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April 2006
Volume 12, Issue 4


Mike S. (juggling), Mike R., Joel, and Roy on summit


Ascending the steep canyon


We march upward, upward


Water flowing down the walls of Pine Creek


Juniper Peak with Calico Hills in the background from Gunsight Notch Peak





Larry poses next to a pool


Dave admiring the scenery


That looks painful


The group enters the canyon


Cascading waterfalls down Terrace Canyon



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. May 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:

Mike Cressman
Valerie Harper
Thomas Hawley
Judy Kelly

Eric King
Nathan Petrosian
Roy Trafton
Cheri Weiss

Please make your check payable to the Las Vegas Mountaineers Club and mail to: P.O. Box 36026, Las Vegas, NV 89133-6026.
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Please send any address, phone number and e-mail changes to Dawna Herndon.

Dawna Herndon
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This club gear is available at no charge to members:

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


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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.


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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.)



April 2, 2006
Report by Mike Ryan, Photos by Joel Brewster

It was another beautiful sunny Saturday at Red Rock. The "Fab Four" (Joel Brewster, Mike Ryan, Mike Shackleford, and Roy Trafton) decided to make the arduous ascent up to Gunsight Notch Peak. Led by the skillful trailblazing of Joel (also known as "The Mule" because of his propensity to carry heavy loads or small children up any trail), the group rock-hopped their way towards the summit.

Our route up the wet slabs in the canyon

Water flowed freely in Pine Creek, so finding a dry route was a little more challenging, but these stalwart LVMC hikers forged ahead. Schooled by the wisdom of Joel to always take the left fork (and avoid sharp knives), they progressed upstream like a troop of happy salmon. Once out of the brushy wash and into the beautiful canyon, the group paused to snack and listen zen-like to the many streams and rivulets that trickled over the rocks.

Mike R. descending the canyon

Then it was on to the summit. All were successful, although one person who we will not name had to do a little backtracking. This perfectly wonderful day was topped off by a little skinny-dipping in a crystal-clear ice cold pool. Can you say REFRESHING! Joel did film this event. CD's are available at a reasonable price for those 17 years of age or older. And so ends our tale; all I can say is that you should have been there!

Mike S. going for a BRISK swim in an icy pool



March 21, 2006
Report and Photos by Raoul Kennedy

On March 21, I planned to visit Red Rock Canyon and catch at least a glimpse of some snow during a hike of the White Rock Hills loop. I got more than I expected when shortly after I parked at the Willow Springs parking lot, it began to snow.

As I progressed up towards La Madre Springs, the weather turned into a bonafide snowstorm with hefty snowflakes flying all around, covering tracks within minutes. As the photos I took hopefully show (see above), it was a beautiful sight, and I felt like singing Christmas carols along the snow-coveredtrail. I bumped into a few other hikers during the adventure, including a group from Korea. The crunch of the snow under my feet was a refreshing sound and the fresh snow was dry, fluffy and packed into nice light snowballs.

By the time I arrived at the White Rock Hills parking lot, the sun began to shine through the clouds a little bit, but the clouds won in the end and at the terminus (Willow Springs parking lot) the snow was back in full force.


April 7, 2006
Report and Photos by Chris Meyer

The hike to Terrace Canyon is my favorite hike in Red Rock. The terrain is a lot of fun and the views are fabulous. I was also really looking forward to this specific hike. A large storm system dumped a significant amount of rain and snow at Red Rock two days prior (the 5th) as I led a Pink Jeep tour. The loop was closed when I arrived that morning due to debris in the road, although the road opened soon after I arrived. I encountered tropical storm-force winds, rain, sleet, snow, and water flowing across the road from the Willow Springs wash and also the Pine Creek wash. After seeing all that water flowing across the roads, I knew the Terrace Canyon hike in two days would be really good.

Originally only Dave Bagasson had signed up, but Larry Dunn and Bruce LaCroix decided to join us, too. We all met at the Red Rocks parking lot at 7:30, then piled into Larry’s vehicle to start the hike at the Pine Creek parking lot at about 8:00. As we were starting I heard a couple burros making their normal calls, but we didn’t see any along the trail. I jokingly told everyone as I was amazed to be doing this hike in shorts and a t-shirt as just two days earlier I wore long pants, fleece jacket, hat, and gloves because of the storm.

We hiked the Pine Creek trail, and then entered the wash to begin hiking the canyon to the left of Mescalito. Not surprisingly, there was a lot of water running through the wash. A large amount of boulder-hopping was necessary. This hike is physically challenging, as you need to not only use your legs, but also your arms to get up and over many of the boulders. Due to the large amount of water, the route was also mentally challenging, negotiating the boulders in such a way as to not get wet.

The terrain was absolutely beautiful. The colors were amazing. We encountered a lot of different small waterfalls. Larry and I took so many pictures. It is hard to describe, so I hope some of the pictures included with this write-up are sufficient.

Looking down Terrace Canyon

I had attempted this hike several times previously over the past couple years, but only once had I reached Terrace Canyon. The terrain was a little familiar, but had changed due to a large amount of vegetation which had grown in the wash. Larry had a topographic map providing an indication to go left into a canyon, but for some reason we all felt we should go right. That was a good call as that direction led us to Terrace Canyon. We encountered a really brushy area at the mouth of the canyon that led us to think we made a bad choice, but we finally reached the opening. The views were absolutely amazing. We all agreed the sights were akin to seeing a small, hidden Yosemite Valley. The amount of water flowing along the terraced rocks was strikingly beautiful. We were all happy to have reach this secluded and infrequently visited area. It's hard to believe that it is only a little more than three miles and a three-hour hike in from the parking lot. The hike started at an elevation of 3,837 feet and ended at 5,269, with a cumulative elevation gain of about 1,600 feet.

We reached a great point to stop that is marked by a fallen, dead ponderosa pine. It is a great location to have lunch and to enjoy the wondrous views of “Hidden Yosemite.” Eventually, after almost an hour we decided it was time to return. On our way down towards the mouth of Terrace Canyon, we were surprised to discover another group of hikers; we were sure we would not see anyone else on this trip. It turns out Brandon led Linda Williams and Valentina Proskourina to this area. We all talked for several minutes and then continued back. I was sad to leave the area, but it was time to head home.

We returned back to the car at about 3:20 and then enjoyed cold Gatorade bottles I had kept in my cooler - a great refreshing beverage for an absolutely wonderful hike. I will definitely do this hike again, but not until next spring.

Chris hopping boulders



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Tuesday, April 25, 2006
My Sierra Summer 2005
Xavier Wasiak


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

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