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

March 6 (Saturday) 8:30 a.m.
Lahontan Reservoir near Silver Springs
. Day hike of the shoreline. Enjoy the silence and stark beauty of this area. About five miles total on an in-and-out hike along the "beach." View some Tufa formations. Learn some history of the area. An optional extension after lunch is to scale the ridges there. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Easy.

March 6 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Pig Rock to Monkey Condos
. Join us for this fun trip to see and learn about some amazing geological rock formations. About 5 - 6 mi RT, 900 ft gain, with optional peak bag after lunch. DL. Leader: Valerie Andersen (828-0302; Co-Leader: Sharon Marie Wilcox (852-5075). Moderately Easy.

March 6 (Saturday) 8:30 AM
Washoe Co. Parks Service Trip
. We will again help the Washoe Co. Parks Department by working in one of the regional parks.  Due to the reduction of budgets for the parks, volunteers are filling in to do routine cleanup and improvements.  Please join in and show Sierra Club supports our parks. We will work most of the day, depending on exact needs. ND. Leader: David von Seggern (775-303-8461). Moderately Easy.

March 7 (Sunday) 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Ophir Creek Overlook Snowshoe
. Starting at the 8,600 ft elevation Tahoe Meadows we'll snowshoe into the snow-draped forest and head southward. There'll be multiple fine vistas of Lake Tahoe as we gently ascend below & past Chickadee Ridge to veer off-trail to the overlook about 600 ft above Ophir Creek. About 5 miles RT total. DOK. Leader: Gary P Hanneman (775-336-7698; Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome (775-851-3043; Moderately Easy.

March 11 (Thursday) 7:00 pm social, 7:30 pm program
Renewable Energy Projects in Northern Nevada - Program Meeting
. Where is Northern Nevada when it comes to renewable energy? Hear answers and ideas from Dr. Jason Geddes, Reno's first Environmental Services administrator and the former Environmental Affairs manager for the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Geddes will describe the city's latest energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, including solar photovoltaic systems, wind turbine demonstration programs, solar thermal heating systems and lighting retrofits. He will also detail the current status of recycling in Reno, where he leads the Green Team, implements action plans and communicates with the public. In 2002, Dr. Geddes served in the Nevada Legislature on the Education, Judiciary, and Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining committees, and sponsored legislation dealing with sustainability. He is also a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents, where he currently serves as vice chair. For more information, contact Valerie Andersen at 828-0302. Location: Bartley Ranch Park, Reno DOK. Leader: Valerie Andersen (828-0302). Easy.

March 13-17 (Saturday-Wednesday) TBA
Death Valley digital photography & exploration
. Join retired retired photographer & teacher Graham Stafford on a car camp trip into Death Valley. It is a photographers wonderland. We will visit Eureka Dunes, dunes at Stove Pipe Wells, dunes at Saratoga Springs, Racetrack and Artist Drive. All levels of photography experience happily accepted---beginners strongly encouraged. Graham will cover all aspects of your digital camera and general photography with class handouts. See examples of Graham's work on his website at ND. Leader: Graham Stafford (775-686-8478; Moderately Easy.

March 13 (Saturday) 8:30 a.m.
Lower Carson River (note change)
. We'll hike along the lower Carson River upstream from near Buckland's Station to the "saw mill in the desert" and beyond - we'll cross the current railroad tracks, and then hike on the old Carson and Colorado Railroad right of way and examine more of the old wooden fence we found last time. About 10 miles total on an in and out - essentially flat. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderately Easy.

March 14 (Sunday) 9:00 AM
Sagehen Creek Snowshoe
. Snowshoe in the Sagehen Creek area. Focus will be to observe and try to identify wildlife tracks in the snow. Trip will be about 6 miles and 800 feet of elevation gain.  Trip limit 14. If lack of snow, we will still hike in this area and may be able to observe the Sandhill Cranes (Dogs on leash near the cranes). DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Co-Leader: Vesna Koracin (324-4092). Moderate.

