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 April, 2003     Peak Climbing Section, Loma Prieta Chapter, Sierra Club Vol. 38 No. 4

World Wide Web Address: http://lomaprieta.sierraclub.org/pcs/


Next General Meeting

Date:               Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Time:              7:30 PM

Program:        Escalante South, A Visit to the Waterpocket Fold by Hal Tompkins

Hal will show slides of a semi-technical backpacking trip in the Escalante area of Utah.  The backpacking involved climbing up to 5.4.

Location:Kestrel Room
Peninsula Conservation Center
3921 East Bayshore Rd
Palo Alto, CA

Directions:From 101: Exit at San Antonio Road, Go East to the first traffic light, Turn left and follow Bayshore Rd to the PCC on the corner of Corporation Way. A sign marking the PCC is out front. Park behind.

Deadline for submissions to the next Scree is Sunday 4/27/2003  •  Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month.


Wilderness First Aid Course

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 next First Aid classes will be Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 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, call Health Education Services, 650-321-6500, reserve a spot for Sat. or Sun., and authorize a $40 charge on your credit card—or promise to bring $40 in cash to class. Cancellations get partial refund if a substitute attends (you get to keep the Wilderness First Aid book). For more information, call 650-321-6500.

• Marg Ottenberg

Chapter Awards!

We are looking forward to our 70th anniversary celebration on June 7th.

Not only will this be an opportunity to celebrate the chapters wonderful history but it will also be a chance to recognize those who have made a special contribution to our chapter.

Help us recognize the dedicated folks throughout the chapter by nominating them for an award. Please consider who in your midst has made a unique contribution. The chapter recognizes individuals for the following awards:

Duveneck Award: especially outstanding contribution over extended period,ExCom approval required

Service to Chapter: service towards growth and maintenance of chapter

Chapter Conservation: service towards chapter conservation goals

Activities Section: contribution to activities section

Regional Group: contribution towards

New Activist: major contribution in past 12 months

10/25 Year Activist: contributions over 10 or 26

Special Achievement: special contributions

Please include the following information in your nomination: Name of nominee, address, phone, email, chapter group or issue, award name, a good description of the reasons the person deserves the award (positions held, issues worked on, years on which trips were led, etc.), and finally, your name and contact information.

Nominations are due by Friday April 11th!

There are many deserving individuals and this is a great chance to acknowledge them. Please submit nominations by email to rkreyes@yahoo.commailto:rkreyes@yahoo.com or fax (650) 390-8497, attention Rafael Reyes. The nominations committe for 2003 is made up of Clyde Lerner, Gary Bailey and myself. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call (650-342-0674).

• Rafael Reyes, Chapter Chair, Sierra Club - Loma Prieta

Chapter Needs Help!

The Loma Prieta Chapter needs volunteer help from the Peak Climbing Section with our important fundraising event. With the slow economy, donations are down for all non profit organizations, and the Loma Prieta Sierra Club chapter is having financial difficulties. In order to raise new funds, the chapter is planning a fund raising event to be held June 7 marking the 70th anniversary of the of Loma Prieta Chapter

Help from your activity sections is needed to make this event a financial success. At this time help is needed with finding business sponsors, including retail stores. Sponsors will be recognized in the Loma Prietan newsletter.

Volunteers are needed for the following tasks:

1) Identifying potential sponsors. Do PCS members have contacts with outdoor retail shops, or other companies.

2) Finding the address and phone no. for potential sponsors The Chapter will then send a letter to the potential sponsors inviting them to become sponsors.

3) If potential sponsors do not respond to a letter from the chapter, volunteers are needed to make follow up telephone calls to them.

We need to have these tasks accomplished within a few weeks. We want to start sending the first of the sponsor invitation letters very soon.

We really need wide participation to insure this event will be a financial success. Please find some volunteers in your section to help with these tasks, and provide me with their contact information.

If people cannot help with sponsors, but are willing to help later, other assistance will be needed as time goes on.

Thanks loads!! Hope to hear from you soon.

• Gary Bailey (408)732-5499

PCS Trips

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.

