February 2011     Peak Climbing Section, Loma Prieta Chapter, Sierra Club   Vol. 45 , No. 2

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General Meeting

Date          February 8, 2011

Time          7:30 – 9:30 pm

Where       PCC

                  3921 E. Bayshore Road

                  Palo Alto, CA    

Program   The Bugaboos

Presenter Louise Wholey

The Bugaboos is a classic alpine rock climbing area in southern BC, just a few hours travel from us. Spires of solid granite rise elegantly from a beautiful glaciated base. Join us for some spectacular photos of climbing in this great area from guided trips Louise Wholey has made each of the past two years.

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.

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Editor's Notes

Emilie is off to a great start as PCS Chair. Check out her column and take that survey if you care about our club.

We have two TR's this month - Aaron and Daryn (some amazing photos!). Thank you both. And mark your calendar for March 1, the date for our Summer/Fall Trip Planning meeting. See you on the slopes! Judy

Chair Column

If you are on the PCS mailing list, you should have seen the 2011 PCS Membership Survey come through by email.  If not, the direct link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SL8F55F

We already have 53 responses – not bad from a mailing list of 214!  I’m hoping to get at least 50% response rate, so take a few moments if you haven’t already.

My plan is to use the monthly Chair Column to address different topics based on the results and comments in the survey.  Although the survey has not yet been closed, I already have a hot topic to address – cancellations.

Several leaders have told me they will no longer lead trips due to the flakiness of our membership – signing up for trips and then canceling between just a few days before the trip up until the very morning of the trip!  I have witnessed this myself as well. 

One person asked in the survey – “is it weather or health that is causing the cancellations?”  I would posit “no.”  Trips seem to rarely be canceled due to weather, except for the winter trips where storms and avalanche danger are serious considerations.  People do get ill from time to time before trips

 and have to cancel, but if you have the flu on Tues, please let your trip leader know – it’s unlikely you’ll be feeling 100% by Thurs or Fri.  I have heard of people being very honest and saying other trip opportunities came up at the last minute that they would prefer.  One woman said (one day before a trip) that she needed to attend a mountain rescue training – being familiar with mountain rescue programs, I know that trainings are usually scheduled 6-12 months out.

Last minute cancellations are frustrating for leaders who put lots of time into screening participants, providing information and

answering questions, researching and planning the trip, purchasing permits, etc. 

Participants make carpooling, lodging, food, and gear decisions based on others and sometimes that causes further cancellations if they were relying on someone who can no longer make it.  Further, many trips have waitlists and the folks on the waitlist can rarely respond with just a couple days notice.

Life often gets in the way of the best laid plans, but does life get in the way for 4 out of 6 participants time after time?  There was one survey respondent that said they do not have problems with cancellations on the trips they run.  As the survey is anonymous, I don’t know who you are, but encourage you to reach out to me.  I’d love to learn if you are doing anything different that we can capitalize on.

Thank you for all the constructive ideas and feedback on how to deal with this issue.  We’ll gather all the information and report back in the spring with our ideas.

Until then, see you at the February meeting to learn more about Louise’s trip to the Bugaboos!

Best,

Emilie

New Trip Rating System

(with thanks to Louise Wholey)

We are extending the system for rating for PCS trips to include a rating that will describe the effort required.  The new PCS rating system is a series of three designations from the following groups:

Miles (to summit the peak)

1 = Less than 5 miles of total distance

2 = 5 to 10 miles

3 = 10 to 15 miles

4 = 15 to 20 miles

5 = 20 to 25 miles

Climb

A = Less than 1000 feet of total elevation gain

B = 1000 to 2000 feet

C = 2000 to 3000 feet

D = 3000 to 4000 feet

E = 4000 to 5000 feet

Travel

T = Trail

1 = Limited/easy X-C

2 = Moderate X-C

3 = Strenuous/difficult X-C

A trip rated as 2D3 means that the trip will be five to ten miles long to reach the peak with nearly 4,000 feet of climbing at times over

strenuous/difficult cross country terrain.

Peak climbs typically have three phases:

1) backpacking to camp (often on a

trail), 2) the peak climb (usually only a few miles but X-C with lots of

climbing), 3) the return to the trailhead.

