Oct 2008     Peak Climbing Section, Loma Prieta Chapter, Sierra Clu b   Vol. 42 . No. 10


General Meeting

Date:       Tuesday, Oct 14, 2008

Time:      7:30 pm

Where:    Peninsula Conservation Center                 3921 E. Bayshore Rd.

                Palo Alto, CA

Program:    Corsica, Section Elections

Presenter:  Stephane Mouradian

Traversing Corsica North to South on the GR 20

The GR20 is a 200km trek well known in Europe.  It traverses the island of Corsica along its North to South crest.  The trail is rugged and it includes steep climbs, easy rock climbing, bolted ladders as well as wonderful mountain landscapes with the Mediterranean sea as a backdrop.  Come and enjoy our best pictures and memories of our 11 days on the trail.

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 and enter in the back of the building.

For a Google map click http://tinyurl.com/28ngaw

Section Elections

This is the time of the year to select new officers.  Come to the November meeting (next month) and stuff the ballot with names you like!  The nominating committee will prepare some choices for you to consider.  Or you can volunteer! There are also many committee positions available.

Editorís Notes

Broken Foot

My broken foot has been declared healed!  Whoopee!  It took nearly 5 weeks, an eternity of not climbing.  There is still significant damage to the soft tissue of the foot which is likely to take months to fully heal, but I am now beginning to regain strength and fitness.

Snow Game

People have wondered about the monthly game Jim and I play to get to snow.  We did find snow on the open slopes of the north side of Dunderberg Peak quite near a dirt road.  While it turned out that we could not drive this very rough road, it allowed us to reach the snow on foot, completing 32 years 10 months of the game.  Flying over Tioga Pass allowed us to spot the snow enabling us to know where to go.


We wonder why there is now so much rockfall leading to so many injuries.  An article in a recent issue of Adventure Sports about east side climbing may have the answer.  In the 50ís regular above ground nuclear tests set off major rockfall incidents in the Sierra, basically cleansing the routes of debris.  Now the routes have become dirty with loose rock. 

Scree Features

Features this month include our new website using the domain peakclimbing.org, east side vandalism report, lots of training events, advanced fall/winter/spring trip list, many trip reports (thanks!), and comments about climbers as friends. 

Page Trip Report

7     Tower Peak by Stephane Mouradian

7     Mt Langley by Lance West

8     A Roundabout Trek to Split Mtn, by Rod McCalley

8     PPV by Lisa Barboza

10   Mt. Conness East Ridge by Arun Mahajan

11   Florence and Vandever by Lisa Barboza

11   Carillon and Thor by Louise Wholey

12   Smells in the Mountains by Louise Wholey

13   Disappointment to Middle Pal Traverse by Daryn Dodge

From the Chair

By Lisa Barboza


No, Iím not getting mystical on you, but I really do love looking at Gentians.

The latest:  A new website – I invite you to check it out.  This will transform how we do business internally in our organization.  You can post trips, photos, itís a 21st century experience and is the latest technology.  My sincere, and deep thanks to Joe Baker for an incredible job.  Hereís the link: http://www.peakclimbing.org/

 Whatís new – we held a very successful Fall-Winter trip planning meeting, and we now have trips going through the winter and into spring.  Check out the website and sign up, if youíre interested.

Leaders – we need more leaders – I encourage you to get in contact with Rod McCalley (contact info on the last page of the Scree) – youíll have fun leading trips, and youíre covered by insurance as well.

Elections:  Our nominating committee is working on a new slate of officers for 2009.  I will continue to be involved, but at a reduced level.  If youíre interested in serving, please contact either Arun Mahajan, Stephane Mouradian, or Toinette Hartshorne.  Louise Wholey, our indefatigable Scree Editor, has agreed to run for chair, and we need the other slots filled as well.

Winter climbing – For the first time, Iím planning on climbing all year round.  That means some trips in December, January, February winter climbs in the High Sierra.  Check Ďem out on our new website.    And Iíll see you on a trail sometime!

Nominating Committee


Arun Mahajan, arun.mahajan@att.net

Stephane Mouradian, smouradian@hotmail.com

Toinette Hartshorne, toinette@pipeline.com

Lisa Barboza, pcs.chair@lomaprieta.sierraclub.org


Our New Website - peakclimbing.org!

We are live!  Check it out!  Would you believe our new domain?  We own the peakclimbing.org domain

All references forwarded from our old site at http://lomaprieta.sierraclub.org/pcs/ will be forwarded to the home page of the new site at http://www.peakclimbing.org/.  So find the new pages and update your links.

To log into the site, at the bottom of the page enter your name as supplied for our roster.  Most usernames are two words, your first, space, last name.  The first time you log in you will not have a password, so click the option to request one.  The email receiving the password will be the one you entered when you joined the PCS, if you remember that!  You can find out what that is after you log in J.

As the site is expanded, you will be able to enter your own trip descriptions and reports.  This will enable the Scree editor to obtain this information directly from each leader through the website.

We may expand the services to include online registration capability for events, an opportunity for members to carry out dialogs beyond the current blogs.  The sky is the limit.  Let us know what you like and what you want added.

Joe Baker is responsible for this incredible upgrade!  Thank you so much, Joe!

East Side Vandalism

From George Barnes

Over Labor Day weekend a number of cars were vandalized in the Big Pine Creek hiker parking lot.  Windows were broken and at least one tire slashed.  Apparently this was part of a major outbreak of widespread vandalism in the area.  The Inyo Register newspaper has a detailed report including the vandalism at White Mountain Research Station.

See http://www.inyoregister.com/content/view/115766/27/.

Loma Prieta Chapter Calendar

Check it out at http://lomaprieta.sierraclub.org/calendar.asp.



STS Map and Compass Skills

From: Bobbie Morrison <bobbiemorrison@sbcglobal.net>

Subject: Map & Compass skills activities

Hi Everyone,

For those of you who don't know me, I'm the chairperson of the Ski Touring Section.

This season we are doing a training focus for map and compass skills. Please feel free to forward this to your outings sections in case it might be of interest to your members. All are welcome.

The STS is doing the following:

Oct 19th - some of us are going out for field practice at the Bay Area Orienteering club event at Calero state park. Details are here:


Nov 3rd - at our Monthly meeting, we are doing a map and compass classroom session, led by Karen Davis, at the PCC.  Time and location info listed on our main page:


Lastly, we are considering adding another quick field session after the Avalanche Beacon training day that we are doing on November 8th. (It will be listed on the webpage if we do that.)

