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Scree for January, 1997

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                   January, 1997   Vol. 31, No. 1
    Deadline for submissions to the next Scree is Sunday 1/26/97.

Next meeting (PCS meetings are the second tuesday of each month)

Date: Tuesday, January 14
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: (new place! 415-329-2506)
          Baylands Nature Interpretive Center,
          2755 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto
Program: Mount Everest

Dr. Mark Cole was one of the "Americans on Everest '95" team . Cole's
support effort took him to 26,000' as part of getting two team members
to the 29,028' summit. Come and enjoy this Expedition slide show!

Bear Box Locations (as of 9/96)

NOTE: We ran a similar Food Locker (Bear Box) list last year, which did not have
several of the boxes listed here. Oddly enough, last year's list had several boxes
not included on the flyer that Mark got, so those locations are marked with question
marks below. Please send updates, additions, and corrections to the Editor, so
the PCS can maintain this as a Web resource, with a copy in the PCS Binder.

Woods Creek
  Lower Paradise Valley (2)
  Middle Paradise Valley (1)
  Upper Paradise Valley (1)
  Woods Creek Crossing/JMT (2)
  ?Arrowhead Lake? (1)
  Rae Lakes (3) [1 lower, 2 middle]

Copper Creek
  Lower Tent Meadow (1)

Bubbs Creek
  Sphinx Creek (2)
  Charlotte Creek (1)
  Lower Junction Meadow (2)
  Vidette Meadow (2)
  9900' Elevation/JMT (1)
  Center Basin Creek/JMT (1)
  East Lake (2)
  East Creek (1)

Tyndall/Crabtree Area
  Tyndall Creek Frog Ponds (1)
  Tyndall Creek/JMT (1)
  Lower Crabtree Meadow (1)
  Crabtree Ranger Station (1)
  Wallace Creek/JMT (1)

Rock Creek
  Lower Rock Creek /PCT (1)
  Lower Rock Creek Lake (1)
  Lower Soldier L/Upper Rock Cr L (1)

Kern Canyon
  Junction Meadow (1)
  Kern Hot Springs (2)
  Upper Funston Meadow (2)
  Lower Funston Meadow (1)

Hockett Plateau
  Hockett Meadow (1)
  ?Hockett Meadow Cable?
  South Fork Meadow (1)
  Hidden Camp (1)
  Rock Camp (2)
  Horse Creek CABLE (1)

Charlotte/Kearsarge Lakes
  Charlotte Lake (1)
  Kearsarge Lakes (3)

Mineral King Area
  Monarch Lake (2)
  Franklin Lake (3)

Little 5 Lakes / Cliff Creek
  Big Arroyo Crossing (1)
  Big Five Lakes (1)
  Little Five Lakes (1)
  Cliff Creek Crossing (1)
  Pinto Lake (1)
  Columbine Lake (1)
  ?Moraine Lake? (1)

Lodgepole Backcountry
  Mehrten Creek Crossing/HST (1)
  9 Mile Creek Crossing/HST (1)
  Bearpaw Meadow (4)
  Upper Hamilton Lake (2)
  Emerald Lake (2)
  Pear Lake (2)
  Clover Creek S Crossing/TLT (1)
  JO Pass Trail/TLT Junction (1)
  Twin Lakes (2)
  Buck Creek Crossing/HST (1)

Sugarloaf Valley/Roaring River
  Ranger Lake (2)
  Seville Lake (2)
  Lost Lake (1)
  Rowell Meadow (1)
  Sugarloaf Meadow (1)
  Roaring River Ranger Station (3)
  Comanche Meadow (1)

 JMT = John Muir Trail
 PCT = Pacific Crest Trail
 HST = High Sierra Trail
 TLT = Twin Lakes Trail

 - Mark Adrian

Of Spirals And "S"s

This is the tale of two trips, primarily told by Peter Maxwell who
climbed with Paul Scheidt and Jeff West over Labor Day 1996. Steve
Eckert's comments are from a trip he did with Craig Clarence and
Don Martin starting 10/5/96, merged to avoid duplication.

The drive up on Friday night was given more interest than
normal due to the fires, the smoke from which was particularly
bad going through Yosemite. At times it was so thick it was like
a heavy fog. Added to that, we had the misfortune to get stuck
behind three different bad drivers: one in a van who was
swerving all over the road, one who was so timid that they
braked on curves while even going uphill, and a Winnebago who
treated a whole line of cars to 25 mph travel in the 45 zone.

Steve adds: Both groups entered at Onion Valley, and went over
Kearsarge and down past Bullfrog. After hitting Bubbs Creek,
you go left for a few minutes, until the valley widens and it looks
like horses have been camping (or trampling!). There are
several use trails crossing the stream on logs in that area.

An alternative title for this trip could also have been
"Sandbagged by Secor", as we discovered two glaring errors and
omissions in his guide. After reaching Vidette Meadow, Secor's
first error soon became apparent. He indicates that the most
challenging aspect of hiking up Vidette Creek is crossing Bubbs
Creek, and he states that most hikers end up fording the creek.
This is BS. After joining the Muir Trail at the junction of the
Bullfrog Lake trail, one continues to where the meadows start.
Very shortly afterwards there is a wide, shallow stream crossing,
and just after this an obvious crossing of the creek presents
itself, where a large log is lying across the creek.

Secor's second error really led us astray. He states that the way up
Vidette Creek is on the east bank, which would have necessitated
crossing this creek as well. As a result, after crossing Bubbs Creek
we continued just on the other side until we reached Vidette Creek.
Since it wasn't easy to cross it at that point we started up on the west
side. Continuing on, it was evident that the west side was, in fact, the
preferable side, and it was beyond our comprehension why anybody
would want to hike up the east side. As if to ram the point home, on our
return we discovered a very pronounced use trail that descended down the
ridge (rather than closer to the creek where we were). This use trail
emerged only a short distance from the original Bubbs Creek crossing!

Finding the trail from the bottom is problematical without prior
knowledge, so to help others I'll add some hints. After the log
crossing, continue east, parallel to the creek. The obvious landmark
to look out for is a small wooden, run-down cabin. Just before this
cabin is a large trunk lying across the path, and the trail starts
straight up the hill from that point. It's impossible to know there's a
trail there, but very shortly up the hill it becomes evident, and is easy
to follow from there all the way up to Vidette Lakes.

Steve adds: Don't start uphill on the south side of Bubbs until
you see that cabin, then go straight up the hill and stay away
from the creek but well below the cliffs. you will find a pretty
clear use trail on the west side of Vidette Creek if you stay on
the shoulder or ramp that provides the easiest walking.

We arrived at the lower lakes around 5:30 pm, and immediately
started arguing as to exactly which lake we were at. Since it was
already late, and the arguing took up even more time, we
decided to stay where we were. This was at the southern end of
the group of lower lakes, at around 10500', and offered excellent
bear bag opportunities at the cliffs of the rock wall at the end of
the basin. Having heard of recent PCS bear encounters, we
heeded the ranger's warning, especially as we saw some bear
droppings (they were old, but proved that bears did occasionally
come up there) and protected our food by suspending it over the
above cliffs. This was the only guaranteed safe way, as all the
trees in the area offered little or no protection.

