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DPS trips mainly include Saturday and Sunday day hikes with a Saturday night potluck campfire meal and car or tent camping overnight stay on Saturday. Those wishing to attend must contact the Leader or Assistant Leader as indicated in the Desert Sage or on this web site. Trip sheets will be e-mailed/mailed prior to the event upon acceptance to the trip. Permits or fees may be required depending on the peak being climbed. A listing of recent expired Section Outing announcements is available for viewing.
Activity listings for selected Angeles Chapter Outings Sections and the Leadership Training Committee can be accessed by following the links displayed at the bottom of this Listing of Outings and Activities.
   
Dec

December 14th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of Tom and Tina Bowman in Long Beach for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 pm and potluck at 6:00 pm. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Tina Bowman  at tina@bowmandesigngroup.com.

December 20-21 Sat -Sun Desert Peaks Section, WTC M: Big Maria Peak (3,381’) and Castle Dome (3,788’): Saturday morning meet at Midland-Vidal Road near power lines Northeast of Blythe, CA. We will caravan 5 miles from there to the trailhead. Hike up and traverse loose cross country to Big Maria Peak (total 2,300 feet of gain, 4.5 miles). Drive toward trailhead for Castle Dome and camp. Sunday climb Castle Dome via exposed 3rd class slabs (total 2,100 feet of gain, 6 miles). May need at a minimum high clearance vehicle and AWD to reach the trail heads. Send email and resume detailing experience, conditioning and rideshare info to: Ldr: Alexander Smirnoff, Co-Ldr: Beth Epstein

December 20-21 Sat-Sun Desert Peaks Section, WTC MR: Valley of Fire Peak (2,972’), White Dome (2,234’), Gibraltar Rock (2,172’): Strap on your helmets and join us for an off list desert peakbagging adventure in Valley of Fire State Park out in Nevada (aka that sign you've driven by several times on the 15 and always wondered about) Saturday we’ll climb Valley of Fire Peak via a 3rd class loop (6 miles, 1500’) returning to our cars before sunset and heading back to the group campground for a boisterous potluck and campfire. Sunday we’ll roll out of bed and head over for the short White Dome (easy 3rd class chimney route) and finish on Gibralter Rock (2 miles, 500 ft) before heading for home and the traditional post trip mexican food. All peaks involve scrambling and some 3rd class. Helmets, harnesses, ATC, and locking biner required. $20 entry fee per vehicle since we’re in a Nevada State Park. Group site fee will be divided amongst the participants. Contact matthew.hengst@gmail.com for more info. Leaders: Matt Hengst, Neal Robbins

Jan
Jan 3 - 4  Sat - Sun  Desert Peaks Section, Hundred Peaks Section I: Pahrump Point (5,740'), Stewart Point (5,265') - Start out the New Year with a fun weekend of rocky peakbagging near Death Valley NP high above the Chicago Valley north-northeast of Shoshone, CA.  We'll move at a slow pace each day; however, each peak will require a strenuous effort, and although the routes will be restricted to Class 2 scrambling, comfort on steep and loose, rocky and thorny cross-country terrain is required. Saturday morning we'll get an early start and head into the "Nopah Range" Wilderness Area located along the eastern range bordering Chicago Valley; first we'll warm up by trudging across a broad alluvial fan, then we'll make our way up through a sometimes tight and rocky canyon before getting up onto a steep and loose, rocky and thorny ridgeline that will bring us up onto the narrow and rocky summit ridge, which we'll ascend to the summit of Pahrump Point.  After thoroughly enjoying the reportedly exquisite views up there, we'll return the way we came in for a day's total of 8 RT mi with 3,400' gain.  We'll make camp where we're parked and will celebrate the weekend under a nearly full moon sky with a traditional DPS Potluck Happy Hour.  Sunday we'll head over to the nearby "Resting Spring Range" Wilderness Area located along the western range bordering Chicago Valley, and will once again venture out across the alluvium, up into a tight and rocky canyon before ascending steep and loose, rocky ridgelines to the summit of Stewart Point.  We'll return the way we came for a day's total of 6.5 RT miles with 2,600' of gain.  Feel free to join us for one or both days.  This is a DPS Outing co-sponsored by HPS.  Email Mat Kelliher at mkelliher746@gmail.com with contact and carpool info, recent conditioning, and experience for trip status and details.  Leaders: MAT KELLIHER, BILL SIMPSON.

January 11th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck:Join us at the home of Gloria Miladin in Downey for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 pm and potluck at 6:00 pm. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Gloria Miladin at miladingloria@yahoo.com.

Feb

February 8th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of Tom and Tina Bowman in Long Beach for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 pm and potluck at 6:00 pm. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Paul Cooley at prc.calif@gmail.com.

Feb 14-15, Sat -Sun, Joint Outing Desert Peaks Section and California Mountaineering Club I: Wilderness Highpoint Exploratory Climb of Mt Manchester (3602'): Saturday - join us for an exploratory climb of Mt Manchester, just east of the Mojave National Preserve. This peak is the high point of the Dead Mountains Wilderness, so-named because it was a sacred burial site for local Native Americans.  This will be an exploratory climb for potential consideration on the DPS list.  We will approach from the west, ~5 to 9 miles r/t and 1500-1800' gain, depending how far we can drive a dirt road onto the Dead Mountains Wilderness.  The nearby highpoint of the Sacramento Mtns is also a possibility afterwards if there's sufficient time and interest. Sunday - climb nearby Homer Mtn (3740'), approx. 5 miles r/t. Contact daryn.dodge@oehha.ca.gov for trip status and details.  Leaders: Daryn Dodge, Kathy Rich.

