May 2009     Peak Climbing Section, Loma Prieta Chapter, Sierra Club   Vol. 43 , No. 5

http://peakclimbing.org


General Meeting

Date:           May 12, 2009

Time:          7:30 – 9:30 pm

Where:        PCC

                    3921 E. Bayshore Rd.

                    Palo Alto, CA

Program:    Movie of 1964 McKinley Climb

Presenter:    Bill Hauser

Our May presentation will be "Bill Hauser's 1964 Climb of Mt McKinley, Super 8 films put on DVD". Bill is the 157th recorded person to summit Mt. McKinley! This is unlike doing it when there are hundreds of people climbing it. Bill will be present to answer questions.


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


Events

A Passion for Nature:
Exploring the Life of John Muir

Donald Worster and Richard White

with Jon Christensen

Thursday, May 7, 2009,  7:30–9:00pm at  Kresge Auditorium, Stanford Univsersity

Free and Open to All

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La Honda Creek Master Plan

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is holding a public meeting on Tuesday May 19 at the Hatch School in Half Moon Bay.

http://www.openspace.org/plans_projects/la_honda_creek.asp
This is a very exciting opportunity for the public to comment on this plan.  Currently, the Preserve has 3.7 miles of trail.  The Plan offers two Options which will expand the trails to approximately 30 miles.  These trails will serve hikers and equestrians.  The two options offer different opportunities for mountain bikers.

As usual, the mountain bikers and equestrians have been very vocal (good thing) but the hikers/walkers aren't as well organized and don't tend to speak up.

News

Marmolada Avalanche in Italy took skiers and snowshoers:

Reported by Dan Patitucci at http://blog.patitucciphoto.com/

California Mountaineering Group newsletter on Yahoo Groups has lots of accident reports: http://tinyurl.com/chd5n9


Chair Column

Mountaineering Trips

The schedule of upcoming trips has many private trips.  Private trips are not Sierra Club trips, and not insured or supervised by the Sierra Club.  They are trips that individuals are conducting that may be of interest to PCS members.  The reason they are private even though the contact is one of our leaders is that regular Sierra Club trips do not allow the use of ice axes and crampons or ropes due to club liability issues. 

For regular trips, trip leaders are covered by club insurance, a benefit for any leader who owns anything (everyone).  Trips using technical equipment can, however, be approved by the Mountaineering Oversight Committee (MOC) of the Sierra Club so that the leaders will be insured.  The trips are also listed on a special webpage for mountaineering trips, http://clubhouse.sierraclub.org/outings/mountaineering/2009.asp.  Log in using username clubhouse, password explore.

To get a trip approved a leader fills out an application form describing the trip, their skills, and the co-leaderís skills.  See http://clubhouse.sierraclub.org/outings/forms/gco/mountaineering/applicat.doc for a doc form that you can fill out and submit by email for approval by our mountaineering chair Lisa at Lisa.Barboza@gd-ais.com.  Lisa will forward the application to the national MOC.

Policies governing mountaineering trips are given at http://clubhouse.sierraclub.org/outings/policy/mountaineering.asp.  The biggest difference from regular trips is that participants must submit a medical form prior to the trip.  See http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/national/participantforms/forms/medical.doc.  The form is carried by the trip leader for medical personnel to use in case of a problem on a trip.  The trip leader is typically insufficiently trained to use this information for screening purposes, so the leader may choose not to read it before the trip.  Because it is an MS Word document the form may be filled in once and used for all the trips that year.  Sierra Club membership is also required.

The waiver and sign-in form for mountaineering outings which all participants need to fill out and sign is at http://clubhouse.sierraclub.org/outings/forms/gco/mountaineering/SignInWaiver-MOC.doc

The sign-in sheet and medical forms are turned in, not only to the section scheduler, Jeff Fisher, but also to the manager of local outings for the club. 

Melanie Mac Innis, Local Outings Manager

The Sierra Club

85 Second St, 2nd floor

San Francisco, CA 94105-3441.

Email any questions to local.outings@sierraclub.org

A detailed statement of mountaineering trip policies is at http://clubhouse.sierraclub.org/outings/policy/mountaineering.asp

Happy climbing!  See you out there!

Louise

PCS Trip Calendar

These are required statements.