There are no official PCS trips this month.

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.

Come enjoy Springtime in Big Sur!

Peak: Ventana Double Cone, 4854'

Date: Apr 4-6 (Fri-Sun)

Difficulty: class 1

Location: Big Sur

Contact: Bill Kirkpatrick (408) 244-7607

Wmkirk@earthlink.net

Contact: Nancy Fitzsimmons, (408) 957-9683

pkclimber@aol.com

Meet at Bottchers Gap (off Hwy 1 south of Carmel) at noon on Friday, April 4, and backpack to Pat Springs, 8 miles and 2000' gain. Saturday we day-hike to Ventana Double Cone, 15 miles, 3000' gain; and Sunday we hike back to the cars. There is no better place than the mountains of Big Sur in the spring. Limited to 12.

Pacheco Creek Hike

Hike: Henry Coe State Park, Pacheco Creek hike

Date: April 13, 2003

Contact: John Wilkinson, 408-947-0858(H)

Join us for this special hike into Pacheco Creek, an area threatened by the reservoir project that is being proposed by the Santa Clara Valley Water District. We'll hike from Dowdy Ranch down to the Creek, explore a couple of miles of the canyon, visit the Indian site at Brem Spring, and finish with an optional side trip to Tie Down Peak for a bird's eye view of the area the proposed reservoir would flood.

Meet at 9 am at the Highway 85/Cottle Road Park-and-Ride. Bring lunch, two quarts of water, sun protection, and alternative footwear for possible wet stream crossings. The hike is cross-country through the canyon, on trail and fireroad elsewhere. It should be roughly 8 miles with about 2000 feet of elevation gain. If you don't want to climb that much, you can hang out by the stream while those who choose make the climb to Tie Down Peak.

Needham Mtn

Peak: Needham Mtn (12,520+')

Date: May 3-4 (Sat-Sun)

Difficulty: class 2s3, snowshoes, ice axe, crampons

Map: Mineral King topo

Contacts: Charles Schafer, c_g_schafer@yahoo.com

(408) 354-1545, (408) 829-0381, cell

Bob Suzuki, SuzukiR@sd-star.com

Hoping the road to Mineral King will be open so we can try this early season backpack to Crystal Lake. Sunday's attempt on Needham will require a climb and descent of a snowy, 11,500' ridge above camp. Expect to use an ice axe and crampons. We should get some great snowy views of the Kaweahs.

Wynne and Pinchot

Peaks: Wynne(13179) and Pinchot(13495)

Date: Friday, May 30 - Sunday, June 1

Difficulty: Class 3; ice ax & crampons required

Contacts: Charles Schafer 408 354 1545 c_g_schafer@yahoo.com

Bob Evans 408 998 2857; robtwevans@email.msn.com

Friday: Exact route depends on snow conditions. Hopefully, meet at base of Armstrong Cnyn and 4-wheel up; approach hike towards Mt. Perkins (12,591, cl 2) or Armstrong Col. (12,000, cl. 2). No snow alternative of Taboose Pass Trail.

Saturday: Wynne (if from Perkins, via E. ridge, cl. 2; if from Armstrong Col., via W. ridge, cl. 2); traverse to Pinchot (cl. 3); then return to camp.

2003 Sierra Challenge

Peaks: Virginia, Banner, Red + White, Gabb, Thompson, Sill, Norman Clyde, Tyndall, McAdie, Langley

Date: Aug 9-18 (Sat-Mon)

Difficulty: class 2-4, ice axe, crampons, glaciers

Location: eastern Sierra Nevada

Contact: Bob Burd, snwbord@hotmail.com

Ten (10) challenging dayhikes in the High Sierra, from Virginia Peak in the north to Mt. Langley in the south. This is the third year for this private/ non-sponsored event, drawing on a new list of peaks, including 3 14ers and 3 'Mountaineers' Peaks. Join us for one or all, from easy class 2 to challenging class 4 climbing. If you've ever wondered why you need to take 50lbs of gear and three days to climb a Sierra peak, this may be the alternative you've been looking for. Information, details and sign up info can be found at: http://www.snwburd.com/bob/challenge/

