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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK WATERFALL EXTRAVAGANZA - TRIP/WAITLIST FULL: 05/18/2017 - 05/21/2017
This trip is currently FULL - Waitlist is now FULL as well(over 10 people on it!).  Hope to catch you on the next outing!

 

Hey Party People!

With the massive amount of snow we've been bombarded with this winter, I can only think about one thing: EPIC WATERFALLS!!! So get ready to dust off your camping gear and join the Sierra Club 20s & 30s for an extended weekend of hiking, eating, socializing, and relaxing as we escape to beautiful Yosemite National Park. Located just 5 hours north of Los Angeles, Yosemite draws in roughly 4 million visitors a year to snap selfies with its jaw-dropping waterfalls and the iconic Half Dome. So come take your own selfies and make all your social media friends completely jelly!!

The cost of this FUNtabulous carcamping adventure is just $129* and includes campsite fees and all meals from Thursday's dinner to Sunday's breakfast. Some volunteer Sierra Club leaders will be thrown in at no additional charge to take you on the on-trail hikes (5-8 miles in length) where you will have some amazing photo ops.

NOT INCLUDED is the National Park entrance fee and the fee to use the showers.

*NOTE: There is an additional charge of $22 to take the shuttle up to Glacier Point for Saturday's planned hike down the 8-mile Panorama Trail. If you'd rather make it a relaxing Saturday, no additional payment is needed.

All participants will need to bring their own tent (or share one), sleeping bag and pad, and reusable dinnerware (fork, knife, spoon, spork, plate, cup, etc.), and a good attitude.

Parking is limited and participants are encouraged to carpool. Priority will be given to carpools of 3 or more people. (Carpooling is strictly voluntary. The Sierra Club cannot arrange carpools and assumes no liability for any arrangements.)

As always, participants will be expected to help with meal preparation and cleanup (you will work in groups of 3-4) as well as campsite cleanup upon departure. You will also be required to sign a liability waiver to participate on this trip.

This will be an absolutely unforgettable, photo-friendly trip. Prepare to be awed by the majestic waterfalls which will be at their most powerful in several years. They will be nothing short of spectacular! So RSVP and request those days off to join us ASAP before this trip sells out! (Payment info will be sent after you RSVP.)

Any questions, comments, or concerns? Drop us a line through the Contact Leader tab.


-Jason & Al


p.s. You are probably wondering why there are two Yosemite trips posted for the same weekend. Well I'm glad you asked!

Here in the Sierra Club 20s & 30s Section, we try to get as many of you outdoors as possible to show you the beauty of nature and why these special places need to be protected (now more than ever!) Rolf had the incredible idea of offering two pricing options: one that includes food (for those of us who hate to cook, don't know how to cook very much, or just enjoy the social aspect of cooking a meal together with others) and one that doesn't.

Rolf is known for leading his “hot water only” camping trips. I've been before and they're great.  His trips are ridiculously affordable and you get to eat whatever you want (great for those on dietary restrictions!) as long as you bring your own food and cook it yourself, of course.  If I wasn't leading, I would definitely go on Rolf's trip. My meals would be a lot simpler though since I hate making a big mess when I'm just cooking for myself.  We'll be conducting joint hikes so you won't be missing out by choosing one trip over the other.  Choose whichever option works best for you.

 

To comply with National Park Service regulations, fees charged are only used to cover direct expenses (campsite fees, food, transportation, etc.)  There will be no financial profit from this activity. The Sierra Club leaders are all unpaid volunteers who are excited to show you why these magical places should be protected for future generations 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.



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FULL: CAR CAMP TO THE YOSEMITE VALLEY - WAIT LIST STARTED: 05/18/2017 - 05/21/2017

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The waterfalls should be gushing this May, and we’ll be camped at the heart of the Yosemite Valley for a long weekend to enjoy the breathtaking scenery.  Expect cold nights (~ 45°F) and comfortable days (~72°F).

We hope you’ll join us for a “hot water only” camping trip from Thursday, May 18th to Sunday, May 21st.

