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Scree for March, 1998

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This is the EScree - the Electronic version of the Scree newsletter from
the Peak Climbing Section of the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club.
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                  March, 1998	Vol. 32, No. 3
    Deadline for submissions to the next Scree is Sunday 3/29/98. 
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NOTE FROM THE EScree PUBLISHER:
 
The plain text and Acrobat versions of the 3/98 EScree will be on the
PCS website within a few days, at the URL shown on the "back page"
near the bottom of this file. The PDF EScree includes B/W graphics.

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Next general meeting (PCS meetings are the second tuesday of each month)
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Date:	Tuesday, March 10, 1998
Time:	8:00 PM
Program: Cho Oyo

Dr. Mark Cole, who has much experience 
climbing in Nepal including a trip to Everest, will 
give a presentation on a trip to Cho Oyo a 26906 
Ft. Peak in the Himalayas located on the Nepal-
Tibet boarder. 

Location: Western Mountaineering Town & 
Country Village, San Jose

>From 280: Exit at Winchester Boulevard, go East 
and turn right into the Town & Country Shopping 
Center across form the Century Theaters

>From 880: Exit at Stevens Creek Boulevard, go 
North and turn right into the Town & Country 
Shopping Center

((PDF version of EScree has a drawn map here)) 



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"Everest" the Movie IN IMAX!
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Date: 	October 1998
Location: Michael Hackworth IMAX Theater,
          Tech Museum of Innovation

It is the closest thing to being there without actually traveling to 
Nepal. This Fall you will be able to see the IMAX movie 
"Everest" that Ed Viesters and David Breshears made of the climb. 
Those of you who saw his slide presentation know how breath 
taking his photography is. This Fall you will be able to see their 
climb documented in the IMAX format. You will feel like you are 
actually there!


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Climbing Your Own: Everest with Arlene Blum
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Date: 	Saturday, May 2, 1998
Purpose:	Leadership Skills for the Outdoors
Place:	Coyote Point Museum

In these competitive times, we need leadership skills at all levels 
of our organizations. Current research shows that exemplary 
leadership can be learned.  Arlene Blum, noted writer, chemist and 
expedition leader, believes that everyone has leadership skills, that 
every leader is also a learner, and that we can all learn to achieve 
extraordinary results. Sponsored by the Sierra Club, Arlene will 
offer a one-day workshop on `Leadership Skills for Outdoor 
Adventures'  The day will include lecture that uses 
mountaineering and adventure travel as metaphors to show the 
extraordinary objectives people can achieve with vision, 
commitment, and teamwork. Cost is $75 before April 1st; after 
4/1/98, $100/person. Make check payable to: Arlene Blum 
Lectures and mail to: Julia Bott/Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter, 
3921 E. Bayshore Blvd., Palo Alto, CA 94303. Contact Debbie 
Benham for further information at 650/964-0558 or 
dmbenham@aol.com.

WebPage:  
http://www.sierraclub.org/chapters/lomaprieta/sts/blum.html


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BASIC BACKPACKING COURSE 
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Editor's Note: This is the finest backpacking course that I have 
ever seen. Four years ago, I took the course so I can personally 
recommend it. Even though I had been backpacking for 25 years 
when I took the course, I learned many new things and perhaps 
more important, made some new friends.

Date:	Tuesday Evenings April 21 to June 2
Contact:	Greg Condon, 650-967-2024,
		Dan Cobb, 650-631-9303, or
		Bob Bynum 510-659-1413, rfbynum@aol.com

Interested in learning how to backpack but don't know how 
to get started?  Done some backpacking but want to learn 
the principles - what to buy, where to go, what to bring?  
The Backpack Section's "Basic Backpacking Course" is for 
you. The course includes seven two-hour classes covering 
equipment, wilderness manners, mountain first aid, finding 
your way and trip planning - and 3 backpack trips. The 
course will help the participants choose the right equipment. 
The discussion sessions will be held in the Palo Alto area 
on successive Tuesday nights from April 21 through June 2.  
The field trips dates are:  May 2 and 3; May 16 and 17; and 
May 30 and 31 (drive up evening of May 29). Two trips are 
to local parks and one to the Sierra (a person must go on 
one of the local trips to go on the Sierra trip), and are limited 
to class members only. The class is limited to 40 people on 
a first-come basis.  Anyone under 18 years of age must be 
accompanied by an adult.  The cost of the course is $75 per 
person including books.  The class proceeds are donated to 
conservation and trail maintenance groups.

