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

December 1 (Monday) 6:00 p.m.
ExCom Meeting
. The Great Basin Group ExCom meets to discuss programs, outings, membership, and other matters. Any members are welcome to sit in. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (775-331-7488). Easy.

December 6 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
Churchill Butte Day Hike
. Churchill Butte is near Silver Springs. We will scale the butte, overlooking historic Fort 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 around 2,200 feet of total 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.

December 7 (Sunday) 10:30 a.m.
Hidden Valley Loop Day Hike
. Great local hike with views of the entire Truckee Meadows. Trip is 6 miles and over 2,000 feet of gain with lunch on the ridge line. Learn about local flora or fauna. Bad weather will cancel. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (775-331-7488; ladyhiker1@att.net). Co-Leader: Jim Call (775-420-6363; freneticmarmot@gmail.com). Moderate.

December 13 (Saturday) 6:30 p.m.
Annual Holiday Party
. The Great Basin Group will host our Annual Holiday Party at Bartley Ranch. Mark your calendars for a great potluck dinner and a review of this year's activities. See www.toiyabe.sierraclub.org/gbgroup/ for details. ND. Leader: Caron Tayloe (crntayloe@gmail.com). Co-Leader: Holly Coughlin (ladyhiker1@att.net). Easy.

December 20 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
Carson River Railroads Day Hike
. Carson River Railroads is near Mound House. Day hike of about 9 miles one way with a vehicle shuttle. Elevation gain of less than 500 feet. Hike along the scenic Carson River Canyon and learn about two of the railroads of the Comstock era. Portions of the hike are cross-country. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderate.