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January 9th, Saturday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Stepladder (2927’)  Join us for a class 2 peak in eastern San Bernardino County. Hike on dirt road, up a wash, and fun ledges to the summit of Stepladder (15.5 miles, 1450’ gain). Leader: Tina Bowman, Co-leader: Tom Bowman.

January 16th - 17th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section and WTC, MR:  Eagle Mountain #2 (3806’), Smith Mountain (5913’) and Corkscrew Peak (5804’): Climb striking Eagle Mtn. #2 east of Death Valley via a non-standard route involving additional class 3 climbing fun, 3 miles round trip, 1800’ gain.  Afterwards end the day on nearby Smith Mtn, 6 miles, 2500’ gain, and then we’ll car camp nearby in order to do Corkscrew, 7 miles round trip, 3300’ gain on, Sunday morning.  Helmets, experience with exposed class 3 rock, Medical Form required.  Send climbing resume, Sierra Club membership number, and contact information to Leader: Matthew Hengst, Co-Leader: Kathy Rich.

January 30th - 31st, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, MR: Turtle Mountain. (4298) and Mopah Point (3,530’) Escape to the Eastern Mojave Desert for early season climbs along with a great DPS car camp and BBQ chicken pot luck dinner. Saturday - hike Turtle, 13 miles, 2700’ gain. Sunday climb class 3, Mopah, 8 miles and 2000’ gain to summit. Participants must be comfortable with class 3 rock climbing; leaders will carry rope and provide belay if needed. Completed Medical Form required. Send SASE with climbing experience and Sierra Club Membership Number or e-mail to Leader: Barbee Tidball ,. Co-Leader: Larry Tidball.

Feb 13th - 14th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I:  Needle Peak (5803’), Manly Peak  (7196’):  Climb two interesting Death Valley Peaks – Needle is 2900 feet of gain and 7 miles, and Manly is 2800’ of gain and 6 miles.  We plan to drive in using the eastern approach; our previous experience is that this road is not as bad as the western approach over Goler wash.  4WD will be necessary in some spots, however.  Contact Leader:  Dave Perkins,  Assistant: Ann Perkins.

March 13th -14th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Pahrump Point (5740') and Stewart Point (5265'): Climb these peaks situated in eastern part of the Death Valley area. Saturday - climb Pahrump (3400'gain, 8 miles). Sunday - climb Stewart (2600'gain, 6.5 miles). Happy hour Saturday night. Send email with conditioning and experience to Leader: Virgil Popescu or Co-leader: Patricia Arredondo

March 20th - 21st, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section and WTC, MR: Umpah (3553’), Kettle (3460’) Exploratory climbs of Umpah, the high point of the Mopah Range, and its southern neighbor Kettle, a mile long mesa.  Both are in the Eastern Mojave northeast of Vidal Junction. Car camp in the local desert with a happy hour Saturday night.  Saturday we will climb Umpah (9 mi round trip, 2000’ gain), Sunday Kettle (9 mi round trip, 1900’ gain). Class 3 rock experience required.  Restricted to Sierra Club members (Medical Form required). Send email/sase, detailed resume including class 3 rock experience to Leader: Dan Richter, Assistant: Asher Waxman.

March 27th - 28th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Nopah Range (6394'), Smith Mountain (5914'): Saturday- 4200'gain, 10 miles, class 2 on Nopah Range near Death Valley. Sunday - we'll climb Smith Mountain (2300'gain, 5.5 miles round trip. Long dirt road driving makes high-clearance 4WD vehicles useful. Send email (preferred) or sase to Leaders:Virgil Popescu and Patricia Arredondo.

March 27th - 28th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Dry Mountain (8674’) and Tin Mountain (8953'): Climb these two peaks in the northern part of Death Valley National Park.  Desert Wildflower season.  Climb Tin on Saturday, 4400' gain, 7 miles round trip.  Great potluck and camping Saturday night near parking for climb.  Dry is 5700' gain, 12 miles round trip for a long day Sunday with an start early.  Good conditioning required.  Send email or sase with conditioning, experience, rideshare info to Leader: Ron Hudson or Co-leader: Kathy Rich.

April 17th, Saturday, Desert Peaks Section and WTC, MR: Spectre Point (4400’) and Dyadic Point (4360’): Climb these rugged peaks in the beautiful Coxcomb Mtns in Joshua Tree National Park. From State Route 62 we’ll hike cross country up washes and class 2 rock to Spectre and then class 3 rock to unlisted Dyadic Point, 16 miles round trip, 2300’ gain. Expect a long day due to rugged terrain, though we should be rewarded with wildflowers. Send email or sase with experience, conditioning, climbing resume, Medical Form, phone number, and carpool information to Leader: Joe Speigl , Co-leader: Kathy Rich.           
April 17th - 18th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, WTC and Hundred Peaks, I: Martinez Mountain (6,560+'): Enjoy desert scenery on this challenging point-to-point backpack featuring a peak in the Santa Rosa Wilderness near Palm Springs.  Water will be scarce so be prepared to carry extra.  Saturday: 11 miles, with approxiately 3000' gain climbing Martinez Mountain.  (3+ miles will be cross country).  Sunday: 14 mile hike out with car shuttle return.  Send email, phone numbers, conditioning, and recent backpacking experience, including comfort with cross country travel to Leader: Dave Scobie, Assistant: Beth Epstein.

April  18th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section and WTC, I: Granite Peak #2 (4331’) Climb the high point of the Granite Mtns just east of Joshua Tree National Park. From State Route 177 at the Palen Pass road junction, we’ll consolidate into 4WD vehicles and take the western approach to Palen Pass and park as near as we can to Packard Well.  Hike cross country up washes and class 2 rock to Granite via Route A, 6+ miles round trip, 2800’ gain. Note: Join this climb either alone or in combination with Spectre the day before. Send email or sase with experience, conditioning, phone number, and carpool information to Leader: Kathy Rich, Co-leader: Daryn Dodge.  

May 29th - 30th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, MR: Mount Dubois (13,559’), Boundary Peak (13,140’) and Montgomery Peak (13,441’): Saturday climb Dubois cross country, 9 miles, 5300’ gain. Car camp Saturday night. Sunday climb Boundary, high point of Nevada, and Montgomery, 8 miles, 4200’ gain round trip. We might see wild horses and will climb on snow. Some poor dirt road driving. Open to Sierra Club members only with appropriate snow experience. Send e-mail or sase with Sierra Club membership number, snow experience, conditioning and rideshare information to Leader: Tina Bowman, Co-leader: Kathy Rich.
May 30th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, WTC, HPS and SPS, I: Orocopia Mtns (3,815’) Please join Steve Eckert and his family (kids and pets welcome!) for a short late spring jaunt up an easy desert peak, which hopefully will be the last peak he needs to finish climbing the DPS Peaks List. An early start should beat the heat, back to the cars by noon; party details depend on how many people are coming. I have a big shade awning; maybe we'll try for a nearby group campsite, but let's assume we'll be primitive camping in the desert because all the campgrounds will be crowded for Memorial Day. Leader: Dan Richter, Assistant: Asher Waxman.

