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Next meeting (PCS meetings are the second tuesday of each month)
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Date: Tuesday, June 10
Time: 8:00 PM
Program: The 1996 Climb-O-Rama

Charles Schafer and Kelly Maas present slides from a 
week long climbing trip last July to the Great Western 
Divide in the Sierra Nevada, during which 12 PCSers 
climbed oodles of peaks.  See Bob Suzuki totally 
exhausted.

Location: Western Mountaineering Town & Country Village, San Jose


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Mt. Hood
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Friday May 16  I spent a day at my company's plant in 
Hillsboro, Oregon.  I traveled with one of my engineers, Brad 
Benson.  Brad is Ph.D. in material science and a former 
geologist with extensive hiking but no mountaineering 
experience.  He decided that climbing Mt. Hood was just the 
thing to do on his 39th birthday.  After work I bought an ice 
ax in Portland at Oregon Mountain Community, a fine 
outdoor goods store well stocked with equipment for 
mountaineers.  Thanks to Steve and Aaron for recommending 
it.  Oregon has no sales tax!  After some good Chinese Food 
in Portland we set east on the "waterfall highway" south of 
Interstate 84.

As the sun set, we had excellent views of the Columbia 
Gorge and several picturesque falls, most notably 
Multnomah Falls, which is probably the better part of 300 
feet high.

After this scenic drive, we continued south on Highway 35 
occasionally getting views of a ghostly white cone in the 
distance that appeared too big to be real.  We took 
Highway 26 east and before long we were at the 
Timberline Lodge parking lot at 6,000 feet.  We did not 
know it at the time, but the exterior of the Lodge has been 
used in several movies, including "The Shining", directed 
by Stanley Kubrick.  The lodge is enormous and was 
teeming with tourists.

Next to the lodge is perhaps the best trail head 
information center I've see for mountaineers, packed with 
informative posters, equipped with an audio-visual center 
and well sheltered from wind.  There we spoke to several 
climbers, including a former guide who had summitted 
more than 30 times.  He and the other locals planned to 
begin their climb at midnight. I decided to do the same, a 
development which shocked Brad, who had planned to get 
a few hours sleep.

The first mile was an uneventful slog over mushy class 1 
snow.  We reached the historic Silox hut at 6,900 feet 
where we rested and had some water.  For 50 bucks you 
can take snowcat from the lodge to the hut and spend the 
night in a bunk, meals included.  The restored hut is 
supported by volunteers and is run by the Timberline 
Lodge.  It is much more economical than the lodge and 
more rustic.  There you feel as I imagine you would in a 
cabin in Alaska, buried under the snow pack.

After the Silox hut the wind intensified and the snow was 
firmer.  The route gradually became steeper as we pushed 
on under a mostly cloudless, moonlit sky.  I kept my 
lantern off all night.  At 3:30 a.m. we reached a building 
at the end of the Palmer ski run at 8,500 feet.  We had 
done half the elevation gain and 2/3 the distance to the 
peak.  We added a layer of clothing and watched a 
snowcat deposit climbing students who had paid $240 for 
a two-day class including a summit
attempt.  We found a door and warmed up inside.  After a cat 
nap we fastened our crampons.

We moved up with the other pilgrims, heading to the right of  
"Crater Rock," a prominent feature easily visible during the 
entire climb from Timberline. The sun came up.  The wind 
intensified until it became a steady roar, blasting snow that 
stung my face.  Climbers appeared out of the woodwork. There 
must have been three hundred on this route alone!  I had not 
seen such a spectacle since I climbed Mont Blanc in 1992.  
Many of the climbers were already roped up, an unnecessary 
precaution to this point.

Taking several cat naps along the way, we crawled to the base of 
the Hogback just above the Devil's Kitchen, a few hundred feet 
from the summit.  Fumaroles steamed on both sides of us and 
filled the morning air with sulfur. We were actually in the 
crater.  Most of the climbers who had not yet roped up did so at 
the Hogback.  This feature is a gentle snowy ridge, much less 
exposed than I expected .  The well trampled path made the 
going even easier than it already would have been.  A fall could 
easily have been arrested.  The only concern was falling into a 
fumarole and this was unlikely.  From the Hogback I saw a 
couple of climbers, one a woman wearing Nikes, on the technical 
ridge just to the east.  Their route must have been much more 
exciting.  The ridge was coated with snow with an unusual texture, 
as if it had been dipped in foamy white chocolate.

A few climbers got off the Hogback early and crossed the large 
bergschrund on the left side, after which they did a long traverse 
to the "Pearly Gates," the steep narrow chute before the summit.  
But the majority of us walked the Hogback and crossed a snow 
bridge on the right.  The crevasse was virtually filled with snow 
and ice, so a fall would have been more embarrassing than 
dangerous.  Still  I was glad that someone had fixed a six-foot 
length of rope to serve as a hand rail for crossing this, the most 
difficult obstacle on our route.  The crevasse was a bottleneck 
and dozens of climbers crowded the 45 degree chute leading to 
the windy summit.

Someone said the wind was about 90 miles an hour.  The gusts 
were so strong that you had to stay low and take care not to be 
blown off the mountain. Visibility was unlimited.  To the north 
were three giants, Rainier, Adams and St. Helens.  To the south 
were Jefferson, the Sisters and Broken Top.

It was late morning and we wanted to get down quickly before 
the snow got too soft.  So we ate a quick snack, snapped plenty 
of photos and started down. I was annoyed with Brad, who had 
never before done a big snow climb, because he quickly 
descended and crossed the bergschrund where he sat and waited 
for me.  I gingerly cramponed down and nervously went over the 
snow bridge which was now unprotected by the rope.  I felt sorry 
for an exhausted

woman I passed who was belayed every step of the way up the 
Pearly Gates by two female companions.  They virtually dragged 
the terrified climber up the mountain, telling her everything was 
O.K.  Back on the Hogback we watched dozens more climbers 
appear from below.  We took off our crampons and began the 
long slog back.   Fortunately we were able to glissade at least 
2,000 feet.  We arrived at the parking lot early in the afternoon, 
triumphant but dead tired.

- Tony Cruz


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With One Ski Tied Behind My Back
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26 April 97: We went, we saw, we summited. Then we had pizza and beer.

Mt Lola would be a pretty boring hike in the summer, I think, 
but in the spring it's a very nice day ski trip. From Hwy 89 we 
took Henness Pass Rd to Independence Lake Rd, up to the creek 
crossing at about 6400'. 2WD cars were fine to that point, but 
Schafer plowed his Toyota 4WD through a couple of streams 
and got us maybe half a mile further, up to the snow line where 
the road was blocked by a fallen tree.

