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Our vision is to create a network of outdoors enthusiasts to share our adventures, to learn from, to have fun with, and to create life long friends. We hike in the Santa Monica Mountains. This is a non profit organization and we will be donating back to the community by having beach cleanups. Our group is also committed to protecting the special places we hike. Our new conservation effort seeks to protect threatened areas in the local mountains through fun and easy actions we can take. Have fun Hiking and hope to see you soon!

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Griffith Park Hike to Mt. Hollywood Starting Hike @7:30 pm

Merry Go Round Lot#2

This is a hike to the picnic tables on Mt. Hollywood. This is not a beginner hike but the pace is SLOW at about 2 mph. Distance is 5 miles round trip. Elevation gain 1200 feet. Duration is about 2.75 hours. Meet at the Staircase on the north end of Merry-Go-Round parking lot-2. We will leave at 7:30PM. It will take a little over an hour to get to the peak of Mt.Hollywood. We will spend 15-20 minutes enjoying the fabulous view of the city, then hike back down the same way we came up. We will be back to the parking lot by 10:15PM. The fine print: Wildlife (snakes, bobcats, mountain lions etc) seen in the park, be aware of your surroundings and stay alert at all times. Bring Along: Hiking boots and at least 1 Liter Water. Layered clothing in case it's cold. Long pants in case it's hot, to prevent being bitten by insects. Mosquito and tick spray are recommended. Flashlight. This hike is to Mt. Hollywood, about 5 miles/1200 feet. Directions From Interstate 5 North Bound Exit "Griffith Park exit" Make a right at the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp. Go about 0.7 mile to the next stop sign (4 way stop) and make a left turn. (There is a sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow) Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). From Interstate 5 South Bound Go West on Los Feliz. Make a right on Riverside Dr./Crystal Springs Dr. into Griffith Park. Go two stop signs and make a left turn. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot. From 134 Freeway: (Note, if you are not familiar with Griffith Park Drive, this is a dark single lane route. You are better off taking I5 directions) Exit Forest Lawn. (If coming from Westbound go straight, from Eastbound, Go Right). Make a left on Zoo Drive. Make a right hand turn on Griffith Park Drive. Road weaves through Griffith Park. Continue on road until you hit Crystal Springs Drive. Make a right hand turn on Crystal Springs Drive. There's no street sign at the next stop sign. Look for the sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow, follow the arrow. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot, this is Lot 1. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) which will take you to a lighted parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). Where to meet: See above. If you know the park well, it is Merry Go Round Lot #2, at the stairs on the north end of the parking lot. If you'd like a visual, here is a map. Put these coordinates in google maps for exact directions from your location:[masked],[masked]

Griffith Park Hike to Mt. Hollywood Starting Hike @7:30 pm

Merry Go Round Lot#2

This is a hike to the picnic tables on Mt. Hollywood. This is not a beginner hike but the pace is SLOW at about 2 mph. Distance is 5 miles round trip. Elevation gain 1200 feet. Duration is about 2.75 hours. Meet at the Staircase on the north end of Merry-Go-Round parking lot-2. We will leave at 7:30PM. It will take a little over an hour to get to the peak of Mt.Hollywood. We will spend 15-20 minutes enjoying the fabulous view of the city, then hike back down the same way we came up. We will be back to the parking lot by 10:15PM. The fine print: Wildlife (snakes, bobcats, mountain lions etc) seen in the park, be aware of your surroundings and stay alert at all times. Bring Along: Hiking boots and at least 1 Liter Water. Layered clothing in case it's cold. Long pants in case it's hot, to prevent being bitten by insects. Mosquito and tick spray are recommended. Flashlight. This hike is to Mt. Hollywood, about 5 miles/1200 feet. Directions From Interstate 5 North Bound Exit "Griffith Park exit" Make a right at the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp. Go about 0.7 mile to the next stop sign (4 way stop) and make a left turn. (There is a sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow) Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). From Interstate 5 South Bound Go West on Los Feliz. Make a right on Riverside Dr./Crystal Springs Dr. into Griffith Park. Go two stop signs and make a left turn. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) for a short period of time, followed by a brightly lit lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot. From 134 Freeway: (Note, if you are not familiar with Griffith Park Drive, this is a dark single lane route. You are better off taking I5 directions) Exit Forest Lawn. (If coming from Westbound go straight, from Eastbound, Go Right). Make a left on Zoo Drive. Make a right hand turn on Griffith Park Drive. Road weaves through Griffith Park. Continue on road until you hit Crystal Springs Drive. Make a right hand turn on Crystal Springs Drive. There's no street sign at the next stop sign. Look for the sign in the median stating "Merry-Go-Round Parking" with an arrow, follow the arrow. Continue up the road. The road forces you to make a sharp right hand turn into a parking lot, this is Lot 1. Go through the parking lot. You'll hit a small dark road (it's lit if it's daylight savings time) which will take you to a lighted parking lot. We will meet at the far end of this lighted parking lot (parking lot 2). Where to meet: See above. If you know the park well, it is Merry Go Round Lot #2, at the stairs on the north end of the parking lot. If you'd like a visual, here is a map. Put these coordinates in google maps for exact directions from your location:[masked],[masked]

Los Angeles - Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1) + Monday Canyon!

