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                                 Scree
Newsletter of the Peak Climbing Section, Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter
November, 1995                                            Vol. 28, No. 11
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PUBLISHER'S NOTE: The hardcopy version of the Scree had a printing error
                  which chopped off the text of the PCS Bylaws. Below is
                  the full text, including Article VIII.b-c and Article IX.
 
 
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NEXT MEETING
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DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 14
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: 
 The Pacific Mountaineer
 200 Hamilton Ave.
 Palo Alto

PROGRAM: "A Summer In The Sierra, 1994." Come join Charles Schafer and a
motley assortment of PCSers as they go tramping through the Sierra in what is
one of Charles' favorite summers of climbing.  The climbs range throughout
the Sierra over a wide variety of magnificent scenery, from Bubbs Creek in
the south to Convict Canyon in the (almost) north with a few stopovers in the
Pallisades. Find out why Charles carries that heavy piece of baggage hanging
off his chest (and no, its not a counterweight to keep him from falling
backwards due to his heavy pack).


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Ritter and Banner
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This isn't boring!"  I don't specifically recall, but 
someone must have uttered these words during our trip.  We had the usual
auspicious start: Thursday evening traffic was horrendous, and our camp at
Deadman Summit was surprisingly cold.  

The next morning, we encountered a car driving north in the south-bound
lanes of Hwy 395.  And the weather report at the Mammoth ranger station
predicted still cooler "autumn temperatures" and the possibility of
thundershowers.  

However, when we arrived at the trailhead at 7:20, everyone was there and we
were soon hitting the trail.  The crew consisted of Charles Schafer and
myself (leader and co-leader, and official photographers), Phyllis Olrich
("fashion poem"), Tony Cruz (Mr. Epic), Andy Skumanich (climber), Bill
Kirkpatrick and Roger Crawley (comic relief), and Paul Magliocco (assistant
to Mr. Kirkpatrick).  

Roger had previously climbed Ritter, and Phyllis and Paul had been up
Banner, while some others had never before visited the area. As we hiked the
6.2 miles to Ediza Lake and gazed up at the Minarets, we discussed our
options for how to bag two peaks in the course of three days.  

Several people quickly vetoed the idea of climbing one of them on the last
day. And only Andy expressed any interest in doing much altitude the first
day.  So it was settled: cram both peaks into a long Saturday.  Friday
afternoon was thus devoted to fighting mosquitoes and to long naps amongst
one of the most scenic Sierra backdrops.  

It was at this time that a solo hiker set up camp nearby.  He had a
monstrous pack (Phyllis estimated 100 lb) and became known to us by several
names: Mr. Mill Valley, Blue Eyes (who came up with that one?), and Eric.

That evening, we had the usual bear bagging adventures.  On his second
attempt, Bill threw the rock in a beautiful arc over the tree limb, only to
have the rope part company with the rock at the apex and fall uselessly to
the ground.  At the other end of camp, Roger turned tree climber in order to
reposition another bear rope.  Even the squirrels were in awe.

Summit day began with a 6:30 departure.  In no time we were on snow, a major
theme of the climb.  We traversed Ritter by ascending the SE glacier, then
descending to the Ritter-Banner saddle.  A quick scurry up Banner followed,
then a descent from the saddle.  

The highlights follow: Crampons proved very useful when the ascent to the
glacier became steep.  Except for a 100 to 200 yard class 2 rock band, the
entire ascent was on snow and was straight forward.  Neither the weather nor
the summit views could be better.  

Several people tried to identify all the visible peaks, but finally gave up.
It was with considerable regret that we left the summit. From the top of
Ritter, it appeared to be almost straight down to the saddle 
with Banner.

The descent first involved heading down a loose class 3 ridge, where Paul
earned enormous praise for his assistance to Bill. It was also here that
Phyllis suffered the only notable injury, when she was hit on the calf by
a rock she dislodged herself.  We were then forced into front pointing
down a 50+ degree snow-filled gully.
 
Roger and others searched desperately for an alternative, but there was
none.  Though few in the group had ever been on such steep snow before, it
was within everyone's ability, and the emergency rope stayed in my pack.  One
side effect was to render the later descent from the saddle on steep snow
trivial, and a number of people later called it all a good experience.
Everyone certainly got plenty of crampon practice that day.