To enroll, send your name, address, and home & work 
phone numbers to:
	Basic Backpacking Course
	1950 Alford Avenue, Dept PCS
	Los Altos, CA 94024

Enclose a check for $75 payable to "Backpack Section - 
Loma Prieta Chapter". Also enclose a stamped, self-
addressed, legal-size envelope so we can mail you the 
course info.


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Earth Day 1998 - Peak Climbers: We still want YOU!
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A steering committee has formed within the Loma Prieta Chapter 
to engage Sierra Club members in Earth Day 1998. This 
committee, plus other South Bay environmental groups, has 
chosen the theme, A Sense of Place: Bringing Earth Day Home. 
Using this theme, the coalition wants to show the connection 
between ourselves and our local environment.  Also the Loma 
Prieta Chapter  will use this event to reach out to organized 
religious groups. Together we want to work on our common 
concern for the planet. One of the models we will use is the 
"Green-Team," an environmental support group of 6 - 8 people 
wanting to "live more lightly" on the Earth. The groups meet in the  
participants' homes for 5 weeks, using a workbook as their guide.

We invited all Activity Sections and Regional Groups to attend 
one of two meetings in January.  At these meetings, we discussed 
our preliminary goals for Earth Day '98, reviewed some of the 
materials that are available for group use, saw a 30-minute video 
produced by the Union of Concerned Scientists (Keeping the 
Earth: Religious and Scientific Perspectives on the Environment) 
and set up an outreach plan to local religious communities.  We 
want  representatives from each Section and Group. The two 
meetings were identical to allow most people to attend at least one. 
We are encouraging all Loma Prieta Chapter members who are 
affiliated with a religious group to attend. If you were not able to 
come to any of the meetings scheduled in January and 
February we would still welcome your involvement. Call the 
Chapter Office for directions or information, (650) 390-8494.

If PCS members have an interest in participating in Earth Day 
1998, please join us at these meetings.  The Chapter wants its 
offerings for Earth Day to include Peak Climbing.


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Exhibit: Seven Years in Tibet
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The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose has a photo exhibit 
titled "Seven Years in Tibet, 1944-1951: Photographs by Heinrich 
Harrer".  It runs until March 15.  It is free with the general 
museum admission ($7). Associated with the photo exhibit is a 
speaker series. On March 14, Tenzing Tethong presents 
"America's Fascination with Tibet".  Tickets are $20 for each, and 
the photo exhibit is included. (408) 947-3633 for reserve and info.

http://www.rosicrucian.org/calendar/museumevents.html


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Mountaineering Committee Seeks Input From Members
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In addition to approving trip leaders, one of the charters of the 
Mountaineering Committee (Arun Mahajan, Peter Maxwell and 
Kelly Maas) is to conduct training.  The purpose of this broadcast 
is to gauge interest. What sort of training do you think the PCS 
should offer? Should we mimic a class you've taken elsewhere?  Is 
it most important to help out beginners?  To promote leadership 
skills? Please be specific.

Some ideas:
-- Backcountry basics
-- Intro. to mountaineering
-- Crampon and ice axe
-- Leadership development
-- Crevasse rescue
-- Navigation / route finding
-- Classroom versus field practice

Reply to kelly.maas@idt.com (408) 279-2054
or Arun  arun@sentientnet.com


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Trip Leaders Wanted
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Becoming a PCS trip leader is easier than you probably think.  The 
procedure was listed in the December SCREE. I am putting this 
notice in to emphasize that we can always use more leaders.