Steve adds: We camped at the same place, but stuffed most of
the food in a bear canister. It was very warm and clear, with no
bugs AT ALL. Minimum temps of 40 deg at night was a welcome
change from a mid-September trip that had several inches of
snow on the ground in the morning! Craig and I bagged West
Vidette the same afternoon we hiked in, which is a nasty bit of
large scree with a pleasant ridge walk at the top.

Next morning we were away by 7:30 am, to try to be on the peak
for lunch. We'd made a good decision in camping lower, since
the upper lakes are beautiful, but offer no bear protection. We
met a group of hikers, who assured us they hadn't seen any sign
of bears, but after having gone to all the trouble of suspending
our food, we convinced ourselves we'd done the right thing.

There was a lot talus to negotiate, which became quite tiring.
Abundant water was present, so we could tank up and not worry
about having to scrimp at all. We were headed for the so-called
northeast buttress, which leads to the lower northwest summit.
There seems to be no best way to get onto this buttress, but we
definitely chose the worst way! We had in hand a fairly a
detailed description of a route which had been done by someone
else, so we tried to follow this. [The very bottom section is what
looked like slabs/cliffs to us. We though it didn't look good to try to
go straight up from the base, which is why we traversed right.]

Steve adds: The summit of Deerhorn is seen clearly as the left
(slightly higher) peak in Secor's picture. Less clear is the well-
defined shoulder to the left of the true summit, which appears
flat from Bullfrog Lake, and appears humped from the 10800'
lakes in Vidette Creek drainage. The saddle between the peaks is
at the top of the snow chute in Secor's picture, with the what he
calls the "northeast ridge" on the left of the snow and the
"northeast buttress" on the right. This year (in October) the
chute was full of old hard ice.

Our description indicated a traverse to the right, then a climb up
a chute which leads to the main ridge. In hindsight, after an easy
descent, the correct route would be better described by simply
stating to get onto the crest as soon as possible, either by
heading straight up the talus/scree as you look at it from the
approach, or head for where the buttress terminates. We ended
up traversing too far to the right to ascend a long, almost
vertical, vaguely defined chute, putting us on the ridge 1/2 to 2/3
of the way up. Even before getting to the chute we had to cross
over the top edge of a "snow" field whose surface was rock-hard,
slick ice.

Steve adds: There is no good or bad way to reach the base of the
buttress, but straight up the drainage bottom will avoid messing
around with slabs. We went up that way, and came down through the
slabs at the south end of the 10800' lakes. You move from boulders
to easy third class where Secor's picture shows the bottom of the
buttress terminating in a snow field, and stay right on the crest of the
buttress working back and forth to keep it low to mid-range third
class. Peter's group unnecessarily avoided something that looked
bad from a distance but was a piece of cake up close. In the next
paragraph, their group was well to the right of the proper route,
climbing a face instead of the buttress.

This initial traverse proved more than one of us wanted to do, so
only two of us continued. The climb up to the crest of the
buttress was terrible - all the rock was loose, and even large
boulders would give way at a moment's notice, crashing down
onto the ice below, skidding and bouncing quite some time
before eventually coming to rest. At one stage the thought went
through my mind that that would be what I would do if I fell.

It was with a tremendous sense of relief when we crested onto the
ridge top, and from there on up it was easy climbing over a giant
staircase of boulders. This ridge led to the lower summit, however,
which was unacceptable when the other summit was higher, so we
had to traverse over to the saddle between the two. This traverse was
trivial, and we then started our spiral of the peak, scrambled around
the other (west) side of the peak, (the hidden side in secor's photo)
locating a couloir that took us to the southeast ridge

Steve adds: The ridge they crested in the paragraph above was
where they joined the official buttress route! It's much easier to
get on the buttress at its base. Also, forget all about Secor's
advice to traverse starting 100' below the lower northwest
summit - just keep the saddle in view as you get higher, and traverse
DOWN to the saddle once you are about 100' above it. The traverse
is very easy, so don't start too soon or you'll hit some cliffs.
Both groups are now at the saddle between the two summits.

This was where all the airy stuff started. Cresting the ridge, we had a
short downclimb down a notch, at the bottom of which was a tiny
platform on the edge of lots and lots of air. Several hundred feet of
vertical drop greeted us at that point, and we had to traverse about 15
feet on a ledge that was only about 18" wide. Good handholds were
afforded, but this was "hideous exposure" all the same. We were
now back on the side of the peak you can see in Secor's photo.

This ledge was followed by another steep chimney that had to
stepped out of to the right to gain another ledge system which
quickly led to the summit. We found out that we had just joined the
exclusive club of people to summit this peak. The register had been
placed in 1977 and was far from full. Each year from then, the
largest number of parties summitting was five, and some years had
only one. Even though the climb had proven to be very challenging,
some entries indicated it to be "straight forward and enjoyable class
3", suggesting we'd definitely taken a non-standard route. We figured
we may even have made a first ascent! Certainly the loose chute
could have been avoided, and it turns out even the airy traverse could
also, by ascending directly up the face from the saddle between the
two peaks. We couldn't verify this, but Steve's October trip did. This
route, combined with the correct approach to the buttress, makes the
peak a super class 3 climb and highly recommended.

Steve adds: From the main saddle between the twin peaks, the easiest
route is up an "S", going to the south of the minor bump Secor's
picture shows between the twin peaks, and then left through a small
saddle to the north side and turning right to the summit. You can see
the summit block from the main saddle, and if you traverse too far
around the southwest face you will wind up going right past the peak
(we did, before we went back out onto the face and went straight up
to the peak) and get into class four nonsense. The "S" route is easy
class 3, and is the way we came down. Peter's group did a spiral
route, forcing them to climb the ridge on the far side of the true
summit, instead of staying on the ridge between the true summit and
the saddle between the two summits.

Returning back to camp gave no problems, and we arrived around 4
pm. All the nervous energy and the boulder hopping over the talus
had left us fairly tired, but we were still able to prepare a celebration
dinner. Paul produced a huge can of Foster's Bitter, which went
down very nicely. This tasted much better that Foster's Lager, which
is a poor imitation of the version obtainable in Australia. He also
produced a can of whipped cream to decorate the coconut cream
pudding which I made, to be eaten with Ghiradelli chocolates. A
suitable pig-out to close a great day.

Steve adds: After returning from Deerhorn, we had time to move
camp to just below Bullfrog Lake. The next morning we bagged
Bago before packing out, and still reached the cars by mid-
afternoon. Bago is not much to look at from the trail, but it
dominates the drainage(s), and provides wonderful views.

Frost was on the ground for our hike out next morning. The
highlight of this hike was the discovery of the use trail that I
described earlier. I still think Secor is a good book, but in the
light of our misinformation, my literary tendencies prompt me to
adapt "Sing a Song of Sixpence", a well-known nursery rhyme:
  Sing a song of Secor
  A pocket full of rye
  Four and twenty wrong facts
  In his book you buy.
  When the book is opened
  The facts lead you astray
  Now isn't that a tainty dish
  To spoil your time away?

