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

September 30 - October 2 (Friday-Sunday) TBA
Hot Springs and Cool Nights
. We'll be camping at a hot spring in the Black Rock and visiting other hot springs in the area. We'll be right on the route of the Emigrant Trail so we'll learn about the Black Rock, hot springs, and the Emigrant trail. The days and nights are starting to cool off and there are fewer visitors so this is a great time to visit the Black Rock! Leader is very familiar with the area. Sign up after 9/1. DL. Leader: David Book (775-843-6443). Easy.

October 1 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Duane Bliss Peak (8658')
. Day hike to bag this medium-sized peak off the beaten path, and overlooking Carson City. We'll hike south from Spooner Summit along the TRT for the approach, and the final mile will be a 900' ascent cross-country over granitic terrane. Great vistas, and lots of trees. 8 mi. RT and 1500 ft elevation gain. DL. Leader: Ridge Walker (853-8055; edc@unr.edu). Co-Leader: Lucrecia Belancio (851-9279). Moderate.

October 2 (Sunday) 8:00 a.m.
Chimney Beach to Marlett Lake
. We will be hiking from the lot Hwy. 28, across from Chimney Beach to the dam at Marlett Lake. We will have lunch above the dam, enjoying a view of Lake Tahoe. Learn about flora and fauna we might encounter along the way. This hike is a less traveled route, and relatively steep. About 7-8 miles R/T with about 1,400 foot elevation. DL. Leader: Bill Myatt (775-233-3186; lovethesierras@yahoo.com). Co-Leader: Gail Montes (775-750-1293; gailamontes@hotmail.com). Moderately Strenuous.

October 3 (Monday) 6:30 - 7:30 pm
GBG Ex Com
. The GBG Ex Com will be meeting at Cathy's house. Call for directions. 240-3785 ND. Leader: Cathy Schmidt (240-3785; cathsch256@aol.com). Easy.

October 7-9 (Friday-Sunday) TBA
Hot Springs and Cool Nights
. We'll meet up on Friday evening in Reno and head on up for a Fall Hot Springs Tour in the Black Rock at the end of the "Regular" camping season. The weather is starting to cool off and most of the crowds are gone so it's a great time to visit the playa! We'll have a nearly full moon. Exact itinerary will depend on playa conditions. High clearance required, 4WD preferred. Sign-up 9/20-10/5. DL. Leader: David Book (775-843-6443). Easy.

October 8 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Salt Wells Basin Conservation Tour
. This is a double feature on the Salt Wells Basin southeast of Fallon. Our first stop is the ENEL state-of-the-art binary geothermal plant. We'll learn about this plant and then catch the Pony Express historical sign near the plant. We'll cross Highway 50 to Sand Mountain and learn about the fragile existence of the blue butterfly and the efforts of the BLM to protect their habitat. Easy. Trip limit 16. ND. Leader: David von Seggern (775-303-8461; vonseg1@sbcglobal.net). Easy.

October 8 (Saturday) 11:00 a.m.
Wetlands Walk
. Enjoy a fall walk along Damonte Ranch scenic wetlands in S.E. Reno. Learn about local birds and riparian environment. Bring binoculars. About 4 mi RT. DL. Leader: Lucrecia Belancio (851-9279). Co-Leader: Vicki Toy Smith (826-0932). Easy.

October 9 (Sunday) 4:00 p.m.
Black Rock Digital Photography and Tour
. Join retired photographer & teacher Graham Stafford on a car camping, digital photography outing at the Black Rock/High Rock National Conservation Area north of Reno NV. Explore the Black Rock/High Rock and its natural hot springs. It is a photographer's wonderland. Learn the technical and artistic aspects of digital photography. All levels accepted of photography experience accepted, beginners encouraged. You can view Graham's work on his website. DL. Leader: Graham Stafford (775-686-8478; graham@grahamstafford.com). Easy.

October 13 (Thursday) 7:00 social; 7:30 program
Tahoe Rim Trail to Reno Program Meeting
. Learn about the proposed new trails connecting the Tahoe Rim Trail to Reno and how you can get involved. To find out more details on the topic and location, go to the Sierra Club web site (about a month before the scheduled date) at http://nevada.sierraclub.org/gbgroup. ND. Leader: Valerie Andersen (775-544-3061; mtnval@sbcglobal.net). Easy.

October 15 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
Buckland Station and Fall Leaf Dayhike
. This nearly 10 mile loop hike on flat ground will start at historic Buckland Station, proceed downstream along the Carson River enjoying the riparian habitat, and Fall leaves. Return will be on a segment of the Pony Express Trail route. Learn some history of the area. $1 cash per person State Park walk-in fee. Option to tour the remains of Fort Churchill on your own after the hike [ additional fee] . Learn some history of the area. A portion of the hike is on soft sand. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderate.

October 15 (Saturday) CANCELED due to snow and potential for mud
May the Quartz Be With You
. Trip is Just south of the Sonora Pass Junction with HWY 395. This outing has a two hour drive time to the trailhead from Reno. Enjoy a moderately strenuous hike, due to distance. Large juniper trees line the trail to a wide open canyon with numerous aspen trees and mountain views. Potential to explore a giant quartz field. Hike distance will be about 9 miles with gradual elevation gain. Trip limit 12. Canceled due to snow and potential for mud. DOK. Leader: Julie (530-1566; summitatempter@yahoo.com). Co-Leader: Donna Inversin (775-315-6763; d-inversin@yahoo.com). Moderately Strenuous.

October 22 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
Machado Postpiles
. Fire and Ice, the Machado Postpiles day hike in the Carson Pass area. The existence and location of these natural hexagonal basalt columns, similar to, but believed to be millions of years older than the Devils Postpiles near Mammoth were not confirmed until about 1990. That's the 'fire'; the 'ice' is evidenced by the numerous large erratics near beginning of the hike and the glacial striations. About five miles on an in and out with about 800 feet of elevation gain. Not on a trail. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderately Easy.

October 23 (Sunday) 10:00 a.m.
Galena Forest Dayhike
. Join us as we hike in the Galena Forest area near southwest Reno. Plan on 4-6 miles and 600 feet of gain. Exact destination to be determined. Learn about Flora and fauna we might encounter. This outing will be about 3-4 hours. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Co-Leader: Vesna Koracin (853-1863). Moderately Easy.

October 28 (Friday) 8:30 a.m.
Nevada Day Hike
. Come celebrate our State and ourselves making in through one more year with the traditional peak bag of our local landmark, Peavine Mt. (8300') We will try to find a novel route up the "backside". Ten miles, 3300' elevation gain. Expect to learn a lot about the diverse habitats we will be climbing through, and if we are lucky, see some of the migrating mule deer. DL. Leader: Ridge Walker (853-8055; edc@unr.edu). Co-Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Moderately Strenuous.

October 29 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
El Dorado Canyon Near Dayton
. Day hike is 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.