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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.


*** Mt. Tam Loop
Peak:	Mt. Tamalpais (2,571')

Date:	March 22, Sunday
Leader: 	Debbie Benham h:650-964-0558 dmbenham@aol.com
Co-Leader:	Nancy Fitzsimmons h:408-957-9683 Nancy_Fitzsimmons@BayNetworks.COM

We'll take in West and East Peak, Lagunitas Lake, and the lovely 
Muir Woods. Expect about 14 mi and a bit of elevation gain. Meet 
at 9 AM, Mountain Home Trailhead, or, carpool point at Page Mill
Rd & Hwy. 280, 7:30 am.


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Notes and Requests
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*** Medic/First Aid Classes

To help trip leaders and would-be leaders get the required First 
Aid certificate, the Chapter sponsors a First Aid class each quarter, 
based on a nationally recognized first aid text, but with added 
material and emphasis on wilderness situations with no phone to 
dial 911. The classes will be taught on Saturday, May 16 and 
Sunday, May 17 at the Peninsula Conservation Center in Palo Alto 
(from Bayshore/Hwy. 101 at San Antonio, turn toward the Bay; 
turn left at 1st stoplight, then right at Corporation Way to park 
behind PCC). Class is 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (1 hour for your bag 
lunch) and is limited to 12 people. To sign up, send a check for 
$38 with a stamped, self-addressed business-sized envelope to: 
Health Education Services, 200 Waverly, Menlo Park, CA 94025. 
Cancellations get partial refund if a substitute attends (you get to 
keep the Wilderness First Aid book). For more information, call 
650-321-6500.


*** Andes and Himalayan Expeditions

I am looking for climbers interested in a summer 1998 trip to the 
Peruvian Andes. My intention is to focus on some of the more 
technical routes in the Cordillera Blanca, but I'm open for 
discussion on other objectives.

I am also interested in joining a Himalayan expedition in 1998. If 
you are planning a Himalayan expedition and are in need of 
another team member, please call 415-309-0570 or drop me a line 
at P.O. Box 8757, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.

-- Craig Clarence 


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A Death Valley Christmas
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December 1997

During the winter months the climbing is good  in the desert. 
That's when I work on my Desert Peak List (DPS). This year, 
between Christmas and New Year's Richard and I headed for 
Death Valley.

After a day-long drive from Santa Cruz, we camped at Stovepipe 
Wells, December 25. The next day we needed our 4WD truck to 
make it to the trailhead for Canyon Point (5890'). The last 10 miles 
of the approximately 28-mile dirt road were of moderate roughness 
but open all the way unlike some years when it has been rendered 
impassable due to flash floods.

Canyon Point is an easy climb with excellent views of Stovepipe 
Wells and Death Valley from the summit. We spotted grouse and 
delightful desert dandelion in bloom. A good warm up.

We spent the night at the junction of Marble and Cottonwood 
Canyons and relaxed by hiking scenic Marble Canyon on 
December 27. There were some petroglyphs in this water-carved 
limestone narrows and graffiti from the early 20th century. We 
looked for "JB" reportedly from the Jayhawker party of 1849 and 
may have found it, but the letters were very faint, so we couldn't be 
sure. We returned to Stovepipe Wells and dinner with 
Massachusetts relatives at the Lodge.

The next day we drove up Goler Wash and over Mengel Pass. 
Perhaps I should call it "Mangle Pass." Several times I wasn't sure 
we would make it, even in low 4WD gear. The route was littered 
with abandoned wheels, axles and various car parts. There were 
drops of 2-3 feet, dips, huge rocks, steep inclines and narrow 
passages. It was adrenaline city, much eroded from two years ago 
when we turned back because of the ice on the steep downhill.

