Hike and Meet the Expedition Denali Team in Oakland's Redwood Regional Park!

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.

Difficulty Level

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

Comfortable footwear

Bag Lunch

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.

 

Route

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.

 

Directions

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.


Waiver

Please bring a signed copy of the Outdoor Afro trip waiver: 

http://files.meetup.com/2045381/REQUIRED%20Outdoor%20Afro%20Trip%20Waiver.pdf 



Hope to see you there!

 

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  • Lisa de G.

    This was close to home and a good hike to let me know my fitness level. All I can say is that it was great going down and now I know where I can go to really get myself in shape for future hikes. I really admire the patience of Rue who waited with me on whenever I stopped to rest on the way up allowing me to go at my own pace. " Thanks Rue"!
    It was wonderful meeting members of the Denali team and hearing stories from their adventure. Wow! What brave and courageous people. So inspiring. Loved learning about NOLS. Now it's clearer than ever that mountain climbing is not for this black woman. Especially snowy mountains. We hiked in a beautiful area of the park where the trails, despite the rains were still quite user friendly and we got to see a lady bug fest in the forest. Wild! Thousands of lady bugs all collected in one part of the woods on fallen tree limbs.

    1 · March 2, 2014

    • Rue M.

      You were amazing! Great job!

      March 4, 2014

  • Rory

    The hike was great challenge and hearing the stories from the Denali Team was fabulous. And we lucked out with no rain.

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Terrye M.

    It was a great hike, good weather. The guest speakers were really informative and I appreciate them sharing their experiences with the group.

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • A. C.

    Great hike! Even better people!

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Velma

    Oh shoot! I forgot about this! Have fun!

    March 1, 2014

  • Rue M.

    We are enjoying the presentation now!

    March 1, 2014

  • Cliff S.

    I'm among the early birds.

    1 · March 1, 2014

  • Ramona

    I apologize for the late cancellation but I am not feeling well.

    March 1, 2014

  • heyab t.

    Is this particular event full, or is the waiting list button for something else?

    February 28, 2014

    • Rue M.

      We are full on sign-ups, but if you really want to come - come!

      February 28, 2014

  • Rue M.

    Hey Folks!

    We have been watching the weather carefully, and double checking for trail closures...and I am happy to report that YES, we are still ON for tomorrow morning!

    According to NOAA, we expect a 30% chance of rain Saturday. Click here for up-to-the minute info:

    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Oakland&state=CA&site=MTR&lat=37.7858&lon=-122.123

    To help make your experience fun, and most comfortable, please make sure to bring the following:

    Sturdy shoes with good tread
    Good fitting non-cotton socks
    Clothing layers to keep you dry you can remove easily on the trail as you warm up
    Hat
    Snacks
    Water
    Small pack

    Your WAIVER (click and print): http://files.meetup.com/2045381/REQUIRED%20Outdoor%20Afro%20Trip%20Waiver.pdf See you tomorrow!!!

    Rue

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • Scott B.

    Well said Rue. Expedition Denali will be there rain or shine! We are looking forward to it.

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • Rue M.

    Hey Folks - just a heads-up that we will hike rain or shine! There is no such thing as bad weather just bad gear! So now is the time to make sure you have good shoes and layers to keep you warm and dry on Saturday! Let me know if you need any gear suggestions, or head to our local REI and you'll be in the hands of experts!

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • Rue M.

    Hey Outdoor Afros - here is a great article written by a friend of ours about the Expedition Denali journey! Enjoy:

    http://joytripproject.com/2014/from-the-mountaintop-expedition-denalis-epic-journey/

    1 · February 24, 2014

  • Pamela D.

    Sorry can't make this event, look forward to the next one.

    February 24, 2014

  • Jenny M.

    I'm really excited about this hike. If you're interested, the same two Expedition Denali climbers (Stephen DeBerry, Scott Briscoe) are speaking at REI in North Berkeley tonight, Feb 20, 7-8:30 PM: http://www.rei.com/event/54995/session/84017

    1 · February 20, 2014

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