Avalanche Courses

With winter soon to strike (whoopee!), we must again begin to think of safety with the huge snow-pack we find in the Sierra.  The National Ski Patrol offers courses at very reasonable cost.  For information there is an avalanche contact at the bottom of this fall planning meeting page http://farwest.org/?page=Tri-Advisory/index, or contact the PCS Mountaineering Committee chair, Charles Schafer, a ski patrol member, for information.

Leaders who would like to become qualified to lead winter trips need to take an avalanche course.  There are many to choose from.  We published a list of vendors last year in the October 2007 Scree and will have a list in this yearís November Scree.  If you subscribe to the Loma Prieta Chapter Ski Touring Section newsletter ďTrackĒ, you will find information on courses in the upcoming issue.

Bay Chapter Snow-Camping Section

Leader Training - OLT 101 and 201

When:             Saturday, November 8, 2008 8:30-5:30pm

Where:            2194 Folsom Street, San Francisco

Who:               All active and aspiring leaders and assistant                     leaders

How much:     Free for active SCSC leaders (you will be leading this Spring)

                         Just $25 for all others

Organizers:     Shonna Moodie & Emilie Cortes

Food:               Coffee and treats will be provided, lunch is brown-bag

RSVP HERE - http://sanfranciscobay.sierraclub.org/snowcamping/leader_signup.asp

We need to two more volunteers to present materials.  Please indicate in your RSVP if you are willing to help or email Shonna or myself directly. Thanks!

Draft Agenda

            08:30       Greetings (Shonna)

            08:45       Introduction (Emilie)

            09:00       History of Sierra Club Outings (TBD)

            09:35       Break

            09:45       Trip Planning-Part I (TBD)

            10:45       Break

            11:00       Trip Planning-Part II (TBD)

            12:00       Lunch

            13:00       Interpersonal Leadership Skills (TBD)

            14:30       Break

            14:45       Group Management (TBD)

            16:15       Break

            16:30       Conservation Messages (TBD)

            17:15       How to lead a hike video

            17:30       Adjourn

Snow Camping Course

The Loma Prieta Chapter Backpacking and Peak Climbing Sections are again sponsoring a 3-day course in winter snow camping.  There is a one day dry (class) session and a 2-day weekend outing to put in to practice all those principles.

This course is only conducted every two years, so this is the time to do it, especially with our full calendar of winter trips. We will publish details in the next Scree and on our website.  Meanwhile see the STS website.  Dates are 1/24, 1/31, 2/1.

Advance Trip Planning Schedule

We offer lots of winter trips!

2008/9 Fall/Winter/Spring

This is a tentative list of trips planned for the next 6 months. Please do not contact the leaders until the trips are officially announced in the "Scree" or on the broadcast list.   If you would like your trip to be listed in Scree send official trip notices to vice chair/scheduler, and private trips to the Scree editor.  Current contact info is on the last page of every Scree.





Sat 25-Sun 26

Spanish Mtn. & Three Sisters

Lisa Barboza


Sat 1- Sun 2

Mt. Silliman & Alta Peak  car-camp

Lisa Barboza

Sat 8

Pinnacles climb, hike, bike

Jeff Fisher, Rick Booth

Sat 8

OLT 101/201 course *

Emilie Cortes *

Sat 15- Sun 16

Crag & Smith

Lisa Barboza

Sun 16

Snow Mountain (7056)

Kelly Maas

Sat 22

Mt Sizer, Henry Coe Park  (DHS) *

Landa Robillard *

Sat 22

Mt. Lola Climb & Ski

Louise Wholey


Fri 5- Sun 7

Mt. Langley (14,026)

Leader pending

Tue 16- Fri 19

Mt. Williamson via Bairs Creek

Leader pending

Mon 29

Backcountry Skiing Tahoe

Louise Wholey


Sat 3

Junipero Serra Peak

Lisa Barboza

Sat 10

Mt. Diablo (north side)

Kelly Maas

Fri 16

Backcountry Skiing Tahoe

Louise Wholey

Fri 16- Sun 18

Lone Pine Peak

Lisa Barboza

Sat 24

Snow Camping Course – classroom training

Chris MacIntosh

Sat 31- Feb 1

Snow Camping Course -  field training

Chris MacIntosh

Sat 31- Feb 1

Ostrander Lake Ski or Snowshoe Tour

George Van Gorden


Fri 6- Sun 8

Split Mtn. (14,042+)

Lisa Barboza

Fri 13 - Sun 15

Bear Valley Telefest *


Thu 19- Fri 20

Glacier Point Ski Tour

Louise Wholey

Sat 28- Sun 1

Mt. Tom

Lisa Barboza


Sat ?

Cone Peak, Ventana Wilderness

Joe Baker

Fri 6 -Sun 8

Mt. Whitney (14,491) via  mountaineers route

Lisa Barboza

Fri 13 -Sun 15

Koip Peak via east ridge - Ski Mountaineering

Louise Wholey

Sat 14 – Mon 16

Mt. Shasta via Sargeants Ridge

Kelly Maas

Sun 22

Roundtop Peak ski or snowshoe

Arun Mahajan

Sat 28 – Sun 29

Mt. Reba loop ski or snowshoe

George Van Gorden


Sat 4- Sun 5

Mt. Reba Ridges – Ski with Alpine Ski Patrol

Charles Schafer

Fri 10- Sun 12

Mt. Shasta Casaval Ridge

Lisa Barboza

Fri 24 – Sun 26

Red Slate Mtn. - Ski Mountaineering

Louise Wholey


Fri 1 – Sun 3

Mineral King  - Ski Mountaineering

Louise Wholey

Fri 15 – Sun 17

Coyote & Angora

Lisa Barboza

* Not PCS trips but shown for planning purposes

PCS Trip Calendar

Oct 25-26 – Spanish Mtn. & Three Sisters 

Leader: Lisa Barboza

Nov 1-2 – Mt. Silliman & Alta Peak car-camp

Leader: Lisa Barboza

Nov 15-16 – Crag & Smith

Leader: Lisa Barboza

Nov 16 – Snow Mountain (7056)

Leader: Kelly Maas

Nov 22 – Mt Sizer, Henry Coe Park with the DHS

Leader: Landa Robillard

Nov 22 – Mt. Lola Climb & Ski

Leader: Louise Wholey

Dec 29 – Backcountry Skiing Tahoe

Leader:  Louise Wholey

Jan 3 – Junipero Serra Peak

Leader: Lisa Barboza

Jan 10 – Mt. Diablo (north side)

Leader: Kelly Maas

Private Trips Summary

Important: Private trips are not insured, sponsored, or supervised by the Sierra Club. They are listed here because they may be of interest to PCS members. Private trips may be submitted directly to the Scree editor.  Details on these trips follow the trip reports. In this issue.

