Sierra Club 20s & 30s - All Events For September 2019
    Thursday September 19, 2019 6:28 AM
 
Title: O1 - 3-2-1 Challenge: Mount Pinos & More
Sponsoring Section: 20s & 30s Section
Start Date/Time: 09/07/2019 09:00 AM Reservation Required: No
End Date/Time: 09/07/2019 03:00 PM Reservation Deadline: N/A
Activity Type: Hike Space: 2 (min) | 15 (max)
Difficulty Level: Moderate Fee: $0 (SC) | $0 (Non SC)
Location:
Mt. Pinos Nordic Base
Cuddy Valley Rd
Frazier Park, CA 93225
Coordinator(s):
Krista Muscarella
Julio Garcia
Meeting Point:
If carpooling, meet in San Fernando Valley rideshare point (see write up). If meeting at trailhead, meet at Mt. Pinos Nordic Base, Cuddy Valley Rd, Frazier Park, CA 93225
 
Description:

Are you up for a CHALLENGE!?! Ready?? 3-2-1 Go!

Join the 20s & 30s Section of the Sierra Club if you are up for the 3-2-1 Challenge: 3 peaks, 2 counties, 1 day! We will discover the Los Padres National Forest as we climb to three peaks. With a total elevation gain of 2,000 feet over 12 miles, we will hit the alternate #SixPackofPeaks and highest peak in Ventura County – Mount Pinos (8,848’), in addition to the highest peak in Kern County – Sawmill Mountain (8,818’), and because we’re already so close – Grouse Mountain (8,583’)! If we can catch our breath, we will also be able to see the beautifully stunning Sierra Nevada to the North. If you’re up for the challenge, bring your ten essentials, a minimum of three liters of water, lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, and appropriate clothing for the trip including lugsole boots.

We will meet at the trailhead at 9:00am. If you are interested in ridesharing, meet at 7:30am at the designated Sierra Club carpool meeting point in San Fernando Valley (Park on the West side of Balboa Blvd, North of Burbank Blvd in Encino; map). For those driving to the trailhead, a National Forest Service Adventure Pass ($5 per day or $30 per year) is required in order to park at the Nordic Base (trailhead).

Leader: Julio (Pete) Garcia. Assistant Leader: Krista Muscarella. Email Krista at krista.muscarella@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

 
Cancellation Policy:
Mass destruction or wildfires cancel.
 

Title: O1 - Playa Del Rey Urban Hike
Sponsoring Section: 20s & 30s Section
Start Date/Time: 09/11/2019 07:00 PM Reservation Required: No
End Date/Time: 09/11/2019 09:15 PM Reservation Deadline: N/A
Activity Type: Walk Space: Unlimited
Difficulty Level: Easy Fee: $0 (SC) | $0 (Non SC)
Location:
Playa Del Rey
Playa Del Rey, CA
Coordinator(s):
Greg Klinger
John Wilson
 
Description:

Do you need a break in your workweek? Does the thought of hiking along the beach and surrounding hills brighten your spirits? Then join us for the Playa Del Rey conditioning walk. Afterwards we will stop by a local watering hole for refreshments (MO’s or The Shack). The walk is 5 miles, 200 ft gain.

Directions to meeting point: Go W on Culver Blvd, to Nicholson, turn Left (Note: Nicholson turns into Pershing) and continue on Pershing to Waterview (1/2 mi), turn R to top-of-the-hill, (corner of Rindge and Waterview). Where the NW corner fence of LAX meets the homes overlooking the ocean. You an also get there from Manchester as well. Easy access to the starting point is also possible from Manchester Ave. and Vista Del Mar. The fun starts at 7:00pm. Rain Cancels. No dogs, please.  