- Peter Maxwell (with notes by Steve Eckert)

Advance Trip Schedule

Contact the Editor and the Scheduler if you have a change to
this list, or if you wish to have your name listed. Leaders, get
your announcements, with trip details and contact information,
to the PCS trip Scheduler for the full trip announcement:

        Jan 11-12       Little Picacho                  SPS
        Jan 12          Mt Sizer - Henry Coe Park       ?
        Feb 19-22       Mt. Tom                         SPS
        Jan 18-19       Pyramid Peak                    Dyal
        Jan 18-20       The Needles (Southern Sierra)   Miya
        Jan 25          Mt Tamalpais                    ?
        Jan 25-26       Round Top                       Van Gorden
        Feb 8           Mt Diablo                       Schuman
        Feb 15-17       Mt Eddy (near Mt Shasta)        Miya
        Feb 15-17       Mt Lassen                       Kramer
        Mar 8           Waddell Creek                   ?
        Mar 15-17       Excelsior & Dunderberg (SPS)    Eckert/Sexton
        Mar 22-23       Ventana Double Cone             ?
        Apr 5-6         Lamont Peak & Pilot Knob        Schuman
        Apr 12-13       Olancha                         SPS
        Apr 18-20       Gilbert & Johnson (SPS)         Eckert/Cohen
        May 3-4         Spanish Needle & Owens          SPS
        May 3-4         Mt. Dana                        SPS
        May 24-26       Birch, Tinemaha                 SPS
        Jun 7-8         Bolton Brown, Thumb             SPS
        Jun 7-8         Wynne, Pinchot, Perkins         SPS
        Jun 21-23       Izaak Walton & Silver (SPS)     Eckert/Hudson
        Jun 21-22       Corcoran, LeConte               SPS
        Jun 21-22       Black, Diamond                  SPS
        Jun 28          Mt. Mills                       SPS
        Aug 9-11        Disappointment, Middle Palisade SPS
        Aug 30-31       Mt. Ruskin                      SPS

Official (PCS) Trips

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.

*** Henry Coe State Park
Peak:   Mt. Sizer (3,216')      class 1
Date:   Jan 12  Sun
Leader: Debbie Benham   home: 415-964-0558
Co-Leader:      Phyllis Olrich  home: 415/322-0323

This is a wonderful loop with expansive vistas from the ridge. Meet
at Henry Coe Park Headquarters, 9am. We'll hike about 15 miles, so
bring lunch and liquid. Carpool point in Palo Alto: Montrose and
Middlefield Rd. & we'll leave promptly at 7:30am. Any questions or
comments, feel free to contact leaders. HEAVY rain cancels.

*** Palmer Picks Pyramid Peak
Peak:   Pyramid Peak (9,983')   class 2 - snow
Topo:   Pyramid Peak 7.5'
Dates:  Jan 18-20       Sat-Mon
Leader: Palmer Dyal     415-941-5321
Co-Leader:      WANTED

This will be a moderately paced 3 mile snowshoe trip to climb a
relatively easy peak in the Desolation Wilderness area southwest of
Lake Tahoe. The elevation gain is about 1000' per mile and we plan
to camp at tree line. We will have time to build snow caves on the
first day and view the marvelous glaciated scenery of the whole
Tahoe basin from the peak on the second day. There will be a
choice of returning on Sunday or Monday depending on the weather,
etc. This will be a good trip for beginning climbers.

*** Marin Headlands
Peak:   Mt. Tamalpais, East Peak (2,571'')      class 1
Date:   Jan 25  Sat
Leader: Debbie Benham   home: 415-964-0558
Co-Leader:      Patty Haight

We'll start from the Muir Woods trailhead (plenty of parking),
saunter around, up and down, summit East Peak (the highest of
the three peaks of Mt. Tam), then loop back to where we
started. Expect about 15 miles this day and a break for lunch.
Carpool point in Palo Alto: Montrose and Middlefield Rd.,
leaving promptly at 7:30am. If you're not carpooling, meet at
9am in front of the Muir Woods Visitor Center. Any questions,
please contact Debbie.

*** Lassen Is Largest
Peak:   Mt Lassen (10,457')     class 2 - snow
Topo:   Lassen Peak 7.5'
Dates:  Feb 15-17       Sat-Mon
Leader: Palmer Dyal     415-941-5321
Co-Leader:      Chris Kramer

This will be an 8 mile snowshoe trip to climb the world's largest
dome volcano. Lassen last erupted in 1915; only Mt St Helens
is more recent. The elevation gain is moderate and we plan to
camp at tree line. There will be time to build snow caves on the
first day and view the colorful sunset if weather permits. On the
second day we will climb the peak and return via Bumpass Hell
to see the blue and green hot pools. If the going is easy we can
return on Sunday or if not on Monday. This will be a good trip
for beginning climbers.

Unofficial (Private) Trips

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.

*** Mt. Lassen in Winter
Peak:   Mt. Lassen (10,000 feet)        class 3
Dates:  Jan. 11-12      Sat-Sun
Contact:        Eugene Miya     415-961-6772

Skis or snowshoes. Prior winter experience required. A simple winter
ascent by the standard route. Skiing should be considered advanced or
class 3 subject to weather and avalanche hazard. Party size will be
limited. Cross-listed with the STS. Call before Dec. 21 or after Jan. 5.

*** Southern Sierra Rock Climbing
Peak:   Needles (Southern Sierra: 5-8000')      class 5
Dates:  Jan. 18-20      Sat-Mon
Contact:        Eugene Miya     415-961-6772

Skis and prior winter experience required. The rock climbing potential on
this trip could be as high as 5.8. Depending on the weather, this could be
an exploratory skiing recon, climbing on rock, or a combination of both.
Party size will be limited to four. Cross-listed with the Ski Touring Section.
Call before Dec. 21 or after Jan. 5.

*** Mt. Eddy in Winter
Peak:   Mt. Eddy (9000')        class ?
Dates:  Feb. 15-17      Sat-Mon
Contact:        Eugene Miya     415-961-6772

Mt. Eddy is the peak across Interstate 5 from Mt. Shasta. The summit is
just above treeline, and the owner of the Fifth Season notes that in a good
year, it is possible to ski into the town of Mt. Shasta from Eddy's summit.
The intent is to ski the bowls and surrounding cirques. Prior winter
experience required. Skiing should be considered advanced and subject
to weather and avalanche hazard. Max. party size will be eight. Cross-
listed with the STS. Call before Dec. 21 or after Jan. 5.

*** Round Top
Peak:   Roundtop (10,600')      snow/class 2
Dates:  Jan 25-26       Sat-Sun
Trailhead:      Carson Pass
Contact:        George Van Gorden

We will meet in the late morning at Carson Pass. After a very short walk,
we will make our camp. That afternoon we will do some skiing or
snowshoeing on the north side of the highway. Sunday morning we will
climb to the saddle to the west of the Roundtop. The terrain is easy for
snowshoers and skiers alike. From the saddle we will climb the last two
or three hundred feet using ice axes and crampons. For those who don't
wish to go any farther the views from the saddle are great, and the skiing
back to Lake Winnemucca is mighty fine.