Rather than make this too complex for leaders, we will start by using this system for an over-all rating of the trip.  If a trip, however, has one day that is particularly strenuous, the leader should identify that day as having special demands and give a separate rating

for that day as well as the over-all trip.  Longer

trips climbing multiple peaks probably require a rating for each day, but leaders may wish initially to rate just the hardest day of the trip.

Class ratings will continue to be used to describe the technical difficulty of a climb.

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.

Please note: most trips listed below do not yet follow the new system (except for Emilie's - thank you!), but these new ratings will be in place for upcoming trips listed here.

Summer Trip Planning Meeting!!

While February is normally the time for the PCS summer trip planning meeting, we would like to break tradition and have it at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 1, at the home of scheduler Louise Wholey.  

Food (pizza, salad, etc. - contributions accepted) will be served to allow people to come directly from work.  Leaders please come with ideas on trips you would like to lead; climbers please come with ideas for trips you want to do.

21020 Canyon View Drive

Saratoga, CA 95070

Home phone: (408) 867-6658

Tim Hult Request - Please Read!

(Posted separately since dates will vary, depending on snow conditions.)

1) I am willing to act as coordinator for a one night weekend trip to Ostrander.  Payment must be advance ($60 night) before I submit names for the lottery.  Please contact me at: timothy.hult(at) gd-ais.com to discuss your interest.

2) Shasta winter ascent.  Doing a winter ascent of Shasta can be a tricky affair involving waiting and watching for the perfect weather window that matches your schedule. Contact me to be put on an email / discussion list.   We will do either the Cassaval or

Sargent's ridge route.  Participants must have arctic appropriate gear.

3) Also but with no descriptions:  I'd like to try another spring tour this year, or, simply do some spring yo-yo skiing as well.  This past

year would have been a terrific one to do some of the high trail head passes on skis as day trips and I feel bad that I missed them.

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

February 12, 13 -  Donner Summit Dayhikes

Leader: Joe Baker

February 19, 20 -  Mt. Rose and one other

Leader: Louise Wholey

March 20 - Round Top

Leader: Arun Mahajan

March 26, 27 - Cone Peak

Leader: Joe Baker

March 26, 27 - Sandy Point, Last Chance Mt.

Leader: Daryn Dodge

PCS Trip Details

Donner Summit Dayhikes on Skis/Snowshoes

Goals: Mt. Judah (8,245'), Boreal Ridge

Location: Donner Summit, near Truckee

Dates: February 12, 13

Leader: Joe Baker  

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate Level Skiing

We will stay at the Southbay Ski Club lodge at Donner Summit, and do day trips. One day, we will climb Mt. Judah, and the other day we will do a loop from Highway 80 to
Highway 40, following the PCT on the way there and coming over Boreal
Ridge on the way back. Destinations may change based on snow conditions. Contact Judy Molland at judy@judymolland.com.

Note: We have had a couple of cancelations, so there are still some open spots, if you are interested.

Mount Rose

Goals:  Mt. Rose (10,776') + one other

Location: North Lake Tahoe

Dates: February 19, 20

Leader: Louise Wholey     

Difficulty: 2C2, Intermediate effort level

Join us for the ascent of the highest peak in the Tahoe Basin. We will use skis or snowshoes and carry light shoes for the final climb over lava rocks to the summit.

On the second day, we'll find another awesome peak to climb.

Contact Louise Wholey, louisewholey AT yahoo.com or Sonja Dieterich,
sonja.dieterich AT alumni.rutgers.edu for details.

Round Top

Goal:  Round Top (10,381')

Location: Carson Pass

Date: March 20

Leader: Arun Mahajan       

Difficulty: Intermediate Level Skiing

Day hike on snow, ice-axe, crampons, skis or snowshoes. Skis with skins or snowshoes needed for the approach then ice-axe and
crampons for the summit area.

Meet at 8am at Carson Pass Sno-Park on Highway-88, ready to go. To park there you will need a sno-park permit.

Difficulty: Snow/winter conditions but

otherwise intermediate level skiing and you have to have some experience with axe/crampons and be able to handle the altitude of over 10k ft, early in the season.