We walked quite a ways on the hard morning snow (with bare 
patches every 100 yards) and put on skis somewhere around 
7000'. It's a great ridge run from there to the peak. Not too steep, 
plenty of snow, reasonably spaced trees, and no brush showing! 
The route was up the ridge north of Independence Lake, which 
provided nice views in several directions.

Now, about that report title: "Why, this peak's so dang easy I 
could do it with one ski tied behind my back!" was never 
spoken, but... let's just say that a major part on my randonnee 
binding cracked in half somewhere around 7700', leaving me 
with a choice of turning around or hoping the snow did not 
soften too much. We pressed on, with the dead ski leaning against a 
tree and the good ski lashed onto my pack. The snow held!

The 9148' summit mass was a bit steep, but I found I could do a 
half-standing-glissade / half-ski technique which allowed normal 
turns in one direction on the downhill ski, and a step-turn in the 
other direction after stopping. A 180 step-turn is a lot easier 
with only one ski on! Once it leveled out a bit, I managed to ski 
the rest of the way down balanced on one leg. Tiring, but better 
than walking. As I said, the slopes were pretty easy!

Thanks to Richard Contreras, Tim Hult, Suzanne Remien, and 
Charles Schafer for helping to make my first STS lead a success 
(and for putting up with my meandering path of lowest slope on 
the way down).

- Steve Eckert


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Telescope Peak from Death Valley
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Sunday April 6, 1997

This is a challenging hike not only because of its length (21 
miles) and elevation gain (11,000'+), but somebody who should 
tire out half way into the hike is faced with a very long way back 
through the desert.  We met at Wildrose Campground and spent 
the afternoon Saturday first figuring out, then arranging the 
necessary car shuttle.  We finally arrived at the optimal 
configuration for some vehicles to go to the end, some to stay at 
Wildrose, some to go to the start 80 miles by road with all of us 
aboard, and which ones to shuttle back to the start from the end 
(and not have to return to the end).  Also, the gear left at the 
start would need to be returned.  Thanks to Keith Barnes' 
parents who didn't hike with us but took some of us and returned 
our gear to the end from the start.

The attraction for this hike is that it is the most absolute climb 
(start and end elevation difference) that can be done reasonably 
in a day hike in the 48 states, (that I know of, anyway).  Mt. 
Whitney from Lone Pine town would be about 500' more, but 
much farther on road and trail.  In 1984 the group of seven I 
organized took about 11 hours to reach the summit, and it was a 
very strong group.

     We did the early start to have our hikers finish by 4-7 pm, 
hopefully. Everybody had been screened by the leaders for 
experience and conditioning.

      It turned out that those initially interested, who might have 
been marginal in ability (in my opinion), withdrew on their own.  
There were some worrisome snow conditions; it had snowed two 
days before.  From the north we saw a lot of snow on the peak 
and wondered about conditions on top.

     We bedded down at 7 PM.  The Hale-Bopp comet loomed 
over me as I

watched and thought of the higher level we were going to reach 
the next day (in our own way).  The eleven of us started hiking 
at Shorty's Well, 250' below sea level, at 1:35 AM PST Sunday.  
Shorty's Well is west of Badwater on the west side of the bottom 
of Death Valley, accessible by 2WD.  We then hiked up the 
Hanaupah Canyon dirt road toward the large springs there.

     The nighttime hiking went quickly, and we got to the water 
(a creek), at 5:30 (now Pacific Daylight Time with the time 
change).  By the time we filled our water containers it was light, 
and we ascended the ridge on the N side of the canyon.  We 
ascended the canyon side from the 3600' level, about one mile 
before the springs.  The road had ended about 1/2 mile before, 
and we elected not rock hop farther up to the spring.  The 
temperature was cold by the creek - 35 degrees.  It had been 55 
degrees at the start.  In mid-May 1984 it was 85 degrees at 
midnight in DV.

     The top of the ridge forming the N side of the Canyon was 
about 5000' elevation.  Some nice flowers on the slope!  A few 
people had a little trouble ascending the steep slatey scree slope, 
but using the faint switchbacking game paths helped to make it 
easier.  There was some up-and- down along the ridge top above 
the slope, adding perhaps 400' to the 11,300' climb between start 
and summit.  The next six hours were in an arena of spectacular 
ridges, peaks, and canyons that few people have taken the effort 
to visit.  Maybe somebody will put those peaks and high points 
on a list some day.  There is a mine road up the ridge on the N 
side of the Canyon but is not connected because of the washed 
out road below.  We continued higher and higher, through 
pinyon-juniper forest, with the summit looming high above.   
We could see ahead our ridge top at 9960', which is about 1 mile 
N of the summit.

     Although there appeared to be deep snow in the gullies on 
the north side, we could see that our ridge of attack was clear of 
snow.  It was a matter of continuing on and up, following the 
converging ridges, leaving the forest into open area, and then 
among bristlecone pines near the top.  We continued moving at 
our good pace, about 1100' per hour, and included a few short 
rests.  The temperature was not cold; many of the group wore 
shorts the whole way.  Finally, we got to the summit trail (9960') 
at about 11:15.

     The remaining 1100 feet was a matter of determination; the 
air was noticably thinner, the huffing and puffing audible.  My 
only acclimatization had been sleeping near, and then climbing 
Sandy Peak on Saturday morning with John and Sue.  Along the 
trail near the top of Telescope there was maybe 3" of new snow 
on the north side snow banks which were one or two feet deep.  
But the top ridge and trail was 90% clear of snow; no problem 
for walking.  I finally got to the summit at 12:15, beating my 
1984 time by 35 minutes.

My typical energy and electrolyte food of jelly beans, chocolate 
bits, salty crackers, and Gookinaid helped me to the top.  We all 
had light packs and light footwear.  Most wore running or trail 
shoes.  The view was of course, spectacular.  Many, many desert 
peaks, the major Sierra peaks visible, and our starting point 
more than two miles below and about 13 miles distant. 
Temperature on top was about 50, with no wind.  Keith Barnes 
had gotten to the summit in 9 hours, followed by Doug Jones a 
few minutes later.  John had his fastest time, too.  Climbing the 
peak from Panamint Valley with Sue the weekend before must 
have helped.  All 11 of us made it in 11 hours or less.  It only 
took 2-3 hours to do the 7 miles back down to Mahogany Flat, and 
all returned by 4:30pm.  Maybe tired, we all felt good at the end. I 
was glad to have it a successful hike for all with n glitches!

Participants were Ron Hudson and John McCully (co-leaders), Sue 
Holloway, Bruce Trotter, Keith Barnes, Gary Craig, Kevin Richards, 
Kalon Kelley, Doug Jones, Kathy Reynolds, and David Leth.

