Peak & Prairie

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August / September 1999




Outings    Events  

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To list October & November outings, events or meetings; email to Kevin Mackessy, by September 3 or fax to the chapter office at 303-861-2436, by August 31. Please follow the format below. Late submissions should be sent to Roger Wendell for inclusion in the Outings web page.




All Club Members and interested public are free to sign up for ANY OUTINGS. There is no cost, except for sharing gas expenses with the driver. We meet for car-pooling at various times and places, so call the leader for that information. Participants may be screened by the leader for appropriate equipment and experience.

Tuesday, August 3. Jasper Lake - A day hike from Hessie Trailhead in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Moderate. 9 mi. round trip, 1800’ gain. Roberta Koeppe, 303-499-0494 (An Indian Peaks Group Outing).

Sunday, August 8. The proposed James Peak Wilderness - A moderate-to-strenuous day hike from the Moffat Tunnel to Heart Lake, then north to the Iceberg Lakes and back down for a circle trip of 12 mi. total, including 1-2 mi. off-trail. Call Kirk Cunningham, 303-939-8519 (An Indian Peaks Group Outing).

Saturday, August 14. Pear Lake from Wild Basin trailhead - Strenuous hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. 13 miles round trip with a 2100’ gain. Kelly Prendergast, 303-665-7290 (An Indian Peaks Group Outing).

Sunday, August 15, Buckeye Lake - Hike to a tranquil lake in the San Isabel National Forest near Copper Mountain. We will hike up a rough road and follow Buckeye Creek to above tree line to find the lake nestled amongst some higher peaks at 11,920 ft. Moderate difficulty. 2.6 miles and 1,810 feet elevation gain. Call Steve Farley 303-750-5533 (An High Plains Group Outing).

Friday - Sunday, August 27-29. Car-camping and day-hiking in the Troublesome Roadless Area - Camp out Friday and Saturday nights between Granby and Kremmling and come back on Sunday afternoon. This magnificent roadless area is about 70,000 acres in size and could easily merit protection as wilderness. Someday, we hope it can be on a wilderness bill, but for now, it’s a place to become acquainted with and enjoy. Hikes will range from a strenuous 15-mile roundtrip on Saturday to a moderate 10-mile trip
on Sunday. Contact Kirk Cunningham, 303-939-8519 for details (An Indian Peaks Group Outing).

Sunday September 12, Red Benchmark Mountain - Climb a smaller, 11,816 ft high mountain near Vail. The attraction of this mountain are the cliffs and waterfalls during the ascent, also the views from the summit are stupendous. We shall be looking down into the Vail Ski Area and the proposed expansion of Vail. Moderate to hard difficulty. 10.2 miles round-trip and 3200 feet elevation gain. Call Steve Farley 303-750-5533 (An High Plains Group Outing).

Sunday, September 12. Upper Diamond Lake - A moderate, 8 mi. round trip near Fourth of July campground. Beautiful lake nestled in high cirque with some off-trail., and 1700’ gain. Steve Bortz, 303-440-5459 (An Indian Peaks Group Outing).

Friday - Sunday, September 17 -19, Rocky Mountain Chapter Retreat - Glacier View Ranch. All the information you need is on the cover of this issue (A Rocky Mountains Chapter Outing).

Saturday, September 18. Thunder Lake from Wild Basin - A strenuous 13.6 miles round trip, 2100’ gain, in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Kelly Prendergast, 303-665-7290 (An Indian Peaks Group Outing).

Saturday, September 25. Moderate hike along the Beaver Brook Trail - west of Golden, with views of the scenic Clear Creek Canyon and the foothills.14 miles round trip, 500’ elevation gain. Kirk Cunningham, 303-939-8519 (An Indian Peaks Group Outing).

Sunday, September 26. Twin Sisters Peaks - Strenuous 7.4 miles round trip with a 2300’ gain, in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Susan Jones, 303-444-6821 (An Indian Peaks Group Outing).

