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Lead the Way - BECOME A SIERRA CLUB OUTING LEADER
* Hiking Guidelines *

RESTRICTIONS:  NO FIREARMS, RADIOS or PETS. Outings are by reservation. Call early (maximum group limit 20). Each hike is rated for degree of difficulty and risk by the leader:
"A"  16 miles or more + 3,000 ft. elevation change (EC)
"B"  8 - 16 miles and 1,500 - 3,000 ft. EC
"C"  3 - 8 miles and 500 - 1,500 ft. EC             RT - Round-Trip
"D"  less than 3 miles and 500 ft. EC               OW - One-way

The Fine Print - Trip leader has absolute authority to question trip participants as to their equipment, conditioning and experience before and during the trip. All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waver. If you would like to read the liability waver before you choose to participate in an outing, please go to http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/national/participantforms/forms/individual_waiver.pdf or contact the National Outings Dept. at (415) 977-5528 for a printed version. Sierra Club liability covers leaders only. In addition to the outings leaders' first aid equipment, it is recommended that each person bring their own first aid kit. If you are injured, notify the leader immediately. If you leave the trip, with or without the leader's permission, you are considered to be on your own until you rejoin the group. Participants are encouraged to carpool and share the driver's fuel expense. Suggested compensation is 5 cents/mile. Donations accepted from all participants at $1 (member) and $3 (nonmember). Money is collected by the leader and deposited with the group treasurer. Outings are also listed in the Rincon Group newsletter.

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Scheduled Outings

Saturday, April 12th - "A", Miller Peak, Miller Peak Wilderness (7.4 miles RT, 3800 foot EC) - Miller Peak, at 9,470 feet, is the highest mountain in the Huachuca mountain range and is located 4 miles north of the US-Mexico border. We will be hiking the Lutz Canyon trail and then the Crest trail to the summit. Along the trail we will see remnants of 100 year-old mining operations and equipment. Be prepared for a stiff climb as we ascend 3800 feet over the 3.7 mile distance to the peak. This hike will be limited to those in excellent physical condition. Contact Donald Smith at 520-591-9938 or donsc@the3smiths.com.

Saturday, April 12th - C, Saguaro NP Wilderness (East), Bridal Wreath Falls (6 miles RT, 1,100 foot EC) - This is one of a series of classic Wilderness hikes that I will be leading to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act during 2014. We will go up the Douglas Springs Trail to Bridal Wreath Falls and return by the same route. During a snack break, we will discuss the wilderness act and national parks. Limit 18. Contact Meg Weesner for details at 520-290-1723 or mweesner@att.net.

Sunday, April 13th - "C", Honey Bee Canyon Nature and Photography Hike (2-3 miles, 100 foot EC) - An easy hike, as hikes in this canyon are relatively cooler and afford wildlife and bird viewing opportunities. Bring water, snacks, hiking boots/shoes, hat/sunscreen, binoculars and a camera (optional), and an interest in learning about desert ecology. Basic desert plant, bird, and wildlife identification will be included, so don't expect a high speed hike. Photography is encouraged. Families with quiet, well-behaved children over 10 are welcome; please be sure that your child can hike the distance. Limit 8. Start time 7:30 AM. We will meet at the Honey Bee Park parking lot in Oro Valley. Please contact Beth Ann Krueger (yardengine1919@hotmail.com or 520-405-5470) for reservations and more information.

Saturday, April 26th - B, Salome Jug, Salome Wilderness (6 miles RT) - Salome Creek is a major drainage for the Sierra Ancha Mountains and the Jug is the narrow section just before the creek flows into Roosevelt Lake. This technical hike down a water-filled canyon cut from pink granite, is suited for beginner to intermediate canyoneering enthusiasts. There is a considerable amount of wading and swimming; all participants need to be experienced at scrambling and rappelling. Everyone will provide their own gear such as harness, descending device, carabineers, helmets and slings. We will discuss the amazing geology of this canyon. A descent through Salome Canyon is one of Arizonas most spectacular treks. Contact Mitch Stevens at 520-991-1199 or mitchstevens@qwestoffice.net.

