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29TH ANNUAL BEGINNER'S BACKPACKING COURSE: 03/15/2018 - 03/15/2018

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Have you ever wanted to learn to backpack and get away from the crowds of people? Learn how to backpack in 3 Sunday courses (4/29, 5/6, 5/20) culminating in a trip to a Redwood Forest grove in Sierra Nevada 6/2-3. Course times are 5:00-8:30 PM  (4/29 and 5/20)  and 1:00-4:30 PM (5/6) Learn what to take, latest in equipment, what to do before you leave LA. Backpacking equipment demonstrations, giveaways and refreshments at classes. Attendance Mandatory at 4/29 class to participate on the June trip.   Send contact information, email and phone #,  $50 payable to the Sierra Club and mail to David Meltzer, 611 E Pine Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245.  Your check secures your reservation. The Course will be held in La Cresenta. Once your registration is confirmed you will receive more info.This class fills up every year so please be sure to sign up early by sending in your check.  Upon receipt of the check, I will send a confirmation letter to you.  Questions about the class can be addressed to me at dwm@crgpm.comRemember- To participate in the backpacking class you must send in the registration fee. Walk ups the day of class will not be accepted due to the limited size of the class and it fills up early.Cancellation Policy: No refunds once your spot in the course is confirmed

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CAR CAMP TO MORRO BAY: 03/23/2018 - 03/26/2018
Join us for a weekend of "hot water" camping trip on California's Central Coast!
We'll camp and hike near Morro Bay.

Hot water only? Yes:  We’ll provide hot water at breakfast at a designated campsite.  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, and the trip is affordable. And if you forget something important, we’re camped near Morro Bay, which has restaurants and stores.

Campground:  The campground has running water, flush toilets, and showers (for a few dollars).   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 1000 feet from out campsites.

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.  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. 

Do I have to help out at camp? Yes.  Each person will help out in two ways at mealtime (breakfast or dinner).  Tasks involve either keeping the thermoses full of hot water for the duration of the meal, or taking trash from our campsite to the dumpster each time our trash cans fill, or setting up water to wash dishes after the meal.

Which hikes are we leading as part of the trip? Hikes will depend on the weather, but Montana de Oro is my favorite state park in the area.  
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: 
Friday:  You may arrive at camp after 5:00 PM to set up camp.  Enjoy dinner on the road, get food at Morro Bay, or cook your own (hot water available until 7:30 PM).  Personally, I’ll probably stick around camp and enjoy the pot-luck between 6:00 PM and  7:30 PM. Materials for s’mores provided once the campfire gets going.


Saturday: Please join us at the hot water campsite to make your own breakfast. Optional: Hike with us in and near Montana de Oro State Park:

Hazard Reef Trail (1 mile RT, 130 ft elev)

Bluff Trail (3 miles RT, 100 ft elev)

Valencia Peak Trail (4.5 miles RT, 1300 ft elev)

The boardwalk in the "Los Osos Elfin Forest" 0.8 mile loop, flat)

 

Your dinner, optionally grilling over the charcoal provided. We’ll also have 15 minutes of warm water and dish soap for dishes each day after breakfast and after dinner.


Sunday:  Please join us at the hot water campsite to make your own breakfast.  

Drive to the elephant seal rookery north of Cambria.

Enjoy the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk and tidepools (3 miles RT, flat)

We have the campsites until Monday morning, so those wanting to stay until then can wait to pack up camp until then.
 

If you’re new to camping:  Trip leaders including Kevin and Rolf (and others to be named soon!), 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.


Disclosures: 
1. This trip is a fund-raiser for the 20's and 30's section.  It's not raising a lot and if happens to turn a profit, refunds won't be issued.  We lost money on a previous recent trip.

2. Children allowed.  I (Rolf) am bringing my toddler and infant.  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 (Friday):  Dinner is on your own, but we do have a pot luck.  Alternatively, food can be purchased in the nearby town of Morro Bay.
Typical breakfast (Saturday and Sunday):  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. 
Typical lunch (Saturday and Sunday):  On your own.  We'll be away from camp, so make sure you have a way of keeping it chilled if necessary.  Bring 2 quarts water if hiking.
Typical snack (Saturday and Sunday): A banana and a granola bar.  Or an apple, an orange, and some trail mix.
Typical dinner (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 the first night.

