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                     April, 1996   Vol. 29, No. 4
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Next meeting (PCS meetings are the second tuesday of each month)
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Date: Tuesday 9 Apr 1996
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Pacific Mountaineer
200 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto

Program: Skiing Peaks in Western Yosemite

Join Butch Suits for a slide show of several ski trips 
to Sierra peaks from Yosemite Valley and Badger 
Pass. Here are clues to the peaks featured: one with 
"good views," one formerly referred to as "the 
obelisk," one named after the chief of the Ahwanichi, 
one with a granite rainbow near the summit, another 
that always gives you the "thumbs up" signal, and 
one often wreathed in clouds.

 
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I'm a Seoul Man
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Mt. Paegun-dae (836m), February 3, 1996:

While on a two week business trip to Seoul, South Korea, 
I had the opportunity to summit the highest peak in 
nearby Mt Puk'an-Sansong National Park. Not having 
known in advance that there were any peaks to climb I 
had not brought any cold weather gear with me. So on a 
bright sunny cold (18 degrees) Saturday morning I hopped 
the local subway and began to make my way across town 
attired in running shoes, every t-shirt I had brought on the 
trip, my softsided briefcase (to carry food and water) and 
my trench coat. After climbing out of the subway near the 
Sejong Cultural Center I took bus #6 for about 45 minutes 
out of the heart of the city to the edge of the foothills at 
the terminus of the line in Uidong.

The terminus for the bus is a few km from the Toson-sa 
Temple. At this point you can wait for the bus that runs to 
the temple or walk up. The walk takes about 30 minutes, 
initially through a group of shops specializing in hiking 
supplies. There are also a few small restaurant that sell 
takeaway snacks like fried chicken legs and tempura 
vegetables. The bus takes around 10 minutes and costs 
W100 (approximately 800 Won to the dollar). Put your 
money into the donation box next to the temple when you 
disembark from the bus.

The terminus for the temple is in a small plaza with a 
Buddha statue in the center. To the left if this is the 
entrance to Tosan-sa Temple, and directly ahead is an 
entrance to the national park. Don't take this entrance. 
Instead, go into the temple grounds, and have a look 
around the temple. The multi-building complex is very 
impressive with many rooms in which people perform 
prayers and the monks(?) who live there go about their 
business. I went inside several of the buildings to try to 
build up a little warmth. This proved fruitless though, 
since one must remove one's shoes before entering the 
buildings. Upon exiting the buildings one loses all newly 
acquired warmth through the tedious process of re-finding 
one's shoes in the stack, as one stands in one's socks in the 
snow and ice.

Within the temple grounds, to the left and below the main 
temple complex, is another entrance to the national park 
(about W400). You can begin your climb here. (You will 
not be issued a map, and I do not know if any are 
available. I climbed without one.) The hiking trails are for 
the most part fairly clear, and there's no real danger of 
becoming TLI (Temporarily Locationally Impaired). In my 
particular case a few days earlier there had been the single 
day largest snowstorm in Seoul in five years and the resulting
dump covered most of the trails. 

But, since many people had climbed up before me that day the 
path was manifest. The main thing is to keep bearing right. 
Within about 30 minutes you should reach the fortifications 
and the Dragon's Cliff Gate. At this point continue bearing 
right and climbing upwards until you reach a fork in the path 
which gives you a choice of ascending either of the two peaks. 
The path to the right leads to Paegun-dae (the highest peak in 
the park) and is the best option - it has steel cables embedded 
in the mountain (ala many European trails).

These cables were the only thing that enabled me to summit. 
For the last 800 feet or so the climb is mostly on bare rock 
and this happened to be covered by various and sundry sheets 
of ice. Most everyone summitting that day had at least instep 
crampons on their boots. Many people descending took one 
look at me in my sneakers and tried their best to convey the 
sense of danger.

The last ascent to the summit of Paegun-dae is a reasonably 
stiff climb, and I had to pull myself up hand over hand on the 
steel cable (alas I had not brought gloves with me, so my 
palms suffered somewhat during these 30 minutes). Just 
before reaching the summit two girls came around the corner 
on their descent and broke out in gales of laughter, pointing at 
me in my trenchcoat and briefcase and saying, "You 
English?" I nodded yes and they took their picture standing 
next to the ridiculous American before continuing their 
descent still giggling.