Note: CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

Note: All Sierra Club trips require you to sign a Liability Waiver.

http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/signinwaiver.pdf

May 15-17 – Lost Coast Backpack

Leader:  Tim Hult

May 15-17 – Coyote & Angora

Leader:  Lisa Barboza

May 18-19 – Kern Peak (New Date Mon-Tues)

Leader:  Louise Wholey

May 23-25 – Three Sisters & Spanish Mtn

Leader:  Louise Wholey

June 3 – Tinkers Knob Mid-Week Day Hike

Leader:  Lisa Barboza

June 27-28 – Silver Peak

Leader:  Aaron Schuman

June 27-28 – Highland Peak

Leader:  Charles Schafer

Jul 1-5 – Eisen, Lippincott, Eagle Scout

Leader:  Lisa Barboza

Jul 3-5 – Julius Ceasar

Leader:  Louise Wholey

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.

May 9-10, 2009 – Ice Axe & Crampon Practice

May 25-29, 2009 – Thompson, Powell, Haeckel, etc.

June 6-7, 2009 – Mt. Shasta

June 12-14 – Matterhorn, Whorl

June 27-28, 2009 – Mt. Baldwin

July 3-5, 2009 – Mt. Humphreys and Mt Emerson

October 2009 – Nepal - Mera Peak 21,300 ft

January 2010 – Kilimanjaro


PCS Trip Details

Lost Coast Backpack

Peak:      Lost Coast Backpack
Date:      May 15-17, Friday - Sunday
Leader:   Tim Hult (timdhult@sbcglobal.net and timothy.hult@gd-ais.com)
Co-Lead: needed

Join us for a backpacking trip the the Lost Coast of CA on 15 - 17  May 2009. This is THE time of the year to visit this spectacular part of the N. CA coast.  This trail made Backpacker Magazine's "Best Trails" selection in a recent issue.  We will depart the Bay Area mid afternoon on Thursday 14 May and carpool to the area of the Southern Southern terminus of the Northern part of the trail by Thursday night (Hwy 101 to Garberville then to Shelter Cove - National forest service camping the first night).  Friday morning we will car pool to the Mattole trailhead and proceed to hike 31miles down the coast with 2 overnights on the beach.  Much of the "trail" is on sand, so the hiking will not be challenging, but footing will not be firm.  Bear Cans are required as are water filters and warm, weather proof clothing (Goretex, Fleece, hat, gloves).  Sturdy tents that may be staked in sand, headlamps, and stoves with good wind shields are encouraged.  Up to six participants.

Coyote and Angora

Peak:      Coyote Peaks (10 892) and Angora Mtn (10,198)
Date:      May 15-17, Friday - Sunday
Leader:   Lisa Barboza  (lisa.barboza@gd-ais.com)
Co-Lead: Aaron Schuman (a.j.schuman@gmail.com)

Difficulty: Class 3, moderate but long trip

Trailhead: Lloyd Meadows to Jerky Meadow (23 miles N. of Johnsondale).  Day 1: 13 miles 3300 feet  Day 2: 9 miles 4500 feet Day 3: Hike out 13 miles to TH.  This will be a fast and light trip.  Early Spring in the Southern Sierra.  Be prepared to filter water as there are places where it may be dry.  Our campsites will be dictated by proximity to water.  This trip will go if the USFS roads to the trailhead are open.  Limit 8 people.

Kern Peak

Peak:      Kern Peak (11,510)
Date:      May 18-19, Monday – Tuesday  (New Date!)
Leader:   Louise Wholey (louisewholey@yahoo.com)
Co-Lead: needed

Difficulty: Class 2, beginner-intermediate trip

Rather than drive home after Coyote and Angora, stay in the area to climb this remote peak in the southern Sierra near Kennedy Meadows. Monday we will backpack from the Black Rock Trail Head at 8,960' for 8.6 miles with 1500' of gain (with ups and downs) to camp at Redrock Meadows at 8,626'.  Then we will climb class 2 Kern Peak in 11 miles and 2,884' of gain, including 6 miles of cross-country.   Tuesday we will backpack out in 8.6 miles and 1800' of gain (with ups and downs).  Note the trail head is 334 feet higher than our camp site.  Moderate exertion.

Three Spanish Sisters – Memorial Day weekend

Peak:   Three Sisters (10,612) and Spanish Mountain (10,051)
Date:   May 23-24, Saturday–Sunday of Memorial Day weekend
Leader: Louise Wholey (louisewholey@yahoo.com)
Co-Lead: Jim Wholey

Difficulty: Class 1, day hikes, beginners in good shape are welcome

Car camp at Wishon or Courtright Reservoir.  Arrive Friday night, return Sunday night. Expect soft spring snow (wet) on the route. 