Sunday, October 3. Eat Pears at Pear Lake! Strenuous hike to lovely lake in the Wild Basin of the Rocky Mountain National Park. 12 mi. round trip, 2000’gain. Pears will be provided. Linda Batlin, 303-494-6407 (An Indian Peaks Group Outing).




Friday, August 6. 9:00 AM-Noon. “Let’s All Pull Together” Community Weed Pull day at Evergreen Lake. No limit on the number of noxious weeds today. Call Lyn Yarroll at 303-838-8117 for more information.

Friday, August 6. 7:00 PM Citizens’ Management Alternative for the Pike and San Isabel National Forests “Imagine a Wild Future,” slide show on conservation strategies for the future. At the Bonfils Blood Center, on Pueblo Blvd, Pueblo.

Saturday, August 7. 9:00 AM. Citizens’ Management Alternative for the Pike and San Isabel National Forests Location TBA. Workshop for input for the Citizens’ Management Alternative
Call Pearle Sandstrom Smith at 719-543-6427 or Jean Smith at 303-388-3389 for workshop location and other information.

Tuesday, August 17, 6:30 PM. State Air Quality Meetings Will be held at the Denver Sierra Club Office Issues that impact air quality such as power plants, transportation and sprawl will be discussed. Please contact Eric Levine 970-493-6341or Bill Myers 303-935-6810 for further information.

Thursday, August 19th, 7:00 PM. Wilderness Campaign. In the Aurora Central Public Library. Join the High Plains Group as Robyn Fugett, the Sierra Club’s Southwest Office Conservation Organizer give a presentation on preserving wilderness in the state. Come and learn how you to can be a part of the campaign to set aside an additional 1.4 million acres of wilderness in Colorado.

Sunday, August 22. Pike and San Isabel CMA Task Force meeting. Location TBA. Anyone interested in actually crafting the CMA is invited to this organizing workshop. RSVP to Jean Smith 303-388-3378.

Sunday, August 29. The 6th Annual Road Ramble - Join cyclists from around Colorado in a ride to benefit the Emily Griffith Center. Three courses (25, 66, and 102 miles) will accommodate many ages and abilities. The course begins at the Center’s Ranch in Larkspur and runs through the beautiful rolling countryside around Palmer Lake, Monument, the Air Force Academy, the Black Hills and Peyton. Join us for a post-ride pizza party with Old Chicago and pick up your free Road Ramble T-shirt and other gifts. Individual pre-registration (by August 19) is $25, Day-of-registration is $30, and teams of 3 or more are only $20 per person (so get your friends and family to come along!). Call Tempra Board or Meg Miller at 303-277-1010 or stop by one of eight Bicycle Village locations for more information or to register for the ride.

Attention Outdoor Enthusiasts. Volunteers needed to help inventory foot trails and unauthorized ghost roads on Forest Service roads in various parts of Colorado this summer. Information gathered will be used to help preserve and protect wildlife habitat. For more information, please call or email Roz McClellan at 303-447-9409, or Tori Peglar at 303-245-9213 or email to

Tuesday, September 7, 6:30 PM. At the Ross University Hills Library, 4310 E. Amherst at S. Birch. The “Imagine a Wild Future,” slide show followed by a CMA workshop.

Monday and Tuesday, September 20 & 21, EPA sponsored Superfund Group meeting.

Tuesday, September 21 , 6:30 PM. State Air Quality Meetings Will be held in Ft. Collins (location and time TBD) Issues that impact air quality such as power plants, transportation and sprawl will be discussed. Please contact Eric Levine 970-493-6341or Bill Meyers 303-935-6810 for further information.