 

 



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29TH ANNUAL BEGINNER'S BACKPACKING COURSE: 04/15/2018 - 04/15/2018

INFORMATIONAL POSTING ONLY-SEE DETAILS BELOW

Have you ever wanted to learn to backpack and get away from the crowds of people? Learn how to backpack in 3 Sunday courses (4/29, 5/6, 5/20) culminating in a trip to a Redwood Forest grove in Sierra Nevada 6/2-3. Course times are 5:00-8:30 PM  (4/29 and 5/20)  and 1:00-4:30 PM (5/6) Learn what to take, latest in equipment, what to do before you leave LA. Backpacking equipment demonstrations, giveaways and refreshments at classes. Attendance Mandatory at 4/29 class to participate on the June trip.   Send contact information, email and phone #,  $50 payable to the Sierra Club and mail to David Meltzer, 611 E Pine Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245.  Your check secures your reservation. The Course will be held in La Cresenta. Once your registration is confirmed you will receive more info.This class fills up every year so please be sure to sign up early by sending in your check.  Upon receipt of the check, I will send a confirmation letter to you.  Questions about the class can be addressed to me at dwm@crgpm.comRemember- To participate in the backpacking class you must send in the registration fee. Walk ups the day of class will not be accepted due to the limited size of the class and it fills up early.Cancellation Policy: No refunds once your spot in the course is confirmed

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ADVENTURES IN ZION NATIONAL PARK: A PARTY PEOPLE BUS TRIP!: 05/05/2018 - 05/08/2018

Hey Party People!

Come out and join your fellow Sierra Club 20- and 30-somethings as we escape to Utah and explore the breathtaking sights of Zion National Park. You won’t want to miss out on being a part of this scenic four-day/three-night adventure in the great outdoors, surrounded by towering temples and soaring cliffs! The best part is you won’t be doing any driving for this trip since you’ll be relaxing on our privately chartered bus (complete with snacks and movies.)

All participants will need to bring their own tent (or share one), sleeping bag and sleeping pad, reusable (as in non-disposable!) dinnerware, and your Party People attitude! Participants will be expected to help with loading & unloading of gear, campsite setup & clean up, and meal preparation & clean up. Participants will be randomly assigned meal duties in small groups of 4-5 people.

Cost for this amazing adventure: $300

The price includes roundtrip chartered bus transportation, bus snacks, driver gratuity, National Park entrance fee, campsite fees, and all meals from Saturday’s dinner through Tuesday’s lunch.  (Saturday's lunch stop on the way to Zion is on your own dime.)

Once you RSVP, you will be emailed the payment address along with a Liability Waiver, Participant Questionnaire, and Participant Medical Form. Participants will be required to completely fill out all three forms and return them with your payment. Since your safety is of the utmost concern, participants will not be finalized until approved by the leaders, regardless of payment. As always, the Outings Leader has absolute authority to question a participant’s equipment and conditioning before and during the trip and to prohibit participation on a Sierra Club outing.

Hikes will be on established trails and have a RT distance of 4-6 miles with elevation gains of up to 1,000 feet.

Campground has potable water and restrooms with flush toilets.

Showers are not available at the campground but are available in the nearby town of Springdale.

Any questions, comments, or concerns? Contact Leader Jason Hashimoto at sc2030jason@gmail.com. Otherwise, we’ll see you on board with the rest of you adventure-seeking Party People!


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 for the introductory price of $15 to show your support and help us protect more of nature's wild places.



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CATALINA ISLAND IN PARADISE 2018: 09/01/2018 - 09/03/2018

Let's get ready for a great weekend at Camp Emerald Bay!

