North Alabama Sierra Club June 2014 Newsletter

 

Chill-Out on the Mountain! 

Ready for a picnic on the mountain? Come join the Sierra Club on Saturday, June 14 for a picnic, hikes and great company in Monte Sano State Park. Stretch your legs in a choice of two morning hikes (see Outings below for details) or bring a chair and lounge, enjoy the outdoor sounds, camaraderie and tantalizing aroma of Chef Steve's Dutch oven chili and blueberry cobbler! Lunch will be served at 12:00 in the small pavilion. A non-refundable fee of $6.00 per person includes regular and veggie chili, sides, dessert and drinks, for age 7-years plus. Age 6 and under eat for free. A lunch reservation is required, funds due on or before June 7.  For all information about the picnic, call 256 337- 9702. Checks may be mailed to Sierra Club, PO Box 1893, HSV 35807. We'll also keep you posted on our Facebook page. A torrential rain storm cancels. At the Park gate, say you are going to the small pavilion.

 

The next gathering of the North Alabama Sierra Club will be Thursday, July 17 in the training room of the National Children’s Advocacy Center at 210 Pratt Avenue. Becky Collier from the Coosa River Science School will be speaking. Sierra Club meetings are open to everyone. Come join us!

 

Wilderness First Aid Training

The weekend of May 30th, the North Alabama Sierra Club is offering a comprehensive two and a half day first aid course that will teach you the wilderness medical skills you need to handle backcountry emergencies. From the Patient Assessment System through traumatic, medical, and environmental emergencies, we will cover a wide variety of topics designed to prepare you to act if an accident occurs when you are out on the trail.

This is a 20 hour course over two and one half days. The course begins at 6:00pm on Friday, May 30 with Adult CPR/AED certification. The class will resume at 8:00am Saturday and Sunday and runs through 5:00pm both days. There will be both classroom time and hands-on practice scenarios. Practice scenarios may take place outside in various weather conditions; be prepared for inclement weather. Participants will have to pass both a written and a practical test. Red Cross CPR certification is a prerequisite for this course. Successful completion of this training results in an American Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid certification valid for two years. The cost is $80 which includes both CPR/AED and WFA certification. For applicants possessing a current Adult CPR/AED the cost is $60 and training will be Saturday and Sunday only. Proof of CPR/AED certification must be provided in advance. Lunch will be provided onsite each day. For further information contact Tom Burley at tdburleyhiker@bellsouth.net



Outings

Hike Ratings

Easy-Less than 5 miles, no serious elevation changes, no trail obstacles.

Moderate-5 to 10 miles, some elevation changes or rough trail (rock hopping), or trail obstacles such as creek crossings.

Strenuous- Over 10 miles, substantial elevation change, rocky, obstructed or nonexistent trail.

Exploratory - any event where the leader has not experienced the event; may fit any class above.

Note. Participants of Sierra Club outings are required to sign a waiver.



Tuesday, May 20 – Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy

Depart at 6:00pm sharp from the Monte Sano State Park hikers’ parking lot on Nolen Avenue. There is a small fee to enter the park and all dogs must be on a leash while in the parking lot and during the hike. Though not strenuous, hikes may be vigorous and range from 3 to 5 miles. For directions or questions contact Bob Gower at bgoing2@yahoo.com

Tuesday, May 27 – Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy

Depart at 6:00pm sharp from the Monte Sano State Park hikers’ parking lot on Nolen Avenue. There is a small fee to enter the park and all dogs must be on a leash while in the parking lot and during the hike. Though not strenuous, hikes may be vigorous and range from 3 to 5 miles. For directions or questions contact Liz Poleretzky at hiker@knology.net

Fri-Sun, May 30-June 1 -Wilderness First Aid Training.

Tuesday, June 3 – Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy. 

Depart at 6:00pm sharp from the Monte Sano State Park hikers’ parking lot on Nolen Avenue. There is a small fee to enter the park and all dogs must be on a leash while in the parking lot and during the hike. Though not strenuous, hikes may be vigorous and range from 3 to 5 miles. For directions or questions contact Pete Luther at pluther@knology.net

Saturday, June 7 - Wade Mountain Hike. Easy. 

This will be a slower-paced hike on the Piney Loop and up the Devil’s Racetrack (300 feet up-gradual), then use different side trails in the descent – about 4.5 miles. There are interesting rock formations and views of the valley. Bring water, a walking stick and don’t forget your camera! Meet at the Land Trust’s East Wade Mountain parking lot at 9:00am sharp. No bathrooms.  Rain cancels. For detailed directions or questions, please contact Bob Goodwin at Camel40@earthlink.net.  

