May 2014 Outings Schedule
All area codes are 775 unless otherwise noted.

May 1 (Thursday) 5:30 P.M.
Moderate Evening Conditioning Hike
. Join us for evening conditioning hikes of 3-5 miles at a moderate pace, with elevation gain 750-1000 ft. Discover trails and learn about nature and geology in and around the Truckee Meadows. Trail information, including if dogs are allowed, will be posted on the meet up site: www.meetup.com/Sierraclub-hiking-Reno/events/calendar/ DOK. Leader: Yvonne Jerome Co-Leader: David VonSeggern Easy.

May 3 (Saturday) 9:30 a.m.
Historic Hike in Virginia City Area
. Join us on a round-about hike from the Virginia City Cemetery, into 6 Mile Canyon, and around to the east side of the city. This outing will be about 7 miles and has around 1,000 feet of gain. Trail shoes recommended and plenty of water. We will have lunch with a view of Sun Mountain and see some rarely visited gravesides (far from the cemetery). Leashes needed for dogs around mineshaft areas and in the town as we walk up Main Street to get back to our cars. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (775-331-7488). Co-Leader: Jim Call (775-420-6363). Moderate.

May 3 (Saturday) 8:00 A.M.
Historic Virginia City/McClellan Peak Flume Hike
. See how water was transported from the Carson Range to Virginia City via a circa 1870 wooden box flume! This hike is about 10 miles with less than 800' of gain. Some of the hike is off trail with a steep but short descent. A high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle is necessary, with the possibility of a ride share. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderate.

May 4 (Sunday) 9:30 A.M.
Louse Peak Day hike
. Day hike to this seldom-visited peak (6800') in the Virginia Range, east of the Truckee Meadows. Hiking mostly on dirt roads in juniper, pinyon, and sagebrush country, with a little cross-country to attain the summit. Expect to see plenty of wildlife, mustangs, eagles, hawks, furry critters, and, unfortunately, ticks. (Hence the name.) About 8 miles RT, with 2200 feet of elevation gain. DL. Leader: Ridge Walker (853-8055). Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome & Kim Glasgow (851-3043, 825-8604)). Moderate.

May 6 (Tuesday) 5:30 PM
Tuesday evening easy conditioning hike
. Check the notice for April 15 to see information on Tuesday evening hikes. DOK. Leader: David von Seggern (vonseg1@sbcglobal.net). Easy.

May 7 (Wednesday) 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday Conditioning Hike Cleanwater Parkway
. Get in shape for summer hikes. Trip is about 4 miles and 800 feet of gain. Bring plenty of water and trail shoes. Take I 80 East to the McCarren turn-off and go right (south). Go across Truckee River bridge and get in left lane to turn on Cleanwater Pkwy, before Mill, go 1.9 mi. to dirt area on left. May see wild horses. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin Co-Leader: Jim Call Moderate.

May 8 (Thursday) 7:00 PM
General Program Meeting.
. Meet at Bartley Ranch Western Heritage Center off Lakeview Dr. in SW Reno. Social at 6:30, program at 7:00. Speaker TBA. Our monthly general program meetings are a chance to get together with other Sierra Club members and learn about matters of interest to club members. DOK. Leader: Caron Tayloe (crntayloe@gmail.com). Easy.

May 8 (Thursday) 5:30 P.M.
Moderate Evening Conditioning Hike
. Join us for evening conditioning hikes of 3-5 miles at a moderate pace, with elevation gain 750-1000 ft. Discover trails and learn about nature and geology in and around the Truckee Meadows. Trail information, including if dogs are allowed, will be posted on the meet up site: www.meetup.com/sierraclub-hiking-Reno/events/calendar DL. Leader: Yvonne Jerome Co-Leader: Kim Glasgow Moderately Easy.

May 13 (Tuesday) 5:30 PM
Tuesday evening easy conditioning hike
. Check the notice for April 15 to see information on Tuesday evening hikes. DOK. Leader: David von Seggern (vonseg1@sbcglobal.net). Easy.