Each time we thought the fun was over, the road had another 
surprise for us. It is on this road that the Barker Ranch is found, 
the infamous 1969 hideout for Charles Manson and his followers. 
Since we had visited the ranch in 1995, we kept on trucking to 
remote Butte Valley.

It is worth the trip. Butte Valley is filled with interesting cabins, 
some with running water. "Welcome," read the signs on the doors. 
"In the spirit of the Old West, leave this cabin better than you 
found it." We explored Russell Camp, Stella's Cabin, which was 
built by Mormons in the 1860's, and others. We decided the 
Geologist's cabin, a one-room stone edifice with a fireplace and 
beautiful view of Striped Butte was just right for us. We built a 
warming fire using wood we had brought from home.

Before retiring for a romantic evening in front of the fireplace, we 
ran up Striped Butte. I had vowed to climb this strikingly beautiful 
peaklet years ago (before I ever know where it was located) when I 
saw it on a postcard at the Death Valley Visitor Center. It looks 
like a chunk of halvah (sesame seed candy) dropped on the desert. 
Unlike anything else in view, it sits alone in its chocolate, vanilla, 
and cream striped splendor.

Our friends from Hayward, Howard Steidtmann and Tobi Tyler 
were to meet us for a climb of Manley (7196') on December 29. 
We were on the trail by 7:30 a.m. with no sign of Howard and 
Tobi. There is a trail most of the way and a magnificent stand of 
pinyon pine near the summit. Some of the trees are quite large. 
Recent snow filled the spaces between plants and rocks.

The summit block is a puzzle to solve. The 20-foot high chunk of 
granite has an awkward crack/book with a gaping hole beneath it 
on the right and an exposed friction slab on the left. First I tried the 
crack. Easy enough with rock shoes, but for me too tenuous and 
slippery in boots, especially with the hole below. Next I climbed a 
boulder facing the friction slab.

>From its top I could jump onto the slab and walk up the ramp 
aided by inertia. I was thinking about it. "Any words of advice," I 
asked Richard. "Don't jump," he responded. I looked again. I know 
I could do it. Then I jumped. On the top! Then I spotted Howard 
and Tobi. When they arrived we set up a fixed line using my short 
7mm rope, and Richard, Howard and Tobi came up. Good views 
of Panamint Valley and the Sierra peaks from the summit.

The four of us climbed Needle (5803') the next day. Route finding 
and the climb are more difficult than on Manley. Needle offers 
expansive views to the south and west where one can see 
Charleston Peak in Nevada, and Clark Mountain, and Kingston 
Peak.

That evening, Howard and Tobi left for Nevada. Richard and I 
returned to the Geologist's cabin. The next day was spent in 
decadent soaking at Tecopa Hot Springs, touring the Shoshone 
Museum (first time I have seen it open), and exploring the 
abandoned talc mine and warm pools on the Warm Springs 
Canyon Road which we used to exit Butte Valley to the east. 
Desert sunflowers bloomed profusely in joyous contrast to the rich 
brown rock of the desert floor. We spent the night on an old 
mining road near the trailhead for Stewart Point off Highway 178.

The route up Stewart Point (5265') follows several canyons with 
dry waterfalls and interesting rock formations. Once one climbs 
out of the canyon, there are numerous false summits. The geology 
is fascinating. My knees were not crazy about the loose rock 
slopes, however, especially on the descent. We could see our truck 
from the summit. Then we went back to Tecopa for a shower and 
soak before heading home.

-- Debbie Bulger


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Lesser Adams
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January 1998

There is a real Mt Adams (in Oregon). There is also an Adams 
Peak (in California, 8197'). Adams Peak is the lesser Adams! It's a 
bump on a ridge, with trees at the top and desert at the base. You 
can see Reno's lights reflecting off the clouds at the trailhead. 
(Highway 284 was open and sanded.) Not exactly my image of a 
Sierra Nevada peak, but it's on the SPS list!

