• Thanksgiving Big Bend Trip  Chisos Campground
    Thanksgiving Big Bend Trip Chisos Campground Known for the special appeal of the mountains, desert, and river country that makes up the Big Bend, this is one of the largest and most remote national parks in the country. We have planned hikes to many of the park's best features. The South Rim hike is widely considered to be the best hike in Texas! The Chisos Campsite, arguably the best hikers campsite is central to great trailheads. We will have a maximum of 10 people located in the beautiful, rugged mountains in the Chisos basin (5400 feet elevation). There are several hikes we can take directly from our campsite. The restrooms and potable water spigots are very close by. We will make at least one van trip to the showers at Rio Grande Village. PRICE: $330 Sierra Club member, $360 non-member. Join the Sierra Club (https://sierra.secure.force.com/donate/rc_connect__campaign_designform?id=701310000008mUK) and save! The price includes transportation, park entrance fee, camping fees, guided hikes, and most meals (4 dinners, 3 lunches, 4 breakfasts) with vegan options. Getting There - We ll travel to Big Bend in rented, late model vans. Please restrict your gear to one large duffel bag and a day pack. We ll leave Austin early Wednesday morning to set up our tents before dark. It's about 500 miles, 10 hours, to the park including stops. Detailed plans will be shared at the pre-trip meeting (Date TBD). HIKING: Each day we will have a selection of several hikes ranging from 3 to 13 miles, rated Easy to Strenuous. CAMPING / MEALS: The Chisos Group Campground is close to the restrooms with cold running water, sinks, flush toilets, and electrical outlets. Hot showers and internet are available at the Rio Grande camp store. We'll visit the showers at least once during the trip. Bring quarters for the $2.00 showers. Breakfast and dinner are prepared as group meals by trip participants and leaders. Everyone signs up for three kitchen crew assignments. Each person prepares personal lunch from the group lunch supplies. Breakfast and dinner will be warm, nutritious and tasty. We accommodate most diets. Vegan friendly. BORDER PATROL CHECK: Big Bend National Park is inside the United States but it is very close to the border with Mexico. As a result, when we return for Austin we will go through a border control checkpoint. This is a minimal stop, however it is necessary for those on this trip who are not U.S. citizens to bring your passport, visa, green card, as if to legally re-enter the United States. REGISTRATION: RSVP ON MEETUP DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SPOT. To register: 1) RSVP Yes on Meetup, which will prompt you for a pre-trip screening questionnaire. For your own safety and the group's well-being, you must meet certain health and physical fitness requirements to be eligible to participate. 2) Download and print the Sierra Club Medical Form (http://files.meetup.com/1589422/Sierra Club medical form 2013.pdf) and Individual Liability Waiver (http://content.sierraclub.org/outings/sites/content.sierraclub.org.outings/files/forms/local-outings-individual_waiver.pdf), and complete in full. You may return it via email attachment to: [masked] or mail the forms to Clarence Rumancik, 1304 Morgan Ln. Austin, 78704. 3) Pay trip fee - either by check mailed to the address above, or using the Sierra Club website Paypal link by clicking on "Donate": http://www.sierraclub.org/texas/austin/donate 4) We will ensure your forms contain all the required information, your fee has been received, and inform you, by email, when you are officially registered for the trip. Congratulations! If registration has not been completed within 10 days of RSVP, the RSVP will be removed. REFUND POLICY: * 100% will be refundable if cancelled before November 1 at 8:00 am CST * 60% will be refundable if cancelled after November 1 but before November 17 at 8:00 am CST * No refunds for cancellations made after Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 am CST

