March 2013 Outings Schedule
All area codes are 775 unless otherwise noted.

March 8-10 (Friday-Sunday) call
Hot Springs and Cold Nights
. We'll probably meet up Friday night after work and head up to the Black Rock about 100 miles North of here. We'll car camp right at a hot spring. Then, depending on weather and playa conditions, we'll either stay there for the weekend and explore locally (there's an abandoned mine nearby I'd like to check out) or move to another hot spring. Other possible local sites include a local art gallery, wild horse viewing, or ??? Leader is very familiar with the area. High clearance, 4WD preferred, sorry, no trailers or RV's. Leave no Trace, Pack it in, Pack it Out. Bad weather Cancels! Sign up after 3/1. DOK. Leader: David Book (775-843-6443). Easy.

March 9 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
Sawmill in the Desert Dayhike
. This trip is near Buckland Station, south of Silver Springs along the lower Carson River (going upstream). About 9 miles R/T in a loop; mostly flat. See, ponder, and learn about 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 1880's. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderately Easy.

March 14 (Thursday) 6:30pm social; 7pm program
Movie Night - Greenfire!
. We will screen the inspirational Emmy® award winning film, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time (http://www.greenfiremovie.com). The film explores the life and legacy of famed conservationist Aldo Leopold and the many ways his land ethic has influenced conservation today. After the film, Brian Beffort, Associate Director for Friends of Nevada Wilderness, will lead a discussion about how Leopold's legacy can fire our own passion for conservation. We'll provide the popcorn! Meeting location: Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Reno. ND. Leader: Valerie Andersen (775-544-3061; mtnval@sbcglobal.net). Easy.

March 20 (Wednesday) 5:30 p.m.
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 (473-1445). Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome (473-1445). Easy.

March 22-24 (Friday-Sunday) TBA
Jalisco Work Party; camp at a Hot Spring
. We'll be doing minor remodeling and clean-up at the landmark Jalisco Club in Gerlach to get ready for the Spring opening. Remove an old bar, sink, pull a freestanding back bar etc. We could particularly use someone with tile setting experience. We'll camp at a nearby hot spring or in the building if the weather is bad. Potluck or barbecue on Saturday night. Leader is very familiar with the area. As of 2/23 the playa was passable so if time permits, we may visit other hot springs. Depending on attendee schedules, we'll probably head up Friday night after work but the Jalisco is right on Gerlach's main street if you want to come up Saturday. Call for more info! ND. Leader: David Book (775-843-6443). Easy.

March 23 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
Two Ladies and Two Gents Dayhike
. Two Ladies and Two Gents are three peaks in the 6,000 foot range. They are Rose and Kate Sutro, and the Grosch brothers all near Virginia City. About 1,000 feet of gain and about three miles in sort of a loop. Mostly off trail, some rock scrambling. Of course there's an enigma. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderately Strenuous.

March 24 (Sunday) 8:45 a.m.
Incandescent Rocks Dayhike (Postponed due to illness)
. This is a fantastic hike in the desert mountains near Pyramid Lake. On this trek, you will witness balancing rocks and other interesting rock formations. Views of Pyramid Lake from the top of this ridge in the Virginia Mountains. Hike is about 7-8 miles with 1,200 feet of elevation gain. Pace will be moderate to moderately fast. Some cross country, so good boots are a must. Bad weather will postpone the trip for another weekend. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Co-Leader: Dale Mericle (828-4941). Moderately Strenuous.