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

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

Silver Peak

Peak:      Silver Peak (11,878)
Date:      June 27-28, Saturday - Sunday
Leader:   Aaron Schuman (a.j.schuman@gmail.com)
Co-Lead: Louise Wholey (louisewholey@yahoo.com)

Difficulty: Class 2, beginner-intermediate trip

Devilís Graveyard sounds like a place name out of The Blair Witch Project, but thatís what the Sierra National Forest calls our campsite. Weíll hike from Lake Thomas A. Edison (2330 m), taking easy trail to Devilís Bathtub (2794 m) and continuing cross-country to our camp at the diabolical headwaters (3250 m). Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning, weíll visit the class 2 summit of Silver Peak (3620 m). Sunday hike out and drive home.

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 Scree editor. 

Ice Axe & Crampon Practice

Goal:      Learn techniques, maybe climb a peak
Dates:     May 9-10, 2009, Saturday - Sunday
Contact:  Kelly Maas (kamaas444@sbcglobal.net)

This will be a chance to hone your skills with snow tools.  Likely peak climb.  Contact Kelly for details.

Memorial Day week trip to Sabrina Basin peaks

Goal:      Thompson, Point Powell, Wallace, Haeckel
Dates:     May 25-29, 2009, Monday - Friday
Contact:  Lisa Barboza  (lisa.barboza@gd-ais.com)

Assistant:  Needed

We leave from Lake Sabrina TH near Bishop and attempt to climb Thompson-13494, Point Powell-13360, Wallace-13377, Haeckel-13418 peaks.  Be prepared for snow - ice axe, crampons, and helmets required.  Be prepared for spring conditions including snow camping.  

Day 1: Hike in from Lake Sabrina 1500 gain, 5 miles to Hungry Packer Lake.  Climb Haeckel & Wallace, return to camp.  Day 2: Climb Thompson, 3000 gain, 6 miles RT back to camp.  Day 3: Climb Point Powell, 3000 gain, 6 miles RT.  Day 4 - Hike out or stay for bonus peaks, Gilbert-13106 and Johnson-12871.  

Participants must be in excellent physical condition, skilled in use of ice axe & crampons.  Note that this is a ďLisaĒ trip, meaning you should expect a fast pace (extreme effort) to do all these peaks.  Participants do not have to do all the peaks.  Fishing or reading is an option for days off.


Mt. Shasta

Goal:      Mt. Shasta
Dates:     June 6-7, 2009, Saturday - Sunday
Contact:  George Van Gorden (gvangorden@gmail.com)

We will be climbing the mountain by the West Face gully.  This is a very lovely route which used to be hardly traveled but now is getting more crowded though nothing like the standard route.  We will meet in the town of Mt. Shasta on Sat. morning, drive to bunny flat at 6800 feet and start walking up to our camp at 9200 feet.  Sunday we will go to the summit, return to our camp and then on down to the cars.  Previous training with crampons and ice ax is required for this climb.  You must know how to do self-arrest.  The upper part of the climb gets a little steep.

Mt. Baldwin

Goal:      Mt. Baldwin (12,615')
Dates:     June 27-28, 2009, Saturday - Sunday
Contacts: Chris Prendergast (chrispp@earthlink.net)

                Bob Suzuki (suzukir@sd-star.com)

We'll backpack from the trailhead parking at Convict Lake to our camp site at Bright Dot Lake. Sunday morning we'll ascend the northwest slope and take time for a leisurely snack on the summit. Ice axes possibly needed.

Mt Humphreys and Mt Emerson

Goal:      Mt Humphreys (13,986'), Mt Emerson (13,204')
Dates:     July 3-5, 2009, Fri-Sun, 3 days
Difficulty: class 4, rope

Contact:  Bob Suzuki (suzukir@sd-star.com)

Visit the scenic North Fork of Bishop Creek, Piute Pass and alpine Humphreys Basin. Endure the class 2, loose scree of Humphreys' southwest slope before enjoying the final two short, roped pitches over solid rock. A half rope-length rappel begins the decent. Required: climbing harness, belay/rappel device, roped climbing experience, group bear canisters; also, a $10 deposit to cover cost of the permit (forfeit if cancel, difference refunded at trailhead).

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

Kilimanjaro 19340 ft / 5895 m, Tanzania, Africa

Peaks:     Kilimanjaro 19340 ft / 5895 m
Dates:     January, 2010
Contact:  Warren Storkman (650-493-8959, dstorkman@aol.com)

Trip will be similar to Warrenís previous trip to Kilimanjaro in January 2002.  A couple of detailed reports on Summit Post supply myriad detail:

http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/168519/kilimanjaro-warren-storkman-expedition-january-2002.html

http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/150202/kilimanjaro.html


Trip Reports

Backcountry Skiing, Mar 28–Apr 5, 2009

Spring  Conditioning

By Louise Wholey

We decided Gary Apterís trip was not too late in the year and signed up.  Little did we know how good the skiing could be.  We had fresh powder every day!  I bought a few photos from guide Marc Pichť.

Climbing – 4500 feet each day!

Great scenery!  Great powder!

Cartago, Apr 11-12, 2009

By Louise Wholey

Mt. Shasta via Casaval Ridge fell prey to bad weather, but I wanted to do something.  Lisa and I talked about Cartago, but after I broadcast the new trip announcement it turned out that work kept her from going.  Bummer!  Fortunately Frank Martin responded and off we went on the tail of the storm as the Sierra was clearing.

Cartago is an interesting peak.  Though it is on the SPS (Sierra Peaks Section) peaks list it is rarely indicated on maps.  Perhaps it is because the summit area is a large tree-covered plateau with numerous rock outcroppings.  They all seem to be about the same height!  The top is not even specified very clearly at 10,480+.

Cartago Summit Area Looking North

There are a variety of ways to climb the peak but one route has special aesthetic appeal, to go from the desert floor to the top.  It is a 10 mile round trip with nearly 7000 feet of elevation gain, class 2 climbing at most with a class 3 summit block.

Cartago route goes up dirt trail and continues up left

A previous trip report by Daryn Dodge gave us some helpful GPS waypoints.  See http://climber.org/TripReports/2006/1479.html.  We failed to find all of the cliff bands but used the advice about not going too far south.  Our plan, due to uncertainly about snow, was to take 2 days, camping wherever it looked good.  We enjoyed spring wildflowers and found many animal and people tracks.

Desert Flowers

Camp was just above the upper cliff band and below the snow.  We continued, in and out of snow, but it was mostly firm enough to not posthole.  A waypoint at a saddle was key to finding a direct route to the summit plateau.  Once on the plateau, everything appeared to be the summit!  It is a bit like finding a needle in the haystack.  The summit waypoint was especially useful.  Nobody signed the register since Sept 2007, probably because they could not find it!

Olancha from the Summit

A 2-hour hike Monday morning allowed us to get home for dinner.

Frank Descending Steep Sandy Slope

Mt. Shasta, Apr 17-19, 2009

By Kelly Maas

Photos by Kelly Maas, Tim Hult, Mike Snadden, Louise Wholey

Waking up at Bunny Flat on Friday morning, I saw light clouds – just as predicted.  The air was cold, but not too cold for 7000 feet in April, and there was hardly a breath of wind.  Peering up towards the towering white summit, it also appeared to be relatively calm.  The forecast was for clearing and warming weather.  The sun was rising, so it was time to get up and start packing for the climb.  I didnít see the other car yet, but hopefully they would be arriving soon.

You can climb Shasta any month of the year, but most people find it more aesthetic and enjoyable when itís shrouded in snow.  Winter makes for a good challenge if you donít mind cold and short days, but spring is more popular because a little more warmth and daylight bolster oneís spirit.  Tim Hult and I had originally planned this climb for March – actually the first weekend of spring.  It might have said spring on the calendar, but we were preparing people for what could easily be a full-on winter climb – excepting the longer days.  After all, Shasta is notorious for its often extreme weather.  Itís pretty easy to dig up tales of tents shredded and gear blown away.  On occasion people even die there.  So when the appointed weekend neared and the forecast was for cold temperatures, moderate winds, and a few inches of fresh snow, the decision to call it off came pretty easily.  We vowed to reschedule, but I got busy at work and almost forgot about it.

Then in mid April we got our act together.  The email went out to those who had signed up in March: ďcan you make it this weekend?Ē  Impressively, five of the original eight could make it.  Word leaked out and two more joined the crew.  This time the forecast was completely different – clearing and calm, with temperatures going from average to above average.  The route was still the same – Sargents Ridge.  Itís one of at least 4 or 5 routes readily accessible from Bunny Flat.  Itís not the quickest way to the top, so we budgeted 3 days for our climb.