Link to starting point: http://www.sc2030singles.org/images/PDR_Walk_Graphic_092009.JPG

 
Cancellation Policy:
N/A
 

Title: I - Learn New Skills-Make New Friends-Experience New Adventures
Sponsoring Section: 20s & 30s Section
Start Date/Time: 09/15/2019 Reservation Required: No
End Date/Time: 09/15/2019 Reservation Deadline: N/A
Activity Type: Other Space: 2 (min) | 150 (max)
Difficulty Level: Moderate Fee: $0 (SC) | $0 (Non SC)
Location:
www.wildernesstravelcourse.org
Various, CA
Coordinator(s):
Krista Muscarella
 
Description:

Informational Posting Only - See Website at www.wildernesstravelcourse.org

Dear Group Members, particularly the recent swell of new, never-been backpacking before but want to start members: There is a great Sierra Club opportunity that is about to begin….an opportunity that only happens one time each year and it is one of the best outdoor learning experiences the Sierra Club has to offer. This is the Angeles Chapter Wilderness Travel Course (WTC). Some of you have taken the course and are now leaders and/or knowledgeable hikers. For those of you who have not, enrollment in WTC is something you should consider now. The Wilderness Travel Course helps build outdoor skills so hikers can be safe in the backcountry. The course runs for ten weeks and includes four field trips (two one day and two weekend outings). Students learn map and compass navigation skills for competently hiking off-trail, snow travel, rock scrambling techniques, first aid, nutrition and lots more. The course is followed by unforgettable experience backpacking trips most of which take place in the High Sierra, Sequoia and Yosemite during the summer months.

WTC moves you from being a day hiker to a more serious adventurer. You will acquire skills in trip planning, preparation, equipment and wilderness safety to take you into the backcountry in all seasons, beyond roads and trails with new friends that share your interest in the outdoors.

Again, the course runs only one time each year and takes place in Southern California in four locations as follows: Long Beach/South Bay (meets in Carson; Wednesdays beginning Jan 8), San Gabriel Valley (Tuesdays beginning Jan 14th); West Los Angeles (Wednesdays beginning Jan 22nd); and Orange County (Tuesdays beginning Jan 28th). The four geographic areas fill up well in advance of the class start date so register early.

There is more information and registration info. on the website at www.wildernesstravelcourse.org (http://www.wildernesstravelcourse.org/)

 
Cancellation Policy:
N/A
 

Title: O1 - Full! A Day on Anacapa Island
Sponsoring Section: 20s & 30s Section
Start Date/Time: 09/22/2019 08:45 AM Reservation Required: Yes
End Date/Time: 09/22/2019 04:45 PM Reservation Deadline: 09/17/2019
Activity Type: Walk Space: 3 (min) | 20 (max)
Difficulty Level: Easy Fee: $56 (SC) | $56 (Non SC)
Location:
Channel Islands Harbor / Anacapa Island
Oxnard, CA
Coordinator(s):
Rolf M
Isabelle Galan
Krista Muscarella
Greg Klinger
Meeting Point:
We'll meet at the "Island Packers" dock in the Channel Island Harbor.
 
Description:

Full!  Please email Rolf [rolfm (at) alumni.caltech.edu] to get on the wait list.

Join us for a day on East Anacapa Island!  We'll explore the small island and enjoy the expansive views!  We'll hike all of the 2 miles of trails the island offers and we'll check out the visitor center.  Bring your camera!


Itinerary:


8:45 AM - Arrive at the Island Packers dock at Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard.


9:30 AM - The boat departs.  The captain typically looks for marine life on the way to the island and sometimes discusses environmental issues.


10:30 AM - Arrival at the "Landing Cove" on East Anacapa Island.  Climbing a short vertical ladder brings us to the dock.   A 160-step stair tower leads from the dock to the plateau of the island.  

mid-day - We'll check out the visitor center, take part in any docent-led hikes, and definitely walk the full network of trails (2 miles total), stopping along the way to enjoy the views in all directions.   We'll have lunch at the picnic tables near the visitor center.

3:45 PM - The boat departs from the "Landing Cove."

A few notes:

1. There is no food or drink or even water available on the island, so we'll need to be self-sufficient.

2. The island has pit toilets but no flush toilets.

3. We're required to stay on the trails while on Anacapa Island.

4. This outing is co-sponsored by the "Little Hikers Committee."  If you're bringing children,  please let me know. And consider reserving their boat tickets through islandpackers.com because child tickets are cheaper than the adult tickets we purchased for this outing.

 
Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel 2 weeks before the trip, you'll get a full refund. We'll cancel if the boat cancels and in that case you'll get a full refund. The boat checks the weather and decides at 5:30 AM each morning whether to sail or not.
 