- Ron Hudson


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14'ERS WEEKEND
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This adventure last September started as a private trip led by 
Debbie Benham to Mt. Russell (14,086), which Secor calls "the 
finest peak in the Mt. Whitney region."  The Russell basecamp 
is close to the Whitney mountaineer's route, a climb I'd long 
wanted to do.  So I got a few days off from work and started 
scheming -- I'd do Russell with Debbie, then try to solo the 
mountaineer's route and do some other peaks after she hiked out.

Debbie and I met at Whitney portal early on a Friday morning.  
Some PCS'ers who'd hoped to join us had canceled, and a 
climber from Southern California who'd promised via the 
internet to meet us never showed up. So just Debbie and I 
headed up the north fork of Lone Pine Creek, using the 
description in Secor and the many tips from PCS'ers.  We 
traversed the exposed Ebersbacher Ledges and continued up the 
canyon to Upper Boy Scout Lake.  The only tricky part was 
finding the four creek crossings --

in between them the heavily used path is almost like a 
maintained trail. We got to the lake in four hours, leaving plenty 
of time to nap in a beautiful meadow below the lake next to a 
miniature trout stream. Weather was clear and mild and 
remained so for my entire six-day trip.

Saturday morning we headed up the long scree slope south of 
the lake at 7:20.  By 9:00 we were at the Russell-Carillion 
saddle, gazing in horror at the east ridge of Russell rising above 
us to the left, with its narrow crest and hundreds of feet of 
exposure on either side.  Debbie and I talked about turning back, 
then agreed to at least do the class-2 terrain up to the first point 
on the ridge to get a better look.  From there we could see a 
sloping shelf on the right side of the ridge, curving over into a 
1000-foot face like a water slide into oblivion.  A shallow slot 
and some cracks ran along a shelf parallel to the ridge crest, and 
I carefully climbed along them, testing each hold.

Finally I made it up to the second point on the ridge, where the 
ridge crest was just a foot wide, with nothing to hold onto.  
Luckily I spotted a narrow hidden ledge down on the right that 
allowed me to avoid the crest.  It was a strange climb -- several 
times I thought I was stopped by a knife edge or a large block on 
the ridge crest with big air on both sides.  But every time, there 
was a small shelf or ledge down on the right that provided a safe 
way through.  At one point I did have to straddle a sharp edge 
crosswise to the ridge crest and clamber over it.

Finally I got within reach of the east summit.  The higher west 
summit was hidden several hundred feet past it, but Secor said 
the ridge between the east and west summits was easy, so if I 
could get to the east summit, the difficulties should be over.  In 
a couple more minutes I was there.  Debbie had decided to stay 
back on the second point on the ridge, now about 500 feet 
behind me.  I waved back to her, then started the traverse.  It 
was still a bit scary, but the sloping shelf on the right of the 
ridge crest was wider here, with plenty of good holds.  A few 
more minutes and I was on the summit.

Views were tremendous in all directions, and I could see tiny figures 
on the summit of Mt. Whitney, about a mile south and 400 feet 
higher, with a chasm in between.  I ate a PowerBar and read the 
register, and was humbled by the many tales of technical climbs on 
the classic "fishhook arete."  Then I climbed carefully back along the 
ridge, finally passing the last scary spot where you have to take a 
short step across 100 feet of air (with good handholds).

Debbie wanted to climb Mt. Carillon (13,552), a short class-2 climb 
up beautiful granite boulders.  In about 20 minutes we were on the 
summit, and the view back to Mt. Russell took our breath away.  For 
the first time we could see the ridge in its entirety.  It looked like a 
thin 1000-foot high blade of granite, and the shelf I'd climbed on was 
really just the upper 20 feet of a smooth 1000-foot high cliff that 
curved over slightly at the top.  If we'd done Carillon first, we 
might've been too psyched out to try Russell.

After a rest, we headed back across the plateau and descended 
the long scree slope to our camp, arriving about 4 p.m.  Debbie 
had to hike out the next morning, and we decided to split up so I 
could move my camp up higher for my attempt on Mt. Whitney.  
I left my tent and stove with her, since the weather was 
cloudless and I wasn't planning to cook in the morning, and 
headed up the talus slope south of Upper Boy Scout Lake.

At the top I turned right and hiked up through the spectacular 
amphitheater below the east face of Whitney, then found the 
obvious break in the cliff to my right, and climbed 400 feet to 
Iceberg Lake at 12,600. Several other parties of Whitney 
climbers were camped at the lake.  I grabbed a campsite next to 
a boulder and had a quick meal.  A wind came up and it got 
quite cold as the light faded, but with my down jacket on inside 
my sleeping bag I was soon toasty warm.

Next morning I was ready to go at 6:20 but decided to sit and 
wait for the rising sun to hit the east face.  Because it faces due 
east and is at such a high elevation, the face offers perhaps the 
best alpenglow in the 48 states.  I was not disappointed -- one 
minute the face was grey and gloomy, and the next minute the 
whole thing was aflame with deep golden light.  What a sight!  
A few pictures and I was on my way.

The mountaineer's gully was not bad -- I climbed up loose class-
2 rubble in the center and up sandy class 3 ledges on the right 
wall.  I wanted to be the first person up it so I wouldn't have 
people above me kicking down rocks, and no problem there -- I 
was halfway up the gully before the other parties were even out 
of bed.

By 8 a.m. I was at the top of the gully and at the tricky part of 
the climb.  From there you can either traverse across a steep 
snowfield and climb easy class-3 rock, or climb straight up some 
harder rock.  I could see instantly that the snowfield was out of 
the question -- a summer of melting and refreezing had turned it 
into water ice, and I wouldn't have tried it even with ice ax and 
crampons (which I didn't have) -- to me it required a rope to 
protect the traverse.  That left the rock.  I'd been warned to avoid 
a wide gully because of icy patches in it and climb a rock 
buttress to its right.  I tried this, but was soon on class-4 rock.

Then for the first time really, I looked at the gully to the left of 
the buttress.  It had some patches of ice, but they were small and 
easily avoided, and there was a series of ledges zig-zagging up 
that looked doable.  They led to the upper part of the right-hand 
buttress, and the best thing was that a rock at the top of the 
buttress was catching the morning sun, which could only mean 
that the sunlight was coming across the summit plateau and 
striking it.  If I could get to that sunlit rock, I'd be on the summit 
plateau.  I climbed up the ledges, avoiding loose gravel and icy 
patches, and was soon on the right-hand buttress.  A few 
awkward moves up big blocks and flakes, and I placed my hand 
on the sunlit block and hauled myself onto the summit plateau.  
It was 8:30.

