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Participating in Desert Peaks Section Trips

Most Desert Peaks trips include Saturday and Sunday dayhikes with a Saturday night carcamp 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 an DPS outing, a waiver must be signed by each participant at the trail-head. This waiver is part of the sign-in sheet.

Our trips our published in the Angeles Chapter Schedule of Activities and in our newsletter. Unless otherwise specified, most DPS trips involve Saturday & Sunday cross-country dayhikes with a Saturday night carcamp. The DPS is known for their parties. The DPS usually has no quotas. If you have applied and you do not hear otherwise, you may assume you are accepted. SASE's are normally returned with trip sheets 1-2 weeks prior to the trip. Please join us on a hike!

ACTIVITIES REQUIREMENTS

TRANSPORTATION
Leaders cannot take an active role in making arrangements for participants' transportation. The leader supplies directions to the trailhead, but transportation arrangements, including ridesharing, are the responsibility of the participants. Club insurance does not extend to owners, drivers or passengers of private cars. Riders customarily share expenses with drivers. The contribution varies with the vehicle, the numbers of riders, the road condition, etc. A suggested amount is 10 cents per mile per person.

MOUNTAINEERING RESTRICTIONS
Outings requiring the use of ice axes or ropes/climbing gear may be conducted under restrictive circumstances. Such trips require special leader screening and trip plan approval, both at the Chapter and National levels. Also, all participants must be Sierra Club members and sign a liability release (waiver). Before first conducting such restricted outings, the sponsoring Group/Section/Committee must submit an appropriately revised Safety Plan to the Safety Committee Chair, Larry Tidball. Contact the Outings Management Committee Chair, Bill Oliver, before planning any such trips for the first time. [As of 1997, there is no longer a special per person fee to offset the cost of accidental death and dismemberment insurance. Such medical coverage is no longer provided for participants. Also, Workers Comp coverage is no longer provided for leaders. Leaders are provided, however, without charge with a modest $10,000 supplemental medical policy.]

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.

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.

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.

All cooking on overnight trips will be done on stoves. One campfire is permitted where firewood is not in short supply.

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 writeup.

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.

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.
E Applies to outings that involve more severe snow climbing.
T Applies to outings that involve specialized technical activities.

This is a list of Desert Peaks Section sponsored outings that have been published in the section newsletter, the Desert Sage and/or the Angeles Chapter Schedule of Activities. To participate in a trip, you must send an sase (self addressed, stamped, envelope) to the leader. Restricted trips are limited to Sierra Club members who are on the SPS mountaineers list.

For leadership contact information, it is necessary to obtain a copy of the Angeles Chapter Schedule of Activities.