*** Packing It In
Peak:   Excelsior (12446'), Dunderberg (12374') snow
Dates:  Mar 15-17       Sat-Mon
Leader: Steve Eckert    eckert@netcom or SASE
Co-Leader:      Tom Sexton

ex.cel.si.or \ik-'sel-se--*r\ n [fr. L, higher, compar. of excelsus
high, fr. pp. of excel]lere : fine curled wood shavings used esp.
for packing fragile items [Originally a trade name]

Snowshoes and ice axe required for this climb. Great views are
promised, and great glissading is hoped for. At least the snow will
keep it from being a scree slog! Bad weather delays by one week.
We'll try to finish in 2 days, with a third day just in case. Restricted to
Sierra Club members. Send email or SASE with experience to
leader. Official SPS trip with Angeles Chapter.

Rocky Mountain Highs!

Colorado solos by Rich Calliger, August 1st - 8th, 1996.

Grays 14,270 and Torreys 14,267

Class 1-2, SE approach- Navigation was a little bit of a problem as
REI & everyone I checked were out of topos-(bring your own before
hand)-- but these two were easy ridge walks of less than 2800' total
gain and 9 miles (from my high camp) with smallish summits but
excellent panoramic views (if I got the correct 14'ers!) A nearby
lower peak had an observation (?) hut on it that looked geodesic and
interesting... but I did not go over to check it out.

3-4 open & ominously deep mineshafts (vertical, with no covers,
rails or warning signs, but spooky dripping water- (especially at
night) ) livened up the approach walks a little. Seriously, at the lower
elevations around 10000-11000 between the peaks, in several areas I
went exploring in on the approach- there were numerous meadows
w/tall, dense-ish blooming wild flowers which grew right to the edge
of these mineshafts. This presented a real hazard as the shaft
entrance appeared quickly out of "nowhere!" (Jeep and other trails
were mostly non-existent in my approach. If I do again, I might take
one of the more beaten own goat paths on the W-SW side from
Loveland Pass and hike the Continental Divide trail... (Starts at
11400+ from HWY 6 just off I-70) but it was too populated for me..
so I drove around other side to make high camp and make my own
(minimum impact) TH. (since it was legal ya know!!! :-) )--- it is
about a 40 mile drive to get around.. but well worth it.

Best guide book I have seen is "Colorado's Fourteeners From Hikes
To Climbs," By Gary Roach. He defends the "foot" over the "meter",
BTW, with a very simple but in my opinion, powerful statement
which he is serious about: "There would be no 14'ers if we switched
to the metric system." Ever climb a 4,267'er????

BTW- at this time in August at this elevation it was mid-spring
season/weather here as everyone probably knows, and there were
numerous meadows of reds, whites, blues, oranges, whites and
innumerable species of other exquisite flowers in full bloom that seemed
to go on forever and seemed to cover hundreds of acres-- but looked like
thousands-- in several of the large meadows I came across-- they will
leave a lasting impression to say the least- it was so inviting to lie down in
and rest---yup... so I did--:-), and had a great nap on the way back down!

Mt Evans 14,264 and Pike's Peak 14,110

Class "0" ??- are both drive-up 14'ers. It is stated on my map that Evan's is
the "Highest Paved Road in the United States" (lower 48 ??) Unlike the
Pike's Peak drive (which is "sealed" dirt most of the way) Evans did not
cost $5 in toll fee to get to the top- and Evans' road is much better
maintained. The views from both were gorgeous and spectacular beyond
belief.. I have been told that the Colorado ranges are noted for having the
highest concentration of 14'ers in the smallest area and it sure seemed like
it as I tried to identify various peaks from the guidebooks. The Pike's Peak
drive was more enjoyable as it was about 5 miles longer than Evans, but
Evans is 13' (so what?) higher and has more areas to explore.. Pike's Peak
is located west of Colorado Springs and Mt Evans is west of Denver. Each
drive was on the order of an 2-2.5 hrs depending on # of stops. Both roads
do offer some pretty good "exposure" with no guard rails or lighting. One
last factoid- I had forgotten, but "America The Beautiful" was written on
the top of Pike's. BELIEVE IT!! You can see both oceans (oh well... gotta
get around the horizon though!! just a little stretch here- sorry.)

Bierstadt 14,060

Class 1-2: at Evans' approximate 10500 level is located a parking
area which serves to my understanding as a TH for Bierstadt,
westerly ~5-6 trail miles. I moved out of peak-bagging mode as I put
a little more time into the search (see below) effort than I realized or
maybe even should have, plus the approach walk was more than
satisfying as again I encountered numerous fields and high meadows
of flowers between stands of forest. Snow fields were smallish sized
on almost all peaks. As I gained elevation the views were even more
spectacular, again the quantity, density and close proximity of peaks
amazed and almost overwhelmed me in their beauty. I reached
13500 in about 3.5 hrs over indistinct trails, but easy route finding,
and no bushwhacking. I sat on a prominent ledge for about an hour
scanning the area with binoculars for the search effort but to no avail.
(I went AROUND the dense willows and growth!)

A mid-sized search and rescue was underway at this time in this
area, for a 16 year old female had "wandered" off. I counted at least 8
S & R vehicles plus a CP w/ generator set up. A helicopter was
standing by but in discussions with the pilot he said it was too windy
aloft to go up. After getting a description of the missing person I set
off on my climb/jog.. Upon returning down I circled a mile or so but
ran (there's a pun!) across no one... Subsequent conversation at day's
end revealed that she had had a fight with her boyfriend, dumped her
pack off a cliff, and went home. Oh well! I suggested that they send
her and her parents the S & R bill. A serious laugh from the pilot
resulted as I told him I thought it was being considered in California.

Longs 14,255

Class 3 after Keyhole-(13100') I only partially succumbed to the
Rangers advice of being on the trail head at 3AM and "slept in" till
4:30 and arrived at the TH @ 5AM ready to go w/ a 5-LB backpack,
parka & gloves, shorts and running shoes. I jogged most of the way
up and reached the keyhole at about 7:15 AM for a gain of about
3500' in 7 miles and ~2+ hrs... I was quite pleased with it all-- the
gentle switch backs and tundra presented a very pleasant run.
However, I was past most of the Ledges at about 7:30AM and would
have probably sumitted before 8:30 AM(!) but my vertigo-
ish/agoraphobia took over and I had to return to the keyhole very
nauseous. If anyone can help me or give advice on this--it has been
getting serious/ worse the last year--I never had this problem before.

After one more failed attempt to get past the ledges, with my
vertigoishness kicking in worse now, I returned down a few hundred
feet and traversed south with the objective of achieving the SE-NW
ridge from Meeker to Longs. So for about another 1.25 miles I
boulder-hopped and scree-scrambled to the south-south-west just
under the Northern face. There were two short Class 3- ledges and I
obtained the southeastern ridgeline at 13,700 for another summit
attempt with no exposure. However I did walk out onto a cornice-
like stone overhang that I did not realize was one until I saw in front
of me a square vertical hole running the thickness of the overhang
(about 2') with a spectacular TV set like view 2500'++straight down.
Continuing on, a vertical wall & slabs blocked the way at 13,900 so
this route proved just to be good exercise & I had a short but
exhilarating 500' glissade down one of the remaining ice/snow packs
on the peak. I returned down to 12500 and then back up to the
keyhole. After a leisurely brunch there talking to some of the many
people on the trail, I completed my return run/jog back to the TH,
arriving @ about 2 PM. Clouds had started accumulating about 1PM
and we had scattered light but pleasant showers at high camp that
evening with light 5 MPH wind gusts.