From the saddle, Phyllis and Bill headed for camp while the rest of us
scrambled up the class 2 slope of Banner.  Tony was already completely spent,
so he climbed purely on motivation - something we shouldn't have allowed.  

To get down safely, he became very slow and deliberate.  The route was
obvious and he eventually made it back to camp, with Charles monitoring his
progress much of the way.  

It was almost 11pm when the epic ended. Our return day was pretty routine.
We met Eric for lunch in Mammoth, then Roger and Phyllis basked in Hot Creek
during a drizzling rain before heading home.

Side notes:  I had my permit checked for the first time ever in the Sierra.
Andy's noting that Phyllis was not a fashion statement but rather a fashion
poem.  The real fashion statement was in the form of a full-body bug suit,
being modeled along the trail on our hike out.  Several people were heard to
comment that they had a good time. 

  -- Kelly Maas


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An autumn traverse of the Sweetwater mountain range
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Bob Sumner and I recently dayhiked a South to North traverse of the Sweetwater
Mtns.  We sauntered over Mts Patterson (11,673'), Wheeler (11,664'), South
Sister (11,339'), Middle Sister (10,859'), East Sister (10,402'), and all the
intervening bumps on the ridge.
 
It was a delightful death march. We set up a car shuttle north of the East
Sister, at the junction of the excellent dirt Risue Rd (FS050) with the
obvious, unsigned turnoff (FS014) for the Rickey Mine, 3.3 miles west from
Hwy 338.  We then drove on towards Lobdell Lake, to the established DPS Route
A trailhead for Mt Patterson.  

This was accomplished by heading west on the Risue Rd to the unsigned fair
dirt FS067 south.  One first passes through two wire gates, continues onward
to pick up FS116 at Sheeles Camp, and then follows FS115 to the trailhead
parking.  

Allow up to an hour for this slow, rough 4wd ride.  The Toiyabe NFS map,
Bridgeport District, is definitely needed to negotiate these roads.  The
shortest alternative shuttle would be to drive back south from the car drop,
on Hwy 338 through Bridgeport and then up to Lobdell Lake.Starting out in the
morning chill (hell, it was freezing), we were over Patterson and atop
Wheeler in two hours.  

Returning past Patterson, we continued along the undulating ridge to scale
the barren summit of South Sister, occasionally tracing intermittant mining
or motorcyle tracks, and traversing remnant patches of snow.  The cold autumn
wind blew constantly throughout the day.We then dealt with the drops of
roughly 1700' and 1200' between the South, Middle, and East Sisters,
respectively.  Trivial.  

Middle Sister has a nice, long boulder scramble of a summit.  Ascending to
the left of the south ridge on East Sister avoids much of a heavy brush band
down low.  The summit offers fine views towards Lake Tahoe and Reno.  A 700'
scree run on its north slope quickly brought us to the old jeep trail leading
north out of Little Smith Valley.

The trail drops alongside a creek bed and eventually turns into the good
dirt Rickey Mine Rd at a corral.  The road passes through a wire gate before
intersecting the Risue Rd within a mile.  We earned valuable additional
exercise by parking at the Risue Rd.  Dinner was later served up at the fine
Rhino's Bar and Grill in Bridgeport (well, they do have hot food and cold
beer).The beauty of the Sweetwater Range is its endless variety of terrain
and vegetation.  And the solitude.  

Only a few fisherman and campers were encountered on the roads.  We had
clear views of the northern Sierra, the White Mtns, and relatively unfamiliar
ranges to the northeast in Nevada.  This rambling traverse of the Sweetwaters
was approximately 18 miles in length, 6500' gain.  Most all of it
cross-country.  Bob and I took a leisurely 9 hours.  Your mileage may vary.

  -- Erik Siering


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Official PCS trip
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Mt. Diablo
Nov 19
Organizers: Vreni Rau       (510) 582-5578
            Cecil Magliocco (408) 358-1168, pmag@ix.netcom.com

Join Vreni and Cecil for a day hike up Mt. Diablo.  The climb will start
from the Macedo Ranch and continue up the beautiful southwest ridge!


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New officers named to lead PCS to even greater heights
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The nominating committee has recruited a slate of candidates for the 1996 PCS
officer positions. They are:
  Chair, Charles Schafer;
  Vice Chair & Trip Scheduler, Phyllis Olrich;
  Treasurer, Jim Ramaker;
  Scree Editor, Steve Eckert.

