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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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Los Angeles - Technical Canyoneering Course (ACE-L1)

Stoney Point Park

!! We are finally allowed and ready for some activity: our courses take place outdoors in the sun, there is little-to-no physical contact, our courses max at 8 students +2 instructors, and we wear rappelling gloves! Come outside with us, bring your mask, stay physically out-of-range, but let's get socially reconnected !! Learn Canyoneering from America's premier Canyoneering Instruction, Events & Community organization: Uber Adventures. Tuition for this comprehensive 2-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! You can pay the $100 deposit to hold your spot on our website, where you will also find a full description of this course, and a full calendar of our series of courses and locations: http://uberadventures.net/courses. 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! 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 โ€” 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! We also loan out all the technical gear you'll need for this course! See a list of the TOPICS and SKILLS, Policies, and Testimonials on our website! CURRICULUM BY: 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. INSTRUCTOR: Todd Kolberg

THE WONDERS OF SOUTH AMERICA: THE AMAZON, IGUASSU FALLS AND RIO!

Let's go on an amazing South American adventure where we visit three South American countries, explore the largest rainforest in the world, see the largest waterfalls in the world, visit one of the world's most beautiful cities, and marvel at one of the Seven Wonders of the World. FOR FULL DETAILS, GO TO: https://www.1000treks.com/trips/the-south-american-wonders--the-amazon--iguassu-falls-and-rio- HIGHLIGHTS: - Visit THREE South American Countries: Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. - Explore the mighty Amazon Jungle, the biggest rainforest in the world, including three days on a river jungle cruise and four days in an authentic jungle lodge deep in the jungle! - Visit and spend the night with a tribe of Amazon Indians. - Have the chance to see a variety of unique wildlife, including several different kinds of primates, sloth, Amazonian crocodiles, even jaguars and the biggest snakes in the world, anacondas! - Go fishing for piranhas and then have piranhas for dinner (that's right!). - Swim with the beautiful, unique Amazonian freshwater pink dolphins. That's right, we will not only see them but will SWIM WITH THEM IN THE WILD! - Take a panoramic flight over the Amazon jungle (optional). - Astound yourself as you gaze at the world's largest waterfalls and one of the Seven Wonders Nature, the majestic Iguassu Falls. We will see the falls from both the Brazilian side and the Argentinian side. - Explore one of the world's most famous and beautiful cities: Rio de Janeiro. - See the statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the official Seven Wonders of the World. FOR FULL DETAILS AND TO SIGN UP, GO TO: https://www.1000treks.com/trips/the-south-american-wonders--the-amazon--iguassu-falls-and-rio-

โญ๏ธ๐ŸŒœ๐Ÿฅ‚ ๐Ÿท 8 MILE HIKE / PERSEID METEOR SHOWER / POT LUCK PARTY at MT PINOS ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿท

- 8 MILE HIKE TO MT PINOS / SAWMILL PEAK / NOMINAL ELEVATION GAIN - POT LUCK PICNIC / PERSEID METEOR SHOWER!! ( in that order - we'll do the hike... then return to the parking lot for the Pot-Luck... LAST Year we had some INCREDIBLE food happening ) there will be SEVERAL telescopes in the parking lot set up by a local astronomy club... at an elevation of 8,300 ft, no CITY LIGHTS... it should be PRIMO STAR-GAZING that evening ๐ŸŒœ RED LED HEADLAMPS STRONGLY URGED!!! GOOGLE MAPS / SMARTPHONE LINK: CLICK HERE (https://goo.gl/maps/4F5Ge9RaCyx) http://www.astro-tom.com/avac/observing_sites/mount_pinos.htm ***NO ADVENTURE PASS REQUIRED IN PARKING LOT IT WILL TAKE approx 2 hours travel time from the west side. I'm gonna take off at 10:30AM so I don't have to stress about being late. the last 45 minutes is a GORGEOUS drive!!! (people camping should get there prior to noon to find and set up a camping spot, so leave the west side around 10AM) DIRECTIONS 1. From the west side, Take the 405 Freeway north for about 19.1 miles and merge with the 5 Freeway north. 2. Continue north on the 5 Freeway for about 46.1 miles. 3. Take the Frazier Mountain Park Road exit going west toward Frazier Mountain. Watch carefully for the signs indicating the Frazier Mountain Road exit. (The exit is about 35 miles past Magic Mountain, and about 3 miles past a small town called Gorman.) 4. Continue on road for about 21 miles following the signs to Mt. Pinos. (After about 7 miles along Frazier Mountain road, the name of the road will change to Cuddy Valley road. About 4 miles past this point, the road will reach a fork. To the right is Mil Portrero Hwy, and to the left is Mt. Pinos road. Stay to the left and continue on Mt. Pinos road for another 10 miles and youโ€™ll reach the Mt. Pinos parking lot! 5. The star party will take place in the large open parking lot at the end of the road. Park along the left hand side as you drive in! (borrowed from the astronomy club) Parking and Headlights: If you drive up to Mt. Pinos on your own, please try to arrive at the star party site before the sun sets so that we donโ€™t have our headlights on as we drive in. Headlights and other bright lights ruin the night vision of the observers at the site. For this reason it is strongly recommended to use your parking lights and not to turn your headlights on when leaving the site until you are out of the parking area. There may be limited parking at the site, so that is another reason to arrive early and ensure a space. RED LED flashlights strongly encouraged!!! GOOD CARPOOLING LOCATIONS ARE THE WHOLE FOODS OFF THE 405 AND SEPULVEDA IN SHERMAN OAKS AND THE McDONALDS ON ROXFORD STREET ABOUT A MILE NORTH OF WHERE THE 405 AND THE 5 FREEWAYS INTERSECT. POTLUCK suggestion: lets go by BIRTHDAY... Jan Feb March - Veggies / Salad Apr May June - Protein July Aug Sept - Pasta / Carb Oct Nov Dec - Fruit / Desert everyone bring your own beverages, plates / glasses / utensils / napkins / CHAIRS OR BLANKETS ***if you have a specialty that doesn't fit into your category feel free to go for it, it's just a suggestion and nobody will check your ID. Somewhat surreal video of last years event... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6lHK_HJf68

