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SAT. SEPT. 6 - CAMPING 101 TRAINING. 8:30 AM —12 PM First Methodist Church, 800 West 5th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102 Has it been years since you camped with the scouts or just need to update your knowledge of camping equipment, wilderness cooking, and clothing yourself for hiking? Virgin campers are welcome and will find this information basic and easy to understand. Join experienced and patient Sierra Club outings leaders who will conduct the class, demonstrate equipment, answer questions, and advise on trip planning. Topics to be covered include selection and care of tents, back packs and day packs, stoves, hiking boots, clothing, sleeping bags, sleeping pads as well as meal and trip planning. Class fee: $15 per person to be prepaid. Class size limited to 20 persons and participants must preregister by Sept. 3 with Claudia Blalock - claudia.blalock@att.net or 817-924-6242. Please include your phone contact when emailing Claudia.

SUN SEPT. 7 - WILDERNESS NAVIGATION TRAINING. Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9:30 AM – 2 PM. Learn basic map and compass skills for use in national parks and wilderness areas. Class will include 2 hours of inside instruction, a break for lunch, and 2 hours of field work outside practicing with maps and compass. This class does not include GPS navigation. Chad Ethridge, former air traffic controller and water programs coordinator at the Ft. Worth Nature Center and Refuge is the instructor. Bring bag lunch and drink since there is not time to leave nature center during the class. Must preregister for class by Wed. Sept. 3 by contacting Claudia Blalock, 817-924-6242 or claudia.blalock@att.net. Must prepay $20 class fee by Sept 3 which covers entrance fee for Nature Center and cost of class. Additional instructions for class will be provided after registration regarding type of compass for class and location. Class requires minimum of 5 persons and maximum of 20 participants. Please include your phone contact when emailing Claudia.

WED. SEPT. 17 - GENERAL MEETING. Dale Edelbaum of the Dallas Sierra Club will share stories and photos of his 17-day dory boat trip down the Grand Canyon, covering 221 miles from Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek. Along the way, the river ranged from smooth drifting to enormous rapids. Dale camped along the river and hiked many side canyons. His pictures are enchanting and set to music. We meet at 7 PM in the Azalea Room of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. at University Drive, just north of I-30 in Fort Worth. The speaker is followed by refreshments and announcements. All are welcome!

WED. OCT. 15 - GENERAL MEETING. Jim Shermbeck, community organizer and director of Downwinders At Risk, will update our group about the current state of affairs on air quality in DFW and the proposals from environmental and concerned citizens to TCEQ on how to fix our nonattainment with the Clean Air Act. Jim and Downwinders at Risk have led the fight against the dirty air created by cement kilns in Midlothian for over 2 decades. We meet at 7 PM in the Azalea Room of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. at University Drive, just north of I-30 in Fort Worth. The speaker is followed by refreshments and announcements. All are welcome!

FRI-SUN OCT. 24-26 - CAR CAMPING IN THE WINDING STAIR AREA IN OKLAHOMA. We’ll try to catch the fall colors in this beautiful part of the Ouachita Mountains this weekend. On Saturday, we will day hike about 10 miles +/- on a loop trail in the Horse Thief Springs ar. The hike will be downhill into the Holson Valley in the morning, and uphill back to the cars in the afternoon. The day hike includes about 1900 feet of elevation change. There will also be short day hike on Sunday morning before heading home. Because of the length and terrain of the day hike, this trip is rated as strenuous. Note that the camp site is semi-primitive and has no water. Contact the leader to sign up and requires approval by leader due to strenuous nature of hike. Participation in this trip requires day hiking with group. Leader: Claudia Blalock, claudia.blalock@att.net and coleader: Marcos Jorge

How Our Outings Work

The Sierra Club has almost 800,000 members and part of our mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth. Our volunteer-run outings program supports the Sierra Club’s conservation mission by connecting people with the natural world and with the Club. We follow the example of John Muir, the father of our National Park System and Sierra Club founder, who led others to these wild spaces. By taking others on Sierra Club outings, we hope to impart our love of these special places and a commitment to protect them.

The Greater Fort Worth Sierra Club offers many types of outings (trips) to local areas as well as to surrounding states. Outings may be as short as several hours to a multi-day trip. The types of outings may include urban day hikes, bicycle rides, canoe trips, wilderness backpacks, sea kayak tours or overnight car camping in established campgrounds such as a state park. Our leaders volunteer their time to receive training, plan trips, and to lead these outings. These outings are not-for-profit and support the mission of the Sierra Club. All Sierra Club trips are conducted in accordance with the National Sierra Club Outing Program.

Our outings are open to members and nonmembers. A list of upcoming outings is provided above and includes pertinent information about each event and a contact person for the event. Most trips require pre-registration and leader approval as indicated in their description. Other outings such as many day hikes do not require prior approval or registration; you just show up. Please contact the leader for details about each trip.

PLEASE NOTE: All participants on Sierra Club Outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and a liability waiver must be signed by the parent or guardian. If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate on an Outing, please go to: http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/, or contact the Outings Department at (415) 977-5528 for a printed version.

Also, it is noted that Outings Leaders may limit the number of participants on a trip, and may choose to screen potential participants for experience, conditioning, and suitability for participation. The Outings Leaders' decisions are final. Depending on the strenuous nature of the trip, not all interested people have the necessary skills and conditioning to have an enjoyable trip.

Each outing officially begins at the trailhead. The trip leader cannot assign carpooling for trip participants, but may help to coordinate ridesharing. Some outings to state/national parks or wilderness areas may require an entrance and/or camping fee; each participant will be responsible for paying his own expenses. No radios or firearms are allowed. Pets are not allowed unless indicated in the trip description.

The Fort Worth Sierra Club does not provide camping equipment such as tents, clothing, backpacks or watercraft for any outing. Each participant is responsible for providing his own equipment. The trip leader will provide details about the equipment and supplies needed for each outing. (provide links to list of equipment). Classes such as map reading and compass instruction, beginner backpacking, and canoeing may be offered by the Outings Committee or listed in our publications to assist members in increasing their outdoor skills. All Fort Worth Sierra Club outings encourage and practice “leave no trace” and low impact to the environment outdoor practices.

In general, overnight trips or outings to wilderness areas are usually limited to approximately 12 persons and require reservations. This small number helps to minimize our impact to wilderness areas and to provide better opportunities for fellowship. If you must cancel, inform the leader as soon as possible. Urban day hikes are usually not limited to 12 persons.

If you have questions about the Fort Worth Sierra Club Outings Program or wish to become an outings leader, contact the chairperson at 817-924-6242.