January 2011 Outings Schedule
All area codes are 775 unless otherwise noted.

January 1 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m.
Annual New Year's Day Assault on Prison Hill
. We'll meet at the Silver Saddle Ranch in Carson City and then climb the east side of Prison Hill. We'll then follow the ridge line south to the highest point on Prison Hill where we'll wish Carson City a Happy New Year. We'll the drop back down near the Mexican Dam and follow the Mexican Ditch trail back to our cars. Bring any of those left over goodies you want to get rid of to share. 6 miles RT with 1100' gain. An alternate hike will be available if there's heavy snow or ice. ND. Leader: Donna Inversin (775-315-6763; d_inversin@yahoo.com). Moderate.

January 1 (Saturday) 10:00 AM
Annual New Year's Day Hike
. The annual New Year's Day hike affords you the opportunity to start your 2011 healthy regimen of outdoor activity. We will hike in the vicinity of Reno, as conditions allow. Hike starts at 10 AM to accommodate the late-night revelers. DOK. Leader: David von Seggern (775-303-8461; vonseg1@sbcglobal.net). Co-Leader: Ileana Tibuleac (781-258-3619; imtseismic@yahoo.com). Moderately Easy.

January 1 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Janus - Sawmill in the desert
. Janus, from which January was derived, was the Roman god who had two faces, one looking to the past and one to the future. Let's contemplate both the past and the future on the this first day of 2011. The PAST, the sawmill in the desert near Bucklandís Station, south of Silver Springs along the lower Carson River, going upstream, about 8 miles in loop; mostly flat. See and ponder the remains of a sawmill in the desert, and then see the current route of the railroad, which services Hawthorn, and hike on a portion of the route of the Carson and Colorado Railroad, circa early 1880ís. The FUTURE? Unknown..hopefully more hikes. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Easy.

January 3 (Monday) 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Ex Com Meeting
. Join us at the monthly Ex Com meeting if you are interested in local issues, group decisions and planning upcoming events. Call for meeting place and directions. ND. Leader: Cathy Schmidt (323-6316; cathsch256@aol.com). Easy.

January 8 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Ophir Creek Overlook Snowshoe
. We'll snowshoe across the corner of Tahoe Meadows, then through forest for an hour or so to pass by Chickadee Ridge. Continuing higher on open hillsides with great Lake Tahoe vistas we'll reach the Overlook 600 feet above Ophir Creek. About 5-6 miles round trip. DOK. Leader: Gary P Hanneman (775-336-7698; gphanneman@charter.net). Co-Leader: Karen Todd (kmtodd@gmail.com). Moderately Easy.

January 13 (Thursday) 7:00 PM
Winter Safety in the Backcountry/Great Basin Group Thursday Program
. January 13: Winter Safety in the Backcountry Location: Girl Scouts Building 605 Washington St, Reno NV Time: 7:00pm social/ 7:30pm meeting begins Julie Woodard & the Great Basin Group of the Sierra Club welcomes David Book, Washoe County Search & Rescue Volunteer, to discuss winter safety in the backcountry. David is a Sierra Club member in our group who has assisted on hundreds of search and rescue calls locally and in Northwest Nevada. This is an informative discussion which will offer practical advice for backcountry safety and local resources for more training. An REI representative will have a display of winter gear to view and discuss. This event is open to the general public. Please join in the discussion and help us raise the awareness of winter safety in our local community. Contact Graham Stafford for additional info. 775-686-8478 graham@grahamstafford.com ND. Leader: Graham Stafford (775-686-8478; graham@grahamstafford.com). Easy.

January 15 (Saturday) 9:30 a.m.
Backcountry Skiing
. This ski trip will be near Tahoe Meadows, but exact location depends on the snow conditions at the time. Some experience on skis is necessary. Not for beginners. Snowshoes also welcome. Telemark instructions provided if desired. Contact leader Jackie Stroud for details. ND. Leader: Jackie Stroud (775-267-9522; jtbear33@gmail.com). Moderate.

January 15 (Saturday) 8:30 a.m.
El Dorado Canyon
. ElDorado Canyon near Dayton. Day hike. 12 miles on an in and out, with under 600 feet of gain. Riparian habitat with many crossing of small stream. Lunch at the natural arch. Also a small slot canyon to view on the way out. Learn some history of the area. High clearance vehicle needed or ride share. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderate.

January 15 (Saturday) 10:00-2:00 p.m.
Snowshoe off Garson Rd.
. This is a nice, scenic snowshoe close to town, but offers opportunities to view muledeer in their winter habitat. We plan to snowshoe about 4-5 miles RT and 800 feet of gain. We will have lunch at our turn-around point. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Co-Leader: Mike Sullens (331-7488). Moderate.

January 16 (Sunday) 9:00 a.m.
Snowshoe to Tamarack Peak
. This popular snowshoe will slowly climb upward for 1,000 feet to reach the 9,900 ft. summit of Tamarack Peak within 2 1/2 miles. Hike is 5 miles RT. Views for all 22 miles down Lake Tahoe come frequently. Surrounded by Mt. Rose, Relay Ridge, and Slide Mountain, this little snowshoe provides memorable vistas. DOK. Leader: Riccardo B. (775-345-2770). Moderate.

January 23 (Sunday) 12:00 a.m.
Coldstream Valley Cross-Country Ski
. Moderately easy ski up the U-shaped Coldstream Valley behind Donner Memorial State Park in Truckee. Most of the route is fairly flat on roads, and we expect to make it up to Horseshoe Bend and beyond. Geared for "experienced" beginner and intermediate X-C skiers. 4-6 miles RT, depending on conditions, 200 feet elevation gain. We will also learn about the Emigrant Trail, and the rigors of the Donner Party. ND. Leader: Ridge Walker (853-8055; edc@unr.edu). Co-Leader: Valerie Andersen (853-4769). Moderately Easy.

January 29 (Saturday) 8:30 a.m.
Churchill Butte
. Churchill Butte, near Silver Springs. We will scale the butte, overlooking historic Ft. Churchill, and portions of the emigrant wagon route, ancient and modern Lake Lahontan, the Pony Express Trail and the Lincoln Hwy. Learn some history of the area. Day hike of about 9.5 miles, with at least 1,800 feet of gain for the day; all in the first four miles. Portions of hike are off trail with steep descents. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderately Strenuous.

January 29 (Saturday) 8:30 a.m.
Snowshoe on TRT North from Spooner Summit
. From near Spooner Lake on Rte 50, we'll snowshoe northward on the Tahoe Rim Trail. We'll make occasional stops at rocky high points to catch glimpses of Lake Tahoe. We'll lunch near 8,500 feet altitude and then return cross-country through uncharted forests at times. About 1,300 ft total ascent and 5-6 miles RT. DOK. Leader: Riccardo B. (775-345-2770). Moderate.