What we're about

This hiking group is for people who like to undertake challenging hikes and climbs in and around the Coachella Valley, as well as all of Southern California and the Sierras. We hike Mt. San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Baldy and Mt. Shasta, just to name a few. Our hikes range from approximately 10-20 miles and may gain at least 2000 feet to over 10,000 feet of elevation. Our hikes are moderate to very strenuous. Some of our hikes include Skyline, Cactus to Clouds, Vivian Creek, South Fork and routes on Baldy. We also do a good bit of mountaineering and go to the summits of San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Mt. Baldy and Mt. Shasta in the snow or ice using crampons, ice axes and full on winter gear. In addition, there are many desert hikes that we do in the winter, such as Jo Pond and the Guadalupe to Sugarloaf, as well as Painted Canyon in Mecca and many trails in Joshua Tree National Park. Our hikes typically last at least 6-15 hours and require preparation and care. Join this group if you love the outdoors, adventure, challenging hikes or climbs, intense workouts in nature, unpredictable weather and wonderful camaraderie with other like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. We also welcome hike organizers, so if you are interested in leading your favorite hikes, we would love to have you join our leadership team.

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Climb Mt. Shasta. ( 1 day climb/backpack )

300 N. Mt Shasta Bl

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE WRITE-UP, PRIOR TO SIGNING UP. This will be 4th annual trek to Mt. Shasta and my second time posting this event. . Majestic and solitary, Mt Shasta is the undisputed monarch of No.Calif. Its the 2nd highest peak, in the Cascade mountain range. That title goes to Mt Rainier. The Plan. Lets meet at Bunny Flat TH ( elev 6950 ft ) on Saturday morning, 0830, Go over some info. From there we ascend via Avalanche Gulch, to base camp at Helen lake, perched at 10,400 ft. Upon arriving at Helen lake, we will set up camp. It will be crowded. After setting up camp, we will melt snow and more snow, eat dinner then hit the hay early, as we will be getting an alpine start, on Sunday 0200. Have everything ready to go, the night before. On Sunday morning we head up Avalanche Gulch. This is the most popular route to the peak. We will take several short breaks, as we ascend. Keep hydrated and nourished, as this is a demanding trek. Upon arriving on the summit of Mt. Shasta ( elev. 14,179 ft ) , we will eat, sign the register, take pictures and then head back down. After arriving back at camp, you can either stay another night or head down. That will be your call. It should be noted, that there are no guarantees, that we summit. Our goal is to summit. However, things do happen. Avalanche Gulch, isn't technical by mountaineering standards. However, you do need to have crampons, ice axe and helmets. And have the training on how to use these implements of mountaineering. Like how to self arrest, using an ice axe. There is also a good possibility, we will be glissading. Again, self arrest will be needed. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL GUIDE OR INSTRUCTOR, I WILL NOT TEACH YOU, Im a fellow trekker, who is just organizing this event. Also, if you have to ask about what kind of gear is needed or you don't have the basic mountaineering skills needed for this trip, then this isn't for you. Please do not show up with just the, ambiguous southern Calif crampons, aka, micro spikes. They are dangerous and you will not be allowed. I keep the number of participants down, this is for safety reasons. We will stay together as a team, for the camaraderie and safety. If your conditioned and have the training and would like to join. Answer the RSVP questions that pop up. If I'm comfortable in your ability, I'll add you. Also, if you would like to attend, you should start serious training. Avalanche Gulch, is not an easy climb. Gear list. Clothing: Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom. Insulating, Weather resident mid layer, top and bottom. Wind and Waterproof hard shell layer, top and bottom. Parka, insulated, wool or synthetic. 2 pair of wool socks. Gloves, one pair must be wind and waterproof. Gaiters. Toque or balaclava or buff. Ball cap or wide brim hat. Equipment: 4 season tent. Backpack, ( big enough for all your gear ). Cookset. Sleeping bag, Winter rated, with water proof bag. 2 Sleeping pads, ( one insulated, one inflatable). 2-3 Nalgene liter bottles.*** NO BLADDER ***. Headlamp with fresh batteries. Map and compass. Sunscreen, lip balm. Small personal first aid kit. Trekking poles, with snow baskets. Camera ( opt). * Mountaineering boots, ( waterproof).* Helmet. * 10-12 point crampons, fitted to your boot. * ice axe. Shovel, ( small avalanche type ) at least 3 for the team, I have one. Extra large garbage bags. * Glacier glasses. Goggles , WagBag. Everything we pack in, we pack out. Leave No Trace. Other items I may have forgot. No plus 1s. No Dogs. Permits and wag bags are available at the TH. You will need a permit to Backpack on Mt. Shasta, this is your responsibility. Lodging is also your responsibility, I'm posting this event, early enough so you can reserve a room. This is the weekend, before Memorial Day. However, it will be crowded. The above address, is just a reference point, we will meet at the TH. AGAIN FOLKS, THERE ARE NO GURANTEES, THAT YOU/WE SUMMIT. If weather is not conducive to safe climbing, I’ll postpone this, to the following weekend ****************** WAIVER ***************** All mountaineering treks of this nature, require your attention to detail. Incidents do occure, injury and death do happen. If your uncomfortable with this waiver, then this isn't for you. Im not responsible for you. SAFTEY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, RESCUE IS NOT GUARANTEE