July10th - 11th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Mt. Patterson (11,673') Triple/Double List Finish: Ron Bartell and Christine Mitchell are finishing the DPS Peaks List, AGAIN. We won't let them do it without some company.  Join us for this comfortable early summer walk in Great Basin sage country north of Bridgeport, CA. Saturday's hike should be 1600' gain, 5 miles round trip, 3 hours or so, plus summit photo-opportunity time.  Fabulous views of the Bridgeport region of the Sierra are virtually guaranteed. A high-clearance vehicle is desirable for the last few miles to the trailhead. We'll have a celebration and pot-luck dinner that evening in true DPS style. Both Sierra and desert hiking options exist for Sunday.  Email (preferred) Leader: Gary Craig w/qualifications, Co-Leader: Mary McMannes.

September 17th,  Friday, WTC and Desert Peaks Section, I:  White Mountain Peak (14,256')  Join us on this hike to the third highest peak in California and highest desert peak in the United States.  We will start at the locked gate to the Barcroft Station and our hike will entail15 miles round trip, 2,600' elevation gain.  Reaching the trailhead requires a long dirt road drive through the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. If time permits, we may climb Mount Barcroft (13,040') on the way back to the trailhead.  Send email (preferred) or sase, with contact info and recent conditioning to Leader: Robert Myers, Co-Leader:  Regge Bulman.

September 18th - 19th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Mt Jefferson (11,941’), Arc Dome (11,773’) Join us for two day hikes of these Nevada peaks and lots of dirt road driving (2WD probably ok). Saturday Jefferson 8 miles, 3200’ gain from 2WD parking spot. We may stop at the Berlin Icthyosaur State Park on our way in to Columbine campground for Saturday night. Sunday Arc Dome 12 miles, 4600’ gain. Send e-mail or sase with conditioning to Leader: Tina Bowman, Co-Leader: Mary McMannes.

September 18th - 19th, Saturday - Sunday, WTC and Desert Peaks Section, I: Glass Mountain Ridge (11,140'):  This outstanding DPS peak dominates the Upper Owens River Basin. This highpoint of the Benton Range is considered a volcanic peak and has outstanding views of the Sierras, Mono Lake, and the White Mountains.  This is an easy paced WTC experience trip with plenty of time to explore and practice navigation.  6 miles round trip, 1900' of gain (less than 200' gain to camp).  Send email (preferred) or sase, with contact info & recent conditioning to Leader: Robert Myers. Co-Leader: Regge Bulman.

September 24th - 25th, Friday - Saturday, Desert Peaks Section, ER: North Guardian Angel (7395’), South Guardian Angel (7140’) Two challenging dayhikes in Zion Nat Park. Fri climb North G. Angel 6 miles round trip, 800’ elevation gain . Saturday climb South Guardian Angel via cross canyon route 9-10 miles round trip just under 4000’ total elevation gain. Participants must be experienced on 4th class rock climbing and comfortable rappelling; harnesses and helmets needed. Send SASE or e-mail with climbing experience and Sierra Club membership number to Leader: Larry Tidball, Co-Leader: Barbee Tidball.

October 10th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section and WTC, I: Porter Peak (9,101’) and Sentinel Peak (9,634’) Meet Saturday late afternoon in Ballarat to consolidate in 4WD vehicles for drive up Pleasant Valley Canyon to camp near base of Porter. Early Sunday climb Porter, continue following ridge to Sentinel, and then retrace route back to camp for drive home, 11 miles, 5500’ gain round trip. Be prepared for a rather long day and lots of gain. Send e-mail (preferred) or sase with contact information and recent conditioning to Leader: Daryn Dodge , Co-leader: Kathy Rich.

October 23rd - 24th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, MR: Granite Mountain #1 (6762’), Kelso Peak (4746’): Climb Granite Sat (6.5 miles, 2900’ gain) in San Bernardino Co. Fine car camp. Sunday explore unlisted Kelso Peak (6 miles, 1100’ gain) and Kelso sand dunes, among the highest in the country. Send Sierra Club membership number, climbing resume by email or sase to Leader: Tina Bowman, Assistants: Mary McMannes and Asher Waxman.

November 12th - 13th, Friday - Saturday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Mt Ajo (4808’), Superstition Mtn (5057’): Join us for one or both class 2 peaks. Friday hike up Ajo in Organ Pipe Natl Mon (7.5 miles, 2600’ gain); Saturday climb Superstition and see petroglyphs, maybe big horn sheep (6.5 miles, 3000’ gain). Send e-sase or sase with conditioning to Leader: Tina Bowman, Co-leader: Mary McMannes.

November 20th - 21st, Saturday and Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Needle Peak (5803’) and Manley Peak (7196’): We’ll try again for these two peaks–rain in February closed access roads to the eastern approach which we had planned, so we had to cancel the previously scheduled trip. Needle is 2900 feet of gain and 7 miles; Manley is 2800’ of gain and 6 miles. We still plan to take the eastern approach rather than going in over Goler Wash, but 4WD will still be necessary in some spots. Saturday night enjoy a DPS potluck. Leader: Dave Perkins. Send email or SASE to Ann Perkins, Assistant.

December 4th - 5th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section,> I: Pahrump Point (5740’) and Stewart Point (5265’): Join us for one or both of these fine DPS-listed limestone peaks just east of Death Valley National Park. Saturday climb Pahrump Point (3400' gain, 8 miles). Happy hour Saturday night. Sunday climb Stewart Point (2600' gain, 6.5 miles). Send e-mail with conditioning and experience to Leader: Daryn Dodge or Co-leader: Kathy Rich.

December 11th - 12th, Desert Peaks Section, I:  Orocopia Mountain (3815') (List Finish #2):  Join the leaders for a leisurely climb of Orocopia on Saturday.  The climb should be 1100' gain, 4.5 miles round trip, 4 hours or so plus time for a celebration on the summit for Sue Holloway's second finish of the DPS List.  Saturday afternoon/evening activities in camp will include another (in)famous "beers of the world" tasting as well as a traditional DPS potluck and more celebrating.  Leaders:  Ann and Dave Perkins, and Sue Holloway.

December 11th - 12th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Edgar Peak (7162') and Mitchell Point (7042') Join us for two peaks in the Providence Mountains area. Saturday we'll climb Edgar Peak (5 miles, 2900') and return to the vehicles for a car camp and Happy Hour that night. Sunday we'll drive to a second trailhead and climb the nearby Mitchell Point (4.5 miles, 3200').  High clearance vehicles required. Send e-mail with conditioning and experience to Leader: Paul Garry or Co-Leader: Matthew Hengst.

December 18th - 19th, Saturday – Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I:  Black Butte (4505’) and Chuckwalla Mountain (3446’): Join us for a relaxed paced hike up two peaks in the Chuckwalla Mountains.  Saturday we’ll hike Black Butte from the north (12 miles, 3800’) and that night  we’ll have a car camp complete with campfire and potluck.  Sunday we’ll hike Chuckwalla (3 miles, 1600’).  High clearance vehicles required. Send e-mail with conditioning and experience to Leader: Matthew Hengst or Co-Leader: Adrienne Benedict.