November 8-9, 2008 – Pinnacles: Hike, Bike or Climb

December 5-7 – Mt. Langley

December 16-19 – Mt. Williamson via Bairs Creek

May 2009 – Nepal/Tibet, Mt Kailsh - Lasa

October 2009 – Nepal - Mera Peak 21,300 ft

PCS Trip Details

Three Spanish Sisters

Peaks:     Spanish Mt. (10,051) and Three Sisters (10,612)
Dates:     Oct 25-26
Leader:   Lisa Barboza (pcs.chair@lomaprieta.sierraclub.org)

Co-lead:  Louise Wholey (louisewholey@yahoo.com)

Car-camp at Courtwright Reservoir. Arrive Friday night, return Sunday night. Beginnerís trip with class 1 peaks.  Snow cancels.

Saturday: Spanish Mt. is 15 miles RT, mostly trail. 3100 feet gain.

Sunday: Three Sisters is 9 miles RT, cross country. 2000 feet gain.

Mt. Silliman & Alta Peak  car-camp

Peaks:     Mt. Silliman (11,188), Alta Peak (11,240)
Dates:     Nov 1-2
Leader:   Lisa Barboza (pcs.chair@lomaprieta.sierraclub.org)

Co-lead:  Needed

Car-camp at Lodgepole in Sequoia National Park.  Arrive Friday night, return Sunday night. Beginnerís trip with class 1 peaks.  Snow cancels.

Saturday: Alta, 8 miles on trail, 2.5 miles cross country, 4000 gain.

Sunday: Silliman, 5 miles on trail, 5 miles cross country, 4300 gain.

Crag & Smith

Peaks:     Crag Peak. (9480', Class 3), Smith Mtn. (9533', Class 2)
Dates:     November 15-16
Leader:   Lisa Barboza (pcs.chair@lomaprieta.sierraclub.org)

Co-lead:  Louise Wholey (louisewholey@yahoo.com)

Beginner trip, with car-camp at Kennedy Meadow in the southern Sierra.  Arrive Friday evening, leave Sunday afternoon.  Be prepared for fall mountain conditions, but snow cancels. 

Saturday: climb Crag Peak. -- round trip 8.6 miles on trail plus 4.4 miles cross-country, with 3200' gain.  Sunday: climb Smith Mtn. -- round trip 4 miles cross-country, 1400' gain; and drive home.

Snow Mountain (7056)

Peaks:     Snow Mountain (Class 1, 7056), North Coast Range, Mendocino National Forest
Dates:     November 16, Sunday
Leader:   Kelly Maas (408-378-5311, kellymbase-pcs@yahoo.com)

Co-lead:  Needed

This 15 mile day hike ascends 4000 feet from the Deafy Glade trailhead to this dual summit mountain.  Besides being the namesake peak of Snow Mountain Wilderness, it is also the high point of two counties - Colusa and Lake.  Car camping is available nearby, enabling our 8:00 AM start.  For birders, a Saturday afternoon stop at the Sacramento Wildlife Refugee, off Hwy 5 between Maxwell and Willows, is a must.  Bets will be taken on whether or not there will be any snow.  Contact the leader for more details.

Mt. Lola Climb & Ski

Peak:       Mt. Lola (9,148)
Date:       November 22, Saturday
Leader:   Louise Wholey (louisewholey@yahoo.com)
Co-Lead: Jim Wholey

Join us for a day on Mt. Lola just north of Truckee.  We will carry skis to the snow level and hope to get in a little skiing as well as a climb of the peak from the north along the trail.  Any kind of skis is fine, or none at all for those who have not been bitten by the ski bug.  Climbing skins may be used if the snow is too soft to walk.  Contact leader about lodging.  Can be done as a day trip from BA.

Mt Sizer, Henry Coe Park with the DHS

Peak:       Mt Sizer, Henry Coe Park (3,216)
Date:       November 22, Saturday
Leader:   Landa Robillard (408/378-5311)

Join the Day Hiking Section of our chapter to scale local Mt. Sizer.   

Backcountry Skiing Tahoe

Peak:      Tamarack Peak or Castle Peak, depending on snow
Date:       December 29, Monday
Leader:   Louise Wholey (louisewholey@yahoo.com)
Co-Lead: Jim Wholey

Join us for a day of backcountry skiing in the Tahoe area. Requires advanced skiing skills, avalanche training. Randonee or Telemark skis, climbing skis, avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe.  Location determined by snow conditions.  We seek powder snow and may  climb and descend multiple times.  Contact leader about lodging. 

Junipero Serra Peak

Peak:      Junipero Serra (5862), King City
Date:      Jan 3, Saturday
Leader:   Lisa Barboza  (pcs.chair@lomaprieta.sierraclub.org)
Co-Lead: needed

This is an annual January Loma Prieta Peak Climbing Section tradition. It's a 12 mile round trip to the summit of the peak. We'll be carpooling from San Jose for this trip as it is a 150 mile drive to the trailhead. This peak is the 2nd highest in the Santa Lucia range. On the summit, we'll find exotic ponderosa pine, white fir, and other plants normally associated with the Sierra. We'll start at the trailhead at 10AM, summit by 2PM and be back at the cars by 4PM. This is a class 1 day hike open to all.

Mt. Diablo (3849) from the north

Peak:      Mt. Diablo (3849)
Date:      Jan 10, Saturday
Leader:   Kelly Maas (kellymbase-pcs@yahoo.com)
Co-Lead: needed

15-mile round trip.  Too much food and too little exercise recently?  The holidays are over, so now it's time to get back into shape.  From Mitchell Canyon we'll hike up the north side of Diablo to at least the two main summits.  Heavy rain cancels.  For carpooling, we meet at 8:00 AM at the Park & Ride at 680 and Mission Blvd in Fremont, across from McDonald's -- note, this is the NORTHERN of the two 680/Mission intersections.  Or, meet at the Mitchell Canyon Trailhead on the north side of Mt. Diablo at 9:00 AM. 

