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Scree for February, 1996

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the Peak Climbing Section of the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club.
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     This publication may not be posted on any public news group. 
               February, 1996   Vol. 29, No. 2
         Deadline for submissions to the next Scree is 2/26/96.
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Next meeting (PCS meetings are the second tuesday of each month)
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Program:  Hult, Who Goes There?!
Date:     Tuesday 13 Feb 1996
Time:     7:30 pm
Location: Pacific Mountaineer
          200 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto

Climb Killimanjaro and go on an East African Safari with Tim Hult

 
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Trip Planning Meeting
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Another winter is upon us, which means its almost time to 
apply for permits for this summers climbing season. There 
will be a trip planning meeting one week after the next 
PCS meeting to get organized for summer 1996 climbing 
trips. Details below!

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Memories of Mountain Mishaps
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What has been your "closest shave" in the mountains? For 
one PCS member, it started with the muffled crack of a 
slab avalanche; for two others, it started with the sharp 
crack of a loose rock bounding down from above; for 
others, it's desperately arresting a fall at the brink of a 
cliff-using either metal or vegetable assistance. And for 
one it was failing to prevent such a fall-and surviving. 
Their first-hand accounts follow.

I'm continuing my project to quiz list members for 
interesting anecdotes that I can compile into good articles 
for the Scree newsletter. The next topic is: 

"Describe your most memorable wildlife encounter."

These could be funny or scary stories about bears, rodents 
from hell, snakes-you name it. Please keep it to a 
paragraph or two and e-mail your account to me:

- Butch Suits 

--> MMM1: Dashing Through the Snow

Butch Suits: Despite obvious signs of instability, we ski 
the slope anyway. My friend Tim and I had dumped our 
backpacks after skiing all day through two feet of fresh 
powder in the Tetons. It was glorious snow, but twice I 
had heard the "whumpf" of a snow layer collapsing under 
my skis. 

Tim goes first and carves the first 150 feet of the slope, 
then waits next to a tree. Intimidated by the steep bulge at 
the top, I cut one turn. As I set my skis to stop, I hear a 
muffled crack. Still in motion, I guess that I am caught in 
a sluff. Wrong. I am not stopping. I glance up and watch 
the snow moving away from a 2-foot crown face, the 
unmistakable sign of a slab avalanche. "You idiot," I 
thought, "you knew better than to be here." I slide on my 
butt, loose snow boiling around my waist. The sensation is 
no worse than if I were performing a sitting glissade, but I 
let go of my ski poles in case I have to swim. After about 
200 feet, the snow slows down as it hits a lower-angled 
bench. I come to a stop on top of the debris. Beyond the 
bulge, I watch the tongue of the avalanche still pouring 
into the valley below. I am relieved by my good luck. But 
where is Tim?

He is buried. But after a few moments, a dark figure 
appears as if by magic from the debris about 100 yards 
below me. "You maniac, you almost killed me!" the figure 
yells. He's right. I'm glad to hear his voice. I walk down to 
meet him, the debris under my feet creaking ominously as 
it continues to settle.

Tim is unhurt, but had been "Maytagged" by the vortex of 
snow. The sprung bails of his skis and his snowy clothing 
are the only signs of the violence he has endured. He tells 
me how he came to rest with his head near the snow level 
and, incredibly, how he had been able to reach the shovel 
on his backpack and dig himself out-it was definitely a 
"soft slab" avalanche. Neither of us have ski poles; they're 
buried under the snow. As we slog around the hill to our 
tents-and the stunned response of our companions-I feel 
embarrassed about the foolish thing I have done. Despite 
my knowledge of avalanche safety, I had been in denial 
about the unsafe conditions. I had wanted to ski. Next 
time I will pay more attention when my intuition tells me: 
"You shouldn't be here."

--> MMM2: When Mountains Move-Rogers Peak

Kelly Maas: We were coming off the lose middle slopes 
and were getting onto the better lower slopes. The last 
person, descending with reasonable care, dislodged a 
piece of granite the size of a Maytag about 30 feet above 
me. There was no need to yell "ROCK!" I immediately 
sensed something happening and turned around to look. I 
had to wait until the boulder had taken a couple of 
bounces before I could know which way to jump. It then 
took me a fraction of a second to cover the 10 feet of 
unstable rock to get out of harms way. I even avoided 
being hit by any of the smaller associated rocks, but I'll 
never forget the distinct smell of pulverized granite. 
Further down the slope was Jim Ramaker who also had to 
make some quick moves to safety.

Jim Ramaker: I looked up and saw a boulder about the 
size of a washing machine tumbling down the slope 
straight toward me. The boulder was so big it started 
dislodging many other smaller rocks. I had about three 
seconds to save my life. I scampered a few yards to the 
right over the rugged. loose slope, and dove behind a huge 
boulder with an overhang on the downhill side. The 
tumbling boulder and the rocks it had dislodged thundered 
past a few yards away. Had that overhanging boulder not 
been there, I almost certainly would have been hit by 
something.

--> MMM3: Saved By the Scrax* on Mt. Abbott

*Scrax = Scree-Ax

Steve Eckert: We missed the green wall that Aaron so 
well described in his more recent trip report, and went up 
loose rock to a headwall. After turning around, we 
realized the danger of climbing loose class 2-3 with a few 
inches of early season snow on top. It was very slick, and 
hard to judge how stable a rock was without being able to 
see the small features around it. 

I felt a foothold give way, and shifted weight to a 
handhold. That gave out also. Then the other handhold 
pulled loose. I was carrying an ice ax over my shoulder, 
and while sliding managed to get into arrest position ON 
SCREE. The pick grabbed and I stopped with my feet over 
the edge. No kidding. I hung there a few minutes and 
carefully scrambled back into the world of the living.

--> MMM4: It Pays to Hug a Tree

Peter Maxwell: My closest call came in Australia, while 
climbing out of a canyon after having negotiated the river 
at the bottom (not in a raft, but by swimming, boulder 
hopping and rappelling where necessary). We were on a 
use trail on fairly steeply sloping ground (around 35 
degrees) and I was paying too much attention to talking 
and not enough to where I put my feet.

My right foot stepped off the trail and the next I knew I 
was sliding down the slope to a vertical cliff face about 20' 
down the slope. Lucky for me I was able to lunge out and 
wrap my arms around a small tree, after having torn up 
my fingernails trying to dig my fingers in to slow me 
down. A fall down the 100' cliff onto the rocks on the 
floor of the canyon would probably have resulted in death, 
or serious injury at best. That was definitely a close call.

--> MMM5: Kids Don't Try This at Home
(Faceplant off Mt. Lamarck)

David Ress: On Sunday, we hiked up to Lamarck Col and 
thence to the summit. Here, an electrical storm began. Not 
wanting to be exposed to lightning hazard during the long 
flat walk back down the summit plateau, I chose to 
descend the north face of the peak. Approximately 600' 
down, we encountered steep cliffs broken by ledges. While 
attempting to lower myself down on a rock horn, I slipped 
on the slush-covered rock, falling approximately 45' and 
landing on my head. I sustained an open skull fracture, 
shattered my maxillofacial bones, and broke a small bone 
in my hand. My friend also fell while descending, but 
managed to catch himself was escaped serious harm.