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2011

January 15th - 16th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section MR: Mopah Point (3,530’), Umpah Point  (3,553’) and Turtle Mountain (4298’): Join us for three peaks in the Turtle Mountain Wilderness area. Saturday climb Mopah and Umpah  9 miles round trip, 3800’ gain, with happy hour after.  Sunday climb Turtle Mtn. 13 miles, 2700’ gain. Must be comfortable with 3rd class rock, have helmet, climbing harness, and submit medical form.  Restricted to Sierra Club members only. Send e-mail or sase with Sierra Club number, climbing resume with experience on 3rd class rock, conditioning, and contact information to Leader: Matt Hengst, Co-leader: Jack Kieffer.

January 29th - 30th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I:  Whipple Mountains (4130’) and Chemehuevi Peak(3694’):  Join us for a winter climb of these two low elevation peaks near the Colorado River. We will climb Whipple by route B, 2700’ gain, 9 miles. Chemehuevi is 2000’ of gain and 7.5 miles. Driving distance between the peaks is short; there is 1 mile of poor dirt road, but 2WD can probably make it or we can carpool the last mile. DPS happy hour and potluck Saturday night. Leader: Dave Perkins, send email/SASE to Ann Perkins, Assistant Leader.

February 5th - 6th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Black Butte (4504’) and Chuckwalla Mountain (3446): Join us for two class 2 hikes near the historic Bradshaw Trail. Saturday: Black Butte, 1600’ gain, 3 miles if we have enough 4WDs or 1830’ gain, 6.6 miles from the 2WD parking spot. Sunday: Chuckwalla, 1600’ gain, 3 miles. Be prepared for catclaw. Send contact and rideshare information to Leader: Tina Bowman, Co-leader: Tom Bowman.

February 26th - 27th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, M: Pyramid Peak (6703’), Eagle Mountain #2 (3806’): We’ll climb these two Death Valley Peaks over the weekend and carcamp/potluck on Saturday night. Saturday climb class 2 Pyramid 10.5 miles, 3500’ gain. Pyramid is located within Death Valley National Park. Sunday climb class 3 Eagle 3 miles, 1800’ gain. Comfort climbing class 3 rock required. Send email or sase with recent experience, conditioning and carpool information to Leader: Gary Schenk , Co-Leader: Tina Bowman.

February 26th - 27th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I:  Rosa Point (5000'+) and Indianhead (3860'+)Join us in Anza Borrego State Park. Rosa Point is a strenuous climb up a desert canyon and ridges with an overall gain of 4800’ and 12 miles round trip.  Car camp with BBQ chicken potluck Saturday night. Sunday will be a more leisurely day with 3200’ gain and 4 miles round trip to climb Indianhead. Send sase or email with experience, conditioning, H&W phones and rideshare information to Leader: Barbee Tidball,  Co-Leader: Larry Tidball.

March 19th - 20th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section,  I:  Dry Mountain (8674’) and Nelson Range (7696’):  Saturday climb Dry from the west (route B), 5200’ gain, 10 miles round trip.  High clearance, 4wheel drive required.  Saturday night enjoy a soak in the mineral waters of Warm Springs.  Sunday climb Nelson, 1200’ gain, 2 miles round trip. Send email or SASE with recent climbing experience to Ann. Leader: Dave Perkins, Assistant Leaders: Virgil Popescu and Ann Perkins.

March 26th - 27th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Sandy Point (7062') and List Finish on Last Chance Mountain (8456'): Assuming the Sandy Point ascent on Saturday is a success (2000' gain, 11 miles); Last Chance Mtn (3000' gain, 5 miles) on Sunday will be Daryn Dodge's DPS list finish. Join us for one or both peaks. We will have a short celebration on the summit of Last Chance Mountain, and perhaps back at the trailhead, so climbers can drive home at a reasonable hour on Sunday. Send e-mail or SASE with conditioning and experience to Leader: Daryn Dodge , Co-leaders: John Cheslick, Kathy Rich, and Gary Schenk.

March 26th - 27th, Saturday - Sunday, WTC and Desert Peaks Section, MR: Tensor Peak (4418'), Spectre Pt (4400+') and Dyadic Peak (4362'): Visit three rarely climbed peaks in the remote Coxcomb Mountains. Saturday - backpack into camp (5 miles, 1300' gain). Sunday - climb peaks then back to camp and out to cars (9 miles, 2000' gain). Must be comfortable on third-class rock and must carry all water for two days. Trip restricted to Sierra Club members. Helmet, harness and completed medical form required. Send email or SASE, experience/conditioning to Leader: Regge Bulman. Assistant Leader: Eric Scheidemantle.

April 16th - 17th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Mount Palmer (7958') and Grapevine PeAak (8738'): These two great Death Valley peaks, near Rhyolite, Nevada (ghost town), beckon to our Desert Rat souls! Saturday - Palmer, class 2, 2200' gain in 9 miles roundtrip if we have enough 4WDs or 3100' gain in 11 miles from our 2WD campsite. Sunday we will hike class 1 Grapevine Peak, 1600' gain, 4 miles (w/4WD) or 2500', 6 miles round trip from camp. Send contact and rideshare information to Leader: Jim Fleming , Co-Leader:Tina Bowman.

May 7th, Saturday, Desert Peaks Section,  I: Pleasant Point (9690’): Join Virgil for a pleasant, late spring desert peak List Finish in the Inyo Mountains (3 miles, 700’ gain) We’ll have a celebration and potluck dinner that evening at a campground near Lone Pine. Email or sase to Leader: Virgil  Popescu, Co-leaders: Dave Perkins, Ann Perkins, Mary Mc Mannes.

June 4th - 5th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Hayford Peak (9912') and Mount Stirling (8218'): Join us for these two Nevada peaks north of Las Vegas with a chance to see great wildlife!  Saturday - Hayford Peak, class 1, 4100' gain in 15 mles round trip. Camp in area Saturday night. Sunday we will caravan north and climb Mount Stirling, class 1, 2200' gain, 4 miles round trip.. Send contact and rideshare information to Leader: Jim Fleming, Co-Leader: Tina Bowman.

July 30th, Saturday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Boundary Peak (13,140’), Montgomery Peak (13,441’): Climb Boundary Peak, high point of Nevada, and Montgomery Peak, then reclimb Boundary Peak on our way back mostly on trail and use trail (12.5 miles, 5000’ gain round trip, less if we have enough 4WD vehicles. Send e-mail or sase conditioning, rideshare information to Leader: Tina Bowman . Co-leaders: Tom Bowman, Kathy Rich and Gary Schenk.

October 8th - 9th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Sandy Point (7062') and List Finish on Last Chance Mountain (8456'): Postponed from March. Ascend Sandy Point (2000' gain, 11 miles) on Saturday. Car camp and Happy Hour at nearby Crater Mine area Saturday evening.  On Sunday, list finish with Daryn Dodge on Last Chance Mountain (2400' gain, 7 miles via Crater Mine route) with a short celebration on the summit so climbers can begin the drive home at a reasonable hour. Join us for one or both peaks. Send e-mail or SASE with conditioning and experience to Leader: Daryn Dodge. Co-leaders: John Cheslick, Kathy Rich, and Gary Schenk.

October 15th - 16th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Mount Palmer (7958') and Grapevine Peak (8738'): These two great Death Valley peaks, near Rhyolite, Nevada (ghost town), beckon to our Desert Rat souls! Saturday, Palmer, class 2, 2200 feet of gain in 9 miles round trip if we have enough 4WDs or 3100 feet of gain in 11 miles from our 2WD campsite. Sunday we will hike class 1 Grapevine, 1600 feet gain, 4 miles (with 4 wheel drive) or 2500 feet, 6 miles round trip from camp. Send contact, rideshare information to Leader: Tina Bowman, Co-Leader: Jim Fleming.

