January 23rd-25th                        Monday-Wednesday                          Death Valley

Moderate day-hikes in the Badwater area, and then camping in Trail Canyon to climb Trail benchmark (2,389’) with some cross country scrambling.  Contact Terry at: terryjflood@gmail.com.

LEADER/ORGANIZER: Terry Flood ASST. LEADER: Henry Arnebold

 

January 27th - 29th                        Friday – Sunday                   Death Valley Peak Bagging

With all the weather, I am choosing some desert peaks with relatively low elevation that can be started from major highways.
Friday: Leave from Ridgecrest. 15 mile RT hike up Panamint Butte (DPS) and Towne Benchmark (P2k) from Towne Pass. Drive to Beatty, NV.
Saturday: Hike Corkscrew Peak (DPS) then drive south to hike Eagle Mountain (DPS). Stay in Death Valley Junction.
Sunday: Brown Peak (DPS) from Hwy 127. Drive home. 
Class 3 scrambling on wet rocks may be required!
Send e-mail with vehicle info and conditioning/experience to Sean Casserly at casserly79@gmail.com 
LEADER/ORGANIZER: Sean Casserly

 

February 18th – 19th                 Saturday – Sunday                  Joint CMC, & DPS Outing:  Old Dad Mtn. (4252’), Table Top (6178’), Mescal Range High Point (6499’), Kokoweef Peak (6037’), and Striped Mtn. (5955’)  
 
Join us for day hikes to peaks listed in Andy Zdon’s famous desert peaks guidebook, including one listed DPS peak. On Saturday, climb Old Dad Mtn. (class 2, 3.5 miles, 1800’ gain) and Table Top (class 2, 5.5 miles, 1000’ gain). Car camp and traditional DPS Happy Hour and potluck in the Mojave National Preserve near Table Top Saturday evening. Sunday climb 3 peaks situated close together just south of Mountain Pass off of I-15: Mescal Range HP, Kokoweef Peak and Striped Mtn. (total of 6.5 miles, 2700’ gain for all three). 4WD vehicles recommended. Send e-mail with vehicle info, conditioning/experience to Daryn Dodge at daryn.dodge@oehha.ca.gov
LEADERS/ORGANIZERS: Daryn Dodge, CO-LEADER: Kathy Rich.

 

February 18th – 20th                          Saturday - Monday                    Presidents Day-Utah Adventure

The weather in southern Utah in February is very hard to predict, so we will have plans to accommodate whatever we may encounter. However, the tentative plan is to spend a day at Cedar Breaks and two days in Zion. If you don’t know Cedar Breaks, think of a mini version of Bryce Canyon, but with no people. It is four miles from the trailhead to the overlook. There will be deep snow which will likely be groomed. The distance may be covered by hiking, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing. The view is spectacular.

Two additional days are planned to be spent in Zion. Weather permitting, I would like to descend some canyons. Canyoneering experience is not necessary, but required gear includes a helmet, wetsuit, and personal rappelling gear. All this can be rented, if needed, in Springdale, just outside the park. If the weather does not cooperate, we can spend the time hiking.

These should be considered tentative plans only and participants will need to be flexible.  Participants should be in appropriate physical condition for winter adventuring, and be comfortable rappelling and down climbing modest but unprotected drops.

Zion has become super popular recently, to the point of people being turned away during certain busy periods. This trip provides an opportunity to visit the park during a time of minimal visitation and maximal beauty. Also, we will be sleeping indoors at my house in Springdale, so no worries about winter camping!

If interested contact Tim Hoover: frisbeedog02@yahoo.com
LEADER/ORGANIZER: Tim Hoover

 

February 25th – 26th                              Saturday – Sunday                           Alabama Hills Climbing

No need to stop climbing just because it’s winter. The Alabama Hills have a very moderate climate and sunny routes that allow climbing through the winter months. Why Alabama Hills? Joshua Tree granite, sport climbing ethos, no crowds, and spectacular scenery. This is what climbing at Alabama Hills is all about. The routes range from roughly 5.6 to 5.12, with the majority in the range of 5.8 to 5.10.  The approaches are short as the climbing tends to be quite near the parking areas. Facilities consist of tent sites with picnic tables, fire rings, barbeques and pit toilets. There may not be water (I’m not sure if it stays on during the winter) so bring whatever you need to be safe. On our previous CMC trip here, we stayed in a group and practiced leading. That option is available if anyone is interested, otherwise we’ll just do whatever makes sense.

This trip is open to anyone regardless of skill or experience. Standard personal gear, including harness and helmet are required.