Despite my injuries, I was able to descend for about half 
an hour, gave my friend detailed instructions on how get 
help, then settled down to the most uncomfortable night in 
the mountains I have ever endured. It snowed 
intermittently throughout the night and was unseasonably 
frosty. At first light, I descended to the highest of the 
unnamed lakes south of Mt. Goethe, where I was 
evacuated by helicopter. An exhausting 8 hour surgery 
was necessary reassemble my facial bones, but the skull 
fracture required no treatment.

I have reflected a great deal on this accident as regards its 
causes and lessons. As in Jack London's story, "To Build a 
Fire", I made no one heinous error that led to my fall, but 
rather put myself, and my friend, in increasingly 
dangerous straits by making a sequence of small errors, 
including: not getting enough sleep, not getting an early 
enough start, not turning back when the weather 
deteriorated, attempting to descend wet semi-technical 
rock without a rope, and not wearing a helmet. Safety in 
the mountains is not an absolute quantity, but rather exists 
as a margin of prevention against errors and unpredictable 
hazards. When the margin is reduced too far, some kind 
of an accident becomes probable.

--> MMM6: Bivy on the Beach

Eugene N. Miya: Found this wonderful description of a 
forced bivvy by Linus Pauling on a cliff above his ranch at 
Big Sur. While not a climb, technically, it shows 
improvising cover, [and] keeping awake. [Taken from] 
Linus Pauling: A Life in Science and Politics, by Ted and 
Ben Goertzel.

"Pauling scooped out a hollow on the narrow ledge and 
covered himself with a big map he carried in his pocket. 
He dared not sleep because of the cold. He counted in 
French and German and Italian to keep himself awake; he 
exercised as he lay in his narrow quarters. He told the 
unheeding ocean about the nature of the chemical bond. 
When the stars came out, he sighted the end of his 
walking stick and tried to tell time by the constellations. 
He recited the periodic table of the elements. He grew 
more and more anxious, not for himself, since he knew he 
would eventually be found, but for Ava Helen, whom he 
could not tell that he was uncomfortable, but unharmed. 
He was chagrined by his predicament...."

--> Ramaker's Rules for Reducing Rockfall

I think this [Rogers Peak] incident [from Butch's 
Mountain Mishaps article] exemplifies the most common 
and most dangerous hazard on PCS trips (rockfall caused 
by others in the group). I've seen at least three other close 
calls (albeit with smaller rocks), and seen one person get 
hit on the head hard enough to draw blood. A few rules to 
prevent this kind of rockfall (others can probably add to or 
improve on these rules):

1. When climbing in a group, try if possible to either 
spread out horizontally on the slope, or stay very close 
together vertically (so falling rocks don't have time to 
gather speed).

2. When climbing in a group, try not to climb directly 
above or directly below anyone else.

3. If you see someone else knock a rock loose, yell 
"ROCK!!" Don't wait for the perpetrator to yell_in my 
case, he said nothing.

4. If you knock a rock loose yourself, don't stay silent in 
an attempt to protect your reputation, and hope that 
someone will call it out and be blamed instead of you. We 
can't place our reputations above the safety of our 
teammates.

5. On loose terrain (or always), climb carefully and 
delicately. Try to climb so that you don't knock anything 
loose, not even pebbles. If someone in the group is a 
clumsy climber, ask them to ascend LAST and descend 
FIRST.

6. If you know the rock is going to be loose, bring a 
helmet.

- Jim Ramaker


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PCS Leader List
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NAME                 CLASS        EXPIRATION

Benham, Debbie       2            Mar 98        ?
Bulger, Debbie       3            Feb 97        ?
Caldwell, Dave       3 + winter   Nov 97
Crawley, Roger       3            Jun 96        ?
Dyall, Palmer        3 + winter   Feb 98        ?
Eckert, Steve        3 + winter   Mar 97
? Firth, Sheldon     2            Jun 97
Flinn, John          4 + winter   Jul 95        EXP
? Ford, Noreen       2            Mar 97
Gaillard, Anne       2            Oct 97
Ingvolstad, John     3            May 96
? Ingvolstad, Kate   2            Sep 95
Isherwood, Bill      4 + winter   Jun 95        EXP
Macintosh, Chris     3 + winter   Aug 96        ?
Magliocco, Cecil     3            Mar 97        ?
Maas, Kelly          3 + winter   Aug 97        ?
Maxwell, Peter       3            Dec 95        EXP
Ottenburg, Marj      2            Feb 98        ?
Ramaker, Jim         3            Apr 96
? Rau, Vreni         2            Jun 95        EXP
? Schuman, Aaron     3            Feb 97
Sefchik, Laura       2            Feb 98        ?
Simpson, Richard     2 + winter   Mar 96        ?
? Stewart, Anita     1            Feb 97
Storkman, Warren     2            Mar 97
Suits, Butch         3 + winter   Nov 97
Suzuki, Bob          3            Mar 98
? Van Gordon, George 3            Jan 96        EXP
Wallace, Bob         3            Feb 98
Wiedman, Kai         4 + winter   Mar 98        ?
Wilsey, Tawna        2            Feb 95        EXP
? Yager, Chris       4 + winter   Mar 97

The names with ? marks in front of them I have not 
received current applications for. The names with ? marks 
after the first aid card I have not received confirmation of 
their training. If you fall into either of these categories, 
please contact me.

- Tim Hult


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Trip Planning Meeting
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Another winter is upon us, which means its almost time to 
apply for permits for this summers climbing season. 
Permit applications must be postmarked March 1 for the 
best chance of obtaining them.

There will be a trip planning meeting one week after the 
next PCS meeting to get organized for summer 1996 
climbing trips. All leaders and prospective leaders are 
encouraged to come equipped with trips they would like to 
lead. Maps and guide books are often useful to bring.

Dinner is not provided, so please eat before the meeting: 
Tuesday, 2/20/96 at 7:30 PM. Map and directions follow.

See you there.

- Paul Magliocco

    |                     Highway 280
 ---+----------------------------------------
    |
    |          |
    |          | Bascom Ave.
    |          |
    |          |          Highway 85
----+----------+-------------------------------->
    |          |                   to Morgan Hill
    |          |
    |          | Los Gatos Blvd./Bascom Ave.
    |          |  exit from Highway 85
  +-+ Lark     |
  | | Ave.     |
--+------------|
    |          | Los Gatos Blvd.
    |          |    
    |Highway   |
    | 17       |<------- 0.4 miles ------->
    |          |      Los Gatos-Almaden Road
    |       ---+---------------------------------
    V          |                       35  |
   To          |                           |
  Santa                     Longwood Drive |
  Cruz                                     |
                                          /
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                                     x

The Maglioccos
15944 Longwood Drive
Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 358-1168

If heading south on Highway 17, exit at Lark Avenue and 
cross back over the freeway to Los Gatos Blvd. If taking 
Highway 85, exit at Los Gatos Blvd/Bascom Ave. After 
passing Lark Ave. while on Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos-
Almaden Road is the third traffic signal. While on Los 
Gatos-Almaden Road, there will be a black 35 mile-per-
hour sign with white numbers about 25 feet before you get 
to Longwood Drive. When you see the sign, slow down 
quickly. It is easy to drive right past the street. Go about 
0.4 miles down Longwood Drive to get to the house. 
There is usually a silver Ford Aerostar parked on the 
street in front of the house.