The views from the summit are quite impressive: both of the 
sprawl of Seoul and of the outlying mountainous countryside. 
I asked a couple of teenage boys to take my hero shot and they 
invited me to descend with them. One of the other 
summiteers took pity on me and gave me his glove liners to 
wear on the way down (the thermometer read six below zero 
on the summit, but that included wind chill effects). The two 
boys took great delight in trying out their English with such 
phrases as, "Do you know Air Jordan?" and "Do you like 
Sylvester Stallone? He very bad boys." During the hour long 
skating, sliding, boot skiing descent I was queried as to my 
personal knowledge of just about every major NBA player as 
well as many Hollywood stars.

For the descent, bear left at the bottom of the rocky summit 
and go under an old gate. This path heads straight down to 
Toson-sa Temple. Or as an alternative, turn left at the summit 
fortification and descend past a hiker's hut and small camping 
village before making a right at a fork and climbing back over 
a small ridge to the entrance to the national park (at the 
Buddha statue).

In either event there is plenty of food and water (and 
videotapes of the temple) at the base parking lot. There are 
many other hiking trails within the park as well as at least 20 
summitable peaks (including several that are class 5). I would 
rate this peak a class 2 in summer, and class 3 in winter.

- Victor Anderson


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Starting The Year With A Virgin
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I arrived at the trailhead for Moapa on Saturday afternoon at 
about 2:00 p.m. There were two cars already there but no one 
was about. Just about dark the Mormon trekkers arrived. We 
set up the typical DPS type feast in the desert. We debated 
where the owners of the two cars had gone. We decided, or at 
least hoped they were backpackers and not dayhikers as it was 
well after dark at this point.

About 8:00 p.m. after most of the food and much of the 
sobriety was gone, four weary figures appeared out of the 
darkness. It was Debbie Bulger & friends. We had never met 
each other but had seen each others names around. Debbie 
looked over all of the cooking gear with apparent amazement. 
She said she had heard about DPS feeds but had never 
experienced one before. She asked us if there was supposed to 
be a Burro baking somewhere.

She told us they had just climbed Moapa Peak. They had 
started at 8:30 a.m. that morning and had just returned. This 
means they were at it 11-1/2 hours. The DPS Peak guides 
estimates 6 hours round trip. Vic Henney who had done the 
peak twice before thought it had taken them about six hours. 
We asked if they had gotten off route but Debbie said they had 
followed ducked ledges up to the summit. They declined to 
join us in favor of camping closer to the highway in order to 
get an early start in the morning.

Sunday we left for the peak at 7:35 a.m. We followed the 
tracks of the previous party as they followed the correct route 
all of the way to the peak with a couple of minor differences. 
We summited at about 11:00 a.m. and were back to the cars 
at 2:35 p.m. We could not determine why Debbie's group got 
back so late. It is still a mystery to us.

Sunday night was New Years Eve. We repeated the previous 
night's festivities with some slight changes in the menu. A 
bottle of Champagne appeared sometime during the night to 
celebrate the New Year. Early Sunday morning the group 
broke up. Vic & Sue Henney decided to forego their planned 
peak in Death Valley and Headed for Home. Phil & Evelyn 
Reher went home to tend to a sick dog. Tom Sumner & I 
headed for the Virgin mountains to the Southeast.

After about an hours drive we arrived at the recommended 
trail head marked by an old push-type lawnmower of 
mysterious origin. (Grass does not grow around here.) This is 
a straight forward hike. We ran up to the peak and were back 
at the cars about 11:30 a.m. The DPS peak guide for this peak 
is incorrect. The gain from the 4WD parking place is about 
3800'. The guide says 2200'.

We then headed for the barn. We hit Las Vegas traffic 
heading back to L.A. The news reporter were making fun of 
this phenomenon on the radio. It wasn't funny from where I 
sat behind the wheel. Over two hundred miles of stop-n-go 
traffic. Never again will I hike near Vegas on a New Years 
Weekend! I left Vegas at 12:30 a.m. Monday and arrived 
home in Orange County at 6:05 a.m. the next day. I guess it's 
true. A Virgin does fetch a high price.

