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DPS trips mainly include Saturday and Sunday day hikes with a Saturday night potluck campfire meal and car or tent camping overnight stay on Saturday. Those wishing to attend must contact the Leaders as indicated in the Desert Sage or on this web site. Trip sheets will be e-mailed/mailed prior to the event upon acceptance to the trip. Permits or fees may be required depending on the peak being climbed. A listing of expired Section Outing announcements since 2010 is available for viewing.
Activity listings for selected Angeles Chapter Outings Sections and the Leadership Training Committee can be accessed by following the links displayed at the bottom of this Listing of Outings and Activities.

 

 

DPS Potlucks for 2017-2018

July 15 - 17 I:  Arc Dome (11,773’), Mount Jefferson (11,941’):  Join us for a summer climb of these two high altitude Nevada peaks.  Saturday we will start at Columbine Campground to climb Arc Dome (15 miles, 4900’ gain) with option to tag Cirque Mountain (11,290’) on the descent, and stay Saturday night here.  Sunday we will drive to the Jefferson trailhead, possibly doing some sightseeing at the Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park and Ghost town along the way, and enjoying a leisurely potluck that night.  Monday we will get an early start for climbing Jefferson (11mi, 3900’).  The road now requires an extra 3.2mi round trip of walking to get up to the old 2WD trailhead.  To sign up for the trip, or for additional info, email Sandy at:ssperling1@verizon.net.  Co-leaders:  Sandy and Peter Lara

October 8                   SUN                DPS
O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of ron and Jane Campbell in Huntington Beach for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 p.m. and potluck at 6:00 p.m. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Ron at campbellr@verizon.net.

 Oct 14 Sat        HPS, DPS

I: BW2T - Panamint Traverse, Badwater to Telescope Peak (11,049') - “The problem many of us face is not that we aim high and miss, but that we aim low and hit the mark.” From Telescope Peak, the high point of Death Valley National Park, you can gaze upon the highest point in the contiguous United States, Mt. Whitney (14,505'). Turn around and gaze upon Badwater, the low point of DVNP and the lowest point in North America (-280 feet). Aim high with us. Climb the crown of the Panamint Mountains as a one day BW2T. We'll set up a car shuttle on Friday; start early on Saturday from Shorty's Well (-250 feet); summit, and finish at Mahogany Flats on Saturday afternoon. At about 11,500' gain and 21 miles, this is one of the hardest (if not the hardest) day hikes in the contiguous United States. Pair this weekend's BW2T with last weekend's C2C, if possible. For trip details, send hiking resume to peterdoggett@aol.com. Leaders Peter & Ignacia Doggett; Jinoak Chung, Sunny Yi, Jason Park


Oct 20-22
 Fri-Sun WTC, DPS

I: Cottonwood-Marble Canyons incl Canyon Pt, Death Valley: Join us on a strenuous 3-day backpack in Death Valley NP looping Cottonwood to Marble Canyon with a side trip to DPS peak, Canyon Pt (5,890'). Total trip stats: 29mi, 5530' gain over 3 days. This is a WTC outing co-sponsored by the Desert Peaks Section. Day 1 we'll start at day break to gradually climb 2440' over 12.5mi to our first campsite with a reliable water source and cooler temperatures. Day 2 we'll cross the valley floor, drop packs, and tag remote Canyon Pt to enjoy expansive views of the park before navigating the traverse to Dead Horse Canyon and our second campsite. Day 2: 7.5mi, 3100' gain. Day 3 we'll gradually descend 2240' over 9mi back to the trailhead through Marble Canyon. Photo ops will likely slow us down but plan to be back to the cars with enough time to grab our hard-earned 2017 #hikedeathvalley decals at the ranger station before returning home. High Clearance 4WD required to reach trailhead. All vehicles must display a national park pass. Rain cancels due to flash-floods in the slot canyons. Qualifies as WTC experience trip but too close to graduation to be relied upon. Please send hiking resume incl recent conditioning, vehicle & rideshare information to trip leader Megan Birdsill (mbirdsill@gmail.com). Assts: Bob Draney,  Geoffrey Mohan.

