Hey Outdoor Afros!
Once again we are going to hike one of Outdoor Afro's favorite parks, but with a twist!
Remember last summer we hiked Mt. Diablo on the hottest day of the year in solidarity with the NOLS Expedition Denali Team? Well on this hike, you will get to meet two members of the historic Team: Scott Briscoe and Stephen DeBerry who will share what climbing on ice in Alaska was really like, and answer your questions!
For those who don't know, in the summer of 2013 the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) brought together a group of inspiring role models who made history as the first team of African Americans to blaze a trail up America’s highest peak—Denali.To mark the 100th anniversary of the peak’s first ascent, Expedition Denali set out to change the face of the mountain.
Though the summit was a goal, the ultimate objective was not just to make mountaineering history, but to build a legacy by paving a way for young people of color to get outside, get active, get healthy, become passionate about America’s wild places, and chase their own Denali-sized dreams.
Check out their video here: http://vimeo.com/84572192
Before our hike, Stephen and Scott will do a 30-minute talk to answer questions, and share their amazing experience and the gear that made the differnce then join us for the redwood hike!
About the Hike
Folks who'd like to take part in the hike should plan to meet at the Chabot Science Center parking lot (see directions below) NO LATER THAN 9:00 am. For those of you who have been to our annual summer barbecue, this is the same route- which is beautiful every time you hike it.
As with all of our hikes, we encourage anyone with a positive attitude and good knowledge of their physical abilities to join. The trip leader will be keeping a steady pace and we will have a leader at the back of the group to make sure everyone stays on route. Alternatively, if you're an expert or speed hiker, we encourage you to study the map below before going ahead of the group leader.
The hike is just under 4 miles and should take around 2 hours, depending on our group size. The trail is not paved and there are parts of the path that are rocky and uneven, so you'll want shoes with good ankle support. For most of the hike we'll be under the cool shady redwood trees however, there are flat sunny parts, where you will need suntan lotion/visor and lots of water.
In the first part of the hike, we will be steeply descending, about 500 feet down, and then we will make a steady and steep climb back to the redwood bowl staging area.
What to Bring
Reusable Water Bottle
KEEN Shoes and REI are our official Outdoor Afro Outdoor Retailers, in that they support the mission of Outdoor Afro and outfit all of our trip leaders. We are grateful for their partnership and encourage our participants to visit your local REI store (we have two in the Bay, one in SF and one in North Berkeley) for great and visit KEENfootwear.com for a great selection of shoes.
The map below shows our route in red:
We will start on the west ridge trail and then descend down the fern trail.From there we will take the stream trail to the starflower trail. Finally we will take the Madrone trail back to the redwood bowl staging area for lunch.
After the hike, we will rest and break bread in the Redwood Bowl Staging Area.
Let's plan on meeting in Chabot Space and Science Center parking lot no later than 9:00 am. PLEASE NOTE:Cell phone service is spotty up there, so be sure to write down directions before you head out.
Please bring a signed copy of the Outdoor Afro trip waiver:
Hope to see you there!