Amazingly, no one was around -- the first of the 150 or so 
people allowed on the trail each day had not yet arrived.  
Climbing the mountaineer's route was the fulfillment of a long-
term goal -- but I never expected to do it alone and find nothing 
but peace and quiet on top!

After a rest, I turned to the day's next challenge -- Mt. Muir 
(14,015), about 1 1/2 miles down the trail.  The summit is only 
200 feet above the trail, and the first 150 feet of the climb is just 
scree, but don't underestimate this peak.  The last 50 feet is 
tricky and exposed, with a death fall possible as you move 
across a high downsloping ledge.  Secor's description is helpful -
- the other descriptions I looked at including "California 14'ers" 
are worthless.  Finally I got to a crack just below the small 
rounded summit, but was afraid to make the last move.  I almost 
turned around, then suddenly thrashed my way up, signed in, 
took 20 deep breaths, and climbed carefully down.

Back on the trail, I joined the parade of hikers heading up 
Whitney. It's funny, but on the highest mountain in the 48 states 
you see some of the least experienced climbers in the Sierras -- a 
guy wearing a light windbreaker and carrying nothing but an 
empty 12-oz. water bottle, a teenage girl who'd somehow lost her 
daypack, and many people who'd come up from the bottom of the 
valley at 4000 feet that day, stumbling along with bad altitude 
sickness.  According to the summit register, many of these folks 
are shocked to find no water fountain on top.

Back at the summit I found a sandy crevice among the summit 
boulders, lay down in it to get out of the cold breeze, and took a 
short nap so I'd be alert for the descent. About 2 p.m. I started 
back down the mountaineer's route.  The first bit was the only 
hard part -- downclimbing the big flakes and avoiding the icy 
patches in the upper gully.  Down in the main mountaineer's 
gully, I caught up with a party of three guys from LA and had a 
great time climbing and talking with them the rest of the way 
down.

Down at the lake I packed up my backpack, then hiked down 
through the amphitheater to the lower lake where Debbie had 
left my tent and stove.  On Monday I hiked out, had lunch in 
Lone Pine, and drove south to the  Horseshoe Meadows 
campground to try Mt. Langley (14,026).  The huge campground 
in a timberline forest at 10,000 feet was all but deserted.

Next morning I got up in the starry darkness again and got 
rolling by 7. My plan was to dayhike Langley.  It was 10 miles 
away, but 7 of the miles were on easy trails without much 
climbing, and the 3 miles beyond that were supposed to be all 
class 1 and 2. I had no map, but figured I'd just wander up the 
trail, get above timberline, and look for a break in the huge cliffs 
leading up to the Sierra Crest.  Once on the crest, the summit 
would be in view and the terrain was supposed to be pretty easy.

I hiked up through the beautiful forest, then emerged into a vast 
open basin of alpine meadows and lakes.  I could see the sloping 
bulk of Langley in the distance, and I spotted a gully leading up 
to a break in the cliffs that looked like class 2.  This gully, 
northwest of Cottonwood Lake #5, turned out to be a mile north 
of the route over Old Army Pass recommended by a ranger in 
Lone Pine, but it was more direct and interesting so I think it's 
the way to go.

The 2000-foot climb up the gully to the Sierra crest was lonely 
but beautiful, wandering up through a jumble of boulders as big 
as pickup trucks, then up sandy scree slopes with huge cliffs 
above.  At the top was a 10-foot, nearly vertical snow bank that 
stopped me for a minute, but I soon found a way to clamber up 
it.  Above was an amazing sight -- a vast silent sandy plateau 
extending for about 2 miles, all of it above 13,000 feet, devoid 
of vegetation, marked only by a climbers' foot trail that looked 
like a camel track through the Sahara desert.  I strolled up that 
camel track under cloudless skies, heading for the final 500-foot 
boulder pile that led to the summit.  It was almost like walking 
on a beach.  Scrambling up the boulders, I caught up to a 
foursome from LA, and just after 1 p.m. we topped out.

The hike down was great fun -- I just had to find the correct spot 
to leave the plateau and go down the scree gully (there's no sign 
of it from the plateau, just a 2-mile long cliff edge).

I got down to Cottonwood Lake #5 at 3:30 and took a long break, 
then continued down the beautiful trail past the other Cottonwood 
Lakes and down into the forest.  I got back to my camp just after 
6 p.m., for an 11-hour day.  But 3 of those hours were spent 
taking various breaks, so Langley is very doable as a dayhike, 
even in fall when the days are shorter.  I slept well under the 
stars that night, waking briefly to listen to the campground bears 
bang the garbage cans around a few hundred feet away.  
Wednesday morning I headed hom

- Jim Ramaker


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


*** Harrington
Peak:	Mt Harrington (11,005')	class 3
Dates:	June 7-8	Sat-Sun
Map:	Marion Peak 15'
Leader:	Kelly Maas   408-279-2054     maas@idt.com
Co-Leader:	WANTED

Don't worry that you've never heard of Harrington before. It's not the highest 
peak around but it's well situated between the mighty middle and south 
forks of the Kings River and is said to have great views. The basic goal 
here is to have a fun weekend in the mountains, which will be aided by "a 
short but enjoyable class 3 route" on the north ridge. The trip should not 
otherwise be difficult, except for the large elevation gain. The trailhead is 
Cedar Grove at 4600'.


*** Cherry Creek Canyon Adventure Backpack
Trip:	cross-country backpacking	class 2-3 
Dates:	June 14-15	Sat-Sun
Maps:	Cherry Lake North 7.5', Kibbie Lake 7.5'
Leader:	Kai Weidman	415-347-5234

Cherry Creek Canyon is one of the most scenic places I've ever seen 
We'll see raging rapids, quiet pools of crystal-clear water, sunny 
slabs of smooth granite, and rose-colored polished domes. Our 
adventure will take us over 20+ miles of rough and rugged terrain. 
Your eyes will be filled with such grandeur that you'll never notice your 
sore muscles. 


*** Beginner Trip Up Langley
Peak:	Mt. Langley (14,042')	class 1-2
Dates:	July 4-6 	Fri-Sun
Leader:	Chris Kramar	W 415-926-6861
Co-Leader:	Wanted		H 510-796-6651 

If you want to get one of the California fourteener's, this is the easiest. 
Friday we'll take a leisurely hike up the Cottonwood Lakes trail to the 
Cottonwood Lakes. There will be plenty of time to explore the lakes 
and even take a swim. Saturday we'll cross New Army Pass and 
proceed to the summit of Mt. Langley. We have all day to do this so 
beginning peak climbers should have no problem completing this climb. 
On Sunday we return to the cars with plenty of time to get home at a 
reasonable hour. This trip is for all peak climbers, as well as solid 
backpackers with little or no peak climbing experience who want to find out 
what peak climbing is all about. 