October 22nd - 23rd, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section and WTC, MR: Castle Dome Peak, (3,788’), Signal Peak (4,877’): Mountaineering outing for Sierra Club members only. Climb two sought-after desert peaks in the Kofa Wilderness of southwest Arizona. Saturday climb class 3 Castle Dome Peak, 6 miles round trip, 2100 feet of gain and have happy hour at car camp.  Sunday hike to Signal Peak, 4 miles round trip, 2000 feet of gain.  Helmets and recent 3rd class rock climbing experience required. Send an e-mail with medical form, recent experience and conditioning, H&W phones, and rideshare information to Leader: Stephanie Smith, Co-Leader: Mike Adams.

November 5th - 6th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Granite Mountains # 1 (6762'), Old Woman Mtn (5325'): Join us for 2 peaks in the Mojave Desert - on Saturday we'll climb Granite Mountains #1, 2900' gain, 6.5 miles round trip, 2 miles dirt road driving (2WD vehicles OK). We will meet UC staff in Granite Cove on Sat am for orientation about GMDRC rules and regulations before proceeding with the hike. Opportunity to join potluck celebration for Charlie Knapke at nearby Kelso Dunes on Saturday night. On Sunday climb Old Woman Mtn via the southern Carbonate Gulch approach, 2200' gain, 4 miles round trip (includes sections of sandy road/rocky sections, 4WD vehicles needed). Sign up with Leader: Kathy Rich. Co-Leader: Daryn Dodge.

November 5th - 6th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Manly Peak, (7,195), Needle Peak (5,801’): Join us for the most fun you can have with a fake mustache.  Saturday we'll climb Manly Peak (7 miles, 2900') to the west of Death Valley.  Bring your manliest accessories for the group picture up top then return to the cars for a DPS potluck complete with mustache wearing cupcakes.  Sunday we’ll strut up nearby Needle Peak (6 miles, 2800') before returning home. 4 wheel drive vehicle required.  Leader: Mighty Matthew Hengst Co-Leaders:  Adrienne “Don’t Call Her a Man or She’ll Kick Your Butt” Benedict & Macho Jack Kieffer.

November 12th - 13th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Stewart Point (5,265') and Pahrump Point (5,740'):  Join us for a two day easy paced desert jaunt near the Nevada border  Saturday we'll climb Parumph Point (8 miles, 3400') in the Nopah range followed by a primitive car camp and bordering on excellent DPS potluck.  Sunday we'll climb nearby Stewart Point (6.5 miles, 2600') before celebrating with a post trip meal at the famous Crowbar restaurant in Shoshone. No high clearance vehicle needed. Send email to Leader: Matthew Hengst,  Co-Leader: James Montross.

November 13th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section and WTC, MR: Bridge Mountain (7,003’): Mountaineering outing for Sierra Club members only. Climb sought-after desert peak in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas, NV. Saturday night car camp off the paved Lovell Canyon Road. Sunday climb class 3 Bridge Mountain, 6.5 miles round trip, 2700’ (including 850’ on the return) and then head home.  Helmets and recent 3rd class rock climbing experience required. Send an e-mail with recent experience and conditioning, H&W phones and rideshare information to Leader: Stephanie Smith. Co-Leader: Neal Robbins.

November 19th - 20th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section,I: Needle Peak (5803'), Manly Peak (7196'): Climb these two Death Valley peaks via the eastern approach from Butte Valley Rd. Possibility to stay in the old Geologist's Cabin. Saturday, climb Needle (7 miles round trip, 2900' gain); Sunday, climb Manly (6 miles round trip, 2800' gain). Enjoy a DPS potluck on Saturday night. 4WD will be necessary in some spots. Send email or SASE to Leader: Kathy Rich; Co-Leader: Tina Bowman.

December 17th, Saturday, Desert Peaks Section, WTC and WAS, I:  Warren Point (5103') and Peak 4610': Moderate (6 mile. 1500' gain) day hike to Peak 4610 and Warren Point in the pinion pine and juniper region of the Mojave Desert in Joshua Tree National Park. Practice navigation and cross-country desert travel in a diverse and complex environment in the cooler winter season. We'll bag seldom visited Peak 4610 and then do a path-finding ascent of the west face of Warren Point to summit. Optional car camping available at Blackrock Campground by reservation. For meeting time and place send email with WTC experience and conditioning, home and work phones to: Leader: Peter Ireland, Assistant: Harvey Ganz.

December 17th, Saturday, Desert Peaks Section, I : Pinto Mountain (3983):  Join us for a nice stroll across desert flats and ascend  Pinto Mountain in Joshua Tree National Park. (9 mles round trip, 2400' gain).  Great views of other peaks.  Send email with conditioning to Provisional Leader: Kevin Gray,  Co-Leader: Jack Kieffer.

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2012

January 7th - 8th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section and HPS, I: Chemehuvi Peak (3,694’) and Whipple Mountain (4,130’):   Shake off your post-New Years’ hangover and join us for two moderate peaks west of Lake Havasu.  Saturday we’ll climb Whipple Mountain (9 miles, 2700’) followed by a primitive car camp and festive happy hour.  Sunday we’ll stroll past the occasional cholla field and grab Chemehuevi Peak (7.5 miles, 2000’) before heading for home.  Send recent experience, conditioning, and carpool information to Leader: Matthew Hengst, Co-leader: Neal Robbins.

January 13th - 15th, Friday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Sentinel Peak (9,634') and Porter Peak (9,101'):  Join us for a strenuous weekend backpack in Death Valley. Friday we'll backpack up Surprise Canyon (7 miles, 3600') to explore the famous ghost town of Panamint City where we'll spend the following two nights.  Saturday we'll be up early and make the long climb to Sentinel and Porter along the ridge (14 miles, 7,000') before returning to camp. Sunday hike out and drive home (5 miles, 0'). Send recent experience, conditioning, carpool info, and predisposition for suffering to Leader: Matthew Hengst, Co-leader: Jack Kieffer.

February 25th - 26th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Palen Mountain (3848’) and Big Maria Mountain (3381’):  Join us for winter climbs of these two low elevation peaks in Riverside County.  Saturday climb Palen, 2600’ gain, 5 miles round trip. We will camp and enjoy a potluck near the starting point of Big Maria Saturday night.  Sunday climb Big Maria, 2300’ gain, 4.5 miles round trip, and we should be able to start for home by early afternoon. Several miles of the approach to each roadhead requires 4WD vehicle. Leader, Dave Perkins; Email with experience and conditioning to Assistant Leader, Ann Perkins.

March 11th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section and WTC,  I: Black Butte (4.504'), and Chuckwalla Mountain (3,446'): Need to work off the Chili Cookoff?  Join us for two relaxed paced hikes up these two Sonora Desert peaks.  First is Black Butte with 1,600' gain over 3 miles, then a drive on the historic Bradshaw Trail to Chuckwalla Mtn, with 1,500' of gain and 2.5 miles.  We will also keep our eyes peeled for spring flowers.  Email with rideshare information to Leader Pieter Kaufman.  Assistant: Kathy Rich.

