Yahi Group's General Outing Information
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Hike Classification

The following information is intended for people who have decided to take or are contemplating an outing that has been organized by the Yahi Group of the Sierra Club; the information is based on the Group's established policy

Transportation to the trailhead: There is an active interest in car pooling, but leaders cannot organize car pools to Sierra Club outings. All trips begin and end at the trailhead, which is not necessarily the initial meeting place. Any car pool arrangements are private agreements between the driver and the passengers. 

Riders are expected, as a matter of courtesy, to reimburse drivers to cover the transportation expenses of the trip. The customary amount is 10 cents per mile per passenger depending on the vehicle, the number of passengers and the road conditions. For example, one passenger only should pay the driver a little more and a car full of passengers should pay a little less. This is only a guideline. . 

Membership not required: Outings are open to the general public unless otherwise specified. [If you enjoy the outings, it is hoped that you will see the value of joining the Sierra Club. Information is available in the Membership Section]. 

Sign-up: Most activities do not require advance sign-up; it is merely necessary to show up at the designated time and place. 

For those outings where advance sign-up is requested, that may occur starting the day of the Newsletter distribution; a call to the leader will initiate the procedure. If fees or deposits are needed, the sign-up is not considered complete until those have been paid. Fees may not be refundable; please refer to the policy for specifics.
Sierra Club Liability Waiver Form:  The Sierra Club has developed a Liability Waiver Form (recently updated) that participants need to sign prior to going on a Chapter or Group outing. 

All activities: These are group outings. It is important that participants follow the instructions of the outing leader. Please be sure you are in adequate physical condition to undertake the activity you choose (see classifications listed below for guidance). If you are unsure of the difficulty of the trip or of your ability, check with the leader before deciding to go. The outing leader may decide to disallow the participation of an outing applicant if the leader concludes that the applicant's reduced preparation or capability may negatively affect the outing for the rest of the group. 

Hiking and day activities: Bring lunch, water, and essentials, as well as reimbursement money for your driver. Wear boots or sturdy shoes. ESSENTIALS... Lunch, water, poncho or rain jacket, matches, flashlight, pocketknife & jacket/warm sweater. 

Some dos and don'ts:

  • Plan to carry out anything that you carry in.
  • Pets are not allowed unless the trip specifically indicates "pets permitted".
  • No firearms.
  • No electronic music devices
Children: Please consult with the leader for a decision as to whether a trip is appropriate for a child whether accompanied by an adult or not. Any child under 18 not accompanied by a parent must have a written parental authorization to give to the outing leader. Forms may be obtained in advance from the outings leader or from the Outings Committee Chair at 872-0419. This completed and signed form is required to provide for emergency medical care if needed. 

Hike Classifications
Total distance in miles Total elevation gain in feet
Grade 1: Up to 6 Class A: Up to 1000
Grade 2: 6-10 Class B: 1000-2000
Grade 3: 10-15 Class C: 2000-3000
Grade 4: 15-20 Class D: Over 3000
Grade 5: Over 20

Suggestions and comments: Any comments on the outings or suggestions for future ones are always welcome. Mail to Alan Mendoza at 6 Patches Drive, Chico, CA 95928 530-891-8789; or email ajmendoza777@comcast.net