*** Duddettes on Dade
Peak:   Mt. Dade (13,600), class 2
Dates:  Sat. July 12 - Sun. July 13
Map:    Mt. Abbot 7.5
Leader: Debbie Benham
Co-Leader: Nancy Fitzsimmons, 408-957-9683,Nancy_Fitzsimmons@BayNetworks.COM

Saturday, we'll get a leisurely start from the Rock Creek area and 
head up to camp at Treasure Lakes.  With a free afternoon, there is 
an option of hiking up a nearby "peaklet."  Sunday, we'll stroll up to 
the summit of Mt. Dade via the Hourglass route.  This trip is great for 
beginning climbers with a bit of backpacking experience.


*** Mt. Clark
Peak:	Mt Clark (11,522')   class 4
Dates:	July 19-20 Sat-Sun
Maps:	Yosemite and Merced Pk. 15 min.	Half Dome and Merced Pk 7.5 min.
Leaders:  Kelly Maas        408-279-2054 maas@idt.com
	Charles Schafer   408-324-6003 charles.schafer@octel.com

Being the softmen that we are, we are taking a whole weekend to 
climb Mt. Clark in southern Yosemite.  Starting at Mono Meadow on 
the Glacier Pt Rd, our route is part trail and a lot of cross country, 
with mileage galore.  Great  opportunities to practice map and 
compass skills on the approach.  We plan to climb the Northwest 
Arete, though this may change. Beer and togas are optional.


*** Tyndall In A Weekend
Peak:	Mt. Tyndall (14,018')	class 3
Dates:	Sat. July 26 - Sun. July 27
Leader:	Chris Kramar	W 415-926-6861
Co-Leader:	Wanted	H 510-796-6651 

Most people do this climb in three days, but with an aggressive 
schedule, we'll climb it in two. It IS possible, as I have climbed 
neighboring Mt. Williamson in two days. On Saturday we'll attain the 
top of Shepherd Pass and camp by Mt. Tyndall. Sunday we'll climb 
the peak and return to the cars. The first day involves a gain of 7000' 
over 12 miles, so I cannot overstress the importance of going 
ultralight. If you have questions about going light, I can provide 
instruction. Expect a late return Sunday night.


*** Enroll in University
Peaks:  Kearsarge Peak       (12,618 ft)     class 1
University Peak(13,589 ft) cl 2 Independence Peak(11,742 ft)    class 3
Dates:	July 25-27
Maps:	Mt Pinchot & Mt Whitney 15 min; or
	Kearsarge Pk & Mt Williamson 7.5 min
Leader	Aaron Schuman	h 415-968-9184	schuman@sgi.com	w 415-933-1901 

Car camp among the golden bears of Onion Valley (9200 ft).  
Acclimatize Friday by walking up the old mining road to the summit of 
Kearsarge Peak.  Day hike Sierra giant University Peak, a mountain 
that defeated the PCS last year.  Our route takes us up to Robinson 
Lake, over snowy and boulder strewn University Pass, and on the 
class 2 southeast ridge.  Ascend Independence Peak to finish mid-
day on Sunday.


*** Matterhorn and Whorl
Peaks:  Matterhorn Peak(12,279),cl2)Whorl Mountain (12,033), cl3)
Dates:  Sat. Aug. 2 - Sun. Aug. 3
Maps:   Matterhorn Peak 7.5 or 15
Leader: Charles Schafer, (408)324-6003, charles.schafer@octel.com

We'll stroll up rugged Horse Creek Canyon to Horse Creek Pass, 
then make camp just beyond.  We should have time on Saturday to 
climb Matterhorn via the standard route, then on Sunday we can try 
our luck at finding a class-3 route on Whorl (judging from past trip 
reports, this is a nontrivial exercise).  This is a very scenic section of 
the Sierra, and a chance to meet the mountain of which myths are made.


*** Mountaineers Delight
Peaks:  Mt. Whitney (14,494) class 3, Mt. Russell (14,088) class 3
Dates:  Fri. Aug. 15 - Mon. Aug. 18
Maps:   Mt. Whitney 7.5
Leader: Charles Schafer, 408-324-6003, charles.schafer@octel.com
Co-Leader: Jim Ramaker, 408-463-4873, ramaker@vnet.ibm.com

If you like big mountains and class-3 climbing, this trip is for you.
Friday we'll take cross-country route up the North Fork of Lone Pine 
Creek to our camp at Iceberg Lake at 12,600.  Saturday we'll tackle 
the Mountaineer's route on Mt. Whitney, and Sunday we'll attempt the 
narrow and exposed east ridge of Mt. Russell.  The spectacular high-
altitude scenery and towering rock walls in this area make it a real 
amphitheater of the mountain gods.  The hike out on Monday will not 
be too long -- if we move along we can get out to the cars by noon 
and home by 10 p.m.  Experienced class-3 climbers only on this trip.


*** Doing the Bear Abbot on Labor Dade
Peaks:	Bear Creek Spire, Dade, Abbot	class 2-3
Date:	Aug 30 - Sep 1	Sat-Mon (Labor Day)
Maps: 	Mt. Abbot, Mt. Hilgard 7.5' quad
Leader:	David Harris	(415) 497-5571	harrisd@leland.stanford.edu

Spend a glorious Labor Day weekend in the Little Lakes valley. On 
Saturday we will pack in a short distance to a convenient scenic camp 
and climb the magnificent Bear Creek Spire (13,720'+ class 3+) by 
Ulrich's Route. The summit spire evidently has an interesting move 
which can be facilitated by climbing shoes, though boots should be 
sufficient. Mt. Abbot (13,704' class 3) should be another fine climb. 
We'll probably also climb Mt. Dade (13,600' class 2), though I'd be 
game for something besides lumbering up the loose scree of the 
Hourglass if somebody has a better idea. Depending on interest, I may 
start the weekend on Friday with a dayhike of one of the other peaks 
around the Little Lakes valley. Send me mail if you have preferences.


*** Mokelumne River Canyon,
Mokelumne River Canyon, Class 2, September 5-8
Topos: Mokelumne Peak, Pacific Valley, both 15 min
Leader: John Ingvoldstad (209) 296-8483, kate@cdepot.net

This is a 35 mile trip up a very scenic, 4,000 foot deep canyon, 
elevations from 5,000 to 9,000 feet.  Includes river crossings, cross-
country, and route finding.  Opportunities to fish and swim. Short car 
shuttle.  Starts at Bear Valley off Hwy 4.