 

Oct 22 Sun            DPS, HPS, WTC

 MR:  Bridge Mountain (7003'):  Mountaineering outing for Sierra Club members who enjoy airy 3rdclass climbing.  Bridge Mountain is an interesting desert peak in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas.  Sat night car camp off 4WD road accessed from paved Lovell Canyon Road.  Sun climb class 3 Bridge Mtn, 8mi rt, 2800' (including 850' on the return).  (Consider staying for Charleston and Mummy climbs on Tues and Thurs.)  Helmets and recent 3rd class rock climbing experience required.  Send an email with recent experience and conditioning, phone, and rideshare info to Leader:  Sandy Lara (ssperling1@verizon.net).  Co-Ldr:  Peter Lara

Oct 24  Tues        DPS, HPS, WTC

 I:  Mummy Mountain (11,528’):  10mi rt, 3800’ on the North Loop trail and xc to the high point of a ridgeline that has the appearance of an Egyptian mummy, near Las Vegas.  Car camp near trailhead.  Consider joining us for Bridge Mtn on Sun and/or Charleston Peak on Thurs while in the area.  Send an email with recent experience and conditioning, phone, and rideshare info to Leader:  Sandy Lara (ssperling1@verizon.net).  Co-Ldr:  Peter Lara

Oct 26  Thurs  DPS, HPS, WTC

 I:  Charleston Peak (11915’):  18mi rt, 4300’ on the South Loop trail to this DPS emblem peak near Las Vegas, the high point of southern Nevada.  See large marine fossil bed and remnants of an old plane crash.  Car camp near trailhead.  Consider joining us for Bridge Mtn on Sun and/or Mummy Mountain on Tues while in the area.  Send an email with recent experience and conditioning, phone, and rideshare info to Leader:  Sandy Lara (ssperling1@verizon.net).  Co-Ldr:  Peter Lara

Oct 28  Sat     DPS, HPS, WTC

 I:  Sheephole Mountain (4593’):  Join us the day of WTC Graduation for 5mi rt, 2300’ of class 2 scrambling to this high point of the Sheephole Valley Wilderness Area.  The trailhead is accessible by   passenger car and is located 45 minutes east of Joshua Tree Lake (the location of WTC Graduation).  Send an email with recent experience and conditioning, phone, and rideshare info to Leader:  Sandy Lara (ssperling1@verizon.net).  Co-Ldr:  Peter Lara

NOVEMBER 12                   SUN                DPS
O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of Christine and Ron Bartell in Manhattan Beach for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 p.m. and potluck at 6:00 p.m. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Christine at christinebartell@yahoo.com.

 DECEMBER 10                    SUN                DPS
O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of Tom and Tina Bowman in Long Beach for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 p.m. and potluck at 6:00 p.m. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Tina at tina@bowmanchange.com.

JANUARY 14           SUN                DPS
O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of  Diana and George Estrada in Newbury Park for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 p.m. and potluck at 6:00 p.m. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Diana at dneffestrada@verizon.net.

FEBRUARY 11                    SUN                DPS
O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of Tom and Tina Bowman in Long Beach for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 p.m. and potluck at 6:00 p.m. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Tina at tina@bowmanchange.com.

I: Smith Mtn (5913') and Stewart Pt (5265')

Date:

Saturday, February 17, 2018 to Sunday, February 18, 2018

Time:

Presented by:

Angeles Chp Desert Peaks

Leader:

Level:

Moderate

Join us for two peaks in the Death Valley ranges. Saturday we'll meet and consolidate into 4WD vehicles for the approach to class 1 Smith Mtn, then hike 5.5 mi with 2300' gain RT to bag that peak, which has great views down to the Badwater area. We'll camp along the Greenwater Valley Road. Sunday we'll drive to Shoshone and continue east 15.5 mi on state route 178 for the parking area for class 2 Stewart Pt. Stewart's stats are 6.5 mi, 2600' gain RT per the DPS guide.

MARCH 11                SUN                DPS
O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of Tom Sumner in Sylmar for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 p.m. and potluck at 6:00 p.m. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Tom at Locornnr@aol.com.

MARCH 24, 2018                  SAT                            DPS,HPS

O:23rd DPS Chili Cook-Off: Join us in the Mojave Desert near the Tecopa/Shoshone area for this DPS Classic (and it’s so close to Death Valley)! Whether you like your chili Texas- style (no beans), traditional or vegetarian, bring your favorite recipe or just hearty taste buds. Cook for free or taste for $10. Cooks prepare chili from scratch at the site, then all enjoy happy hour, chili tasting and judging, and campfire. Prizes will be awarded by category, with special recognition for the Spiciest Chili, Best Presentation, Most Original Recipe, and the coveted: Best Overall Chili. Specific location to follow. Looking for hike leaders for the weekend. Hot springs, wild flowering, date shakes at China Ranch? and other exploring opportunities abound for the weekend!! Send ESASE with your choice as Taster or Cook and Chili Type to receive directions, contest specs, carpool info and exploring/hiking activities. Hosts: Gloria Miladin, Linda McDermott, and Julie Rush. Emails: (julierush11@gmail.com) or (miladingloria@yahoo.com)