***SAN GORGONIO Dayhike***

Vivian Creek Trailhead

We will hike to the summit of San Gorgonio @ 11,503' via Vivian Creek trail. This is an ADVANCED event due to high elevation and a strenuous climb of 17 MILES ROUND TRIP and 5500' ELEVATION GAIN. The average pace is usually about 2mph. Please have a map and compass and know how to use them. GPS and/or MAP APPS are recommended as well. You can stay with the group if you have not traveled the route before. However, it is recommended to travel at your own pace and know the trail. We will re-group at the summit for our longest break. ***THIS IS A RECOMMENDED CONDITIONING EVENT FOR ALL BACKPACKERS REGISTERED FOR THE LANGLEY EVENT OVER THE JULY 4TH LONG WEEKEND*** Langley participants will take priority! ***NOTE*** For those that require additional acclimation. Hydrate with water/electrolytes throughout the day one to two days before the event. Be hydrated sufficiently the morning of the hike. Travel at a slower pace. Take small sips of water/electrolytes during the hike. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink water! *ADVENTURE PASS REQUIRED* *No Plus 1's* *No Dogs* ***You must have a current picture of yourself and a completed profile with hiking history*** I reserve the right to accept or deny any RSVP for the safety of the group. If you don't answer the questions you are "NOT GOING". If you do not see the questions, send me a private email. Chronic non-attenders, double-bookers or no-shows will not take priority. CHRONIC NON-ATTENDERS (individuals that sign up for events and do not actually ever attend) DOUBLE-BOOKERS (individuals that sign up for more than one event scheduled for the same date) NO-SHOWS (individuals that sign up on an event and do not show up or contact the organizer with an explanation) ***TEN ESSENTIALS ALWAYS REQUIRED*** Including MICROSPIKES (NOT YAKTRAX) and TREKKING POLE(S). I recommend a minimum of 3L of hydration. Water will be available at High Creek camp (filtration recommended). Snacks, lunch, energy requirements for your personal needs. Clothing and protective layers for a wide range of mountain temperatures and conditions (that means rain/wind gear). ***KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS By signing up YES for this hike, you acknowledge and agree that hiking can be dangerous and involve risk. You are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL HIKER OR GUIDE. This is simply an invitation to hike with me and fellow hikers. Bring a GOOD ATTITUDE because this is going to be awesome fun! *PLEASE NOTE if you DO NOT have your Meetup notifications turned ON, you will be unable to receive communication with regards to this event. "If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere" ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Fundamentals of Field Geology & Geologic Mapping Santa Cruz Island 6/24-27/19

INFORMATIONAL POSTING FOR FUNDAMENTALS OF FIELD GEOLOGY & GEOLOGIC MAPPING, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, 6/24-6/27/2019 (GEOLOGY 4770/5770) AT CSUB EXTENDED UNIVERSITY: Earn college or continuing education credits on beautiful and interesting Santa Cruz Island. You must contact CSUB Extended University for more info and to register (you cannot rsvp or waitlist here): https://extended.csub.edu/santacruz

***CHARLESTON PEAK in NEVADA***

South Loop

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE WRITE-UP PRIOR TO SIGNING UP! THIS is an ADVANCED/STRENUOUS event at high elevation. Charleston Peak @ 11,900' is considered a Sky Island in the Spring Mountains of Nevada. A beautiful mountain range with incredible views and a unique environment, including many bristlecone pines that survive above 10k on the mountain. This peak is often done as a strenuous dayhike. We will be doing it as an overnight backpack. The trip is approx. 18 miles roundtrip with 4300' of elevation gain. The plan is to backpack to the plateau/meadow 5.5mi/2500' and setup camp for the night. We will depart camp at 6am for the summit (approx. 3.5mi/1800'). Return to breakdown camp and head back to the trailhead. I will be staying at The Retreat on Mt. Charleston Friday night. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN ACCOMMODATIONS. This area is very popular during the months of June/July/August. https://retreatoncharlestonpeak.com https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234005 https://hikingguy.com/hiking-trails/las-vegas-hikes/mt-charleston-peak-hike-south-loop-trail/ DEPART 10AM from Mt. Charleston National Recreation Trail, South Loop. PLEASE VERIFY YOUR DIRECTIONS. It can be confusing to get to the correct trailhead. The parking is at the upper Cathedral Rock Picnic Area. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Trailhead+-+Mt.+Charleston+National+Recreation+Trail,+South+Loop/@36.2556614,-115.6466307,18z/data=!4m19!1m13!4m12!1m6!1m2!1s0x80c89d6d6875019b:0xadc90e2b18e03f95!2sSouth+Loop,+Mt+Charleston,+NV+89124!2m2!1d-115.6430662!2d36.2460037!1m3!2m2!1d-115.6532933!2d36.2580492!3e0!3m4!1s0x80c89d242d9326a7:0xd8fd2d8448596a46!8m2!3d36.2560299!4d-115.6453957!5m1!1e4 Due to exposure and temperamental weather on this mountain, it is a difficult event to schedule! Let's hope for the best! ***8 BACKPACKERS ONLY*** NO PLUS 1'S or Guests & NO DOGS*** ANSWER THE QUESTIONS upon RSVP. If you don't see the questions, send me a private message. You must have a completed profile with a picture of yourself and hiking history. Chronic non-attenders, double-bookers and no-shows WILL NOT GET PRIORITY. The TEN ESSENTIALS are ALWAYS REQUIRED! You must provide all of your own camping, backpacking, hiking, survival and safety gear. There are no bears in this wilderness, however food safety against rodents and foxes must be practiced. BE PREPARED FOR CHANGING TEMPERATURES AND CLIMATE. Snow/ice does remain year around on the summit, this year has more snow than usual. WATER FILTERS are recommended! MICROSPIKES AND TREKKING POLES are recommended! *KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS* By signing up YES for this hike, you acknowledge and agree that hiking can be dangerous and involve risk. You are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL HIKER OR GUIDE. This is simply an invitation to hike with me and fellow hikers. KNOW YOUR ABILITY BEFORE SIGNING UP. I reserve the right to accept/deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. SEVERE WEATHER/UNSAFE CONDITIONS MAY CANCEL THIS EVENT. "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us." Anonymous

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