- Rich Calliger

Notes and Requests

*** Our Clubhouse Burned Down

On page 1 of the peninsula section of [the] SJ Mercury News
(12/22/96), there is a story and a photograph of the Pacific
Mountaineer wrecked by fire. It looks like the devastation is

The fire originated next door in the frame shop, which was also
totaled. The bagel bakery was also damaged. 43 firefighters
were needed to stop the blaze from spreading further.

We need to revise our meeting schedule for 1997. Does anybody
know of a good north county site, or should we all plan on more trips
to our other meeting location, Western Mountaineering, in San Jose?

The Pacific Mountaineer has been generous towards the PCS for
years, letting us use their space for meetings. If they are able to
reopen their business, we should return the favor by supporting
them with our shopping.

- Aaron Schuman

*** List Finishers Unite!

I am not content to commute on weekends to the Sierra to bag a
few peaks, so starting June first (approximately), I intend to
relocate to the Sierra to complete a long time goal, the SPS list
of some 235 peaks. I am looking for (a) partner(s) interested in
all/part of this project. I have done 100 of the more difficult ones
already. Please realize, I am in terrible shape so the pace will be
slow initially. Call or fax 415-674-8508.

- Steve Brewer

*** Key & Ski

A friend of mine and I, who are both experienced back country
skiers and mountaineers, are planning a trans-Sierra telemark
trip. We are planning on leaving from Mammoth around March
20, 1997, going over Donohue Pass to Tuolomene Meadows,
and after some day tripping in the Tuolomene area, going down
to Yosemite Valley by either the Sunrise or Snow Creek trails.
We plan to leave the area around March 29. As you are certainly
aware, transport back and forth across the Sierras in winter is
extremely difficult. Therefore, we are trying to hook up with
some people who might be interested in doing a trans-Sierra in
the opposite direction around the same time, and swapping car
keys with them in the middle, so that both parties could return to
a common starting point with a minimum of hassle. Since my
friend and I will be flying out to California from the east coast
for the occasion, right now, we can be flexible as to where we
would fly to in order to begin and end our trip. If you have any
other suggestions for us concerning the organization of our trip, I
would be grateful to receive them. Write to 655 West Baltimore
St., Room 4-002, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-706-0413.

- Prof. Douglas Frost 

Being a veteran of leading 10 Trans-Sierra Group Backpacks
(summer) for the Sierra Club, swapping keys in the middle is
quite risky. The odds are quite good that you'll never actually
meet your other half; 30% of the time is my experience; winter
would probably be even higher. It is much better (reliable) to
give your car to the other half at the beginning of the trip with
specific instructions on precisely where to leave your car at
YOUR intended final destination. They do this with a SPARE
key with specific instructions also for what to do with it as they
embark on THEIR trek, from putting it someplace in the trunk,
to sending it to you in the mail, to handing it to you in person IF,
with some luck, you met up as planed. With YOUR car waiting
for you in a known location and YOUR regular key safely in
your pack, no matter what calamity or change of plans may
infect THEM, YOUR plans are in-the-bag.

- Dave Bybee <103275.155@CompuServe.COM>

*** Third Class (how far down?) vs. Terminal Velocity

Terminal velocity takes 10-15 seconds to reach and will involve
a longer fall than just about any taken during climbing (> 1000').
Controlled flying is around 120 MPH. Dives can exceed 150,
and one can go as slow are about 100. Freefall *is* a strange
and enjoyable feeling, and everyone ought to try it at least once.
As another poster has pointed out, anything over about 50' into a
solid surface with no intermediate deceleration is likely to be
fatal. US Government safety information from 1980 I have says
any unexpected fall of 20' onto a hard, unyielding surface (they
give the example of falling off a 2nd story roof onto a driveway)
is 50% likely to cause fatal injuries.

- Dave Rotheroe 

*** Himalayan Explorers Club

The Himalayan Explorers Club homepage is at:
We have a newsletter, trip reports, website, and our clubhouse in
Kathmandu keeps tabs on the many trekking and guide services.
While in Kathmandu, you can stop by the clubhouse to use the
telephone or email, pick up your snail or emails, store baggage, or
just relax and have a cup of tea. We also assist the local people of the
region through a home-stay program, sales of local handicrafts, and a
volunteer service placement program. If you email me your snail
mail (postal) address, I will send you a copy of the "Himalayan
Explorer," our club newsletter as well as information about how to
join. Best wishes!

- Regis L. Chapman 

*** Radiosonde to Sender

Last weekend while hiking through the local desert, we came upon a
weathered weather balloon. Nearby was a shoe-boxed sized
styrofoam package which contained a battery and an electronic
circuit board. Upon further inspection, we unraveled a "return to
sender" envelope for the electronic components. The plastic envelope
requested where the device was found as well as my name and
address. So, I've mailed (postage paid) this back to NOAA in Kansas
City. Apparently, they're interested in flight and wind patterns. If you
should come across anything like this while out hiking, you should
consider sending it in as well as cleaning up the "trash". The
envelope is buried in a small pocket within the styrofoam package,
so you may have to explore to find it.

- Mark Adrian 

+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
+ Nothing in life is to be feared.+
+ It is only to be understood.    +
+       -- Marie Curie            +
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +

1997 PCS Member Roster (send corrections to the PCS Treasurer)

NOTE: You will need to adjust your tab stops for this to look good!
      (there is one tab between each of the five fields)

last,first name city of residence       home phone #    work phone #    email@domain