Contact Arun Mahajan at arun.mahajan(at)att.net

Cone Peak

Goal: Cone Peak (5,155')

Location: Ventana Wilderness, Limekiln campground

Dates: March 26, 27

Leader: Joe Baker  

Difficulty: Class 1

We will climb Cone Peak from Highway 1. Cone Peak is the most spectacular mountain on the Big Sur coast of California. It is the second highest mountain (Junipero Serra Peak is higher) in the Santa Lucia Range.

The trip is on-trail but somewhat strenuous. This will either be a dayhike, or we'll camp at

Vicente Flat and do the longer loop. I'm leaning toward the second option because Lime Kiln Campground (trailhead at the ocean) is still closed due to the fire. With the second option, we can take a leisurely hike up to our camp spot, where we'll spend the night on Saturday, then climb our peak on Sunday morning, before hiking out. This should be an excellent time to see lots of wildflowers.

Sandy Point and Last Chance Mountain

Goal: Sandy Pt, Last Chance Mt.

Location: Death Valley

Dates: March 26, 27

Leader: Daryn Dodge

Assuming the Sandy Pt ascent on Saturday is a success, Last Chance Mtn on Sunday will be Daryn Dodge's DPS list finish. Sandy is a 2,000' gain and 11 miles; Last Chance is 3,000' of gain and 5 miles. Join us for one or both peaks. We will have a short celebration on the summit of Last Chance Mtn, and

perhaps back at the trailhead, so climbers can drive home at a reasonable hour on Sunday. Send e-mail with conditioning and experience to Leader: Daryn Dodge. Co-leaders: John Cheslick, Kathy Rich, and Gary Schenk.

Contact Daryn Dodge: ddodge@oehha.ca.gov

Private Trip Calendar

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.

April 22 - 24 - Split Mountain

Leader: Lisa Barboza

April 29 - May 1 - Diamond on the Soles of Your Shoes

Leader: Steve Eckert

May 27 - 30 - Senator, You are no Mount Kennedy

Leader: Steve Eckert

October - Mt. Kailash, Nepal/Tibet

Leader: Warren Storkman

Private Trip Details

Split Mountain

Goal:  Split Mountain (14,042')

Location: Big Pine, Eastside of the Sierras

Date: April 22 - 24

Leader: Lisa Barboza        

Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced; 2D3 with class 2 winter climbing

Another prized winter 14er. Winter backcoutry travel and snowcamping skills highly recommended.

This is an intermediate/advanced trip and you must have previous crampon/ice axe experience. You should have a solid


backpacking/hiking foundation to carry a

heavy pack, a proven ability to acclimatize,

and an adventurous attitude as winter climbing can be challenging and require tough decisions. Many winter attempts do not result in a summit as conditions typically must be ideal. Possibly includes Prater and Tinemaha. Led by Lisa Barboza, co-led by Emilie Cortes. Contact Lisa Barboza at Lisa.Barboza(at)gd-ais.com

Diamond on the Soles of Your Shoes

Goals:            Diamond Peak (13,127'), Mt. Mary Austin (13,040')

Location: Pacific Crest, Kings Canyon NP

Dates: April 29 - May

Leader: Steve Eckert          

Difficulty: Class 2 Snow Climb

We’ll start low at the end of the Oak Creek Road (6,000') and hike the Baxter Pass trail from desert up into spring slush. The snow will be firmed up by the time we reach our camp at Summit Meadow (10,800'). We’ll ascend the southeast face of Diamond Peak (13,127'), which RJ Secor calls “a splendid snow climb in the spring”. If we have time, we’ll also attempt the often seen but rarely visited Mount Mary Austin. Participants are skilled with ice axe for self-arrest and use of crampons on a mid-angle slope. Some members of the party will choose skis; others snowshoes.

