July 20, 1957

Dear Desert Peaker:

June was a big month in Section activities. Our two scheduled events came off in bang-up fashion. We surely need offer no apologies for scheduling no further events until the Telescope Peak trip on September 21-22.

Speaking of future trips, one to Mt. Inyo has become a must. This is because the U. S. Board on Geographic Names has approved our request for the above name for the neighbor of Mt. Keynot, on which John Robinson and Bud Bingham led a pioneering trip last October. Yours truly plans to lead a dedication trip to Mt. Inyo next October to place a register. It isn't every day one gets to officially name a peak!

The fourth DPS TRIENNIAL BANQUET was a gratifying success. With Lloyd Balsam managing the affair and Weldon Heald as speaker, such success was really, a foregone conclusion. Not that there weren't others who helped with reservations, door prizes, etc., who should share the credit. Sixty-six people showed up to enjoy the occasion and to honor the brief visit of personable author, Desert Peaker and ex-Chapter member Weldon Heald.

His appeal to get behind the movement for a Great Basin Range National Park encompassing Wheeler Peak in east-central Nevada so impressed the Section management committee that we called a meeting on the spot. In the brief meeting we passed a resolution recommending that the Sierra Club support the proposed park. Bill Henderson agreed to transmit the resolution to the Club Conservation Committee at its next meeting in Southern California.

Shortly before the banquet, Willard and Marion Dean each wrote newsy letters of their doings in Colorado. Brief excerpts were read at the banquet and the letters were passed around to their many interested friends.

On June 29-30, about thirty Desert Peakers showed up on the trip in the White Mountains to see the BRISTLECONE PINES. As usual, some cars didn't make the grade (literally!) and others (including mine) just barely strained up the succession of deceptively steep pitches. Thanks to the helpfulness of those whose cars performed o.k., no one was left behind.

Of one thing we were all certain following this trip: there is no shortage of Bristlecone Pines. As Warren Flock told us at campfire, the forest surrounding our camp spot in a cove off Reeds Flat was composed 100% of this species. The same appeared to be true of the trees on neighboring Reeds Flat Mountain, which most of us climbed Saturday afternoon. Because Bristlecone Pines are so abundant, not only in the White Mountains but in many other Great Basin ranges, any effort to extend the present Bristlecone Pine Natural Area seems unnecessary.
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