Saturday, June 7 - Thompson Creek Hike. Strenuous

This 10-12 mile hike is in the Sipsey Wilderness. We'll begin the hike at the Thompson Creek trailhead, hike up 206 to the White Oak Trail and from there to the Bee Branch Trail which we will follow to the Big Tree. We will then go back down Bee Branch and pick up a trail along the Sipsey back to Thompson Creek. Meet in Wren at the trading post at 0900 or meet Tom Burley at the Wal-Mart on South Memorial Parkway and Redstone Road at 0745. For directions or questions please contact Chris Bolton at chris.bolton69.cb@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 10 – Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy

Depart at 6:00pm sharp from the Monte Sano State Park hikers’ parking lot on Nolen Avenue. There is a small fee to enter the park and all dogs must be on a leash while in the parking lot and during the hike. Though not strenuous, hikes may be vigorous and range from 3 to 5 miles. For directions or questions contact Alan Greene at agreene256@comcast.net

Thursday, June 12 - Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy

This would be a good hike for beginners or those interested in walking at a more leisurely pace.  Hike will be approx. 3 miles. Depart at 6:00pm from the Monte Sano State Park hiker’s parking lot on Nolen Avenue. There is a small fee to enter the park and all dogs must be on a leash.  For directions or questions contact Liz at hiker@knology.net

Saturday, June 14 - Chill-Out's Annual Early Bird Special. Strenuous.

Join Charlie for an approximately 10-mile hike that begins and ends at the parking lot at the picnic ground at Monte Sano State Park. We'll follow a series of trails that will take us to the Land Trust property, into McKay's Hollow, and back up to the picnic area in time for lunch. Meet at the picnic ground parking lot at 7:45am. Bring water and funds for the Park's entry fee and wear good hiking boots. For more information, contact Charlie Cohen at 256-837-3622.

Saturday, June 14 - Chill-Out Easy 3-mile hike

Join Liz on an easy 3-mile hike before the picnic.  We'll start our hike at 10:00am at Monte Sano State Park's small pavilion and return to the picnic area in time for lunch. Bring water, snacks, bug spray, funds for the Park's entry fee, and appropriate footwear. For more info, contact Liz at hiker@knology.net

Saturday, June 14 - Annual Picnic on Monte Sano. Easy and Filling!

12:00 noon. $6.00. RSVP by June 7.

Tuesday, June 17 – Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy

Depart at 6:00pm sharp from the Monte Sano State Park hikers’ parking lot on Nolen Avenue. There is a small fee to enter the park and all dogs must be on a leash while in the parking lot and during the hike. Though not strenuous, hikes may be vigorous and range from 3 to 5 miles. For directions or questions please contact Carolyn Brooks at dr_c_brooks@msn.com

Saturday, June 21 - Sewanee Dayhike. Strenuous

This 13 mile hike includes the northwest and southwest sections of the 21 mile Perimeter Trail which follows the perimeter of the Sewanee Domain. The Perimeter Trail features beautiful overlooks and interesting geological formations. The southwest section features Elliot, Otey, Polk, and Armfield Bluffs. The northwest section features Rutledge, Cherry, and Dotson Points plus the forestry cabin. This is one of two hikes to complete the entire Perimeter Trail. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Optional dinner afterwards. Meet at the Publix on Winchester Road at 8:30am. For more information contact Tom Burley at tdburleyhiker@bellsouth.net

Tuesday, June 24 – Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy

Depart at 6:00pm sharp from the Monte Sano State Park hikers’ parking lot on Nolen Avenue. There is a small fee to enter the park and all dogs must be on a leash while in the parking lot and during the hike. Though not strenuous, hikes may be vigorous and range from 3 to 5 miles. For directions or questions contact Rick Gates at rgates@knology.net

Thursday, June 26 - Monte Sano Evening Hike. Easy. 

This would be a good hike for beginners or those interested in walking at a more leisurely pace. Hike will be approx. 3 miles. Depart at 6:00pm from the Monte Sano State Park hiker’s parking lot on Nolen Avenue. There is a small fee to enter the park and all dogs must be on a leash. For directions or questions contact Liz at hiker@knology.net

Saturday, June 28 - Breakfast & Hike. Moderate

We will hike the McKay Hollow Trail then on the Bucca Trail to below Sublets Point and return on the South Plateau Loop. Arrive 30 minutes early to get Dutch Oven Breakfast (Hillbilly Quiche-Eggs, Cheese, veggies) with sides of fruit cooked and served at trail head (no cost) serving enough for 12 people. Meet at the small pavilion overlook 30 minutes early for breakfast 8:45, hike will depart there as well at 9:15. The hike is about 6 miles and is moderate in difficulty. If you have any questions contact Steve Jackson at  covecrawler@gmail.com



2014 Excom Members

Chair /Membership  Liz Poleretzky hiker@knology.net

Vice Chair/Programs  Steve Jackson covecrawler@gmail.com 337-9702

Secretary/Chapter Delegate  Jennifer Gresham jgresham98@gmail.com

Treasurer  Charlie Cohen        837-3622

Environmental Education  Charlotte Buening  charlotte.r.buening@gmail.com

Outings  Tom Burley                tdburleyhiker@bellsouth.net

Energy Consultant  Gretel Johnston

Political chair   Joe Imhof         858-3626

Programs  Steve Jackson        covecrawler@gmail.com

Publicity   Jayanthi Srikishen   signalmtn@hotmail.com

Social Media  Michael Stewart/Sandy Kiplinger  sandykip@juno.com

Newsletter  Jack Drost             drostj@bellsouth.net

Web Page  Steven Baty           489-0990