Thank you to all the volunteers who showed up for this year's National Public Lands Day! I joined our volunteers this Saturday at Peter Strauss Ranch. This is a National Park Service site, which we partner with to help maintain the trails.
We all need nature.
The Sierra Club creates opportunities for everyone to experience the transformative power of the outdoors. Getting out into nature improves our mental, physical and social health and encourages us to take an active role in protecting and preserving the environment—this is especially true for our young people.
On Saturday, November 13, Griffith Park celebrates its 125th birthday. There will be a party, and all of us are invited.
Since 1989, the Angeles Chapter’s Wilderness Travel Course (WTC) has helped thousands of hikers build outdoor skills and gain new friendships and personal growth on inspiring adventures. With a core curriculum that includes navigation, rock scrambling, snow travel, mountain safety, and more, the 10-week course lays a foundation for responsible and safer traveling in local and distant wilderness areas in places beyond roads and trails.
The Lower Peaks Committee and LPC list have been around for some time, since the 1990s. It was the effort of several Hundred Peaks hikers some of who lived in Orange County. They liked to hike the peaks in the Santa Ana Mountains most of which were not on the Hundred Peaks list (which listed peaks 5,000’ or higher). So, they got together and began to compile a list of peaks under 5,000’.
Founded in 1955, the Sierra Peaks Section (SPS) offered its first official trip May 5-6, 1956, to Deer Mountain in the Southern Sierra. Membership in the section quickly grew from eighteen founders to 176 by 1960, and the SPS was by then leading twenty-five trips every summer. As Southern Sierra said at the time, it was “by far” the most active section. Our renowned founding member Barbara Lilley is still climbing peaks, and two others are still alive, possibly three more whose whereabouts are unknown.
Spring is upon us and it (along with close competitors Fall and Winter) is a perfect time to strike out into the deserts of Southern California. Spring is the time to catch Instagram-worthy flowering cacti and plants that only strut their stuff after a few winter storms and the desert is always ready to provide stunning sunsets full of orange and red.
In the early 1970’s, Angeles Chapter outings folks saw a need to standardize training and safety management for its hugely popular - and growing - outings program. The result was a first in the Sierra Club: a Leadership Training Committee (LTC), to train candidates, and a Safety Committee to develop policies, grant ratings to leaders and investigate incidents.
Getting cabin fever? Why not go on the "Classic Wilshire Walk"? For its 25th year, organizers have decided to go virtual, but with safety and public health policies in mind..
That means you can do all 16 miles at your own pace. Complete it in one day and you'll get a certificate. Pick your day, between 11/14 and 12/31. Details below.