Learn Canyoneering from America's premier Canyoneering Instruction, Events & Community organization: Uber Adventures. Tuition for this comprehensive 3-day course is only $395 and includes loaner technical gear, all instruction, a 10% discount on any purchased gear from our online store, and a Certificate of Completion! And, as a courtesy to our students, you are invited to join us in descending a local canyon on the day following this course where you can put your newly acquired skills to immediate use! **This course is cross-posted in several places .. just because you see no sign-ups here, doesn't mean that nobody else is signed-up!** You can pay the $100 deposit to hold your spot on our website, where you will also find a full description of this course, a full calendar of our series of courses and locations, an online store for all your canyoneering gear needs, and a list of the festivals we host: http://uberadventures.net. In addition to our official site, we also host the most active canyoneering Meetup groups, with the best-trained canyoneers in the country! http://www.meetup.com/canyoneering ...and others! Sooo ..... What is Canyoneering? Canyoneering is an emerging adventure sport which has grown significantly in popularity over the past decade. This exciting sport combines hiking, wading, swimming, jumping, sliding, boulder-hopping, scrambling, down-climbing, sometimes packrafting and always rappelling — often over waterfalls! Physically, it takes significantly less upper body strength than rock climbing, and is therefore a sport that can be enjoyed by a much larger spectrum of the population .. young or mature .. tall or short .. large or small. If you can hike, you can canyoneer! This sport has unique risks and requires a very specific set of technical skills to enjoy it safely. Rock-climbing, caving, mountaineering and swift water training teach related skills, but Canyoneering has become highly specialized. Our basic course gets you from "That looks cool!" ... to "Woohoo!" in 3 days! Check out these Vimeos and see why we are hooked on the sport! https://vimeo.com/148696696 https://vimeo.com/104538804 Prerequisite: None! This Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1) is a beginner to intermediate course which teaches the skills necessary to safely descend canyons as part of a group (being a competent participant and the knowledge to recognize and implement safe canyon practices). This course is designed to quickly get the beginner up-to-speed on basics, to give both the rookie and intermediate canyoneer new tools for his/her toolbox, and will help intermediate canyoneers refine their current skill set! See a list of the TOPICS and SKILLS, Policies, and Testimonials on our website! Instructor: Klaus Gerhart - ACE Master Instructor/L5 Certified Guide, Certified Tactical Rappel Master, Wilderness First Responder, Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Whitewater Rescue Technician, Technical Rope Rescue Technician, Basic Mountaineering Instructor, Map & Compass Navigation Instructor and a Master Educator for Leave No Trace wilderness ethics.

AUSTRALIA: THE ADVENTURE DOWN UNDER

Australia, Multiple Locations

This is not a scuba-only trip, but we are going to The Great Barrier Reef and will be diving, so I'm sharing it here too. Location: Australia- Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Brisbane, Australian Outback. Dates: March 9-24, 2019 It's OK to RSVP without a deposit. A deposit guarantees your spot. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE: https://www.1000treks.com/trips/australia--the-adventure-down-under People have been asking for this one for a long time. Let’s go on an one-of-a-kind adventure to one of the most beautiful and exciting countries in the world: the land down under, Australia. As always we have gone out of our way to create a fast-paced amazing itinerary in which we will do tons of exciting activities and visit tons of amazing and exciting places. We will do the regular touristy things that everyone has to do when they go to Australia, but as always, we’ll take things to another level by doing some amazing adventurous and unique stuff. In this two-week trip we will: - Visit some of Australia’s major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. - Visit a tropical rainforest. - Get introduced to the Aboriginal culture, the oldest living culture in the world, dating back 40,000 years! - Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef in the world. - Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef! This is a must for any scuba diver, but you will be able to do it even if you have never scuba dived before! - Visit the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands: https://tinyurl.com/whitsunday-1000treks - Sail on a racing yacht. - Visit the beautiful Fraser Island and go on a two-day 4x4 adventure where you can drive your own 4x4 through the sandy beaches of the biggest sand island in the world. - Kayak with dolphins. - Drive the Great Ocean Road where we will see Loch Ard Gorge, Apollo Bay, The twelve apostles and Port Campbell. - Visit the Australian Outback where we will see the famous Uluru (Ayers Rock) and do a full hike around it. In case you have been living under a rock (no pun intended) and don't know what Uluru is, this is Uluru: https://tinyurl.com/uluru-1000treks - Take a helicopter flight over Uluru (optional), one of the most amazing experiences you will ever have! - Have the chance to skydive over Uluru! That’s right: do a safe tandem jump- attached to a professional skydiver- over Uluru! And more! Those were just some of the highlights. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE: https://www.1000treks.com/trips/australia--the-adventure-down-under

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