If interested contact Tim Hoover: frisbeedog02@vyahoo.com
LEADER/ORGANIZER: Tim Hoover

 

February 25th-26th                       Saturday-Sunday                  Eagle Mountain (5,350’)    
                                                           
Camping on BLM land south of Joshua Tree National Park Saturday night.  Early start on Sunday morning at Lost Palm Oasis Trial.  From there cross-country to a big canyon on the west face of the peak.  Scramble up the main wash past a plateau to the summit.  Contact Brian at brian306@gmail.com for more information.
LEADER/ORGANIZER: Brian Beach

 

April 1st                            Saturday                     San Bernardino Peak (10,649’)

Join me for a scenic local adventure.  Pine trees, snow, clean air and great views are anticipated!  Meet at the San Bernardino trailhead near the Angelus Oaks from highway 38.  Ice axe and crampons required.  Send email with interests, experience and conditioning to 
ronwebber33@gmail.com                  
LEADER/ORGANIZER: Ron Webber

 

April 4th – 6th                              Tuesday – Thursday                            Death Valley

Mid-week trip to the Inyo Mountains/Santa Rosa hills area to climb peaks along Saline Valley Road, staying at Boxcar Cabin as base.  Contact leader at:terryjflood@gmail.com
LEADERS/ORGANIZERSTerry Flood               Asst. LeaderHenry Arnebold

 

April 8th - 9th                 Saturday - Sunday                Backcountry skiing/snowboarding
 
Spring skiing in the Sierra with objectives depending on weather conditions and team experience/conditioning. Many excellent ski lines with summit potential are in shape this season. Options include peaks around June Lake, Mammoth and Onion Valley. Backcountry gear and experience required. Strong intermediate and above skiing ability as well as being in shape for 10 - 14 hour days in the Sierra backcountry.

 If interested contact Vlad: vladbazarsky@gmail.com
 LEADER/ORGANIZER: Vlad Bazarsky

 

April 14th – 16th                       Friday - Sunday                        Joshua Tree

 Join me for any number of fun outdoor activities in Joshua Tree National Park - rock climbing, hiking, bike riding, just to name a few.  I’ve reserved four family campsites for Friday and Saturday night in Indian Cove.  Each site has space for 6 people and 2 vehicles.  Friends and family are welcome, but MUST be accompanied by a CMC member.  We’ll have a campfire on Friday and Saturday night, with an option to eat dinner at Edchadas Saturday night.  Parking will be limited on this trip, so carpooling is a must.  Email Joe for additional information at: joewhite328@gmail.com.
LEADER/ORGANIZER: Joe White

 

April 20th - 23rd                      Thursday - Sunday               Climbing Skills/Lead Climbing Practice, Alabama Hills

Many of us learn basic climbing skills and then forget them because they are not used. Sadly, an emergency situation is a poor time for trying to recall these basic skills. We will review and practice some of the most basic skills that a climber requires to be safe on the rock; skills like tying off a rappel device, ascending a rope, passing a knot, and others. 
We will also review and practice important aspects of leading. I am aiming this practice to anyone from a raw novice to a seasoned veteran who just wants a little refresher in the basics.  We will spend the first part of each day discussing techniques and issues and the bulk of the day practicing skills and taking turns leading moderate climbs. Our focus will be on safety, developing good habits, and how to progress to harder leads.
The Alabama Hills provide a good environment for this sort of practice as the routes are very well protected and offer a variety of climbing options from sport to trad. I will be staying from Thursday through Sunday, but participants are welcome any time during that period.  If you would just like to climb and not participate in the skills refresher, that’s fine too. We can all still get together and tell climbing lies around the campfire at night.
This trip is open to anyone regardless of skill or experience. Standard personal gear, including harness and helmet are required.

If interested contact Tim Hoover: frisbeedog02@yahoo.com
LEADER/ORGANIZER: Tim Hoover

 

April 25th - 30th                       Tuesday - Sunday                 Escalante River Float Trip

The Escalante River flows through some beautiful and remote backcountry in southcentral Utah. We will do a float trip from just south of the town of Boulder, Utah to Lake Powell. I have never done this trip before so I can’t guarantee what conditions we will encounter. However, I am expecting the major potential obstacle to be a lack of water in the river. There should be no sections of whitewater. If all goes well, I am anticipating a very nice, fairly relaxed trip through some beautiful canyon country. If all does not go well, we may be carrying our boats for some sections, though still through beautiful scenery.

Beyond any river issues, the big challenge will be the entrance and exit hikes. The entrance hike is roughly 10 miles across the desert. The exit will either be up Crack in the Wall, or Hole in the Wall depending on how far we decide to go. Both exits are fairly strenuous, especially when carrying all our gear.

Due to the nature of the entrance and exit hikes, the only reasonable boats for our trip are pack-rafts. These may be rented in St George (that’s my plan).

Participants do not need any particular technical skills, but they will need a capacity for suffering, an interest in exploration and an ability to carry a full pack for 10 miles or so.