*** Get Ritter Yer Banner
Peaks:	Ritter (13157'), Banner (12945')	class 3
Date:	Sep 6-7	Sat-Sun
Maps:	Mt. Ritter 7.5' quad
Leader:, David Harris 415-497-5571 harrisd@leland.stanford.edu

Enjoy a fast-paced jaunt up two classic peaks. Taking the standard 
route from Devil's Postpile, we'll hike up to a camp at Ediza Lake and 
scramble up the Ritter/Banner saddle to one of the summits. 
Depending on how fast we move, we'll either bag the other peak or 
climb it Sunday morning before packing out. Trip limited to six strong 
hikers. Ice ax required.


*** Mokelumne Canyoneering
Canyon: Mokelumne River Canyon, class 2
Dates:  Fri. Sep. 5 - Mon. Sep. 8 
Topos:  Mokelumne Peak 15, Pacific Valley 15
Leader: John Ingvoldstad, 209-296-8483, kate@cdepot.net

This is a 35-mile trip up a very scenic, 4000-foot deep canyon, with 
elevations from 5000 to 9000 feet.  Trip will include river crossings, cross-
country hiking, and route finding.  Opportunities to fish and swim.  Short 
car shuttle.  Starts at Bear Valley off Hwy 4.


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PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE LEADERS TO SIGN UP 
FOR THESE TRIPS.  The time to sign up is after the trip is 
formally announced in the Scree, with a full description and a 
designation as a private or official PCS trip. Many of these trips 
are contingent on obtaining permits, and plans for some of them 
will change.

This list is intended to prevent trip scheduling conflicts and to 
help you plan your summer, NOT to enable people to sign up 
way in advance. If you are planning a trip, and if you change 
your plans or can't get a permit, please contact the Scree Editor 
to keep this list up to date.

Class x-y means the climb is between class x and class y.  Class 
x,y,z applies to multi-peak trips where the peaks vary in difficulty.  
Some leaders have requested that their names not be listed.


Date	Peak(s)	Class	Leader(s)
Jun 21-22	Red Slate couloir	3	Schuman/Schafer
Jul 3-8	Goddard, McGee, Emerald, Hermit,etc	2,3,3,5	Suzuki/Eckert/Schafer
Jul 12-13	Mt. Dade	2	(withheld)
Jul 19-20	Humphreys, Emerson	4	Suzuki/Harris
Jul 19-20	Mt. Clark	3-4	Maas/Schafer
Jul 25-27	Kearsarge, University, Indep	3	Schuman
Aug 2-3	Matterhorn Pk, Whorl Mtn.	2,4	Schafer
Aug 8-10	Mt. Haeckel, Mt. Wallace	3	Kirkpatrick/Keith
Aug 9-10	Virginia Peak, Twin Peaks	3	Bulger
Aug 15-18	Mt. Whitney, Mt. Russell	5/3,3	Schafer/Ramaker
Aug 30-1	Clarence King, Gardner	5	Schafer
Sep 5-7	Banner Peak, Mt. Ritter	3	Harris
Sep 12-14	Mt. Gabb	2	Maxwell
Sep 13-14	Tehipite Dome	3	Suzuki/Schafer
Sep 19-21	Mt. Russell	3	(withheld)
Sep 20-21	Mt. Morrison, Mt. Baldwin	3	Fitzsimmons/Suzuki
Sep 20-21	Koip Peak, Gibbs, Dana	2	Schuman/Magliocco
Oct 4-5	Needham, Sawtooth, Vandever	3	Schuman
Oct 18-19	Koip Peak, Ragged Peak	3	Suzuki


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Club. They are listed here because they may be of interest to 
PCS members, not because they are endorsed by the PCS.


*** Slated for Red and White
Peak: Red Slate (13163) Red&White (12816) snow/class 3
Dates:	May 31-June 1	Sat-Sun
Maps:	Mt Morrison, Mt Abbot 15' topos
Contact:	Bob Suzuki	(>8pm) H 408-259-0772
	bobszk@pacbell.net	W 510-657-7555
Co-Contact: Arun Mahajan	H 408-244-7912
	arun@sentientnet.com	W 408-473-8029

This strenuous 2-peak weekend will start from the McGee Pass 
trailhead, 10 miles southeast of Mammoth Lakes. Saturday we'll 
backpack in to Little McGee Lake, setup camp and climb Red Slate for 
a total first day's gain of over 5000'. Sunday's climb of the northeast ridge 
of Red and White will be easier with less than 2000' of gain, but may 
involve ascending steep snow and loose rock. Limited to 8 experienced 
climbers; ice axe, crampons and snowshoes.


*** Simply Silliman
Peak:	Mt Silliman (11188')	class-2
Dates:	June 7-8	Sat-Sun
Maps:	Triple Divide Peak (15') or Mt Silliman (7.5')
Contact:	Siamak Navid	707-577-4845 sia@sr.hp.com

We will start hiking on trail at Lodgepole (Sequoia NP) on Sat, June 
7th. Our tentative camp for Sat night is at Twin Lakes (9500") which 
makes the hike about 8 miles with 2500' of gain. Depending on the 
conditions, going off-trail and camping closer to the peak might also 
be an option. We will attempt the peak and return to the trailhead on 
Sunday. 


*** Williamson
Peak:	Mt. Williamson (14,375')	class 2/3
Dates:	June 20-22	Fri-Sun
Map:	Mt. Williamson 7.5'
Contact:	Debbie Benham	415-964-0558	dmbenham@aol.com

We will depart 6am, Friday, the 20th, from the Shepard Pass 
Trailhead. The Shepherd Pass trail is long, steep and strenuous with 
500' of loss and gain mid-way to the pass. Saturday, we'll get an 
alpine start and ascend via the Bolton Brown route. Ice axe and 
crampons required. Sunday, we'll head on out. Permit for six. $3 
permit-fee deposit required. Those who have expressed an interest 
need to re-contact Debbie - thanks! 


*** Milling About Dade
Peaks:	Mt Dade (13,600'), Mt Mills (13,451')	class 4
Dates:	June 21-22	Sat-Sun
Map:	Mt Abbot 7.5' quad
Contact:	Kai Wiedman	415-347-5234
Co-Contact:	Bob Suzuki	408-259-0772	bobszk@pacbell.net

Scenic Little Lakes Valley will be the setting for our adventure. We will 
attempt at grand traverse of Mt Dade by climbing moderate snow and ice 
on the north face which will lead us to a 4th class rock rib. From here we 
will follow the hideously exposed northwest ridge to the summit and down 
the Hourglass Couloir to Treasure Lakes. The climb will take place on 
Saturday for it's only a 3.5 mile hike in. Sunday brunch or possible climb of 
Mt Mills.