We're pleased to offer these candidates to the section for a vote at
the December meeting.  Each one of them has a proven record of hard
work and dedication to the PCS, leadership, and good judgement.  We're
grateful that they've agreed to run, and confident that they will help
make the PCS an even stronger climbing club in 1996.

The nominating committee consisted of Cecil Magliocco, Peter Maxwell, and
myself, Aaron Schuman.


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Ask Gaston
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Dear Gaston: When (at what temperature) does toothpaste freeze?
This has obvious implications for mountaineering.
  -- Chris Kramar

My dear Mssr. Kramar: Let us all pause for just a minute as Gaston once
again lifts the problems of the entire world onto his weary shoulders. Uhnnn!
They're getting heavier. Now where was I? Oh yes, toothpaste. Just the other
day my good friend Lionel Terrain and I were discussing this very matter as
we were sitting on the deck of the Argentiere refuge and staring up at the
icily beautiful north faces of the Triolet, Les Courtes and Les Droites. And
we agreed that no climb worth doing can ever be done when the temperature is
above the freezing point of toothpaste. In fact, no French alpinist worth his
piolet has ever brushed his teeth in the Alps. We must leave that to you
runny-nosed American scree sloggers with your Pepsodent smiles. Now go and
bother me no more. Gaston has spoken! 


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Official PCS Bylaws
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By-Laws of the Peak Climbing Section of the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club

Last revision:  January 1978

ARTICLE I.    Name of Section
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Section 1.  The name of the Section shall be the Peak Climbing Section of the
Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club.

ARTICLE II.   Purposes
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Section 1.  The purposes of the Section shall be to explore, enjoy, and
preserve the mountain ranges and become familiar with their scenic resources;
to preserve their forests, waters, wildlife and wildernesses; to enlist
public interest and cooperation in protecting them; to cultivate comradeship
in and understanding of mountain climbing; and to further the purposes of the
Sierra Club.


ARTICLE III.  Membership
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Section 1.  The membership roster shall be those members of the Sierra Club
who subscribe to the Peak Climbing Section newsletter or who, already having
access to the newsletter, send to the Secretary a written request for
membership.  Membership shall become effective on the first of the month
following request for subscription and shall expire after one year.


ARTICLE IV.  Officers
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Section 1.  Elected officers.  There shall be three elected officers for the
Section: the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman, and the Secretary/Treasurer.

Section 2.  Qualifications for Office.  Any member of the Peak Climbing
Section may be elected to office.  No Section officer shall hold an office
for more than one full term consecutively, or for more than one full term and
one partial term served consecutively.

Section 3.  Term of Office and Election.  Officers shall serve for a term of
one year.  Election of officers shall be held annually at the regular meeting
in November.  A Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the Chairman and
announced at the October meeting.  If any of the Nominating Committee members
do not meet the approval of a majority of the members present, the Chairman
shall call for nominations from the floor to replace the disapproved
Committee members.  Committee members nominated in this fashion shall be
approved by a majority of those members present at the October meeting.  The
Nominating Committee shall publish a list of candidates for the offices to be
filled in the issue of the Section newsletter preceding the November meeting.

Additional names may be placed in nomination from the floor immediately
prior to the election.  A candidate may be nominated for only one office at
the yearly election.  Voting shall be by written ballot.  A majority vote of
the Peak Climbing Section members present shall be required to elect.  If no
candidate receives a majority on the first ballot, another ballot shall be
cast, dropping the name of the candidate receiving the fewest votes on the
first ballot.  This procedure is repeated until a majority is obtained.

Installation of officers shall take place immediately following the
election.

Section 4.  Vacancies.  A vacancy in the office of Chairman shall be filled
by the Vice-Chairman.  Vacancies in the other offices shall be filled for the
balance of the term by election at the next regular meeting following the
occurrence of the vacancy.

Section 5.  Duties of Officers.  The duties of the officers of the Section
shall be as follows:

        a.  Chairman.  The Chairman of the Section calls and presides at the
meetings of the Section, enforces the By-Laws of the Section, and appoints
and may remove members of committees to carry out the work of the Section.

The Chairman of the Section shall attend, or appoint an alternate to attend,
the meetings of the Executive Committee of the Loma Prieta Chapter.

        b.  Vice-Chairman.  The Vice-Chairman of the Section is responsible
for the selection of leaders for, and the scheduling of, the outings of the
Section, subject to the approval of the Mountaineering Committee.  During the
absence or disability of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman shall act in his
place.

        c.  Secretary/Treasurer.  The Secretary/Treasurer of the Section
shall keep an up-to-date roster of members; keep minutes of all meetings (and
notify members of meetings); and manage all financial matters of the Peak
Climbing Section, keeping proper records thereof.