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Request for Ice Partners
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For some time I've been looking for climbing partners to start 
some technical (or semi-technical) snow/ice climbing in the 
Sierra. I am in Colfax (on your way to Tahoe), but am certainly 
willing to drive from Shasta to Olancha to meet partners. I'm a 
class 3 climber now, but am tiring of "the slog" and ready to do 
some rope work. If anyone who knows the score is interested in 
hooking up with an eager belay slave, or if anyone wants to join 
me on the learning curve, give me a call at (916) 346-7279, or 
E-mail me. Would like to do some glacier work on Shasta in the 
spring, and would also like to just go out for a weekend to 
practice boot-ax belay, pro placement, etc. I have ice screws, 
pickets, etc.

- Christian / firstcrow@aol.com


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Official (PCS) Trip
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PCS trips must be submitted through the Scheduler 
(see back cover for details). Trips not submitted to the 
Scheduler will be listed as PRIVATE, without recourse.

Another Peak Mission
Peak:        Mission Peak         Trail - 2,517'
Date:        Feb 11        Sun
Contact:        Bob Suzuki        H: 408-259-0772
                (after 8:00 PM)

Start your conditioning for summer early with an enjoyable 
17 mile hike along the Ohlone Wilderness trail. We'll have 
about 4,000' of elevation gain, with an option to climb 
Mission Peak twice. Heavy rain cancels. No Host carpool 
at Cubberly High (Middlefield & Montrose in Palo Alto) at 
8:15 am, or meet at trailhead (Stanford Ave in Fremont) at 
9:00 am. Co-listed with the Day Hiking Section.


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PCS Membership & EScree
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Hey, you - yes, YOU! If you're receiving the Peak Climbing 
Section's newsletter (EScree) by email (either from the formal 
broadcast or because someone is forwarding you a copy.... but 
did you know that you can be a MEMBER of the PCS for free? 
Lead great trips, vote in elections, spread the word, etc!

If you get the EScree, then all you have to do for membership is 
send email to Jim Ramaker (the official PCS treasurer) at 
 saying that you want to be a PCS 
member. (Of course, you should be a Sierra Club member also.)

Remember, that's , copy to 
 with the message "I receive the 
EScree, and I want to be a PCS member". It's that easy. Send 
it today!

NOTE: Since this notice was sent out by email last week, 
we have picked up about 15 new PCS members. Spread 
the word, and send in suggestions for other publicity!

- Editor


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Unofficial (Private) Trips
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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.


Steps of San Francisco

Trip:	San Francisco	Conditioning Hike
Date:	Jan 20	Sat
Contact:	Judith Dean	415-854-9288
		Judith.Dean@forsythe.Stanford.edu
Co-Contact:	Debbie Benham	415-964-0558
		DmBenham@aol.com

You won't need snow tires or diamox, just a willingness to 
enjoy one of the world's most beautiful cities on foot. We'll 
spend 4-6 hours [starting at 9AM] exploring the stairways 
that provide the vertical links between the streets that 
contour around Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill and Pacific 
Heights.  Then we'll descend to North Beach for a pasta feed 
to finish the day. Bring sturdy shoes, water, and a hearty 
snack (if you don't want to pick something up as we go).


Conditioning Bike

Peak:	Mt Tamalpias	Class 1 - 2,517'
Date:	Jan 27	Sat
Raincheck:	Feb 4	Sun
Contact:	Phyllis Olrich	415-322-0323
		phylliso@forsythe.stanford.edu
Co-Contact:	Patt Baenen	415-494-3022
		pattb27@aol.com

Join Patt and me for a killer mountain bike ride up Mt. 
Tam. If off-road conditions are too muddy, we'll opt for a 
40-mile road ride up to Skyline from Palo Alto. Rain 
postpones to the Raincheck Date.


Right on La Mark

Peak:	Mt. Lamark	Snow - 13,417'
Dates:	Feb 17-20	Sat-Tue
Contact: 	George Van Gorden	408-779-2320
		(evenings before 9:00 PM)

Meet in Bishop Saturday morning and drive up to Apendell 
at about 8,500 feet.  Saturday afternoon and Sunday we 
will move up the mountain on snowshoes to our high 
camp.  Monday we will climb the mountain and return to 
camp.  Back to the cars on Tuesday morning.  Crampons 
and axes.  If the road is closed to Apendell or if the 
weather is bad, we will explore alternatives.


It Hasta Be Shasta

Peak:	Mt. Shasta	class 3 ice - 14,162'
Dates:	Feb 17-19	Sat-Mon
Contact:	Kai Wiedman	415-347-5234

This time we'll tackle Sargents Ridge, an airy and 
challenging route.  We will attempt the complete ridge 
starting at Panther Meadow.  Our high camp will be high in 
the sky at Shasta Rama, a large block of basalt.  From 
there, mixed climbing will lead us around rock towers and 
steep traverses.  Hideous exposure will tug at our feet.


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Just Me And Mr. Marmot
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"And then a hero comes along,
with the strength to carry on;
and you cast your fears aside,
and you know you can survive.
So when you feel like hope is gone,
look inside you and be strong,
and you'll finally see the truth,
that a hero lies in you."
- Mariah Carey

Was it by chance that this, one of my favorite pop tunes, 
was playing on two radio stations at the same time as I left 
Palo Alto on the afternoon of Friday, August 3 for my first 
solo adventure in the Sierras? Perhaps, but I have a 
penchant for the dramatic, and I preferred to see it as a 
sign of great things ahead.

What propelled this middle-aged woman to go off into the 
wilderness by herself? Most importantly, to begin to find 
out just what my skill level is. I'm very confident in 
certain areas of mountaineering (I know I'm a strong hiker 
for instance, and there have been times when I've lead the 
way), but there are other areas where I almost always 
defer to others - navigation or hanging the food, for 
example. So it was about a year ago that I got this idea 
into my head to go out alone - with no one to rely on but 
myself. This was the only way I would feel free enough to 
try what I wanted to try, to make mistakes and not have to 
worry about looking stupid or incompetent in front of 
anyone else.

I am not so afraid of the bears, or the dark, or the weather, 
or bad men out to hurt me; my greatest fear is of getting 
lost. I have learned how taking one wrong turn, or going 
off route by a few degrees can cause you to become lost, 
resulting in at the very least minutes or hours of extra 
time trying to find your way back; at worst, becoming so 
lost that you can never find your way out and no one finds 
you, until it's too late.

I can think of a couple of things that might have been 
obstacles to taking such a trip in the past that I have 
overcome in the last couple of years. First, I used to be 
deathly afraid of bears. But over the years I became 
convinced that they were not interested in hurting 
humans; they just want your food.

