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Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconJan 23 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Tonight is a pizza meeting. Outings leaders and prospective leaders are iencouraged to participate. Business will include trip logistics for the Big Bend bus trip, Dallas Group application of the national Sierra Club's new first aid certification policy and a calendar of outings for late winter and spring. If we intend a Memorial Day weekend bus trip, it's time to set the dates and destinations. This month's meeting place is Mark Stein's home, 3631 Normandy Avenue in Highland Park. Our usual meeting place, Whole Foods Market, is changing its fee policies for meeting space, making that another topic for discussion. Note that the January meeting is on a FOURTH Wednesday, not our usual third Wednesday date.  Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Class IconFeb 9 (Sat) Backpacking 101 Class - Don't miss it!

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Got winter cabin fever? Yearning to camp away from the crowds and enjoy the backcountry? Want help getting started or brushing up your skills? Join a fun day discussing all the essentials of backpacking. Our outings leaders with years of wilderness experience will present backpacking topics with candor--packs, tents, menus, clothing, hygiene, water treatment and more, including tips to improve your comfort and keep gear affordable. There's even a breakout session so men and women can discuss issues particular to them. Our goal is to help you safely enjoy outdoor trail experiences We're not selling gear or anything beyond our enthusiasm for backpacking. 

This class will be prticularly helpful for new backpackers on our upcoming trips to Big Bend National Park, Colorado Bend State Park and more. We'll also offer easy one-night spring outings designed especially for people attending the class. 

Location: Whole Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane, Dallas (map). 

Time: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Light lunch included. Please bring water bottle/beverage. 

Cost: $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members. Includes handouts and light lunch.

We encourage and appreciate early sign ups so we'll have enough food and handouts. You may pay on-line here or pay at the door if space remains available. Happy trails! Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconFeb 20 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

An Outings Committee meeting is tentatively set for this third Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in outings is welcome to attend and participate. A meeting location is yet to be determined.  Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Bus Trip IconFeb 27-Mar 4 (Wed-Mon) Annual Big Bend National Park Bus Trip

Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National ParkA description of the 2019 Big Bend trip is now online. To read all about the trip, including new hike options, go to this PDF. You'll also find information on cost and how to sign up. Our chartered bus leaves Dallas Wednesday night, February 27 and will return before sunrise Monday, March 4. This year's trip has options to backpack in the Chisos Mountains and from the Chisos Mountains southwest to Mule Ears Overlook. It also has options for base camping and day hiking in the east, central and west regions of the park.  Coordinator: Ande Johnston Send Email 214-914-3590

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Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconMar 20 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

An Outings Committee meeting is tentatively set for this third Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in outings is welcome to attend and participate. The meeting location is to be determined later.  Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Car Camp IconApr 26-28 (Fri-Sun) Save the Date! Colorado Bend State Park

Gorman Falls Tent campers of all ages and abilities will enjoy this weekend adventure at one of Texas' most scenic state parks. The park is a four-hour drive through the hill country from Dallas to near Bend, Texas, west of Lampassas.  We've reserved the large group campsite by the Colorado River for tent camping on Friday and Saturday nights. Alternatively, make this trip a combination of camping and backpacking. Pack your tent, camp chair, hiking shoes, bike, kayak, guitar, telescope or croquet set--this park is great for adventure or just relaxing. Everyone will have plenty of time to explore the unique park highlights, including Gorman Falls (pictured at right plunging 65 feet over fern-covered travertine). Spicewood Springs is another attraction, suitable for April soaking in clear water. For those opting to backpack, it's a short hike on Saturday to our backcountry site in the Windmill section of the park (great for beginners). Details, cost and reservation forms (required) will be posted here in February. To be notified when reservations open or if you have a question, email the trip coordinator. Sorry, no RVs or pets. ‚Äč

  Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

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