Private Trip Details

Note: Private trips are not insured, sponsored, or supervised by the Sierra Club. They are listed here because they may be of interest to PCS members. Private trips may be submitted directly to the editor.

Pinnacles Climb, Hike, Bike

Peaks:     Rocks and routes, trails, peaks, and roads
Dates:     November 8-9
Contact:   Rick Booth (rwdbooth@gmail.com)

Contact:  Jeff Fisher (jeff_fisher_5252@sbcglobal.net)

Come to the interesting and popular Pinnacles National Monument for a Fall trip. This is a great area with plenty of good hiking and road biking in addition to rock climbing.  This is a private trip; no rock climbing instruction is available so be prepared to operate on your own.  A group camp site has been reserved at the campground for Saturday night, November 8.

Mt. Langley (14,026)

Peaks:     Mt. Langley (14,026)
Dates:     December 5-7, Fri-Sun
Contact:  Leader pending Ö

Climb a 14-er in serious winter conditions.  Details pending Ö

Mt. Williamson (14,370+) via Bairs Creek

Peaks:     Mt. Williamson (14,370+)
Dates:     December 16-19, Tue - Fri
Contact:  Leader pending Ö

Climb a 14-er in serious winter conditions.  Details pending Ö

Mt Kailsh, Nepal/Tibet

Peaks:     Mt Kailsh – Lhasa
Dates:     May, 2009
Contact:  Warren Storkman (650-493-8959, dstorkman@aol.com)

Camping 14 days, Hotel 7 days

Mera Peak 21,300 ft, Nepal

Peaks:     Mera Peak (21,300 ft), Nepal
Dates:     October, 2009
Contact:  Warren Storkman (650-493-8959, dstorkman@aol.com)

19 day trip to trek the tallest walkup peak

Rural experience -  Approach from the South East

Trip Reports

Tower Peak (11,755'), Aug 30-Sept 1

By Stephane Mouradian

Four of us climbed Tower Peak over Labor Day week end. Participants were Fi Verplanke, Rod Mccalley, Kirsten and Stephane Mouradian (Leader).  We used the Leavit Meadow trailhead which, as of this date only has a self register permit without quota. 

On the first day we left at 7am and hiked ~15miles (3000í) at a moderate pace to Tower Lake, which we reached at 6pm.  We found a good camping area for our small group immediately as the trail reaches the lake.  It was a little windy when we arrived but the wind kept intensifying through the night.  This wind was probably related to the heat wave affecting all of Northern California. 

Next morning, we did not quite make our 6:30am target leaving time, leaving closer to 7am instead.  The wind was strong.  We headed for the obvious saddle on the south side, easily avoiding a couple snowfields. At the saddle, we did not head up and East right away and had to deal with 10min of bushwhacking.  The ďfamousĒ chute is clearly visible from the saddle.  We took a beeline for the NW ridge leading to the summit.  We first went up some large slabs, then we had to snake our way around some small brush and class 2-3 large boulders, which was not an issue except we had to stop and regroup several times to make sure everyone was accounted for.  As we were climbing, we were battered by the relentless wind.  We were climbing in the shade and the wind was making some of us very cold as we had to stop several times to regroup.  I considered going straight for the ridge top to be in the sun but it was clear the wind was even stronger up there and we would to have back down to the shady side anyway in order to avoid obstacles.  Finally everyone held their own and we reached the main chute with its easy, mostly class 2 climbing.  We summitted at 10am, and finally enjoyed some sunshine to warm us up a little.  For the descent, we took one of the sandy slopes partly to stay in the sun, partly to bypass the boulder fields.  We were back at camp at 1pm.  Three of us left camp at 2pm to make some headway towards home.  Rod signed out to enjoy more time at camp.  The three others were back at the car on the third day at 10am.

Mt. Langley, Sept 13-14, 2008

By Lance West

This hike started out as a PCS trip but the leader was bitten by something that made him sick and the co-leader couldnít lead so Robin Heywood and Jim White took over and turned it into a very enjoyable private hike. Sandra Hao, Sassan Hazeghi and I car pooled together and met Robin and Jim on the north side of lake 4 in the Cottonwood Lakes area. The easy 5 mile, 1,200 foot elevation gain hike from Cottonwood Lakes trail head was scenic if nothing else. After setting up camp in a small grove of Jeffrey Pines we spent the late afternoon and evening getting to know each other. Sassan took some wonderful pictures of the full moon and camp life.

Full moon over the east end of Lake 4, Cottonwood Lakes, Saturday evening

Sunday Morning at 0530 hours we were out of bed and preparing for the hike over Old Army Pass. We hit the trail at 0700 hours. Although Old Army Pass trail is un-maintained there are enough hikers to keep the trail easily visible. The plateau on the west side of the pass slopes steadily up toward Mt. Langley. Just before we reached the south west ridge of Mt. Langley we saw a small family of big horn sheep. After some class 2 rock hopping and hiking over sand we gained the summit and spent an hour eating lunch and taking in the panoramic views.

Special thanks to Robin and Jim for their leadership and knowledge. Thanks to Sandra and Sassan for their friendship, company and conversation.

Summit of Langley Front row: Sandra, Robin and Jim Back row: Lance and Sassan

A Roundabout Trek to Split Mtn,

Sept 11-17, 2008

By Rod McCalley

My old friend George Gaffney needed an extra car to make a shuttle trip on the east side; also my daughter Carrie has been a student back east for the last 9 years and was yearning for a long High Sierra trip.  So, after dropping my car at the Taboose Creek TH, we set out from South Lake on a Thursday morning (along with a surprising number of other people).  Our fourth member was George's friend Samson Tu, from Santa Clara.  At our Dusy Basin camp, altitude hit the others pretty hard, but all was well by our second night, at Grouse Meadows in LeConte Canyon (only 8200').  As we were making camp there, two day-hikers (!) passed by, on their way back out to South Lake (15 miles away), where they had started early the same morning (Day-Hiker Section, take note!).

By Sunday, we were over Mather Pass (12100') and had settled into a great campsite near the outlet of Lake 11599 in Upper Basin (where it froze for the 4th and 5th straight nights).  Carrie, George, and I (altitude was still affecting Samson badly) then made the pleasant hike to the north ridge of Split Mtn, and the easy boulder climb to the summit for lunch.  Two other fellows on top turned out to be Sierra Club members from the Peninsula (!), so I invited them to drop in at our meetings.  One of them, Randy McFeeters, had even had a step-son in Ohlone elementary school in Palo Alto when my kids were there in the late '80's! (Carrie didn't remember him, but she was only 7 or 8 then).