PCS Membership Roster

The Official PCS Roster is maintained by the PCS Treasurer and has been updated in the past few months. If your name does not appear, you have either requested anonymity, or your membership was not renewed in the past year. If you have updates, corrections, or if you would prefer that your personal information not appear in the Scree in the future, please contact:

Tom Driscoll / tdriscoll@eooinc.com 650-938-2106, 2149 Junction Ave. #3, Mountain View, CA 94043

Last Name

First Name

City

Htel

Wtel

Email

Abernethy

Daniel

Sunnyvale

(408) 730-8962

(408) 844-7733

dabernet@covad.com

Adler

David

Santa Cruz

(831) 464-1172

(408) 261-3739

davida@amhsys.alliance.org

Anderson

Mark F.

Stockton

(209) 957-4062

-

amarkanderson@aol.com

Anison

Cecil Ann

Los Gatos

(408) 358-1168

-

cecilann@earthlink.net

Barnes

George

Palo Alto

(650) 494-8895

-

ggared@att.net

Barry

David

Sunnyvale

(408) 734-9463

-

david.j.barry@att.net

Bees

John

Reno

(775) 852-5075

(775) 673-7381

john.bees@att.net

Ben David

Yehuda

Oakland

(510) 869-5205

(510) 524-3510

ybendavid@msn.com

Benham

Deborah

Mountain View

(650) 964-0558

-

deborah4@pacbell.net

Berne

Barbara

Redwood City

(650) 366-4341

(650) 838-2269

barbara_berne@ivw.com

Beverly

Aaron

 

-

-

beverly@cadence.com

Blockus

Dave

Cupertino

(408) 973-9347

-

 

Booth

Dee

Los Gatos

(408) 354-7291

-

rdbooth@worldnet.att.net

Booth

Rick

Los Gatos

(408) 354-7291

(408) 579-9239

rwbooth@home.com

Borad

Gary

San Jose

(408) 323-1804

-

borad@yahoo.com

Borucki

Nancy

Mountain View

(650) 961-7835

(650) 964-8445

 

Boyle

Brian

Cupertino

(408) 252-5219

(408) 845-3488

brboyle@guidant.com

Brown

Alan

 

(707) 875-9123

-

grandpapeabody@hotmail.com

Budman

Joe

Stanford

(650) 497-9415

(650) 723-3370

Jbudman@stanford.edu

Bulger

Debbie

Santa Cruz

(831) 457-1036

-

dfbulger@cruzio.com

Bynum

Bob

Fremont

(510) 659-1413

-

rfbynum@aol.com

Carlson

Raoul W.

Los Gatos

(408) 358-3710

-

raoul@ihot.com

Cline

Terry

Palo Alto

(650) 424-9015

(650) 919-5669

terry_cline@yahoo.com

Conover

Mark

Cupertino

-

-

 

Cordes

John

Santa Clara

(408) 247-3162

(408) 721-7915

john.cordes@usa.net

Courtnay

Craig

Mountain View

(650) 960-3195

(408) 586-0390

craig@outsideescapes.com

Curl

Jim

San Francisco

(415) 585-1380

-

jim@hellobrain.com

Curl

Tom

Livermore

(925) 455-1630

(408) 845-0222

tom.curl@fatbrain.com

Daraska

Rick

 

(408) 987-5160

-

Rick_Daraska@amat.com

Day

Mark

Bakersfield

(661) 589-8753

-

maday@aeraenergy.com

Dettloff

Roger

Redwood City

-

-

roger_dettloff@pacbell.net

Dorr

Dan

 

(408) 523-1238

(408) 447-4682

ddorr@msn.com

Doyle

Will

San Jose

(408) 377-3667

-

wdoyle42@yahoo.com

Driscoll

Tom

Mountain View

(650) 938-2106

(408) 738-5396

Tdriscoll@eooinc.com

Dyal

Palmer

Los Altos Hills

(650) 941-5321

-

pdyal@msn.com

Evans

Bob

San Jose

(408) 998-2857

(408) 998-2857

robtwevans@email.msn.com

Fearon

Mark

 

