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Backpacking 101 Class - Saturday, January 27

BackpackersWant to be adventuresome and explore amazing backcountry areas? Come to this popular, interactive class designed for never-ever backpackers and people who want to refresh backpacking knowledge and skills. Dallas Sierra Club trip leaders with decades of backpacking experiences will present a comprehensive overview of backpacking topics, including packs, boots, tents, sleeping bags, food and cooking, clothes, wilderness ethics, sanitation and more. We'll include tips we wish someone had told us sooner to make backpacking more comfortable and less expensive.  

     Place:  Whole Foods Market, southeast quadrant of Preston Road and Forest Lane, Dallas, upstairs meeting room.  

     Time: Saturday, January 27. The class begins at 10:00 AM and lasts until about 4:00 PM, with a break for lunch. Please arrive early to sign in and get settled.  Buy lunch at the deli downstairs or bring your own and eat in the classroom.

     Price: $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members.  Online pre-registration (by Jan 26) using a credit card is encouraged and appreciated (click here) or pay by cash or check at the door.

If you already have some gear and questions about using, packing or replacing it, bring it with you and we'll do our best to resolve your questions.  

Climate Change Is Real

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General Meeting Program - Tuesday, February 13, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Hikers on the Pacific Crest TrailPacific Crest Trail Adventures and Really Bad Advice for Hikers and Campers
Dallas Sierra Club outings leader Mike Pfoser attempted to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) this past summer. Heavy snows and stream runoff prevented him from completing the trail, at least in 2017. Still, Mike backpacked 1,175 miles. The PCT is a National Scenic Trail from the border of Mexico and California to the Canadian border with Washington, 2,650 miles in all. Join us for pictures and stories of hiking in desert heat, sub-freezing mountain nights, hiking under interstate highways, brutal climbs above 13,000', snowy passes, learning to hitchhike, amazing views and conversations with remarkable people. 

(replace this text with a short description of the image)After Mike's photo and story highlights of PCT adventures, Outings Committee Chair Mark Stein will narrate a tongue-in-cheek photo collection of outings blunders, including some from Dallas Group outings. "Really Bad Advice for Hikers and Campers" is presented with belief that we can learn from our blunders. 

Everyone is welcome.  FREE!  You don't have to be a Sierra Club member. Just show up. We'd love to meet you.

Our General Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but come at 6:30 for snacks, information and fellowship. Click over to our General Meeting page for more information and a map.

General Meeting Program - THIRD Tuesday - March 20, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

Sperry ChaletNote: This is the THIRD Tuesday in March; Brookhaven College is closed on the second Tuesday in March for spring break.

Sperry Chalet
Glacier National Park is located in northern Montana, near the Canadian border.  Sperry Chalet is a much loved part of the history of this famous park.  Located in a glacial cirque reached only by foot or horseback, Sperry was built in 1913 by Italian stonemasons.  It opened for business in 1914 and served backcountry travelers in Glacier for over a century.  In 1913 even the Sperry trailhead was remote and from there the easiest trail climbs 3,200 feet in almost 7 miles to reach the site.  Since it was so remote, Sperry's builders used local stone and timber as much as possible.  The resulting building almost looked like it grew out of the mountainside.
In 2015 Dallas Sierrans Bill and Sue Greer were fortunate enough to spend two nights at Sperry.  This short program will tell you a little about that visit, about the history of Sperry, and what the future holds for this unique and historic structure.

Urban Asthma
Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla will talk about urban asthma, especially in children, and what is known about causation.

Everyone is welcome.  FREE!  You don't have to be a Sierra Club member. Just show up. We'd love to meet you.

Our General Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but come at 6:30 for snacks, information and fellowship. Click over to our General Meeting page for more information and a map.

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Jan 20 Community Celebration of Cleaner Air

Jan 20 Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve

Jan 20-21 Eagle Fest

Jan 27 Backpacking 101 Class

Jan 27 Downwinders at Risk "No Safe Level" Particulate Matter Campaign

Jan 31 Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance Live Event Watch Party

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