15, Issue 7
The group with Raintree and Mummy's Toe in the background
All backpacks are not created equal
Sierra and Kenny at Raintree
Kenny leads the way up the trail
Amy and Toby at Raintree
Report by Joel Brewster, Photos by Joel Brewster and Chris
Raintree is always a delightful hike. On this occasion it was the four
Brewsters, the three Meyers, and Colin leisurely ascending the North
Loop trail to the ancient bristlecone pine. Raintree is huge and is
over 3000 years old!
Kenny hiked with focus for the first 20 minutes or so, but then he
and Chris were seen sitting in the middle of the trail "negotiating."
The rest of the group continued on.
Amy conveniently "forgot" her backpack, so carried her water
in Kenny's raccoon pack, and gave me her food and extra clothes to carry!
She looked even more stylish when she donned Kenny's hat to keep her
We all arrived at Raintree unscathed except for Toby who gashed his
knee on a gnarled tree on the edge of the trail... ouch! I told him my
motto that if you're not bleeding, the hike isn't tough enough. This
actually did cheer him up a bit as he realized how cool his injury was!
Chris and Kenny caught up with us just before Raintree and enjoyed
a nice lunch break with the group. We decided to forego the short
trip to Mummy Springs as it was getting late and some of the group had
It was yet another great hike in the Mount Charleston area!
Amy wearing little Kenny's backpack and hat
Richard presents Snafu with his going-away present
Xavier thanks Snafu for all
the great memories
Snafu enjoying the pool
We will miss Snafu's vast experience,
tireless dedication, and his sense of humor!
During the July meeting, our Club officers and directors will be elected.
Any Club members may be nominated from now until just prior to the July
elections by contacting the current officers or directors. The board
is composed of four officers and up to ten directors. The four officers
are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The duties of
the officers and directors are explained below. The previous President
is also included on the board to ensure continuity, but is not an elected
The President's duties are to supervise
and direct the business and affairs of the Club. The President presides
at all Club meetings, sets the agenda, and performs various other duties
as directed by the board of directors. These duties may include liaison
with other clubs and organizations, marketing, and membership activities.
The Vice President/Training Director works in conjunction
with the President and will assume all the duties and responsibilities
of the President in his absence. The Vice President also performs various
duties as directed by the board of directors. He/she also sets dates
and meeting places for some of our established training courses and
works with board members to develop new training courses.
The Secretary maintains a record of the minutes from
all board meetings, prepares the agenda for future meetings, and maintains
Club records as needed.
The Treasurer maintains Club financial records, reports
on the financial status of the Club, verifies the paid-up status of
members, and issues reimbursement for Club expenses.
The Newsletter Editor solicits and edits articles submitted
by members into a newsletter format which is electronically issued monthly.
The Outings Director organizes and publishes Club outings.
The outing director also schedules periodic outing coordinator meetings
to schedule new outings.
The Membership Director maintains the membership roster
and is responsible for member renewal reminders. This director provides
new membership packages and monthly e-mail reminders about the general
The Website Director maintains the Club website (www.lvmc.org)
by updating time-sensitive information including upcoming meeting dates,
the outings schedule, and trip reports.
The Public Relations Director schedules speakers and
meeting rooms as well as maintaining public relations with various groups
The Gear Director rents Club gear to members and keeps
a log of all available gear.
The Social Director plans and coordinates the Christmas
Party and other social gatherings for the Club. The other Directors
at-large pitch in to help as needed and carry out the details of various
projects, such as Adopt-a-Highway and other clean-up projects.
VEGAS MOUNTAINEERS CLUB
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Nadia von Magdenko
Vice President/Training Director: Richard Baugh
Secretary: Xavier Wasiak
Treasurer: Beth Ransel
Newsletter Editor: Joel Brewster
Outings Director: Annalisa Helm
Membership Director: Chris Ransel
Website Director: Amy Brewster
Public Relations/Marketing Director: John "Snafu" Mueller
Club Gear Director: Chris Ransel
Social Director: Kristi Meyer
Director: Grant Brownback
Director: Paul Des Roches
Assistant Director: Kim Owen
Director: Harlan Stockman
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
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. August 10th is the
deadline for the next issue.
MAY NOW RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP ONLINE!
the membership director if you
have questions about your membership.
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
To the following
members, please note that your membership will expire this month:
Please send any address, phone number and e-mail changes to Chris
club gear is available at no charge to members:
require a signed waiver.
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 Chris
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FOR LVMC EVENT SCHEDULE
Las Vegas Mountaineers monthly meeting this month is on Tuesday, July
28th at Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara. Meeting time is 7:00 p.m.
Sahara West Library
Springs Preserve: What is it? Where is it? What's Happening?
No longer the best kept secret in Las Vegas, the Springs Preserve
is thriving after two years of operation. Discover all there is
to do at the Preserve, where it is located, and what's happening
in the next couple of months.
Sahara West Library
Management Plan & Climbing