Second, was my inability to drive long distances without 
starting to fall asleep at the wheel. It always amazed me 
how men especially could drive endless distances 
seemingly without needing rest. Surely this must be some 
kind of testosterone advantage. But last year I drove to the 
East side and back successfully without help (my 
passenger did not drive a stick shift). So I knew I could do 
it if I had to. That was so liberating!

And so I began, full of excitement for the adventure 
ahead. Friday night I crashed in the back of my car at the 
Sunrise Lakes trailhead in Yosemite. There's a deluxe 
portapotty there - a big draw for me, the toilet paper 
queen. I got the idea to cover myself with my space 
blanket, not only to keep warm, but to camouflage myself 
from the rangers, who could ticket me if they found me.

As I lay there gazing out the back window at the stars, I 
flashed back on my early days in California, over 20 years 
ago. I had a big old hatchback Oldsmobile then, with 
plenty of room for sleeping when you put the back seat 
down. I used to go camping by myself, and have all kinds 
of adventures around the state. I was young, full of 
dreams, and lonely too. So much has happened since then 
- I've been to hell and back - and I've tended to dismiss 
that girl in her twenties as someone I don't know 
anymore. But I got in touch with her again. Her 
innocence. Her keen sense of adventure. She's still a part 
of me and I'm striving to love and accept all the parts of 
me.

At the permit booth by 7am, I endured a series of bear 
stories told by a rather chatty ranger who was in love with 
the big furry critters. Our mission was to save the bears, 
she assured us. To that end, we should rent the bulky 
nearly 3-lb. bear-proof canisters to keep our food and 
other smelly goods in. Not being confident in my food-
hanging abilities, you remember, I consented, and after a 
hearty breakfast at the Tuolumne grill, I picked up my 
very own canister at the store. With all due respect, Ms. 
Ranger, my main concern is me and my food, not the 
welfare of the bears...

It was very refreshing to be able to pack up at the 
trailhead with no time pressures from anyone but myself. I 
could attend to all those little last-minute details to my 
heart's content. Still, a 9:10am departure is not too bad I 
think.

I had scaled down my original plan somewhat, due to the 
snow conditions, and not wanting to bite off more than I 
could chew on Sunday and not make it back to the store 
by 7pm to return the canister. My goal now was to hike up 
to Vogelsang Lake and see what the lay of the land was 
and how I felt. This entailed about a 7.5 mile hike with 
2,000' elevation gain, a very moderate day, by PCS 
standards.

I began hiking up the trail, full of expectation, attending 
to every sign and trail junction, knowing that I alone was 
responsible for my journey this day. I traveled up the John 
Muir "Highway" for awhile, then took the Rafferty Creek 
turnoff, where, after a long uphill section you finally spill 
out into a beautiful meadow below Tuolumne Pass, and 
you catch your first glimpse of Fletcher and Vogelsang 
peaks. I checked my maps often, not because of any 
navigational challenge (the trail was clear, at least to the 
Vogelsang High Sierra Camp), but to compare the map to 
the features around me, to see if I could tell where I was 
and if I could pick out various landmarks. 

To my delight, I felt that it all came together for me. Yes, 
that must be Rafferty Peak over there! I can tell by the 
long gradual slope to the summit. And that's obviously 
Fletcher. Look at the steep broad base and the vast flat 
top. I was able to match the features I was seeing in nature 
with what was drawn on the map. I've been frustrated so 
many times by my seeming inability to know where I was 
or what was what in the mountains. So I just follow along, 
enjoying the scenery but not participating much in the 
route finding. Thinking everyone knows more than me. 
But I underestimate myself! Out here all alone, I have 
permission to stop, examine, and guess. This makes me 
very happy.

One interesting thing that happens when you travel alone 
is that you tend to be much more outgoing and friendly to 
strangers. Does this stem from man's inborn need to 
connect to other human beings? So that when you don't 
have a traveling companion, you naturally reach out more 
to others? Whatever it is, I enjoyed that aspect of the trip 
very much. Stopping to talk to other hikers and 
backpackers, even the cowboys and girls leading 
packtrains and their clients, God forbid. On the way out as 
a matter of fact, I met a very nice family from 
Massachusetts, my home state. We exchanged names and 
I hope to call them next time I'm on the East Coast to ask 
them how the rest of their trip went.

Another time, I stopped to talk to a couple that was out 
dayhiking. The guy looked at my map and we discussed 
possible peaks they could do that afternoon. I looked over 
at his girlfriend, sitting passively, waiting. Gosh, that has 
been me so many times, I thought. It felt strange and 
wonderful to be playing the male role this time. Indeed a 
great part of this trip was about releasing my male energy 
- the part of us that makes decisions, takes risks, and takes 
action.

On the way up to Vogelsang Lake (10,324'), you pass 
right by the High Sierra Camp. It's a real ghost town this 
year, as are all the High Sierra Camps. I thought about 
how disappointed all those people must be who had 
reservations only to find that the camps would never open 
in 1995.

It was here that the trail started fading badly under the 
snow. But it's just a short way up to the lake from there 
and the way is pretty obvious. It was early afternoon when 
I reached the lake, a welcome sight. It was partially frozen 
with snow covering much of the landscape, but there were 
plenty of sandy rocky places for campsites. I decided to 
camp there and found a spot away from the lake facing 
west, hidden from view. The snow makes for a rather 
desolate ambiance, but it was blessing because it helped to 
keep the people away - I was the lone camper there that 
night.

The old battle raged within - should I go for the gusto and 
try for a peak this afternoon or take a completely different 
tack and rest, write, and reflect. I couldn't do both. Not 
wanting to be too compulsive, I made a decision to go for 
the latter. After lunch I really wanted to nap, so that's just 
what I did. When I awoke, however, a wave of nausea hit 
me so bad I thought I must be coming down with the flu 
or food poisoning. What would I do? Ask for help from a 
passerby? Hike out as soon as I was strong enough? Stay 
put until I recovered (I didn't have that much food). But it 
must have just been a touch of altitude sickness, because it 
passed quickly. Then I was glad that I had stayed in camp 
after all.

I spent a beautiful quiet afternoon. I studied the map and 
read over the route descriptions I had copied from Roper 
and Secor. I had already decided that to atone for my 
slothful wimpy behavior of Saturday, I would climb both 
Vogelsang (11,493') and Fletcher (11,410') Sunday 
morning before hiking out. I wrote in my journal. I took 
time to observe the colors of the fish, the birds, the clarity 
of the lake. This is something I don't do enough. People 
are always telling me to stop and smell the flowers. I 
became quite friendly with one particular marmot. He 
(she?) would have taken the food right from under me if I 
had let him. He became my buddy.

I decided I had better cook my dinner, even though I 
wasn't very hungry. I ate one serving of my gourmet 
freeze-dried honey lemon chicken, but buried the rest. I 
always have trouble with my appetite at altitude. At 
7:30pm, I got ready for bed and crawled into my bivy bag 
for the night. I had planted my canister about 20' away 
from my camp on level ground as instructed. My camera 
was ready to catch the bear if he came to bat the canister 
around. I thought for sure he'd come kiss me goodnight 
since I was so lathered up with various lotions and sprays. 
But he stood me up.