Aaron Schuman and I decided to try sneaking past the weather god 
for one last conditioning trip before I head into the deserts of 
Chile. As has been said many times before, you never conquer a 
mountain - it's more like you are allowed to visit, and sometimes 
it's more like you can sneak up before the weather gets around to 
nailing you.

This is the only peak in my life that I have climbed without ever 
seeing. The summit remained in the clouds all day, our route was 
in the trees all day, and a jumble of logging roads covered with a 
foot or two of wet snow do not make navigation easy. We had no 
idea what the lay of the land was like, except from the DeLorme 
topo atlas (with 100 meter contours), since the clouds were quite 
low in the morning and we did not bother to buy a USGS topo map 
with detailed resolution.

We used a compass at 5 minute intervals, and a GPS at half hour 
intervals, and more or less stayed on the right route (only 600' of 
up/down wasted). Even so the slog from Frenchman Lake was 12 
hours round trip. Much of that time was due to the breakable 
surface (not quite a crust) on deep wet snow, which made coming 
down almost as hard as going up.

At a false summit, we almost headed back down without finding 
the register until the GPS said "0.17 miles at 38 degrees" - we 
couldn't see even 100 yards up there, but the GPs lead us to within 
100' of the register. Cool. (Actually, COLD - the wind was 
howling on top, but it was calm down in the trees.) I got the GPS 
coordinates from DeLorme's Street Atlas software, since none of 
the backcountry CDROMs I know of cover this area: (NAD83) 
N39"54.639',W120"06.005' (The web version of this report will 
have a GIF map attached showing our approximate route.)

Aaron and I have done enough of these low-risk day trips to know 
when we SHOULD turn around, (1pm) but we sometimes push on 
knowing we'll get back way after dark. We didn't leave the summit 
until 3pm. Unlike a big peak, we had reasonable temperatures, 
trees for shelter, and running water. With survival gear like mylar 
bivy bags and extra gloves we felt safe getting back several hours 
after dark, but make sure you know how to navigate in the trees 
and/or how to spend the night safely before deciding not to set a 
turn around time that will get you back early.

On the other hand, in the summer you could drive (4WD? bike?) 
almost to the summit. It's climbed 2 or 3 times per year, mostly by 
peak baggers whose names are in all the obscure registers. Never 
in winter, at least as far as we saw in the short time we huddled on 
the summit.

If you want solitude and a workout worth doing, winter is the right 
season for you! If there had been a bit more snow lower down, this 
peak would have made a nice ski trip. The summit mass is too 
steep for me, but that's a small  percentage of the trip. Lots of old 
logging - watch out for stumps and buried logs when you're 
carving those turns!

-- Steve Eckert


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Snug as a Bug
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November 28-Dec 2, 1997

We started this  trip out to be  a late fall) snow climb. John 
reported that Lassen was great and had good weather both days. 
Snow was up to the knees and beyond. Snowshoes had to be used 
to get up the final portion to the summit as it was too steep for 
skis, too deep for feet. John did 11 ascents of Lassen last year so 
he has to work to catch up to that record.

For me, It was now a ski and snow shoe climb up several of the 
smaller peaks around Donner Summit.  I first spent a day taking 
lessons at Royal Gorge. I planned to meet John up at Royal Gorge 
for a day of skiing and then try Lassen.

However I was too flued out to do anything but rest thus John took 
off for Lassen and I took off into my sleeping bag. I had made one 
of the SNO-PARKS (Donner summit) my base camp since it 
allowed overnight parking.

The climb up Donner was easy and afforded good views from the 
summit.  The snow averaged about 3.5 feet deep and had yet to 
turn to Sierra cement so building a snow cave was a little difficult; 
however I found a huge drift between two 15' boulders,  knocked 
snow down from the tops, and compacted it with my snowshoes. 
The weird light and tomb-like silence took some getting used to 
again, but it was an enjoyable respite from "civilization". As I dug 
into the snow I found two dead wasps apparently caught in the 
freeze. After a quick but solemn burial, I was snug as a bug in my 
shelter

The climb up two other smaller unnamed peaks was straightforwrd 
except for the soft snow on the steep sections  (60 degree) so I 
traversed  instead of removing my snowshoes.

