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Please read the Guidelines for Participants before applying for any of these trips.

Official Trips are sponsored by the Sierra Club.

A separate list of unofficial trips that may be of interest is maintained here.

In addition to the trips listed below, an advanced trip schedule was developed at the 10/16/10 trip planning meeting. These trips aren't guaranteed to go: in most cases, permits have not yet been secured.

Table and Picket Guard

Table (13,632') and Picket Guard (12,303')

Access is via Shepherd Pass, probably climbing Table (class 3) first,
then Picket Guard (class 2). Experienced climbers in good shape only.

Leaders: Daryn Dodge (DDODGE@oehha.ca.gov) and Louise Wholey
(louisewholey@yahoo.com)

Class 3
Daryn Dodge
Louise Wholey


Barnard and Friends

Trojan, 13950', Class 2; Versteeg, 13470', Class 2; Barnard, 13990', Class 2; Peak 4180+, 13680', Class 2; Carl Heller, 13211', Class 3; Morgenson, 13920', Class 2S3; Carillon, 13552', Class 2; Tunnabora, 13565', Class 2; The Cleaver, 13355', Class 3

We are going to take advantage of the fact that the George Creek
drainage is now open all year to climb a bunch of peaks from an unusual
direction. While we will enter via George Creek the plan is to exit via
the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek.

We are planning to do the peaks roughly in the order listed.
Enter via George Creek, climb Trojan, Versteeg, Peak 4180+ and Barnard
from the Barnard/Trojan saddle, descend Barnard to Wallace Lake, climb Carl
Heller, go towards Tulainyo Lake, climb Morgenson, Carillon, Tunnabora
and The Cleaver, exit via Russell/Carillon saddle and North Fork Lone
Pine Creek.

Our plan is to keep the details on where to camp and which days to do
each peak flexible. If we run out of time we may drop peaks of the list,
especially the ones towards the end of the list.

Difficulty: Class 3. Strenuous. Hardest day probably 3E3.

Maps: Mount Whitney and Mount Williamson (Manzanar and Mount Langley for
approach)

Leader: Jesper Schou
Co-Leader: Stephane Mouradian (to be confirmed)

Class 2 and 3. Strenuous. Hardest day probably 3E3
Eastern Sierra North of Mount Whitney
Jesper Schou


North Peak

North Peak, 12,242', class 2

A dayhike of a nice 12k+ ft peak in the beautiful Saddlebag Lake area of eastern/northern Yosemite. This trip is suitable for fit and acclimated peak climbers who have had some experience in peak climbing.

The route will take us to some spectacular scenery and we will have views of the Yosemite high country including some nearby 13k and 12k ft peaks.

Starting time: We start walking at 7am, Saturday morning. Please be there, ready to hike.
Starting place: The right side of the dam over the Saddlebag Lake, almost at the very end of the Saddlebag Lake Road.
Route: From the starting point, we will walk across the dam to the west shore of the lake and make our way past a beautiful waterfall to a saddle on the ridge line and will scramble over class-2 talus to the summit.

Preference will be given to relative new comers to the PCS.

We will take 6 participants (besides the two leaders).

Since this is an official trip, all participants will be required to sign a waiver.

All participants must contact the leader(s) to be signed up and if they have not climbed with the leader before, provide some information about their recent climbing experience/fitness/acclimatization.
Contact: arun.mahajan@att.net

Class 2
Saddlebag Lake, near Tioga Pass, Yosemite
Arun Mahajan
Ron Karpel


San Joaquin Mountain

San Joaquin Mountain (11,598')

Sierra Peaks Section

San Joaquin Mtn Quadruple List Finish (11,598')

Louise Wholey and Chris Libby have just completed the SPS list. In addition, John Hooper and Greg Gerlach will coincidentally both complete the list on Mt.Gardiner by the end of summer. We will have a celebratory list finish dayhike climb for all 4 list finishers on San Joaquin Mtn (about 2700' gain and 9-12 miles from Minaret Summit area, or 1600’ gain and 5 miles from Deadman Pass via 4WD road) on Sat Oct 1. Immediately following the climb will be a potluck party at John's place in Paradise. Send e-mail or SASE with conditioning and experience to Leader: Daryn Dodge, Co-leaders: Kathy Rich, Bob Wyka
Contact Daryn Dodge: Daryn.Dodge AT oehha.ca.gov.

