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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.

Backcountry Ski Mount Rose

Tamarack Peak (9897'), Mt. Houghton (10,490') , Mt. Rose (10,776')

Come join us for our fourth of the Tahoe Backcountry Skiing Series.
This tour is long and strenuous, definitely not designed as a first tour
of the season!

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 Sierra Buttes

Sierra Buttes (8591')

Come join us for our fifth of the Backcountry Skiing Series, this one
slightly north of the Tahoe area. Depending on conditions this may be
an overnight ski trip or a long one-day outing.

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
North of Lake Tahoe


Backcountry Ski Bridgeport

TBD

Come join us for our sixth of the Backcountry Skiing Series, this one
in the wonderful Bridgeport area. Expect multiple one-day outings,
such as Crater Crest.

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
Bridgeport, East Side of The Sierras
Louise Wholey


Backcountry Ski Sierra

Mt, Tom, Elderberry Canyon

Come join us for our grand finale of the Backcountry Skiing Series,
skiing a classic route in the high Sierra.

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
Mt. Tom, Eastside of the Sierras
Louise Wholey


Cone Peak - Rescheduled!

Cone Peak (5,155')

(This trip was originally scheduled for March 24, 25, but pouring rain forced us to cancel.)

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 officially on-trail but somewhat strenuous, and parts of the trail are rough to non-existent. On Saturday, we'll backpack to Goat Camp via Vicente Flat and the Stone Ridge Trail. Then we'll climb our peak on Sunday morning, and hike out via the rest of the Stone Ridge Trail and then back to Limekiln campground. This should be an excellent time to see lots of wildflowers.

Contact Judy Molland: judy@judymolland.com for more information.

Class 1
Ventana Wilderness, Limekiln Campground
Joe Baker
Judy Molland


Junipero Serra (5862')

Junipero Serra

This hike is co-listed with the PCS and DHS. Named after Friar Junipero Serra, the founder of the Missions, this peak is the highest in the Santa Lucia range. The walk up is mildly strenuous with an altitude gain of 3900+ feet and six miles ONE way on trail, but the view is well worth the effort.
Pouring rain cancels.

Carpool: Cottle & H/A 85 Park & Ride at 7:00 am or call leader for trailhead information.
Leaders: Jesper Schou schou@sun.stanford.edu; Ron Karpel, ronny@karpel.org

3D, Class 1
Ventana Wilderness, Jolon Road exit from Highway 101
Jesper Schou
Ron Karpel


Split Mountain (CA 14er and SPS Emblem Peak)

Split Mtn (13, 042'), Tinemahah (12,520'), Prater (13,471')

Snow climb of Split Mtn via the North Slope from Red Lake TH. This will be a strenuous 3-day trip requiring good fitness and experience with an ice axe and crampons on 3rd class terrain. Day 1: Hike in to Red Lake, climb Tinemahah. Day 2: Climb Split, traverse over to Prater if conditions allow. Day 3: Hike out, drive home.

Leader and Contact: Lisa Barboza, lisa.barboza@gd-ais.com
Co-leader: Terry Cline, terry_cline@yahoo.com

Strenuous; need good fitness and experience with ice axe and crampons; 3rd class terrain
East Side of the Sierras, Red Lake TH
Lisa Barboza
Terry Cline


Diamond Is Forever

Diamond Peak (13,127')

We’ll start low at the end of the Oak Creek Road (6000) 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 (10800). We’ll ascend the southeast face of Diamond Peak (13127), which RJ Secor calls “a splendid snow climb in the spring”. 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: Aaron Schuman a.j.Schuman AT gmail DOT com

Snow climbing using ice axe and crampons
Above Independence
Aaron Schuman


Morgan & Morgan

Mt Stanford N (12,838'), Mt Morgan N (13,002'), Mt Morgan S (13,748')

Two mountains with the same name, just ten miles apart, named for two different Morgans: one a sheepherding pioneer, the other a tycoon founder of the Southern Pacific Railroad. We’ll backpack up to Davis Lake, climb Mt Stanford N, traverse a tricky ridge to Mt Morgan N, descend the sandy slopes back to Davis Lake, teleport to Francis Lake, climb Mt Morgan S, and return the way we came.

Leader: Aaron Schuman a.j.Schuman AT gmail DOT com
Co-leader: Needed

Class 2 - 3
Mammoth Area
Aaron Schuman


Meysan Dixon

'Mt Corcoran (13,714'), Mt LeConte (13,845'), Mt Mallory (13,845'), Mt Irvine (13,780'), Lone Pine Peak (12,943'), Joe Devel Peak (13,327'), Mt Pickering (13,485'), Mt Langley (14,027')

There are enough tremendously tall and remarkably complex peaks in a small region at the southern end of the Whitney Massif that we can make a base camp and climb all week long. A steep trail leads up from Whitney Portal (7849) to Meysan Lake (10700) in just four miles. From the lake, we will climb many class 2 and 3 peaks until we wish to climb no more. An ice axe may be necessary for self arrest.

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

Class 2, except for Mt Leconte, which is class 3
Above Lone Pine, from Horseshoe Meadow
Aaron Schuman
Joe Baker


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