March 24th – 25th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Pinto Mountain (5,983') and Eagle Mountain (5,350'):  Join us for two easy peaks close to Los Angeles in beautiful Joshua Tree National Park.  Saturday, we will meet at 9:00 am so folks can drive up early Saturday morning and miss the LA traffic.  We will climb Pinto Saturday, 2,400' gain, 9 miles round trip.  Saturday night we will have beverages of the world happy hour and then Sunday we will climb Eagle, 2,400' gain, 9 miles round trip.; Send sase or e-mail to John.  Leaders:  John Cheslick and Daryn Dodge.

March 24 - 25th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, MR:  Muddy Peak (5387’), Moapa Peak (6471’) Two third class peaks in Southern Nevada. Saturday climb Muddy, 8.5 miles round trip, 2500’ of gain. Sunday climb Moapa with  6 miles round trip and 3400’ of gain. Carcamp and potluck Saturday night. Must be comfortable and experienced on exposed third class rock. Restricted to Sierr Club members. Medical form, helmet and harness required  Send recent experience and conditioning, carpool information, Sierra Club membership number and e-mail or sase to Leader: Gary Schenk. Co-Leader: Tina Bowman.

April 21st - 22nd, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, HPS and WTC, I: Sheep Mountain (5141'), Martinez Mountain (6560'): Climb this classic pair of desert peaks in the Santa Rosa Wilderness south of Palm Springs. Saturday, backpack to camp near Cactus Springs and climb Sheep (8 miles, 2100' gain).  Sunday, Climb Martinez and hike out (12 miles, 3000' gain). Contact with recent conditioning Leader: Tina Bowman,  Co-leader: Rudy Fleck.

August 4th, Desert Peaks Section, I: Boundary Peak (13,140’), Montgomery Peak (13,441'): Join us on this very strenuous hike to summit a couple of spectacular peaks high up in the White Mountains north of Bishop, California.  The first peak is the high point of Nevada; from there we’ll cross the state line into California along a steep and rocky ridge to a peak high above all other DPS Emblem Peaks.  Expect 12 miles round trip and 5000’ elevation gain. Comfort hiking up very steep, loose, and rocky terrain at high elevation is essential.  Contact leader with recent conditioning and experience, including high altitude experience and vehicle/rideshare information, for trip status and details.  Leaders: MAT KELLIHER, JIM FLEMING.

November 4th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section and WTC, MR: Bridge Mountain (7003') Mountaineering outing for Sierra Club members only. Climb interesting desert peak in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas. Saturday night car camp off 4WD road accessed from paved Lovell Canyon Road. Sunday climb class 3 Bridge Mtn, 8 miles round trip, 2800' (including 850' on the return) and then head home. Helmets and recent 3rd class rock climbing experience required. Send an email with completed medical form, recent experience, conditioning, home and work phones and rideshare information to Leader: Sandy Lara,Co-Leader: Jack Kieffer.

November 10th - 11th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Kingston Peak (7366’) and Avawatz Mountain (6154’):  Join us for two day hikes and car camp southease of Death Valley. Saturday climb Kingston, class 2, 9 miles, 3800’ gain, some bushwhacking involved.  Car camp near Avawatz Saturday evening. Sunday climb Avawatz, 6 miles, 2500’ gain from 4WD parking. Send e-mail or sase with conditioning/experience to Leader: Daryn Dodge. Co-Leader: Kathy Rich.

November  17th - 18th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section and WTC,  M/R:  Castle Dome Peak (3788’) and Signal Peak (4877’) Mountaineering outing for Sierra Club members only. Climb two sought-after desert peaks in the Kofa Wilderness of southwest Arizona. Saturday climb class 3 Castle Dome Peak, 6 miles round trip, 2100’ and then have happy hour back at car camp.  Sunday hike to Signal Peak, 4 miles round trip, 2000’.  Helmets and recent 3rd class rock climbing experience required. Send an e-mail with completed medical form, recent experience, conditioning, H&W phones and rideshare information to Leader: Stephanie Smith, Assistant: Mike Adams.

November 17th – 18th, Saturday - Sunday,Desert Peaks Section, MR:  Hyko Bench Mark (7,950’), East Pahranagat High Point (6,368’), Cathedral Peak (5,772’), and Point 5,678 (5,678').  Join us for two days in Nevada for some off list seldom visited desert peaks! We’ll start off in the South Pahroc Range climbing the Hyko Benchmark highpoint (4 miles, 1800’) and nearby East Pahranagat High Point (5 miles, 2200’) and then proceed to the Meadow Valley Mountains where we’ll enjoy some exposed 3rd class climbing Cathedral Peak (6 miles, 2500’) and it's southern neighbor point 5678' (1 mile, 500').  Comfort and enthusiasm on gloriously loose and hostile desert terrain required.  DPS potluck and car camp included at no extra charge. Email or SASE with conditioning and experience to: Leader:  Matthew Hengst,  Assistant:  Rod Kieffer

November 30th, Friday, Desert Peaks Section, ER:  Baboquivari Peak (7,734’):  Join us for a quick jaunt up the Forbes route of the spectacular Baboquivari Peak (9 miles, 4200') in southern Arizona. Must have previous experience with roped climbing and an active Sierra club membership. Post trip potluck at the Ajo campground near Lukesville for those continuing on with us for two days of private climbs.*  Email or SASE with recent experience, particularly with ropes.  Leader: Matthew Hengst,  Assistant:  Neal Robbins.
*Cerro del Pinacate, Little Picacho, and if time allows Stud Mountain in Mexico will be climbed as private trips, not sponsored by the Sierra Club.

December 1st - 2nd, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Corkscrew Peak (5804'):  Ten years ago (has it been that long?) I led members of the DPS up this fine peak in the Grapevine Mountains of Death Valley to complete the DPS "Peaks List".  Hike with us this weekend to commemorate this anniversary.  Saturday hike Corkscrew to 5804' at the summit; class 2, 3300' gain, 7 miles and 7 hours round trip from the trailhead, but we may take a bit longer if there's a large group.  Monstrous DPS-style pot-luck dinner and then breakfast will follow.  Sunday hikes include Thimble Peak or other options.  Good conditioning and gear for two nights car-camp required.  Leader: Gary Craig, Assistant: Ann Perkins.

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2013

January 5th - 6th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Tin Mountain (8,953’) and Dry Mountain (8,674’):  Join us for one last hurrah before WTC season steals a good chunk of us away!  This time we’re off to Death Valley where we’ll enjoy spectacular views grabbing two peaks over two rugged and strenuous days (Dry Mountain 11 miles, 5200’; Tin Mountain 7 miles, 4200’) with the ever popular DPS car camp / potluck in between!  As an added bonus not one Matt but two!  Email Leader with conditioning and experience.  Leader:  Matthew Hengst, Assistant: Mat Kelliher.

January 12th, Saturday, WTC and Desert Peaks Section, MR: Bridge Mountain (6995').  Join us for a fun New Year’s climb on fantastic Red Rock sandstone. We’ll start pre-dawn to hike into and climb Bridge Mountain and get back out to cars by sunset. 12 mile total round trip, 3100' gain. Must be comfortable on exposed, third-class rock. Helmet and medical form required. Restricted to Sierra Club members. Send email with experience and conditioning to Leader: Monica Suua, (mosuua@gmail.com) Assistant Leader: Eric Scheidemantle.