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    Chisos Basin Campground

    Window View Dr. · Big Bend National Park, TX

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  • Morning Hikes in Barton Creek Greenbelt
    Barton Creek Greenbelt has scenic beauty in every season. This hike is for experienced hikers who already have very good conditioning and balance, and who enjoy trails with rocky, uneven terrain. If you like pushing your boundaries, join us. Bring water! MONDAY and WEDNESDAY hikes have some hills, are about 2-2.5 hours at a brisk pace, 5-6 miles long, with a mid-hike break and pauses for scenery. FRIDAY is for experienced hikers who already have done several longer distance, fast hikes, e.g., 8 miles in 3 hours or less. DO NOT sign up if you are not at this level, or have to be done early. We will hike 7-13 miles, distance limited by weather and amount of climbing, longer if these aren't present. Think of a hot, humid, hilly, 7 miles for 2.5 hours in August, or a cool, fast, 10 miles in October, 4+ hours counting lunch at Tacodeli and hiking back. Please leave your dog(s) at home. ALL hikers must sign a liability release/waiver at the trailhead. RSVP only if you will definitely attend. Attendance will be tracked, and habitual no-shows will be removed from future events. We enjoy the peace of nature and chances to see wildlife, so leave loud voices at home. The Sierra Club appreciates donations to fund its administrative and outreach programs. For more info about the Austin Sierra Club and to join the club (in addition to the Meetup group), visit our website at: http://sierraclub.org/texas/austin Hope to see you there - happy trails! :)

    Travis Country Private Residence

    4404 Travis Country Circle, Austin TX 78735 · Austin, TX

  • Opt Out for Black Friday: Take a Hike at Walnut Creek!
    Beat the commercialism of the day after Thanksgiving by coming out to Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park for a hike. We'll see some areas where habitat restoration work is making a difference, but we'll also cross Walnut Creek to see a few interesting natural features. You might be amazed by the number of different ecosystems we encounter along the way. There will be a fair amount of ascent and descent, uneven terrain, and perhaps even a few water crossings—nothing above our ankles, but wear shoes that you wouldn't mind getting wet. Pace will be easy - this is not an aerobic exercise. It will be a hike to see what we see, share what we recognize, learn a bit about nature, and get to know one another. When we're done, let's pick a local spot for lunch—Chinese? Vietnamese? Greek? Croatian? A coffeehouse? We have many options. (The event officially ends in the park; lunch is optional.)

    Walnut Creek Park: At the entrance to the paved trail

    WCMP Trailhead, North Walnut Creek Trail · Austin, TX

  • 360 Walk on the Wild Side
    This 8 1/4 mile out-and-back 3 1/4-hour exploring hike starts at 360 Access Trailhead and follows a less-used Barton Greenbelt trail to Twin and Sculpture Falls and beyond. This week's hike will be rigorous and fast (3 mph). "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by. " This is one of my favorite hikes. It is challenging, but not dangerous; mysterious yet approachable. Be on time. We will leave promptly at 8:05 am. This is for a small group of fun people (who like to hike). This is for experienced hikers who already have good conditioning and balance, and who enjoy trails with rocky, uneven terrain. Wear hiking shoes. Bring water, a snack, and your camera. No dogs or koalas please. RSVP only if you will definitely attend. Attendance will be tracked, and habitual no-shows will be removed from future events. Bring at least 2 liters of water to survive the summer heat. Notes on how to find: Turn at the light into what appears to be an office complex. Make an immediate left on entering and go straight into a gravel parking lot with the distinct green Austin Parks and Recreation sign "Barton Creek Green Belt" . The sign and parking are in the left front corner of the property. Remember, just turn at that light! There’s overflow parking in the office park on weekends. Don't leave visible valuables in your car, lock everything in your trunk. Here is a map: http://austinparks.org/parks/barton-creek-greenbelt-east-loop-360-access/ All hikers must sign a liability release/waiver at the trailhead. This hike is cross-posted and will have 10 other hikers. ### Please consider becoming a member of the Sierra Club if you are not already. Membership isn't necessary to join our outings but it's highly encouraged. http://www.sierraclub.org/texas/austin

    Barton Creek Greenbelt East (Loop 360 Access)