- Charlie Knapke


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Official (PCS) Trips must be submitted through the Scheduler. (see back page)
Trips not submitted to the Scheduler will be listed as PRIVATE, without recourse.
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*** Ohlone Wilderness
Peak:	Rose Peak	class 1 - 3,817'
Date:	Apr 6	Sat
Leader:	Vreni Rau	510-583-5578
Leader:	Cecil Magliocco	408-358-1168 CecilM@ix.netcom.com

Carpets of wildflowers are promised along the one-way 20 
mile hike from Livermore to Sunol. 4000+ feet of gain. Call 
leaders for meeting place and carpool information.


*** Will You Sing, Gale?
Peak:	Gale, Sing	class 2
Dates:	Jul 20-21
Map:	Merced Peak 15 min Quad
Leader:	Warren Storkman	415-493-8959 Dstorkman@aol.com

We go over Chiquito Pass in Southern Yosemite Park. Call 
leader for more information.


*** 20th Annual Mount Shasta Climb
Peak:	Mt Shasta	snow/class 2 - 14,161'
Dates:	May 25-27	Memorial Day Weekend
Leader:	Bob Gross	408-241-6149 75013.1420@compuserve.com

OK, it's time to get out of the easy chair and prove that you 
aren't over the hill. This is an event for climbers and skiers to 
ascend and descend Northern California's premier volcano by 
the standard route (Avalanche Gulch). Ice axe and crampons 
required, and possibly skis or snowshoes. We will be camped 
on snow at least one night at 10,400' to prepare for an early-
morning trip to the summit. Very strenuous. Co-listed with Ski 
Touring and Sierra Singles.

(taken from http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/rwgross)
This is a Sierra Club sponsored event. To sign up for this trip,
you must furnish your current Sierra Club membership number. You
must contact the leader well in advance. He will mail you an 
information packet (by U.S. mail). After you have read the 
detailed trip description, you may return a trip application 
to the leader. Assuming that you have the necessary 
experience and have jumped through all the right hoops, 
then you will be contacted prior to the trip. The leader will 
offer carpool suggestions and suggestions of which other 
participants you may choose to team up with for tents, 
stoves, or other gear. Some climbers will do this as a 
cross-country ski trip from 7000 to 10400, then go to the 
summit with ice axe and crampons.


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PubComm Charter Vote
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A charter for the Publicity Committee will be voted on as 
an operating rule at the April PCS meeting. PCS Members 
at the March meeting approved this text for publication, 
and the PCS Officers have endorsed it.

The PCS Bylaws require a standing publicity committee 
(PubComm) "which publishes the Section newsletter and 
announces meetings". In the recent past, the PubComm 
has not been explicitly staffed, but we have had a 
newsletter editor and various assistants producing the 
Scree. This proposed Operating Rule clarifies the 
operation of the PubComm.

Operating Rule 9601, Publicity Committee Charter:

The PubComm will have at least a Chair at all times, and 
this person will be responsible for all PCS publicity, 
including (within the limitations below) publishing the 
PCS Newsletter (the Scree) both in hardcopy (ready for 
printing) and electronic (plain text) formats.

The PCS Chair appoints the PubComm Chair for a one-
year term, and the PubComm chair in turn selects the rest 
of the PubComm members. A PubComm representative 
will be included in all PCS Officer's meetings.

The goal of the PubComm is to maximize awareness and 
participation in activities which further the goals of the 
PCS. Placement and content of promotional materials is at 
the discretion of the PubComm.

The PubComm Chair has control over the format and 
content of the newsletter, but accepts advice from the 
officers and the membership in an effort to meet the 
PCS's needs.

PubComm activities may include presentation of slide 
shows promoting the PCS, lobbying Chapter and National 
entities on issues related to climbing activities, and 
distribution of PCS information to:
 - internet email lists
 - world wide web sites, including the PCS Page and others
 - hiking and climbing stores
 - other hiking and climbing clubs
 - prospects and members at Sierra Club gatherings
 
Other PubComm efforts require prior approval from the 
PCS officers.

