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Class IconSep 30 (Tue) Wilderness Navigation Class - Part 1 (aka Learn to Explore!)

Most walks in the woods are pretty easy but journeys of all lengths can turn from amazing to catastrophic if you can't find your way. Please join us to learn the fundamentals of navigating your way in the wilderness in this comprehensive two night class. Among the subjects covered are: looking for and purchasing different type maps, how to read maps, how not to get lost, map use if you do get lost, and different kinds of compasses and how to use your compass. (replace this text with a short description of the image)There will be some discussion about GPSs, but our main focus is learning how to use a map and compass so you're not trusting your navigation (and life) to something that takes batteries. If you have a compass, bring it to the class. If you don't have one, we will have an extra you can use and will show you what to look for when you purchase your own. The class will be held at the Dallas REI store (Guadalupe Peak room, 2nd floor), 4515 LBJ Freeway, north side, between Midway and Welch. This two-night class (second night Thur., October 2) will begin at 6:30 PM and finish about 8:45 PM. The class fee is $25 for Sierra Club members and $35 for non-members. Cost covers both nights and handout materials. Bring a water bottle and pen or pencil for taking notes and writing navigation practice exercises.  No reservations - just show up. A half day hike the following weekend with the class instructor will be offered to class participants who want to practice their new skills. Contact: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconOct 1 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets at REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Farmers Branch, TX 75244 (north side of LBJ between Midway and Welch) at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Class IconOct 2 (Thu) Wilderness Navigation Class - Part 2

This is the second night of our two part class.  See the class listing above (Tuesday, Sept 30) for details. Contact: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

Announcement IconOct 4 (Sat) D/FW Solar Home Tour

Solar Panels on a rooftopTalk with homeowners who use solar energy, solar hot water, wind energy, and other energy-efficient measures for their homes.  Click here for details about home locations, information about each home, and other information about the tour.

  Trip rated: Easy.

Backpack IconOct 4-5 (Sat-Sun) Beginner Backpacking Trip to the Caney Creek Wilderness

Join us for one of the Dallas Sierra Club’s favorite local backpacking trips. We’ll hike about 4½ miles and camp near a waterfall. The round-trip distance is about 9 miles. We will be hiking along a stream and there will be a few small hills to climb. After setting up camp, we’ll do a short day hike as time permits. This trip is relatively easy and is suitable for beginners.  Priority sign-ups will be given to those who have taken the beginner backpacking class.  Please contact the leader to sign up. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Marcos Jorge Send Email 214-682-6555

Conservation IconOct 4-5 (Sat-Sun) Earth, Wind, & Fire Energy Summit

The Dallas Sierra Club and other organizations are sponsoring an exciting, two-day energy conference the weekend of Oct 4-5 at the Addison Conference Center in North Dallas.

(replace this text with a short description of the image)The Earth, Wind and Fire Energy Summit is the first energy conference of its kind in Texas. While most conferences focus on a single form or a narrow selection of energy sources, this weekend event promises to provide attendees a global view of America's energy portfolio and then turn to energy issues in Texas, discussing not only traditional and renewable forms of energy but also new, emerging energy technologies. Discussion will also focus on the environmental and human impacts associated with these forms of energy and probe into some of the challenges and compelling questions facing these sources.

Topics include geothermal, wind, solar, waste-to-energy, coal, nuclear, natural gas, and oil. Confirmed speakers from across the country will include academics, policymakers, and professional representatives from associations that focus on energy issues.

Our mission is to educate the public and those who work to influence policy on the public’s behalf regarding environmental issues associated with energy. Our aim is to answer some of today’s pressing questions raised by the public and in the media surrounding energy issues.

