November 2014 Outings Schedule
All area codes are 775 unless otherwise noted.

November 1 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
Mt. Davidson Day Hike
. Last hike before the time change. First for this 'season' in a series of the highest peaks in local mountain ranges; Mt. Davidson is in the Virginia Range at 7,664 feet, overlooking Virginia City. Day hike of about 7 miles in a loop with about 1,000 feet of gain. Portions off trail, very steep with brush. Some classify a segment as "Class Three". See a portion of one of the wooden flumes which brought water to VC. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Strenuous.

November 3 (Monday) 6:00 p.m.
ExCom Meeting
. Great Basin Group Excom meets to discuss programs, membership, outings and other matters as Swill Wine and Coffee. Any members may sit in. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (775-331-7488). Easy.

November 8 (Saturday) 8:00 A.M.
Wovoka Proposed Wilderness Area and Bald Mountain
. Explore proposed wilderness S. of Wellington and climb Bald Mountain, highest point in Pine Grove Hills. After climbing Bald, explore some places that make this area very special. Participant interest and weather conditions determine how much we explore. Learn about current status of wilderness proposal and Wovoka, for whom the area is name. ND. Leader: Larry Dwyer (775-745-6628; kdwyer31@charter.net). Moderately Strenuous.

November 9 (Sunday) 9:00 a.m.
Hidden Valley Highland Loop
. Day hike along the eastern skyline of Reno along the Highland Trail in Hidden Valley Park on the east side of town. We intend to take in "Road to Nowhere" Peak, Flag Peak, and loop back down Pembroke Canyon. Trip length 7 miles with 1,550 elevation gain. Learn of the flora and fauna of the Virginia Range. We hope to run into wild mustangs, golden eagles, prickly ponderosas, pinyon pine, and jostling junipers. DL. Leader: Ridge Walker (853-8055). Co-Leader: Gracie Caudill (233-6404). Moderate.

November 9 (Sunday) 9:00 a.m.
Hungry Ridge Day Hike
. We will hike approximately 7 miles on a loop that will take us through a beautiful rock canyon to a high desert ridge with spectacular views in every direction. We will see a variety of plant life and will be on the lookout for wildlife. We will have over 1000 ft. of elevation gain and will climb at a moderate pace, but cameras are encouraged. DOK. Leader: Lu Belancio (851-9279; lucrecianature@gmail.com). Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome (851-3043; sjerome@att.net). Moderate.

November 11 (Tuesday) 8:00 a.m.
Lahontan Reservoir a Veteran's Day Hike
. Lahontan Reservoir near Silver Springs. Honor all branches of the U S military; bring your U S Flags. Day hike of the shoreline. Enjoy the silence and stark beauty of this area. A bit over six miles total on an in-and-out hike along the beach. View some Tufa formations. $1 CASH per person for State Park fee. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Easy.

November 13 (Thursday) 7:00 p.m.
Monthly General Meeting
. David von Seggern will present a travelogue of his Sierra Club trip to the Bavarian Alps this past summer. We meet at Bartley Ranch Western Heritage Center (aka, Ranch House). Come early at 6:30 for social. See www.toiyabe.sierraclub.org/gbgroup/ for details. The general public is welcome at our monthly meetings. ND. Leader: Caron Tayloe (crntayloe@gmail.com). Co-Leader: David von Seggern (vonseg1@sbcglobal.net). Easy.

November 16 (Sunday) 10:00 a.m.
Needle Peak and Beyond Day Hike
. Trek in the Virginia Mountains west of Pyramid Lake to visit Needle Peak and see other interesting geological formations. Hike will be 6-8 miles and 2,000 or more in elevation gain. Will discuss flora or fauna that we sight along the way. Lunch at a destination with great views. Some rocky off trail hiking, so trail shoes are necessary. Bad weather will cancel. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (775-331-7488; Ladyhiker1@att.net). Co-Leader: Jim Call (775-420-6363; freneticmarmot@gmail.com). Moderately Strenuous.

November 22 (Saturday) 8:00 A.M.
Burro Mountain on Western Edge of Smoke Creek Desert
. Climg to the top of this desert peak with expansive views of Smoke Creek Desert. Explore area being considered for Wilderness designation. This is sage grouse habitat; we could see pronghorn, deer, and raptors or, possibly stumble across archeological remains. Learn about sage grouse habitat and how wilderness designation may help these majestic birds. ND. Leader: Larry Dwyer (775-745-6628; kdwyer31@charter.net). Moderately Strenuous.