January 2010 Outings Schedule
All area codes are 775 unless otherwise noted.

January 1 (Friday) 9:00 AM
Mexican Ditch Trail
. Bring those left over goodies you want to get rid of to share. Dogs not recommended. (This trip WAS going to be the annual Prison Hill hike, but the snow makes that unreasonable.) This one is 6 miles RT, no elevation gain. DL. Leader: Donna Inversin (775-315-6763; d_inversin@yahoo.com). Easy.

January 1 (Friday) 10:00 AM
New Year's Day Recovery HIke
. Leader's choice New Year's Day hike.  We start at 10:00 AM to accommodate late-night revelers.  Trip will be in the Truckee Meadows vicinity and will be a moderately easy hike to start the new year on a healthy step.  DL  Leader: David von Seggern DL. Leader: David von Seggern (303-8461). Moderately Easy.

January 2 (Saturday)
Beginner's Cross-Country Ski
. Beginner's cross-country ski trip in the Mt. Rose Meadows. Learn the basics from other Sierra Club X-C skiers: How to fall down; how to get up; and ski on the flats. Must provide your own equipment. 1/2-day trip; bring lunch, water, sun-screen, and warm clothing. ND. Leader: Ridge Walker (853-8055; edc@unr.edu). Co-Leader: Gracie Caudill (233-6404; myoki@att.net). Easy.

January 2 (Saturday) 8:30 a.m.
El Dorado Canyon near Dayton. Day hike
. 13 miles on an in and out, with under 1,000 feet of gain. Riparian habitat with many crossing of a small stream. Lunch at the natural arch. Also a small slot canyon to view on the way out. Learn some history of the area. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderate.

January 9 (Saturday)
Carson Pass Cross-Country Ski
. Intermediate-level X-C ski trip to the Carson Pass. Somewhere in sight of Elephant's Back. 5-6 miles on rolling terrain. Not too steep but with a few hills. Moderate difficulty. ND. Leader: Ridge Walker (853-8055; edc@unr.edu). Co-Leader: Valerie Anderson (828-0302). Moderate.

January 10 (Sunday) 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Tamarack Palisades Snowshoe
. We'll ascend off-trail 600-700 ft through the forest from just north of little Tamarack Lake. A little steep in places. Coming up the rounded backside of a promontory we'll find ourselves on top a large granite wall 300ft above the valley below, halfway between Mt Rose & Tamarack Peak. About 3 miles RT. Expecting to need snowshoes. DOK. Leader: Gary P Hanneman (775-336-7698; gphanneman@charter.net). Moderately Easy.

January 14 (Thursday) 7:00 pm social, 7:30 pm program
River of Hope: The Truckee River Chronicles - Program Meeting
. Frank X. Mullen, Jr., author and an investigative reporter for the Reno Gazette-Journal, will explore the geologic and environmental history of the Truckee River with an audio-visual look at his book-in-progress, River of Hope: The Truckee River Chronicles. The Truckee River created our valley and has nurtured life from time immemorial. Only a few decades after emigrant pioneers began using it as a highway in 1844, the once-pristine stream had become an open sewer - an odorous "Reno chowder," depleted of fish and bird species. If considered at all, the Truckee was often seen as blight on the community and a flood hazard, to be walled off in concrete and ignored. Today, things have changed. Slowly, the sufferings done to our river are being corrected. Anyone who has enjoyed Frank Mullen's performances as a Chautauqua character knows this talk promises to be dynamic! Mullen is also the author of The Donner Party Chronicles: A Day-by-Day Account of a Doomed Wagon Train, 1846-47. For more information, contact Valerie Andersen at 828-0302. Location: Bartley Ranch Park, Reno ND. Leader: Valerie Andersen (828-0302). Easy.

January 23 (Saturday) 8:30 a.m.
Buckland's Station south of Silver Springs Dayhike
. This nearly 10 mile loop hike on flat ground will start at historic Buckland's Station, proceed downstream along the Carson River enjoying the riparian habitat. Some recent beaver activity visible. Return will be on a segment of the Pony Express Trail route. Learn some history of the area. $1 per person State Park walk-in fee. Option to tour the remains of Fort Churchill on your own after the hike. Learn some history of the area. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderate.

January 23 (Saturday) 8:45 AM
Relay Ridge Snowshoe
. This is a fantastic outing for views of Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Meadows from the top of the ridge. Outing is about five miles RT and has 1,400 feet of elevation gain. Learn about some of the unique plants along the way. Trip limit 12.(Outing date was changed due to unforeseen family issue). DL. Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Co-Leader: Vesna Koracin (324-4092). Moderately Strenuous.

January 24 (Sunday) 9:00 AM
Beginners Snowshoe
. Learn the basics for using your own snowshoes and then go on a short outing in the local area with skilled leaders. Must bring snowshoes, clothing for the weather,and lunch. Trip will be 2-4 miles depending on the group and little elevation gain. Trip limit 15.   DL. Leader: Donna Inversin (775-315-6763; d_inversin@yahoo.com). Co-Leader: Grace Blaylock (846-2758). Moderately Easy.

January 31 (Sunday) 8:30AM - 4:00PM
Spooner Summit North on TRT
. Starting at the 7200 ft Spooner Summit, the hike will steadily ascend northward through high forests on the Tahoe Rim Trail. Within 4 miles or so, we'll reach the 8500-9000 ft level with good vistas of Lake Tahoe along the way. Likely to need snowshoes along most of trail. DOK. Leader: Gary P Hanneman (775-336-7698; gphanneman@charter.net). Moderate.