Why does the trip list two different prices?  The price is the same for Sierra Club members and non-members:  $36 per participant. Saturday's Panorama Trail hike is reached via a one-hour bus to Glacier Point, which costs $22.  Our trip and Jason's trip collectively have 33 tickets on the shuttle.  Those who want to take part in the Panorama Trail hike but come too late to buy shuttle tickets can arrange a car shuttle amongst themselves.

There’s another Yosemite trip the same weekend.  Why the price difference?  Jason Hashimoto is leading a different kind of camping trip: he's hauling up all of the food and cooking gear that his participants are going to need.  Jason's participants will be "volunteering" for one meal prep and one meal clean-up  In contrast, everyone on our trip will bring up their own food and our participants will "volunteer" for about 30-60 minutes for the benefit of our group once during the trip. The two trips are camped adjacent to each other and are conducting some joint hikes.  I (Rolf) have been on several of Jason’s trips and I recommend his trips highly!  Take this link over to learn more about Jason's trip:

http://www.sc2030.org/constructor.php?nav_element=19&url_EventId=3100

Hot water only? Yes:  We’ll provide hot water at breakfast.  We’ll provide hot water and hot charcoal at dinner.  You’ll bring your own food, a small ice chest to keep it cool, and you’ll prepare your own meals.  Please take a look at the sample menu at the end of this write-up.  This is not a foodie trip (unless you plan to bring and cook great food), but the benefit is that the location is beautiful, the trip is affordable, and you’ll be doing only one task for the group.  And if you forget something important, we’re camped near Curry Village, which has a few restaurants and stores.

Campground:  The campground has running water and flush toilets.  Showers are available at Curry Village for a fee ($5?).  Campground location will be emailed to participants.  We have limited parking available at the campground averaging three people per parking spot.  Our spots will be allocated to carpools of 3 or more per vehicle, then, space permitting, 2 or more per vehicle. Overflow parking is available about 1/2 a mile away.

Food:  Bring your own food and beverages for this trip. Please bring a small ice chest with ice to keep your food cool. You may bring a stove to cook dinner or you may decide to make do with the hot water and charcoal provided. Please check out the sample menu at the end of this write-up and you may decide that you don’t need a stove.  Ice chest size is limited by the food storage lockers: Six people sharing one food storage locker means that each person gets a space approximately 17” deep  x 14” wide  x 28” high for their ice chest, other food, and toiletries. It might be worth it to share an ice chest with your carpool.

What’s included in the trip fee?  Campsite, hot water at breakfast and dinner, hot charcoals and aluminum foil so you can grill something at dinner, warm dish water with dish soap, hand soap and a few other hand & dish hygiene materials. 

Which hikes are we leading as part of the trip? You’re free to explore the valley on your own and to hike on your own, pending leader approval for your activity (no basejumping, for example).  Trip leaders will lead the following optional hikes:

-> Friday’s hike is to Columbia Rock, halfway up Yosemite Falls (2 miles round trip, 1000 ft vertical gain and loss).  If you're doing well getting to Columbia Rock (not struggling, and in the faster half of our hikers), you may continue on to the top of Yosemite Falls (total of 7.2 miles round trip, 2700’ vertical gain and loss).  We'll have at least two leaders on the hike that ends at Columbia Rock and at least two leaders on the hike continuing to the top of Yosemite Falls.

-> On Saturday, there are two hike options:

1. Hike along the Panorama Trail (8.5 miles total, from Glacier Point (on a plateau above the Yosemite Valley) to the top of Nevada Falls, then descending into the valley to our campground, passing Vernal Falls. The shuttle bus costs $25 for that, so if you’re planning on joining us on this hike, please mail in another check for $25.  We have limited spaces on the bus and when we’re out of spots, we’re out. (You could arrange your own shuttle, driving an hour each way).

2. Hike up the 4-mile trail,then back along the Panorama Trail.  This hike adds 5 miles and 3000 ft vertical gain to the Panorama Trail hike.  Must pre-qualify with Mandy.  Email Rolf and ask how.

Note: All hikes will be along established trails and will be led by at least two Sierra Club leaders.  Hikes may change subject to weather and other conditions.

Itinerary: 

Thursday:  The trip officially starts Thursday at 8PM, but you may arrive at camp after 4:30 PM to set up camp.  Enjoy dinner on the road, get food at Curry Village, or cook your own (hot water available until 7:30 PM).  Personally, I’ll probably get a pizza at Curry Village. Pot-luck from 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM. Materials for s’mores provided once the campfire gets going.

Friday and Saturday: Please join us at the hot water campsite to make your own breakfast. Hike with us or explore Yosemite on your own. Your dinner.

 Sunday:  Please join us at the hot water campsite to make your own breakfast. We’ll pack up after breakfast and drive home.

We want to enjoy the Yosemite Valley, so we’ll have hot water available for a half hour each morning and for an hour each evening.  We’ll also have 15 minutes of warm water and dish soap for dishes each day after breakfast and after dinner.

If you’re new to camping:  Trip leaders including Mark, Rolf, and Gabe will be happy to help.  Let us know if you want pointers (a list of things to bring, advice setting up your tent) or if you have other concerns. Though it will be cold at night, good sleeping bags and sleeping pads can be rented here in the LA area so that you’ll be comfortably warm.

Alcohol:  If you want to drink alcohol on this trip, bring some. But if you like to drink to excess, please skip this trip.

Concerned about the Hantavirus in Yosemite?  We’re camped less than a mile from the Hantavirus outbreak epicenter that happened in 2012. Please read about Hantavirus on the national park service’s website: http://www.nps.gov/public_health/zed/hanta/hanta_camp.htm

Disclosures: 

1. This trip is co-sponsored by the Wilderness Adventure Section. (A big thank-you to Mandy!)

2. Children allowed.  I (Rolf) am bringing my toddler.  If you’d like advice about camping with a toddler, please ask me.

 

Sample menu

 This menu is only a sample.  You may bring/make something completely different:

Dinner #0 (Thursday):  Dinner is on your own.  Curry Village and Yosemite Village both have restaurants. Alternatively, eat on the road if you’re arriving late.

Typical breakfast (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday):  It’s cold in the morning, so why not have instant oatmeal and coffee, using the hot water provided.  Spice it up by mixing some fruit and nuts into your oatmeal.  Alternatively, yogurt with nuts or fruit to go along with a PB&J sandwich. Also make hot coffee or hot chocolate.  Want to warm milk for a child?  Bring a metal cup, put the milk in the metal cup, and bathe the metal cup in hot water.

Typical lunch (Friday and Saturday):  On your own.  If going on an all-day hike, make sure to pack lunch as well as some snacks. Bring adequate amounts of water for the hike.

Typical snack (Friday and Saturday): A banana and a granola bar.  Or an apple, an orange, and some trail mix.

Typical dinner #1 (Friday) and #2 (Saturday):   Hot water, hot charcoals, and aluminum foil will be provided. Bring sausages (pre-cooked?), bell peppers, and onions to grill or steam these by wrapping them in foil and placing that on the grill.  Wrap a potato in foil and cook it in the coals. Bring a bun to complete your dog(s).  Alternatively, make shish-kabobs. Bring brownies for dessert.  We’ll provide marshmallow forks to make s’mores and we’ll bring marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate available for s’mores at the campfire, but we might run out by Saturday.

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CATALINA ISLAND IN PARADISE: 09/02/2017 - 09/04/2017

Join us on an amazing  get-a- way  to beautiful Catalina Island for a vacation in paradise.

 

A fantastic 3-day Catalina Island vacation awaits you twenty-six miles across the ocean at Camp Emerald Bay. Camp Emerald Bay, located on the undeveloped West End of Catalina Island, has secluded beaches and coves and enjoys unparalleled access to the natural gems of Catalina's singular ecosystem. The hiking trails that radiate from camp provide the perfect opportunity to spot the Catalina Island Fox or even an occasion wandering Bison. This well-preserved environment, under the care of the Catalina Island Conservancy, provides a uniquely accurate window into the natural history of California.

 

 If you like to mix endless fun activities, and great people with a beautiful coastline along with crystal blue water, then look no further! This trip has been occurring annually for over 15 years now and it gets better every year. 

 

Activities: Your weekend boasts a full schedule of both day and nighttime organized activities. Daytime fun includes: leader led hikes, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, volleyball, sunbathing, scavenger hunt, fun competitions, and plenty more. Nighttime activities include: happy hour, karaoke, and optional singles’ mixers, dance lessons with expert teachers, dancing to hip tunes played by a DJ, games, campfire hosted by a musician, or simply relaxing and stargazing.

 

Boat Transportation: We will be chartering two boats that will depart from and return to Long Beach. The boats will depart on Saturday morning (September 3) and return Monday (September 5) late morning and afternoon.

 

Accommodations:

 

Option 1) Pre-assembled 2 person platform army style tents (wood floor, canvas walls/roof, 2 cots with mattress --typically the tents hold up to two persons with no setup required) Couples can push together two cots in the platform tents to make a single larger bed.

 

Option 2) Rustic wood cabins w/electric lights/outlets with bunk beds sleeps up to 8 persons. Cabins are same sex.   Each cabin has an attached bathroom.  Arrangements can be made to share a cabin with groups of friends. If you don’t have a roommate in mind, no worries! You will easily meet people on the boat ride over or we will assign you to a cabin.

 

Bathrooms and Showers: Emerald Bay has flush toilets and hot showers.  There will be separate  units men and women.

 

Food: Great meals are prepared daily by experienced camp staff and served buffet style in a large dining hall. Breakfast typically includes eggs, pancakes, cereal, and much more. Lunches are simple, usually either a sandwich bar or hot food. Dinners may include chicken one night and steak the other with veggie options; and of course we always have dessert. You will not be disappointed.  In general, vegetarian is available. No one has ever gone hungry on this trip 

 

Who should come: This trip is open to everyone over the age of 21; singles and couples are welcome. The group size is typically around 300 people and the age range varies from late 20s to 50s  on this well attended trip.  We set-up many activities to help people make new friends.  Many of our participants are first timers who often come on their own, but leave with many new friends. Team Events: Typically we have some organized competitions for those of you who wish to partake as well as some other surprises. 

 

Trip fee includes: Round trip boat transportation, camp & landing fees, platform tent w/bed and mattress or cabins, catered food (Saturday lunch through Monday lunch), activities including: kayaks, snorkeling equipment rental, hiking, dance lessons, and much more. 

 

Early Bird Pricing - Ends July 10, 2017

 

Trip Fee for Sierra Club Member

 

• Price with platform tent accommodation - $290

 • Price with cabin upgrade - $310

 

Trip Fee for Non-Sierra Club Member

 

• Price with platform tent accommodation - $311

 • Price with cabin upgrade - $331

 

 

Pricing after July 10, 2017

 

• Price with platform tent accommodation - $315

 • Price with cabin upgrade - $335

 

Trip Fee for Non-Sierra Club Member

 

• Price with platform tent accommodation - $336

 • Price with cabin upgrade - $356

 

Trip fee does not include:  Parking Fees for the weekend and Boat Taxi Fees (Optional).  The parking charge with validation for the weekend at the Pike Parking Lot is $40 –so ride sharing/public transportation/or being dropped off is advised.   Please note:  The boat company indicates a $40 parking charge, but the last few years the charge at the gate has only been $25 with validation. On Sunday, most people choose to hike to a town called Two Harbors in the morning and catch a water taxi back, the charge for the water taxi is approximately $15.

 

Regular Pricing 

 

For first time new member applicants, a one-year Sierra Club membership can be purchased for $15 prior to the trip allowing you to benefit from the Member price and a free gift. Just click on the "Join Sierra Club Now!!" link at the bottom of the20s and 30s website.

 

 Payment Options

 

• Check: make payable to SIERRA CLUB, ADDRESS TO BE PROVIDED IN SEPARATE EMAIL. You must register on-line on sc2030.org before sending in your check.  We  prefer checks so we don't have to pay the PayPal Charge.

