Peak & Prairie

Rocky Mountain Chapter's
Online Newsletter
December 1999 / January 2000



edited by Thom McKibbin



  Chapter Meetings 

 Group Meetings 



To list February and March outings, events or meetings; email to Thom McKibbin at, by December 22 or fax to the chapter office at 303-861-2436, by December 20. 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. 

Saturday, December 11 – Walker Ranch loop day hike - It’s a 7.5 mile hike, with lunch in Boulder afterwards. Elevation gain is 1000’ with several ups and downs. Contact Kelly Prendergast at 303-665-7290.

Sunday, December 12 – Snowshoe Hike at Horsethief Park - Moderate snowshoe hike to Horsethief Park on the west side of Pikes Peak. No previous snowshoe experience required. Rentals are available at several local outdoor shops. Location may change due to local snow conditions. For details or to sign up, call Jim Lockhart at 719-385-0045.

Saturday, December 18 – Moderate Snowshoe Hike, Mt. Evans - Join Rocky Mountain Chapter Outing Chair Roger J. Wendell for a good snowshoe workout above Echo Lake. Call or email Roger for additional information at 303-693-4244 or

Saturday, January 1 – Ski Tour of Brainard Lake - Shake off your post-New Year’s malaise with a loop ski tour in the Brainard Lake area in the Indian Peaks. Ten mile round trip, 800’ elevation gain. Call Kirk Cunningham, 303-939-8519.

Sunday, January 9 – Snowshoe Hike to Fern Lake - Join us on a snowshoe hike to Fern Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, starting at the Moraine Park trailhead. Moderate trek, nine mile round trip and 1300’ elevation gain. Contact Roberta Koeppe at 303-499-0494.

Friday, January 21 – Overnight Cross Country Ski Trip - We’ll meet in a cabin at Spruce Lodge in Cedaredge for a potluck dinner and stay overnight. On Saturday, we’ll cross-country ski and have lunch. Please bring ski equipment, a potluck dish, lunch for the ski trip, and lodging fee. Space is limited. Must RSVP by January 14th. Contact Shelly at 970-243-5138, or GinaMaria at 970-244-8696, ( If you’re interested in leading an outing, please contact Shelly or GinaMaria.

Sunday, January 23 – Snowshoe Hike to Mills Lake - Take an easy snowshoe hike to Mills Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Scenic climb to alpine lake in Glacier Gorge. A good trip for beginning snowshoers. 6 miles, 600’ elevation gain. Call Steve Bortz at 303-440-5459.

April 20th through 25th – Basecamp Backpack Dark Canyon, Southwest Utah - The Dark Canyon Wilderness Area is an area of beauty and solitude where we will look for ancient Native American ruins and enjoy the geology of the canyon. We well set up a base camp where water is plentiful, and then have two days to wander through the canyon. This is an exploratory trip so flexibility and an adventuresome spirit are a must. Experienced backpackers / hikers only, preferably with desert experience. There will be a mandatory trip meeting to discuss sharing of equipment, possible carpooling, etc. It is two days of travel time and four days in the canyon. Call Patricia Berman at 303-691-9255 or email at after January 3, 2000 to register for the trip. Limit eight people including the leader.


Saturday, December 4, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. – Odds and Ends Sale / Potluck Dinner- An Enos Mills Group event. Come and join the day long affair, where you will be hard pressed to shake a stick at all the fun and excitement. Volunteers needed for various activities. Call Dan Own at 303-320-4895 for more information on this grand time.

Thursday, December 9 – Christmas Party - An Uncompahgre Group event. Come celebrate the Spirit of Christmas from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 418 Pleasant Hollow Court in Grand Junction. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. Parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged. Please bring a canned food item, either for people or pets, to be donated to the homeless shelter and the Humane Society. RSVP to GinaMaria, 970-244-8696, or email to, by December 5.

Thursday, December 16, 7:00 p.m. – Christmas Party - The High Plains Group will be having it’s annual Christmas Party. Come celebrate the year’s accomplishments and help us set goals for 2000. Everyone is welcome! Call Dianna VanderDoes at 303-699-2036 for more information and location of the party.

Wednesday, January 5, and February 2, 7 p.m. – Rocky Mountain Arsenal Meeting - Commerce City Administration Building, 5291 E. 60th Ave. Come and join us at the next monthly meeting. We will be discussing issues related to the Arsenal. For more information contact Sandy Horrocks at 303-470-1352. 