-

-

mfearon@gte.net

Fennell

Alex

San Francisco

(650) 248-1173

(925) 927-3512

canuckavenger@yahoo.com

Fitzsimmons

Nancy

Milpitas

(408) 957-9683

-

pkclimber@aol.com

Franchuk

Christopher

San Jose

(408) 526-0382

(510) 572-1712

clif2694@earthlink.net

Garcia

Carmen

Palo Alto

(650) 279-6322

-

carmengarciaiz@hotmail.com

Gorman

Brian

Morgan Hill

(408) 778-2191

-

brian@altera.com

Gottesman

Jeffrey

Berkeley

(510) 883-0322

-

jgottesm@dvc.edu

Gross

Bob

Santa Clara

(408) 241-6149

-

rwgross@compuserve.com

Guerin

Barbara

Poway

(858) 748-4199

(858) 495-5264

bmguerin@cs.com

Hart

Denise

Berkeley

(510) 704-9556

-

denisehart@redquill.net

Hastings

Allen

Los Altos Hills

(650) 493-6084

-

alclimber@msn.com

Hauser

Bill

San Jose

(408) 243-4566

-

 

Henriquez

Logan

 

-

-

logan@henriquez.net

Henzel

Bill & Bonnie

San Mateo

(650) 349-3062

(650) 225-1243

wjh@gene.com

Hult

Tim

Santa Clara

(408) 970-0760

-

 

Huncilman

Stan

Berkeley

-

-

 

Ibbetson

Pat

Sanger

(559) 787-2306

(916) 806-2286

djpat@yahoo.com

Isherwood

Bill & Dana

Orinda

(925) 254-0739

-

bill@isherwoods.net

Jaiswal

Vishal

Palo Alto

(650) 329-1814

(650) 259-3328

vishrj@hotmail.com

Jensen

Erik

San Francisco

(415) 643-7978

(415) 677-0988

nesnejwerdnakire@yahoo.com

Johnson

Kelly

Sunnyvale

(408) 736-4534

-

 

Karpel

Ron

Belmont

(650) 594-0211

(510) 771-3231

ronny@karpel.org

Keith

Alexander

Santa Clara

(408) 557-9511

(408) 536-3586

akeith@adobe.com

Kelly

Terrence

San Francisco

(415) 824-1382

(510) 885-3566

tkelly@csuhayward.edu

Kerr

Christine

Oakland

(510) 482-8322

(510) 450-7114

ckerr@dvax.com

Kirkpatrick

William

San Jose

(408) 244 7607

(408) 279-3450

Wmkirk@earthlink.net

Kramar

Christopher

Fremont

(510) 796-6651

(650) 926-6861

ckramer@onlink.net

Kreider

Marilyn

Sunnyvale

(408) 737-8709

-

kreider00@aol.com

Kreider

Scott

Sunnyvale

(408) 737-8709

(650) 853-6560

scott_kreider@yahoo.com

Kremerskotter

Fred

Milpitas

(408) 263-0565

-

fkremer@attbi.com

Lang

John P.

San Carlos

(650) 595-8103

-

JLang@aol.com

Leeder

Sue

Santa Cruz

(831) 457-9555

-

sueleeder@onebox.com

Leiker

Maggie

San Jose

(408) 268-0234

(650) 404-3428

maggiehudson@kmpg.com

Leiker

Rich

San Jose

(408) 268-0234

(408) 586-4820

rleiker@nptest.com

Lenzie

Ted

Sacramento

(916) 985-6144

-

ted_lenzie@dca.ca.gov

Luddington

Kris

Sunnyvale

(408) 735-9652

-

krisludington@msn.com

Maas

Kelly A.

Campbell

(408) 378-5311

(408) 731-1659

kellylanda@sbcglobal.net

Macica

Andrew F.

