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2015 Outdoors Experience Training

Phase 2: April 25 & 26

Outdoors Experience Training
Phase 2: April 25 & 26@ Circle X Ranch (Santa Monica Mountains Nat'l Recreation Area)

Our bi-annual outdoor skills and leadership program is two weekends of hands-on instruction while camping. Whether you're new at camping and want to learn how to camp safely and responsibly, or if you're a hike/trip leader taking care of people on your trips, this wonderful program is for you!

Topics covered: equipment, planning, navigation, cooking, wilderness survival techniques, medical considerations, places to explore under the sun or under the stars…

You may take Phase 1 by itself to obtain the Day Hike Leader Certification, or you may take both phases to also obtain Trip Leader Certification.

Includes Full Trip Leader Certification.

For more info click on link:
http://www.greatoutdoors.org/we/2015/OE-Ad-2015.pdf

Grand Canyon Spring Jamboree

April 2 -5, 2015

Magnificent, Spectacular, Awe inspiring!

These are just a few of the words used to describe the feelings you will experience as you gaze over the rim of the Grand Canyon and take in its rugged beauty. Over eons, the Colorado River has carved this geological wonder, revealing the history of the Earth written in the canyon walls.

Great Outdoors has chosen this iconic location as the setting for our Spring Jamboree. We invite you to join us as we explore the natural wonders, beautiful vistas, and wildlife that await you on this great adventure. While there, you may catch a glimpse of the rare, endangered California Condor, which make their nests on the rim of the canyon. Majestic wild elk are also known to frequent the area where we'll be camping. A destination for people from all over the world, we are lucky enough to have this incredible national park so close to home.

Magnificent, Spectacular, Awe Photo Contest!

Capture great photos using your digital camera or smartphone, and on Saturday night after the potluck, the images will be projected for all to see on the big screen. Prizes will be awarded for fan favorites. *Note: digital format is required. The grand prize will be a 1 year membership for any chapter or a voucher for an overnight trip (up to $40). Some ideas: scenery, Great Outdoors members having fun, sunrise/sunsets, wildlife, etc.

We will be camping in sites 286-291 & 294-295 at Mather Campground, located near the visitor center and the rim of the canyon. Onsite amenities include flush toilets, showers, laundry, and potable water. There is also a free shuttle that goes from the campground to multiple points of interest, such as Bright Angel Trailhead, Yaki Point, Pipe Creek Vista, Yavapai Point and Geology Museum, and the Visitor Center. Grocery stores and restaurants are within walking distance or accessible via the shuttle.

RV Sites are available, but you must book your own. Sites go fast, so be sure to book early. Additional RV sites can be reserved at Trailer Village RV Park using the following link: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=63275&Chain=398&Arrive=1/1/2015&_ga=1.39552035.1045188103.1422244091 There is a $20 fee per vehicle collected by the National Park upon entry. Your multi-agency park pass will also gain you entry into the park.

Bring your ten essentials (listed on GO website at: www.greatoutdoorsla.org/essen.html), camping/cooking gear, 2 bundles of firewood, and food. Be sure to bring your camp chair, tent, hiking boots, and sunscreen. If you are new to camping, we may have equipment that you can borrow at no cost for this trip (i.e. tent, stove, cookware). Contact your trip leaders for more information.

The weather the Grand Canyon in April can be unpredictable, so bring warm and cool weather clothing that can be layered.

Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas consumption, parking costs and the entrance fee. Please make sure to complete the section on carpooling on the sign up form so we can coordinate. Directions: GPS Coordinates 36.0499,-112.1212.

You may want to consider breaking up your travel and staying Wednesday night in Laughlin, NV, where rooms are usually very inexpensive at the local casinos.

Bicycles: There are multiple bike paths and bike friendly roads to explore. The shuttles each have space for 3 bikes if you want to shuttle one way and bike the other. Itinerary: Daily activities will be based on weather conditions and are not set in stone. For more information contact Trip Leaders: Steve Sisneros (951) 318-0530 hiknsteve@ca.rr.com, Wes Stieringer (818) 497-8654 fwsj69@gmail.com Direct RV questions to our wagonmaster for this trip: Byron Postma, blpostma@gmail.com

For registration for go to: /tripnotes/gcregform.pdf

Malibu Creek State Park Hike

April 11, 2015

Rock Pool, Century Lake, M*A*S*H Movie Site, Forest Trail
When: April 11, 2015
Time:  9:00 am
Near:  Calabasas, CA 91302
Distance:  8 miles round trip
Elevation:  300 ft
Hike Time:  4 1/2 hours
Difficulty:  Easy to Moderate
Trail Type:  Well maintained trail
Hike Type:  Out and Back

Before land for Malibu Creek State Park was acquired in 1974, it was divided into three parcels belonging to Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan, and 20th Century Fox. Although the park is still used for moviemaking, it's primarily a haven for day hikers and picnickers.