The constant sound of a waterfall was my lullaby. 
Watching the sunset I finally dozed off. I lost count of the 
number of times I had to get up to go in the middle of the 
night. Each time I would bang a pot, or call out "I'm 
getting up Mr. Bear" just case he was lurking nearby. I 
didn't want to surprise him. But I think if there were any 
bears around, they saw the canister and left, knowing they 
couldn't get in. When I couldn't sleep, I'd watch the 
universe, one advantage of sleeping in a bivy bag and not 
a tent. I was not afraid or lonely or cold. I was in the 
"gentle wilderness" after all, and if you respect its power, 
it will treat you to all its delights.

I arose about 6:30 to a very warm morning. Whereas 
Saturday had been a day to rest, observe, write, and 
acclimatize, Sunday was a day to KICK ASS. I cooked my 
cup of gruel that masquerades as oatmeal and put together 
my summit pack. I packed a space blanket JUST IN 
CASE. When you're out alone you have to be a bit more 
prepared than normally.

Going for the peak is what I love. That backpacking stuff 
is just a necessary evil to get in to your basecamp as far as 
I'm concerned. I decided to climb Vogelsang first, my 
main objective. I hiked around the lake toward Vogelsang 
Pass to get a head on view of the peak. I saw that there 
were 3 or 4 parallel ramps on the east face that run 
gradually along to the ridge to the left of the peak. This 
looked like a good way to go to me so I started up the rock 
to reach one of the ramps. At one point I used my ice ax to 
cross a short steep snow patch. As I made my way up the 
ramp, I became impatient and got a little too aggressive. I 
thought I'd take a short cut by heading straight up the face 
to the summit, rather than go all the way around to the 
ridge. But when I ran into some 3rd class climbing, I got 
scared and thought "this is not a smart thing to be doing 
alone." So I backed off (VERY carefully) and continued 
up the ramp till I hit that ridge. Once there, I could see it 
was a very easy walk up to the summit! And when I got to 
the top, there was a marmot stretched out on one of the 
summit boulders!

I was so happy to see the register box. I got a lump in my 
throat. Vogelsang is not a particularly difficult peak or 
anything like that, but I had found it, I had picked the 
route, I had made it all alone. Still no other people 
around. After a snack, a hero shot by remote control, more 
map reading and guessing about the other peaks around, I 
started my descent. Turns out there were some moves that 
I had done on the way up that I was not comfortable with 
on the way down, so I came down a different way, ending 
up on some steep snow. I was glad I had lugged up my ice 
ax and crampons because I really needed them now.

I had already scouted out the route up Fletcher from the 
top of Vogelsang. It was a "classic Sierra ramble" as 
someone wrote in the peak register. Secor notes you 
encounter "brush, scree, and talus...before reaching the 
summit." Starting from a point just below Vogelsang Pass, 
I followed my route, making sure to stop and look back 
several times along the way (a wise practice - you'd be 
surprised how different things look from the opposite 
direction).

The summit of Fletcher consists of a very large sandy 
plateau with several rock outcroppings sprouting up. I 
headed for the most prominent outcropping, thinking that 
must surely be the summit. But there was no register there 
and it looked like the next outcropping over was a just a 
little bit higher. So I climbed down, trudged over more 
sandy scree to the next rock outcropping. I repeated this 
SEVERAL times, almost giving up. I let out a cry of relief 
when I spied a glass jar shoved into a crack. No one had 
signed that register in A YEAR! Judging by all the 
footprints however, I suspect that was due more to the 
isolated location of the jar and the numerous false 
summits, than to the difficulty or unpopularity of the peak.

Happy at last, I took another remote control hero shot, and 
looked over to the east to identify the nearby lakes and 
other features. A successful descent had me back in camp 
by 2pm. Two gals passed by as I was packing up - the first 
human beings I had seen in about 24 hours.

Ready to leave camp by 3pm I knew I had to make it out 
to my car in time to get to the Tuolumne store by 7pm 
closing time to return the rented canister. Boy, was I glad 
I was coming out rather than going in because I 
encountered several groups of backpackers and one 
packtrain on their way in. Stopping to be so friendly and 
all delayed me awhile, and I had to hustle to make sure I 
made it out in good time. Exhausted along the last mile of 
the trail, almost delirious, I kept hoarsely crying out 
"parking lot, parking lot," in hopes of seeing my car soon 
(I talk and mumble to myself a lot, actually).

It felt SO good to get my pack and boots off. Back at the 
store, I fulfilled a fantasy I'd been having all the way 
down the trail - I consumed a pint of Ben & Jerry's Coffee 
Almond Fudge frozen yogurt. God, did that taste good!

One of the most gratifying parts of the trip was calling 
some friends back in the Bay Area to let them know I had 
made it out alive. Knowing that there are people back 
home who love me and care about me makes it okay to 
choose to be alone.

The B&J's held me all the way to Oakdale where I stopped 
for late dinner at "Crap in the Box" (actually the Teriyaki 
Chicken Bowl is quite decent). And guess what song 
played over the loudspeaker in the restaurant, folks...

I had been worried that I wouldn't be able to make it all 
the way home without stopping to nap, but I had no 
problem. I don't know if it was the caffeine in the yogurt 
or the adrenaline pumping through my body. All scrubbed 
and snug, I lay in bed a long time that night before I could 
get to sleep.

I hope to do this again next year - maybe I'll make it an 
annual event. The weather was perfect all weekend, I 
conquered some fears, and spent some quality time with 
myself, with nature, and with God.

- Phyllis Olrich

FOOTNOTE:

In reporting my solo Sierra backback/peakclimbing trip 
this summer, I wrote that I was "not...afraid of bad men 
out to hurt me." It was inconceivable to me that a 
dangerous weirdo would be in the backcountry.

The news that a recently-paroled rapist attacked a female 
Yosemite Park ranger, then escaped into the wilderness 
carrying a backpack and sleeping bag, has forced me to 
examine my perhaps ridiculously naive notions about 
people who backpack.

After all, isn't there a special camaraderie among 
backpackers_we are a peace-loving, nature-loving, 
spiritually aware band, aren't we? How could someone 
hell-bent on sadistic violent acts at the same commune 
with nature, be willing to put in the difficult physical 
effort that backpacking requires, and appreciate God's 
great outdoors?

Questions loom: Is this man an experienced backpacker or 
just a homeless person? Did he go to Yosemite specifically 
to prey on women there? Was he planning to head up the 
trail looking for vulnerable women? What if he had found 
me that night I was camped at Vogelsang Lake ALL 
ALONE. I scoffed at friends who were concerned for my 
safety. Must I now concede that they were right?

And what of the future? Should I abandon any plans of 
ever soloing again? Should I get certified to carry mace 
and bring that with me? Is this even legal in the parks and 
forests? Better yet, conceal a knife or a...GUN. I picture 
myself hiking along, checking my surroundings 
constantly, looking and listening for strangers. And if I 
spy a man coming down the trail, straightening my 
posture, throwing him a steely gaze as if to say, "Don't 
mess with me Mister," instead of the usual smile and 
greeting "Hi, how's it going?" Then huddling in my 
sleeping bag at night, clutching my weapon. Doesn't 
sound like too much fun, does it?

