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

April 30 - May 2 (Friday-Sunday)
Stillwater National Wildlife Preserve Digital Photography
. Join retired photographer & teacher Graham Stafford on a car camping, digital photography outing at the Stillwater National Wildlife preserve outside Fallon NV. This will be at the height of the bird migration period. Graham will bring his 2-person kayak for all to use. Bring yours. Learn the technical and artistic aspects of digital photography. All levels accepted of photography experience accepted---beginners encouraged. You can view Grahamís work on his website at www.grahamstafford.com. Contact Graham at 775-686-8478 or graham@grahamstafford.com ND. Leader: Graham Stafford (775-686-8478; graham@grahamstafford.com). Easy.

May 1 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Eagle Canyon Dayhike
. Our destination is a large canyon outside of S.E. Reno. This outing is geared for seasoned hikers only as the descent down the canyon is tricky with large rocks and possibly some water. We have sighted golden eagles in the past. Observe some really great geology in this area. Trip is about 8 miles in length and has 2,200 feet of gain; with a steep descent all the way down. Trip limit 12. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Co-Leader: Mike Sullens (331-7488). Moderately Strenuous.

May 1 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
Rattler Peak
. Seventh in the series to the highest point in the local Mountains - Rattler Peak in the Flowery Range near Carson Plains east of Dayton off Hwy 50 E. About 2,400 feet of gain and five miles R/T. Rockey with boulder scrambling, steep sections and portions are off trail. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderately Strenuous.

May 2 (Sunday) 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Boulder Field Crossing on Ophir Creek
. Starting in Davis Creek Park we'll hike on trail upward for maybe 1,000 ft total ascent, passing high & steep creek overviews to reach the large granite boulder field. This puts us ~1/3 the way toward Tahoe Meadows above. However, at this time of year Ophir Creek is typically divided into 4-5 separate large streams making crossing very difficult. We'll see. Approx eight miles RT. Very little snow anticipated at this 5,500 ft elevation. DOK. Leader: Gary P Hanneman (775-336-7698; gphanneman@charter.net). Moderate.

May 2 (Sunday) 8:30 am
Hunter Falls Day Hike
. This hike follows a poorly maintained trail to the edge of the Mt. Rose Wilderness where the falls should have a good flow of water. We will look for wildflowers and signs of wildlife along this perennial water source. The hike is about 7 miles with some off-trail travel. Limit 10. ND. Leader: John Ide (321-525-2050; johnide1@yahoo.com). Co-Leader: Donna Inversin (775-315-6763; d_inversin@yahoo.com). Moderate.

May 3 (Monday) 5:30 pm
Monday Night Parks Clean-up
. Refer to April 12 for details ND. Leader: Julie Woodard (473-1445). Co-Leader: Pat Kleames (473-1445). Moderately Easy.

May 4 (Tuesday) 5:30 pm
Easy Conditioning Hike
. Refer to April 5 for details. DL. Leader: Yvonne Jerome (775-473-1445). Co-Leader: Karen Todd (775-473-1445). Moderately Easy.

May 5 (Wednesday) 5:30 p.m.
Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike
. Please refer to trip details on 4-14-10. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (473-1445). Moderately Strenuous.

May 6 (Thursday) 5:30 p.m.
Moderate conditioning hike
. Refer to details 4-8-10. DOK. Leader: Grace C. (473-1445). Moderate.

May 7 (Friday) 9:00 A.M.
Get your Amateur Radio License
. This will be a one-day class for people interested in obtaining their Technician Class Amateur (Ham) radio license as mentioned at the January Sierra Club meeting on Winter Survival. Go to emcommwest.org and then Ham License Class for complete information and to sign up. Ham radio is the best form of long range communication this side of a satellite phone! Then on Sunday there will be a "New Ham License---What do I do Now" class to round it out. Taught by long time Sierra Club Trip leader and desert rat David Book. ND. Leader: David Book (775-843-6443). Easy.

May 8 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Spring Foothill Day Hike
. Beautiful city day hike in the foothills of South Reno. This will be a slow-paced outing so that hikers can look at spring flowers, birds, and panoramic views of the area. About 4 miles round trip. DL. Leader: Lucrecia Belancio (851-9279). Co-Leader: Vicki Toy Smith (826-0932; vicki@unr.edu). Easy.

May 9 (Sunday) 8:30 am
Petersen Mountain Dayhike
. This is an off-trail hike to the BLM designated Petersen Mtn. Natural Area. We will focus on the natural history of this unique habitat and the effects of last year's fire. We will attempt to reach the summit at 7857'. High-clearance vehicles required to reach the TH. This hike will be about 7 miles with a gain of just under 2000' in elevation. Limit 10. DL. Leader: John Ide (321-525-2050; johnide1@yahoo.com). Moderately Strenuous.

May 10 (Monday) 5:30 pm
Monday Night Parks Clean-up
. Refer to April 12 for details ND. Leader: Julie Woodard (473-1445). Co-Leader: Pat Kleames (473-1445). Moderately Easy.

May 11 (Tuesday) 5:30 pm
Easy Conditioning Hike
. See April 6 for details. DL. Leader: Pat Kleames (775-473-1445). Co-Leader: Kim Glasgow (775-473-1445). Moderately Easy.

May 12 (Wednesday) 5:30 p.m.
Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike
. Please refer to trip details on 4-14-10. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (473-1445). Moderately Strenuous.

May 13 (Thursday) 7:00 p.m.
Annual Membership Mixer
. Join your fellow Sierra Club members and guests for a fun evening of mingling, food, information and prizes at our 3rd annual Membership Mixer. This is your opportunity to introduce your friends to the joys of the Sierra Club. Bring a non-member and receive tickets (for both of you)for door prizes. New and renewing memberships also receive tickets. Group leaders will be available to talk about group conservation efforts, outings and volunteer opportunities. Appetizers provided. Members may BYOB. Join us from 7:00 - 8:30 at Bartley Ranch Regional Park. For more information call Cathy Schmidt, 240-3785. ND. Leader: Cathy Schmidt (240-3785). Easy.

May 13 (Thursday) 5:30 p.m.
Moderate conditioning hike
. Refer to details 4-8-10. DOK. Leader: Grace C. (473-1445). Moderate.

May 15 (Saturday) 8:00 AM
Skedaddle Mountains Dayhike
. Join us for wildflower madness in the Skedaddle Mountains by Honey Lake. We'll climb Hot Springs Peak and overlook a proposed wilderness area. Approximately 8-10 miles RT but almost entirely off-trail; elevation gain about 3000 feet. DL. Leader: David von Seggern (775-303-8461). Co-Leader: Ileana Tibuleac (781-258-3619). Moderately Strenuous.

May 16 (Sunday) 9:00 a.m.
Hidden Canyon Dayhike
. Join us on a rambling hike through a narrow canyon in the Virginia Mountains. View interesting rock formations. Trail is rough and uneven, expect brush, and some climbing involved (nothing technical). Outing will be about 8 miles RT and has 2,000 feet of elevation. Good boots (no sneakers) essential. Trip limit 12. DL. Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Co-Leader: Pat Kleames (359-5089). Moderately Strenuous.

May 16 (Sunday) All day
Spanish Springs Peak Redux
. Moderate Day Hike/Peak Bag of Spanish Springs Peak (7406'). This is a re-do of the attempt on 4/25 that didn't make it due to snow. Expect lots of glorious wildflowers; and if we're lucky we'll see a few antelope and golden eagles. 5 miles / 1500' to the summit; half of it cross-country across volcanic terrain. Learn local geology and wildlife. Moderate hike, not for beginners. DL. Leader: Ridge Walker (853-8055; edc@unr.edu). Co-Leader: TBA (). Moderate.