Up early and on the trail at 5:30AM I was treated to a very dense 
and wonderful looking snowfall for about 1 hr. . It stopped shortly 
after 6:30 AM but clouds looked like it would snow for a week. 
Around 10AM the front broke up and the storm dissolved into high 
wispy clouds.

-- Rich Calliger


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Unofficial (Private) Trips
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Private trips may be submitted directly to the Scree Editor, 
but are not insured, sponsored, or supervised by the Sierra 
Club. They are listed here because they may be of interest to 
PCS members, not because they are endorsed by the PCS.


*** Windy Hill Open Space Preserve
Date:	Sat March 14
Time: 	10:00 A.M.
Contact:	Bob Bynum 510-659-1413, rfbynum@aol.com

Climb to spectacular views of the entire Bay Area. This is a 6-mile 
hike with a 1,100 foot +. elevation gain. Windbreaker and warm 
clothing are needed since this area lives up to its name. We will 
hike up to Windy Hill from Alpine Road via the Hamms Gulch Trail. 
Bring a snack and liquid. Hiking boots are strongly recommended. 
Meet at Park and Ride lot at Page Mill Road and Highway 280. Co-
listed with Sierra Singles.


*** Around and Atop Roundtop Again
Peak:	Roundtop (10600) 	Class 2+ snow
Date:	Mar. 15  Sunday
Contact:	George Van Gorden  408-779-2320

We will meet at the Carson Pass snow-park at 8:00 and on snow 
shoes or skies head for Roundtop.  To the saddle above Lake 
Winumucca is easy walking and, crampons and ice axe are needed 
only on the last few hundred feet.  Experience with axe and 
crampons is necessary.  


*** Mission Peak Hike
Date:	Sat March 28
Time: 	10:00 A.M.
Contact:	Bob Bynum 510-659-1413, rfbynum@aol.com

Climb to spectacular views of the entire Bay Area. This is a fast-
paced strenuous 6-mile hike with a 2100 ft. elevation gain. 
Windbreaker and warm clothing are mandatory since the 
temperature at the top can be as low as 45 F and winds can be 30 
MPH or greater. Hiking boots are strongly recommended. Bring 
water. Directions: Take 880 north to Mission Blvd. exit. Go about 
1.5 miles to the 3rd light. Just beyond the 3rd light turn right on 
Stanford Avenue at the sign that says "Mission Peak Regional 
Preserve". Co-listed with Sierra Singles.


*** Scoping Out the Rose
Peak:	Telescope Peak (11,058)
Date:	April 3-6 1998.
Contact: 	Leader: Nancy Fitzsimmons,
		Nancy_Fitzsimmons@BayNetworks.com, H: 408-957-9683
Co-Contact:	Bill Kirkpatrick
		wmkirk@earthlink.net, H:408-293-2447, W:408-279-3450

Meet Panamint Valley on Friday Afternoon of April 3rd. Saturday 
we will climb Telescope Peak and Sunday Wild Rose Peak. Return 
home on Monday. Great time of the year for wildflower's and car 
camping. Contact leader for details.


*** Matterhorn Peak
Peak:	 Matterhorn Peak (12,264), Class 3 snow
Dates:	 May 23-25
Map:	 Matterhorn Peak, Buckeye Ridge 7.5 min.
Contact: 	 Kai Wiedman (650)347-5234

The Sawtooth Ridge is an alpine cluster of peaks known for its 
clean, white granite and interesting glaciers. The Ridge contains 
much charm and is affectionately known as, "The Poor Man's 
Chamonix."  The Matterhorn is an impressive peak with a 
commanding view. Secor thinks a ski tour from the summit can be 
one of the finest mountaineering experiences on the continent. Ski 
or snowshoes necessary.


