December 2001 Events

DecemberJanuaryAnd Beyond
Carpool points, Leaders' Contacts, Abbreviations, etc.

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 .
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.


DECEMBER 1                SAT                20'S & 30'S

One of the inhabitants you have to remain watchful for in the local backwoods are gremlins. These rascals will steal the careless hiker blind; a seemingly “mislaid” pocket knife here and a sandwich there. Mischievious urban cousins of theirs have given a leader fits on laundry day sneaking through interdimensional portals into the washer and absconding with half of pairs of socks, their useless forlorn mates as evidence of domestic treachery. But … enough of our troubles.  If you’re sufficiently vigilant (… or tolerant of petty theft) join us on a scenic 10 mile hike with a vertical gain of 1,800 feet in the San Gabriel mountains. Some stream crossings, however the water is low this time of year.  Meet  9 am at the La Canada carpool point. Bring 1 quart liquid minimum, lunch, and hiking-style boots. Leaders: Gary Crow & Anne Kirkpatrick
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

DEC 1-2  SAT-SUN        20s & 30s SINGLES

Enjoy challenging hands-on sailing, hiking, shopping and warm grog in an Avalon restaurant. Food is $15 additional paid at the boat + one restaurant dinner . Limited space. Possibly challenging seas. Send resume of sailing experience (even if none), one 9 1/2" SASE, D&N phone, e-mail, $90 ( 95 if non-mem). Send to reserv: PETER LAUBE, 3302 BROOKRIDGE RD. DUARTE, CA 91010 H: (626) 256-4100 E:; Leader/skipper: gary vidor. Other skipper: george najemnik
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

DEC 2     SUN                20s&30s

Join us for a 8 mile (14km) 1000' (370 meter) gain challenging hike in the San Gabriel Mountains. NO BEGINNERS. Consider yourself walking up to Mt. Zion, and than back through the cool Sherwood Forest along the river and see Sturdevant Falls. Meet at 7 am at Beach & Edinger Huntington Mall next to Starbuck's coffee in Huntington Beach or 8 am at Chantry Flats parking lot. Bring lunch, at least 2Qts of water, lugsoles, warm jacket. Little parking at Chantry flats, so carpooling recommended. For directions and/or rsvp: Rain cancels. Leader: Leen Zwanenburg. Provisional check-off leader: Lynn Heath.
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

DEC 2     SUN                20s&30s

Meet at 4 pm across the street from AMC 14. If late meet at Fudruckers, adjacent to the theatre. AMC 14 at 1st and Palm/1 Blk N,of Olive 818 954-9800. Host: Ed Mackeen
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

DEC 6     THURS                20s&30s

Come support your Management Committee. Be part of the decision-making process and give them your great ideas! To place an item on the agenda contact the Chair one week before the meeting. Location: Burton Chace Community Center, Marina Del Rey. Take Marina Fwy (Hwy 90) then left and to the end of Mindanao Way). Meeting starts at 6:30 pm. See our web site for the latest updates!
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

DEC 7-DEC 9                FRI-SUN                Backpacking/20s&30s

We're back at Mammoth for the 8th annual trip. Wannabe xc skiers (also, xc skiers and downhill skiers), this is for you! 23 miles of groomed trails with spectacular views of local peaks and the Mammoth Lakes. Free beginner lessons available. Trail passes and ski rentals half off normal price. This is the tamarack Lodge, which is in a beautiful wooded area by twin Lakes. Price includes lodging and Sat evening happy hour. Apply early, single beds are limited and every year has filled up quickly. Benefit Political Action Committee to elect environmentally sensitive legislators. Total prices range from $115 to $160 depending upon accommodations, non-SC $15 extra. Send 2 sase, $115 deposit (Sierra Club), SC#, H&W phones to Reserv/Co-ldr: Stephanie Gross P.O. Box 423 Montrose, CA 91021-0423 (818) 545-3878. Co-Ldrs: Fred Dong, Patty Ryan, Jim Barbour
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

DEC 8     SAT                 20s&30s

Come join us for a fun 3-4 mile, 100-ft. gain/loss hike through this beautiful wildlife reserve. We’re also going to hike to the top of the Sepulveda Dam to see a cool view of the valley then have a picnic lunch after returning to the park. This 225-acre wildlife reserve is a welcome oasis within an urban setting. You will hear the calls and see the migratory waterfowl and shorebirds such as ducks, Canada Geese, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, etc., penetrating the stillness as they take flight after resting and foraging at the wildlife lake. What a view! Don’t forget your cameras! Meet at 10 am. Bring 1qt of water, daypack, camera, binoculars, hiking shoes, jacket, sense of adventure and romance, and a *picnic lunch. Beginners welcome. From the 405 N, exit on Burbank Blvd. Turn left (W) to Woodley Ave. then turn right (N). Make a right turn into the 2nd park entrance (where sign says “Wildlife Reserve”), turn right after the entrance and follow the signs to the Wildlife Reserve parking lot at the very end. We’ll meet at the pavilion. Number of participants is limited. *RSVP Diana by Dec 7th. Leaders: Diana Aloisio (818) 785-4538 and Marty Tatz. Dress for weather. Rain cancels.
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