San Jose

(408) 629-1679

(408) 859-7634

amacica@pacbell.net

MacIntosh

Chris

Menlo Park

(650) 325-7841

-

cmaci@attglobal.net

MacLean

Karon

Vancouver

(604) 222-3343

-

karon@kmaclean.com

Mahajan

Arun

Palo Alto

(650) 327-8598

 

arun.mahajan@att.net

Marshall

Joan

San Jose

-

(650) 210-7551

jmarshal@legato.com

Martin

Don

Los Altos

(650) 949-0775

-

Don@best-rate.com

Martin

Keith

 

(707) 252-3949

(707) 469-6757

mtclimber57@aol.com

Maxwell

Peter

Sunnyvale

(408) 737-9770

(408) 345-8927

peter_maxwell@agilent.com

McBurney

Sean

Pacifica

(650) 355-8394

(408) 529-9818

seanmcb@earthlink.net

McDermitt

Mike

San Francisco

(415) 576-1057

(415) 394-5180

mike@mcdermitt.org

Mehl

Jim

Los Gatos

-

-

Mehl@ihot.com

Moore

Jim

Los Altos

(650) 325-2904

-

jim.moore@sbcglobal.net

Morrison

Bobbie

 

-

-

bobbie_morrison@hp.com

Mouradian

Kirsten

San Carlos

(650) 551-0392

 

kmouradian@hotmail.com

Mouradian

Stephane

San Carlos

(650) 551-0392

 

smouradian@hotmail.com

Neff

Kelly Joyce

Pacifica

(650) 355-5204

(415) 434-3752

kelt1111@aol.com

Norris

Jennifer

San Francisco

(415) 831-9258

-

anniegal2000@yahoo.com

Novalis

Susann

Pacifica

(650) 359-1821

-

novalis@att.net

Osanloo

Arzoo

Palo Alto

(650) 322-3909

-

arzoo@stanford.edu

Pearson

Carl

Soquel

(831) 479-8529

(831) 464-5655

carlpearson@suesd.org

Pedersen

Lynne

San Jose

(408) 278-1208

-

LPedersen1@aol.com

Perry

Charles

Richmond

(510) 215-9585

-

 

Pilch

Nick

 

-

-

nicky@mindspring.com

Price

Patsy

Fremont

(510) 659-9189

-

patsy_price@yahoo.com

Raczek

Ted

San Jose

(408) 532-7732

(408) 922-3460

tedraczek@yahoo.com

Ramaker

Jim

San Jose

(408) 224-8553

(408) 463-4873

ramaker@vnet.ibm.com

Rampe

Dan

San Francisco

(415) 750-1224

(415) 205-9378

rampe@pacbell.net

Rapheld

Nathan

Mountain View

(650) 968-7474

(650) 465-4680

nathan@rapheld.org

Rau

Greg & Vreni

Castro Valley

(510) 582-5578

(925) 423-7990

rau4@llnl.gov

Reilly

Dot

San Francisco

(415) 585-1380

-

der@gene.com

Rinaldi

Michael

San Francisco

(415) 564-9830

(415) 424-3290

rinaldi@mail.spasci.com

Robillard

Landa

Campbell

-

-

kellylanda@sbcglobal.net

Rodrigues

Steven

San Francisco

-

-

steverod@netapp.com

Rohr

Annette

Portola Valley

(650) 851-0964

(650) 855-2765

arohr@epri.com

Rosmarin

Peter

Oakland

(510) 547-5395

-

 

Runov

Maxym

Santa Clara

(408) 261-2362

(408) 974-3149

maxym@elegantsoft.com

Sander

Jo

San Ramon

-

-

jsander@llnl.gov

Sapozhnikov

Alex

San Francisco

(415) 668-5760

(408) 765-7806

alex.sapozhnikov@intel.com

Sayed

Rosa

Fremont

(510) 304-6595

(408) 907-8142

asor218@yahoo.com

Schafer

Charles & Helen

Los Gatos

(408) 354-1545

(408) 324-6003

c_g_schafer@yahoo.com

Schiffman

Tina

Santa Cruz

(831) 429-6848

-

bschiffty@aol.com

Schollard

James

San Rafael

(415) 479-3490

(925) 946-3107

jschollard@itsi.com

Schou

Jesper

Palo Alto

(650) 494-7432

(650) 725-9826

schou@quake.stanford.edu

Schuman

Aaron

Mountain View

(650) 968-9184

(650) 943-7532

aaron_schuman@yahoo.com

Secor

R.J.