(end of Operating Rule 9601)


FILLER BOX:
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely 
rearranging  their prejudices.  -- William James 


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Notes and Requests
Please notify the Editor when your entry should be removed.
Old entries may be deleted if not renewed monthly.
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*** Trader Jim

Have used black pile pants (med), want large size. Have 
used red "CB Thermotech" lined ski pants (size 32), want 
larger size. Have North Face Tadpole tent fly, want $20.

- Jim Schollard 415-892-9033.
 

*** What a Tangled Web They Weave...

The political directory, viewable at the URL
   http://members.aol.com/LAlawMed/private/Politicians.html
now contains all publicly available Internet (e-mail and 
WWW) addresses of California State Senators and 
Assembly Members, in addition to the politicians 
mentioned in the last message.

In the future, I plan to index each politician 
geographically and by District Number. In addition, key 
Senators and Governors will be added, especially those 
who sit on environmentally significant committees and 
those who serve SW and West Coast states. Feedback 
(especially if constructively critical) is greatly appreciated.

- Lew Amack LAclimber@aol.com
 

*** Make Every Minute Count

Maybe I'm the only one, but for some time now I wished I 
had an easily accessible source for data on sunrise/set and 
moonrise/set times that I could use for long range 
planning of hikes.  I found one at the URL
   http://tycho.usno.navy.mil/srss.html
It will even tell you the phase of the moon and percent 
illumination.  Just thought others might find this useful.

- Tony D. Weathers weathtd@mail.auburn.edu (from rec.backcountry)
 

*** He Sells Snowshoes by the Seashore

I have like-new 30" Tubbs snowshoes for sale or will 
consider trade for 25".

- Rich Calliger calliger@infolane.com
 

*** The Human Race

Concerned about the fate of the Human Race? We are too! 
The Loma Prieta Chapter is participating in the Human 
Race this year for the first time.

The Human Race is a community fundraising event that 
will take place on May 11, 1996 in San Jose at Cadence 
Design Systems. The event, which has been raising funds 
for local non-profit groups for many years, draws 
participants from all over Silicon Valley and the 
Peninsula. The Loma Prieta Chapter is looking for people 
who are interested in walking or running in the Human 
Race and raising money to support the Sierra Club's 
conservation efforts and activity programs.

Getting started is easy, just call the Chapter Office at 
(415) 390-8494 to get a registration form, and then collect 
pledges from your friends, family members, and co-
workers. The fun part is walking or running at the Human 
Race on May 11th.

The Human Race is a great project for work or school 
groups to participate in; you can have fun and raise money 
for a good cause at the same time. For questions or more 
information, please give us a call.

- Kristi Timmings Loma Prieta Chapter Coordinator
loma.prieta.chapter@sierraclub.org 415-390-8494
 

*** Navigation Class and Field Trip

Interested in going cross-country in the wilderness? Lost 
your way and took forever to find camp? Which way is 
north? Find the answers to these and other questions on 
May 21st, Tuesday evening, 7-9pm, followed by a 
Navigation Field Trip the first weekend in June. Watch for 
more information in the May 'Scree'!!

- Debbie Benham
 

*** Request for Ranier Partners

I am interested in climbing Mt. Rainier following the 
'regular' route of Camp Muir to Ingraham Glacier from 
June 15-19th.

- Debbie Benham 415/964-0558 dmbenham@aol.com


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Unofficial (Private) Trips may be submitted directly to the Scree Editor, 
but are not insured, sponsored, or supervised by the Sierra Club.
They are listed here because they may be of interest to PCS members,
not because they are endorsed by the PCS.
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*** Please Pick Homer's Nose
Peak:	Homer's Nose	snow/class 1 - 9,040'
Dates:	April 13-14	Sat-Sun
Contact:	Steve Eckert	415-508-0500 eckert@netcom.com
Co-Contact:	Bob Suzuki	408-259-0772 bSuzuki@aol.com

If you do only one spring season climb this year, pick this 
one! Or do it to get ready for the next one. A southwestern 
Sierra peak, Homer's Nose may involve mixed rock and 
snow on Salt Creek Ridge, but at least the first part is trail 
from the South Fork of the Kaweah River. Ice axe and 
crampons required "just in case", but no extreme 
conditions are anticipated. Moderately strenuous, but 
could get tough if the snow conditions are bad.