Title: O1 - Death Valley car camp to Telescope Peak
Sponsoring Section: 20s & 30s Section
Start Date/Time: 09/27/2019 07:00 PM Reservation Required: Yes
End Date/Time: 09/29/2019 09:00 AM Reservation Deadline: 09/25/2019
Activity Type: Camping Trip Space: Maximum of 30
Difficulty Level: Moderate Fee: $20 (SC) | $20 (Non SC)
Location:
Death Valley National Park
Wildrose, CA
Coordinator(s):
David Hyman
Kevin Schlunegger
Bijan Mozaffarian
Meeting Point:
Meet at Wildrose campsite Friday night, hike Saturday AM
 
Description:
 
 
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
 Death Valley camping in September! Are we Crazy? NO! Join us on camping adventure as we camp at an elevation of 4000 ft in the mountains above Death Valley National Park on Friday evening (the days are warm and nights cool!). Trailhead in the 60's. Saturday, we'll hike to the top of Telescope Peak-the highest peak in the Park, at 11000 ft, with spectacular views in all directions. You will see Badwater in Death Valley on one side and the Panamint Valley on the other... The lowest (-282 ft below sea level Badwater Basin) and tallest (Mt. Whitney 14,505 ft) locations in the continental US can be seen from the top of Telescope peak.  We also visit the Charcoal Kilns. The hike itself is a 14 mile round trip with 3000 ft elevation gain. The hike is considered strenous due to the gain and distance. The weather, while always unpredictable, should be in the 60's and 70's. Dress in layers, bring 10 essentials for the hike and camping gear.  Sunday optional peaks are available. Trip includes happy hour snacks, a Saturday night dinner & breakfast Sunday. BYOB. Bring your $20 check for the Sierra Club or send to the leader at 16300 Calahan St Sepulveda, Ca 91343 and include your membership number or you can pay  by Pay Pal  (sc2030acct@gmail.com) and email leader with H & W #'s, e-mail, ride share info. Leader: David Hyman; Asst:  Kevin Schlunegger & Bijan Mozaffarian.  Cancellation Policy: Just let us know 2 days before the trip.
  
Fees charged are only used to cover direct expenses (campsite fees, food, transportation, etc.)  In the event of any financial profit from this activity, the funds are turned over to the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club leaders are all unpaid volunteers who want to share these places for you to enjoy. If you're not already a member, please consider joining the Sierra Club to show your support and help us protect more of nature's wild places. 
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cancellation Policy:
Two days prior for full refund
 

Title: S - S - Backpacker Magazine GET OUT MORE Tour
Sponsoring Section: 20s & 30s Section
Start Date/Time: 10/04/2019 06:00 PM Reservation Required: No
End Date/Time: 10/04/2019 08:30 PM Reservation Deadline: N/A
Activity Type: Social Event Space: Unlimited
Difficulty Level: Easy Fee: $0 (SC) | $0 (Non SC)
Location:
Adventure 16
11161 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Coordinator(s):
Krista Muscarella
Meeting Point:
Meet inside Adventure 16 - enjoy the Happy Half Hour and take a seat to enjoy the presentation!
 
Description:

BACKPACKER Magazine's Get Out More Tour is traveling the country bringing the pages of BACKPACKER to life by providing the information and inspiration that will enable you to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. If you want to learn how to be self sufficient in the wild with only what you can carry in a backpack come out and join us!

This engaging, in-depth, 75-minute seminar presented by Backpacker Magazine's Randy Propster will both inspire and educate while covering a range of topics including:

• Trail tested tips & techniques
• The latest in outdoor gear and apparel
• Life lessons learned from the backpacking experience
• Regional trip advice & much more

Participants will have the chance to win great outdoor gear and apparel from sponsors including Osprey, Vasque, Sawyer, SOG, Leki, Adventure Medical Kits and more!

The event is held at Adventure 16 in West LA. The store has a "Happy Half Hour" starting at 6:00pm. The presentation starts at 6:30pm. There will be an optional 20s & 30s happy hour following the presentation at a nearby location (see Krista at the event for more info.) 

Note: The Sierra Club is not affiliated with Adventure 16 and/or Backpacker Magazine nor endorses either organization. 