Mar

March 8th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of Tom Sumner in Sylmar for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 pm and potluck at 6:00 pm. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Tom Sumner at locornnr@aol.com.

Mar 21, 2015 Saturday O: 21st DPS Chili Cook-off: Join us for a day of fun in Anza Borrego State Park. Whether you like your chili traditional, Texas-style (no beans), or vegetarian, bring your favorite recipe or just hearty taste buds to this DPS classic. Cooks prepare chili from scratch at the site, then all enjoy happy hour followed by chili tasting and judging. Prizes will be awarded by category, with special recognition for the  Spiciest Chili, Best Presentation, Most Original Recipe, and the coveted Best Overall Chili. Cook for free or taste for $10. With the recent rains, we hope to enjoy some spring wildflowers. Optional hiking activity in the area before the Cook-off. Send ESASE with choice of Cook or Taster to Hosts: Jan Brahms (janbee@reneric.com) and Julie Rush (julierush11@gmail.com)

April

April 12th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of Larry and Barbee Tidball in Long Beach for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 pm and potluck at 6:00 pm. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Larry and Barbee Tidball at  lbtidball@verizon.net.

Please make a selection below to see the Outings Schedule for other Angeles Chapter Activity Sections
Leadership Training Course Schedule
Sierra Peaks Outings Schedule
Lower Peaks Outings Schedule
Hundred Peaks Outings Schedule
Mule Pack Section Outings Schedule
Ski Mountaineers Outings Schedule
PARTICIPATION IN OUTINGS
Most Desert Peaks Section trips include Saturday and Sunday day hikes with a Saturday night car camp unless otherwise specified. Trips range in difficulty from trail hiking to cross-country travel over rugged terrain to exposed climbing requiring technical aid such as ropes.
In order to participate in a Sierra Club outing, you will need to sign a liability waiver. If you would like to read a copy of the waiver prior to attending the outing, please see http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms. In addition, you must contact the leader by sending a sase (self addressed, stamped, envelope) or email to the leader. Outings listed as restricted trips (MR and E rated) are limited to Sierra Club members who are qualified to participate in the outing as determined by the leader.
Our trips our published in the Angeles Chapter Schedule of Activities and in our newsletter. The section is known for the Saturday evening parties. There are usually no participation quotas. If you have applied and you do not hear otherwise, you may assume you are accepted. SASE's and emails are normally returned with trip sheets 1-2 weeks prior to the trip. Please join us on a hike!
TRANSPORTATION
In the interests of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make voluntary carpooling arrangements. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.
MOUNTAINEERING RESTRICTIONS
Restricted outings requiring the use of ice axes or ropes/climbing gear may be conducted with special trip plan approval, both at the Chapter and National levels. Also, all participants must be Sierra Club members and sign a liability release (waiver).
RULES OF CONDUCT
In order to assure the well-being of all; preserve natural beauty and living things; maintain good will toward the Sierra Club and its objectives the following Rules apply to all persons joining Sierra Club activities. Conduct must, at all times, be acceptable to the group itself, to the general public, and to officials with whom the group may come in contact.
1. The authority of the leaders is to be recognized. Never precede hike leader; never leave group without leader's permission; abide by leader's rulings as to adequacy of clothing, foot-wear, equipment, proficiency, experience, etc.
2. Obey all fire, sanitary, administrative, and safety regulations of both the Club and governmental agencies. Don't throw rocks. Bring out all unburned litter. Take only photographs; leave only footprints. On trails, don't cut switchbacks as the practice leads to erosions.
3. All cooking on overnight trips will be done on stoves. One campfire is permitted where firewood is not in short supply.
4. Firearms and use of radios (except for essential uses such as navigation or communication) are prohibited. Animals are prohibited unless a specific exception is included in the original trip write up.
5. Persons less than 18 yrs old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or have written permission from same giving phone number and authorization for continuing treatment by an Medical Doctor in case of necessity.
6. Events are open to all members and guests unless the event description lists special restrictions. Make sure you understand these restrictions as they apply to your qualifications to participate be sure you are qualified to participate and that you will not handicap the group because the activity is too strenuous for you. The privilege to attend outings and other events may be limited or withdrawn from those who willfully and/or repeatedly do not comply with the Rules of Conduct.
The Chapter Safety Committee has established classifications for outings that involve different levels and areas of skill but do not relate to the strenuousness of the outing.
C For events under external control of a non-Sierra Club entity (e.g., ranger, concessionaire).
O Applies to uncomplicated outings such as hikes on trails or equivalent.
I Includes outings involving off-trail travel that require navigational skills.
M Applies to outings that include moderate snow climbs and/or class 3 rock climbing. M-R (rock) and M-S (snow) ratings are available.
E Applies to outings that involve more severe snow climbing.
T Applies to outings that involve specialized technical activities.

Detailed leadership contact information can be found in the current issue of the Angeles Chapter Schedule of Activities.
 
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