The other car rolled up before 8:00, so we had our full group.  (Kelly Maas, Tim Hult, Frank Martin, Julius Gawlas, Mike Snadden, Louise Wholey and Lisa Barboza)  Some of us bought the required summit pass, which is available at Bunny Flat.  Each person needs their own (free) wilderness permit too.  Before too long we were hiking the remaining stretch of unplowed road beyond BF.  Fortunately this morning snowmobiles were few.  We had debated between snow shoes and skis, but decided on snow shoes.  For now, we carried them on our backs.  We would stash them at the base of the ridge.

A shortcut can be taken to Sargents Ridge. This is called Green Butte to Sargents, and is more direct from BF, basically forming the right margin of Avalanche Gulch.  Casaval Ridge forms the left margin.  To do the full Sargents, you follow the road a couple of miles up to Panther Meadow – which is all snow this time of year – then up into the old ski bowl.  From there you can pick up an initially gentle ridge that ascends to join Sargents.  We seemed to be detouring away from the summit to pick up this ridge, but itís a continuous and elegant line.

A major landmark at about 11,000 ft on Sargents is Shastarama Point.  It has a small bowl sitting just off the NE side of the ridge, and this is where we had planned to camp for both nights.  From the ski bowl, Shastarama didnít look very far, but thatís deceptive.  The initially gentle ridge steepened, and we soon slowed down under the load of our heavy packs. 

People warmed up and many stripped down to short sleeves.  Most of the way we stayed directly on the ridge, and there was only one stretch that was bare of snow.  Once on Sargents, or a bit before, gendarmes pushed us onto the left slope, which dropped into the ski bowl.  The snow was a bit soft on top, but there was a harder layer several inches down.  (It had snowed about 8 days earlier.)

We finally reached Shastarama around 5:30.  The ridge right there flattens out and is wide enough for tents.  It seemed like a horribly exposed place if the winds were to pick up, but it also offered tremendous views in almost all directions.  The winds were still calm and forecast to remain mild, so Tim and I agreed that we could camp on the crest of the ridge.  Even so, we erected the tents in pits, with snow walls – which turned out to be unnecessary.  In comparison, I had done this route several years ago in May.  That time we had dropped a hundred feet from the ridge into the bowl beneath Shastarama, in hopes of escaping the winds.  Even so, our tents were nearly flattened.  A real reminder that the weather can make all the difference on this mountain.

We enjoyed the great camaraderie, food and views, and most of us slept well that night, with temperatures dropping into the teens and the wind remaining calm.  Incredible.  We turned out to be perfectly positioned, with nothing to block either sunset or sunrise.  (Earlier in the year, however, Shastarama might block sunrise.)  The clouds had now thinned to just little wisps, and the day looked grand.  Tim and I struggled to melt snow and cook with our stove, so we got a late start for the summit – 8:15.

From Shastarama, the Sargents flattens out for a quarter mile before resuming its ascent to the summit, amid a host of rocks and blocks.  Most of these obstacles are passed on the left, though we chose to pass the first one on the right because of the straighter line.  Snow cover is not complete, so many times we switched between snow and rock.  We also switched between traversing snow slopes and following the ridge top proper.

A major event of the day occurred when Mikeís camera pouch separated from his hip belt and slid hundreds of feet down toward the old ski bowl.  Part way down, we saw the camera separate from the case.  There was nothing we could do except to note where they came to rest – not easy because they traveled a great distance. 

Ascending the ridge, there are plenty of options, so itís unlikely that two people would take exactly the same way up the ridge.  At some points we ended up on some rock that was steeper than we would have liked.  We decided that we would find an easier way on the return.  Eventually the obstacles eased and the remaining bit to Red Banks was straightforward.  We had passed the juncture with Green Butte Ridge without really realizing it.

At Red Banks we ran into Monique Messiť and her friend Gabriel, who had hiked up with skis that morning from Bunny Flat.  They hadnít originally planned to summit, but they had enough energy that they decided to give it a go.

Above Red Banks, the route is much more straight forward.  A short ascent brought us to the base of Misery Hill, and time for lunch.  It was now well past noon, so we quickly resumed the steady march, despite Mike really feeling the altitude.  Looking around, I noticed that the clouds were now completely gone.  The temperature was cool, as expected at 13000 ft in April, but we still enjoyed the occasional gentle breeze because the sun was so hot.  When the breeze stopped, we got quite warm while on the move.