Leader: Steve Eckert 650-508-0500
Co-leader: Aaron Schuman 650-968-9184

Senator, you are no Mount Kennedy

Goals: Mt. Hutchings (10,785'), Kennedy Mtn (11,433'), Slide Peak (10,915')

Location: Monarch Divide, Kings Canyon NP

Dates: May 27 - 30

Leader: Steve Eckert

From Cedar Grove (5,035'), we’ll hike up the Copper Creek trail. When we meet snow,

some of us will switch to skis and others to snowshoes. We’ll set up camp in Upper Tent Meadow (9,189') and make a side jaunt to Mt Hutchings (10,785'). Saturday, we’ll pack over Granite Pass (10,673') to the north side of the Monarch Divide, traverse up and down through the Volcanic Lakes basin, and make camp at East Kennedy Lake (10,100'). Sunday, we’ll climb Kennedy Mountain (11,433') and the rarely visited Slide Peak (10,915') and return to our camp. Memorial Day, we’ll pack out all the way back to Cedar Grove and head home.

Leader: Steve Eckert 650-508-0500
Co-leader: Aaron Schuman 650-968-9184

"We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard." – John F. Kennedy

Mt. Kailash, Nepal/Tibet

Goal:  Mt. Kailash - Lhasa

Location: Nepal/Tibet

Date: October 2011

Leader: Warren Storkman

October is generally the best month to travel in Nepal and Tibet - for weather and holiday

events and particularly for the Kora around  Mt Kailash.

Reason for starting the plans early:

To give the opportunity to arrange vacation time for the 21 day trek, the 7 days in KTM and air travel.

There will be two separate flights within Nepal. The first flight will take us west to a large lowland airport with a hotel overnight.  The second day we'll fly in a smaller (20 seat) plane and upon landing will start the trek. There will be 6 nights of camping then on the 7th day the group crosses into Tibet with an interesting army border check. This entry is by foot - no roads in this area.

The group will then stop camping and use a hotel on the 14th night.

For those wishing to skip Lhasa a return to KTM is  on the 16th day. The Lhasa group will return to KTM on the 21st day by international air.

Without a commitment or obligating yourself just let me know if this trip is of interest to you. If you change your mind, I'll drop your name.  

I'll e-mail more information and try for an early trip cost.    Contact Warren Storkman (650-493-8959) or email: dstorkman@aol.com

Trip Reports

Top of the Kern

July 25 - 31, 2010

By Aaron Schuman

Ouzel, who flew for John Muir, flew for me, over Wright Creek. Elusive Bighorn Sheep left abundant footprints but did not appear personally. Sage Grouse sang his basso profundo aria. Hummingbird hovered over Shepherd Creek down in the desert by the trailhead.

Louise Wholey, Ruth von Rotz and I flocked to the headwaters of the Kern River at the end of July 2010 to climb some of the tallest mountains in the Sierra Nevada.

The day we entered at Shepherd Pass trailhead, a thunderstorm arose in the afternoon and continued all night. We stayed at Anvil that day because we couldn't safely cross the pass. But the weather went from stormy to cloudy, then mid-week, from cloudy to clear.

On the third day, we climbed Caltech Peak (13,832'). The climb was straightforward and fun. The trip photo is of Ruth on Caltech Peak.

Lightning from the storm had sparked a big fire many miles away at Lake Isabella. Thick smoke blew up-canyon, triggering a severe asthma attack for Ruth. Louise and I spent Wednesday helping Ruth to the ranger cabin at Tyndall Creek, where backcountry ranger Laura Pilewski called in a helicopter evacuation. Ranger Laura impressed me with her accurate judgment, decisive action, calm control, and compassionate care. She has 15 years of experience in the backcountry for Sequoia NP, and it shows. When we had a serious problem, she was just who we needed.

Ruth was our priority, so Louise and I abandoned our plan to climb Table Mountain that day. But once Ruth was safely in the care of the Southern Inyo Hospital, we returned to our climbing agenda.

The peaks of the Upper Kern are all giants, just short of 14K. The views go on forever.  Mount Barnard (13,990') has a miles-long 3,000' class 2 ridge up from Wright Basin. The summit block is airy. We down-climbed 1,000' to the headwaters of George Creek, then up-climbed 1,000' to Trojan Peak (13,917'). Then down-climbed the 1000 again, and up-climbed the 1,000 again back to Barnard. Then down. It made for a butt-kicking 5000' day and a twilight return to camp at Bighorn Plateau.

Louise started out early the next morning for Tunnabora Peak (13,563'). I wanted a rest day, so I limited my climbing to easy Tawney Point (12,332').