Section 6.  Removal of Officers.  An officer may be removed by a 3/5 vote of
members present at a duly constituted meeting of the Section, provided that a
petition signed by five members of the Section has been placed in the
immediately preceding issue of the Section newsletter.  Upon receipt of such
a petition for recall, the editor of the Section newsletter shall print the
petition in the next issue of the Section newsletter.


ARTICLE V.   Meetings
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Section 1.  Section meetings shall be held monthly or when called by the
Chairman.  Notices of meetings of the Section shall be given to the
membership through the Section newsletter prior to the date of the meeting.

Upon the written request of ten percent of the membership, the Chairman
shall call a meeting within thirty days of the receipt of the request.

Section 2.  Quorum.  A quorum for the conduct of business shall consist of
ten members or ten percent of the Section membership, whichever is larger.

ARTICLE VI.  Committees
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Section 1.  Standing committees shall include a Mountaineering Committee,
which maintains a list of peaks and lists of member and leader
qualifications, conducts training seminars, and assists the Vice-Chairman in
scheduling outings; an Equipment Committee, which maintains the equipment
belonging to the Section; a Publicity Committee, which publishes the Section
newsletter and announces meetings; and a Social Committee.


ARTICLE VII.  Funds
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Section 1.  No dues shall be assessed or collected by the Section.  Voluntary
contributions will be accepted.


ARTICLE VIII. Operating Rules
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Section 1.  Rules for making more explicit the operating procedures of the
Section may be adopted or modified by the following method.  Rules as defined
in this article shall not be in conflict with the By-Laws.

        a.  A proposed rule shall be presented at a duly constituted meeting
of the Section for discussion.

        b.  Upon approval of the proposed rule by a majority of those members
present, the proposed rule shall be published in the next issue of the
Section newsletter.

        c.  The proposed rule may then be adopted or rejected by a majority
vote at the next duly constituted meeting of the Section.


ARTICLE IX.  Amendments
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Section 1.  These By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds majority of the Peak
Climbing Section members present at a duly constituted meeting of the Section
prior to submission of the amendment to the Executive Committee of the Loma
Prieta Chapter for approval, provided that the proposed amendment is
published in the Section newsletter immediately preceding the meeting.


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A chilly, late-season attempt on Virginia and Twin Peaks
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Gennady Farber and Steve Eckert headed up the Green 
Lake trailhead on 10/21/95 for a late-season attempt at Virginia and Twin
Peaks. The leaves were glowing brilliant yellow, and softly carpeting the
trail as we started up the unfamiliar route.

To make a long story short, the trail signs are WRONG: The first
junction is marked "Green Lake" to the left, "West Lake" to the right. It
turns out that East Lake is to the left, and Green Lake and West Lake are
both to the right. So we wound up on some unnamed saddle looking down on
Summit Lake, with great views of
Dunderberg and others.

That's when we decided to make it a big loop: We dropped down to
the valley between Virginia Peak and Virginia Pass to camp, then
did a big loop following the third class ridge from the south of
Virginia up to Twin Peaks, and returning down the second class
chute between the twin peaks.

The incessant wind howled the whole time. I wore heavy fleece with
wind shells top and bottom much of the day. On Virginia, my cheap
thermometer showed 25 degrees at 9:30, with 40 mph winds that
gusted strongly enough to have us grabbing each other for support.
Water bottles were freezing instead of thawing, but by early afternoon it was
up to 40 degrees even though the wind kept up.

Along the way, we traded stories about climbing Mt Elbrus in Russia
(which I did as a tourist and Gennady snuck up as a citizen of Russia who was
officially prohibited from climbing higher than the pass), about climbing
from peak lists (here) and from government approved pass lists (there), etc.

We managed to find Virginia Pass on the way out, and other than
one nasty ice field without ice axes the hike out was uneventful.
The brilliant leaves had turned to mostly brown and black in just
two days, and ice stayed all day along streams as low as 9500'.
It's not over, but this season is definitely on its way out!

