Welcome to the Dallas Group of the Sierra Club
Successful Dallas Sierra "Earth, Wind, & Fire Energy Summit" Highlights Speakers from Around the Country
A sold-out crowd of more than 250 people people attended the inaugural "Earth, Wind, and Fire Energy Summit" Oct. 4-5 at the Addison Conference Centre. The event included more than 22 speakers plus 19 sponsors and exhibitors.
The two-day conference Oct. 4-5 focused on all forms of energy - coal, nuclear, natural gas, oil, wind, solar, geothermal, and waste to energy.
Speakers included professionals and academics from across the U.S. including those from New York, Seattle, Minneapolis and Washington DC. To learn more about the speakers and their presentations, go to earthwindfireenergysummit.org and click on the "Speakers" tab to download various speakers' presentations.
General Meeting Program - Tuesday, November 11, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30
The Central Oregon Cascades and the Wildlife of the Alaska Inside Passage
Dan Leffel, photographer, will present his experiences in hiking the varied trails of the Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon. High alpine trails will be presented as well as waterfalls of Central Oregon. Additionally, Dan will cover the 10 days he lived on a small boat this August in the Alaska Inside Passage, photographing humpback and orca whales, and brown and black bears, all in their natural habitats. Techniques to improve your photography also will be presented.
Dan has photographed all seven continents; rafted the Grand Canyon twice; spent a great deal of time in the four corners area of the US, as well as Alaska; hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; safaried to Namibia and Zimbabwe; photographed Iceland, India, Japan, Australia and New Zealand; and traveled throughout North America. His images have won a number of awards, including selection to multiple North America Nature Photographer Association (NANPA) Showcases and Sierra Club competitions. He is committed to helping preserve and share the beauty of nature and indigenous cultures through his photographs.
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.
Explore Big Bend National Park on November 5!
Read a full description of the Dallas Sierra Club’s upcoming trip to backpack and hike in Big Bend National Park when you click here. We’ll depart Dallas on a sleeper bus with professional drivers at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, Nov. 5 and return you to Dallas by 6 AM Monday, Nov. 10. The cost per person (transportation and permits) is $240 with timely registration.
This year’s trip features five hikes. Destinations include the remote Mesa de Anguila, the varied landscapes of the Outer Mountain Loop and Mule Ears Overlook and two trips in the high Chisos Mountains, including either Blue Creek Canyon or The Window and Oak Spring. Our easy backpacking and camping option goes to The Chimneys formation, several desert springs, historic ruins and pour-offs.
Black bears have returned to the park since they disappeared in the twentieth century. The Park Service has announced a bear canister requirement as a condition for backcountry permits, but—good news-- the new rule will NOT be enforced in 2014. Come to the park THIS YEAR, before you need an expensive bear canister to explore the backcountry.
Trip registration forms are at the end of the linked trip description. We appreciate early registrations (which get you preferred seats and bunks), before the October date when we need to make full payment for the bus charter. If you have questions after you’ve read the description, call Mark Stein or any of the trip leaders or email Mark.
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