September 24 or 25, 1999, 8:30 am - 4:30pm A Summit to Envision Colorado’s Future, a one-day event offered on two consecutive days. This summit will bring together teachers, students, and community and business leaders to create a vision for Colorado’s sustainable future using the Scenario Building model which was developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The WBCSD has designed the Scenario Project as a world wide outreach program to engage businesses and communities in a thoughtful discussion about sustainable development. Ulrich Goluke of the WBCSD will provide the direction and the keynote for the summit. The summit will be held at the American Mountaineering Center at 710 10th street, Golden, CO.
For adults there is a $20 deposit required which will be returned on the day of the summit. No deposit is required for students. A license renewal credit is available for teachers ($25 fee).
To register please contact Kerri Traynor of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education at (303) 273-9527 or


Chapter Meetings


All Sierra Club meetings are open to the public. New and old members who would like to become more active are urged to attend. It’s a good way to meet people and share concerns.

Chairs: to reserve a conference room at the Club office building, call Mary Romano at 303-861-8819 (days) at least one week before your meeting.

    Metro Regional Council of Groups
The Metro Regional Council of (Sierra Club) Groups, meets monthly for breakfast to provide an informal forum for inter-group communications on issues that cross group boundaries, especially those related to growth (for example, RTD, mountain backdrop, water, open space, air, GOCO). Contact Don Thompson, 303-320-4895 for agenda information and the meeting date.

Chapter Conservation and Legislative Committee
Monday, August 9 & September 13, 5:30-9:00 p.m. Suite 205B at 1410 Grant St., Denver. (NE Corner of Colfax and Grant). We discuss issues and state legislature bills of importance to the Chapter and how to respond to them. Open to all members. Please contact Conservation Committee Chair. Kirk Cunningham, 303-939-8519 or regarding information and agenda items for the Conservation Committee meeting and Mark Pearson, Legislative Chair for agenda and information concerning the Legislative Committee, 970-259-6181,

The Pollution Cluster Committee
This Committee work on air quality, water quality, hazardous waste, household waste and recycling need help. We need volunteers to research, educate, write letters to legislators, compose articles for our Peak & Prairie newspaper, attend meetings, and make phone calls. Please join us and make a difference. Even if you have never participated in any of these types of activities, its easy and fun. Please call Joan Seeman 303-738-8407 or e-mail me at 

Executive Committee
Saturday & Sunday, October 9-10.The Ex-Com is the governing body of the chapter. It meets quarterly at locations throughout the state to discuss and decide on conservation issues and administrative matters. The Mt. Evans Group is the host for this meeting. For information and agenda, contact Chair, Greg Casini, 303-861-2844.

Lifestyles/Education Committee
The Lifestyles/Education Committee seeks to inform our communities on living an eco-friendly life. For date, time and location of our next meeting call Jan Oen at 303-320-4895.

Population Committee
The Chapter Population Committee meets for its bi-monthly meeting at 7-9 PM on Wednesday, August 11 at the Sierra Club office, 1410 Grant, B205. Join us to discuss Year 6 Billion, fall presentations, and what you can do to increase awareness of the overpopulation problem which contributes to environmental problems world-wide. For further information, contact Fred Elbel, RMC Population Chair, 303-220-7499 or email for more information.

Water Quality Committee
The committee holds evening meetings monthly, at irregular times. It deals with all issues covered by the Clean Water Act: pollution, discharge regulation, planning, polluted run-off and wetlands protection. We usually meet for a potluck supper before the meeting. To be on our contact list, call Chair. Kirk Cunningham, 303-939-8519.

Transportation Committee
Tuesday, August 3, and September 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The committee holds evening meetings monthly, on the first Tuesday of the month in conjunction with the Sustainable Transportation Committee. We meet at the CoPIRG office, 1520 Blake above Las Delicious restaurant. This is just across 16th St., from the RTD Market St., station Call Don Thompson 303-320-4895 for additional information.

Inner City Outings
Wednesday, August 11 & September 8, ICO meetings are usually held in the evenings on the second Wednesday of the month, in Suite 205B at 1410 Grant St., Denver. ICO introduces disadvantaged urban young people to the out-of-doors. Meetings dates and times may vary, so call the ICO hotline at 303-512-8331to confirm.