Adler, David    Soquel  408-464-1172    408-259-0760
Anderson, Bart  Palo Alto       415-321-9769    408-447-1962    bea@cup.hp.com
Armendariz, Enedina     San Jose        408-923-3991    408-265-5691
Baenen, Patt    Cupertino       415-494-3022    408-882-0300    pattb27@aol.com
Baltierra, John Stanford        415-494-0517    415-725-2597    cn.jab@forsythe.stanford.edu
Barnes, George  Palo Alto       415-494-8895    ?work phone?    barnes@prusik.com
Baugher, Larry  Sunnyvale       408-746-0719    415-852-5393    cbaugher@fuhsd.org
Belrichard, Christel    San Jose        408-295-3048    ?work phone?    xtel@ix.netcom.com
Benham, Deborah Mountain View   415-964-0558    415-298-2009    dmbenham@aol.com
Berenjfoorosh, Hossein  Santa Clara     ?home phone?    ?work phone?
Bergero, Richard&Yvonne San Carlos      415-782-1500    ?work phone?
Blockus, Dave   Cupertino       408-973-9347    ?work phone?
Boner, Liz      Berkeley        510-704-8587    510-549-8820    lboner@thecity.sfsu.edu
Booth, Richard & Dee    Los Gatos       408-354-7291    408-451-2451    dee@prospectsw.com
Boyle, Brian    Cupertino       408-973-0640    ?work phone?
Brewer, Steve   San Francisco   415-674-8508    ?work phone?
Brown, Shirley  San Jose        ?home phone?    ?work phone?
Bulger, Debbie  Santa Cruz      408-457-1036    ?work phone?
Bumham, Dan     San Jose        408-238-7584    510-572-5545    dan.dumham@lamrc.com
Burrows, Philip Stanford        415-497-0177    ?work phone?
Caldwell, David Sunnyvale       408-746-0526    ?work phone?    davcal@ix.netcom.com
Calhoun, Craig  Danville        510-736-5097    ?work phone?
Calliger, Rich  Fremont 510-651-1876    510-659-7546    calliger @infolane.com
Chackerian, Chuck       Los Altos       ?home phone?    ?work phone?    chack@hires.arc.nasa.gov
Clarence, Craig San Francisco   415-695-1741    ?work phone?
Cline, Terry    Palo Alto       415-424-9015    408-343-1639    terry.cline@eng.sum.com
Clyman, Jeffrey San Jose        ?home phone?    ?work phone?
Cobb, Jo Ann & Dan      Belmont 415-631-9303    ?work phone?
Cooney, Mark    Sunnyvale       408-739-5940    408-435-6313
Crawley, Roger  Menlo Park      415-321-8602    ?work phone?
Crumley, Carrie San Jose        ?home phone?    ?work phone?    calicoc@aol.com
Cruz, Tony      Cupertino       408-446-4090    408-944-2003    cruz@idt.com
Daskal, Neal    Oakland 510-268-4007    ?work phone?
Davids, Peter   San Francisco   415-386-5483    ?work phone?
Davison, Pete   San Francisco   415-731-5139    408-765-5205
Deidrick, Craig A.      San Jose        ?home phone?    ?work phone?
Derouin, Tim    Palo Alto       415-857-0503    415-306-1420    tderouin@alink.com
Desai, Dinesh & Joy     Los Altos       415-969-2695    ?work phone?
Donner, Bill    Berkeley        510-644-1253    ?work phone?
Dorer, Dave     Brookline       617-232-9133    617-232-0624
Duffy, Arthur   Martinez        510-286-4856    ?work phone?
Dyal, Palmer    Los Altos Hills 415-941-5321    ?work phone?
Eckert, Steven R.       Belmont 415-508-0500    415-508-0500    eckert@netcom.com
Erskine, David  Mountain View   415-964-4227    ?work phone?
Evans, Robert   San Jose        408-998-2857    408-998-2857    zenger@vnet.ibm.com
Faden, Mike     San Francisco   ?home phone?    ?work phone?
Farber, Gennady Palo Alto       415-852-9617    ?work phone?
Feldman, Carlos Menlo Park      415-325-8116    ?work phone?
Fisher, Jeff    Redwood City    415-364-5065    415-462-9204    han1cannae@aol.com
Fisher, Kevin   Palo Alto       415-321-6210    ?work phone?    kfisher@qntm.com
Fitzsimmons, Nancy      Milpitas        408-957-9683    ?work phone?
Fleming, Ginny  Menlo Park      415-324-9160    ?work phone?
Flinn, John & Jeri      Mountain View   415-968-2050    415-777-8705    jnflinn@aol.com
Ford, Noreen    San Bruno       415-794-9530    ?work phone?
Fort, Marian    Menlo Park      ?home phone?    ?work phone?
Freund, Vivien  San Francisco   415-824-4247    ?work phone?
Fuller, Minx    Stanford        ?home phone?    ?work phone?
Gaillard, Anouchka      Sunnyvale       408-737-9770    408-447-5363    anouchka@cup.hp.com
Geller, Loren   Hillsborough    415-340-8196    415-809-2015    loren@vibes.com
Gibson, Stuart  Los Gatos       408-356-5570    ?work phone?
Goehring, Dwight        Marina  408-384-1248    ?work phone?    goehring@ix.netcom.com
Gotla, Peter    Los Altos       ?home phone?    ?work phone?
Gray, Michael   Sunnyvale       408-746-2960    ?work phone?    roquentin@aol.com
Gross, Bob      Santa Clara     408-241-6149    ?work phone?    75013.1420@compuserve.com
Grossman, Aaron Mountain View   415-969-4031    415-694-2154    aaron_grossman@hp.com
Haight, Patricia        San Francisco   415-956-0745    ?work phone?
Harris, David   Stanford        415-497-5571    415-725-8811    harrisd@leland.stanford.edu
Harris, Michael E.      Phoenix 602-877-1468    602-925-7505
Harvey, Liz     Concord 510-671-9950    ?work phone?    lizharv@aol.com
Hastings, Al    Palo Alto       415-493-6084    ?work phone?    alclimber@msn.com
Hauke, Jerome   Douglas City    ?home phone?    ?work phone?
Hauser, Bill    San Jose        408-243-4566    ?work phone?
Haxo, Bob       Palo Alto       ?home phone?    ?work phone?    rshaxo@netcom.com
Hayden, Mike    Saratoga Ave.   408-253-4975    415-969-9112    hayden@aimnet.com
Healy, Brian    Mountain View   415-968-6234    ?work phone?
Heckbert, Al    San Jose        408-293-8549    ?work phone?
Hempstead, Marjorie     Mountain View   415-961-0456    408-565-7840    hempsted@nt.com
Henzel, Bill & Bonnie   San Mateo       415-349-3062    415-225-1243    henzel.bill@gene.com
Hester, Larry   Saratoga        408-867-3669    ?work phone?    lhester@fmi.fujitsu.com
Higgins, Barry  Mountain View   ?home phone?    ?work phone?
Hiipakka, Dennis        Hilmar  209-667-1723    ?work phone?
Hilary & Hayley, Gans   Palo Alto       415-494-7810    ?work phone?
Hinshaw, Michael        Sonora  209-532-4066    ?work phone?
Horvath, Alex   ?city?  408-379-2732    ?work phone?    alexh@netgate.com
Hough, David    San Jose        408-997-7763    ?work phone?    dgh@validgh.com
Houska, Cathryn San Jose        408-297-8982    ?work phone?
Howell, Gelston Saratoga        408-867-3544    ?work phone?
Hu, Allan       San Jose        408-268-0430    ?work phone?    ahu@msm.mea.com
Hudkins, Bruce  Clayton 510-672-8681    ?work phone?    EAGLE5@ix.netcom.com
Hult, Tim       Santa Clara     408-970-0760    408-543-3135    tim.HULT@lmco.com
Ingvoldstad, John & Kate        Volcano 209-296-8483    ?work phone?
Isherwood, Bill & Dana  Orinda  510-254-0739    510-423-5058    isherwood2@llnl.gov
Jakubouski, Diane C.    San Francisco   ?home phone?    415-989-1915
Johnson, David  San Jose        408-274-3718    ?work phone?
Johnson, Fred   Menlo Park      415-329-4344    ?work phone?
Johnson, Mike   Mammoth Lakes   619-934-8516    ?work phone?
Jones, Jeff & deDee     Cool    916-889-8478    ?work phone?
Julie, Mani     San Jose        408-269-4016    ?work phone?
Kerr, Christine Oakland ?home phone?    ?work phone?
King, Steven    Clovis  209-298-5580    209-278-2132    steven_king@csufresno.edu
Kirkpatrick, Bill       San Jose        408-293-2447    408-279-3450    3780631@mcimail.com
Klemperer, Simon        Palo Alto       415-494-8778    ?work phone?
Kramar, Christopher     Fremont 415-967-3446    415-926-6861
Kreider, Scott  Sunnyvale       408-737-0983    415-933-4417    kreider@mti.sgi.com
Kutscha, Timothy        San Jose        408-379-7339    408-447-1486    tkutscha@cup.hp.com
Kuty, Dave      Felton  408-335-4211    ?work phone?    kuty1@apple.com
