 h 4083246003 w charles.schafer@octel.com
Topos: Mineral King, Mt Whitney

From Mineral King (7434 ft) we hike up the Sawtooth Pass trail to Monarch 
Lake, then cross country over Glacier Pass (11080 ft), and down to Spring 
Lake (10200 ft), gain a trail for Black Rock Pass (11600 ft) and down to 
the headwaters of Big Arroyo (9700 ft).  We'll climb the summit via the 
Southwest Ridge.  We return via the same route.  Spring conditions will 
prevail.  The passes will be snowbound and possibly corniced.  The Kaweahs 
are renowned for their loose rock; helmets are strongly recommended.  

June 23-25
12,264 feet, class 3
Organizers: Debbie Benham (415) 964-0558 (home, 7-10 p.m.)
Topo: Matternbom Peak

We'll take the normal route from Twin Lakes.  An obvious couloir on the 
east side of the NE ridge leads to the east ridge.  Follow ridge to the 
top.  Whew!  (Get ready for the adventure of my lifetime!) Ice axe and 
crampons required.  All hale and hardy participants will be asked to read 
and sign a liability waiver.  

Whitney Glacier Route between
June 24-26 or 27
14,162 feet, moderate snow climbs
Organizer: George Van Gorden (408) 779-2320
Topo: Mt. Shasta

This is one of the more difficult routes on Shasta.  There are crevasses 
and some route finding difficulties through the icefall.  We will be roped 
together and some training in crevasse rescue is necessary along with the 
necessry equipment.  

4th week (July l-9)
13,000+ foot peaks; class 3
Hard class 2 cross country with packs
Organizers: Steve Eckert (415) 508-0500; eckert@netcom.com
Warren S torkman (415) 4938959; DStorkman@aol.com
Topos: Blackcap, Goddard, Big Pine

Cross through the most remote portion of the Sierra, and get some choice 
peaks along the way.  We will go over Hell For Sure Pass, through the the 
Ionian Basin, follow Dissappearing Creek down the Enchanted Gorge, cross 
the Black Divide, and then hike out on trail over Bishop Pass.  Snow may 

Peak bagging possibilities are endless.  This mostly cross country route 
will take us to the base of Goddard, maybe Black Giant, Scylla, Charybdis, 
Hansen, McDuffie, Wheel, Citadel, etc.  If you don't have an entire week, 
consider doing only the first part of the trip to bag Goddard (3-4 days)." 

Aug. 5-12
13,000+ feet, class 3
Topos: Mt. Goddard 15', Mt. Darwin 7.5'
Leaders: John Ingvoldstad, Kate Ingvoldstad
(408) 996-7129 and (209) 296-8483

From Lake Sabrina it's only one day in to Evolution Basin via the col 
between Mts.  Haeckel and Wallace.  Once situated, many Class 2 and 3 
beckon, including Heackel, Wallace, Fiske and Huxley, all over 13,000 
feet.  Deserving separate mention is Mt.  Darwin, the highest peak in the 
area at 13,830 feet, and arguably one of the best Class 3 climbs in the 
Sierra, featuring multiple chutes and route-finding, and very solid, clean 
rock.  Don't miss this week of thrills!  

Organizer: Warren Storkman (415) 493-8959

Trek to Kangchenjuga: the south and north faces of the world's third 
highest peak, plus the Lapsang La (pass.) 17,500 ft.  Ramze 14300 ft.  S.  
Base Camp.  Pang Pema 16,600ft.  N.  Base Camp.  Twenty-six trekking days.  
Our land cost: $2225.


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

*To sign up for a Steve Eckert trip, send $10 deposit and SASE for waiver 
to Steve Eckert, 1814 Oak Knoll Drive, Belmont CA 94002.  Each trip will 
require a $10 appear-ance bond and your signature on a liability waiver 
(as previously broadcast.) Different trips have different contact info, so 
read care-fully!  PCS members have preference until one month before the 
trip, when it is strictly first come first served.  Your check will be 
cashed immedi-ately (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.  


FOR SALE Koflach (size 10) double boots with two pair of liners - foam and 
felt.  Buy at rental price of $45.  Also, Five Tennies at $35.  Ray 
Stafford, (415) 591-9348.  

FOR SALE Lowe Expedition pack.  Large capacity (5000 cubic inches).  
Getting on in years but with several seasons left in it.  $50.  John 
Flinn.  (415) 968-2050.  jnflinn@aol.com 

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: 


Elected Officials

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

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

        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, 2 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 June issue: Friday, May 26


PCS Email Broadcast Information: eckert@netcom.com
(415) 968-2050 (h) General Sierra Club Net News: aJt.org.sierra-club
(415) 777-8705 (w) General Sierra Club Web Page: http://www.sierraclub.org

Peak Climbing Section
789 Daffodil Way
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