Still, how can I complain, you say. I can still venture out 
relatively safely with other people. But it seems so unfair, 
so horrible. Of course I'm not free_not one of us is really 
free from the dangers that exist in this crazy world.

- Phyllis Olrich


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An Avalanche of Info
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1. AVALANCHE VIDEO I have the video "Avalanche 
Awareness," which I am willing to loan out to interested 
people. This is a good primer on avalanche safety for 
backcountry travelers. I can bring it to the Christmas 
Party. Contact me if you'd like to see it: Butch Suits, 
bsuits@lmsc.lockheed.com 415-325-4116

2. AVALANCHE LECTURE REPORT I attended the 
avalanche lecture at Pacific Mountaineer. It was by a man 
who trains the ski patrollers at Alpine Meadows. It was a 
good presentation, including a screening of the video 
mentioned above.

3. STATISTICS from the winter of 94-95 covering the 
mountains of the Western U.S.:

- People caught in avalanches: 162 (mostly ski patrollers)
- Buried: 88
- Injured: 28
- Killed: 22 (mostly backcountry travelers)

The lecturer said the killed number is mostly backcountry 
because most backcountry folks are far removed from 
rescue by others and are not trained or equipped 
adequately to rescue themselves.

Ski resorts recorded over 14,000 avalanches last year, 
1717 was the highest, at Squaw Valley. (Many of these 
were set off by explosives).

4. AVALANCHE SAFETY This is a smattering of tips 
that I've recorded as reminders and to stimulate interest in 
this topic. This is not an exhaustive prescription for 
avalanche safety. There's a lot more you need to learn to 
be safe. Contact me if you have further questions.

- Most (80%) avalanches occur during or immediately 
after storms.
- Essential touring equipment for steep terrain: 
avalanche transceivers, shovels, probe poles.
- Buried victims usually survive if located and dug out in 
under 15 minutes (90% according to some European 
stats); at 30 minutes, survival drops to 30% 
(asphyxiation)

Assessing avalanche hazards: Three factors to consider:
- terrain
- weather
- stability and structure of the existing snowpack.

Some destabilizing factors:
- Heavy loading of snowpack (due to heavy snowfall or wind deposition of snow)
- Rain (lubricates sliding surfaces)
- Thawing of snowpack (lubricates), especially when snow does not refreeze at night.
- Poorly bonded layers. Some causes are surface hoar, depth hoar, ice layers from rain or thawing.

Some signs of instability:
- Debris from other recent avalanches
- Hollow sounds in the snow, especially a "whoompf" sound
- Cracks propagating out from skis

Route selection:
- Choose broad valleys
- Choose ridgetops, especially on windward side; stay 
away from skiinf on top of or under cornices.
- Prime slab avalanche angle is 30-45%
- Tracks already crossing the slope do not mean it's safe

If you suspect a slope is unsafe:
- Ask "What's the worst thing that can happen to me?"
- Ask "Is there a safer route?"
- If you decide to cross the slope, go one at a time and try 
to plot an escape route/strategy. 

- Butch Suits

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Last, First Name         City           Home Phone      Work Phone      Email Address