May 14 (Wednesday) 5:30 P.M.
Wednesday Conditioning Hike Canoe Hill
. Get in shape for those summer hikes! Take I-80 East to Vista Blvd, turn left (N) and go 2.7 miles (6 lights). Turn right (E) on Los Altos Parkway and go 1 mile. Turn right on Belmar Drive. The Canyon hills park is to the North. Park along the Street. This hike is 3.4 miles with an 840' gain. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin Co-Leader: Jim Call Moderate.

May 15 (Thursday) 5:30 P.M.
Moderate Evening Conditioning Hike
. Join us for evening conditioning hikes of 3-5 miles at a moderate pace, with elevation gain 750-1000 ft. Discover trails and learn about nature and geology in and around the Truckee Meadows. Trail information, including if dogs are allowed, will be posted on the meet up site: www.meetup.com/Sierraclu-hiking-Reno/events/calendar DL. Leader: Yvonne Jerome Co-Leader: Kim Glasgow Moderately Easy.

May 17 (Saturday) 8:00 A.M.
Armed Forces Day Lahontan Day Hike
. Be sure to bring your American Flag. This is a 6 mile out and back along the shoreline of Lake Lahontan. Enjoy the silence and stark beauty of the area and see tufa formations. A State Park fee of $1.00 per person is required. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Easy.

May 17-18 (Saturday-Sunday) 10:00 a.m.
Washoe Valley Camp, hike, and kayak (Postponed because of wind)
. Washoe Lake State Park is located 15 miles south of Reno off of Eastlake Blvd. We plan to set up camp Saturday morning and and take a day hike up the Deadman's Trail to the gazebo that overlooks the valley and then beyond. The trail passes an oasis of vegetation and is home to cooper's hawks, great-horned owls, and many other species of birds. We will then travel on dirt roads to a lunch spot on a smaller peak above. The hike will be about 4 miles and about 1,000 feet of gain. The hike to the gazebo is only a mile RT. Later, explore the sand dunes within the park. Sunday morning we will kayak Washoe Lake. There are numerous waterbirds to view. If you only want to come and camp or hike, feel free to join us. The cost for camping is $17.00 per vehicle, with a $2.00 discount for NV residents; day use fee only is $7.00 We will try to group up in sites near each other. Call for more information. Dogs must have leashes in park. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (775-331-7488). Co-Leader: Jim Call (775-420-6363; freneticmarmot@gmail.com). Moderate.

May 18 (Sunday) 8:30 AM
State Line Peak Hike
. We will hike to State Line Peak in the Ft. Sage Mountains north of Reno. So named because it lies within about 100 m of the state line, this peak is a seldom visited desert peak, with great views all around. We will approach from the east side; and the hike will be about 6 miles RT with 2600 ft elevation gain, but almost entirely cross-country. DOK. Leader: David von Seggern (775-303-8461; vonseg1@sbcglobal.net). Moderately Strenuous.

May 20 (Tuesday) 5:30 PM
Tuesday evening easy conditioning hike
. Check the notice for April 15 to see information on Tuesday evening hikes. DOK. Leader: David von Seggern (vonseg1@sbcglobal.net). Easy.

May 21 (Wednesday) 5:30 P.M.
Wednesday Conditioning Hike Keystone Canyon
. Take I-80 to N. Virginia St and go North 1.2 miles to McCarren Blvd. Turn left (W) and go 1.3 miles to Victory Lane and turn right (N). Turn left at the Y and go to the paved parking lot for East Keystone Canyon which is less than .1 miles away. Learn about the trail, flora and fauna with information posted on the kiosk. This hike is approximately 4 miles with about 1000' gain DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin Co-Leader: Jim Call Moderately Easy.

May 22 (Thursday) 5:30 P.M.
Moderate Evening Conditioning Hike
. Join us for evening conditioning hikes of 3-5 miles at a moderate pace, with elevation gain 750-1000 ft. Discover trails and learn about nature and geology in and around the Truckee Meadows. Trail information, including if dogs are allowed, will be posted on the meet up site: www.meetup.com/Sierraclub-hiking-Reno/events/calendar DL. Leader: Yvonne Jerome Co-Leader: Ridge Walker Moderately Easy.