The best thing about climbing in the upper Kern is the vastness of the basin. It's ringed by the Kaweahs, the Great Western Divide, the Kings Kern Divide, and the Whitney Massif. They're all huge walls, which together circumscribe a huge space. Especially under the light of the full moon, it was a breathtaking vista.

The second best thing is the solitude. Except for a couple dozen JMT hikers each day, almost nobody visits the Upper Kern, and the area is a couple hundred square miles in size.

Epilogue: The doctors treated and released Ruth the same day, so she got to spend the night in a motel instead of in a hospital bed. She has a friend in the area who helped her retrieve her car from the trailhead. She rested at home, let her lungs heal and let her body recover.  

Mt. Meru, Tanzania (14,980')

Second Highest Peak in Tanzania

Tenth Highest Peak in Africa

December, 2010

By Daryn Dodge

I had a wonderful trip to East Africa to climb Mts. Meru and Kilimanjaro back in late December.  I was joined by PCS member Sandra Hao and her 13-year old daughter Sarah, and Kathy Rich (SPS Chairperson) and her 20-year old son Andreas.  I’ll include a brief report of our Kilimanjaro climb in the next Scree.

Mt. Meru is located approximately 50 miles SW of Mt. Kilimanjaro and is one of the most

visible peaks jutting above the clouds as seen from the summit of Kilimanjaro.  Like Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru is a volcano sitting on the edge of the Great Rift Valley.  Mt. Meru’s notoriety as a peak climb arises from the fact that some climbers use it as a warm-up before climbing Kilimanjaro, although we knew of no one personally who had climbed it. 

Mt. Meru as viewed from 13,000' on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Another attraction is that part of the first and last day of climbing goes through the lowland forest area of Arusha National Park, which has a considerable amount of wildlife.  We saw zebras, buffalo, giraffes, bush bucs, baboons and beautiful Colobus monkeys.  Elephants are also known to roam the forest, which is the main reason we had a ranger with a rifle as one of our guides.  In fact, a ranger with a rifle is a requirement if you want to climb Mt. Meru. Finally, an attraction for California climbers is that it is higher than Mt. Whitney, although not quite a fifteener. 

Mt. Meru is usually climbed as a 3- or 4-day trip.  We chose the 3-day option. Our guide service was through Good Earth Tours, a Tanzanian-run company with an office in Florida, which we chose because of good reviews and competitive prices.  If you choose a U.S.-based guide service, expect to pay considerably more.  This goes for Mt. Kilimanjaro too.  For Mt. Meru, the cost was

about $400 per climber and included the bus shuttle ride to and from Nairobi, and a night’s stay before and after the trip at the Jacaranda Hotel in Arusha.  The city of Arusha is the fourth largest city in Tanzania and is located at the base of Mt. Meru.  (For future reference, Good Earth is apparently building their own hotel in Arusha and will soon be running their tour service out of this hotel).

On the morning of our first day, we met our guides at the hotel, and then boarded a shuttle bus that took us to the start of the climb at Momella Gate.  One of the first things that struck me viewing this massive volcano was its uncanny resemblance to Mt. Saint Helens in Washington.  Like Mt. Saint Helens, Mt. Meru’s side blew out; this happened several thousand years ago, and a small cone has built up over time in its interior.  The high point is on the volcano’s rim, the portion that did not blow away when Meru exploded.

Between the five of us, we had 10 porters, 2 guides, a cook, and the rifle-toting ranger to presumably scare off any threatening wildlife.  For the record, other than the ranger guide, it’s not necessary to hire tour guides, porters and a cook for the climb.  However, if you go without the extra help, the park charges an exorbitant fee to climb the peak.  So one might as well hire the porters and extra guides and enjoy going lightweight and being catered to.  We hiked the slightly longer southern route to our first camp at Miriakamba Hut, about a 5 hour ascent covering 13.8 km and 3.300' of gain.  The porters took the shorter, but steeper, northern route to the huts.  Our hike that day was mostly on a 4WD dirt road track through the forest.  But this is also the day where we saw most of the wild animals.  The camps, or huts, on Mt. Meru consist of bunkhouses and dining buildings, a relative luxury.  No need for tents on this trip.  By late morning the clouds had built up and the

 summit of Mt. Meru disappeared from view.  So our first good look at the summit was at breakfast time the next morning. 