Adler, David             Santa Cruz     408-464-1172    408-259-0760
Aldrich, Gary            Half Moon Bay  415-726-3480
Alger, Sharon                                                           salger@slip.net
Allen, Mary Ann          Campbell       408-866-1053
Anderson, Bart           Palo Alto      415-321-9769
Anderson, Victor         Portola Valley                 408/563-5042    anderson_victor@amat.com
Baenen, Patt             Cupertino      415-494-3022                    pattb27@aol.com
Baltierra, John          Stanford       415-494-0517    415-725-2597    cn.jab@forsythe.stanford.edu
Barlow, Nancy Anne       Redwood City   415-365-1090
Barnes, George           Palo Alto      415-494-8895                    barnes@prusik.com
Baugher, Larry           Sunnyvale      408-746-0719    415-852-5393    cbaugher@fuhsd.org
Bedell, David            Salinas        408-769-0415                    nunatak@aol.com
Benham, Deborah          Mountain View  415-964-0558                    dmbenham@aol.com
Berenjfoorosh, Hossein   Santa Clara    408-988-5043
Bergero, Richard         San Carlos     415-782-1500
Bergero, Yvonne          San Carlos     415-782-1500
Bergmann, Jules                                                         bergmann@cydrome.stanford.edu
Billings, Lucy           Menlo Park     415-358-9600
Blockus, Dave            Cupertino      408-973-9347
Booth, Dee               Los Gatos      408-354-7291
Booth, Richard           Los Gatos      408-354-7291
Boyle, Brian             Cupertino      408-973-0640
Brown, Shirley           San Jose
Bulger, Debbie           Santa Cruz     408-457-1036
Burrows, Philip          Stanford       415-497-0177
Bynum, Bob                                                              RFBynum@aol.com
Caldwell, David          Sunnyvale      408-945-8030    408-746-0526    davcal@aol.com
Calliger, Rich           Fremont        510-651-1876    510-659-7546    calliger@infolane.infolane.com
Cernac, Joseph           San Jose       408-292-5465
Clarence, Craig          San Francisco  415-695-1741
Cline, Terry             Palo Alto                                      terry@clarity.com
Clow, Gary               Mountain View  415-964-7752
Cobb, Dan                Los Altos      415-949-0838
Cobb, Jo Ann             Los Altos      415-949-0838
Coha, Joseph             San Jose       408-252-7053    408-447-5760    coha@cup.hp.com
Crawley, Roger           Menlo Park     415-321-8602    415-324-2721
Crumley, Carrie          San Jose
Curl, Jim                San Jose       408-371-4741    408-452-6557    jim_curl@bannet.ptltd.com
Dale, Steve                                                             Sdale@ix.netcom.com
Daskal, Neal             Oakland        510-268-4007
Davis, Karen             Redwood City   415-365-9462                    karen@genome.stanford.edu
Davison, Pete            San Francisco                  408-765-5205
Deidrick, Craig A.       San Jose       408-255-2303
DeNike, Bob              Sunnyvale      408-749-9135
Desai, Dinesh            Los Altos      415-969-2695
Desai, Joy               Los Altos      415-969-2695
Deshpande, Prasad        Mountain View  415/964-0470    415/926-1103    prasadd@informix.com
Dietrich, Ute            San Francisco
Dikken, Frank                                                           FrankD@micom.com
Domish, Dody             San Francisco  415-554-9763    415-333-5664
Donner, Bill             Berkeley       510-644-1253
Dorer, Dave              Brookline      617-232-9133
DuMond, Dewey                                                           DDuMond1@aol.com
Duvall, Steve            Palo Alto      415-325-0520
Dyal, Palmer             Los Altos Hills                415-941-5321
Eckert, Steven R.        Belmont        415-508-0500    415-508-0500    eckert@netcom.com
Elliott, Raymond         Menlo Park
Erskine, David           Mountain View  415-964-4227
Esterl, John             El Cerrito     510-526-2216    707-646-4155
Estey, Sue               El Cerrito     510/526-2216                    SEstey@aol.com
Faden, Mike              San Francisco
Farber, Gennady          Palo Alto      415-852-9617
Federoff, Galen          San Francisco  415-363-8010
Fehrle, Jim              Mountain View
Feldman, Carlos          Menlo Park     415-325-8116
Fineberg, Samuel A.      Sunnyvale      408-737-8848    415-604-4319    fineberg@scruznet.com
Fisher, Jeff             Redwood City   415-364-5065    415-462-9204
Fisher, Kevin            Palo Alto
Fitzpatrick, Bill        San Jose       408-286-9700
Fitzsimmons, Nancy       Milpitas
Flavin, John                            408/253-1165                    John_Flavin@3mail.3Com.COM
Flinn, Jeri              Mountain View  415-968-2050    415-777-8705    jnflinn@aol.com
Flinn, John              Mountain View  415-968-2050    415-777-8705    jnflinn@aol.com
Ford, Noreen             Palo Alto
Fort, Marian             Menlo Park
Gaillard, Anouchka                      408-737-9770    408-229-3802    anouchka@sgi.com
Gardner, Jim             Cupertino      408-996-7793
Gleeson, Fiona           San Jose
Glynn, Sally             Page           602-645-1480
Goehring, Dwight         Marina         408-384-1248                    goehring@ix.netcom.com
Gray, Michael            Sunnyvale      408-746-2960
Greenstreet, Carol       Los Gatos
Gross, Bob               Santa Clara    408-142-6149                    75013.1420@compuserve.com
Gross, Rich                                                             richgro@aol.com
Haight, Patricia         San Francisco  415-956-0745
Hanh, Mark                                                              mark_hahn@pa.xerox.com
Hansen, Holger           Santa Clara    408-296-5914
Harris, David            Santa Clara                                    harrisd@leland.stanford.edu
Harris, Michael E.       Phoenix        602-877-1468
Harris, Timothy          La honda                                       tim@nas.nasa.gov
Harvey, Liz              Concord        510-671-9950    800-447-5335
Hassell, Andrew          Palo Alto      415-493-3342    415-723-7850    hassella@math.stanford.edu
Hastings, Al             Palo Alto      415-493-6084    408-756-0105    hastings@lmsc.lockheed.com
Hauke, Jerome            Douglas City
Hauser, Bill             San Jose       408-243-4566
Haxo, Bob                Palo Alto                                      rshaxo@netcom.com
Hayden, Mike             Saratoga Ave.  408-253-4975    415-969-9112
Healy, Brian             Mountain View  415-968-6234
Heckbert, Al             San Jose       408-293-8549
Hempstead, Marjorie      Mountain View  415-961-9860
Henzel, Bill             San Mateo      415-349-3062
Henzel, Bonnie           San Mateo      415-349-3062
Hester, Larry            Saratoga       408-867-3669                    lhester@fmi.fujitsu.com
Hiipakka, Dennis         Hilmar         209-667-1723
Hinshaw, Michael         Sonora         209-532-4066
Hite, Clorinda P.        Santa Clara    408-246-0628
Holland, Elaine          Mill Valley    415-383-7557
Hough, David             San Jose                                       dgh@validgh.com
Howell, Gelston          Saratoga       408-867-3544
Hult, Tim                Santa Clara    408-970-0760    408-742-9141    tdhult@lmsc.lockheed.com
Hurst, Will              Castro Valley
Ingvoldstad, John        Volcano        209-296-8483
Ingvoldstad, Kate        Volcano        209-296-8483
Isherwood, Bill          Orinda         510-254-0739    510-423-5058
Isherwood, Dana          Orinda         510-254-0739    510-423-5058
Jablonski, Marc          Cupertino
Jacob, Mammen            San Jose       408-266-3756
Jakubouski, Diane C.     San Francisco
Johnson, David           San Jose
Johnson, Fred            Menlo Park     415-329-4383
Johnson, Mike            Mammoth Lakes  619-934-8516
Johnston, Dave           Saratoga       408-867-2280
Jones, Anthony           Mountain View  415-969-3208
Kang, Jan                                                               jan.kang@lamrc.com
Keith, Alexander                        415/496-5714                    keith@crc.ricoh.com
King, Kelly                                                             kelly.king@wfnia.com
King, Steven             Clovis         209-298-5580    209-278-2132
Kleissner, Charly        Los Gatos      408-358-2182
Kleissner, Lisa          Los Gatos      408-358-2182
Klemperer, Simon         Palo Alto      415-494-8778
Kramar, Christopher      Fremont        415-967-3446    415-926-6861
Kreider, Scott           Sunnyvale      408-737-0983
Kuhns, Cindy             Palo Alto
Kuty, Dave               Felton         408-335-4211                    kuty1@apple.com
La Plant, David          San Mateo      415-375-8486
Lambertson, Roy                                                         roy@actel.com
Lancaster, Deac          Fremont        510-790-3697                    deac@remedy.com
Lawrence, David          Los Gatos      408-866-4265    408-764-2640
Lear, Ray                Mountain View  415-964-8806
Leiker, Richard          Fremont        510-792-4816
Leipper, Kenneth         Oakland
Lester, Teresa           San Jose       408-370-7055