  -- Steve Eckert


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A Mineral King double solo in late September
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This was a solo trip, so on the first day of autumn, 22 
September 1995, withthe support of family and friends, I left the Bay Area
for Mineral King onFriday afternoon.  A six hour drive, with a stop for
dinner in Visalia, got meto the Cold Springs Campground in Mineral King.  I
found a walk-in site to myliking at the far end of the campground and set up
camp. 

On Saturday, I did a warm up hike to an alpine basin containing Eagle Lake.
One of the interesting aspects of this hike was that the trail passed by
alarge sinkhole into which Eagle Creek flowed and disappeared. Peak day,
Sunday, promised to be a long one, so I got up in the dark, eatingbreakfast
and packing my pack by headlamp.  

I drove to the Eagle/Mosquitotrailhead and started hiking on the Franklin
Pass trail at 6:15 AM.  It wasjust light enough to see the ground underneath
my feet.  The morning was cool,with frost on the ground.  I saw 9 deer (7
does, 1 buck, and 1 yearling) on theway to Franklin Lakes.  There was still a
plenty of water but there was nodifficulty with the stream crossings of
Crystal Creek and Franklin Creek-quitea different story from Debbie Bulger's
trip in July.  

I passed Franklin Lakesat 9:00 AM and met the first group of hikers I had
seen about half a mile abovethe lakes.  I pressed on reaching Franklin Pass,
8.6 miles from the parkingarea at about 10:30 AM.  Where the trail crossed,
there was a large snowfieldon the south side of the divide which was a
challenge for backpackers as thesnow was very firm.  From Franklin Pass I
headed east through an area withlarge rock outcroppings toward the base of
Florence Peak.  The easiest route,as I soon discovered after trying to find a
route between the large rocks, is to stick to the scree just below the rocks
on the south side of the pass.  

Two sizable snowfields remained on the northeast ridge of Florence Pk.  On
the wayup I went below and to the south side of the two snowfields.  Near the
summit,large boulders made the climbing borderline class 3 in spite of the
class 2 rating in Roper and Secor.  I summited at noon.  There was a
excellent viewfrom the summit (elev. 12432 ft) with Franklin Lake and Tulare
Peak below andthe Kaweahs to the northeast.  

I found the register box (an ammo can) andunfortunately both register
notebooks were damp.  I signed in and noticed thata few parties had done some
of the technical routes on the northwest face aboveFranklin Lakes earlier
this year. On my way down, I went a different route staying to the north of
thesnowfields.  

This proved more difficult than the route up, but soon I was backat Franklin
Pass and the trail.  It still looked like there was plenty ofdaylight left so
I decided to go for Rainbow Mountain to complete my double. After a short
hike back down the trail, I left the trail and headed diagonallyup a mixed
scree and rock slope to the southeast ridge of Rainbow Mountain. Once on the
ridge, the climbing was easy all the way to the summit.  I summitedat about
2:15 PM.  

There was a good view from the summit (elev. 12043 ft.).  Ifound the trail
register in another ammo box.  It was one small notebook goingback to 1982.
Apparently Rainbow Mountain is not climbed all that often (aresult perhaps
of people not wanting to climb a peak that isn't on the SPSlist).  Fourteen
parties had climbed the peak this year, not many when youconsider that it is
just above popular Franklin Lakes.  In some years only 4 or5 parties had
signed the register.  

After taking some photos, I took the directroute down to the lake.  The
mountain was steep and I ended up doing a lot ofscree glissading.  If you try
this route just remember to watch out for thecliffs.  After refilling my
water bottles at Franklin Creek below the lake (itwas a warm day), I hiked
quickly out along the trail, reaching the parkingarea.  It was a long day up
two fine Sierra peaks (12 hours, 19 miles, 5400 ftelevation gain). On Monday,
I decided to hike up to Crystal Lake before driving home.  

When Iarrived at the trailhead there were no other cars at the
Sawtooth-Monarchparking area.  Wow, this place really clears out after the
weekend.  I had abeautiful hike into isolated Crystal Lakes.  The weather was
alternately cloudyand sunny with the mountain summits sometimes shrouded in
fog.  Mineral Peak(elev. 11550 ft.) is a striking peak just north of Lower
Crystal Lake.  Theclass 2 route from Crystal Lake in Secor's book appears to
start at UpperCrystal Lake (there is a use path marked by a duck branching
from the trailjust below Lower Crystal Lake) and ascends the southeast slope.

