LVMC CHRISTMAS PARTY - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15th

Bring a side dish and your holiday cheer! The Club will provide ham and turkey and soft drinks, but you may bring your drink of choice. The party is at 6:30 pm at the Brewsters' house.

Be there or be square!

 

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November 2006
Volume 12, Issue 11

SOUTH McCULLOUGH MOUNTAIN


Walter, Michael, and Mike on the summit of South McCullough Mountain


Skull from sheep skeleton we found along the way

 


View from summit of surrounding mountains

 


LVMC SELF-RESCUE CLINIC


 


 


 

 

 


HAMBLIN MOUNTAIN


Chris, Toby, Joel, Carole, Bob and Roy on Hamblin Mountain

 


Amy leads a discussion

 


Roy on ridgeline with Lake Mead in background

 


Amy prepares to catch Kristi as she descends a dry waterfall

 


The Brewster kids pose along the route

 

LAS VEGAS MOUNTAINEERS CLUB
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


President: Howard Herndon
Vice President/Training Director: Chris Meyer
Secretary: Karyn Davenport
Treasurer: Jim Albamont
Newsletter Editor: Joel Brewster
Outings Director: Kristi Meyer
Membership Director: Dawna Herndon
Website Director: Amy Brewster
Public Relations/Marketing Director: Cristina Rodriguez
Club Gear Director: Bruce LaCroix
Social Directors: Kim Friedman & John "Snafu" Mueller
Assistant Director: Alan Andrunas
Assistant Director: Richard Baugh
Assistant Director: Alda Behie
Assistant Director: Luba Leef
Assistant Director: Doug Olson
Assistant Director: Josh Owen
Assistant Director: Nadia von Magdenko
Past President: Chris Ransel


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 160.
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. There is no December newsletter due to the holidays. January 10th is the deadline for the next issue.

SUBMIT ARTICLES TO:
Joel Brewster
E-mail: amyjoel@cox.net
Phone: 456-8520



MEMBERSHIP ISSUES...

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

Chris Ransel
David Seyler
Debra Bookout
Erin Darling

Mike Ryan
Val De LaBrosse
Tory Garrison
Richard Baugh

Ilya Ganov
Jacque Palmer

Kate Burrell

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


CLUB GEAR

This club gear is available at no charge to members:


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

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5
3
5
3
6
Deposit
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$20
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*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 Bruce LaCroix.

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LVMC CHRISTMAS PARTY - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15th

Bring a side dish and your holiday cheer! The Club will provide ham and turkey and soft drinks, but you may bring your drink of choice. The party is at 6:30 pm at the Brewsters' house.

Be there or be square!

 


SOUTH McCULLOUGH MOUNTAIN

October 28, 2006
Report by Michael Jackson, Photos by Joel Brewster

Most scientists find current evidence regarding Bigfoot unpersuasive. However, a small number of prominent experts hold sympathetic opinions regarding the existence of the Sasquatch. One such expert is Joel Brewster of Las Vegas, Nevada. Brewster argues that a relict population of Gigantopithecus blacki is the most likely candidate to explain countless sightings.

In response to a recent surge in Bigfoot sightings within South McCullough Wilderness Area, he recently mounted a research expedition to South McCullough Mountain, thanks to a generous grant from the Las Vegas Mountaineering Club.

At 7026 feet, South McCullough Mountain is the highest point in the McCullough Range and is 138th on Nevada's most prominent peaks list. Brewster explained that the rugged terrain and multiple springs in the area provided an ideal habitat for a small Sasquatch population. The McCullough Range is actually made of two distinct ranges. The northern range is volcanic in origin, while the southern range consists primarily of older metamorphic rock.

South McCullough can be reached off Nelson Road, which can be accessed either from Highway 95 at Searchlight or from Interstate 15, just past Primm. From there, you turn off Nelson Road and make your way to a powerline road, then take a road requiring either a Subaru or a high clearance vehicle, and arrive at the trailhead just before Pipe Spring. There is an excellent description of the route and directions to the trailhead at www.birdandhike.com.

Michael and Walter descending

Well, enough joking around, we unfortunately found no Sasquatch, and actually went there just to bag a peak. The route to the peak requires tackling a series of ridges and washes and can pose quite a navigation challenge. We got off course twice, once on the way up, where we ascended a minor summit to the south of McCullough. Also on the way back down we followed one ridge in the wrong direction but quickly got back on course. The view up top was great and we spent some time identifying peaks and other landmarks.

One noteworthy find was an intact deer skeleton ,entirely devoured save a few scraps of skin on the extremities. It still had an odor to it, so it couldn't have been too old. We joked it was the Sasquatch, but a better guess would be a rather large kitty cat. We saw no other hikers and according to the register at the peak, it had been a few months since the last visit. It was a pleasant, secluded hike.


HAMBLIN MOUNTAIN

November 11, 2006
Report by Joel Brewster, Photos by Chris Meyer

Our group of nine was composed of the four Brewsters (Joel, Amy, Toby and Sierra), Chris & Kristi Meyer, Chris' co-worker, Roy, Bob Grozenski, and a new member, Carole, who was on her first LVMC trip. Although Kristi was the official leader, we all added some navigational help as Chris, Bob, and I had all been to Hamblin before.

It was cool, cloudy day and got quite windy once we reached the elusive ridgeline. For those not familiar with this hike, the route-finding is quite difficult and requires choosing washes to ascend as there are many forks. The route we chose followed a pleasant and scenic wash until it peetered out. At this point there was some steep climbing to get out of the wash.

Since Sierra was hungryand Kristi was pregnant, Amy, Sierra, and Kristi decided to wait for the rest of the group here. Therefore, I got to shed the baby backpack and went on to the summit carrying only water and snacks (which Bob generously offered to transport for me). Toby, being the trooper that he is, insisted upon heading for the summit with us.

The next section of the hike involved lots of steep climbing on loose pebbles (like walking on marbles) and Toby and I helped each other finally reach the ridgeline. From there, there was a decent trail to follow to the peak. Toby was happy and proud when he reached the summit, as were we all. Toby enjoyed his peanut butter sandwich and signing the summit register.

On the way down, we took a slightly different route, but managed to find the correct wash where we had left Kristi, Amy, and Sierra. We rejoined them and had a leisurely hike out to the cars. The entire hike took just under 5.5 hours. On the drive back home we were treated to great views of the Nellis Air Show.


Toby getting some assistance descending the dry waterfall

 


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GENERAL MEETINGS

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9600 West Sahara. Click HERE for map. Meeting time is 7:00 p.m.

 

NOVEMBER

Tuesday, November 28, 2007

Grand Tetons
Courtney Chazerson

 

 

DECEMBER

NO MEETING

Christmas Party
Friday, December 15th

At Joel & Amy's house.

 


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