Lingelbach, Ron                                                         lingel@convex.convex.com
Lou, David               Milpitas       408-263-5630                    dlou@svpal.org
Maas, Kelly A.           San Jose       408-279-2054    408-944-2078    maas@idtinc.com
Machnick, J.             Santa Clara    408-248-6750
Machnick, A              Santa Clara    408-248-6750
Macintosh, Chris         Menlo Park     415-325-7841                    chrism@clbooks.com
Magliocco, Cecil         Los Gatos      408-358-1168                    pmag@ix.netcom.com
Magliocco, Paul          Los Gatos      408-358-1168                    pmag@ix.netcom.com
Mahajan, Arun            Santa Clara
Malloy, Betty            Santa Cruz     408-476-4053
Martin, Don              Los Altos                                      maycap@ix.netcom.com
Marvel, Chris            Palo Alto      415-325-2649                    marvelcc@ccmail.pldbio.com
Maxwell, Peter           Sunnyvale      408-737-9770    408-857-7639    peterm@aoraki.dtc.hp.com
Mcdonell, Greg           Los Gatos      408-559-8321
McMartin, Betty          San Jose       408-739-2471    408-943-5684
Mewara, Siddharth        Coral Springs  305/753-8722                    mwwwk93a@prodigy.com
Miller, Ron              Mountain View  415/694-4273                    rmiller@synopsys.com
Miya, Eugene             Mountain View  415-961-6772                    eugene@wilbur.nas.nasa.com
Monteith, Alison                                                        alison.monteith@syntex.com
Moore, Sheila            Sunnyvale
Morrow, Tom              Redwood Shores 415-637-1620
Mountaineer, Pacific     Palo Alto      415-324-9009    415-324-9009
Mountaineering, Western  San Jose       408-984-7611    408-984-7611
Nakata, Leighton         San Francisco  415-824-0973
Narkhede, Atul           Mountain View  415-967-5778    415-390-3303    atul@asd.sgi.com
Navid-Haghighi, Siamak   Redwood City   415-361-8548
Nelson, Peter            Palo Alto      415-321-0929    415-323-5751    jpnels@aol.com
Netzky, Ralph            Redwood City
Neumann, Erik            Woodside       415-851-1514    415-966-0453
Nielsen, Annette A.      Santa Clara    408-296-3295
Nielsen, James           San Jose       408-295-4801
Nielsen, Odila           San Jose       408-295-4801
Novalis, Susann          Pacifica       415-359-1821    415-338-1571
O'Grady, Bob             Mountain View
O'Mahoney, Frank         Palo Alto                                      frank@liffey.com
Olrich, Phyllis          Palo Alto      415-322-0323    415-725-1541    phylliso@forsythe.stanford.edu
Oskoui, Parva                           415/933-4124                    parva@tenaday.corp.sgi.com
Oskoui, Peyma                           415/857-7754                    peyma@hplms26.hpl.hp.com
Oswald, Chris                                                           joswala@aol.com
Oswalt, Ed                                                              oswalt@netcom.com
Ott, Dana                Half Moon Bay  415-726-3456
Ottenberg, Marj          Saratoga       408-867-4576
Pace, John               San Jose       408-998-1942
Pappone, Dan             San Jose
Pearson, Carl            Soquel         408-479-8529                    carlp@mail.santacruz.k12.ca.us
Pease, Caroline          Stanford       415-857-1472
Penn, Jonathan           Los Altos      415-949-4035    408-862-7673
Pilch, Nick              Pacifica       415-355-5883                    nicky@apple.com
Pinson, Gary             San Jose       408-448-6692
Raczek, Ted              San Jose       408-224-1119    408-363-5379
Ramaker, James H.        San Jose       408-224-8553    408-463-4873
Rau, Greg                Castro Valley  510-582-5578                    greg_rau@lccmail.ocf.llnl.com
Rau, Vreni               Castro Valley  510-582-5578
Rawlings, John                                                          cn.jwr@forsythe.stanford.edu
Reid, Bob                Carson City    702-267-1035
Reilly, Dorothea E.      San Francisco  415-585-1380
Remien, Suzanne          Portola Valley 415-851-3456
Ress, David                                                             ress@llnl.gov
Reyne, Ed                Palo Alto
Riley, Robert            San Jose       408-286-6856
Rinaldi, Michael         San Francisco  415-566-6805                    rinaldi@hermes.space.lockheed.com
Rock, Judy               Palo Alto
Rock, Stephen            Palo Alto
Rogers, Tom              Los Altos      415-948-5159
Roper, Steve                            510-547-3407
Rosmarin, Peter          El Cerrito     415-233-5132
Ross, Robin              Los Gatos
Rountree, Tom            San Jose       408-371-5303
Rubinstein, Seth         San Mateo      415-345-2491
Ruesch, Bonnita          San Jose       408-997-8323
Sanders, Sean            Portola Valley 415-851-5810
Savadelis, Jewel                                                        chucksav@aol.com
Schafer, Charles         Los Gatos      408-354-1545    408-324-6003    charles.schafer@octel.com
Schafer, Helen           Los Gatos      408-354-1545    408-324-6003    charles.schafer@octel.com
Schollard, James         Scotts Valley  408-439-0708
Schuman, Aaron           Mountain View  415-968-9184    415-390-1901    schuman@sgi.com
Sefchik, Laura           Yosemite West
Sharp, Jonathan          Saratoga       408-379-5178                    jjsharp@ix.netcom.com
Sharp, Julia             Saratoga       408-379-5178                    jjsharp@ix.netcom.com
Shields, Steve           Mountain View  415-691-1128    415-968-6200
Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Palo Alto      415-390-8411
Simpson, Dick            Palo Alto      415-494-9272
Sinclair, George         Mt. View       415-941-2160                    geosinc@aol.com
Smith, Linda             Palo Alto      415-327-2099    415-327-6608
Sogard, Michael          Atherton       415-368-2775    415-508-4674
Staby, Brian                            408-425-7029    408-984-7611
Stafford, Ray            San Carlos     415-591-9348    415-852-6310
Steidtmann, Howard       Hayward        510-538-5699
Steidtmann, Tobi         Hayward        510-538-5699
Steidtmann, Tyler        Hayward        510-538-5699
Stephens, Joe            Fremont        510-623-9150    510-505-5410    joe_stephens@sj.hp.com
Stickles, Carol          Mariposa       209-742-6840
Stigall, Georgia         Sunnyvale      408-253-4076                    geobaer@aol.com
Storkman, Dixie          Palo Alto      415-493-8959
Storkman, Warren         Palo Alto      415-493-8959
Stover, Richard          Santa Cruz     408-457-1036
Straub, Kenneth          Cupertino      408-255-6123
Strite, Bob              Cupertino      408-732-5195
Suits, Butch             Menlo Park     415-325-4116    408-742-5642
Suzuki, Bob              San Jose       408-259-0772    408-473-2402
Thompson, Nancy          Portola Valley 415-851-8698
Tischler, Dan            San Jose       408-224-4525    408-256-2983
Tsuchihashi, Zenta       Menlo Park     415/363-8290                    zenta@mercator.com
Upham, Gary                                                             ProRIZN@aol.com
Van Gorden, George       Morgan Hill    408-779-2320
Vance, Linda             El Cerrito     510/236-7599                    STLLinda@aol.com
Vassar, Janet            Los Altos      415-949-4485
Vassar, Richard          Los Altos      415-949-4485                    vassar_richard@mm.rdd.lmsc.lockheed.com
Vlasveld, Paul           San Jose       408-247-6472    408-257-7910    vlasveld@siecomp.com
Volterra, Angelica       Palo Alto      415-325-7170
Ward-Dolkas, Paul        Palo Alto      415-324-2015
Waterman, Alan           Stanford       415-326-7593
Waters, Jim                                                             waters@cs.stanford.edu
Weiss, Adrienne          Palo Alto      415/813-9849                    alw@sera.com
Wentz, Roland            Sunnyvale      408-745-1085
Wessel, Alan             Mountain View  408-964-7330                    awessel@scuacc.scu.edu
West, Jeff               Santa Cruz     408-476-4191
Wheaton, Wendy           Oakland        510-655-2263                    wendy.wheaton@ncal.kaiperm.org
Wiedman, Kai             San Mateo      415-347-5234
Wilkinson, John          San Jose       408-947-0858
Wilsey, Tawna            San Jose       408-729-9650    408-894-2376
Wilson, Steve            San Jose       408-268-2602
Wooden, Richard Jr.      Cupertino
Woolbright, Mark         San Jose       408-246-4209    408-749-5904    mark.woolbright@amd.com
Wright, David            Fremont        510-498-1095
Yager, Chris             Santa Clara    408-243-3026    408-243-3027
Yamagata, Pete           Sacramento
Yarborough, Judith       Menlo Park     415-854-9288                    judith.yarborough@forsythe.stanford.edu
Young, Bette             Mountain View  415-968-0795
Young, Ron               Mountain View  415-968-0795
Zenger, Kipp             San Jose       408-265-2011    408/463-2870    zenger@vnet.ibm.com
Zensius, David           San Jose                                       dzensius@netcom.com


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