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

May 2 (Monday) 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Great Basin Group Ex Com Meeting
. Join us for an evening of planning,updating and sharing the overview of upcoming group activities and issues. If you are interested in getting involved in Sierra Club service indoors, this is the place for you! Call for meeting place and directions. ND. Leader: Cathy Schmidt (240-3785; CathSch256@aol.com). Easy.

May 3 (Tuesday) 5:30 P.M.
Easy Conditioning Hikes
. Please refer to April 5th for hike description and call the hot-line for weekly details. DL. Leader: Yvonne Jerome (473-1445). Easy.

May 4 (Wednesday) 5:30 P.M.
Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike
. Please refer to April 13 for details and call the hike hot-line. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (473-1445). Moderate.

May 5 (Thursday) 5:30 P.M.
Moderate Evening Conditioning Hike
. Join us for conditioning hikes of 3 to 5 miles at moderate pace with elevation gain under 800 feet. Refer to April 7 for details and call hot-line. DL. Leader: Grace C. Caudill (473-1445). Co-Leader: Ridge Walker (473-1445). Moderately Easy.

May 7 (Saturday) 8:00 A.M.
Earn your Amateur Radio License
. The speaker at our January meeting discussed the advantages of using Amateur (ham) Radio for emergency and routine communication in the backcountry. He will be teaching a one-day No Code license class at this gathering of ham radio buffs. The license is easy to obtain and radios start at about $110. Obtaining a license allows you to use amateur radio to communicate with other hams who may be hundreds or thousands of miles away! For more information, visit www.emcommwest.org or call David Book, Sierra Club trip leader/ham call sign KD7YIM at 843-6443 for more information. ND. Leader: David Book (775-843-6443). Easy.

May 7 (Saturday) 8:00 A.M.
McClellan Peak along the V C flume
. Day hike along Historic Virginia City flume system on McClellan Peak near Carson City. The hike will be along a portion of the route of the circa 1870 wooden box flume which brought water from the Carson Range to Virginia City. About 10 miles with less than 800 feet of gain. Some off trail. High clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle necessary, or possible ride share. Learn some history of the area. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderately Strenuous.

May 8 (Sunday) 10:00 A.M.
Prison Hill Dayhike
. Outing is to a mountain that overlooks Carson City and the Carson River. We will visit the Devil's Backbone rock formation. Hike is about 6 miles RT and has 800 feet of gain. Learn about flora or fauna. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Moderate.

May 10 (Tuesday) 5:30 P.M.
Easy Conditioning Hikes
. Please refer to April 5th for hike description and call the hot-line for weekly details. DL. Leader: Yvonne Jerome (473-1445). Easy.

May 11 (Wednesday) 5:30 P.M.
Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike
. Please refer to April 13 for details and call hike hot-line. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (473-1445). Moderately Strenuous.

May 12 (Thursday) 5:30 P.M.
Moderate Evening Conditioning Hike
. Join us for conditioning hikes of 3 to 5 miles at moderate pace with elevation gain under 800 feet. Refer to April 7 details and call hot-line. DL. Leader: Grace C. Caudill (473-1445). Co-Leader: Ridge Walker (473-1445). Moderately Easy.

May 12 (Thursday) 7:00 P.M. social---7:30 program
Mother Nature's Child, movie & discussion
. Sierra Club's Great Basin Group will host a free public screening of Mother Nature's Child, a just-released exploration of nature's powerful role in children's health and development inspired by Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, the best-selling book by Richard Louv. The film marks a moment in time when a living generation can still recall childhoods of free play outdoors; this will not be true for most children growing up today. The effects of "nature deficit disorder" are now being noted across the country in epidemics of child obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Like the book, the movie toggles between negative and positive, between what we stand to lose if kids don't spend enough time outside and what we gain if they do. Mother Nature's Child asks the questions: Why do children need unstructured time outside? How is play a form of learning? Why are teachers resistant to taking students outside? How can city kids connect with nature? What does it mean to educate the 'whole' child? Following the 57-minute film, we'll discuss resources and ways to help parents, grandparents and teachers re-connect children with the natural world and the benefits not only to the children but also to the community and the environment. Social 7PM---Program 7:30 Girls Scouts of the Sierra Nevada 605 Washington Street Reno, NV 89503-by Wash & Rt 80. Plenty of lit parking. Contact Graham Stafford graham@grahamstafford.com 775-686-8478 for info ND. Leader: Graham Stafford (775-686-8478; graham@grahamstafford.com). Easy.

May 14 (Saturday) 8;00 AM
Petersen Mountain Spring Hike
. Come enjoy hiking into the Petersen Mountains north of Reno. Early wildflowers will be out. Learn about former cattle grazing in this range and about fire recovery. Distance is about 8 miles RT and elevation gain of nearly 2000 feet. DL. Leader: David von Seggern (775-303-8461). Co-Leader: Lucrecia Belancio (lucrecianature@gmail.com). Moderate.

May 15 (Sunday) 9:00 A.M.
Hunter Falls Dayhike
. 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 round trip and 1,200 feet of gain with some off-trail travel. ND. Leader: John Ide (321-525-2050; johnide1@yahoo.com). Co-Leader: Donna Inversin (315-6763; d_inversin@yahoo.com). Moderate.

May 17 (Tuesday) 5:30 P.M.
Easy Conditioning Hike
. Please refer to April 5th for hike description and call the hot-line for weekly details. DOK. Leader: Yvonne Jerome (473-1445). Easy.

May 18 (Wednesday) 5:30 P.M.
Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike
. Please refer to April 13 for details and call hike hot-line. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (473-1445). Moderately Strenuous.