Pasadena

(626) 795-5520

(626) 795-5520

rjsecor@earthlink.net

Seelye

Conrad

 

-

-

sierra@conrads.net

Sekikawa

Noriko

Belmont

(650) 593-4166

(650) 801-7205

nsekikawa@natus.com

Simon

Scott

Mountain View

(408) 230-7202

(408) 853-9523

scott@simon.org

Sinclair

George

Roseville

(916) 791-4810

-

geosinc@aol.com

Smith

Linda

Palo Alto

(650) 327-2099

(650) 327-6608

lindasyd@aol.com

Stegman

Anthony

San Jose

(408) 926-3019

-

astegman@telis.org

Steinbach

Greg

San Diego

-

-

gsteinbach@ucsd.edu

Storkman

Dixie

Palo Alto

(650) 493-8959

(650) 493-8975

Dstorkman@aol.com

Storkman

Warren

Palo Alto

(650) 493-8959

(650) 493-8975

Dstorkman@aol.com

Stover

Richard

Santa Cruz

(408) 457-1036

-

dfbulger@cruzio.com

Stuhl

Siegfried

Daly City

(650) 755-8044

-

 

Suits

Harlan

Sunnyvale

(650) 325-4116

(408) 616-0085

harlan.suits@lmco.com

Sun

Linda

San Jose

-

-

lindasun@sbcglobal.net

Suzuki

Bob

San Jose

(408) 259-0772

-

bobszk@frys.com

Taylor

Stephen (Steve)

San Jose

-

-

kaylorsan@yahoo.com

Towers

Matthew

San Francisco

(415) 585-9289

-

scm@towersresearch.com

Van Gorden

George C.

Morgan Hill

(408) 779-2320

-

 

Vassar

Janet

Los Altos

(650) 949-4485

(650) 354-5113

richardvassar@earthlink.net

Vassar

Richard

Los Altos

(650) 949-4485

(650) 354-5113

richardvassar@earthlink.net

Verplanke

Fi

Palo Alto

(650) 813-1445

-

fiverplanke@yahoo.com

Vlasveld

Paul

San Jose

(408) 247-6472

(408) 501-6358

pvlasvel@adobe.com

Walden

William

Salinas

(831) 455-8824

-

ventanadoc01@aol.com

Waser

Shlomo

Sunnyvale

(408) 730-9396

-

shlomowaser@yahoo.com

Welch

James

Stanford

(650) 852-9173

-

welch@slac.stanford.edu

West

Jeff

Santa Cruz

(408) 426-4456

(408) 754-6717

jbwest@usgs.gov

Whitcomb

Richard Lee

San Diego

(619) 299-6760

(619) 437-9436

HAD007@yahoo.com

Wiedman

Kai

San Mateo

(415) 347-5234

-

 

Wilkinson

John

San Jose

(408) 947-0858

(650) 330-7764

jfwilkinson@sbcglobal.net

Wilms

Paul

San Jose

-

(408) 463-5627

dbwilms@us.ibm.com

Wilson

Steve

San Jose

-

-

mtnfreak@aol.com

Wong

Michael

Palo Alto

(650) 279-6347

-

mike_a_wong@yahoo.com

Yager

Chris

Santa Clara

(408) 243-3026

(408) 243-3027

iceman@phc.com

Yehuda

Ben-David

Oakland

(510) 763-2472

(510) 339-9290

 

Mount Lassen

Spring climbing in January

January 19-20, 2003

Trip participants: Rick and Dee Booth, Tom Driscoll, Nancy Fitzsimmons, Tony Stegman, Chris Prendergast, Kirsten Mouradian and leaders Steve Eckert and Stephane Mouradian, scribe and his third attempt to Lassen in winter.