On the way to Taboose Pass the next day, our intent was to pick up the north-side access trail at the mapped junction with the JMT at 10200'.  No marker or sign of it was observed, so we finally reached the south-side access trail, forcing us to veer way back left to reach the pass.  Along the way, we could see the other trail across the basin, but the "junction" of the two access trails near the pass appears to have been deliberately obliterated (??).  Is this another example of the end of a convenient short-cut trail at the hands of the Park Service?  That day (Tuesday) had an afternoon of rain flurries (snow at Taboose Pass, itself), so we were glad to find the nice 9600' campsite along Taboose Creek (there are very few places to camp along this descent!).  We were out by noon the next day, with Carrie declaring it a great trip (in spite of being one fast-hiking girl ahead of three old geezers!).

PPV, Sept 13-16, 2008

(Piute, Petit, and Volunteer)

By Lisa Barboza

Abstract: September 13-16, 2008. Participants: Daryn Dodge, Susan Livingston, Lisa Barboza

Day 1: 9/13/08 - Hike to Seavey Pass from Twin Lakes TH,

15.2 miles and 2000 feet gain

Day 2: 9/14/08 - Climb Volunteer, Petit from Seavey Pass,

15.5 miles and 3600 feet gain

Day 3: 9/15/08 - Climb Piute, hike out to Peeler Lake,

14.4 miles and 5400 feet of gain

Day 4: 9/16/08 - Hike out to TH,

8 miles and 100 feet of gain

Day 1 – 9/13/08.  We camped overnight at the Mono Village campground at Twin Lakes, near Bridgeport.  Daryn and I carpooled from Davis, and we met Susan who had driven up from LA. It was cold in the campground, damp from the cold air pooling from the mountains.  But it warmed up quickly.  The parking for this trip is just south of the campground entrance booth, cost $10/car for as many days as you want to stay out.  We met Mono Village Dave, who also instructed us how to find the trailhead. We started at 8:30 AM. Itís not obvious, but essentially, from the entrance booth, you follow the yellow diamonds tacked to the trees at 15 feet above the roads, once you get to a cable stretched across the road, itís easy to follow the road to the trailhead.  Once past the cable, turn right before the bridge, and donít cross the creek.  The trail to Seavey pass is well maintained, and we saw lots of hikers, but no climbers on the way in.  The weather turned very warm and dry, and we were pleasantly surprised with the weather.  Kerrick Meadow, just past Peeler Lake, was dry as a bone and some hikers we passed described it as a dustbowl. But the flat fall lighting on the rocks made the hike in seem magical.  After hiking all day, we got to our tarn at Seavey pass at 5:30 PM, and found a great campsite.  This is the last tarn you come to before you start descending down to Benson Lake.  To save a long hot gain with packs, we set up a climbing base camp at this unmarked tarn, at about 9050 feet elevation.  The tarn was warm enough to swim in.

Volunteer: SW View

 Tower from Petit

Day 2 – 9/14/08 – Climbing Petit & Volunteer. 

We were up early, left camp at 6:00 AM, and hiked on trail down to Benson lake, and then uphill to the junction to the Rodgers Lake trail.  With daypacks, we moved fast, left the trail at the saddle, went cross country up the south side of the peak and summitted at 10:30 AM.  We were treated to incredible views of Northern Yosemite.  We basked in the warm September sun and marveled at Tower Peak and the Sawtooths. The traverse over to Petit is very straightforward; we traversed over at about the 9800 foot level, and had a very level traverse with about 500 feet of gain.  When we came to a steep gully, we moved up over the ridge down to an empty tarn (which shows on the map).  From there, itís a straightforward climb to the summit block.  The summit is on the 2nd summit block, which is the middle of the three humps that rise from the narrow summit plateau.  The summit block is CL2, and another fantastic view greeted us; Regulation Peak just to the north, and the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne to the south. We summited at 12:45 PM, about 1:40 hr. over from Volunteer. 

We took the northeast chute down to Rogers Lake, and stayed to the north side of the chute; we had easy downclimbing on CL1 & 2 terrain, and then had a water stop at Rodgers Lake.  Like a fish, Susan was back in the water.  From the lake, you can traverse to the well-established Rodgers Lake trail.  We got down to Benson Lake at about 4:30 PM, and hiked the 1/3 mile to the lake.   The water was warm, the waves were Ďinterestingí and all of us went for a great swim. The Riviera of the Sierra is a fitting moniker for this large lake, with a beach thatís about 1/3 mile long and about 100 feet wide of pure white granite sand.

Itís a 1000 foot hike from Benson Lake to our Seavey pass campsite, and it was surprisingly fast and easy to get there.

Piuteís east face ledge system

Day 3 – 9/15/08 Climb Piute, hike out partway.

After another early morning start, in great, warm weather, we dropped down to about the 10,700 foot level and began a traverse over to the sandy south face of the Northeast ridge of Piute peak.  There is a rock face off to the north, which will have a ledge system which will take you over to the creek that drains the middling sized lake (9025) on the south side of the northeast ridge.  We took the direct south face route, heading for a large tree on the ridge.  Itís about a 1000 foot climb, sandy, and brushy. Once at the tree, follow the ridge to a gap in the northeast ridge.  From there, youíll see the east face of Piute and the ledge system that leads to the summit.  From the gap, we went around the south side, then up to the ridge, where we found a grassy ledge system that leads into the bowl below the peak.  Steve Eckertís trip report (http://climber.org/TripReports/1999/503.html) shows a lot of snow.  But this late in the season, in a really dry year, there was just a small patch of snow.  The ledge system will deliver you into that bowl; from there, we crossed the snow, and went to a zigzag ledge system with trees growing on it.  It was the most obvious place to ascend, and we didnít want to take the sandy chute on the way up.  So – you zig left, and then you zig right.  Those two zigs and zags will take you to the saddle.  Itís low CL3, going south, to the summit block.  We took the west side of the CL3 ridge, and it was easy, low class 3.  Once there, youíre on the sandy summit and we easily ascended the summit block.  We were greeted by a deer-skull horn ornament on top of the summit register.  From here, the views are stunning. The downclimb was uneventful, back the same way we came.  We were back in camp by noon, and hiked out 8 miles to Peeler Lake, arriving at 5PM.  Another bracing swim; watching the full moon rise over the lake and picking out the constellations made for an enchanting evening.