 
Cancellation Policy:
Check Adventure 16 website for cancellations
 

Title: O2 - Little Jimmy Backpack
Sponsoring Section: 20s & 30s Section
Start Date/Time: 10/05/2019 07:00 AM Reservation Required: Yes
End Date/Time: 10/06/2019 01:00 PM Reservation Deadline: 10/01/2019
Activity Type: Backpacking Trip Space: 6 (min) | 15 (max)
Difficulty Level: Easy Fee: $0 (SC) | $0 (Non SC)
Location:
34.3569° N, 117.8506° W
Los Angeles County, CA
Coordinator(s):
Jess
David Meltzer
Meeting Point:
Meetup location and detailed trip information will be sent to confirmed participants.
 
Description:

Easy provisional backpacking trip from Islip Saddle 6593’ on a well-graded trail climbing through chaparral and then pine trees to Little Jimmy Campground at 2 1/4 miles. Pit toilets, and bear boxes are available at campground. After setting up and having lunch, there will be a 2-mile round-trip hike to Mt. Islip 8214’. Sunday we will pack up early and hike out. Send an e-mail with your experience and recent conditioning to Provisional Leader:Jessica Brozyna: jessicabrozyna@gmail.com.

Registration required before October 1, 2019.

 

 
Cancellation Policy:
Rain or nearby fire cancels
 

Title: O1 - Topanga State Park: Los Liones to Parker Mesa Overlook Hike.
Sponsoring Section: 20s & 30s Section
Start Date/Time: 10/05/2019 08:00 AM Reservation Required: No
End Date/Time: 10/05/2019 01:00 PM Reservation Deadline: N/A
Activity Type: Hike Space: Unlimited
Difficulty Level: Moderate Fee: $0 (SC) | $0 (Non SC)
Location:
Los Liones Trail
580 Los Liones Dr.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Coordinator(s):
Jon Ades
Greg Klinger
Meeting Point:
How to get there: From The Pacific Coast Highway, turn east onto Sunset Blvd. and left onto Los Liones Drive after 0.3 miles. The Trailhead is clearly marked about 0.6 miles down Los Liones Drive, Just before it makes a short turn to the west. We will meet under the main gate that says " Los Leones Canyon".
 
Description:

Join us on a 7 mile hike in The Santa Monica Mountains. The first part of the hike-The Los Liones Trail- is one of the most lush canyons in The Santa Monica Mountains. Afterward, The Trail meets up with a fireroad that we will take all the way to The Parker Mesa Overlook (1525 Ft.). This Overlook provides us with an amazing, Panoramic View of The Los Angeles Basin from downtown up to Palos  Verdes. We will take a lunch break at the Overlook before hiking back the way we came.

Meeting Place is at The Los Liones Trailhead in Pacific Palisades, by The main " Los Leones Canyon " Gate at 8 a.m. There is free parking all along the road. Do not park in The Church Parking Lot.

Mileage: 7 miles

Elevation gain: 1300 feet

Bring Lug Shoes, 2 liters of water, Sunscreen and a hat ( The Fireroad is exposed.) and a sack lunch. 

 
Cancellation Policy:
Rain and Fire Cancels: No Dogs.
 

Title: O1 - Switzer Falls via Gabrielino Trail
Sponsoring Section: 20s & 30s Section
Start Date/Time: 10/13/2019 07:30 AM Reservation Required: Yes
End Date/Time: 10/13/2019 10:30 AM Reservation Deadline: 10/12/2019
Activity Type: Hike Space: 1 (min) | 20 (max)
Difficulty Level: Easy Fee: $0 (SC) | $0 (Non SC)
Location:
Switzer Falls Trailhead
Tujunga, CA
Coordinator(s):
Begum Ozel
Julio Garcia
Meeting Point:
Switzer Picnic Area by the bridge which also is the trailhead Google maps link to meeting location: https://goo.gl/maps/7Vtu9sHR5w7TdGxc8
 
Description:
Switzer Falls via Gabrielino Trail: This easy 4.3 mile hike with 725 feet gain along the Arroyo Seco is in one of the most beautiful sections of the San Gabriel Mountains. We will follow the stream running down Arroyo Seco Canyon and encounter multiple stream crossings. We will pass Switzer Trail Camp and then continue to Switzer Falls. Some sections of the trail may be washed out, so be prepared for the possibility that your feet will get wet. There is the option of taking a dip in the pools if the weather is warm enough. Well behaved dogs welcome. 