 

• PayPal: Please use the PayPal button in your Reservation Status area to submit your payment. Your reservation will be finalized when your payment is received.

 

For reservation questions, email  Jason  Hashimoto at  sc2030jason@yahoo.com and general inquiries to Ron Domash at rdomash@yahoo.com. All trip information will be transmitted to participants via email about 30 days from the trip date.

 

Check out our Catalina-Island-Camp-Paradise Facebook page [click here to join the FB page: http://on.fb.me/2011Catalina] and post your favorite Catalina picture.

 

This trip is a fundraiser; net proceeds will go to the Inner City Outings, Angeles Chapter and 20s and 30s Section.

 

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Reservations and Payment:

 

How do I make a reservation for this trip?  You need to log on to www.sc2030.org.  If you have not registered for this website before, you will need to register for the website before signing up for this trip.  Once you have registered, to make your reservation first click on the Calendar tab, then click on multi-day trips and select the Catalina Trip. Scroll down the page until you see the "Make Reservation" icon; click on that to make your reservation.  Once you do this, you will then get an email that you are awaiting approval – we will approve you shortly. Once approved then you can make your payment. Please note that you cannot make a payment until you have been approved.

 

How do I make payment for the trip? You can make your payment by check (until 3 weeks prior to the trip), or by PayPal. We prefer checks so we don’t have to pay the extra Paypal charge. To pay by check: make your check out to Sierra Club (there are several price options with other payment details listed on trip description page at sc2030.org). To pay by Paypal (after approval): log on to our website, go to the My Membership tab on the top of the page and select Event participation. Click on Reservation Status, click on Awaiting Payment, and then you will see the Paypal button next to the Catalina Trip.

 

How do I join the Sierra Club? Do I get a discount for the trip if I join? To join the Sierra Club: Go to sc2030.org, click on the tab at the very bottom of the main page titled Join Sierra Club Now!!!  Right now there is a special $15 membership offer with which you get a free daypack.  For first time new member applicants, a one-year Sierra Club membership can be purchased for $15 prior to the trip allowing you to benefit from the Member price and a free gift.  

 

Do I need to join the Sierra Club to attend this trip?  No. Everyone is very welcome.

 

Note:  Please be patient with our website as it is a bit older now - and we know it needs updating.  Also, be patient with all of us volunteers because we all have other jobs and may not always be able to answer your questions on the moment.

 

Can I pay at the discounted rate for a family member or friend if I am a member and they are not? No, each person must be a member to receive the discount.

 

Can I sign up my friend or family under my reservation (+1)? No. Each person must sign up individually. This is the only way we can keep track of everyone. Both the boat company and the camp need a list of everyone in attendance.

 

When does the early bird discount end? How much will the price go up?  The early bird price ends on July 10.

 

What is the cancellation policy? You may cancel 60 or more days prior to start date and receive a full refund. Cancellation 14-59 days prior to trip start date, you will receive 50% refund. 0-13 days or missed boat, no refund will be given. All exceptions to this policy shall be reviewed by Trip Organizer/Leader Ron Domash after the completion of the trip.

 

How do I cancel my reservation? Log on to sc2030.org, go to My Membership tab, then click on the Event Participation tab, and select the Reservation Status tab. At this point click on Delete Reservation to change your reservation status.

 

What times do the boats depart and return?

Boat 1:

Departure from Long Beach to Emerald Bay/Catalina Island - Saturday, September 3

Registration: by 6:30 am; Boards 7:00 am; Departs 7:30 am.

Return from Emerald Bay to Long Beach - Monday, Sept 4

Boards 10:00 am; Departs 10:30 am (estimate time back to Long Beach is noon)

 

Boat 2:

Departure from Long Beach to Emerald Bay/Catalina Island - Saturday, September 3

Registration: 7:15 am; Boards 8:00 am; Departs 8:30 am.

Return from Emerald Bay to Long Beach - Monday, Sept 5

Boards; 3:30 pm; Departs 4:00 pm (estimated time  return to Long Beach is 5:45 pm)

 

Note: Boat times are subject to change.