Piuteís Register ornament

Day 4≠ – 9/16/08 Hike out to Trailhead – An easy hike out, and a really fun trip!






Mt. Conness (12590 ft) by the East Ridge

Sept 20, 2008

By Arun Mahajan

On a beautiful fall morning (20th Sept, 08) 6 PCS members joined me and Scott Kreider (leaders) for a walk up to the top of Mt Conness (12590 ft). Conness is a striking mountain and over the years, I have climbed it often and the east ridge is a favourite route of mine since it is modest in difficulty and very direct.

Our team was:  Wayne Martin, Margy Marshall, Miguel Vieira, Ozgur Yazlali, John Wilie and Remy Goglio, all strong and capable mountain climbers.

The climb starts right at the end of the dam over the depleted looking Saddlebag Lake and at the early morning hour, the first steep rise on loose red scree and talus had us all gasping for breath. After that the angle eases and the ridge is broad and rolling. The cool breeze kept our breaks short and soon we were on the most interesting part of the ridge, a short section of relatively sharply rising salmon coloured rock. This was soon negotiated and we ended up on a plateau. At this point, after the plateau, the ridge sharpens considerably and gets into class3+ terrain. Since this was advertised as a class-3 trip, we escaped the spires by taking a not-too-obvious chute on the south side and then circled the spires to join the ridge once again below the wall under the Conness plateau. Here, some steep climbing was needed but none more than class-2 and four hours after starting from the trailhead, we were at the top of the summit plateau. After a longish break, we went to the summit and enjoyed the fantastic views of the Yosemite back-country. Everybody went over the short catwalk on the way to the summit with ease.

Some of the Conness-east-ridge team members on the catwalk below the summit.

A long lunch on the summit plateau followed and then we hiked to the notch between White Mtn. and the Conness plateau for the descent. The descent from the notch to the valley is steep and loose but again, everybody took it in their stride and then we were in the beautiful valley that leads eventually to the Saddlebag Lake Road and has a trail that leads to the Sawmill Campground (the so called 'normal route'). But since we were parked at the lake itself, we left the trail and side-hilled through a forest and then some scree to get to the dam. This route-finding and uphill at the end of the day was a bit painful. We were back to the cars at just past four, making this a 8.5 hr hike.

Thanks to all the participants for making this a wonderful experience and congratulations to the first time summiters of Conness!

Florence & Vandever, Sept 27-28, 2008

By Lisa Barboza

We got our peaks!

Saturday: TH to Vandever - 14 mile RT, 4200 gain. All 6 of us, Alex Sapozhnikov, Miguel Vieira, Liz Bourret, Christine Kerr, Eugenia Lazarenko and I, summited.

Sunday: TH to Florence - 18 mile RT, 4600 gain.  Only Alex and I summited

The car-camp was great - all had a great time - a cozy fire, I made risotto; we had pork chops, wine, and hors d' oeuvres! 

Carillon and Thor, Oct 3-5, 2008

By Louise Wholey

A 4 pm start Friday from Whitney Portal is not optimal to make camp at Upper Boy Scout Lake before dark this time of the year.  This is especially true when one of us has spent nearly 7 weeks recovering from a broken foot and the other has significant trouble with altitude.  In continuing beyond Lower Boy Scout Lake I assumed we would sprint, but that was not possible for my partner.  Headlamps were definitely useful, but even so, the ďtrailĒ left much to the imagination.

The predicted snowstorm did sweep through our camp during the night with wind making horrendous noises blowing our tent.  We dragged our sleepless bodies out after sun finally hit our tent – alas, to climb Carillon on a windy but pretty day.  The dusting of snow was not much of a factor on the south facing slopes we ascended.  A party from meetup.com had much more difficulty with Whitney and Russell a bit later.

Jim on Carillon

Sunday we thought a climb of Thor before hiking out and flying home would be pretty straightforward, but we misjudged the effect of snow on ledges.  The ascent of the north face, bearing right at the top was fine.  We enjoyed the views from the top.

Louise on Thor

The descent via Pinnacle Ridge, however, just left of the horn and a bit higher than the lowest point, was treacherous at best with slippery snowy ledges on the easiest route we could find.

Snow on the descent

We picked our way very carefully with very good hand-holds anywhere our feet tread on snow.  I slipped once, saved only by my holds.  At that point Jim found a great way down a ridge where holds were sharper and held less snow.  We reached the car at 7 pm and arrived home at 10:30 pm.

Smells in the Mountains,

July 11-14, 2008

(Emerald Peak and Mt. Henry)

By Louise Wholey

One thinks of great views and arduous exercise in the mountains, both of which can be recorded on film, chips, heart-rate monitors, altimeters, GPS tracks, etc.  But what about the incredible smells?  I have not yet heard of a smell recorder, but take this as identification of a great opportunity!

Not all smells are wonderful or welcome.  Our trip began at the ferry on Florence Lake – in smoke!

Smoke, not clouds, at Florence Lake

Participants Daryn Dodge (leader), Steve Eckert, Bill and Susan Livingston, John Cheslick and Louise Wholey enjoyed chatting with the ferry driver, one of the family that owns both the Florence Lake base and Muir Trail Ranch.

We hiked to the PCT and continued southbound to Goddard Canyon where we made camp and bathed.  In the morning we took off early for Emerald Peak, first a mile up a use trail, then across the roaring South Fork of the San Joaquin River.  Crocs were shared with climbers who came empty handed – rather empty footed. 

The route ascended the face of the peak to the north of Emerald then diagonally to the right up to the summit.  As we climbed we knew we were in for some exciting weather.  Clouds formed over Emerald when other areas were clear.  Though it was well before noon, it started snowing on top.  During our descent rain dumped heavily on us.  By the time we reached camp we were soaked except for Steve who had a bright yellow home-made Gore-Tex suit with pants hanging well below the tops of his boots.  He was smiling!

Camp was a mess.  Bill and Susan had not zipped up their tent.  Everything inside was floating.  They hung everything out on lines and rocks to dry.  A 5 inch deep pool of water occupied Darynís bivouac spot.  Fortunately he had tossed his things into Steveís tent.  My Tarptent had a pool on top due to my taking away its supporting trekking pole.  When I lifted the end of the tent up the water all went inside.  Oops!   I spent all the good bathing time mopping up.