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Mt. Meru summit from Miriakamba Hut

Day 2 we hiked up actual trail to Saddle Hut at an elevation of 11,680' - about 3,600' of gain in 6.1 km.  After a short break at Saddle Hut, our guides escorted Sandra and me for a short  hike up to Little Meru Pk (elev. 12,533'), about 800' of gain and an hour’s walk from Saddle Hut.  Everyone else elected to relax that afternoon back at camp. It was mid-afternoon by the time we reached the summit, so heavy clouds had already rolled in and obscured the view.

We had an alpine start of 1am on the morning of Day 3. Our guides served us a midnight snack  of tea and cookies to get us going. Our ranger lead the way, but he left his rifle in camp…no marauding elephants up this high.  Gain to the summit was 3,300' in 5.5 km.  We reached Rhino Point after about an hour of climbing, a bump on the ridge which normally has a nice view in the daylight.  True to its name, rhinoceros bones are found here.  However, it has been many years since any rhinos inhabited this area.  Soon after Rhino Point we came to a relatively easy class 3 section on the volcano’s rim, sort of a side-hilling scramble over steep, but solid, rock (although some others had a bit of trouble here as they were not as used to scrambling as we were). 

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Trail on the rim of Meru at about 14,200'

Sunrise finally arrived at about 6 am when we were clambering over rocks that were a little icy from the cold air about 100 feet from the summit.  At the top all of us felt pretty good for being at nearly 15,000'. 

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Our group on the summit.  L-R: Andreas, Kathy, Sandra, Sarah, and Daryn

My highest climb up to this point was Mt. Whitney, so I was excited to get a new personal best altitude record.  We had incredible views once the sun came up.  We could see Mt. Kilimanjaro jutting above the clouds some 40 miles away.  And the massive shadow of Mt. Meru covering the lowlands was spectacular.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro (upper right) from high up on Mt. Meru.  Little Meru Peak is on the left with Rhino Point directly in front and slightly lower.

We got a break for some rest back down at Saddle Hut, then started down to Miriakamba Hut. 

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Sarah descending the rim trail of Meru at about 13,000'

One of the other climbers (not in our group) who had been living in Arusha for the past 6 months had been feeling ill, thinking she was having a relapse of malaria.  Another ranger had driven up to Miriakamba Hut take her back down.  And while he was at it, he also took the five of us, two other climbers, one of our guides, and our ranger guide down too.  Most of us squeezed into the open back of the jeep and we proceeded to have a wild, bumpy ride back down to the trailhead.  It reminded me of the Indiana Jones jeep ride at Disneyland, only without the seat belts.

With a few exceptions the guides and service from Good Earth Tours were excellent.  I highly recommend their services if you plan to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro or Mt. Meru. They also provide guides for safari trips to several national parks near the cities of Arusha and Moshi, including the Serengeti.  Check them out at: www.goodearthtours.com

Elected Officials

Chair

    Emilie Cortes / mountaineerchica@gmail.com

    415-260-3618

Vice Chair and Trip Scheduler

    Louise Wholey / louisewholey@gmail.com

    21020 Canyon View Road, Saratoga, CA       95070

    408-867-6655

Treasurer and Membership Roster (address changes)

Sonja Dieterich/ honukaimi@gmail.com

Publicity Committee Positions

Scree Editor

Judy Molland / screeeditor@gmail.com

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

    1975 Cordilleras Rd, Redwood City, CA         94062

    650-261-1488

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PCS Announcement Listserv

If you join the PCS Announcement Listserv you will receive announcements and updates of trips and meetings. Use the http://lists.sierraclub.org/SCRIPTS/WA.EXE?A0=LOMAP-PCS-ANNOUNCE&X=&Y= web page.

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: Climbing using hands for balance.
    Class 3: Climbing requires the use of hands, maybe a rope.
    Class 4: Requires rope belays.
    Class 5: Technical rock climbing.

Trips may also be rated by level of exertion: easy, moderate, strenuous, or extreme.


Deadline for submissions to the next Scree is Friday, February 25. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month.