May 19 (Thursday) 5:30 P.M.
Moderate Evening Conditioning Hike
. Join us for conditioning hikes of 3 to 5 miles at moderate pace with elevation gain under 800 feet. Refer to April 7 for details and call hot-line. DL. Leader: Grace C. Caudill (473-1445). Co-Leader: Ridge Walker (473-1445). Moderately Easy.

May 21 (Saturday) 8:00 A.M.
Dogskin Peak (Date Changed from 5-22)
. We will climb to the top of Dogskin Peak, north of town. This will be a serious 2,000 ft. elevation gain on an 8 mile RT hike, that will provide us with great views of the surrounding mountains and of the Winnemucca Ranch area. We can discuss the proposed changes for this valley, see the many springs prevalent here, and also hope to get glimpses of wildlife and lingering wildflowers. DL. Leader: Pat Kleames (359-5089; patkleames@charter.net). Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome (851-3043; sjerome@att.net). Moderately Strenuous.

May 21 (Saturday) 9:00 A.M.
Fay-Luther Trail System
. The Fay-Luther Trail System is an 8.8 mile network of linear and loop trails. Plan on hiking a minimum of 5 miles, possibly more, and 500 to 800 feet of gain. Trail begins in high desert and moves into forested habitats where you may view and learn about Big Sagebrush, Bitterbrush, Rabbitbrush, Curlleaf Mountain Mahogany, Jeffrey Pine, Pinyon Pine, and White Alder. Dogs are allowed on trails, but be ready to clean up after pooches with baggies. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Co-Leader: Dale Mericle (828-4941). Moderate.

May 22 (Sunday) 10:00-12:00 P.M.
Family Exploration at Oxbow Nature Study Area
. Bring the kids to explore Reno's urban nature center along the Truckee River. Just a mile from downtown Reno, at the end of Dickerson Rd. off West Second St. Oxbow is home to heron, quail, hawks, deer, beaver, trout, and more! Explore along a short level, wheelchair accessible nature trail stopping for activities along the way, and visit the nature center afterwards. Bring your lunch to picnic at the end. Leader: Sue Jacox, Valerie Andersen, and Craig Mastos. Contact Sue at 849-1890 Great Basin Outdoor School or greatbasin-os.org ND. Leader: Valerie Andersen (mtnval@sbcglobal.net). Co-Leader: Craig Mastos (maquis@softcom.net). Easy.

May 22 (Sunday) 10 A.M.
Pond Peak Day Hike
. Desert peak bag of the highest summit 8,300 feet at the south end of of the Pah Rah Range, west of Wadsworth. About 11 miles and 2,500 feet gain, mostly on dirt road, with some cross-country on rocky terrain. Bring the usual essentials. Expect to see lots of bird life, maybe wild mustangs. Trip Limit 12. DL. Leader: Ridge Walker (853-8055; edc@unr.edu). Co-Leader: Karen Todd (kmtodd@gmail.com). Moderately Strenuous.

May 23 (Monday) 6:30 P.M.
Outings Meeting
. Join us as we plan outings for July, August, and September. Pot-luck dinner with all beverages provided. Place TBA. ND. Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Easy.

May 24 (Tuesday) 5:30 P.M.
Easy Conditioning Hike
. Please refer to April 5th for hike description and call the hot-line for weekly details. DOK. Leader: Yvonne Jerome (473-1445). Easy.

May 25 (Wednesday) 08:00 a.m.
4 lakes in the Carson Pass
. We'll meet near the Carl's Junior at the Carson Mall (1315 S Carson St). From there we'll head to the Carson Pass where we'll visit Frog, Winnemucca, Round Top, and Woods Lakes. We'll return on a portion of the Emigrant/Lincoln Highway and discuss the history of this important migratory route. Approximately 9 miles and 1200' gain. DOK. Leader: Donna Inversin (775-315-6763; d_inversin@yahoo.com). Moderate.

May 25 (Wednesday) 5:30 P.M.
Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike
. Please refer to April 13 for details and call hike hot-line. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (473-1445). Moderately Strenuous.

May 26 (Thursday) 5:30 P.M.
Moderate Evening Conditioning Hike
. Join us for conditioning hikes of 3 to 5 miles at moderate pace with elevation gain under 750 feet. Refer to April 7 for details and call hot-line. DL. Leader: Grace C. Caudill (473-1445). Co-Leader: Ridge Walker (473-1445). Moderately Easy.

May 27-30 (Friday-Monday)
Black Rock Rendezvous
. Join Friends of the Black Rock and other outdoor groups for a weekend of tours, speakers, food, and music held on the edge of the Black Rock Desert. Go to blackrockrendezvous.com to sign up with them and for more information. Last year included hot springs tours, a bike race across the playa, speakers, and fun! Sign up and join other Sierra Clubbers on this great outing. DOK. Leader: David Book (775-843-6443). Co-Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Easy.

May 29 (Sunday) 9:00 A.M.
Carson River Through Brunswick Canyon
. We'll meet in Carson City at the mouth of Brunswick Canyon at 9 a.m. The crossroads are Deer Run Road and Brunswick Canyon Road. We'll then shuttle to the Santa Maria Ranch Estates in Dayton. From there we'll follow the course of the Carson River back to Deer Run Road. Beautiful vistas of the river and canyon area. We do have to leave the river a couple of times and climb up and over mesas, but the elevation gain is minimal. 9.5 miles RT. ND. Leader: Donna Inversin (775-315-6763; d_inversin@yahoo.com). Co-Leader: John Ide (321-525-2050; johnide1@yahoo.com). Moderate.

May 31 (Tuesday) 5:30 P.M.
Easy Conditioning Hikes
. Please refer to April 5th for hike description and call the hot-line for weekly details. DOK. Leader: Yvonne Jerome (473-1445). Easy.