*** Williamson, By George
Peak:	Mt Williamson	snow/class 2 - 14,375'
Dates:	April 19-21	Fri-Sun
Contact:	Tony Cruz	408-944-2003 cruz@idt.com

It is my intent to climb Mt. Williamson, the second highest 
peak in the Sierra. This will be my second attempt via the 
George Creek route, which is technically easy but 
arduous. If the April 96 attempt fails, then I will try again 
later in Spring or early summer via Shepherd pass (the 
George Creek access is closed during most of the year). I 
am looking for a few good PCRers to join me for a 
"classic" of the Sierra. The terrain is rated class 2 but is 
very tough. Knowledge and use of ice axe and crampons 
will be required. The first day will involve hiking 10 miles 
from 6,000 plus feet to 11,200. We will need to carry full 
winter gear, while packing as lightly as is prudent.


*** Rockhouse Basin Area
Peaks:	Crag, Smith, Owens, Pilot, etc
Dates:	May 4-6	Sat-Mon
Contact:	Bob Suzuki	408-259-0772 bSuzuki@aol.com
Co-Contact:	Steve Eckert	415-508-0500 eckert@netcom.com

Bad snow stopped us last winter, but we're back in spring 
to knock off as many as we can. Crag (knife edge class 3, 
9455') and Smith (class 2, 9515') are the main targets, 
which we'll try to finish by Sunday evening. If we have 
spare time on Monday, we'll drive toward Isabella Lake 
and do Owens (class 2, 8475') and Pilot (class 2, 6212').


*** 14'ers, Old and New
Peaks:	Barnard, Trojan, Versteeg, Williamson
Dates:	May 9-12	Thur-Sun
Contact:	Steve Eckert	415-508-0500 eckert@netcom.com

We'll go up George Creek and establish a high camp 
around 12000', then run a ridge loop to Barnard (now 
shown as 13,990, but used to be listed as 14,000) and 
Trojan (13,950), with a possible side trip to Versteeg 
(13,470). The next day we'll try to bag Williamson (14,375) 
and hike out. This is a very strenuous ice axe and 
crampon trip. Even though we'll spend two acclimatizing 
days pushing camp as high as possible, we should be able 
to get more peaks than the usual trip up George Creek (so 
it's worth the pain). This will be an official California 
Mountaineering Club trip, but the leader is listing it here in 
case you are interested in joining the CMC. Membership is 
required for participation.


*** Crevasse Rescue Practice
Peak:	Oak Trees, Rancho San Antonio Park
Date:	May 18	Sat
Contact:	Kelly Maas	408-279-2054 maas@idt.com

If you're planning a trip to the Cascades or Alaska, or just 
don't have anything to do on May 18th, come on out for an 
afternoon of simulated crevasse rescue practice. It's one 
thing to read about it, but quite another to actually do it. 
Topics include prusiking (or jumaring if you prefer) and 
pulley systems. Bring a full pack too for a really authentic 
experience. Suggested pre-reading is Selters' "Glacier 
Travel and Crevasse Rescue" or at least "Freedom of the 
Hills." Call or email for details.


*** Shasta
Peak:	Mt Shasta	snow/class 2 - 14,161'
Dates:	May 25-27	Memorial Day Weekend
Contact:	George Van Gorden	408-779-2320

Climb the Hotlum-Bolam ridge route instead of the same 
old standard route. Ice axe and crampons required, but 
the snow difficulty should be moderate.


*** Tower Peak and Ice Axe Practice
Peak:	Tower Peak	snow/class 3 - 11,755'
Dates:	May 25-27	Memorial Day Weekend
Contact:	Kelly Maas	408-279-2054 maas@idt.com

The guidebooks consider Tower Peak, on Yosemite's 
northern border, to be the northern end of the 
mountaineering-worthy Sierra. On this trip we'll attempt a 
climb of this 11000 ft peak, and also brush up on our ice 
axe and crampon skills if time and conditions permit. Co-
leader wanted.