*** SPS TRIP: Izaak Walton and Silver
Peaks:	Izaak Walton (12077), Silver (11878)	class 3
Dates:	Jun 21-23	Sat-Mon
Leader:	Steve Eckert	eckert@netcom.com
Co-Leader:	Ron Hudson

Listed with the Angeles Chapter: 30+ mile Tiger Trip! We'll carry ice 
axes for some probable spring snow chutes, but most of the trip will 
be on dry land (assuming a normal snowfall). We'll try to finish in 2 
days, with a third day just in case, so pack light for a fast pace! 
Restricted to Sierra Club members. Send email or SASE with recent 
experience to leader to sign up.


*** Split Mountain And Other Peaks
Peaks:	Split, Tinemaha, Prater, Bolton Brown	class 1-3
Dates:	June 28 - July 4	Sat-Fri
Contact:	Debbie Bulger	408-457-1036

Now that I have a four-wheel drive vehicle, I'm ready for the much- 
discussed ride to the trailhead of this impressive fourteener south of Big 
Pine. The first day we'll hike to Red Lake and set up base camp. Sunday 
we climb Split Mountain (14,058, class 1-2). On Monday, we'll climb Mt. 
Tinemaha (12,561, class 1-2), then hike over the Sierra Crest into Kings 
Canyon National Park, moving our camp to Lake 11,599. From there we'll 
ascend Mt. Prater (13,329, class 1-2) and Mt. Bolton Brown (13,638, class 
2-3) and still have time to explore. Ice axe required. Crampons strongly 
recommended. Weekenders who wish to climb only Split are welcome, 
however preference will be given to those opting for the whole trip. A $5 
check reserves your place. Call leader to be sure there is room.


*** Evolution, Goddard Divide and Black Divide
Peaks:	misc	class 2-3
Dates:	July 1-6	Tue-Sun
Map:	Mt Goddard 15 min
Trailhead:	Lake Sabrina
Contact:	John Bees	H 702-851-0949
	jbees@maxey.dri.edu	W 702-673-7381
Co-Contact:	NEEDED	

Let's start the summer season off to a bang by climbing as many of 
the Muir Pass area peaks as possible over a long July 4th weekend.  
We'll get six days of climbing with only three days off work. We'll start 
from Lake Sabrina and go over Echo Col (class 3; 12,400') the first 
day and set up a basecamp in the Helen Lake/Muir Pass area.  Over 
the next four days we'll  climb as many of these peaks as we can: Mt 
Goddard (class 2; 13,568'), Charybdis (class 3; 13,096'), Scylla 
(class 2; 12,956'), MacDuffie (class 3; 13,282'), Fiske (class 2; 13,503'), 
Powell (class 2; 13,360+'), Haeckel (class 3; 13,418')   Primary importance 
are Mt Goddard, Charybdis, and McDuffie.  Leader flexible for other 
alternative peaks.  Ice axes will probably be necessary depending on snow 
and weather conditions.   Group currently limited to four experienced and 
ambitious climbers but additional permit slots may be available.


*** Climb-O-Rama Redux
Peaks:	Darwin, Mendel, The Hermit, ... Haeckel
Dates:	July 2 thru July 8          Weds thru Tues
Maps:	Darwin, Henry, Goddard, & Thompson  7.5'
Leader	Charles Schafer	(408)324-6003	charles.schafer@octel.com

This trip is being done in conjunction with Bob Suzuki and Steve 
Eckert's trip with a similar agenda, we just start out and end up a little 
differently.  We start out a day earlier, on July 2, and hike in to Darwin 
Canyon via Lamarck Col.  We then climb Darwin and Mendel and 
meet up with the other group a little further on in.  Days 3, 4, and 5 
are spent climbing  The Hermit, Emerald, McGee, and Goddard along 
with the other group.

Day 6 gives us the opportunity to climb Haeckel and Wallace, and then on 
Day 7 we hike out over Haeckel Col to Lake Sabrina, where we will 
hopefully have left a car to complete our loop trip.  This should be a lot of 
fun, but it is a pretty ambitious trip so we are looking only for experienced 
class 3 climbers to fill out the roster.


*** Mt. Ansel Adams
Peak:	Mt. Ansil Adams
Dates :  	July 3-6
Map:  	Mt. Lyell 7.5'
Contact:  	Jim Curl   415-585-1380    jimcurl@juno.com

Remote and rarely visited, Mt. Ansel Adams is a spectacular peak in 
the Yosemite backcountry. From Tuolomne Meadows, 19 miles of trail 
lead up and over Vogelsang Pass to the Lyell Fork of the Merced 
River.  A few more off trail miles up this drainage lead to a lovely collection 
of lakes below the peak.  Permit is for 6.  Ice axe experience required.  
Relatively strong hikers preferred (endurance more important than speed).  
For reference, read Jim Raemaker's report of last July's successful trip in 
the September 1996 Scree.


*** The Minarets
Peaks: The Minarets, around 12000'	class 4-5
Dates:	July 4-6
Contact:	Peter Maxwell	408-737-9770
Co-Contact:	Paul Scheidt	408-439-9204

The Minarets comprise the delightfully jagged crest close to Ritter and 
Banner, seen from Highway 395. Ever wondered what it would be like to be 
on the SUMMIT of one of them? That's what we aim to find out. We'll 
explore several of the summits over the weekend, with difficulties ranging 
from class 4 up to 5.7 or so. All the climbs will be roped, and will be 
suitable only for experienced climbers. 


*** Colorado 14ers
Peaks:  San Juan Mountains
Dates:  July 11-13
Contact:  Tony Cruz  408.944.2003    cruz@idt.com

Anyone who is comfortable on class 3 rock in the high country can 
join me for a weekend in Colorado.  I plan to rent a 4-wheel drive on 
Friday afternoon July 11 at the Denver Airport and car camp on 
Engineer Pass (13,000 feet!).  From Engineer Pass we should be 
able to easily bag a few nice peaks on Saturday and Sunday, 
including Uncompagre and Wetterhorn, two fourteeners (my spelling 
is off)


*** Mt. Ritter From The Back Side
Peaks: 	Ritter (13150'), Banner (12943')	class 2, snow
Dates:	July 14-19	Mon-Sat
Trailhead:	Agnew Meadows
Contact:  Alan Ritter 314-225-7600 x5362   jar@storz.com