Meet at 7:30am sharp at the Switzer Picnic Area by the bridge which also is the trailhead. 

Parking: Adventure Pass is required for parking at the trailhead. Carpooling is encouraged as the parking lot can fill up early in this popular area. 

Level: Easy 

Bring: Lug sole boots; 2 liters water and snacks; 10 essentials; layers are helpful as it may be cool in the canyon. 

Cancellation Policy: Heavy rain cancels. 
 
This is a provisional hike.  
 
Contact for questions:
 
Begum Ozel bzozel@hotmail.com 

(323) 428-1320 

Pete Garcia jpetegarcia@yahoo.com 

(424) 348-5627  


 
Cancellation Policy:
Heavy rain cancels.
 

Title: O1 - Ghost Hunt and Candy
Sponsoring Section: 20s & 30s Section
Start Date/Time: 10/19/2019 04:00 PM Reservation Required: No
End Date/Time: 10/19/2019 10:00 PM Reservation Deadline: N/A
Activity Type: Hike Space: 4 (min) | 20 (max)
Difficulty Level: Moderate Fee: $0 (SC) | $0 (Non SC)
Location:
Cobb Estate
3302 Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001
Altadena, , CA 91001
Coordinator(s):
Julio Garcia
Isabelle Galan
Meeting Point:
In Front of the gate Cobb Estate https://goo.gl/maps/KMaX9sHYT2hnhvWh6
 
Description:

It's October, the one holiday where kids play second fiddle to the adults =) Halloween. So, let the wickedness prevail. Grad your proton packs, Ouija boards, Nimbus 2000 and hit lets hit the trails of Echo mountain at night to finds some ghosts.

Along the way you will also learn about the Echo Mountain House – a hotel built in the 1800 by Thaddeus Lowe. This rich historic hike is 6 miles and should take use 4-5 hours to complete.

Mileage: 6 miles round trip

Difficulty : Moderate

Elevation gain: 1,500 ft.

Length of time: 5 hours including dinner, and breaks. End time should be around 9-10pm.

Please Bring: Lug sole shoes with good traction, your ten essentials, 2 to 3 liters of water, snacks, dinner, your camera, head lamp, something to keep you warm when we stop at the top, and the most important item Your favorite (CANDY) to share once we hit the top of Echo.

Street parking is available and obey all parking sign in the area.

Google Street maps

https://goo.gl/maps/KMaX9sHYT2hnhvWh6 

You can also park at Farnsworth Park on Mount Curve Ave.

Any rain or storms, fires, hike will be canceled, and rescheduled for another time.

No Dogs

 
Cancellation Policy:
Any rain or storms, fires, hike will be canceled, and rescheduled for another time. No Dogs
 

Title: O1 - #OptOutside at Joshua Tree National Park Car Camp
Sponsoring Section: 20s & 30s Section
Start Date/Time: 11/29/2019 03:00 PM Reservation Required: Yes
End Date/Time: 12/01/2019 10:00 AM Reservation Deadline: 11/21/2019
Activity Type: Camping Trip Space: 2 (min) | 15 (max)
Difficulty Level: Moderate Fee: $50 (SC) | $50 (Non SC)
Location:
Joshua Tree National Park - South Entrance
Cottonwood Springs, CA
Coordinator(s):
Krista Muscarella
Julio Garcia
Meeting Point:
Exact location will be emailed to participants
 
Description:

Looking for a way to shed some of those Turkey Day pounds? Want to #OptOutside instead of shopping the day away? Want to check another National Park off your bucket list? You can do it all! 

 

Join the 20s & 30s Section of the Angeles Chapter Sierra Club on a two-night post-Thanksgiving car camping trip to explore the south-end of Joshua Tree National Park! Joshua Tree National Park is known for its rock formations, ocotillo, cacti, wildflowers, and even a palm oasis in the middle of the desert! Participants can arrive to the campground any time after 3pm on Friday, November 29th, 2019. Potable water and flush toilets are available at the campground. We will spend Friday evening relaxing in camp around a campfire (with s’mores!), exploring the area on your own, or even attending a ranger program! Participants are responsible for their own dinner Friday evening although the section will provide hot water. 