Space is limited-- so make your reservations now to attend this exciting event. Early Registration: $55 (before August 15). Late Registration: $75. Visit earthwindfiresummit.org for more information and to register. Contact: Rita Beving Send Email

Day Hike IconOct 11 (Sat) Day Hike the Trinity River Greenbelt

 Hike 10K (6 miles) on the Lake Ray Roberts Greenbelt Corridor. This is an easy trail running alongside the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. No reservations required, just show up. Well behaved pets on a leash are allowed. Bring water and a snack as we will be hiking all morning. Meet at 9:00 AM at the Highway 380 Trailhead Park. Admission to the park is $5.00 per person or free with a Texas State Parks Pass. There will be an optional lunch afterwards. The Park is on US Hwy 380 2.1 miles west of Hwy 377 or 2.8 miles east of Loop 288 in Denton. Highway 380 can be reached from Central Expwy,Preston Rd., or the Tollway. Bring extra shoes in case the trail is muddy. This hike will be canceled if it is raining at the trailhead. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Mark Adams Send Email 972-658-1281

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconOct 14 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Eli Baron will share pictures and experiences of his bike rides around the world, and David Griggs will talk about the upcoming fall elections and candidates friendly to the environment.  Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra Club's General Meeting.  Full details are on our home page now.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconOct 15 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

Meet upstairs at the REI Dallas store on the north side of LBJ between Midway and Welch at 6:30 PM. The agenda will include final planning for the Beavers Bend trip and the Big Bend trip.  We will confirm destinations dates and coordinators for major trips of 2015.  Outings leaders, prospective leaders, and people interested in outings are welcome. Ask Mark to be placed on the email list for an agenda.  Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Car Camp IconOct 17-19 (Fri-Sun) Fall Fun at Beavers Bend State Park

Beavers BendJoin us one and all for this annual event among the scenic beauty and fall colors of Beavers Bend State Park in southeast Oklahoma. Our group complex offers your choice of rustic cabin or tent camping on the grassy lawn or by the river. Amenities include a dining hall so we have space rain or shine, kitchen and stone fireplace, hot showers and flush toilets. Activity options will include group hikes in a variety of lengths, special interest hikes plus outdoor related mini-clinics for those interested. You're also welcome to be on your own to enjoy  the many options offered by the park including hikes, great biking, new nature center, local history museum, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking (rentals available), even a train ride through the forest for those wanting to see it the easy way! Saturday night offers a catered dinner (optional) and a special performance by actor Lee Stetson portraying John Muir. Reservation deadline October 14. For complete trip information, including costs and sign-up forms, click here. Do a lot or just sit back in your camp chair and watch the horseshoe game. Gather your family and friends - this outings is great for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and stages! Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Announcement IconOct 19 (Sun) John Muir Live On Stage

(replace this text with a short description of the image)In The Spirit of John Muir, renowned actor Lee Stetson will showcase Muir's dedication to wilderness protection and search for adventure in Yosemite National Park and other wild places.  Stetson portrays Muir every summer for thousands of people in Yosemite National Park's Theater, and he will be in Dallas for one night only.  Some of Muir's thrilling adventures in this show: his ride down a canyon wall on an avalanche; freezing in the midst of a howling blizzard while simultaneously being boiled and blistered in hot springs; Muir's encounter with a Yosemite earthquake; and much more -- all liberally salted with Muir's wilderness philosophy.

$10.  7:00 p.m., Addison Conference Centre Studio Theater. Full details are on our home page now. Trip rated: Kid Friendly.

Backpack IconOct 24-26 (Fri-Sun) Eagle Rock Loop Backpack

Join me on a three day backpack on the longest loop trail (27 miles) in Arkansas. A combination of parts of the Little Missouri Trail, the Athens-Big Fork Trail and the Viles Branch Trail, the Eagle Rock Loop Trail crosses the Little Missouri River several times and travels over six major ridges. The hike will combine steep hill climbs through mixed hardwood and pine forests with strolls along crystal clear streams.  It is arguably one of the best hikes in the Ouachita Mountains. Points of interest include Little Missouri Falls, Spirit Rock Vista, Eagle Rock Vista and Winding Stairs. Participants should have some backpacking experience. TRIP RATING: STRENUOUS (due to elevation changes along the Athens-Big Fork Trail and the amount of miles covered). Please contact the trip leader to sign up. Trip rated: Strenuous. Leader: Justin Taliaferro Send Email 214-534-6606