Class 1
Eastside of the Sierras, Mammoth area
Daryn Dodge


Labor Day Weekend Trip

Seven Gables (13,080'), Hooper Mt (12,349'), Senger (12,286'), Gemini (12,880')

Our group of four will enter the John Muir Wilderness at the Florence
lake trailhead (west side) with the intent to climb a grouping of
these class 2 - 4 peaks: Seven Gables, Hooper, Senger, and Gemini.
Depending on group comfort, we may use a rope on Hooper. This trip
promises to be long but with very good peaks as objectives.

Contact Tim Hult at 650-966-2215 (work)

Class 2 - 4
Florence Lake, westside of the Sierras
Tim Hult


The Need Never Stops

Needham Mountain (12,520')

During the month of September, the aspens of Mineral King are clothed in gold. On day 1, starting in the early afternoon, we’ll hike 4 miles from the trailhead (7830') to our camp at Crystal Lake (10800'). On day 2, we’ll cross the tricky class 3 col (11500'), down to Amphitheater Lake (11100'), up to Needham Mtn (12520'), and finally returning to camp the way we came. On easy day 3, we hike out and drive home.

Leader: Aaron Schuman a.j.Schuman AT gmail DOT com
Co-leader: Joe Baker joe AT joebaker DOT us

Class 2 peak, with one class 3 move on the approach
Mineral King, Sequoia National Park
Aaron Schuman
Joe Baker


Peaks of the Marble Mountain Wilderness

Boulder Peak (8,299'), Class 2+, Black Marble Mtn (7,442'), Class 2+, Marble Mtn (6,990'), Class 2+

Map: Marble Mtn 7.5 min., Boulder Peak 7.5 min.
Leader:Kelly Maas, 408-378-5311, kellymbase-pcs@yahoo.com
Co-Leader:wanted, no experience required

These peaks may not be very high or difficult, but I've always wanted to explore
this far-off wilderness with its namesake marble mountains. For those not
familiar, this area is west of Mt Shasta. In addition to the white peaks, we'll
also climb the highest peak in the wilderness - Boulder Peak (which is a
different type of rock). There are several miles of hiking on trails between
the peaks, so it is best to pack light and prepare for some long days. If the
car situation allows, we'll enter and exit at different trailheads.

In case the weather doesn't cooperate:
Alternate #1: Black Hawk Mtn (10,348), Class 2 in Emigrant Wilderness (Hwy 108),

2 days
Alternate #2: Three Sisters (10,612) and Dogtooth Pk (10,302), both class 2 in
Dinkey Lakes Wilderness (Courtright Res), 2 days

Class 2+
West of Mount Shasta
Kelly A Maas


Backcountry Ski Mount Lola

Mount Lola (9148')

Come join us for the first in our new Tahoe Backcountry Skiing Series.
We will ski new or old (yes, there is some left!) snow on Mt. Lola. Skis
may have to be carried to the snow.

Requires advanced skiing skills (resort black diamond), avalanche
training. Randonee or Telemark skis, climbing skis, avalanche beacon,
shovel, and probe.

Leader: Louise Wholey (louisewholey at yahoo.com)

To sign up send $8 for leader training to Louise Wholey, 21020 Canyon
View Drive, Saratoga, CA 95070.

Advanced Skiing Skills
Mount Lola, North of Lake Tahoe
Louise Wholey


Backcountry Ski Tamarack Peak

Tamarack Peak (9897')

Come join us for the second in our new Tahoe Backcountry Skiing Series.
Typically Tamarack Peak (near Mt. Rose) has the best early snow.
December is often the best powder.

Requires advanced skiing skills (resort black diamond), avalanche
training. Randonee or Telemark skis, climbing skis, avalanche beacon,
shovel, and probe.

Leader: Louise Wholey (louisewholey at yahoo.com)

To sign up send $8 for leader training to Louise Wholey, 21020 Canyon
View Drive, Saratoga, CA 95070.

Advanced Skiing Skills
Near Lake Tahoe
Louise Wholey


Backcountry Ski Jakes And Bliss

Jakes Peak (9186'), Bliss Peak (8658')

Come join us for our third of the Tahoe Backcountry Skiing Series.
Ski above Lake Tahoe on steep powder runs.

Requires advanced skiing skills (resort black diamond+), avalanche
training. Randonee or Telemark skis, climbing skis, avalanche beacon,
shovel, and probe.

Leader: Louise Wholey (louisewholey at yahoo.com)

To sign up send $8 for leader training to Louise Wholey, 21020 Canyon
View Drive, Saratoga, CA 95070.

Advanced Skiing Skills
Near Lake Tahoe
Louise Wholey


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