January 12th - 13th, 2013, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Panamint Butte (6584') and Tucki Mountain (6726'): Join us for two Death Valley peaks. Saturday it will be Panamint Butte from Towne Pass, tagging Towne benchmark along the way, on a roller coaster ride along the ridge--significant gain on the way back (16 miles, 5000' gain). On Sunday we'll hike up Tucki (7.5 miles, 2000' gain if we have enough 4WD vehicles; 14 miles, 4300' gain with 2WD). We hope to explore the Journigan cabin and mine if we have the 4WD vehicles, maybe the Martin cabin as well. Send an e-mail with experience and recent conditioning to Leader: Tina Bowman, Assistant: Paul Garry.

January 19th – 20th, Saturday – Sunday, Desert Peak Section, I:  Spirit Mountain (5,639’), McCullough Mountain (7,026’).  Join us for the Second Annual Mustache Mosey (featuring mustaches!)  After our now legendary trip to Manly & Needle last year we’ll spend two days wandering around the desert in the southern tip of Nevada climbing listed peaks Spirit (3 miles, 2000’ gain) and McCullough (7 miles, 2000’). But that’s not all! Sausagefest themed potluck Saturday night. Fake mustaches required! Outlandish costumes strongly encouraged! Sign up NOW!  Leaders:  “Mighty” Matthew Hengst, “Macho” Jack Kieffer and Adrienne “Don’t Call Her A Man or She’ll Kick Your Butt” Benedict.

February 11th, Monday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Rosa Point (5,083’): Join us in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park for a very strenuous day hike at a slow, but steady pace to this remote HPS and DPS listed peak in the Santa Rosa Mountains near Borrego Springs, CA. This ridge hike is all cross country for 12 miles round trip and 4,800’ of gain across steep, rocky, sometimes loose, always thorny desert terrain. Bring lots of water (5 liters recommended), food, a hat, and the rest of your 10 essentials. Consider car camping at the trailhead (or a nearby motel) the night before to ease the impact of our ‘first light’ start. Email leaders with recent experience and conditioning for trip status and details. Leaders: MAT KELLIHER, PAT ARREDONDO

February 16th - 17th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Granite Mountain #2 (4,331'), Eagle Mountain #1 (5,350')  Join us for one or both of these peaks in and near Joshua Tree National Park. Saturday we'll climb Granite Mountain, a class 2 scramble in 6 miles round trip and 2,800' of gain. Car camp in area with traditional DPS potluck. Sunday, a longer 9 mile round trip, 2,400' class 1 climb of Eagle Mountain. High clearance vehicles advised on Granite. Email Jim Fleming with recent experience and conditioning for trip status and details. Leaders: JIM FLEMING and TINA BOWMAN.

February 22 – 24, Friday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Stepladder (2927’), Turtle Mountain. (4298') and Big Maria Mountain (3381’): Escape to the desert for a couple of early season climbs. Friday climb Stepladder (12 miles, 1450’ gain). We will car camp and enjoy a potluck near the starting point for Turtle on Friday night. On Saturday climb Turtle, 13 miles r/t, 2700’ gain. We will camp near the starting point for Big Maria on Saturday night.  Sunday climb Big Maria, 2300’ gain, 4.5 miles, although several miles of the approach to the Trailhead requires 4WD vehicles. We should be able to start for home by early afternoon. Email with experience and conditioning to Leader, Kathy Rich; Co-Leaders: Paul Garry and Jim Fleming.

March 23rd, Saturday, Desert Peaks Section, I:  Porter Peak (9101’) and Sentinel Peak (9634’): Join us for these two peaks in Death Valley on the crest of the Panamints. Climb both peaks via cross-country route from Pleasant Canyon, round trip 12 miles, 4000’ gain. Send recent experience and conditioning, carpool information and e-mail or sase to Leader: Gary Schenk. Co-Leader: Tina Bowman.

March 24th, Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, MR: Moapa Peak (6,741’): A desert classic! Climb DPS favorite Moapa Peak in Southern Nevada. Spectacular views from the airy, knife-edge summit ridge. 7 miles round trip, 3,400 ft gain. Participants must be comfortable on exposed, third class rock. Helmet required. Restricted to Sierra Club members. Email SC membership number, contact information, completed Participant Medical Form and climbing resume with relevant experience to Leader: Joseph Bell, josephhikes@gmail.com. Assistant Leader: Regge Bulman.

April 20th – 21st, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Jacumba Mountain (4,512’) and Sombrero Peak (4,229’):  Join us on one or both days of this rugged, spring-weekend mission into the southern Anza Borrego Desert to bag two steep, rocky, thorny, and brushy peaks near Ocotillo, CA.  Saturday we’ll hike 5 miles round trip with 2,500’ of gain to Jacumba Peak via Mortero Palms, and then drive over to the mouth of Bow Willow Canyon where we’ll enjoy a festive DPS potluck/car camp.  Sunday we’ll drive up into the South Fork of Indian Valley, park, and then gain 2100’ over a 1.5 mile (3 miles RT) hike up the northern ridge of Sombrero Peak.  High clearance 4WD recommended.  Email Mat Kelliher with recent conditioning and experience for trip status and details.  Leaders: MAT KELLIHER and JIM FLEMING.

MAY 11th – 12th, Saturday – Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Virgin Peak (8,071+’) and, Potosi Mountain (8,514’):  Join us on one or both days of this strenuous late spring venture into Nevada to bag these two peaks known for their spectacular summit views.  Saturday we’ll summit Virgin Peak, south of Mesquite, by ascending its steep, rocky, and brushy southern ridge for a total of at least 6 round trip miles and 3,000’ of gain, followed by a traditional DPS potluck/car camp.  Sunday we’ll head up into the Spring Mountains, west of Las Vegas, park near Potosi Spring, and ascend the steep, rocky, and sometimes brushy western ridge to the summit of Potosi Mountain for a day’s total of 6 miles round trip and 3,000’ of gain.  High clearance 4WD advised.  Email Mat Kelliher with recent conditioning and experience for trip status and details.Leaders: MAT KELLIHER, JIM FLEMING

May 18th - 19th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Hayford Peak (9912'), Mount Stirling (8218'): Join us for these two Nevada peaks north of Las Vegas.  Saturday - Hayford Peak, 4100' gain in 15 miles round trip. Camp in area Saturday night. Sunday we will caravan north and climb Mount Stirling, 2200' gain, 4 miles round trip. Send contact and rideshare information to Leader: Paul Garry, pwgarry@earthlink.net , Co-Leader: Kathy Rich.

June 1st - 2nd, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Arc Dome (11,773’), Mount Jefferson (11,941’):  Join us for two day hikes of these Nevada peaks and lots of dirt road driving. Saturday climb Arc Dome, 12 miles, 4600’ gain.  We will camp at Columbine campground on Saturday night and have a potluck dinner. Sunday climb Jefferson 4 miles, 2400’ gain from 4WD parking spot. Send e-mail with conditioning and carpool availability to Leader: Paul Garry pwgarry@earthlink.net , Co-Leader: Kathy Rich. (And if you can’t make this weekend, see the

June 7th – 8th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Mount Jefferson (11,941'), Arc Dome (11,773'): Did you miss the June 1st - 2nd climb of Jefferson and Arc Dome? Then join The Mat(t)s on a long desert haul out to Nevada to grab this ever popular pair of listed peaks which include the high point of the Toiyabe Range.  After a grueling drive out Friday we'll leap out of our sleeping bags to hike Arc Dome (11 miles, 4600') and then retire to the allegedly heavenly Columbine Campground for a rollicking Saturday night happy hour.  Sunday morning after a shorter hike to Jefferson (4 miles, 2400') (plus some bonus bumps) we'll return home after a post trip Mexican food stop in Bishop. Send email or SASE with conditioning and experience to:  Matt Hengst, Leader, Mat Kelliher, Co-Leader.