 

Saturday morning, we will eat breakfast (provided) and venture to Lost Palms Oasis, the largest stand of fan palms in Joshua Tree National Park. The hike is 7.2 miles roundtrip with 1,200’ of elevation gain. The trail does have its share of ups and downs and there are a few moderately strenuous areas. We’ll eat lunch (provided) near the overlook/canyon/oasis before heading back to camp. In the spirit of THANKSgiving, we will practice a short gratitude exercise at our destination. Perhaps you want to walk the short Bajada Trail (.25 mile) near the campground before a potluck style dinner. Bring your Turkey Day leftovers for our Thanksgiving-themed potluck. S’mores will be provided at our Saturday evening campfire. 

 

The plan for Sunday is to pack up and explore the park on your own/head back to Los Angeles. Participants are responsible for their own breakfast/lunch on Sunday. The section will provide hot water for breakfast. Please note that the outing will conclude when we are finished with breakfast (by 10am). After that, participants are on their own to explore the park, without Sierra Club leaders. 

 

What’s Included in the Trip Fee: Campsite(s), breakfast and lunch on Saturday, materials for s’mores, warm dish water with dish soap, hand soap, a few other basic amenities, and almost-guaranteed fun! Breakfast will include coffee and juice, amazing bagel station, oatmeal, yogurt, and fruit. BYOT: bring your own toaster. Lunch will include the makings for peanut butter and jelly in addition to fruit, chips, and juice boxes. 

 

What to Bring: Your own tent, sleeping bag, and whatever else you need to comfortably survive a two-night camping trip in Joshua Tree National Park. Each car will need to bring a bundle of firewood. Please also bring your own dinner for Friday night in addition to breakfast/lunch on Sunday and a potluck item for dinner on Saturday night. The section will provide breakfast (you do not want to miss this!) and lunch on Saturday. Participants are responsible for their own libations (BYOB or beverage of choice). You may want to bring your own ice chest/ice to keep perishables cool. For the hike: though we are hiking in “winter,” there is still the possibility of extreme temperatures. Please bring a minimum of 2 liters of water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a comfortable backpack. You may also want to bring long sleeve shirts and pants. Due to the rocky terrain, comfortable hiking boots are strongly recommended. Bring a camera to help capture the memories! 

 

Logistics: Campsites will be emailed to participants at least one-week prior to the outing. We ask that each participant help out around camp and mealtimes. Tasks will include helping to prepare the meals, helping to clean dishes, and taking trash from our campsite to the dump area. Each participant will be able to sign up for their preferred task(s). Additionally, we have limited parking available at the campground, averaging three people per parking spot. Parking spots will be allocated to carpools of three or more per vehicle, then, space permitting two or more per vehicle. Overflow parking is available. Indicate whether you are interested in carpooling when signing up. A carpool list will be available to participants at least one-week prior to the outing. Please note: as with all Sierra Club outings, carpooling is at the risk and responsibility of those who partake in a carpool. For more information on the Sierra Club's policy regarding carpooling, click here

 

Registration: Sound good? Complete the following questionnaireto register (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FLS6CJJ). After completion of the registration form, Krista will email you within 5 business days to collect your payment and finalize your reservation. Fees can be paid via PayPal or check. The cost is $50 for Sierra Club members and non-members. Not a member yet? Sign up here for the introductory price of $15 for the first year!

 

To comply with National Park Service regulations, fees charged are only used to cover direct expenses (campsite fees, food, entrance fees, etc.) There will be no financial profit from this activity.

 

CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. 

 

Weather:Average high temperature at the end of November: 70 deg. F; Average low temperature at the end of November: 45 deg. F; Average rainfall: 0.68 inches/month (it’s the desert). Trip leaders are not responsible unusual weather conditions. 

 
Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation Policy: We'll cancel the trip if the forecast calls for steady, substantial rain. If you decide to cancel, you'll get a full refund if you cancel 30 days prior to the start date, or 50% refund if you cancel more than 15 days before the start date. No refund if you cancel within the two weeks prior to the trip. All exceptions to this policy will be reviewed after completion of the trip.