Peak & Prairie Editors Meeting
Tuesday, August 31. 7:00-8:30 PM. Editors and new volunteers receive assignments and plan the next issue of the P&P. At the Rocky Mountain Chapter office, 1410 Grant Street, Suite B205. Call Kevin Mackessy 303-471-1594 or for further information.

Peak & Prairie mailing party
Thursday, September 23. Join us for fun at the P&P mailing party in SE Denver, near Colorado Blvd. And Yale. Call Angela Medbery, 303-433-2608, to confirm location and time.

Gay and Lesbian Sierrans
The GLS Committee welcome new members. The GLS Committee is a great way to join in appreciation and concern for our natural environment. The GLS balances our member’s environmental, social and political objectives. Call Sue Scheppler 303-477-4285 for information, time and location of our meetings.



Group Meetings


Enos Mills Group
Tuesday, August 10 and September 14, 6:00 PM. potluck, 6:30 meeting. The Ex-Com. Meets at Sierra Club Headquarters, Suite 205B at 1410 Grant St. Denver. An opportunity to meet other EMG activists and learn what the Sierra Club is doing in Denver. Call Jan Oen, 303-320-4895 to confirm time and location.


High Plains Group
(eastern Denver suburbs)

Thursday, August 12th, 7:00 PM. HPG Ex-Com Meeting at 2857 S. Olathe Way, Aurora.

Thursday, August 26th, 7:00 PM. Conservation Committee Meeting. Come learn about our efforts to fight sprawl and set aside natural areas on the eastern plains. We will also be involved in the Wilderness Campaign.

Thursday, September 9th, 7:00 PM Ex-Com Meeting at 2857 S. Olathe Way, Aurora.

Thursday, September 16th, 7:00 PM. Moving Beyond Dichotomies Pat Walsh will be speaking to our group on transcending dichotomies when working for environmental causes. Our group will be learning how to fight for our cause without burnout, and while staying grounded, calm and compassionate. At the Aurora Central Public Library.

Thursday, September 23rd, 7:00 PM. Conservation Committee Meeting. Come learn about our efforts to fight sprawl and to set aside natural areas on the eastern plains. We will also be involved in the Wilderness Campaign. Please contact Dianna VanderDoes (303-699-2036) for more information on any of these meetings.


Indian Peaks Group
Boulder County

All Club meetings are open to members and the concerned public. Volunteerism is welcome on any of the committees listed below.

Wednesday, August 4, 7PM, CONSERVATION COMMITTEE, Law Fund conference room, 2260 Baseline Rd. in Boulder. The Conservation Committee examines and recommends positions on issues that involve environmental protection in Boulder County, but excluding urban areas. Call Conservation Chair Kirk Cunningham for agenda items and other details,

Monday, August 16th, 7PM, URBAN LAND USE COMMITTEE, place to be determined. Contact Chair Matt Appelbaum at 303-499-8970 (h), for agenda items and to find out about the meeting place.

Wednesday, August 25th, 6:15 PM, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, the Hoge’s home, 2300 Iris Ave. in north Boulder. Look for the mailbox on the south side of Iris with animals painted on it. Contact Chair Susan LeFever at 303-443-5482 (h), for agenda items and other details. We begin at 6:15 with a potluck supper, and the rest of the meeting starts at 7:00.

Wednesday, September 1st, 7PM, CONSERVATION COMMITTEE, the LAW Fund, 2260 Baseline Rd. in Boulder. Contact Kirk Cunningham, 303-939-8519.

Monday, September 19th, 7PM, URBAN LAND USE COMMITTEE, place to be determined. Contact Matt Appelbaum 303-499-8970(h).

Wednesday, September 22, 6:15, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, the Atrium, SE corner of Iris Ave and 30th St. Contact Susan LeFever, 303-443-5482 (h).