Secor mentions that the summit rocks are best approached from the south.  I
can't vouch forthat since I didn't have time to go for the summit.  A loop
trip includingMonarch Lakes, Mineral Peak, and Crystal Lakes looks like an
intriguingpossibility.  

According to Browning's book, Sierra Place Names, prior to the acceptance of
its current name Mineral Peak was sometimes called "The Matterhorn" since it
resembles that peak from certain angles.  After lunch, Ihiked back out to the
trailhead.  I drove back to the Bay Area, arriving about 9:00 PM.  All in
all, the trip was a highly enjoyable fall weekend getaway tothe High Sierra.

  -- Richard Vassar


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Private trips
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Mt. Shasta
Nov 10-12
14,162 feet
Organizer: George Van Gorden (408) 779-2320

We will climb the Avalanche Gulch route.  Meet Friday noon at the Fifth
Season climbing store in the town of Mt. Shasta.  Stay in the hut Friday
night.  Summit Saturday if good weather prevails.


Climbing near Ridgecrest
Nov 22-26
Organizer: Eugene Miya eugene@pioneer.arc.nasa.gov

An exploratory climbing trip in the vicinity of Ridgecrest, CA.  While some
interesting rocks exist in these areas, I will also be considering some Low
Southern Sierra and North Mojave desert peak bagging or skiing if the snow
level permits.  We have to play this by ear.  A limited number of 4WD
vehicles are involved.  These are important because of deep sand in some
trailhead areas.  The driving distance is about the same as a summer
Palisades trip.  Elevations up to 8K will be considered, but this should be
regarded as a winter trip even if we are climbing on desert rock.


Desert Peaks
Dec 27-Jan 1
6,154 feet
Organizer: Bill Hauser (408) 243-4566

Meet in Baker, California at the Junction of Highway 127 and Business 15 on
Wednesday, 12/27/95, at 7:00 AM to climb Avawatz Mountain.  The elevation is
6,154 feet and there is 2,500 feet of gain.  Next we will climb Granite II
(2,500 foot gain), Turtle (2,100 foot gain), and Rosa Point (4,000 foot
gain).  We will be car camping.  The trip can be windy and cold at times.
Call me for any further explanation.


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Adventures in outdoor cooking: a hunka hunka burnin' Coleman
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Who says there's nothing interesting on the Internet? Steve Eckert forwards this:

 ``Has anyone heard about the dude that burned down three townhouses with his
campstove? He was trying it out in his basement and now has 2nd degree burns
and no place to live.''
 
 ``I have used a Coleman model 500b (sort of an ancient version of the more
current featherweight for years and have gotten comfortable enough with its
quirks to continue using it. Talk about growing pains, however. I thought I
would burn down Banff N.P. one year when the generator unit became
unknowingly plugged with carbon. All I noticed was a flickering orange flame
coming from the burner where there should have been a steady blue flame. Then
WHOOOF! - the whole works caught fire in a steady three-foot high bonfire.
Unfortunately, my immediate reaction was to grab the pot of macaroni and
water I planned on cooking and flung it on the flames. This only succeded in
producing a river of burning fuel floating on top of the water as it flowed
down the picnic table to the ground.''

 ``Fortunately, however, the table was centered on a nice gravel pad and the
fire soon burned itself out. Talk about panic, though! Images of being
pictured as the enviro-terrorist who burned down part of Banff were going
thru my mind at the time.''

 ``After that first initial incident, there haven't been any other problems.
However, I was on a backpack to Berg Lake, B.C. a couple years ago and got up
early one morning to brew up some coffe in the campground's kitchen shelter.
I had just finished drinking the last of this when I casually noticed the
fellow sitting the next table over fussing with his stove - yes, it was the
same coleman model...with a slow orange flame rolling out of the burner. I
tried calling to him: "hey, i think that your stove needs a new generat..."
when, sure enough, WHOOOF! it caught fire.''

And, we might add, Tim Hult was nowhere near the scene.

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*** Rock Climbing Classifications ***

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.
 
 
*** Elected Officials ***
 
Chair:
    Debbie Benham
    415-964-0558, dmbenham@aol.com
    1722 Villa Street (Apt 2), Mountain View CA  94041
 
Vice Chair / Scheduler:
    Paul Magliocco
    408-358-1168, pmag@ix.netcom.com
    15944 Longwood Drive, Los Gatos CA  95032
 
Treasurer and Membership Roster:
    Phyllis Olrich
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