Cahaba Group Outings!

Sat. 12/11. Pinhoti Challenge dayhike. This is the 19th hike in our Pinhoti Challenge series. 5.5 miles. Strenuous. Meet at 7 a.m. in Birmingham at the Cracker Barrel at the intersection of I-459 and U.S. 280, or at 8:30 a.m. in Oxford at the Target just off I-20 east at exit 188. Jay Hudson, 205-907-6879, jay_hudson@bellsouth.net.

Tues. 12/14. Holiday Party. 6:30 P.M. Bring a potluck and join us as we celebrate the reorganization of the Cahaba Group. Enjoy being with friends around a crackling fire! Home of Dick Echols, 4032 Montevallo Road, Birmingham AL 35213.

12/18. Pinhoti Challenge bike ride. The only way to end the year, we'll be BIKING a section of roadwalk located near what will become Sections 1 and 2 of the Alabama Pinhoti between Flagg Mountain and FS 603A near Sylacauga. This is the 20th and final trek in our Pinhoti Challenge series. 23 miles. Strenuous. Meet at 7 a.m. in Birmingham at the Cracker Barrel at the intersection of I-459 and U.S. 280, or at 8:00 a.m. in Sylacauga at the The Home Depot just off U.S. 280 east (across from Wal-Mart). Jay Hudson, 205-907-6879, jay_hudson@bellsouth.net.

1/1. Little River Canyon dayhike. The hardest hike in the state of Alabama – only for the hard-core! 3 miles one-way down Bear Creek canyon, a side-creek of Little River. Contact Jay Hudson for meeting details, 205-907-6879, jay_hudson@bellsouth.net.

1/8. Quillan Creek, Sipsey Wilderness. All off-trail, and not for the faint of heart. 8.5 miles. The wildest heart of the Wilderness, complete with Pennsylvanian Era fossils. Contact Jay Hudson for meeting details, 205-907-6879, jay_hudson@bellsouth.net.

1/15. Pinhoti Challenge dayhike. This month, we'll enjoy the section of trail up and over Oakey Mountain, Alabama's 3rd highest point. 8.2 miles. Strenuous. Meet at 7 a.m. in Birmingham at the Cracker Barrel at the intersection of I-459 and U.S. 280, or at 8:30 a.m. in Oxford at the Target just off I-20 east at exit 188. Jay Hudson, 205-907-6879, jay_hudson@bellsouth.net.


1/22. Explore the Sipsey. Head to an unannounced area of the Sipsey. Moderate. Meet at the Hayden Corner Park and Ride at 8:30 am. Optional dinner afterward. Contact Vicky Wilson at vickywilson58@hotmail.com


December 2010

Re-Energizing the Cahaba Group/Birmingham Chapter

The Birmingham Chapter of the Sierra Club is seeking to re-energize its membership!
We need you! Changing times and increasing printing costs have caused us to cease the offering of a printed newsletter, and this changeover has left many members "not knowing where we went." We are very much still here, and feel that our methods of communication need to be honed. We would also like to return to a club with regular meetings, more diverse outings, and an increased voice in our area's most pressing environmental issues (and there are many).



Why do we need to re-energize? Many reasons - here's just one. The Cahaba River is the most biologically diverse river of its size on the North American continent. For those needing to hear that again, yes we're including the United States, Canada, and Mexico! This statement alone should be enough to cause most Alabamians to glow with pride. There are over 130 species of fish in the Cahaba, helping Alabama to its #1 ranking among all 50 states in aquatic biodiversity. How can a system this fragile and worthwhile survive right in the middle of the 48th largest metropolitan area in the country?

The answer to this question is one to which there are no simple answers. We feel that conservation, preservation, and greater input to community leaders would be a good starting place. However, we can't have input without a united voice. There are very specific issues across the counties included within the Cahaba group that we feel fit directly into the Sierra Club's key goals of:

With 1.2 million residents in the Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman metropolitan area, this area represents approximately 25% of Alabama's population. The Cahaba Group is perfectly in line with these statistics, having 29% of the Alabama Chapter's membership. We cannot sit back and rest, but must instead become active again! Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. How can you help? We need the following:

Contact Cahaba Group Chair Jay Hudson (home 205-678-4272)(cell 205-907-6879).

We're anxiously waiting to get the Cahaba Group back to the status of "most active" Sierra Club group in the state! We can't do it without YOU!