    3755-B Capital of Texas Hwy., 78704 · Austin, TX

  • Get Out Saturday: Plant Saplings and Seeds at Walnut Creek Metro Park
    Want to help plant 80 red oak saplings, a bunch of scarlet buckeye seeds, and various other native plants and seeds to establish a more nearly native landscape? Come help build the understory and seed bank in areas that are being restored in Austin's Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. We will be in areas where the highly invasive ligustrums have been girdled recently or will be girdled soon. At first, the ligustrums will protect these saplings and seedlings from to much sun. As the leaves of the dying ligustrums fall, these well-established native plants will grow more vigorously and establish a new native forest. We will be planting in at least two different places, so we will be doing a little bit of hiking, too. The trails are uneven, and we will be going off the trails to do our work—so be ready to avoid poison ivy, traverse sloping ground, and negotiate your way around the more-than-occasional greenbrier. I will have digging tools and gloves, but if you have your own favorites, go ahead and bring them. Bring water to drink, dress for the weather, and be ready to have a good time. Our work will be in the off-leash area of the park. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. If you bring yours, be prepared to pick "it" up and pack it out.

    Kiosk, Pool Lot Trailhead of Mountain Bike Trail, Walnut Creek Metro Park

    · Austin

  • Bull Creek Bouldering - Beginner / Intermediate (V0-V4)
    The Austin Parks Foundation says this, “Bull Creek Foundation has 32 square miles of ecologically unique terrain to tend and protect. Bull Creek watershed includes limestone seeps, springs, and waterways; scenic cliffs and waterfalls; interesting archaeological and cultural features and more.” One of the lesser used aspects of this park is the bouldering that is available. It’s considered one of the best places in Austin for bouldering. If you’re interested in finding out more about this (and other bouldering areas in Texas) then check out “Texas Limestone Bouldering” by Jeff Jackson (ISBN[masked] $24.95). We’ll be working on the simpler problems at the Frontside Boulders. Just downstream there are more problems at Fringe Boulders as well as climbing at Library Wall. Image Source: Google Maps (P - Parking B - Bouldering) From N. 183 and Loop 360 (Capital of Texas Highway) you will head S. on 360. A the light for Lakewood Dr. you will turn L. onto Lakewood. Don’t stop at the first parking spot on the L. Proceed through the curve to the main park entrance with the restrooms. There are two parking places here, the main parking area and a smaller one on the other side of the bridge across Bull Creek. You want to end up at the smaller parking across the creek from the main park lot and restrooms. Required Equipment: Climbing shoes are pretty much required, you’ll need to provide those yourself. I’m not aware of anyone who rents shoes outside of the gym. I have a crash pad and chalk. Loose clothing and water are about all else you’ll need. If you don't have climbing shoes you are certainly welcome to use other shoes or even barefoot. You will definitely get more out of your time if you have the right equipment however. Kids and dogs are ok. You'll want to make sure you have a leash for your dog to restrain them while you're climbing (and to keep them out of other peoples equipment and snacks - a perennial complaint in the climbing community). Image Source: Texas Mountaineers

    Bull Creek District Park

    6701 Lakewood Drive · Austin, TX

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  • Hike Town Lake
    This is a fun and easy four-mile hike around Lady Bird Lake via 1st Street, taking about one and 1/4 hours. Be on-time. We will leave promptly at 11:05 am. This is for fun people who like to hike. We will walk fast enough for conditioning, but slow enough to enjoy the view. This hike will be held every weekend rain or shine, hot or cold. If wet, bring your umbrella and windbreaker. Parking is available under Mopac, north and south of the river. Dogs on leash are welcome. If you are late, you probably can catch us by going clockwise on the trail (go left and follow the lake). Notes on how to find: Meet at the map and the rock under the Mopac bridge@Town Lake near Austin High. Picture above (meet at the arrow) Here’s a map of the trail: http://thetrailfoundation.org/associations/4559/files/TTF%20Map.pdf All hikers must sign a liability release/waiver at the trailhead. This hike is cross-posted and will have 10 other hikers. ### Please consider becoming a member of the Sierra Club if you are not already. Membership isn't necessary to join our outings but it's highly encouraged. http://www.sierraclub.org/texas/austin

