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June 2010
Volume 16, Issue 6


Richard and Joel on North Sister

James, Joel, Bill, Leo, Richard, Andrew, and Fred pose at the trailhead

One of the beautiful bristlecones along the way

Taking a short break after completing the steep climb up to the ridgeline

Terry approaching South Sister with Mt. Charleston in the background

The group leaving South Sister en route to North Sister

Bill, Fred, Leo, and Andrew descending the chute from South Sister

Terry negotiating a class 3 wall

Richard and James among the bristlecones

Summit photo from South Sister

June 13, 2010
Report by Joel Brewster, Photos by Joel Brewster and Terry Flood

Our group of eight (actually nine counting Leo's super dog Doodlio) set out to climb a pair of limestone siblings, otherwise known as South Sister and North Sister, on a beautiful Sunday morning. For those not familiar with these peaks, they are located in the northern part of the Spring Mountains. They are both just over 10,000' (South Sister is the taller) and we approached them from the beautiful Mack's Canyon route.

We kept a pretty good pace as we ascended the steep drainage up to join the ridgeline that leads to South Sister. We only encountered a couple of small snow patches in the drainage despite this being a very high snow year in the Spring Mountains.

On the ridgeline, we followed the faint trail up some steep talus to the final chute to the summit. From the summit, we noted the dark clouds over Mt. Charleston in the distance, but were fortunate that they never came closer. We shared the summit with two other guys and their dogs (the only other people we saw all day) and I pointed out the route to North Sister to the group.

While the Sisters are only about a half a mile apart, the route between is quite convoluted and makes going slow. There are several tricky spots as you traverse along rocky ledges to get to the saddle between the Sisters. Our group spread out quite a bit, and since I wasn't in front, I was a little worried that our group up front would find the route to North Sister. However, they were all strong, experienced hikers and had no trouble at all.

Soon after we reached the summit of North Sister, the faster part of our group started down, descending straight back to the cars making a loop. The descent was quite steep but very direct, reaching the cars in about a mile from the summit of North Sister. After a quick stay on the summit to take photos and sign in, we followed the rest of our group down the steep slope.

As we descended, Richard regaled me with bizarre true stories about things that have happened in his neighborhood. It turns out he lives in the midst of some real characters!

We finally arrived back at our vehicles tired, but happy, after a great hike!

A dramatic view of Mt. Whitney from farther down


The group posing with our Adopt-A-Highway sign on highway 157

Jose, Gloria, Alex and Sierra scour the desert for litter



Doug Hladky


Where were you born?
Des Moines, but it was a very long time ago and I really don't remember it.

How long have you lived in Las Vegas?
Since 1991. We moved away, then came back; does that makes us second generation?

What is your occupation?
Interestingly, that's what my boss asks. I work for a Top Secret agency that I dare not speak its name. In fact, I've probably said too much and should leave now. Good day.

How long have you been an LVMC member?
About three years, and I haven't been asked to leave yet!

What is your favorite hike/climb?
For me, the two great things about LVMC, are the people and our region. We've got the Colorado Plateau, the Sierra, Basin and Range.... but I've got a particular soft spot for the Grand Canyon.

What is the most challenging hike/climb you have done?
Typically, the last one.

How did you get into hiking/climbing?
I grew up camping and hiking and have kept at it. I'm happy that we've passed it on to our son.

What are your hobbies other than hiking/climbing?
Sleeping, rehabing injuries, working on memory skills. Oh yes, and sleeping.


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 position.

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 meetings.
The Website Director maintains the Club website ( by updating time-sensitive information including upcoming meeting dates, the outings schedule, and trip reports.
The Public Relations/ Meetings Director schedules speakers and meeting rooms as well as maintaining public relations with various groups and organizations.
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.


President: Kristi Meyer
Vice President/Training Director: Richard Baugh
Secretary: Lynda Gallia
Treasurer: Beth Ransel
Newsletter Editor: Joel Brewster
Outings Director: Nasrin Houston
Membership Director: Chris Ransel
Website Director: Amy Brewster
Public Relations/Marketing Directors: Jose Witt & Heather Torrey
Club Gear Director: Xavier Wasiak
Social Director: Skip Spilman
Assistant Director: Doug Hladky
Assistant Director: Dale Lindhorst
Assistant Director: Kim Owen
Past President: Nadia von Magdenko

The Ascender is the monthly online newsletter of the Las Vegas Mountaineers Club. All content is property of LVMC and may be used only by the original submitters. All others must obtain written consent from the Board of Directors.
All Club members are invited to submit trip reports, photos, trip listings, recipes, classified ads and other related information. July 10th is the deadline for the next issue.

Joel Brewster




Please send any address, phone number and e-mail changes to Chris Ransel, membership director. LVMC currently has approximately 150 paid members or families.

If you wish to send a check instead of using PayPal online, 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.


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 Xavier Wasiak.

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The Las Vegas Mountaineers meets at Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara. Meeting time is 7 p.m.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Protecting Southern Nevada Wilderness
Lori Headricks
SNAP Wilderness Project Manager


Tuesday, July 27, 2010


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