Leave Agnew Meadows Monday, 14 July, camp near Thousand 
Island Lake, then hike over North Glacier Pass and on down to Ritter 
Lakes on 7/15. Approach is on-trail (10 mi) to 1,000 I., off-trail (2 mi) 
from there. Secor's western approach is Class 2. If assault on Mt. 
Ritter succeeds 7/16, we may give neighboring Banner Peak a try 
7/17, before hiking back out 7/18-7/19.	Ice axe and crampons 
required. Snow camping possible at 1,000 I. very probable at Ritter 
Lakes. Reference last summer's trip report:
	http://reality.sgi.com/csp/pcs/Reports/ritter9606.html


*** Mt. Sill
Peak:	Mt. Sill (14,162)	class 2-3
Dates:	July 18-20	Fri-Sun
Map:	Mt. Goddard 15
Contact:	Bill Kirkpatrick	408-293-2447	3780631@mcimail.com
Co-Contact:	Alex Keith	415-325-1091	akeith@crc.ricoh.com

Starting at South Lake (10,000') we will follow the trail over Bishop 
Pass (about 12,000') then cross-country over Thunderbolt Pass 
(12,400') to camp in the Palisade Basin (11,600'). On Saturday we 
will ascend Mt. Sill through Potluck Pass and the Polemonium Glacier 
Basin. We will retrace our steps to the cars on Sunday. This route 
requires a long grind on Friday and the possibility of Class-3 climbing 
on Saturday. Permit for Six. Waiver required. 


*** Three Trips by Hult
July 26 - Aug 1 John Muir Trail light
Sept. 13- 14:  Mt Clark Yosemite
August 2 - 3:  Great Western Divide
Contact Tim Hult 408-970-0760

Puite Pass to Mt Whitney.  Slots for 2 people on this classic.  
Possible peak climbs along the way TBD.  Must be willing to drive to 
accommodate car shuttle.


*** Palisades Part Two
Peak:	Norman Clyde (13920+')	class 3-4
Date:	July 27-28	Sun-Mon
Maps:	Split Mountain 7.5' quad
Contact:	David Harris	415-497-5571	harrisd@leland.stanford.edu

Co-Contact:	John Bees	702-851-0949	jbees@maxey.dri.edu

After Thunderbolt and a short night of sleep in the desert, we'll attack 
imposing Norman Clyde from the South Fork of Big Pine Creek. 
Carrying light packs and bivy gear, we'll race up to Finger Lake before 
the Dreaded Mosquitoes of Big Pine Creek eat us alive, then attempt 
to locate the class 3-4 route up the North-Northeast Ridge. If we stay 
on route, we may be able to dayhike the peak.  If not, we'll plan to 
bivvy somewhere on the peak and finish Monday morning. Ice axe, 
crampons, harness required, climbing shoes may be helpful. Group 
limited to four fast, experienced mountaineers.


*** Matterhorn Peak
8/9 - 8/10 Matterhorn Peak
SASE to:  Andy Zdon /RR4 Box 12-M/ Bishop CA 93514

Leisurely backpack via Horse Creek to this emblem peak.


*** Colorado 14ers
Peaks:	misc	class 1-3
Dates:	Aug 1-10	Fri-Sun
Contact:	George Van Gorden	408-779-2320 before 9pm
Co-Contact:	Bill Kirkpatrick	408-293-2447

We will climb four or five 14er's. We will arrange a meeting time at 
Denver or Colorado Springs airport (depending upon air fares), rent a 
car and drive from peak to peak. although not to the top. Among the 
peaks we climb will be Elbert which is the highest mountain in 
Colorado and Longs Peak by the well-traveled Keyhole route. As a 
group we will select the other peaks, considering distance, difficulty 
and Colorado's unpredictable summer weather. Nothing will be harder 
than Class 3 and much will be on trail.


Mt. Rainier
Peak:  Mt. Rainier (14,410')
Dates:  Aug. 3-7 (Sun-Thurs)
Map:  Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park  USGS  1:50,000
Contact:  Paul Ward-Dolkas   415.324.2015 Home   408.433.2625 Work

Fly to Seattle on Sunday, drive to the mountain and car camp at 
Cougar Rock.  Hike to camp Muir on Monday, hopefully staying in the 
hut. Go for the summit using the Disappointment Cleaver (i.e., Yak) 
route early Tuesday; return to car and fly out Wednesday if all goes 
well. Extra day provided in case Cascade's weather works like it did 
for last year's attempt.  May also consider using camp Schurman 
approach rather than camp Muir since it avoids the loose rock on the 
D.C. Ice ax, crampons and crevasse rescue training mandatory.


*** Brewer By Bubb
 Peak:	Mt Brewer (13,570')	class 2
 Date:	Aug 22-24	Fri-Sun
 Map:	USGS Mt Brewer 7.5'
 Contact:	Bill Kirkpatrick	408-293-2447  3780631@MCIMAIL.COM
 Co-Contact:	Alex Keith	415-325-1091 akeith@crc.ricoh.com

Starting at Road's End in King's Canyon (elev 5,000') we will follow 
the long trail along Bubb's Creek to East Lake (9,500') early Friday 
morning, ascend the peak the next day, and return by the same route 
on Sunday. Secor says that Brewer has a ".. wide, unobstructed view 
in all directions from its summit." A good trip for first-time peak 
climbers with prior back-packing experience. Permit for six. 


*** Toulomne Family Car Camp
Peaks: Koip Peak (12962) & Mount Gibbs (12773) class 1
Dates:          Sep 13-14
Maps:           Mono Craters 15 min or Mount Dana & Koip Peak 7.5 min
Leaders:        Aaron Schuman   h 415-968-9184 w 415-933-1901 schuman@sgi.com
Cecil Magliocco h 408-358-1168 cecilm@ix.netcom.com

Tuolumne Meadows group campsite reserved Friday and Saturday 
nights. Family members are welcome.  Join us exploring the Pacific 
Crest on Saturday or construct your own day activity. Saturday, we'll 
day hike from Dana Meadows trailhead (9600) near the eastern edge 
of Yosemite National Park, over windswept Parker Pass (11100), to 
Koip Peak, to barren Mono Pass (10600), and up the south flank of 
Mount Gibbs.Sunday, we'll make a short class 2 jaunt, perhaps to 
Mount Gaylor or Tioga Peak.


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Rock Climbing Classifications
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The following trip classifications are to assist you in choosing 
trips for which you are qualified. No simple rating system can 
anticipate all possible conditions.
	Class 1: Walking on a trail.
	Class 2: Walking cross-country, using hands for balance.
	Class 3: Requires use of hands for climbing, rope may be used.
	Class 4: Requires rope belays.
	Class 5: Technical rock climbing.


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"Vy can't ve chust climb?" - John Salathe	First Class Mail - Dated Material

(end of EScree - June 1997)