Jan 20-21
SAT-SUN
I Indianhead (3960+'): 4th Annual All-Women DPS Climb - Ladies only please for this climb (3200' gain, 8 mi RT). We will practice our navigational skills. Good conditioning and off-trail experience necessary. Potluck and wine tasting Sat night. Send sase or e-mail to Sue. Include H&W; phones, e-mail addr, and experience. Leader: Sue Holloway Assistant(s): Penelope May
Feb 3
SAT
M/E
(Restricted)
Local Snow Practice All aspects of snow climbing, rope travel, anchors covered. Lack of snow may cancel. For aspiring M & E candidates and those wishing to brush up on new techniques. Send 2 SASE, SC#, climbing resume, H&W; phones to Leader: Nile Sorenson Assistant(s): Dan Richter
Co-sponsored with LTC/SPS
Feb 3
SAT
M/E
(Restricted)
Local Snow Practice: All aspects of snow climbing, rope travel, anchors covered. Lack of snow may cancel. For aspiring M and E candidates, and those wanting to brush up on new techniques. Restricted to SC rnbrs with some prior basic training in snow. Send 2 SASE, SC#, climbing resume, H&W; phones to Leader: Nile Sorenson Assistant(s): Dan Richter
Co-sponsored with LTC
Feb 4
SUN
I Rosa Point (5038'), Mile High Mountain (5320'): We head toward Villager Pk before approaching Rosa from the northwest on this very strenuous 14 mi rt, 6800' gain loop hike west of the Salton Sea. Long stretches of xc scrambling in desert terrain intermingled with spotty use trail. Send sase, recent conditioning, H&W; phones (email address optional) to Leader: Tom Hill Assistant(s): Virgil Popescu
Co-sponsored with HPS
Feb 10-11
SAT-SUN
I Nopah Range (6394'), Brown Peak (4947'): Climb these two peaks with us this weekend and enjoy the desert east of Death Valley. Nopah is strenuous: 10 mi RT, 4200' gain. Brown is easier, 6.5 mi RT, 2000' gain. Traditional potluck and car-camp Sat night, DPS style. 4WD or high clearance helpful. Send e-mail or sase w/phone/cond/exper to Leader: Gary Craig Assistant(s): Sue Holloway
Feb 11
SUN
I Martinez Moutain (6560+'), Sheep Mountain (5141') description changed! The hike leaders recognize the importance of not interfering with the calving season of the bighorn sheep. The former hike to Martinez Mtn from Coachella Valley has been altered to the standard dayhike route to these peaks via the Cactus Spring Trail, strenuous, 19 mi rt, 4500' gain. Send sase (email optional) to Leader: Tom Hill Assistant(s): George Wysup, David Eisenberg, Virgil Popescu
Co-sponsored with HPS
Feb 17
SAT
M/E
(Restricted)
Local Baldy Snow Practice: All aspects of snow climbing, rope travel, anchors covered. Lack of snow may cancel. For aspiring M and E candidates, and those wanting to brush up on new techniques. Restricted to SC mbrs with some prior basic training in snow. Send 2 SASE, SC#, climbing resume, H&W; phones to Leader: Nile Sorenson Assistant(s): Bill Oliver
Co-sponsored with LTC & SPS
Feb 24-25
SAT-SUN
I Queen Mountain (5482'), Sheephole Mountain (4593'): Moderately strenuous; Sat 8 mi., 3000' gain. Scramble up canyon above Indian Cove in Joshua Tree National Park, cross wild valley behind Queen Mountain, climb canyon to summit, passing indian pictograph in cave. Sun do rocky Sheephole, north of Twentynine Palms. 4.5 mi', 2300' gain. Must be comfortable with steep cross-country slopes and 2nd class boulder scrambling both days. Send sase early with conditioning, H&W; phones, carpool infor to Leader: Diane Dunbar Assistant(s): Charlie Knapke
Co-sponsored with HPS
Mar 2
FRI
I Martinez Mountain (6560'), Sheep Mountain (5141'): Very strenuous, moderately paced hike on trail and on steep, slippery xc in beautiful desert terrain, 18 mi rt, 5500' gain; may very well come back in dark. Rain postpones. Send sase or email with conditioning and H&W; phones to Leader: Byron Prinzmetal Assistant(s): Carleton Shay, Mars Bonfire, Southern Courtney
Co-sponsored with HPS
Mar 24-25
SAT-SUN
I Martinez Mountain (6560'), Sheep Mountain (5141'), Cahuilla Mountain (5635'), Little Cahuilla Mountain (5042'): Sat: strenuous 18 mi rt, 4800' gain xc route to Martinez and Sheep. Start and usually return in the dark! Sun: 8 mi rt, 1800' gain to bag these 2 easier peaks. Usual carcamp happy hour and potluck dinner Sat evening. Send sase with conditioning, experience to Leader: David F. Eisenberg Assistant(s): Virgil Popescu
Co-sponsored with HPS
Mar 31 - Apr 1
SAT-SUN