May 23-26 (Friday-Monday) open
Black Rock Rendezvous
. This is a great first trip to the Black Rock! Several hundred people will be meeting for a variety of tours, activities, and speakers in the Black Rock Desert about 100 miles north of Reno. We'll probably have a Dutch Oven cook-off, kid's activities, guided tours to various areas, and expert speakers on the history, geology, and activities of the area. Leader is very familiar with the area. Bring your HAM Radio, there will be lots of HAM activity! Contact David KD7YIM for area repeater info. Exact location not yet decided but we normally camp on the edge of the Playa about 3 miles off the pavement, easy access, RV's & Trailers OK but no hook-ups, dumps etc except in Gerlach. For more info, visit blackrockdesert.org. Sign ups, David, 775/843-6443. Easy, Dogs on leash OK. DL. Leader: David Book (775-843-6443). Easy.

May 26 (Monday) 6:30 P.M.
Outings Meeting and Potluck
. Join us as we plan outings for July, August, and September. Location TBA. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (775-331-7488). Easy.

May 27 (Tuesday) 5:30 PM
Tuesday evening easy conditioning hike
. Check the notice for April 15 to see information on Tuesday evening hikes. DOK. Leader: David von Seggern (vonseg1@sbcglobal.net). Easy.

May 28 (Wednesday) 5:30 P.M.
Wednesday Conditioning Hike Toll Road
. Take I-580 south to the Virginia City / Mt. Rose turn off. Take the Virginia City Highway SR 431 for .7 miles and turn right onto Toll Road. Proceed for 2.7 miles to a large dirt parking lot on the right hand side. This hike is approximately 4 miles with a steady 800-1000' gain. Learn about history of this road. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin Co-Leader: Jim Call Moderately Strenuous.

May 29 (Thursday) 5:30 P.M.
Moderate Evening Conditioning Hike
. Join us for evening conditioning hikes of 3-5 miles at a moderate pace, with elevation gain 750-1000 ft. Discover trails and learn about nature and geology in and around the Truckee Meadows. Trail information, including if dogs are allowed, will be posted on the meet up site: www.meetup.com/Sierraclub-hiking-Reno/events/calendar DL. Leader: Ridge Walker Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome Moderately Easy.

May 31 (Saturday) 7:30 am, Virginia City, NV
Amateur Radio
. This is the top of the line for backcountry communication. You must study ahead of time but almost everybody who does passes the test. Suggested study material and a sample test site are below! !!!You must register thru NVCON.org to take the class!!! One Day Ham License Class! TECHNICIAN FASTCLASS REVIEW AND LICENSE TESTING, No Morse Code Required! Saturday, May 31, 2014, Virginia City, NVCON, Nevada State Conference. Get your Ham License in Just One Day! Advance registration required for the FastClass! To sign up or for more info, go to http://nvcon.org . $25.00 early Class sign-up, cost will increase closer to the event! Lead Instructor David Book, KD7YIM says "I've done about a dozen of these classes and have about a 95% pass rate for people who study a little bit on their own. Of course, the pass rate is much lower for people who don't study ahead of time. At my last class 100% of the people who took the class passed! That surprised even me!" HAM License info: No Morse Code required! It's a 35 Question test at a middle school level so if 7th & 8th graders can do it, almost anybody who's willing to study a little can pass. Think "Driver's License Test!" For a sample test, go to http://hamexam.org, try it, and see how you do. Most people get about 50% on their first try and you only need 76% to pass so you're most of the way there! Most people do have to study a little, though! SPECIAL NOTE, the current questions are only good through 6/30/14 so if you are studying, test by 6/30 or you'll have to start over! Study materials & Testing: My favorite is Gordon West's The Technician Study Manual (July 1, 2010 June 30, 2014) available from http://www.w5yi.org for $20.95 plus shipping. They ship fast! They also have other study material available! He's reorganized the questions for logical learning and gives bite-sized explanations of the correct answers with a lot of diagrams and drawings. Second best is a FREE 50 page No-Nonsense, Technician Class Study Guide available at http://kb6nu.com/tech-manual that's really pretty good for the price! He also has a FREE General study guide if you want to upgrade! Tests are given every other month in Reno. For test locations and dates nationwide, go to www.arrl.org but I don't like their study material! ND. Leader: David Book (843-6443). Easy.