La Plant, David San Mateo       415-375-8486    ?work phone?
Lancaster, Deac Fremont 510-790-3697    ?work phone?    deac@remedy.com
Larsen, Wade    El Portal       209-379-2107    ?work phone?
Leiker, Richard Fremont 510-792-4816    408-453-4253    leiker@san-jose.ste.slb.com
Leipper, Kenneth        Oakland 510-658-1670    ?work phone?
Lingelbach, Ron San Jose        408-253-8036    408-453-5700    lingel@convex.com
Littlefield, Doug       Livermore       510-449-8549    ?work phone?
Lou, David      Milpitas        408-263-5630    ?work phone?    dlou@svpal.org
Maas, Kelly A.  San Jose        408-279-2054    408-944-2078    maas@idt.com
Machnick, J. & A. Kristin       Santa Cruz      408-479-8719    408-984-3261    mach3@ix.netcom.com
Macintosh, Chris        Menlo Park      415-325-7841    ?work phone?    chrism@clbooks.com
Magliocco, Cecil        Los Gatos       408-358-1168    ?work phone?    cecilm@ix.netcom.com
Mahajan, Arun   Santa Clara     408-244-7912    408-473-8029    arun@sentientnet.com
Marcia, Miller  Soquel  408-476-4044    ?work phone?
Marj Ottenberg, Bob Wallace     Saratoga        408-867-4576    408-867-4576
Mark, Conover   Cupertino       ?home phone?    ?work phone?
Marolf, Chris   Palo Alto       415-377-1787    415-326-9462
Martin, Don     Los Altos       ?home phone?    ?work phone?    maycap@ix.netcom.com
Marvel, Chris   Palo Alto       415-325-2649    ?work phone?    marvelcc@ccmail.pldbio.com
Maxwell, Peter  Sunnyvale       408-737-9770    415-857-7639    peterm@aoraki.dtc.hp.com
McDonell, Greg  Los Gatos       408-559-8321    408-281-3400
McGee, James    Santa Clara     408-980-1848    ?work phone?
McMartin, Betty San Jose        408-739-2471    408-943-5684
Miya, Eugene    Mountain View   415-961-6772    ?work phone?    eugene@ames.arc.nasa.com
Morrow, Tom     Redwood Shores  415-637-1620    ?work phone?
Mountaineer, Pacific    Palo Alto       415-324-9009    415-324-9009
Mountaineering, Western San Jose        408-984-7611    408-984-7611
Nabi, Joy       Los Altos       415-964-4695    ?work phone?
Narkhede, Atul  Mountain View   415-967-5778    415-390-3303    atul@asd.sgi.com
Navid-Haghighi, Siamak   Redwood City   415-361-8548    ?work phone?
Nelson, Peter   Palo Alto       415-321-0929    415-323-5751    jpnels@aol.com
Netzky, Ralph   Redwood City    ?home phone?    ?work phone?
O'Brien, Michael        San Francisco   415-776-2856    ?work phone?    anvanho@aol.com
O'Mahoney, Frank        Palo Alto       ?home phone?    ?work phone?    frank@liffey.com
Olrich, Phyllis Palo Alto       415-322-0323    415-725-1541    phylliso@forsythe.stanford.edu
Ostler, Paul    Scotts Valley   408-438-1440    408-431-5896    postler@interbase.borland.com
Ott, Dana       Moss Beach      415-728-2210    415-728-2211
Owen, Saxton    Mountain View   415-966-1775    ?work phone?
Pearson, Carl   Soquel  408-479-8529    ?work phone?    carlp@mail.santacruz.k12.ca.us
Pilch, Nick     Pacifica        415-355-5883    408-974-6202    nicky@apple.com
Raczek, Ted     San Jose        408-224-1119    408-363-5379    raczek_t@a1.wdc.com
Raines, Dick    Menlo Park      415-322-7470    ?work phone?
Ramaker, James H.       San Jose        408-224-8553    408-463-4873    ramaker@vnet.ibm.com
Rau, Greg & Vreni       Castro Valley   510-582-5578    ?work phone?    rau4@llnl.gov
Reily, Dot      San Francisco   415-585-1380    ?work phone?    der@gene.com
Remien, Suzanne Portola Valley  415-851-3456    ?work phone?
Reyna, Ed       Palo Alto       ?home phone?    ?work phone?
Rinaldi, Michael        San Francisco   415-564-9830    415-424-3290    rinaldi@hermes.space.lockheed.com
Rogers, Tom     Los Altos       415-948-5159    ?work phone?
Roper, Steve    ?city?  510-547-3407    ?work phone?
Rosmarin, Peter El Cerrito      415-233-5132    ?work phone?
Ross, Doug      Capitola        408-462-9855    ?work phone?    dugros@got.net
Ross, Robin     Los Gatos       ?home phone?    ?work phone?
Rountree, Tom   San Jose        408-371-5303    408-321-5782
Schafer, Charles & Helen        Los Gatos       408-354-1545    408-324-6003    charles.schafer@octel.com
Schollard, James        Novato  415-892-9033    510-256-8898
Schuman, Aaron  Mountain View   415-968-9184    415-933-1901    schuman@sgi.com
Sharp, Jonathan &Julia  Saratoga        408-379-5178    ?work phone?    jjsharp@ix.netcom.com
Shields, Steve  Mountain View   415-691-1128    415-968-6200
Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter                        415-390-8411
Simpson, Dick   Palo Alto       415-494-9272    ?work phone?
Sinclair, George        Mt. View        415-941-2160    ?work phone?    geosinc@aol.com
Smith, Linda    Palo Alto       415-327-2099    415-327-6608
Sogard, Michael Atherton        415-368-2775    415-508-4674    msogard@nikon.com
Staby, Brian    ?city?  408-425-7029    408-984-7611
Stafford, Ray   San Carlos      415-591-9348    415-852-6310
Stan, Thrift    San Jose        ?home phone?    ?work phone?
Steinbach, Greg San Diego       619-271-9104    619-543-5250    gsteinbach@ucsd.edu
Stephens, Joe   Fremont 510-623-9150    510-505-5410    joe_stephens@sj.hp.com
Stigall, Georgia        Sunnyvale       408-253-4076    ?work phone?    geobaer@aol.com
Storkman, Warren & Dixie        Palo Alto       415-493-8959    ?work phone?    DStorkman@aol.com
Stover, Richard Santa Cruz      408-457-1036    ?work phone?
Stuckey, Mike   Homewood        916-525-0452    408-920-5961    mstuckey@aol.com
Suits, Butch    Menlo Park      415-325-4116    408-742-5642    butch.suits@lmco.com
Sullivan, Judy  Burlingame      415-348-3455    ?work phone?
Suzuki, Bob     San Jose        408-259-0772    408-473-2402
Thompson, Nancy Portola Valley  ?home phone?    ?work phone?
Tran, Tuan Anh  ?city?  ?home phone?    ?work phone?    tuan@spicey.asd.sgi.com
Triest, Kathie  Berkeley        510-525-8298    415-391-6182
Van Gorden, George C.   Morgan Hill     408-779-2320    ?work phone?
Vassar, Janet & Richard Los Altos       415-949-4485    ?work phone?    vassar_richard@mm.rdd.lmsc.lockheed.com
Verrow, Rick & Helena   Los Gatos       408-353-8841    ?work phone?    rangerrv@ix.netcom.com
Vilaro, Jorge   Menlo Park      415-326-8167    ?work phone?
Vlasveld, Paul  San Jose        408-247-6472    408-257-7910    vlasveld@siecomp.com
Waterman, Alan  Stanford        415-326-7593    ?work phone?    waterman@nova.stanford.edu
Wentz, Roland   Sunnyvale       408-745-1085    ?work phone?
West, Jeff      Santa Cruz      408-476-4191    ?work phone?
Wheaton, Wendy  Oakland 510-655-2263    ?work phone?    wendy.wheaton@ncal.kaiperm.org
Wiedman, Kai    San Mateo       415-347-5234    ?work phone?
Wilkie, Sam     Los Altos       415-941-1794    ?work phone?
Wilkinson, John San Jose        408-947-0858    ?work phone?
Wilsey, Tawna   San Jose        408-729-9650    408-894-2376
Wood, Steve     Belmont ?home phone?    ?work phone?
Woolbright, Mark        San Jose        408-246-4209    408-749-5904    mark.woolbright@amd.com
Yager, Chris    Santa Clara     408-243-3026    408-243-3027
Yahuda, Ben David       Oakland ?home phone?    ?work phone?
Yamagata, Pete  Sacramento      916-444-6319    ?work phone?
Yarborough, Judith      Menlo Park      415-854-9288    ?work phone?    judith.yarborough@forsythe.stanford.edu
Yum, Sunny      San Jose        408-265-5852    408-255-4567    syum@cs.ucr.edu
Zenger, Kipp    San Jose        408-265-2011    408-463-2870    zenger@vnet.ibm.com
Zensius, David  San Jose        ?home phone?    ?work phone?    dzensius@netcom.com
Ziebarth, Mark N.       Morgan Hill     408-779-9081    ?work phone?