Mar 24 – 25    Sat – Sun        Desert Peaks, WTC, Hundred Peaks
I: East Ord Mountain (6,168’), Brown Peak (4,947’) – Come join us as we make our way out to the Shoshone Area for the 23rd DPS Chili Cook-Off with a stop along the way to climb a classic Desert Peak in the Ord Mountains northeast of Lucerne Valley, CA.  Saturdaymorning we’ll start out nice and early at a moderate pace to ascend the DPS “Alternate Route” up the SE Ridge of East Ord Mtn to its summit.  After enjoying the views up top we’ll return to our cars the same way we came up for a day’s total of 2.7 RT miles with 2,000’ of gain.  We’ll then drive from that trailhead to the site of the DPS Chili Cook-Off where we’ll join in on that celebration with a most festive Happy Hour complete with roaring campfire, chili testing and judging, and all around good times!!  We’ll camp out Saturdaynight right there at the Cook-Off venue, but be sure to register with Julie Rush (julierush11@gmail.com) or Gloria Miladin (miladingloria@yahoo.com) for the Cook-Off as either a Cook or a Taster to completely maximize your enjoyment.  Sunday morning we’ll get up early and drive into Death Valley via Shoshone to the trailhead for the west side approach to Brown Peak in the Greenwater Range.  A strenuous 3 miles with 2,100’ of gain, that we’ll do at a moderate pace, will get us up to the summit, where we’ll eat a little lunch and enjoy the views before heading back down to our cars via the same way we came up.  High Clearance, 4WD vehicles are required for each summit.  Join us for one or both summits. This DPS Outing is co-sponsored by WTC and HPS.  Email Mat Kelliher atmkelliher746@gmail.com with contact info, vehicle type and carpool info, recent conditioning, and experience for trip status and details.  Leaders: MAT KELLIHER, BILL SIMPSON

 

APRIL 8         SUN                DPS
O: DPS Management Committee Meeting and Potluck: Join us at the home of Barbee and Larry Tidball in Long Beach for the DPS Management Committee meeting at 4:30 p.m. and potluck at 6:00 p.m. Please bring a beverage of your choice and a potluck item to share. RSVP to Barbee at lbtidball@verizon.net.

¨ MAY 20                              SUN                                         DPS
O: DPS Annual Banquet: Save the date for this great event — info to follow in a future Sage and on the DPS website.

 

Please make a selection below to see the Outings Schedule for other Angeles Chapter Activity Sections
Leadership Training Course Schedule
Sierra Peaks Outings Schedule
Lower Peaks Outings Schedule
Hundred Peaks Outings Schedule
Mule Pack Section Outings Schedule
Ski Mountaineers Outings Schedule
PARTICIPATION IN OUTINGS
Most Desert Peaks Section trips include Saturday and Sunday day hikes with a Saturday night car camp 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 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 http://angeles.sierraclub.org/leadership_and_outings_resources_forms. In addition, you must contact the leader by sending a sase (self addressed, stamped, envelope) or email to the leader. Outings listed as restricted trips (MR and E rated) are limited to Sierra Club members who are qualified to participate in the outing as determined by the leader.
Our trips our published in the Angeles Chapter Schedule of Activities and in our newsletter. The section is known for the Saturday evening parties. There are usually no participation quotas. If you have applied and you do not hear otherwise, you may assume you are accepted. SASE's and emails are normally returned with trip sheets 1-2 weeks prior to the trip. Please join us on a hike!
TRANSPORTATION
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.
MOUNTAINEERING RESTRICTIONS
Restricted outings requiring the use of ice axes or ropes/climbing gear may be conducted with special trip plan approval, both at the Chapter and National levels. Also, all participants must be Sierra Club members and sign a liability release (waiver).
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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. All cooking on overnight trips will be done on stoves. One campfire is permitted where firewood is not in short supply.
4. 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 write up.
5. 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.
6. 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. M-R (rock) and M-S (snow) ratings are available.
E Applies to outings that involve more severe snow climbing.
T Applies to outings that involve specialized technical activities.

Detailed leadership contact information can be found in the current issue of the Angeles Chapter Schedule of Activities.
 
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