A fantastic 3-day Catalina Island vacation awaits you twenty-six miles across the ocean at Camp Emerald Bay. Camp Emerald Bay, a Boy Scout camp, is located on the undeveloped west end of Catalina Island, has secluded beaches, coves, and enjoys unparalleled access to the natural gems of Catalina's singular ecosystem. This camp is fully loaded (this is not really camping -no roughing it on this trip) with great activities --no tents are required.  All meals are provided by the camp staff.  The hiking trails from camp provide the perfect opportunity to spot the Catalina Island Fox or even an occasional wandering Bison. 

This year’s fun theme will be Country Western/Cowboys and Cowgirls!  Saddle up - and dust off your hats and boots!

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 and it gets better every year. Although this trip is posted on the 20s and 30s Sierra Club website – it is attended by participants of all ages 21 and over.  We have participants ranging from their 20s to their 60s.  Believe me, no matter your age, you will fit right in. 

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, 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. Note: Hikes will be on established trails and have a round trip distance of 2 to 7 miles with elevation gains of up to 1,200 feet.

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 2) and return Monday (September 4) 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 sleep up to 8 persons. Cabins are same sex.   Restrooms/showers are nearby.  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 for 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, fruit, 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.  Vegetarian and other food requirements usually can be accommodated. No one has ever gone hungry on this trip 

Who should attend: This trip is open to anyone over the age of 21; singles and couples are welcome. The group size is typically around 300 people and the age range varies from the late 20s to 60s 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. 

Other fun: Typically we have some organized competitions for those of you who wish to partake as well as some other surprises. 

Trip fee includes Roundtrip boat transportation, camp & landing fees, platform tent w/bed and mattress or cabins, catered food (Saturday lunch through Monday lunch- no lunch for early boat return on Monday), activities including kayaks, snorkeling equipment rental, hiking, dance lessons, and much more. 

Early Bird Pricing - Ends July 10, 2018

 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, 2018

 • 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 $24 (as estimated by the boat company) –so ride sharing/public transportation/or being dropped off is advised.  Additionally, 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 cash collected before boarding.

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 get a free gift. Just click on the "Join Sierra Club Now!!" link at the bottom of the 20s and 30s website.

  Payment Options

 • Check: make payable to SIERRA CLUB, ADDRESS TO BE PROVIDED IN SEPARATE EMAIL. You must register online 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 Justin Bruno at  catalina.registrar@gmail.com and general inquiries to Ron Domash at campron22@hotmail.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 Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors (formerly Inner City Outings), Angeles Chapter and 20s & 30s Section.  For the last several years, proceeds from this trip have sponsored a kids’ camp at Camp Emerald Bay.

Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment of any trip participants, volunteers or others who participate in Club-sponsored activities is prohibited.  All complaints of sexual harassment will be treated seriously.  Please report any such incident of sexual harassment to any trip leader.  

Drug Use: Marijuana and other recreational drugs are not permitted in camp.

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 at 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 be a member of the Sierra Club to attend this trip?  No. Everyone is very welcome.

Note:  Please be patient with our website as it is a bit old and tired - 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 at 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 1

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

Return from Emerald Bay to Long Beach -Monday, Sept 3

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 1

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

Return from Emerald Bay to Long Beach - Monday, September 3

Boards 3:30 pm; Departs 4:00 pm (estimated time back 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. Also, after your payment is made and logged, the next time you log into the site - you will be prompted to the boat sign up page. 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=OD0EI1LST2

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 at camp?  No. Just a little way.  Also, you will want to 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 vendor has indicated Parking at the Pike parking lot with validation with cost $40.  Although most years - they actually charge $24 (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 on 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 at 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 Platform Tent?  Platform tents have a wooden base, green canvas sides, and two cots with a mattress on 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. Rustic wood cabins w/electric lights/outlets with bunk beds sleep up to 8 persons. Cabins are the same sex.  There is one central restroom with private shower stalls for each set of cabins.  Arrangements can be made to share a cabin with groups of friends. If you don’t have a roommate in mind, no worries!  We will randomly assign you to a 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 tents 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 to share a cabin or a tent, you have the option of staying 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: sc2030acct@gmail.com 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.  We also have lots of social activities to meet other people. 

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.



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