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SMG Fall Outlook

From: Darren S.
Sent on: Monday, October 4, 2010 6:00 PM
Hello all,
SMG is now officially one year old and what a great year this has been! We had 35 events and now total 253 members! We summited dozens of peaks and many of us made great new friends.

Along the way many of you know I have been making a transition out of guiding and teaching to a new career as an apprentice lineman. I am now doing that work full time and will be all over CA and NV for many years to come, and only available between contracts or when I come home on weekends. Going forward I am not likely to have the open schedule I did this last year. I intend to hold SMG events when available, but unfortunately I cannot say right now when that will be. :-( It is likely I might not have any available openings until winter begins.

If you are looking for a more active mountaineering group on Meetup.com may I recommend the Bay Area Mountaineering Meetup. They are a large group and climb at many of the same places we do. I also would recommend if you are interested in getting professional instruction you look up Mountain Adventure Seminars, Alpine Skills International, and Shasta Mountain Guides.

I intend to keep SMG intact for at least another calendar year to see how things shake out, but I am certain because our events will be fewer in number I will probably be doing more technical and demanding climbs, in general. As always, I am open to suggestions!

Currently I am working in San Diego and will probably be here through October. I have a new personal cell phone - give me a call any time if you need some advice or just want to chat, (916) 832-1484.

Please stay in touch and I hope to be out in the mountains with you all sometime soon.

- Darren

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