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Issue of the Month
Please notify the Chair if you have a suggestion for an issue which should be discussed here.
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The results of the last Issue Of The Month survey were not a 
resounding vote for much of anything (i.e. not many opinions 
submitted, and those were mixed).  But in one last attempt to 
discern the pulse of the organization, we are getting down to 
basics, and offer up this month's version.

- Charles Schafer, PCS Chair
 

*** Who Are We And What Do We Want From The PCS?

1. Do you attend PCS meetings? Yes / No

2. If no, why not?
  A. Live too far away, but would like to come.
  B. Busy on Tuesday nights.
  C. Meetings are too much rigmarole, and don't like them.
  D. Other: ______________________________________

3. Why do you subscribe to SCREE/ESCREE?
  A. Want to keep abreast of PCS happenings.
  B. Want to find out about upcoming trips.
  C. Like to read about mountaineering in general.
  D. Other ______________________________

4. Is there anything that you would care to comment about 
that you think would improve the PCS?

_______________________________________________

INSTRUCTIONS: Answer the four numbered questions, either on a copy of this 
page or via email, and send it to the Editor as indicated on the back page. 
Please include your name so we know that you are a PCS Member. This is a 
survey, not a ballot!


*** Results of Last Month's Survey

EDITOR'S NOTE: We had only 5 or so responses until I 
sent out an email broadcast noting the poor "voter 
turnout". The note from Charles (above) was written 
before the second wave of email responses arrived, but we 
have less than 10% of your opinions even now. If you did 
not vote, you cannot complain about the results! Only 3 
non-email responses were received. If a significant 
number of new votes are received on the old questions, I 
may run another summary next month.

1. Should the PCS use subscription fees ONLY for 
printing the newsletter, and hold fund raisers or ask for 
additional donations for all other expenses?
 - YES - 9
 - NO - 6
 
2. Should the PCS print a better quality newsletter than 
the current Scree with photos and offset printing, or 
should we charge less for subscriptions and keep using a 
cheap printer like this issue?
 - CHEAPER - 13
 - BETTER  - 2

3. What kind of fund raisers would you suggest? (if any)
 - NONE - 8
 - donation hikes listed as fund raisers - 2
 - passing the hat at meetings / request donations
 - Begging for $$ when needed, I think.
 - What do we need money for,anyway?
 - calendar, instruction,  vidoes

4. Should we measure success by the number of trips lead, or 
number of people who summit on those trips, or the number of 
subscribers, or the number of members? Enter your proposed 
measure of success here (does not need to be one of the choices 
above, be we don't want an essay answer to this question):
 - do I climb with pcs members at least a few times a year? - 1
 - the happiness/contentedness of the current subscribers - 2
 - variety of trips - 2
 - # of  trips - 5
 - # of subscribers - 1
 - # of members - 2
 - # of people who participate in meetings - 5
 - # of people participating on trips - 7
 - # of injuries or fatalities - 1
 - Success & growth are yuppie predilections.  This is 
    allegedly a Sierra Club organization.
 - I don't believe this is a productive inquiry.
 - What's a "good" climb? It's like art--very  
    subjective...and who cares to justify their tastes? Are we 
    losing sight of our goal here? I think perhaps so.
 - Why do we need to measure our success. Isn't the 
    existance of the club success enough?

5. Regardless of your favorite measure of success, is 
"more" also "better"? Is there an ideal size for the PCS?
 - GROW - 7
 - STAY - 6
 - I can't think how to determine an "ideal size".
 - Let"s make it easy for people of like mind to find and 
    join us. Growth will take its own course.

3. Should we try to increase participation within our 
existing membership, or try to bring in new people?
 - BOTH - 10
 - EXISTING - 2
 - NEW - 1
 - NEITHER - 2

4. Should we have a training program to advance existing 
members or to attract new and possibly unskilled people?
 - EXISTING - 1
 - BOTH - 14 (over a page of comments were ommited)


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Eastern Sierra Permits
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The following is a copy of an announcement I received 
from the Mt. Whitney Ranger District (dated 3/14/96).