This trip was originally scheduled in December 14, 2002, the same week end the remants of the Super Typhoon hit Northern California. For once it was worth rescheduling as we had perfect weather for the second try.

We left the Chalet around 8am on foot initially and later on snowhoes and skis. We followed the road the whole way to Helen Lake. We did not take the Diamond peak cut off on the way up. We snowshoed / skied past Helen Lake and continued to the point where the road reaches a saddle. Lassen SW ridge starts just above the saddle. From this point, we headed a up a steep slope toward the ridge to reach a bench about 300 feet above the saddle. This bench offers some protected camping spots and put us in the best position to climb up the ridge the next morning. In addition, the bench offers very open views with morning and evening sun. It took us 7 hours to reach this spot after a fairly slow climb up the road.

We started from camp with crampons at 7am on Sunday morning. Following the ridge, we reached the summit at 9am, achieving 1000 feet/hour. There was only moderate wind at the summit considering we were there in January. Three of us glissaded down the bowl. The snow had softened and although it started steep, the glissade ended in a very gradual flat run. The glissaders were back to camp at 10:30am. The rest of the group who hiked down the ridge reported bad cases of balling crampons, due to the softer snow and arrived at camp at 11am.

As we were packing, Heather Kirkby and Austin Meinert arrived at our camp as they were day touring in the park. Interestingly, they said it had taken them 3.5 hours from the chalet, taking all the short cuts and also probably less breaks than we did.

We left camp around noon. The snowshoers took the diamond peak cut off and the skiers followed the road all the way. Overall it took about 4 hours down for the group to exit.

We had two nice days above the Valley fog. Lassen Park in winter is a beautiful place which begs for more exploration. Other possibilities include day trips to Broke off, Mount Diller or Eagle Peak. Stay tuned for some more trips in the area.

• Stephane Mouradian

Mt. Henry 12,196'

September 22, 2002

On Saturday Sept 22 at 7AM, Ric Rattray (writer), Tony Stegman, Charles Schafer(trip leader), and Bob Evans(co-leader) met at the Maxson Meadow trailhead climb Mt. Henry. The one way distance of the hike was 14 miles and the elevation gain was 2000 ft. For the first mile, the trail follows a forest road, which begins at the Maxson trailhead parking lot.

We hiked from 7:30 AM until 3:00 PM. We camped in the rocks along Lower Indian Lake(el. 10,000ft.). We were happy to get here and see good water as the streams along the trail were all dry.

We contemplated attempting Mt. Henry Saturday. While scoping out the routes we determined that what we originally thought to be Mt. Henry was actually peak 11994. We decided that climbing that afternoon would bring us back to camp in the dark. So we had a leasurely afternoon, ate an early dinner and discussed photography among other items. If anyone didn't know both Charles and Bob are photography buffs. They both packed SLR's and Bob packed a tripod for 14 miles and then to the summit. That is what I call hardcore.

We could not determine which way we would go up Mt. Henry in the morning and decided that such decision would be made after getting closer. With climbing both the summit and hiking out planned for Sunday we planned a start by 7 AM. Fortunately we arose to a pleasantly warm morning at 6AM and were hiking by 7:00. We hiked up to Turf Lakes and then decided to head east up to the south ridge by skirting to the left of an obvious outcropping near the low point of the ridge between Mt. Henry and point 11,994. Once to the ridge we had to traverse below ridgeline on the far(east)side before climbing to the summit. As we approached the summit it became clear that a west ridge approach would have been more direct and we determined that as the most expedient way back down. The summit was reached about 9:30 AM.

This summit sits atop the LeConte Divide and allows unobstructed views of the eastern side of the Sierras across Evolution Valley. This is definitely somewhere that I had not previosly considered going, but am glad to say I did.

Some time was spent relaxing on the summit while snacking and taking photos. It was soon time to start our trip back to camp and the 14 mile hike from there back to the cars. The descent of the west ridge and back to Turf Lakes confirmed our earlier observation and we made good time back to camp.

•Ric Rattray

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