The next day we headed directly north toward Mt. Henry.  On the lower bush-wacking slopes incredible smells filled the air from both greenery and flowers.

Columbia Tiger Lilly

Above it was splendidly beautiful.  The climb was delightful, up meadows then ledges to the ridge on our right (NW). 

Lush Valley Leading Toward Mt. Henry

The ridge-top led SW to the summit.  The weather looked unstable but held as we descended and hiked back to camp, packed up and returned along the PCT.  Camp was after the PCT heads up to Seldon Pass where the river is very close to the trail.  In the morning we scurried to the ferry landing.

The Balcony Peak to Disappointment Peak to Middle Palisade Traverse

(or how I became averse to the traverse)

Jun 27-29, 2008

By Daryn Dodge

Report originally posted at http://climber.org/TripReports/2008/1665.html.

Participants: Lisa Barboza, Louise Wholey, Susan Livingston, Steve Eckert, Daryn Dodge (leader and scribe)

One of us coveted Middle Pal, two coveted Disappointment, one coveted both peaks, and one had already been there but was along to enjoy the company. So we put together a trip that would traverse the northeast side of the Sierra crest from Balcony Peak to Middle Palisade, picking up Disappointment Peak along the way.

The Balcony-Disappointment-Middle Pal Traverse Route

Starting on the left, the high points on the crest are Balcony Peak, Disappointment Peak, Excitement Peak, and Middle Palisade. Our route was anything but a straight-line traverse across the face!

We met at 8 am at the backpacker parking lot on Glacier Lodge road and hiked up the Big Pine Creek South Fork trail to Brainerd Lake, where the official trail ends. The surface of the lake was alive with hundreds of jumping fish. They were probably feasting on the abundant mosquitoes currently in the area. The fish were not nearly as efficient as hoped, as there were still plenty mosquitoes to feast on us. We picked up the use trail above the west shore of Brainerd Lake and followed it to Finger Lake.

There was still plenty of daylight left, so we headed up to the next lake in the drainage, Lake 3400+ m. This would make our climb day shorter, which turned out to be a fortunate decision. To get there, we followed the west side of Finger Lake, then headed more or less directly up to the outlet of the Lake 3400+. The better way to go is around the east shore of Finger Lake, which we did on our way out. There is a good use trail over the buttress that abuts the east side of the lake. Once over that, easy walking and boulder hopping gets you to the southern end of the Finger Lake. We found some nice campsites above the east shore of Lake 3400+.

Expecting a long day, we started hiking for the peaks with headlamps on at 5:20 am the next morning. Much snow was still here in late June, so we put on our crampons only a couple hundred yards out of camp and marched up to the major snow chute (the more western of two chutes) east of Balcony Peak. The snow only went halfway up the chute, whereupon we then climbed up the rest of the chute on amazingly loose scree. The crumbly rock in the chute was bad enough that no one really wanted to come back this way.

Susan crossing the glacier, nearing the start of the snow chute that leads to the southeast ridge of Balcony Peak

The easy climbing on the ridge to Balcony Peak went fast; Lisa and Louise went to the top of Balcony to sign in the register and check for possible routes over to Disappointment Peak. The rest of us investigated jumping off points for the traverse to Disappointment about 300 feet below the summit of Balcony. I had with me two reports for the traverse; Secor's description in his Guidebook and a report by Bob Burd and Matthew Holliman who did the traverse a few years back. Bob and Matthew appeared to have started their traverse roughly 200 feet below the summit of Balcony. Secor says to start about 300 feet below the summit.

There was no reasonable starting point nearer the Balcony summit where Bob and Matthew had apparently started their traverse, because everything appeared to immediately go class 4 or more. We all thought Bob and Matthew were crazy. We chose to start down a short, narrow chute where Secor says to start, about 300 feet below the summit. This chute led to a narrow catwalk to the left, which in turn led to a rib which we down-climbed until we could drop into the wide chute to the west.

Descending into the chute below Balcony Peak. A somewhat typical view of what the traverse was like. Photo by Steve Eckert.

Once in the chute, we could see no easy way to continue a level traverse. We saw a possible way over the next rib another 100 feet below us, near what looked like a duck on top of the rib itself. As we carefully descended, the so-called duck turned out to be just a big flat rock on a much larger boulder. Others still thought it was the handiwork of some passing human, but I remained skeptical. Anyway, we found a class 3 route over the rib into the next chute about 20 feet below the duck. Climbing up this next chute, we put a few more rocks on top of this duck as we passed by it to make it much more obvious. As it turned out, this was the nearest thing to a route marker on the entire traverse...we saw no indication that anyone had ever marked their progress in a similar fashion. Probably an indication of how few try this rubble-strewn route. The description of the chutes and ribs we encountered on the traverse are exactly what Bob and Matthew described in their report: much disagreeably loose rock over steep class 3 terrain with occasional class 4 moves.

Climbing up the chute, Steve spied a possible way over to the next rib. Once on the rib, he found the climbing was much more solid going straight up the rib. This proved to be the best class 3 climbing on the entire traverse, but ended much too soon. In the next chute over, the notch between Balcony and Disappointment became obvious about 200 feet above us. This chute is also known as Doug's Chute, according Secor's guidebook. After crossing a steep snow bank, we ascended the right-hand side of the lowest point in the chute almost all the way to the notch. The climbing here was also fairly solid and fun. Getting above the notch itself introduced us to our first class 4 climbing of the traverse, although no one needed a rope for going up it. Lisa suggested she thought it went more like low class 5.

The final 100 ft up the SE ridge to the summit of Disappointment went class 3, with one short section of class 4 at an open book about 20 feet below the top. Although everyone was happy about reaching the summit, the nerve-wracking traverse over steep rubble kind of put a damper on things. We then continued the traverse now to Middle Pal, as no one wanted to go back the way we came.

Steve nearing the summit of Disappointment Peak.

On the summit of Disappointment: from left to right, Steve, Louise, Lisa and Susan.

We first investigated Bob and Matthew's route description for starting off the summit of Disappointment towards Middle Pal, which appeared to begin on or near the crest. It was an amazingly steep, difficult-looking knife edge and very exposed. And again, we all thought they were crazy.