Malibu Creek State Park is a sprawling chunk of parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains, hugging the Malibu Creek as it flows into the ocean, while also stretching east along the Backbone Trail. There are several distinct sections of the park, and we will hike the "lower canyon" area, along the trails that follow Malibu Creek through a striking section of the mountains known as the Goat Buttes.

Century Lake: We will start the hike with a leisurely stroll through the Grassland trail and meet up with Crags road. We will see a prominent concrete bridge crossing the creek that leads to the visitor center. We will veer right, keeping on Crags Road, and will cross Malibu Creek on another bridge, just north of Century Lake. Here, the landscape is more like a wetland, and during the spring months there are many migratory birds that make a stop in this area of the canyon. After crossing the creek, the road narrows considerably, and eventually turns into a single-track trail over some very rocky terrain.

Century Lake: We will start the hike with a leisurely stroll through the Grassland trail and meet up with Crags road. We will see a prominent concrete bridge crossing the creek that leads to the visitor center. We will veer right, keeping on Crags Road, and will cross Malibu Creek on another bridge, just north of Century Lake. Here, the landscape is more like a wetland, and during the spring months there are many migratory birds that make a stop in this area of the canyon. After crossing the creek, the road narrows considerably, and eventually turns into a single-track trail over some very rocky terrain.

M*A*S*H Movie site: The trail continues in this shaded section between the Goat Buttes, then comes upon the site of the M*A*S*H set. There's not a whole lot left from the show, but there are two rusted but fairly well preserved vehicles. We will have a nice view of the prominent Goat Buttes that tower above the site and were featured in the opening shot of each episode.

We will then turn back and at the 4.7-mile mark we will reach the Forest Trail junction. It isn't marked with a sign like many of the other side trails, but it's a very clear path cut through the grass, just before we cross the bridge over the Creek.

The Forest Trail is a short stretch of track that hugs the southern banks of Century Lake, another artificial lake formed by a dam. The trail here is shady and cool, the result of some non-native trees such as Redwoods that were planted here some time ago. The trail is only a half-mile to the edge of the dam, where we will have to turn around and hike back the way we came. But the views from the dam and the reflections on the lake water are worth the short side-trip.

Rock Pool: One last stop before we head out is Rock Pool - a popular area for swimming and rock climbing. The "Swiss Family Robinson" television series and some Tarzan movies were filmed here. We may see a few climbers on the rock walls along the way. The trail ends at the aptly named Rock Pool. This is a very popular hangout. Relax, take a dip, or try your hand at climbing a bit? We will then return back to the Grassland Trail.

Directions to Trailhead: From Highway 101/Ventura Freeway, take Las Virgenes Road South for about 3 1/2 miles. Turn right on Mulholland Road. From Paci?c Coast Highway, turn inland on Malibu Canyon Road and proceed 6.75 miles and turn left on Mulholland Highway. You can park for free on the side of the road. Walk up the road until you see a sign for the Grasslands Trail. We will meet there.

What to Bring: Good hiking boots/shoes. Pack a lunch, snacks and bring plenty of water. Bring a hat/cap and sunscreen.

Contact: Menard Jaramillo at (323) 804-4700 or by email menard3@yahoo.com

New to Camping?

If you have any general questions about car camping, camping gear & equipment, carpooling, camp meals, membership benefits, or procedures specific to Great Outdoors; if you'd like to meet some of the other campers at a pre-outing (warm-up) meeting ... please don't hesitate to contact the group via email at outings@greatoutdoorsla.org.


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Volunteer!

Do you have a favorite day activity that you would like to lead or maybe suggestions for a fun outdoors activity or social event? Get involved and make some new buddies while being in the Great Outdoors.

Thank you for your
anticipated participation.

Contact us at:
dayactivities@greatoutdoors.org

Day Activities Coordinator:
Menard Jaramillo
(323) 804-4700

Calendar

Great Outdoors is comprised of five Chapters located in the southern part of California. Each Chapter creates their own overnight trips for camping (cars, tents & RVs), backpacking, off roading, etc. During our annual conference (held in October each year), the five Chapters compile the calendar.

The calendar dates are for planning purposes only. Dates may change and trips may be canceled due to weather, problems getting campground reservations, schedule conflicts, etc.

Officers

President
Steve Sisneros
president@greatoutdoorsla.org

V.P. Outings
Menard Jaramillo
outings@greatoutdoorsla.org

Treasurer
Wes Stieringer
treasurer@greatoutdoorsla.org

Secretary
Dennis Strayhan
secretary@greatoutdoorsla.org

Membership Chair
Matthew DuBois
membership@greatoutdoorsla.org

Board Representative
Steve Sisneros
corp-rep@greatoutdoorsla.org

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