Saturday, May 3rd - "B", Elephant Head (6.2 miles RT, 1053 foot EC, 2343 foot accumulated elevation gain) - Elephant Head (5607 feet) is a prominent natural land mark in the Santa Cruz Valley on the west side of the Santa Rita mountain range. Climbing this steep 1000 foot monolith will require some class-3 off-trail scrambling and a class-4 move near the summit. The summit affords magnificent views of the Santa Cruz valley, Arivaca, Tubac and Baboquivari Peak. This hike will be limited to those with experience in off-trail hiking and in good physical condition. Contact Donald Smith at 520-591-9938 or donsc@the3smiths.com.

Sunday, May 4th - C, Chiricahua National Monument Wilderness, Heart of Rocks and Rhyolite Canyon (7 miles, 1,500 foot EC) - This is one of a series of classic Wilderness hikes that I will be leading to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act during 2014. This is a one-way hike, ending 1,500 lower than we started, but there are some uphill sections. We will take at least two cars to do the shuttle. The views are stunning, and during a lunch break we will discuss how historical resources in wilderness are managed. Limit 12. Contact Meg Weesner for details at 520-290-1723 or mweesner@att.net.

Saturday, June 14th - B, Miller Peak Wilderness, Ramsey Vista Camp to Miller Peak (10 miles RT, 2,400 foot EC) - This is one of a series of classic Wilderness hikes that I will be leading to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act during 2014. Our route includes a section of the Arizona Trail and some ups and downs along the way. During a lunch break, we will discuss fire management in wilderness areas. Limit 12. Contact Meg Weesner for details at 520-290-1723 or mweesner@att.net.

Saturday, June 21st - A, Sundance Canyon, West Clear Creek Wilderness (5 miles RT) - Technical canyoneering through a wet canyon on the Mogollon Rim. Sundance Canyon is a tributary of West Clear Creek, a red rock gem at the southern fringes of the Colorado Plateau. This technical hike is suited for advanced canyoneering enthusiasts. There is a considerable amount of wading and swimming; the crux is a 180 foot rappel into a gorgeous amphitheatre. All participants need to be strong swimmers, experienced in rappelling, ascending and provide their own gear such as harness, descending device, ascenders, carabineers, helmets and slings. Contact Mitch Stevens at 520-991-1199 or mitchstevens@qwestoffice.net.


Liability Waiver:

All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate on an outing, refer to the public Web site at:
http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/national/participantforms/forms/individual_waiver.pdf

Lead the Way - BECOME A SIERRA CLUB OUTING LEADER

Do you enjoy hiking, rock climbing, biking or camping with others and showing them areas that you enjoy? Here's your chance to become an outing leader for our local Rincon Group! We are also looking for leaders for other types of outings such as dinners, movie/theatre nights, and other social activities. It's lots of fun and you'll meet many interesting people who enjoy stimulating conversation and share your love of the outdoors and preserving the environment. You will experience a sense of camaraderie as you trek through the desert, mountains and streams.

The time commitment is minimal. You can lead previous outings you have already done or pick new adventures to lead by consulting various outdoor guide books, or by receiving assistance from your local Outings Chair, yours truly.

Once every four months we will have an Outing Leaders' Planning Meeting where we will exchange ideas, discuss updates pertaining to outing leaders, and plan and schedule leading outings for hiking, biking, backpacking, camping, climbing and other outdoor activities for the next newsletter. Outing leaders are encouraged to attend and take an active part in the planning, but we all have busy lives so if you are not able to attend, you may submit your outings to me via e-mail. Just write up your description (including your contact information and the hike "level" according to Sierra Club standards). We want to keep with the Sierra Club Mission Statement so it's great if you include an educational or conservational oriented purpose in your description.

Hikes or biking can be of any distance or elevation gain. Just lead outings that you are comfortable with. You will need to choose a date approximately one to three months in advance to lead the hike. Climbing outings fall under a different set of standards, and leaders must go through an approval process from the Sierra Club Mountaineering Oversight Committee. Folks interested in becoming a Mountaineering Outing Leader should contact me directly.

Then, as your outing day approaches, people will call and/or email you (you will get the best response if both are available.) After careful screening of prospective participants to make sure that they are physically able to partake in your outing and letting them know what to bring, just make arrangements for a time and convenient meeting place. It's that easy. If you would like more information about becoming an outing leader, just call me at at 520-991-1199 or mitchstevens@qwestoffice.net.

See you in the great outdoors!

Thanks,

Mitch Stevens
Outings Chair
mitchstevens@qwestoffice.net