The easiest way we found to start the traverse to Middle Pal was to go back down our ascent route almost 20 feet to the top of the class 4 open book section. Then carefully descend onto Disappointment's NW face. After traversing down and across below the Disappointment summit tower, we found ourselves in a wide chute below the Disappointment-Excitement Peak notch (D-E notch). Lisa and I ascended to the ridge between Disappointment and Excitement Peak to have a look. It was still knife-edged, steep, and far beyond our climbing preferences. Running the ridgeline was out of the question. Back down in the chute, there was a flat-topped notch in the rib across from us, but we could not envision a route that would go to get us over there...much too steep with no clear connecting ledges.

However, we thought we could see a notch nearly 200 feet below us on the rib, so we slowly picked our way down to it. The notch turned out to be a red herring; it didn't go. I kept dropping down the chute towards an area of more fractured rock in the rib we needed to cross. I managed to work my way onto the rib in this fractured section after a little class 4 action. The rope came out for those who wanted a belay for this section onto the rib. We had dropped so low in this chute such that we were only about 50 feet above the ominous drop off over the Middle Pal glacier. Lisa's GPS said we were now 350 below the D-E notch. Getting down and out of this chute was the crux, and the low point, of the traverse. The worst loose rock of the traverse was probably here and it was universally unpopular with our group.

Comparing the surrounding terrain with the photo on page 223 of Secor's Guidebook (2nd edition), I could tell we were now entering the chute that is part of the East Face route. We joined the East Face route just above the cliffy section that involves some technical rock climbing. Above this technical section where we joined it, the climbing went class 3, was more solid, and was quite enjoyable. For some, too many nerves were frazzled after the previous chute to really enjoy it.

We stayed right when the chute split, thus avoiding one or more class 4 ribs to cross if we had stayed higher on the traverse. This was probably the one main advantage dropping low in the chutes to find easier routes over the ribs. We continued going up until we were about even height with the Excitement Peak-Middle Pal notch that was to the left of us. There was a nice catwalk here that took us right onto the next rib. I beheld a very uplifting view from here, I could see the characteristic summit blocks of Middle Pal; they finally seemed within reach.

First view of the pointy Middle Pal summit blocks, on the right above the largest snow field.

Photo by Louise Wholey.

On the rib, we climbed up about 10-15 feet of class 4 to where we thought we could descend into the next chute. It was also class 4, but we all wanted to rap down it rather than downclimb. It was about a 40 foot rap. Louise and Lisa led the way up and across to the next rib as Steve and I coiled the rope. The climbing here was easier and we were soon over the next rib and traversing just below the ridgeline. We passed over a bivy site and approached the final summit blocks following a catwalk now on the west side of the ridge. It took us a somewhat embarrassing 5+ hours to do the quarter-mile traverse from Disappointment Peak to Middle Palisade. But the route back to camp was now a relative cakewalk down the standard class 3 northeast face route of Middle Palisade. The footing was better, but we were all getting tired and lazy, knocking rocks down more often then we were during the traverse.

Susan and Lisa starting down the standard route a little below the summit blocks of Middle Palisade.

And finally off the rocks and back on the Middle Pal Glacier!

Photo by Steve Eckert.

We reached camp about 8:15 pm making it a 15 hour day. Now that both Steve and I have climbed Disappointment Peak by the two most common routes, we agreed that the class 4 south chute route on Balcony was the easier approach to Disappointment Peak. The hardest part of this Balcony south chute may be more intense then any portion of the traverse route we just did, but the chute is only 250 feet long, and then the hard part is over. Probably the main problem with the Balcony south chute is its greater potential for rockfall.

For us, the traverse route was about 2% class 4 and 98% class 3 or less. About the best definition I can give for the fuzzy line between class 3 and 4 is that anything that we did not think we would want to down-climb without a rope we called class 4, even if we could ascend it without a rope. By this standard, we crossed 4 or 5 short sections of class 4 on the traverse, although we only pulled the rope twice for protection.

Climbers As Friends

The Switchback from pct-l@backcountry.net

FRIENDS:  Never ask for food.

CLIMBER FRIENDS: Always bring the food.

FRIENDS:  Will say 'hello'.

CLIMBER FRIENDS: Will give you a big hug & a kiss.

FRIENDS:  Call your parents Mr. & Mrs.

CLIMBER FRIENDS: Call your parents Mom & Dad.

FRIENDS:  Have never seen you cry.

CLIMBER FRIENDS: Cry with you.

FRIENDS:  Will eat at your dinner table & leave.

CLIMBER FRIENDS: Will spend hours there, talking, laughing, & just being together.

FRIENDS:  Know a few things about you.

CLIMBER FRIENDS:  Could write a book with direct quotes from you.

FRIENDS:  Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.

CLIMBER FRIENDS:  Will kick the whole crowds' back-ends that left you.

FRIENDS:  Would knock on your door....

CLIMBER FRIENDS:  Walk right in & say, 'I'm home!'

FRIENDS:  Will visit you in jail

CLIMBER FRIENDS: Will spend the night in jail with you, since they were probably arrested at the saloon fight with you.

FRIENDS:  Will visit you in the hospital when you're sick

CLIMBER FRIENDS:  Will cut your grass & clean your house then come spend the night with you in the hospital & cook for you when you come home.

FRIENDS:  Have you on speed dial.

CLIMBER FRIENDS:  Have your number memorized.

FRIENDS:  Are for a while.

CLIMBER FRIENDS: Are for life.

Ed. Enjoy being part of this incredible community and please volunteer when that phone call comes begging you to help.  Or contact one of the nominating committee and offer!  That way we can continue to have a PCS.  We do not exist without the volunteers that keep the section going!  The work is both gratifying and fun!

Listed on the next page are some of the officers and committee members for this past year.  The nominating committee is listed on page 2 of this issue of Scree.

Elected Officials

    Lisa Barboza / pcs.chair@lomaprieta.sierraclub.org

    664 Canyon Road, Redwood City, CA 94062-3022


Vice Chair and Trip Scheduler:
Rod McCalley / rodmccalley@sbcglobal.net

    3489 Cowper St., Palo Alto 94306


Treasurer and Membership Roster (address changes):
Alex Sapozhnikov / alex.sapozhnikov@intel.com

    4616 Cabrillo, San Francisco, CA, 94121


Publicity Committee Positions

Scree Editor:
    Louise Wholey/ screeeditor@gmail.com

    21020 Canyon View Drive, Saratoga, CA 95070


PCS World Wide Web Publisher:
    Joe Baker/ pcs@joebaker.us

    1524 Hudson St, Redwood City, CA 94061


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Climbing Classifications

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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