by Vicky Hoover
Activist Outing Chair
Wilderness has been at the heart of the Sierra Club mission since 1901, when we started our outings program to inspire people to fight to protect America’s wild legacy. Sierra Club national activist outings go further than inspiration: they train participants to become wilderness advocates once they return home.
Join one of this year’s activist outings and learn how to become a key part of the campaign to protect wildlands in Florida, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and Vermont.
(Our January trip to Florida’s Everglades has already taken place, but space is still available for the four trips this summer and fall.)
Endangered Wilderness of Nevada’s Toiyabe Crest
July 6–12: Follow leader Melinda Goodwater on a 43-mile moderate backpack through an unprotected roadless area in the Toiyabe Range, one of the West’s best-kept secrets. The trail weaves among peaceful meadows at 10,000 feet, cascading trout streams, sheer cliffs and pinnacles, home to bighorn sheep and rare Lahontan trout. Price: $395. [06101A]
Tushar Highlands to the Aquarius Plateau, Utah
August 27–September 4: Leaders Vicky Hoover and Jim Catlin will guide you through central Utah’s rarely-visited national forest plateaus for two short moderate backpacks separated by a rest day. These remote heights form the headwaters of Utah’s spectacular canyonlands. Price: $545. [06102A]
Big Sky and Winding Rivers in Idaho, Oregon, and Nevada’s Owyhee
September 8–16: Where these three states meet lies a hidden land of high desert and a broad, undulating volcanic plateau deeply cut by abrupt gorges, known to few people. You’ll hike the Owyhee’s dramatic ridges and rivers with leader Craig Deutsche while van-camping along its remote backcountry roads. Price $725. [06103A]
Autumn Wanderings in Wild Vermont
September 10–17: Enjoy a mix of moderate backpacking and trail maintenance in the proposed Glastenbury Mountain Wilderness. Join leader Debbie Smith and Vermont activist John Harbison for two short “working” backpacks in the legendary Green Mountains, and enjoy Glastenbury’s breathtaking Appalachian Trail summit view and early autumn colors. Price: $595. [06104A]
For more information, contact Vicky Hoover at (415) 977-5527 or email@example.com. Partial scholarships may be available and some chapters may be able to help if you become an official chapter representative. To apply, call (415) 977-5522, or visit sierraclub.org/outings/national.
|Green Mountain Rockers: Three volunteers put their backs into trail maintenance on Vermont’s Long Trail in the Green Mountain National Forest, where the Sierra Club is promoting a new Glastenbury Mountain Wilderness area. One of this year’s national activist outings features a mix of backpacking and trail work on Glastenbury Mountain, the last wild peak in Vermont over 3,700 feet that has no mechanized access.
Photo courtesy of the Green Mountain Club
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