June 15th, Saturday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Indian Peak (11,297'), Headley Peak (12,676'), East Headley Peak (12,751'), Mount Hogue (12,751'):  Very strenuous day hike of several seldom-visited, non-sierra 10,000 foot peaks in the White Mountains.  We will start from Indian Creek Canyon on the east side of the White Mountains (4WD required), hike cross country to the crest of the Whites to claim Headley and East Headley before dropping down the west side of the crest 1,800’ and back up 500’ to bag Indian Peak. On the return from Indian Peak we will regain those 1,800 feet and take a 3 mile side trip to the summit of Mt Hogue. Totals for the day are 16.5 miles and 9,000’ of gain, all cross country. Send email (preferred) or SASE with conditioning and experience to Leader: PAUL GARRY. Assistant: Matt Hengst.

June 15th - 16th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Charleston Peak (11,915'), Mummy Mountain (11,528'): Join us for these two fine peaks outside Las Vegas. Saturday, ascend Charleston via the South Loop trail (18 miles, 4300' gain). Sunday, we'll climb climb  Mummy, approaching via the North Loop trail (10 miles, 3750' gain). Send recent conditioning and altitude experience to Leader: Tina Bowman, Co-leader: Gary Schenk.

August 10th, Saturday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Boundary Peak (13,140’), Montgomery Peak (13,441’): Join us on this very strenuous hike to summit a couple of spectacular peaks high up in the White Mountains north of Bishop, CA. The first peak is the high point of Nevada; from there we’ll cross the state line into California along a steep and rocky ridge to a peak high above all other DPS Emblem Peaks.  Expect 12 miles round trip and 5,500’ gain.  Comfort hiking up very steep, loose, and rocky terrain at high elevation is essential. Contact leader with recent conditioning and experience, including high altitude experience and vehicle/rideshare information, for trip status and details. Leaders: MAT KELLIHER and JIM FLEMING.

October 5th - 6th, Saturday-Sunday, Hundred Peaks Section and Desert Peaks Section, I: Eagle Mountain #1 (5320'): Join us for this moderate 11 mile, 3100' gain weekend outing over steep, rough and rocky terrain for a backpack in the remote wilderness of southern Joshua Tree National Park to this DPS listed peak. We will begin with an early afternoon start from Cottonwood Springs and travel cross-country to our dry campsite at the base of the Eagle Mountains; 3.5 miles, 800 feet of gain to camp for happy hour. Early Sunday, with our day packs, we'll travel on a cross-country, 2.5 miles, 1700 feet of gain, to summit the highest peak in the Eagle Mountains. After taking in the fantastic views from the top we'll descend via an alternate route for 2 miles heading back to camp to pack up and return across the desert to our cars 3 miles away. WTC or similar experience required, group size limited. This is an HPS Outing co-sponsored by DPS. Send e-mail with contact information and recent conditioning to Leader: Michael McCarty (mkmccarty@gmail.com); Co-Leader: Dave Scobie

November 2nd -3rd, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section I: Palo Verde Peak (1760'), Quartz Peak (2160'): Join us for an exploratory trip to climb two Wilderness Highpoints and prospect for precious agates/calcedony specimens in a remote area of desert south of Blythe, CA. Saturday: climb Palo Verde Peak, highpoint of the Palo Verde Wilderness (2 miles, 1000') and scout nearby Thumb Peak (1375' ), also known as a remarkable geode collecting area. Sunday: climb Quartz Peak (5.7miles, 1000'), highpoint of the Indian Pass Wilderness area. Contact leader for trip details and vehicle/rideshare information (2WD OK). Leaders: Daryn Dodge at Daryn.Dodge@oehha.ca.gov and Kathy Rich at kathrynarich@gmail.com.

November 9th - 10th, Saturday - Sunday, WTC and Desert Peaks Section, MR: Dyadic Peak (4362’), Spectre Peak (4480') and Tensor Peak (4418’) Visit three rarely climbed peaks in the remote Coxcomb Mountains. Saturday, backpack into camp (5 miles, 1300’ gain). Sunday, climb peaks then back to camp and out to cars (9 miles, 2000’ gain). Dyadic is primary goal, other peaks secondary goals. Must be comfortable on third class rock and must carry all water for two days. Trip restricted to Sierra Club members. Climbing helmet, harness required. Send email with experience and conditioning to Leader: Rod Kieffer (rodkieffer@yahoo.com), Assistant Leader: Philip Bates.

November 16 - 17th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Kingston Peak (7336') and Avawatz Mountain (6154'): Join us for two class 2 peaks in eastern San Bernardino County. We'll hike up Kingston on Saturday, 3800' gain, 9 miles. Sunday we'll give Avawatz a go. At a minimum, the stats are 2500' gain, 6 miles, but we may need to hike the road, changing the stats to about 4700' gain and 9.8 miles. Send e-mail or sase to Leader: Tina Bowman at tina@bowmandesigngroup.com. Co-leader: Jim Fleming.

December 21st - 22nd, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Mount Tipton (7148’), and Spirit Mountain (5639’) Run out to Arizona and Nevada with us to climb two DPS peaks before the holidays. On Saturday we will climb Mount Tipton, a moderately intense climb with pine forest up top (roughly 8 miles round trip, 3500 ft.) and camp near Christmas Tree Pass for a potluck dinner and hopefully a campfire. Sunday we will climb Spirit Mountain, a beautiful peak with good views and cool rock formations (roughly 5 miles rounf trip, 2500 ft.) and head home. Contact leader for details. Leader: Jen Blackie (blackiejennifer@gmail.com) Co-leader: Mat Hengst.

2014

March 1st – 2nd, Saturday - Sunday, I: Canyon Point (5890’) and Brown Peak (4947’):  Join us in Death Valley for climbs of two fairly easy peaks (drives not so easy – 4wd may be required).  Saturday climb Canyon Point (3100’ elevation gain, 5 miles), and then drive toward Brown to find a good camping spot for our usual great DPS potluck. Sunday climb Brown (2000’ gain, 6.5 miles).  Leader: Dave Perkins.  Contact Ann Perkins, Assistant Leader. aperkins@csun.edu for trip details and with conditioning/experience information.

March 1st - 2nd, Saturday - Sunday, I: Brown Peak (4947’), Smith Mountain (5913’): Saturday climb Brown Peak, 6.5 miles round trip, 2000’ gain. Sunday climb Smith Mtn, 5.5 miles round trip, 2300’ gain. Car camp and optional potluck Saturday night. Send email or sase with resume, conditioning and carpool information to Leader: Tina Bowman tina@bowmandesigngroup.com, Co-Leader: Larry Tidball.

