Mountain Logo
Ascender Title
April 2011
Volume 17, Issue 4


Henry, Dan, Doug, Skip, Lynda, and Evan (Sharky) pose at the trailhead at the beginning of their journey.

Looking down on the Colorado River

Majestic scenery

Enjoying the waterfall and pool

Evan (Sharky) taking in the view

The remains of the Boucher homestead

Doug, Dan, Evan, and Skip with a postcard backdrop

Hiking back up

A friendly rattlesnake

September 30-October 3, 2010
Report and Photos by Lynda Gallia

Day 1- Thursday Sept 30, 2010

Thursday morning Doug, Dan, Henry, Skip, Sharky, and I met at McDonalds to coordinate our drive to the Grand Canyon. I was with a great group of guys and was anxious to start our adventure. The plan was to hike the Boucher trail, by way of Tonto trail, to the Colorado River.

“The Boucher trail is arguably the most difficult and demanding of the south side trails. The trail consists of tough tedious traverses linked together with knee-destroying descents, with a section of exposed hand and toe climbing."

“The trail was the creation of Louis D Boucher, the “Hermit” of the Hermit Creek basin. Boucher maintained a residence near Boucher Creek and lived in the area for 20 years. He was named the “hermit” because he lived alone, but was well known and socially active with the south rim community.”

(Description by the National Park Services/U.S. Dept of the Interior)

We arrived at the Hermit trailhead and began hiking around 2 pm. We started with an elevation of 6640 ft. and hiked down approximately to 5429 ft. This was a dry, off-trail camp. We knew water would not be available so we each hauled in about 2 gallons of water. The first day’s hike was 4 miles and each had a pack which weighed in the 50 pound range.

Day 2- October 1, 2010

We packed up early and began our approach to Boucher Creek. This day was the hardest of all four. There were loose switchbacks and exposed ledges. However, as we approached our destination the terrain began to get more green and plush. We began the day with an elevation of 5429 ft. and ended at 2760 ft. We hiked 5 miles that day. We camped at the creek and replenished our water. The remains of Louis Boucher’s homestead are still there.

Day 3- October 2, 2010

We continued our approach to the Tonto Traverse. This was an enjoyable and low impact hike. The Colorado River was now in sight and seemed to call our names. The elevation began at 2760 ft. and ended at 2400 ft. We arrived at the Hermit Creek camp ground early in the day which was a welcome surprise. The campground was nicely set up with lines to hang our food and an outhouse. The creek opened into a beautiful pool and waterfall, which we took full advantage of. Later in the day we received a 20-minute rainfall, and then it was off to hike the mile approach to the Colorado River. To our delight, we were just in time to watch a guided rafting group negotiate their way down the rapids.

Day 4- October 3, 2010

We began our ascent back to civilization. This day we saw an elevation gain of 4240 ft in 8 miles. Even though it was a continual climb, the peaceful beauty of the canyon made this day the most reflective one for me.

Through this adventure, we saw colorful majestic beauty, the Milky Way as it has never been seen before, and heard the call of the canyon. We became close friends, camped with a rattlesnake, and heard stories of the past from Henry. Our Grand Canyon backpacking trip was challenging, fulfilling, and just plain “FUN”!

My thanks to Doug for organizing and the LVMC for making this a reality for me.

Hanging out at camp

The difference in terrain is startling.

On the way back to civilization

The Grand Canyon is truly a spectacular place.


Mark Beauchamp

Where were you born?
Anchorage, Alaska

How long have you lived in Las Vegas?
42 years

What is your occupation?
Professional Land Surveyor

How long have you been an LVMC member?
6 years

What is your favorite hike/climb?
My favorite climb to date has to be Red Rock's own Dark Shadows to the top of Mescalito. Great adventure climb.

What is the most challenging hike/climb you have done?
My most challenging climb would be Aconcagua. I probably say that because I was not able to summit. I may have learned more about myself on that climb than any other just for that reason.

How did you get into hiking/climbing?
I have done the Charleston Peak loop more times than I can remember. My first ascent was at 18 years old. I have seen that mountain in all kinds of moods so maybe that's why I keep doing it.

What are your hobbies other than hiking/climbing?
I enjoy wood working and mountain biking. One of my particular interests is taking care of my favorite place in the world, Red Rock Canyon. I have been a volunteer with Friends of Red Rock Canyon since 1999 and am currently President of Friends.



President: Jose Witt
Vice President/Training Director: Richard Baugh
Secretary: Lynda Gallia
Treasurer: Nasrin Houston
Newsletter Editor: Joel Brewster
Outings Director:
Dan Young
Membership Director: Eric Kassan
Website Director: Amy Brewster
Public Relations/Marketing Directors: Doug Hladky
Club Gear Director:
Dan Young
Social Director: Skip Spilman
Assistant Director: Heather Torrey
Past President: Kristi Meyer

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. May 10th is the deadline for the next issue.

Joel Brewster




Please send any address, phone number and e-mail changes to Eric Kassan, membership director. LVMC currently has approximately 120 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.

To the following members, please note that your membership will expire this month, unless you have recently renewed it:

Gordon Hamilton
Debbie Zois
Johanna Greenfield
Aron Suppes
Joe Cain
Maria Stafford
Susan Schager
Lori Curry
Karyn Davenport


This club gear is available at no charge to members (a refundable deposit of the gear's approximate value may be required):

4-season tent
Bear Barrels
Alpine Axes*
Strap-on Crampons*
Hiking Boots
Climbing Shoes


Belay Devices

Belay Plate
Ice Tool
Ice Screws

Deadman Anchors

*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 Dan Young.

Classified Ads
Members: Free
Non-members: $5

Business Ads
1/8 page (business card): $5
1/4 page: $10
1/2 page: $15
Full page: $20
All rates are per issue and will be discontinued automatically unless renewed. Ads must be prepaid and sent by e-mail or submitted on CD. Please make checks payable to Las Vegas Mountaineers Club.




The Las Vegas Mountaineers meet on the 4th WEDNESDAY of the month at REI in Boca Park.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Southern Nevada Wilderness Areas
Jose Witt

Jose Witt with Friends of Nevada Wilderness will give a presentation about Wilderness areas in Southern Nevada. Learn about rarely visited Wilderness areas and the types of recreation available. If you are tired of going to the same places to explore, expand your horizons and discover more of Southern Nevada's wild places!



Wednesday, May 25, 2011

LVMC 50 Classic Peaks
Joel Brewster

My journey to complete the LVMC 50 peaks took me to many memorable peaks, made even more special by the great people that joined me on trips.


LVMC | Contact | Calendar | Newsletters | Message Board | Join Us | Members Area

©2002-11 Las Vegas Mountaineers Club, all rights reserved.
Dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of the mountains.
Website Problems. Contact Us.