May 17 (Monday) 5:30 pm
Monday Night Parks Clean-up
. Refer to April 12 for details ND. Leader: Julie Woodard (473-1445). Co-Leader: Pat Kleames (473-1445). Moderately Easy.

May 17 (Monday) 6:30 p.m.
Outings Meeting
. Join us as we plan outings for July, August, and September. Bring a potluck dish to share. All beverages provided. We will be meeting at David's new home in northwest Reno. Call David for directions. Fun! DOK. Leader: David VonSeggern (787-1865). Co-Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Easy.

May 18 (Tuesday) 5:30 pm
Easy Conditioning Hike
. See April 6 for details. DL. Leader: Pat Kleames (775-473-1445). Co-Leader: Kim Glasgow (775-473-1445). Moderately Easy.

May 19 (Wednesday) 5:30 p.m.
Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike
. Please refer to trip details on 4-14-10. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (473-1445). Moderately Strenuous.

May 20 (Thursday) 5:30 p.m.
Moderate Conditioning Hike
. Refer to details 4-8-10. DL. Leader: Ridge Walker (473-1445). Co-Leader: Grace C. Caudill (473-1445). Moderately Easy.

May 22 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
El Dorado Canyon
. El Dorado Canyon near Dayton. Fast -paced 13 miles R/T 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. Visit a small slot canyon. See the remains of the historic sign; learn some history of the area. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderate.

May 24 (Monday) 5:30 pm
Monday Night Parks Clean-up
. Refer to April 12 for details ND. Leader: Julie Woodard (473-1445). Co-Leader: Pat Kleames (473-1445). Moderately Easy.

May 25 (Tuesday) 5:30 pm
Easy Conditioning Hike
. See April 6 for details. DL. Leader: Pat Kleames (775-473-1445). Co-Leader: Kim Glasgow (775-473-1445). Moderately Easy.

May 26 (Wednesday) 5:30 p.m.
Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike
. Please refer to trip details on 4-14-10. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (473-1445). Moderately Strenuous.

May 27 (Thursday) 5:30 p.m.
Moderate conditioning hike
. Refer to details 4-8-10. DOK. Leader: Grace C. (473-1445). Moderate.

May 29-31 (Saturday-Monday) 7:00 a.m.
Black Rock Rendezvous
. Join a large group of Black Rock Desert rats for a weekend of tours speakers, food, and fun. We'll be visting hot springs, petroglyphs, doing projects, taking tours, and we have a keynote speaker all lined up. This year there'll also be a bike rally. Learn about the Black Rock Desert area! Additional fees to Friend of the Black Rock may apply. See blackrockrendezvous.com. Family friendly, LNT camping, DL on leash. Trip leader David Book. DL. Leader: David Book (775-843-6443; dbook@gbis.com). Co-Leader: none (). Easy.

May 29 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Dayton to Silver City Dayhike
. We'll visit the Rock Point Mill site and then head out to find the support sites for the aerial buckets that brought ore to the mill from Silver City. Then we will follow the old wagon road up to the outskirts of Silver City where we find a lovely spot under the pinion pines for lunch. Those who wish can do a alternative strenuous climb up to the ridge line with T A. Otherwise trip is 6 miles RT and 800 feet of gain. ND. Leader: Donna Inversin (775-315-6763; d_inversin@yahoo.com). Co-Leader: T.A. Taro (775-530-2935; tapenelope2@juno.com). Moderately Easy.

May 30 (Sunday) 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 a.m.
Tahoe Meadows & South on TRT
. We'll determine the need for snowshoes at this 8,500 ft elevation the week of the hike. We'll start at Tahoe Meadows and head south for roughly 4 miles, keeping near to (or on) the Tahoe Rim Trail. This will give us several excellent vistas of beautiful Lake Tahoe. After a lunchstop in sight of Diamond Peak, we'll return same route. Eight miles RT, 700 ft total ascent. Trip limit 14. DOK. Leader: Gary P Hanneman (775-336-7698; gphanneman@charter.net). Moderately Easy.