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To Submit an Outing, Email the following Info to Donna Specht, OCSS Outings and Safety Chair:

1. Event Write-up
2. Your Name, Address and Phone #
3. Your Sierra Club Membership #

The deadline for submitting outings is the first of the month preceding the issue in which it should appear. For example, the deadline for submitting a write-up to appear in the Apr-May issue is March 1st. The exception to this is any outing that charges a fee, in which case the deadline for both the write-up and the budget is two weeks prior to the normal deadline. If in the above example a fee is being charged, the deadline for submitting the write-up and budget would be two weeks earlier than March 1st which is February 15th. Submit all write-ups and budgets to Donna Specht, OCSS Outings and Safety Chair. You can email them to her at:
Write-ups must follow a standard format and include the following information:

1. Date, Time, Event Title
2. Event Description, including elevation gain, round trip mileage, expected pace, etc.
3. Directions and Meeting Location
4. Items to bring, parking costs, don't forget water and sunscreen
5. Names of Leaders or Hosts

Here is a sample writeup:

O: Moderately paced 7-mile round trip, 700' gain/loss hike to Four Corners plateau. Abundant wildflowers and lots of vistas. Meet 8:00 AM South Orange County Carpool parking lot or 9:00 at trailhead picnic table next to Candy Store off Ortega Highway. Bring water, 10 essentials, lug soles, sunscreen, snack lunch, Adventure Pass. Rain cancels. Leader: Ghia Domont-Bohl, Assistant: Keith Bohl.

Before you submit your outing, make sure that you are qualified to lead it! Check the Chart below:
RatingEvent DescriptionRequirement
Cevents conducted by a non-Sierra Club entity (i.e., social events, movie nights, theme parks, etc)Sierra Club Member
OApplies to a variety of uncomplicated outings (i.e., city walks, bike rides, trail hikes, backpacking.) May involve simple off trail hiking not requiring navigation skills. Climbing level: "Class 1" terrain 2 O Rated Leaders
IIncludes outings that involve cross-country travel where navigation is necessary. Rougher ground than "O" outings may be traversed, and the use of hands for balance may be necessary. Includes outings that have snow travel or skiing on easy terrain. Climbing level: "Class 2" terrainI Rated Leaders
MIncludes Moderate level climbing: "Class 3" terrain. On rock, the hands are used for climbing. Some participants may want a safety belay. On snow, safety dictates the use of ice axes and the ability to self-arrest M Rated Leaders
EMore exposed than an M outing. Climbing on "Class 4" terrain. Rock climbs will use a rope for all in the party. On snow, steeper terrain than M outings is permissible, and safety dictates the use of crampons E Rated Leaders