- Bond Shands bshands@ix.netcom.com or bshands@worldnet.att.net
 
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At last, the information you've been waiting for! 
Wilderness reservations will be taken by the Wilderness 
Reservation Service for the Inyo National Forest starting 
April 1, 1996.

All quota trails on the Inyo National Forest will be 100% 
reservable. Reservations will be accepted until two days before 
entry on the trail. Permits will be mailed to the party leader. If 
requested, or if the reservation is made within a week of entry, 
the permit will be sent to the Ranger Station chosen by the 
reserver. Any unreserved permits will be available starting the 
day before entry at the ranger station. Permits for non-quota 
trails will also be reservable.

Mt. Whitney hikers will be required to have a special stamp 
on their permit to enter the Mt. Whitney Zone no matter what 
their entry trail is. The zone boundaries are: to the east, just 
above Lone Pine Lake; to the west, at the outlet of Timberline 
Lake; and to the north, along the Sequoia N.P. Inyo N.F. 
boundary to Mt. Russell (on the west side of the boundary 
line). See zone map for more details. Day hikers will also 
need a permit to enter the zone. Hikers wishing to hike Mt. 
Whitney during the full moon without camping will be able to 
use a day hike permit with a special full moon stamp. Next 
year an overnight permit will be required. All Whitney 
permits are reservable.

Reservations will be taken by phone, fax or mail 
(postmarked no earlier than April 1) at the following:

	Wilderness Reservations
	P.O. Box 430
	Big Pine, CA 93513
	(610) 938-1136
	Fax & TTY: (619) 938-1137
	Hours: 8 am - 4:30 pm 7 days a week.

There will be a toll free "800" number available April 1 
for callers in the U.S.A. (888-374-3773)

The reservation service will be located in Big Pine in the 
office of the Big Pine Chamber of Commerce and Visitor 
Center located at 126 S. Main St. (Hwy 395). They will be 
open during business hours for walk-in business.

The reservation fee schedule is:
 - Overnight permit (quota trails): $3.00 per person
 - Mt. Whitney Zone stamp (on overnight permits): $1.00 per person
 - Mt. Whitney Day hiker: $2.00 per person
 - Non-quota trails: $3.00 per person

Payment will be accepted by credit card (Visa, 
Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card and 
EuroVisa), check or money order. Checks and money 
orders must be received at least seven days before entry 
date if reservations are made by phone.

Expect the telephones to be very busy during April. 
Mailing or faxing applications may be a more certain way 
of contacting the service. Questions about trail conditions 
or other details should be directed to the Ranger Station.

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(Note: Due to space constraints, only part of Bond's email 
message is included here. - Ed.)


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Red Cross Alternatives
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The two organization I've heard very good things about 
for wilderness first aid training are:
	Wilderness Medical Associates
	RFD 2 Box 890
	Bryant Pond, Maine 04219
	Phone: (207) 665-2707
	Fax: (207) 665-2747

	SOLO - Wilderness & Emergency Medicine
	RFD 1 Box 163, Tasker Hill
	Conway, NH 03818
	Voice: (603) 447-6711
	Fax: (603) 447-2310

I know that WMA offers courses all over the country, 
ranging from weekend first aid courses to 20something 
day wilderness EMT courses. I'll be taking a 9 day 
wilderness first responder course from them up in Oregon 
at the end of April.

Other organizations that I don't know as much about 
include:
	WMI - Wilderness Medicine Institute, Inc.
	P.O Box 9
	Pitkin, Colorado 81241
	Telephone: (303) 641-3572

	Earthbound Medical Rescue
	390 N. 12th st.
	San Jose, CA 95112
	Phone: (408) 275-9542.

Finally, courses are available at both UCSF and Berkeley:
	Outdoors Unlimited: 415-476-2078
	http://marlin.ucsf.edu/ou.html

	Cal Adventures: 510-642-4000

- Jim Waters waters@genmagic.com


FILLER BOX: 
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