March 29th, Saturday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Spectre Point (4400’+): Strenuous Class 2 scramble to the high point of the Coxcomb Mountains in Joshua Tree National Park. Join leaders for this 2700’ gain, 14 mile round trip adventure to one of the highlight of the park. This will be a long, rugged hike in steep, thorny terrain, so make sure to e-mail the leaders your recent conditioning and experience! Lug soled boots and adequate water (3-4 liters) recommended. Contact leader: Jim S. Fleming jimf333@att.net or Co-leaders: Tina Bowman or Paul Garry for details.

March 29th-30th Saturday - Sunday, WTC, 20s and 30s Section, Desert Peaks Section, I: Last Chance Mountain (8456'), Sandy Point (7062'): Enjoy a beautiful cross-country, springtime day hike to Last Chance Mountain at the north end of Death Valley National Park. The hike will be 7 miles round-trip with approximately 2300' gain. Optional car camp Friday& Saturday nights under a new moon near the entrance to decommissioned Crater Mine. Sunday's hike to Sandy Point affords panoramic views of the Eureka Valley and snowcapped Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in the distance. 11-mile round-trip with approximately 2000' gain. Bring 10 essentials, 3 – 4 liters water, and a pleasant demeanor. WTC, or similar experience & training, is encouraged. Send experience, current conditioning and contact information to Leader: Benjamin Bowes (bowes.benjamin@gmail.com). Assistant: Will McWhinney (willmcw@gmail.com)

March 29th - 30th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Ibex Peak (4751’), Saddle Peak Hills Wilderness Highpoint (2280’), Noon Peak (4237’):
This is an exploratory trip to climb three California Wilderness Area highpoints. On Saturday, climb Ibex Peak in the Ibex Wilderness (5.5 miles, 1750’), which shares a border with Death Valley NP. That afternoon we’ll also have a short climb up to the high point in the Saddle Peak Hills Wilderness (2 miles, 430’). There should be time in the late afternoon to visit nearby Tecopa Hot Springs for those interested. Sunday we’ll climb the highpoint of the South Nopah Range Wilderness, Noon Peak, (aka Noon benchmark) (3 miles, 1500’). High clearance vehicles recommended. Leaders: Daryn Dodge (daryn.dodge@oehha.ca.gov) and Kathy Rich (kathrynarich@gmail.com).

March 29 -30th, Saturday-Sunday, WTC, DPS, MR:Castle Dome Peak (3,788’) and Signal Peak (4,877’): Join us for two day hikes in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge with sections of class 3 scrambling on both peaks. Bring helmet, harness and 4 to 5 quarts of water for each day. Early Saturday morning start to cross-country hike to Signal Peak (about 4 miles and 2800 ft elevation gain). Car camping and happy hour on Saturday night. On Sunday hike to nearby Castle Dome Peak (about 6 miles round trip and 2,100 ft gain). Email leader with SC member number, medical form, recent conditioning, class 3 climbing experience and phone number. Ldr Laurent Hoffmann (laurenthoffmann@outlook.com) Co-Ldr Matthew Hengst.

April 5th -6th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, MR/I: Moapa Peak (6471') and Virgin Peak (8071+): Join us for two Las Vegas area peaks and a possible list finish for Michael Gosnell. Saturday, we’ll hike Moapa, class 3 with exposure and 6 miles RT, 3400ft of gain Afterward, we’ll drive to the 2WD trail head for Virgin and car camp with a DPS-style potluck dinner. Sunday we’ll hike Virgin, no more than 10 miles RT and 3800 ft of gain. We’ll return for a short list finish celebration. Email Michael (talusheaper@gmail.com)  for trip details. Leaders: Doug Mantle, Tina Bowman and Rudy Fleck.

April 19th -20th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I:Sentinel Peak (9,634’):  Join us for a backpacking trip in Death Valley.  On Saturday we will backpack up Surprise Canyon to Panamint City (roughly 6 miles, 4000 ft.).  We will explore the ghost town of Panamint City and camp there Saturday night. Sunday we will climb Sentinel Peak and then pack up and hike back down Surprise Canyon (roughly 11 miles, 3000 ft.). Contact leader for details. Leader: Jen Blackie (blackiejennifer@gmail.com) Co-leader: Jack Kieffer.

April 26th -27th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I:  Kingston Peak (7336’), Avawatz Mountain (6154’): Join us for a spring climb of these two relatively high peaks in San Bernardino County.  Kingston is 3800’ of gain, 9 miles, and Avawatz will probably be about 10 miles and 3000 elevation gain, due to some road washouts.  4wd may be required for some parts of the road in to Avawatz   We’ll meet Saturday morning for the climb of Kingston, enjoy our usual excellent potluck on Saturday night, and climb Avawatz on Sunday.  Depending on when we finish our Saturday climb, there will be a chance of a welcome soak in Tecopa Hot Springs.  Leader:  Dave Perkins.  email Ann Perkins: ann.perkins@csun.edu (asst. ldr.) with recent experience and conditioning.

May 3rd-4th Saturday - Sunday, WTC, 20s and 30s Section, Desert Peaks Section, I: Eagle Mountain #1 (5350'): Join us for an enjoyable cross-country backpack trip into the Eagle Mountains of Joshua Tree National Park. 12-mile round-trip with 2400' gain. The Eagle Mountains are an appealing destination that mark the transition between Colorado Desert and higher-elevation Mojave Desert ecological zones. Desert saltbush, creosote bush and chola cactus of the low-elevation Colorado Desert give way to uniquely beautiful Joshua Trees as we hike to the peak of Eagle Mountain #1. Saturday we will hike 3.5 miles off-trail to dry camp area, setup camp and then hike 4.2 miles round-trip to summit. Return to camp for happy hour and good conversation. Sunday morning will begin at a leisurely hour to break camp. On the return hike we will visit historic Mastodon Mine and Cottonwood Spring. Bring 10 essentials, all water, and a pleasant demeanor. Wilderness Travel Course, or similar experience & training, is encouraged. Send experience, current conditioning and contact information to Leader: Benjamin Bowes(bowes.benjamin@gmail.com). Assistant: Dwain Roque (dwain.roque@verizon.net)

June 7th - 8th, Saturday - Sunday, Desert Peaks Section, I: Triple List Finish on Glass Mountain (11,140') with bonus peaks Cone Peak (10,152') and Wilfred Peak (10,030'): Join us for a triple list finish celebration for Kathy Rich, Gloria Miladin and Greg Gerlach (and possibly others) on volcanic Glass Mtn (south of Mammoth), with a celebratory party afterwards at nearby Sawmill Meadow Campground. Saturday: easy class 1 climb of Glass Mtn (3 miles round trip, 1900'), adding its slightly lower north or south summits if desired. Sunday: option to climb two bonus peaks on Peakbagger's non-Sierra 10K list - Cone and Wilfred Pks (5 miles round trip, 2000'), further south along the Glass Mtn Ridge. Great views of the Sierras and White Mtns from these summits. Contact leader for trip details and vehicle/rideshare information (2WD OK for Glass, 4WD for Cone and Wilfred). Leaders: Daryn Dodge (Daryn.Dodge@oehha.ca.gov), Kathy Rich, Mat Kelliher, Gary Schenk, Barbee and Larry Tidball, Dave and Ann Perkins.

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