March 14 (Sunday) 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Tamarack Peak Ridgeline Snowshoe
. THIS IS A CORRECTED DATE. We'll slowly snowshoe up 1,000 ft to reach Tamarack Peak's fabulous vistas, including all 22 miles down Lake Tahoe. We occasionally encounter skiers jumping off the northside fall-away mountainside on this hike. Beautiful, deep snow banks anticipated on the way up. Total hike 5-6 miles RT. Leader: Gary Hanneman (, 775-336-7698). DOK. Co-Leaders: Gary P Hanneman (775-336-7698; and Riccardo B. ( Moderate. DOK. Leader: Gary P Hanneman (775-336-7698; Co-Leader: Riccardo B. (775-345-2770; Moderate.

March 17 (Wednesday) 5:30p
Spring Fling River Walk
. Welcome Spring with our first evening conditioning hike. After work, along the Truckee River Walk. Easy hike of about 4 miles, and 50 feet elevation gain. Opportunity to see early-blooming cottonwoods, hawks, falcons, and other wildlife; and learn about the riparian environment. DL. Leader: River Walker (853-8055; Co-Leader: Julie Woodard (530-1566). Easy.

March 17 (Wednesday) 1:00 PM
St. Parick's Day Green Building Tour
. We'll be wearing the green and learning the green on St. Patrick's Day. Join our green building tour in Reno for the afternoon. We'll visit three structures in Reno -- commercial, municipal, and academic to learn how businesses and governments are greening up to save energy and tax dollars. This event lasts from 1:00 - 5:30 PM, Wednesday, March 17. Participants will transport themselves from site to site. Some walking required. A detailed schedule will be sent before the event. Trip limit is 25, so contact the event leader, David von Seggern (775-303-8461 or early to reserve a spot. ND. Leader: David von Seggern (775-303-8461; Easy.

March 20 (Saturday) 9:30 AM
First Day of Spring Service Clean-up Trip
. Today is the first day of Spring and the perfect time to join us in a clean-up near Hidden Valley in a place we call the Clean Water Parkway Trail. We worked on this last year and hauled out truckloads of trash. Our efforts have paid off as there is minimal new trash, but still enough to warrant another trip. We'll meet from 9:30-11:00 to work and then an optional hike up to the rock pinnacle at the top will provide some fantastic scenery and exercise for those inclined. All you will need is gardening type gloves and a desire to make Truckee Meadows more beautiful. Leaders are Holly, Pat, Doug, Julie, and Mike. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Co-Leader: Pat Kleames (359-5089). Easy.

March 21 (Sunday) 9:00 a.m.
Carson City hike up "C" Hill
. We're going to turn this short hike into an adventure. We'll climb up to the "C" and flag for great views of Carson City and the eastern mountains. Then we'll climb up to the top of the hill and then drop down on the western side. We'll follow a seasonal stream north and then we'll round the northern side of "C" Hill. We'll return to our cars along the eastern side of the hill, with a visit to the earliest cemetery in Carson City. About a total of 1000' gain but will be up or down the whole time with some cross country. About 7 miles. ND. Leader: Donna Inversin (775.315.6763; Moderate.

March 27 (Saturday) 7:00 am
Hot Springs and Cold Nights
. Join an experienced Black Rock traveler for a weekend hot springs tour.  Exact destination will depend on Playa conditions.  We will camp at a hot spring on Saturday night under a full moon.  Learn about the Black Rock region.  Bad weather cancels.  Sign up March 1 to March 24.   DL. Leader: David Book (843-6443). Easy.

March 27 (Saturday) 8:30AM - 3:30PM
Relay Ridge Snowshoe
. Starting at 8,800 ft we'll first take a snowshoe shortcut up to the snow-buried service road. Then, high above Tahoe Meadows we'll pass the frozen-over pond & join the Tahoe Rim Trail. Following the TRT we'll top 10,000 ft as we reach the ridge-line near the Relay Station. If conditions permit, we'll continue snowshoeing up to the summit of Relay Peak for even more spectacular vistas. About 12 miles RT. DOK. Leader: Gary P Hanneman (775-336-7698; Co-Leader: John Ide (321-525-2050; Moderately Strenuous.

March 27 (Saturday) 8:00 AM
Tibbie Peak
. A peak in the Flowery Range near Dayton. Day hike to the top of the 7,277-foot peak. About 6 miles on an in and out with about 2,400 feet of gain. Portions off trail with steep ascents and descents. Learn some history of the area. Great overviews. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderately Strenuous.