๐Ÿ’šGLAMPING at MALIBU CREEK STATE PARK! AWESOME, massive, shaded, SECLUDED spot!!

โญ๏ธ GLAMPING!!! / BYOT (Bring Your Own Tent) โญ๏ธ COME 1 DAY OR 2 DAYS... MASSIVE / VERY SECLUDED SPOT with PICNIC TABLES, SINKS, OAK TREES, SHOWERS and REST ROOMS!! Friday October 2nd, 2PM till noon Sunday October 4th โœ… PAYMENT DETAILS AT BOTTOM OF PAGE โœ… ๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ PARKING LOT is big enough for 25 cars... so people should try to fit 2.5 people per car on average. ADMISSION into the park is approx $12 per car per day... ๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ If parking lot is full, there's TONS of parking in the lot, 1/4 mile from the campsite... (you can drop off your stuff in the closer parking lot, then park in the designated lot) FRONT GATE CLOSES FOR "INCOMING" VEHICLES AT 10PM POT-LUCK FOOD and LIBATIONS SMARTPHONE / GOOGLE MAPS: MAP HERE (https://goo.gl/maps/m2hDaw7qcnk) Conditions may be too dry for ANY kind of fire... bring portable burners / Jet-Boils if you need them to prepare food. short hike during the days and optional night hikes... 2 OVERNIGHTS at the campsite... OPTIONAL SHENANIGANS!!! ๐ŸŒธ HERE'S THE ITINERARY and some INFO!! ๐ŸŒธ FRIDAY we can start setting up tent as early as 2PM... or come after work and set up any time... - OR come on by Saturday; your choice!! we'll do a series of hikes over the couple of days, including a late night hike like last year, we'll have the "Fiesta-Pod" playing 80's dance music (there's a water pump near the campsite, if anyone's got a small inflatable pool, that might be cool!!) (people arriving late can stay around the campsite and do "whatever ya want") we have to be out by NOON on Sunday ******************************************************* it's around 120 yards from the parking lot to the campsite there's 6 restrooms, 6 sinks, 4 showers and 10 picnic tables CAMP FIRES DEPEND ON WEATHER CONDITIONS, but personal propane / Jet-boils are OK I got the music covered bring food for POTLUCK dinner, and breakfast bring a CHAIR / hammock bring LIGHTS / GLOWSTICKS if you got 'em!! "corn-hole game" / beach balls / and that sort of thing might be fun as well ๐Ÿ• Potluck Food Schedule is by BIRTHDAY ๐Ÿ• (these are just suggestions) Jan Feb March July - Protein Apr May June - Veggies or Salad Aug Sept Oct - Pasta or Carb Nov Dec - Fruit or Desert everyone bring your own beverages, plates / glasses / utensils / napkins ***if you have a specialty that doesn't fit into your category feel free to go for it, it's just a suggestion and nobody will check your ID. GOOGLE MAPS / SMARTPHONE LINK HERE (https://goo.gl/maps/m2hDaw7qcnk) ***no refunds after May 10 th... but you can go down the waitlist if any and find someone to buy your spot โœ… FEE IS $29 PER PERSON !! โœ… ๐Ÿ˜€ pay via PayPal: [masked] ๐Ÿ˜€ or Venmo: @HikingLA ***after signing up, you'll have 1 week to make payment... if no payment is made within the week, you'll be moved to waitlist, but will be reinstated upon payment...

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