DEC 9                SUN                20'S & 30'S

Everyone leaves tracks aplenty in daily life. Let’s say you exercise that rectangular plastic to purchase something kinky that you wouldn’t normally want friends or family to know about. In a hidden back room an omniscient computer database contains a profile of your propensities, making mighty fine fodder for the telemarketing guys who just love to call around the dinner hour. On today’s walkabout you can leave tracks without any of the same  fallout! This hike loops around to Sandstone Peak, which has the minor distinction of being the highest in the Santa Monica Mountains. Meet 9:30am at the West Los Angeles carpool point, or 10:30 am at the Malibu Carpool Point. To get to the Malibu Carpool Point, take PCH to Cross Creek Road, in Malibu. (Turn right if coming from the south, turn left from the north/west. The Malibu pier is a good local visual landmark.) After turning on Cross Creek, make a left after one block at Civic Center Way and meet in the Malibu Civic Center parking lot. Bring 1 quart liquid minimum, lunch/snack, and hiking-style boots. Optional stop at a local joint for an early dinner, if anyone has an interest. Leaders: Gary Crow & Steve Han
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.


Can’t quite get in the spirit of the season when it’s 80 degrees and sunny all the time? Then come on this easy 4 mi, minimal gain stroll through an amazing holiday wonderland. This South Bay neighborhood is widely known for its dazzling display of lights, which is sure to put you in the holiday mood. It’s a popular treat, so leave your sleigh at home – you can see more on foot anyway. Join us for an optional dinner beforehand at 5 PM at El Pollo Inka, 23705 Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance (from 405 Fwy, go S on Hawthorne past Lomita Blvd). Or meet at 6:30 PM at the “trailhead”, the Sav-on parking lot, 4235 Pacific Coast Hwy (just W of Anza Ave) in Torrance. Afterward, we’ll retire to some cozy local eatery for socializing, dessert and a glass of holiday cheer. Bring warm clothes, comfortable shoes, water (or hot chocolate), $ for dinner/afterwards. Newcomers especially welcome! Rain cancels. Ldrs: JAMES EBLE, JEFF BREAKSTONE, MADELINE KATZ EBLE

DEC 16   SUN                20s&30s

Come see why there should be an estate tax and enjoy dinner with good company. At 5:15 pm we will dine on the heated patio of the West Bay Café, Seal Beach and then travel to the embarkation point where we will float amongst the rich and beautiful viewing the Xmas lights in Huntington Harbor. The boat cruise is an Orange County Philharmonic fund raiser. Also listed with OCSS. Limited tickets. $15 Check to Sierra Club. Send $ + either 2 SASE's or email address to Host: Robert Unetic "", Co-host: Cliff Caplan.
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

DEC 22   SAT                20s&30s

Join us for an advanced beginner 4 mi rt. 900 gain hike. Meet 6 pm trailhead. Take 405 N exit Rinaldi W, Balboa N, L on Westbury, R on Daryl, L on Neon Way to end. Bring water, boots (optional) something edible to share, and good attitude. Rain cancels. Ldrs: Dave Hyman & Teri Friedman-Smith
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

DEC 27-JAN 1                 THURS-TUES      NSTS

Escape to the red rocks of Utah on this 6 day bus extravaganza. Slightly different tour than last year, visiting more of the local spots. During the course of our trip we'll see the Red Rocks of Zion National Park, hike into the Hoodoo canyons of Bryce, Kodachrome Basin, Escalante National Monument, see Anasazi Ruins, experience the natural treasure of the Grand Staircase. And that is just the day life. Nightlife includes 3 Happy Hours, and one heck of a New Year's Party, Lodging is motel rooms, 2 beds/2 pers per room in Zion NP; and Bryce Canyon adjacent. Fee includes transportation, lodging, all tours and entrance fees, New Year's Eve Dinner and Party, 1 breakfast, and snacks/drinks on the bus. Bus pickups in South Bay and OC. Send 2 lg sase, H&W phones, e-mail address, $349w/SC# ($375 w/o) check payable to Sierra Club-OCSS mail to Reservationist: Aurora Delores, 16136 Badillo St. Covina, California 91722-4033 Phone: 626-814-2718; Ldr: Christine Gutierrez 23251 Caroldale Ave., Carson, CA 90745 (310)549-1405 "". Co-Ldr: Rosemary Campbell 6835 Amestoy Ave., Van Nuys, 91406 (818)344-6869 "".
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

DEC 28-JAN 1                FRI-TUES                Backpacking/20s&30s

Encore of our previous New Year's Eve Bus trips to Yosemite. This trip will fill early. Enjoy the beauty of Yosemite Valley from our lodge rooms and cabins for 4 nights at Yosemite Lodge. Xc ski to spectacular views of Yosemite Valley and vistas overlooking it. Free beginner xc ski lessons. Downhill ski at Badger Pass. Hike in Yosemite Valley. Brunch with us at the Ahwahnee. Join us for actor Lee Stetson's award winning shows personifying John Muir. Price includes bus (unless carpooling), New Year's and hospitality parties, Yosemite Lodge lodging, brunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel, admission to the show and gratuities. Send 2 sase, H&W phones, SC#, deposit check (Sierra Club) for $125 to leader. Prices range from $360-$500 per person, depending upon rooms and use of bus or carpool. $25 more for non-members. Conservation fundraiser. Ldr: Fred Dong. P.O. Box 423 Montrose, CA 91021-0423 (818) 545-3878. Assts: Stephanie Gross, Maya Hyams, Jim Barbour, Patty Ryan
carpool points, leaders' contacts, explanation of abbreviations, etc.

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