Before long we surmounted the hill and gazed across the summit plateau at the glistening throne.  Louise and Julius were in the lead, and took a direct line for the top.  Lisa, Frank and Tim took the usual zig zag way up.  Mike and I took up the rear, plodding our way to the top just before 3:00.  With sunset not until 7:55, we knew we had enough time left for our return.

Tim commented that heíd never been on the top when it was so benign.  Indeed it was glorious.  We snapped our photos and some people signed the summit register.  Then we started down.  Monique and Gabriel donned their wide AT skis and took off for the trailhead.  The rest of us plodded along, but much faster than on the ascent.

Upper Sargentís Ridge

When we got to the rocky ridge, we decided to stay low on the right and bypass more of the rocks.  The snow we descended was often steep and generally soft and crappy, so we went slowly and planted our feet and ice axes with care. 

As we approached camp, we slowly began to relax, seeing that we were successfully putting the obstacles behind us.  The sun sank lower and shadows began to stretch from the ridge top.  Climbing a ridge can be wonderful, if for no other reason than the views.

At the final obstacle, we descended on to steep snow on the NE side of the ridge.  We could see camp a short distance away along the nearly level ridge.  This side was in shadow, which hopefully meant firm snow instead of the soft and rotten stuff weíd been on.  Things had been going so well and everyone had been safe, but then we suddenly saw Lisa cartwheel backwards down the slope.  Tim yelled to her to arrest, and after a second flip and a slide, she was able to come safely to a stop using elbows and feet.  The slope did have a safe runout, but had she not arrested, she would have built up a lot of speed before reaching more level terrain.  We all breathed a sigh of relief and placed our feet and axes more carefully as we covered the couple hundred meters to gentler ground.  We reached camp before 6:30 and were soon busy melting snow and cooking.  We were impressed at the noticeable melting and/or sublimation that had occurred during the day.  Mike calculated that his camera was almost certainly broken or unfindable.  We all slept well that night, even though the snow under me was now rock hard and anything but flat.  It was a few degrees less cold, and still relatively calm.

The next morning was again beautiful.  We hardly wanted to leave, but talk also turned to restaurants and great food.  Mike and Julius were soon ready to leave, so they took off in the direction of Mikeís camera.  They would descend into the ski bowl and join us at the snowshoe cache.  The rest of us were soon descending our ascent route, thankful, as we had been the previous afternoon, to have footsteps to follow on the way down.

Midway down, Mike appeared on the next rib over, shouting and waving, with something in his hand.  With no wind, we could hear him say that heíd found his camera and that it worked!  He and Julius then showed up on our ridge an hour later and we all descended victoriously to our snowshoes.  Since Friday, the number of snowmobile tracks in the ski bowl had grown exponentially, but apparently most of it was done on Saturday.  This Sunday morning, we only heard a couple of machines.  We collected the snowshoes and most people put them on.  Itís amazing how the road seemed so much longer than on the way up.  My pack was becoming increasingly uncomfortable, and I was thankful when we finally reached our cars and the throng of Sunday tourists.

We eagerly packed up and headed into town for a slightly late lunch.  Just by chance we stopped at Lilys (www.lilysrestaurant.com), where we found good food to satisfy all tastes.   We reveled in the glory of a great weekend, and then started the long drive home.

More photos are in albums at

http://picasaweb.google.com/timdhult/ShastaApril172009#

http://picasaweb.google.com/louisewholey/ShastaApr17192009#

http://picasaweb.google.com/snaddens/MountShastaApril09#

http://picasaweb.google.com/maaskelly414/20090417MtShastaSargentsRidge#

http://picasaweb.google.com/monique.messie/200904Shasta?authkey=Gv1sRgCJuOiP-I2LaO1wE#


Elected Officials

Chair:
    Louise Wholey / PCSchair@gmail.com

    21020 Canyon View Road, Saratoga, CA 95070

    408-867-6658

Vice Chair and Trip Scheduler:
   
Jeff Fisher / jeff_fisher_5252@sbcglobal.net

    15064 Charmeran Ave, San Jose CA 95124

    650-207-9632

Treasurer and Membership Roster (address changes):
   
Jesper Schou / schou@sun.stanford.edu

    415-606-5760

Publicity Committee Positions

Scree Editor:
    Open position / screeeditor@gmail.com

    Acting: Louise Wholey / PCSchair@gmail.com

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

    1524 Hudson St, Redwood City, CA 94061

    650-261-1488


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Climbing Classifications

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    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.


Deadline for submissions to the next Scree is Monday,  May 25th. Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month.

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