    The Rock at the Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail

    2100 Veterans Dr · Austin, TX

  • Bull Creek hike - high and dry - 7 rugged miles
    Located in the shadow of Capital of Texas Highway Loop 360, the Bull Creek greenbelt (http://www.austintop50.com/2013/06/bull-creek-greenbelt-hike.html) is a favorite hiking destination in northwest Austin. The greenbelt surrounds a segment of Bull Creek known for its scenery, containing natural springs, waterfalls, swimming holes, and towering limestone bluffs. Today's hike will be a complete loop (7 miles on rocky terrain), with a goal to keep dry by bypassing the creek crossings. (Some may choose to go straight thru the water to save a few minutes.) The route will take us high into the bluffs and make use of neighborhood streets to complete the loop without drama. Hikers should be able to climb 50 flights of stairs without difficulty, traverse a 4-foot boulder, and should not have an irrational fear of heights, although the route is not dangerous. No pets please. We'll take a break near the 4-mile mark, with water and restrooms. Typically we gather for food and drink afterwards. If not already a member, consider joining the Sierra Club (not just the Meetup group) and help us protect the environment http://sierraclub.org/texas/austin

    Bull Creek Greenbelt

    5300 Old Spicewood Springs Rd · Austin, TX

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  • Morning Hikes in Barton Creek Greenbelt
    Barton Creek Greenbelt has scenic beauty in every season. This hike is for experienced hikers who already have very good conditioning and balance, and who enjoy trails with rocky, uneven terrain. If you like pushing your boundaries, join us. Bring water! MONDAY and WEDNESDAY hikes have some hills, are about 2-2.5 hours at a brisk pace, 5-6 miles long, with a mid-hike break and pauses for scenery. FRIDAY is for experienced hikers who already have done several longer distance, fast hikes, e.g., 8 miles in 3 hours or less. DO NOT sign up if you are not at this level, or have to be done early. We will hike 7-13 miles, distance limited by weather and amount of climbing, longer if these aren't present. Think of a hot, humid, hilly, 7 miles for 2.5 hours in August, or a cool, fast, 10 miles in October, 4+ hours counting lunch at Tacodeli and hiking back. Please leave your dog(s) at home. ALL hikers must sign a liability release/waiver at the trailhead. RSVP only if you will definitely attend. Attendance will be tracked, and habitual no-shows will be removed from future events. We enjoy the peace of nature and chances to see wildlife, so leave loud voices at home. The Sierra Club appreciates donations to fund its administrative and outreach programs. For more info about the Austin Sierra Club and to join the club (in addition to the Meetup group), visit our website at: http://sierraclub.org/texas/austin Hope to see you there - happy trails! :)

    Travis Country Private Residence

    4404 Travis Country Circle, Austin TX 78735 · Austin, TX

  • UT Professor's presentation on Climate Change's effects on Ocean Chemistry
    **This event was mistakenly posted a month earlier. It's actual time is November 27th. Hope to see you there! Professor David Trossman of the University of Texas will be giving a 30 minute talk on how the chemistry throughout the ocean has changed due to human activity. Afterwards feel free to stay for a monthly Sierra Club Climate Change Committee meeting. Ocean chemistry may seem like an abstract concept, like space junk or exoplanets. We can’t sense it without an instrument. We can't even perceive its subtle changes by getting in the water. But a straight line can be drawn from the problem that is causing the world to get warmer (namely, human emissions) to ocean chemistry changes. Humans have essentially carbonated and heated up the ocean by releasing incredible amounts of carbon dioxide, which has led the ocean to become more acidic and lose oxygen. The ocean's extra acidity matters to many marine organisms that form shells made up particular minerals because those minerals dissolve more quickly in increasingly acidic waters. The ocean's loss of oxygen matters to fish. There's only one way to stop the ocean from changing even more: humans need to stop emitting greenhouse gases. If we don't, fish may not be the only organisms on this planet that will need to migrate due to environmental changes. David Trossman Website - https://sites.google.com/site/davidtrossman/ American Geophysical Union Voices For Science Project - https://www.ices.utexas.edu/about/news/517/ University of Texas Computational Research in Ice and Ocean Systems Group (ICES) - https://www.ices.utexas.edu/research/centers-groups/crios/

    Lone Star Sierra Club Offices

    6406 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road · Austin, tx