LVMC SLEEPING BAG DRIVE
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LVMC SLEEPING BAG DRIVE
We delivered 940 sleeping bags to Hollingsworth Elementary School for the holidays and it was pretty amazing! You can’t imagine the look of amazement and the smiles from the kids!! You also can’t imagine what it takes to move 940 sleeping bags!!
I was talking to the principal and he told me that for many this will be the only thing they will receive this holiday. I have to tell you it really touched my heart and made my holiday!! This never could have happened without everyone from LVMC coming together in a really big way!
I called Snafu and Dawna at the 11th hour and Snafu was gracious enough to deliver a LVMC banner that rode on the side of the semi-truck filled with sleeping bags and Dawna let me borrow her Santa suit which was a BIG hit with the kids!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
Debbie Zois, LVMC member
On a clear, cold December day, I led a group of 12 mountaineers up Summerlin Peak and its adjoining ridgeline, which actually contains a point several hundred feet higher than Summerlin Peak itself. I was a little concerned about our group, as there were quite a few "newbies". Even though this hike is not too long (7-8 miles roundtrip), it is very rugged with lots of jagged rock and talus.
As it turned out, I need not have worried... the group was very strong and had no difficulties with the hike. We began the hike with an easy mile along a gravel road. From there, we headed straight up a steep slope towards the peak. After a few minutes of this slope, we were no longer cold! Although steep, the climbing was fairly straight-forward with only one brief class 3 section.
We soon reached the ridgeline, and had only to cross a small saddle to reach the base of Summerlin Peak. From the summit, the views were stunning even though visibility wasn't great. We signed in the summit register and had a quick lunch.
I then convinced the masses that we should continue along the ridgeline, to the high point and then descend from there making a loop. This part of the hike is my favorite as you meander along the ridge that slopes gently to the north, but has dramatic sheer drops to the south.
The descent was challenging. We followed a small ridge for a while, but some of us opted to drop down into a deep wash. The wash was full of huge boulders, making for slow going. We found that no matter which way we chose, it wasn't easy. We finally rejoined the gravel road we hiked in and made it back to our cars 5.5 hours after we began.
It was an adventure in remote, rugged terrain that feels like more than just a few miles from the edge of Las Vegas.
SELF-RESCUE COURSE - PART ONE
When you attend one of Snafu’s clinics you can usually count on two things: First, they always fill up fast and, second, they start at a very reasonable hour, normally around 9:00 am. So it was with a bit of embarrassment that I pulled into the White Rock Springs parking lot ten minutes late to Snafu’s Self Rescue part 1 course. The group had already met at the trailhead and had left for the site that Snafu had set up with anchors and ropes for the course. Luckily this was my third time attending a Snafu clinic so I easily found the spot where Snafu normally sets up.
The morning was typical of Vegas in December, sunny and brisk, perfect for learning some new climbing skills. Already there were Marlie Gaddie, Bill Siegal, Cassandra Long, Dima Khalifa, Luba Leef, Mike Ryan and Eric Wright. The course began with a very professional overview of the material to be covered as well as the safety considerations for the day.
We then moved to a nearby boulder where we set up some anchors to work on escaping the belay. This skill is important should your climbing partner became injured or incapacitated either below you or in some other situation where you are unable to lower them to you. I had practiced the steps of this technique before, but as Snafu went through the steps, it was clear that I had forgotten much of it. The main sticking point for me as well as many others in the class, was the Münter Mule knot. After a demonstration and many tries I was finally able to get it right.
Once each person had a chance to “escape the belay” a few times and everyone became comfortable with it, we hiked down to the base of a small face to practice ascending the rope. Snafu had already set up two ropes for us to practice on so we could get right to the meat and potatoes. Snafu demonstrated how to ties prusiks to the rope and how to use them to ascend the rope. We then took turns ascending the rope while a partner belayed for additional safety from the top of the pitch. I had planned to try out both ropes, but by the time I made it to the top of the pitch I was feeling quite tired and decided that once up the rope was plenty of practice. Using prusiks to climb the rope is a lot more work than I initially imagined it would be.
As a final treat on that day, a few of the
attendees decided to get some rock climbing on the face where the
ropes were already set up for ascending the rope. The pitch was
fun and short and made for a perfect cap on a day full of learning
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