Big Bend Regional Sierra Club Outings
The BBRSC holds outings about once a month. These will include easy hikes of a couple of miles to longer, more strenuos trips off-trail. Car camping is also a possibility. We go to a variety of places, often ones which are seldom visited.
Anyone in appropriate physical shape is welcome on our outings whether or not they are members of the Sierra Club. Sierra Club outings have a few simple rules. Pets and unaccompanied children are not allowed. Participants may not bring guns, radios and other electrical devices. All will need to sign liability waivers for the outings. EpiPen, for treatment of severe allergy reactions, should be carried by the person to whom it has been prescribed. The Sierra Clubs, nationally and locally, cannot buy EpiPen for their first aid kits. Outing leaders must have special training and be certified in order to carry the medicine.
SATURDAY March 19th – BBNP
HIKE AND EXPLORE PERSIMMON GAP –BBNP
2 MILE ROUND TRIP
Hike an easy two mile round trip trail up a dry
arroyo across the road from the Persimmon Gap
visitor station. The route follows the bed of the
sandy arroyo past a wide variety of desert plants
and into a canyon with folded and twisted rocks of
many colors. There are two little pouroffs with an
easy scramble around them. We pass the oldest
rocks in the national park before topping out in a
low saddle with spectacular views in all directions.
This is a hike that children as well as adults will
enjoy. The leader is Roger Siglin who worked in the
park many years ago. According to him it is the
nicest short hike he has been on in the park.
Please bring a lunch and plenty of water. Running
shoes or boots should both be suitable along with a
hat and clothing to suit the weather. Call or email
Roger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 432-364-
2399 before Friday the 18th. We will meet at the
Alpine railroad station parking area for car pooling
at 8:30 am or you can meet the group at the
Persimmon Gap visitor center at 10:30 am.
April Sierra Club Outing: “Learn Your Birds”
When: Saturday, April 2nd, 2011
Where: Fort Pena Colorado Park (aka “The Post”) south of Marathon
Bring: Binoculars, Bird Books, materials for taking notes
This outing will provide an opportunity to see the birds that are literally in our “back yards.” Because The Post offers a constant water source, birds can be spotted there that one might not see in their backyard unless water is available. “The Post” is located on Post Road, 5 miles south of Marathon, and is relatively flat, so should be accessible for most people. In addition to looking for and at birds, there will be discussion of why birds are important, what their presence can tell us, which birds can be seen year-round and which ones are just passing through. This is a beginner level outing that will assume participants don’t know a sparrow from a cardinal. More seasoned “birders” are welcome to come and share their knowledge and help with bird identification. Please call Martha Latta for more information or to sign up at (432) 837-1070.
BBRSC Outings Policy
Information For BBRSC Outing Leaders
Forms and Publicity
Waiver and sign-in form
Safety Management form
Blank Safety Management form
First Aid Kit
National Sierra Outing Home Page