*** Nepal
Peak:	Mera Peak (21,200)
Date:	October 1998
Contact:	Warren Storkman 
	4180 Mackay Drive	Palo Alto, CA 94306
	650-493-8959(H)	650-493-8975(FAX)
	Dstorkman@AOL.com

Mera Peak 21,200 also a trekking group to Kala Pattan. Trek from 
Arun River, a seldom traveled route. People and  villages that are 
not accustomed to seeing  Westerners. I'll retrace a 1983 trek. 
Remember, all financing is done directly with the provider. Nothing 
through Warren. That's the reason we get good prices and 
excellent service. We have our own cook. No tea house. No "Delhi 
Belly". For the itinerary and other information, contact Warren.


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Oh Well & Kicked Buttes
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October 3, 1997

With my computer boxed up in a moving van and my phone 
unplugged for the day, there wasn't much point in going to work.  
Steve Eckert had his latest tenant crisis under control, so we 
rumbled up the road and turned off at the Tahoe National Forest. 
Our destinations: Mount Elwell and Sierra Buttes.

Both peaks are easily reached from a paved road connecting Sierra 
City on highway 49 with Graegle on highway 70.  There is a sign 
for a turnoff to the Lakes Basin campground where the Grassy 
Lake trailhead is located; this is the best access to Mount Elwell. 
The trailhead is at 6200 feet, the summit is at 7812 feet, and there 
is a well marked 2-1/2 mile trail all the way to the top. The summit 
had pleasant views of Mount Lassen & Sierra Buttes.

Ten miles south, we took the turnoff for Sardine Lake, and chose 
the Packer Lake road over the 4WD route. My old Honda gasped 
and wheezed up an astonishingly steep paved road beyond Packer 
Lake to the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail at about 7000 feet.

The Buttes, less than two miles away, were a tremendous jagged 
sheared monolith of quartz porphry, weathered to a deep purple. 
The east side, facing the road, had a five hundred foot cliff. We 
hoped the west side would be easier. Approaching the peak, we 
saw it was defended by cliffs on every side. A rope would have 
been required if it weren't for the steel staircase leading hundreds 
of feet up the wall to the fire lookout tower.  So much for 
mountains without handrails! We climbed the stairs to the 8587 
foot summit, circled the tower on a scary open mesh catwalk with 
five hundred feet of air beneath our feet.  We returned; 65 minutes 
up and 50 minutes down.

-- Aaron Schuman


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Scree is the monthly journal of the Peak Climbing Section of 
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Elected Officials
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Chair:
	Roger  Crawley 
	650-321-8602  home
	761 Nash Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Vice Chair and Trip Scheduler:
	Arun Mahajan / arun@sentientnet.com
	408-244-7912 home, 408-473-8029 work,
	3770 Flora Vista Avenue, #904, Santa Clara, CA 95051

Treasurer and Membership Roster (address changes):
	Nancy Fitzsimmons/Nancy_Fitzsimmons@BayNetworks.com
	408-957-9683 home
	1025 Abbott Avenue, Milpitas, CA 95035

Appointed Positions

Scree Editor:
	Bob Bynum / rfbynum@aol.com
	510-659-1413 home/work 
	761 Towhee Court, Fremont CA 94539-7421

PCS World Wide Web Publisher:
	Aaron Schuman / aaron_schuman@yahoo.com
	650-943-7532 
	http://www.sierraclub.org/chapters/lomaprieta/pcs/
	223 Horizon Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043-4718


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Hardcopy subscriptions are $10. Subscription applications and 
checks payable to "PCS" should be mailed to the Treasurer so 
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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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In Upcoming Issues:
April 14, 1998: Bob DeNike, Baffin Island
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Deadline for submissions to the next Scree is Sunday 3/29/98.
Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month.
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"Vy can't ve chust climb?" - John Salathe