I 10th Annual Chili Cookoff / Indianhead (3960') / April Fool Contest: Want to cook, judge or eat homemade chili prepared right there in the desert on a camp stove? Tell your best whopper around the campfire? Or just experience the desert in the spring with the possibility of seeing a phenomenal wildflower display? Then join us for all or part of this weekend! Location this year will be in a primitive camping area of Anza Borrego State Park. Sun an optional climb of Indianhead Peak (3200' gain, 4 - 8 miles depending on route). Cooks come free, tasters $4.00. Prizes will be awarded to winners. Send $$ and sase to Suzanne indicating whether you will be a cook or a taster. Leader: Leora Jones Assistant(s): Igor Mamedalin, Suzanne Mamedalin
Co-sponsored with HPS
Apr 7-8
SAT-SUN
I Sandy Point (7062'), Last Chance Mountain (8456'): Two moderate xc dayhikes with carcamp in the Last Chance Range near Death Valley, Sandy on Sat, Last Chance on Sun (11 mi rt, 2700' gain/5 mi rt, 3000' gain, respectively). High clearance vehicle required for Last Chance Mtn. Send 2 sase, recent conditioning, H&W; phones, email address to Leader: Sarah Anderson Assistant(s): Beth Epstein
Co-sponsored with WTC
Apr 14
SAT
I East Ord Mountain (6168'): Easy peak in San Bernardino County; 3 mi rt, 2000' gain. Meet 7am at the Pomona ride share point or 9am at 1-15 and Bear Valley Cutoff Rd. Leader: Frank and Ruth Lee Dobos Assistant(s): David Eisenberg
Apr 14
SAT
I East Ord Mountain (6168'): Easy peak in San Bernardino County, 3 mi rt, 2000' gain. Meet 7am at Pomona ride share point or 9 am at 8-15 and Bear Valley Cutoff Rd. Leader: Frank & Ruth Dobos Assistant(s): David F. Eisenberg
Apr 28-29
SAT-SUN
M/E
(Restricted)
Sierra Snow Check-off For M & E candidates wanting to check off lleadership ratings. Practice and instruction available to brush up on new techniques. Send 2 SASE, SC#, climbing resume, H&W; phones to Leader: Dan Richter Assistant(s): Tina Bowman, Paul Graff
Co-sponsored with LTC/SPS
May 5
SAT
M Bridge Mountain (6,460'): Strong newcomers are especially welcome on this Oldtimers' Hike to the newest addition to the DPS peak list. One of the best! Moderate 6 mi, 3000' gain rt. Outstanding scenery and summit, adjoining Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas. Scramble on and off trail to the top. Must be comfortable unroped on steep, exposed slick rock. Grand potluck party afterward at nearby carcamp/meeting place. Well-behaved dogs ok. 2wd to camp; high clearance 4 wd to reach the trailhead. Send sase/email with H&W; phones, vehicle info to Leader: Erik Siering Assistant(s): Dan Richter
May 12-13
SAT-SUN
I Mount Inyo (10,975'), Keynot Peak (11,101'): Join us on a strenuous, all day (probably well into the night) slog to this Emblem Peak and its partner. Both peaks are 6500' gain and 10.5 mi rt, but the scree descent is unforgettable. After happy hour and crashing at a nearby camp, on Sun, the survivors will explore Darwin Canyon and check out wildflowers. 4WD recommended. Deep snow on the peaks cancels. Send sase, recent conditioning, rideshare into, H&W; phones to Leader: Scot Jamison Assistant(s): Penelope May
May 19-20
SAT-SUN
M/E
(Restricted)
Sierra Snow Check-off For M & E Candidates wanting to check off leadership ratings. Practice and instruction available for those wanting to brush up on new techniques. Restricted to SC members with some prior basic training in snow. Send 2 sase, SC#, climbing resume, email, H&W; phones to Leader: Randall Danta Assistant(s): Virgil Talbott, Neal Robbins
Co-sponsored with LTC/SPS
Jun 9-10
SAT-SUN
M/E
(Restricted)
Sierra Snow Check-off For M & E Candidates wanting to check off leadership ratings. Practice and instruction available for those wanting to brush up on new techniques. Restricted to SC members with some prior basic training in snow. Send 2 sase, SC#, climbing resume, email, H&W; phones to Leader: Bill Oliver Assistant(s): Virgil Talbot
Co-sponsored with LTC/SPS
Jun 16
SAT
I White Mountain Peak (14,246'): Join us for the high point of the White Mountains and 3rd highest peak in California. 15 mi, 2400' gain total for the day. Sat night carcamp with world class happy hour and potluck; bring your favorite dish. Good conditioning required. Send sase to Leader: Greg Roach Assistant(s): Mirna Roach

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