If interested contact Tim Hoover: frisbeedog02@yahoo.com
LEADER/ORGANIZER: Tim Hoover

 

April 28th-30th                         Friday – Sunday                 Backcountry skiing/boarding

 Spring skiing in the Sierras.  We will do day trips out of Mammoth Lakes Friday through Sunday; location depending on snow conditions and road openings.  Need to bring: backcountry ski or snowboard equipment, avy beacon, desire for turns.  Strong intermediates or above.  Contact Carl at ceschulze01@gmail.com.

LEADER/ORGANIZER: Carl Schulze

 

May 6th -7th                             Saturday-Sunday                                     Red Slate Mountain

Looking for an early season snow adventure?  This could be it.  The basic plan is to start at the McGee Lakes trailhead and backpack to one of the lakes.  Sunday climb and hike out.  Snowshoes are anticipated.  Final plans, routes and equipment will of course be condition-dependent.  Options may include Red and White Mountain or a Friday start (May5) to make it a 3 day event.  Send email with interests, experience and conditioning to Ron Webber atronwebber33@gmail.com                                    
LEADER/ORGANIZER: Ron Webber

 

May 12th -14th                    Friday – Sunday                     Mount Shasta - Ski Mountaineering

Looking for some mountaineers that also backcountry ski or snowboard, and would be interested in taking advantage of the excellent snowpack on Mount Shasta this year.  The tentative plan is to ascend to the top of Giddy Giddy Gulch on Friday to make camp.  Saturday would be an ascent of either Casaval Ridge or the West Face Gully, and followed by a ski/board descent of Avalanche Gulch.  Depending upon the time of day we may break camp and ski/board all the way back to Bunny Flat on Saturday.  Minimum gear will be ice axes, crampons, avalanche gear, and AT skis/splitboards.  Send an email to Chris (jakecattleco@yahoo.com) with your experience and conditioning.

LEADER/ORGANIZER:  Chris Jakober

 

May 12th - 14th                Friday - Sunday                       Backcountry skiing/snowboarding

Spring skiing in the Sierra with objectives depending on weather conditions and team experience/conditioning. Many excellent ski lines with summit potential are in shape this season. Options include peaks around June Lake, Mammoth and Onion Valley. Backcountry gear and experience required. Strong intermediate and above skiing ability as well as being in shape for 10 - 14 hour days in the Sierra backcountry.

If interested contact Vlad: vladbazarsky@gmail.com
LEADER/ORGANIZER: Vlad Bazarsky

 

June 9th-11th                              Friday-Sunday                           Mt. Abbot (13,715’)

NE Couloir – Snow Climb/Class 3 Summit.  We will be doing this as a day hike (Alpine Start on Saturday) from Mosquito Flat trailhead via Ruby/Mills Lake.  Campsite is reserved at East Fork for Friday and Saturday night and group size is limited to 6.  Contact Norma at ryan.norma87@gmail.com or Brian at brian306@gmail.com for more information.
LEADERS/ORGANIZERS: Norma Ryan and Brian Beach

 

August 4th - 6th          Friday - Sunday          Summer Friends/Family Membership Outing

The annual CMC Summer Outing location will be in the Eastern Sierra, at the Whitney Portal Campground.  We have four campsites reserved for Friday and Saturday night.  Each site has space for 6 people and 2 vehicles, and additional parking is available in the hiker’s parking lot.   Join us for some climbing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, site seeing or just hanging out in camp.  If you’re interested in a specific activity, please make arrangements with others on the trip roster.  Friends and family are welcome, but MUST be accompanied by a CMC member.    Please contact Joe at joewhite328@gmail.com , or Henry at harnebold@gmail.com for additional information. 
LEADERS/ORGANIZERS: Joe White and Henry Arnebold

 

September 21st - 24th                         Thursday - Sunday         Arrow Peak and Mount Ruskin

Do you enjoy scrambling and solitude?  If so join me for a late summer attempt on two California SPS Mountaineers Peaks. On Thursday we'll hike up and over Taboose Pass to Bench Lake, approximately 11.5 miles.  Friday we'll ascend Arrow Peak, likely by the Northeast Spur.  Saturday we'll ascend Mount Ruskin by the Southwest slope, South Ridge, or East Ridge.  Sunday will be the hike out and drive home.  This trip will include Class 2-3+ scrambling.  Send an email with experience/conditioning to jakecattleco@yahoo.com
LEADER/ORGANIZER: Chris Jakober

 

October 6th - 8th                       Friday - Sunday                        Joshua Tree

Join me for any number of fun outdoor activities in Joshua Tree National Park - rock climbing, hiking, bike riding, just to name a few.  I’ve reserved four family campsites for Friday and Saturday night in Indian Cove.  Each site has space for 6 people and 2 vehicles.  Friends and family are welcome, but MUST be accompanied by a CMC member.  We’ll have a campfire on Friday and Saturday night, with an option to eat dinner at Edchadas Saturday night.  Parking will be limited on this trip, so carpooling is a must.  Email Joe for additional information at: joewhite328@gmail.com.
LEADER/ORGANIZER: Joe White