Tuesday, January 25, 6 to 9 p.m. – Legislative Workshop- Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden. Plan to attend this informative meeting where some Colorado State Representatives will discuss current environmental legislation. Admission is $10, and includes a tasty dinner. Send a check to the Sierra Club office to reserve your space at this event. Volunteers are also needed for registration and to work in the kitchen. This event is joint sponsored with the Audubon Society of Greater Denver. Contact Angela Medbery at 303-433-2608 for more information.

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 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 communication 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 
Monday, December 13 and January 10, 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 

Legislative Committee
Monday, December 6 and January 10, 5:30-9:00 p.m. Suite 205B at 1410 Grant St., Denver. (NE Corner of Colfax and Grant). Please contact Merry Havens, Legislative Chair for agenda and information concerning the Legislative Committee, 303-448-9697. merry

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, it’s easy and fun. Please call Joan Seeman 303-738-8407 or e-mail me at

Executive Committee 
Saturday and Sunday, January 22-23. 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 Indian Peaks 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 303-433-7291 for more information.

Population Committee
The Chapter Population Committee meets for its bi-monthly meeting at 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8th at the Sierra Club office, 1410 Grant, B205. Join us to discuss Year 6 Billion, winter 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
Thursday, December 16 and January 18. Chapter Water Quality Committee meeting. The Committee deals with all aspects of the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Acts, and volunteerism can range from the technical to the physical. We try to meet monthly in the Denver area. Contact Kirk Cunningham, 303-939-8519, for the agenda items and details.

Transportation Committee
Tuesday, December 7, and January 4, 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, December 8 and January 12, 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. Meeting dates and times may vary, so call the ICO hotline at 303-512-8331 to confirm.

Peak & Prairie Editors Meeting
Tuesday, December 28. 7:00-8:30 p.m. 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, January 27. Join us for loads of fun at the P&P mailing party. A great opportunity to meet new people and get involved. 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, December 14 and January 11, 6:00 p.m. potluck, 6:30 meeting. The Ex-Com meets at Sierra Club Headquarters, Suite 205B at 1410 Grant St. Denver. An opportunity to meet other Enos Mills Group 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, December 9, and January 13, 7 p.m. High Plains Ex-Com meeting. This is a good way to find out what is happening on the eastern plains and to meet other activists working in your area. Contact Dianna VanderDoes at 303-699-2036 for more information.

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, December 1, and January 5, 7 p.m., CONSERVATION COMMITTEE, the Land and Water Fund conference room, Environmental Center of the Rockies, 2260 Baseline Rd., SW corner of Baseline and Broadway in Boulder. The Conservation Committee discusses strategy for Club issues and campaigns for the ex-urban areas of Boulder County. Contact Conservation Chair Kirk Cunningham for agenda items and other details, 303-939-8519,

Monday, December 22, and January 17, 7 p.m., URBAN LAND USE COMMITTEE, meeting place to be determined. The Urban Use Land Committee discusses issues that primarily affect the urban area of Boulder. Contact Chair Matt Appelbaum at 303-499-8970 (h), for agenda items and to find out about the meeting place.

Wednesday, December 22, and January 26, 6:15 p.m., 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. The Executive Committee is the final stop for policy matters and for Group administration. 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.

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, December 9 and January 13, 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, December 14, and January 11, 6:30 p.m., Pikes Peak Group Conservation Committee and Ex-Com meeting. Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo. All members are welcome to attend and participate in our monthly conservation 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. For more information, call Chuck Hachmeister at 719-592-963.

Pikes Peak Group newsletter mailing party and potluck dinner. Come join us to help assemble and prepare our next issue of the TIMBERLINES newsletter for mailing. This is a great place for new and newly active members to get involved. For location, please contact Judy Bolin at 719-592-0963.

Poudre Canyon Group 
(Larimer and Weld Counties)
Monday, December 13 and January 10, 6:30 p.m., 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, December 16 and January 20. 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, December 14 and January 11, 6:30 p.m., 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, December 22 and January 26, 7 p.m., 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 & Gunnison Counties)
Wednesday, January 12, 6:00 p.m., Bi-Monthly Meeting. Our general meeting is a potluck dinner meeting at 2215 Driftwood Lane. Come join us to discuss Sierra Club issues, concerns, upcoming meetings, and events for our organization. Contact Shelly at 970-243-5239.

Wednesday, January 12, 6:00 p.m., 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, December 1 and January 5, 5:00 p.m., Group meeting at the Carvers Bakery in Durango. Call Jim Decker for information and to confirm meeting times and dates at 970-259-7658.

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