 

How do I sign up for the boat?  You must make full payment before you will be able to sign up for a boat. Once you have made payment, you will receive an email with a link. Simply click on the link to sign up for your boat. Please note that there are two departure times on Saturday and two return times on Monday, both of which are listed on the boat sign-up page.  If you don’t click on the link in the email, the next time you log into sc2030.org you will be directed to the boat sign-up page.  You can also use this link: http://www.sc2030.org/my_membership/reserve_boat.php?url_event=JI10PLOQWT

 

Can I switch boats once I have signed up? Yes, but once a boat is full you will have to sign up for the other boat by just going back to the link above. There will also be an opportunity to switch boats for the return trip home. We will post a sign-up board and waiting list to switch boats outside the mess hall.

 

Where do I catch my boat? Details about where to check-in and boat loading will be provided in the trip information package; in general, the boat departure is very close to the Long Beach Aquarium.

 

Do I have to carry my luggage a long way?  No. Just a little way.  You can drop off your luggage at the check-in location prior to parking your car.

 

 I get seasick, what should I do?  You might want to bring seasickness pill with you. We suggest using the non-drowsy type so that once we get to the island you can partake in all the fun activities without being sleepy.

 

How much does parking cost for the weekend?  Our boat vender has indicated Parking at the Pike parking lot with validation with cost $40.  Although most years - they actually charge less (strange). If you don’t want to pay the full price, consider finding someone to carpool with.

 

 How do I arrange for a Carpool?  The Sierra Club does not arrange for carpools and is not responsible or liable for those arrangements.  However, you can use meet up messaging or other social media to arrange for carpools. There is a carpool tab in the trip information page.  You can enter your information and people can email you directly. Additionally, you can also use the comments section of the Catalina Island’s meet up page to arrange for carpool. 

 

 Accommodations and food:

 

Is this camping? No, we are staying in a summer camp – you will not need a tent for this trip. You will be staying in either a cabin or a platform tent.

 

What is the difference between a Cabin and a Tent Cabin?  Platform tents have a wood base, green canvas sides, and two cots with a mattress each inside (think the TV show Mash). The platform tents typically hold 2 persons, but you can have one to yourself if you choose to. The rustic cabins are single rooms that sleep up to 8 people. Typically there are no more than 6 people per cabin.  We have male only and female only cabins. We do not have coed cabins. The cabins are located in the front area of the camp, while the tent cabins are in the rear. Both cabin and platform tents have one mattress per bed. However, you will need to bring your own sheet(s), pillow, and sleeping bag.  If privacy is an issue for you and you do not want share a cabin or a tent, you have the option to stay in a platform tent by yourself.

 

Does the camp have showers? Yes, there are free hot showers at camp. But you must bring your own soap and shampoo.

 

Can I upgrade to a cabin after I have signed up? Yes, the cost is $20.  You can go directly to Paypal.com or send us a check to the address on the Trip Description. For Paypal:  Log on to Paypal.com and enter in the following address: payment@sc2030.org and pay the $20. Or send a check for $20. Refunds for switching from a cabin to a tent after payment is made are not available.

 

 Do I have to make advanced arrangements for a roommate? No. We will make the arrangements when we arrive. If you have 6 or more people in your group of friends, you can get your own cabin. Otherwise, you will likely have to share.  You don’t need to tell us in advance who you are rooming with as we handle this when we get to the island. Our leaders will handle cabin check-in once we get to camp.

 

How do I get a roommate? If you are staying in a cabin, you can let us know if you have some friends you would like to share with-otherwise we will assign you to a cabin.  If you are in a tent, you can stay in your own tent or pick a roommate.

 

Should I come on the trip if I am not coming with a group of friends?  Yes, you will meet lots of people quickly so please join in.

 

Cancellation Policy:

 

You may cancel 60 or more days prior to start date and receive a full refund. Cancellation 14-59 days prior to trip start date, you will receive 50% refund. 0-13 days or missed boat, no refund will be given. All exceptions to this policy shall be reviewed by Trip Organizer/Leader Ron Domash after the completion of the trip.



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