Note: Other IPG committees are active but do not have regularly scheduled meetings. Please contact the following issue chairs for information on how be active on that committee: Transportation (City of Boulder only) - Bob Law, 303-543-7081; Open Spaces - Ann McFarland, 303-413-0664; Recycling - Mary Skumanich, 303-444-1747; Outings - Susan Jones, 303-444-6821; Water Quality - Kirk Cunningham, 303-939-8519; Wilderness - Linda Batlin, 303-494-6407; Pesticides - Cosima Krueger, 303-448-0832; Political - Barry Satlow, 303-442-1006; Newsletter - Catherine Lutz, 303-402-1638; Fundraising - Perry Rosensweig, 303-554-8122; Longmont issues - Larry Box, 303-684-0321.


Mount Evans Group
(SW Jefferson, Northern Park, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties)
Thursday, August 12 and September 9, 7:30 PM. at the Evergreen Recreation Center. MEG meets on the second Thursday of each month. This summer, the Mount Evans Group is promoting our alternative to the proposed paving of Guanella Pass Road, working to save the 6,000-acre Beaver Brook Watershed from development, helping with Community Weed Day and environmentally safe eradication of hawkweed, working a community recycling program, and helping to put together the Pike/San Isabel National Forest Citizens’ Management Alternative. We are always looking for individuals who are ready to actively make a difference on our planet. For more information, please call Betsy or Greg at 303-674-7236 or Lyn at 303-838-8117.

Pikes Peak Group
(El Paso & Teller Counties)
Tuesday, August 10 & September 14, 6:30 - 9:00 PM. At the Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo. All members are invited to attend and participate in our monthly Conservation Committee and Executive Committee meetings. If you are interested in local, state, or national environmental issues, this is the place to learn more and get involved with the activities which relate to them. Hope to see you there! For more information, call Chuck Hachmeister at 719-592-0963.


Poudre Canyon Group
(Larimer and Weld Counties)
Monday, August 9 & September 13, 6:30 PM. Ex-Com usually meets at the Norlarco Credit Union, 700 Whaler’s Way, Fort Collins. Confirm dates with Will Walters, 970-568-9841, or email to


Rachel Carson Group
(Eastern Jefferson County)
Thursday, August 19 & September 16. Meetings are usually held at the Arvada Municipal Hall, but call Joan Rech, 303-541-0710 to confirm location and time.


Sangre de Cristo Group
(Arkansas River & San Luis Valleys)
Tuesday, August 10 & September 14, 6:30 PM. Ex-Com meets at the Lamplighter Coffee House in Pueblo. Call Susan Finzel-Aldred, 719-947-0315, for confirmation of dates.


South Platte Group
(Parts of Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson Counties)
Wednesday, August 25 and September 22, 7:00PM, the fourth Wednesday of each month, at Ho Ho’s Restaurant, next to CUB Foods, Mineral & Broadway, (one mile north of Broadway and C-470) in Littleton. Call Mike Mueller, 850-7883 or email at to confirm location and dates.


Uncompahgre Group
(Mesa, Delta and Gunnison Counties)
Wednesday, August 11, 6:00 PM. General Membership and Ex-Com meeting and potluck supper. Meet the second Wednesday of alternate months at Shelly Weiss’ home, 2215 Driftwood Lane, Grand Junction; call Shelly for directions, 970-243-5138.

Wednesday, September 8, 6:00 PM. Public Lands and Forest Committee Meetings. Meet the second Wednesday of alternate months the CEC Offices, 1,000 N. 9th Street #29, Grand Junction. Call Vicki for further information. 970-464-0502.


Weminuche Group
(Durango area)
Wednesdays, August 4 & September 1, 5:00 PM. Group meeting at the Carvers Bakery in Durango. Call Jim Decker for information and to confirm meeting dates, 970-259-7658.


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