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February 2006
Volume 12, Issue 2


Peppe riding a dead tree like a bucking bronco


Bighorn sheep


View of the strip from Indecision Peak


Chris on the summit with Bonnie Springs below


Summit photo of Chris, Joel and Peppe



President: Chris Ransel
Vice President/Training Director: Chris Meyer
Secretary: Kristi Meyer
Treasurer: Jim Albamont
Newsletter Editor: Joel Brewster
Outings Director: Josh Owen
Membership Director: Dawna Herndon
Website Director: Amy Brewster
Public Relations Director: Chris Ransel
Club Gear Director: Kim Friedman
Assistant Director: Bruce Lacroix
Assistant Director: Richard Baugh
Assistant Director: Howard Herndon
Assistant Director: Alan Andrunas

Past President: Xavier Wasiak

The Ascender is published monthly by the Las Vegas Mountaineers Club. It can be viewed on the “Members Only” section of our website. Current Club membership is approximately 150.
All Club members are invited to submit trip reports, photos, trip listings, recipes, classified ads and other related information. Please include the name and date of the trip or outing and the author’s name. March 10th is the deadline for the next issue.

Joel Brewster
Phone: 456-8520


To the following members, please note that your membership will expire this month:

Alan Andrunas
Robert Ellis
Kelly Evans
Ed Forkos
Allen Gibbs
Bill Guida

Chip Johnson
John Kolacz
Paul Kuroda
Bruce LaCroix
Deborah McCormick
Patricia Snider

Please make your check payable to the Las Vegas Mountaineers Club and mail to: P.O. Box 36026, Las Vegas, NV 89133-6026.
Single membership is $30 per year, $85 for three years. Family annual membership is $40, $110 for three years. Please mail all renewals prior to the end of the month to ensure uninterrupted notification of your Ascender password.

To All Members:
Please send any address, phone number and e-mail changes to Dawna Herndon.

Dawna Herndon
Membership Director


This club gear is available at no charge to members:

4-season tent
Bear Barrels
Alpine Axes*
Strap-on Crampons*


*Will require a signed waiver.

Non-members are not eligible to borrow club gear. Deposits taken on gear must be in the form of cash or check and will be returned upon return of equipment. Gear is also available to members for courses with no deposit required. If you have any questions or would like to inquire about club gear, please contact Kim Friedman.


Classified Ads
Members: Free
Non-members: $5

Business Ads
1/8 page (business card): $5
1/4 page: $10
1/2 page: $15
Full page: $20
All rates are per issue and will be discontinued automatically unless renewed. Ads must be prepaid and sent by e-mail or submitted on CD. Please make checks payable to Las Vegas Mountaineers Club.



Send in your best photos from LVMC outings for the First Annual LVMC Photo Contest. The contest will be open through November 2006 and prizes will be awarded at the annual Christmas Party! Click HERE for the contest rules. Please submit photos via e-mail to Joel Brewster and happy shooting!
(Remember, photos must be taken during an LVMC outing.)



Recipe for a Memorable and Unique Outing

February 12, 2006
Report by Kristi Meyer


1 coordinator (Kristi Meyer)
4 mountaineers (Chris Meyer, Peggy Rescheske, Bob Grozenski and Mike Ryan)
4 newcomers (Oleh, Elliot, Arun and Josh)
9 bathing suits
5.6 miles of hiking
3 hot springs pools
1 full moon (on Sunday, February 12, 2006)
A gazillion stars
9 headlamps/flashlights
1 enormous Hershey’s Bar


Gather the coordinator, mountaineers and newcomers at the Sunset Station parking garage a couple hours before sunset. Load gear and people into 2 SUVs and head south on US93. Patiently make your way across the Hoover Dam along with the tourists heading out of sin city. Arrive at the trailhead late and bust-a-hump through a down-sloping wash for an hour to get to the Colorado River (2.5 miles away) before sunset. Enjoy the multi-colored sky. Navigate a couple dry washes before descending into the final wash and the approach to the springs. Climb the ladder and find a dry spot to put your pack. Strip to your bathing suit and slip in to the upper, hottest pool. After simmering for 15-20 minutes, move to the middle, cooler pool for another 30-45 minutes of lounging. Take tons of pictures here and bury Mike in rocks. Finally, stick your toe in the lower, coldest pool and decide it is a bit too frigid. By now, it is dark outside, and though the moon may not be visible from the canyon you find yourself in, the stars should be plentiful. Once your skin prunes, dry yourself off and put on some warm clothes, as it is time to hike out. Before starting the 2.8 miles back, turn to your new Ukrainian friend Oleh for a chunk of chocolate. Hike out with the aid of your headlamp or simply by the glow of the full moon and stars. Return to the trailhead 5 hours after you left it, and fall asleep in the backseat while Bob makes the drive back to Henderson.



February 9, 2006
Report and photos by Joel Brewster

After some indecision, we decided we would hike Indecision Peak on Thursday, February 9th. I was joined by Chris Meyer and Peppe for the trip on a perfect day - sunny and low 70's. I had never climbed this particular peak, but I figured that Peppe, being the experienced Red Rock hiker that he is, would have been up Indecision before. Upon greeting him in the Red Rock parking lot a little after 8:30, I casually asked if he had hiked Indecision Peak before. His response was, "I've never even heard of it before!" That was a little disconcerting, but we decided to attempt it anyway. Fortunately I had brought the hike description from Branch Whitney's Hiking Las Vegas.

A burro along the trail

We finally started out on the First Creek trail just before 9:00. The hike follows this trail for a mile before veering off to the left and heading across the desert to the base of the mountain. At this point, we passed near a burro, who was making his presence known with loud braying. The hike becomes quite strenuous from here as you head up a long boulder field before scrambling around a huge prominent rock on the ridgeline. From there, the route leads into wide, brushy wash. As we started up the wash, we were treated to a close encounter with four bighorn sheep. They were only 30 yards away as they leisurely strolled along a steep sandstone crag. As I tried to get even closer for a picture, instead of moving away, they seemed more curious than frightened. They stood and watched me as I inched up to no more than 15 yards from them! I got some great pictures, and then they watched as we made our way up the wash. I think I could have almost reached out and touched them if I had wanted to!

Bighorns curious about us

The wash was fairly brushy all the way up (making me second-guess my decision to wear shorts). By the time we scrambled to the top of this section, we were all pretty tired. (Peppe claimed to be tired, although we could not tell by his rapid pace.) After an extended strenuous incline, we were happy to see the peak only an easy quarter of a mile from here. We hauled ourselves up the final summit block at 11:40 and admired the spectacular view.

Peppe and Chris ascending the boulder field

As we began our long descent, we carefully attempted to retrace our steps through the maze of sandstone. We took two minor detours on the way down, but overall, route-finding wasn't too difficult on this hike (thanks to Brandon's descripton). Although the descent was fairly long, going down the boulder field was the only really tedious part, as we had to be very careful of our footing because many of the small boulders were loose. Once past the boulder field, we half-ran the final mile back to the car. We arrived back at the car at 2:10, happy but tired. It was a good hike - 10 miles roundtrip and an elevation gain of about 3200'.

Come join us Thursday evenings at the rock gym (now called Red Rock Climbing Center), located at Charleston and Cimarron.
No experience required. We're there 6-8 pm.
Shoes are available to rent at the gym and some harnesses are available.
Contact Bruce Lacroix.



The Las Vegas Mountaineers hold their monthly meetings at the Sahara West Library,
9600 West Sahara. Click HERE for map. Meeting time is 7:00 p.m.



Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Pacific Crest Trail
Nathan Young


Tuesday, March 28, 2006

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