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Escape to the Land of Alpenglow
An introduction to the dynamic outcrop geology between Owens Valley and the Sierra Nevada
August 7 – 14, 2014
Instructor: Paul Remeika
ABF Members Only: $1395/person, $350 single supplement
Join earth scientist Paul Remeika on a seven-day, two-wheel-drive geologic trek across the uneasy crust of California’s easternmost frontier. This special Desert Hostel field trip highlights the natural wonders between the subsiding Owens Valley and the uplifted tilt-block of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. We will follow immense earthquake fault escarpments through the boulder-strewn fantasyland of the Alabama Hills, to the Volcanic Tableland north of Bishop, California at the foot of California’s spectacular Sierra Nevada mountain range. Witness the volatile volcanic terrain inside of the Long Valley Caldera and its Resurgent Dome from atop Mammoth Mountain and Obsidian Dome. This active Quaternary volcanic center was created by a catastrophic eruption some 750,000 years ago, that sent tremendous ash clouds into the atmosphere, blanketing much of the western United States including the Anza-Borrego Desert.
Visits to Manzanar National Historic Site, the Bristlecone Pine forest, Devil’s Postpile National Monument, the Mono-Inyo Craters, and Bodie State Historic Park are also planned. The wonder of discovery is further enhanced with a canoe adventure on Mono Lake as we paddle through magnificent tufa pinnacles that line its south shore. The spectacularly-carved glaciated countryside of Yosemite National Park is examined above Tioga Pass with a hike to Lembert Dome. Other points of interest include Tenaya Lake, Glacier Point, the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees, and sublime Yosemite Valley with its hanging waterfalls, especially at Vernal and Nevada falls on the trail up to Half Dome.
- Accommodations: 2 nights at Best Western Frontier Inn, Lone Pine, CA; 2 nights Best Western High Sierra Inn, Mammoth Lakes; 2 nights Boulder Lodge at June Lake; 2 nights at Southgate Inn, Oakhurst. All rooms are non-smoking double occupancy with limited single availability.
- Tour price includes sack lunches, all local event fees,Paul’s descriptive daily travelogue, and final group dinner.
What's Not Included:
- Breakfasts and Dinners — ABF deso not include or charge for breakfasts and dinners. This frees participants to enjoy eating when and where they prefer, and choose the foods and portion size they desire. Since many restaurants are unable to accommodate large groups eating together, this has been a favorable solution. Most lodges included expanded continental breakfast.
- Alcoholic beverages (BYOB)
- Tips to local guides
- Transportation — participants are required to bring their own vehicles and carpooling is encouraged. We expect to travel at least 200 miles during the field trip and vehicles should be well maintained and in good working order. A 2WD high-clearance vehicle is required. Expect some improved gravel roads. In the unlikely event that a vehicle becomes disabled during the tour, every attempt to fix the problem will be made. However, the owner will be responsible for attending to the matter and the field trip will continue without unnecessary delay.
Most stops will feature informative field study. Short hikes to points of interest can be on uneven terrain within close proximity to the vehicles. Planned hikes may be one mile one-way. Carry water, food, and first-aid equipment. Bring waterproof rain gear, sturdy shoes, a hat, and dress in layers for weather conditions at higher elevations. Remember to bring a folding camp chair, camera, binoculars, and your National Parks Pass.
$200/person deposit is required at sign-up. Full payment is due by June 15, 2014.
- Cancel prior to May 1, 2014, $50 per person is not refundable
- Cancel between May 1 and June 14, $200 per person is not refundable
- Cancel June 16 or after no refund unless we can fill your reservation.
Sorry but no exceptions can be made to this policy. We understand that unforeseen and emergency circumstances may arise, but our nonprofit organization operates on a limited budget. This policy enables us to sustain our programs even with last minute cancellations. If ABF cancels a trip, we will issue a full refund or credit.