L.A. XMAS BY NIGHT
Midnight Hike to Help the Homeless @ Downtown L.A.
For 31 years, legendary Sierra Club leaders Stag Brown, Bobcat Thompson and Joe Young have led an overnight hike through the Skid Row of Downtown Los Angeles, proving their hearts are as big as their cardiovascular capacity. We will be donating clean clothing, personal hygiene items, food, and whatever your backpack can carry.
... This is truly an "Urban Hike" as we put on our backpacks and hiking boots to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Dress warmly and wear good walking shoes.
We'll meet just before midnight Saturday night at the Chinatown Metro Gold Line station. The route is about 6 miles round trip, as we seek out citizens in need. The event culminates around 4 AM with the traditional breakfast at the Original Pantry.
Mr. Stag Brown created this annual tradition years ago. For more than 20 years, he has been in charge of the Wednesday night Griffith Park hikes. He also leads hikes for the Hundred Peaks Section. Stag is listed in the Honor Roll of Great Leaders of the Angeles Chapter, alongside his friends Bob "Cat" Thompson and Joe Young.
Everyone is welcome to participate in this hike, mature teenagers included.
WHERE TO MEET: At the Chinatown Gold Line Station--on Alameda and College Street in Chinatown. Look for the Long-haired Asian dude.
901 N. Spring St.
(North Spring Street at College Street)
This is the only Metro Gold Line station located on a freestanding aboveground structure. The station allows easy access to Chinatown shopping, dining and places of employment.
BRING: $ for breakfast. More importantly bring something to donate.
ACCEPTABLE ITEMS FOR DONATION:
CLEAN CLOTHES: t-shirts, sweaters, socks, warm hats, gloves, etc.
FOOD ITEMS: sandwiches, cookies, apples, cup o'noodles, juice boxes, think non-perishables. NO CANNED FOODS (they're too heavy)!
PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS: toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, roll on, hand sanitizer
MISCELLANEOUS: blankets, tote bags, duffel bags, bookbags, daypacks
Email me at [masked] if you have any questions about donation items, or anything else.
HELPFUL HINTS: Wear layers and dress for the weather. You don't need to wear your fanciest hiking gear, just dress to stay warm. Sturdy shoes recommended. Bring WATER to stay hydrated. Bring the biggest backpack you can safely handle. Bring goods to donate. Bring $ for breakfast, possibly parking.
PARKING: At the Metro lot. I will email info to participants.
Please join us with an open mind, an open heart, and a little streetwise self-confidence, as we seek to make this holiday season a little brighter for the people of Skid Row.
SIERRA CLUB Leaders: Stag Brown, Bob Thompson, Joe Young
MeetUp Event Organizer: Peter Gaspar
Sierra Club link:
I did this before and I left early with others before 2 AM. You don't have to stay until 4 AM! You'll be walking with hundreds of others. It is with the Sierra Club.
You can bring something if you want--you don't have to. There will be a lot of donated stuff to give them.