Day Hike IconOct 25 (Sat) Day Hike Around White Rock Lake

Let`s meet at the Stone Tables at White Rock Lake near Lake Highlands Drive and Buckner Blvd. From the intersection of Lake Highlands and Buckner, turn southwest on E. Lake Highlands. Take an immediate left (south) on Tiffany Way, then an immediate right on E. Lawther. There is a sign here but it now says "one Tables." The hike will start at 9:00am. We’ll walk 9 miles in about 3 hrs on a paved path. This is a good conditioning hike for the upcoming Fall backpack trips. Bring water and snacks. No reservations necessary. There will be an optional lunch at a local restaurant after the hike. Trip rated: Moderate. Leader: Mark Adams Send Email 972-658-1281

Car Camp IconOct 25-26 (Sat-Sun) 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 hike about 9 to 10 miles on a loop trail in the Horse Thief Springs area.  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 a short day hike on Sunday morning before heading home.  Because of the length and terrain of the day hike, this trip is rated as moderately strenuous.  Note that the campsite is semi-primitive, and has no water.  Contact the leader to sign up. Trip rated: Moderately Strenuous. Leader: Marcos Jorge Send Email 214-682-6555

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconNov 5 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets at REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Farmers Branch, TX 75244 (north side of LBJ between Midway and Welch) at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Bus Trip IconNov 5-10 (Wed-Mon) Explore BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK!

(replace this text with a short description of the image)November’s an ideal month to see this crown jewel of the Texas landscape, its largest National Park.  Leave Wednesday night, sleep in a bunk on a chartered sleeper bus with professional drivers and wake Thursday morning to backpack in an environment you’ll never forget.  Read a full trip description and registration forms in this PDF document, including five itinerary options from easy to strenuous.  Our transportation arrangements allow four days and three nights to experience the park with trained Sierra Club volunteer outings leaders who love to backpack and hike.  We’ll return you to Dallas by 6 AM Monday morning.  Of all the outdoor destinations in Texas, Big Bend National Park is number one on almost everybody’s list.  $240 covers transportation and permits.   Coordinator: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconNov 11 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Central Oregon Cascades and Wildlife of the Alaska Inside Passage - Dan Leffel, photographer, will present his experiences in hiking trails of the Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon, including high alpine trails and waterfalls of Central Oregon.  Additionally, Dan will cover the Alaska Inside Passage, including whales and bears.  Techniques to improve your photography also will be presented.  Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra Club's General Meeting.  Full details will be on our home page about a month before the meeting.

Backpack IconNov 15-16 (Sat-Sun) Little Missouri River Beginner Backpacking Trip

We`ll do a moderately-easy backpack of about 9-1/2 miles over 2 days along one of the most scenic backpacking trails in Southwest Arkansas. Because the trail follows the upper reaches of the Little Missouri River there is minimal elevation change, but do be prepared for a couple of wet stream crossings. Drive up Friday night and return Sunday. Hopefully the Fall colors will still be going strong. This hike is suitable for graduates of the Beginner Backpacking Class who are in good shape. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Mark Adams Send Email 972-658-1281

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconNov 19 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

Meet upstairs at the REI Dallas store on the north side of LBJ between Midway and Welch at 6:30 PM.. Tonight we will review the Beavers Bend and Big Bend trips.  This will be the final Outings Committee meeting of 2014.  Outings leaders, prospective leaders, and people interested in outings are welcome. Ask Mark to be placed on the email list for an agenda.  Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Backpack IconNov 22-23 (Sat-Sun) Beginner Backpack Trip to the Caney Creek Wilderness

Join us for one of the Dallas Sierra Club’s favorite local backpacking trips. We’ll backpack in about 4 1/2 miles along Caney Creek, cross it a few times, and climb some small hills. After setting up camp near a waterfall, we’ll do a short day hike as time and energy permits.  For many of us this was our first Wilderness hike and it's still one of our favorites. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

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Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconDec 3 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets at REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Farmers Branch, TX 75244 (north side of LBJ between Midway and Welch) at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconDec 9 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Everyone is invited to the Dallas Sierra Club's General Meeting.  Full details will be on our home page about a month before the meeting.

Dallas Sierra Club Meeting IconJan 7 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets at REI, 4515 LBJ Freeway, Farmers Branch, TX 75244 (north side of LBJ between Midway and Welch) at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas Group Chair for more information.

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