Angeles Chapter Hot Spring Emblem Information

THE NEED: Cleanliness is next to Godliness, and in the
wilderness it is next to impossible.

PURPOSE: To encourage cleanliness in the wilderness and to
lower our impact on others when we first return from the

LIMITS OF CLEANLINESS: Anyone introducing soap of any
kind into a hot spring shall be EXPELLED!!!

CREED: There is nothing quite like the power of hot water
welling up out of the earth to make you truly appreciate the
delightful person beside you.

HOT SPRING PATCH: As evidence of one's commitment to
the attainment of Emblem Status, the Hot Spring patch is
available. To qualify, one must submit evidence of having
accumulated 10 points by sinking one's bod in the listed spring
(each spring counts only once) and computed by the schedule &
list below, together with $3 and a SASE (size 10 self-addressed
stamped envelope) to the Keeper of The List. Membership in the
Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club, is NOT required to obtain
the patch or pin.

EMBLEM STATUS: Emblem status is attained by
accumulating at least 20 points in a minimum of 7 Emblem hot
springs. A gold cloisonn‚ enameled Emblem pin is available for
$10 and a SASE from the Keeper of The List.

SAFETY POLICY: Trespass is not encouraged; thus, some
springs with access problems are not included on The List. For
example: Benton, Bassett and Coso. Some springs are rated as
Class VI (totally unsittable) and are not included. For example:
Casa Diablo (boiling) and Devil's Kitchen (acid content). Do not
attempt Pyramid during dangerous spring high water currents.
Note that the bubble in Hot Creek is Class VI in late summer
and fall (low water); whereas, during spring runoff, it is merely
a test of courage.

ETIQUETTE: Non-commercial wilderness hot springs are, by
ancient tradition, clothing optional environments. A few are
posted by current local authorities; for example, Big Caliente is
posted "Clothing Required", and Tecopa is posted, by way of
Indian land covenant "Clothing Prohibited". Lacking any signs,
the fundamental concept of hot springs should prevail: that they
are places of nourishing solitude and harmony. The custom is:
whom ever is there first sets the stage. If you wish to disrobe in
the presence of clothed soakers, ask first. Usually they'll say

ABOUT THIS LIST: Latitude & longitude coordinates have
been either extracted from official government Geothermal
documents or computed by the author from USGS topographic
maps using his own field experience. These coordinates will
allow navigation to the hot spring source to within +/* the 100
yard length of a football field. One hot spring on this list is
documented no other place in any published literature that the
author is aware of. A special award will be made to the first
person documenting (like a pix) achieving it.

This edition of The List has been expanded to add to the
richness of reward that the pursuit of hot spring "bagging" can
afford. To anyone who might attempt Emblem status, you have
an adventure in store that will take you to many unusual and
beautiful places you might not otherwise ever go; from volunteer
built Bagby, a splendid example of the wood butcher's art, deep
within the Hood National Forest, to the culture that exists in the
Mexican "outback" of Guadalupe, to the grandeur that IS John
Muir's Range of Light.

A handy reference for in-depth descriptions and directions to
many of these springs are Jayson Loam's Hot Springs & Hot
Pools guide books, Southwest & Northwest editions; available
from the Keeper of The List for $19.50 per copy, post paid.

- Dave Bybee, Keeper of The List-1993

5322 Centinela Ave, Los Angeles CA 90066-6908
call 310-827-3315 or email <103275.155@compuserve.com>


                All Year        Summer  Winter

Any commercial hot spring with natural, unchlorinated water not otherwise on this list -----------      1/2

Any natural hot spring not otherwise on this list ------------------------------------------------------------- 1

Buckeye, Crab Cooker, Crowley, Hot Creek, Hot Tub, Little Hot Creek, Pulky's Pool,
Shepherd's, Red's Meadow (Note: Reds Meadow is Emblem only on winter ski in) -----------------  1               2 ski in

Lil' Eden, Mono, Drakesbad (Note: source pool is Emblem only on winter ski in, 1/2 summer) -----                1       4 ski in

Saline ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------       2       4

Blaney, Iva Bell (Fish Creek), Jordan, Kern -------------------------------------------------------------------         2       4 ski in

Soda Both ------------------------------------------------------------- by power boat ----------------------    1

        by canoe -----------------------------  1 1/2

        by swimming -----------------------     2

NOTE: Due to its length, the list of hot springs has been omitted from the Scree. A postscript version of the hot spring list is on
the PCS web site , currently under the Resource link, or you can contact the Keeper Of
The List. Now you have something to do while you wait for the return of the Summer Sierra Climbing Season - Ed.


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