Upcoming events

    • 25 Jan 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • Steve & Scott’s Home in Santa Barbara
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    The Great Outdoors January Gay-themed Film and Discussion Night: "Handsome Devil"

    A loner and the star athlete at a rugby crazed boarding school are forced to be roommates and form an unlikely friendship until it is tested by authorities.

    Location: Steve & Scott’s home in Santa Barbara.

    Date: Friday, January 25

    6:30  Social hour with potluck hearty appetizers provided by YOU.  Please bring a ready-to-serve appetizer to share.  BYOB (or beverage to share).

    7:30ish  Film begins with discussion to follow

    RSVP (required) by 5:00pm Thursday, January 24.  (Remind Howard to send you the address if you need it.)  Space is limited.

    See you Friday, January 25 for "Handsome Devil”

    • 15 Feb 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • 18 Feb 2019
    • Yosemite Valley
    • 9
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    Majestic Yosemite - President’s Day Weekend 2019

    Friday, February 15 – Monday, February 18

    The Santa Barbara/Ventura Country chapter is hosting its annual trip to Yosemite on President’s Day Weekend 2019. Our lodging for the 3-night outing will be, as usual, Half-Dome Village (formerly Camp Curry), in heated tent-cabins that are rustic but comfortable.

    Yosemite is one of the most popular National Parks in the country and we in southern California are very fortunate to have it so close. If you have never seen it then this Great Outdoors trip is a good opportunity for you to be introduced to this special place. If you have been there once or more, then you’ll understand why Great Outdoors has made a Yosemite visit an annual event.  The grandeur and majesty of the park are so enriching that Yosemite can be experienced and enjoyed again and again.  The sublime beauty of the park has inspired many for the last 150 years, but perhaps none more effusive than John Muir, who said of Yosemite, “It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.” Please join us in this temple of the great outdoors.


    The locus of this trip will be Yosemite Valley. Our accommodations are tent cabins in Half-Dome Village (formerly Camp Curry), a rustic but charming village near the east end of the valley. Arrival should be after 4:00 pm on Friday afternoon.  Once everyone is settled in we will gather for tea in the village dining hall and perhaps decide to have dinner there.  Afterwards we might play games by the fireside or just relax in our cabins.


    On Saturday morning there will be choice of activities. Your outing organizer plans on leading a group on a hike up the Yosemite Falls Trail, a moderately strenuous hike, approx. 3 miles round trip, 1000 feet of elevation gain (all of which is at the very beginning of the hike in 60 switchbacks). It is a very scenic trail and will offer views from Columbia Rock of Yosemite Valley and close-up views of the lower falls. Some may wish to continue to the top of Yosemite Falls but it is strenuous hike that includes another 1700 feet of elevation gain in 2 miles and will take approximately another three to four hours (up and back).


    An alternative hike is to the top of Vernal Falls, following the Mist Trail (weather conditions permitting) and returning the same way or along the beginning section of the famous John Muir Trail.  The difficulty of this hike is characterized as moderate to strenuous, includes about a 1200 foot elevation gain, is 6-6.5 miles, and will probably take 3.5-4 hours. If you’re ambitious (and in condition) after reaching the top of Vernal Falls you could continue on to Nevada Falls, adding about 2 miles and another 700 feet in elevation gain.  If either/any of the hikes sound like too much of a challenge there are many other hikes and/or activities to choose from, such as walking the “loop” trail around the valley, a flat hike around the beautiful Mirror Lake, a ranger led nature walk, ice skating in Half-Dome Village, skiing and/or hiking at Badger Pass.


    On Sunday I propose that we have breakfast at the Majestic Yosemite Lodge (formerly the Ahwahnee) Dining Room. Reservations for a large group are very difficult to arrange for a time after about 8:30am so it might be an early breakfast. Let me know if you’re interested in that.

    Even though we’ll be there in the middle of February we might not have winter conditions.  Last year there was very little snow on the valley floor and the daytime temperatures were in the mid- to high 50s. The trip leader will inform you of the weather conditions a couple days before our arrival but you may also want to keep abreast of them by using the Yosemite National Park website. http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm <http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm>

    Driving & Directions:

    When driving to Yosemite in winter it is recommended to take CA Hwy 140 through Mariposa. It's the lowest- elevation route and therefore the least likely to be affected by snow and ice. Check highway conditions outside the park at the Caltrans website or call (800) 427-7623. Since weather conditions can change quickly, it is also recommended to check the current conditions inside Yosemite, check online or call (209) 372-0200.

    Tire chains are required when you go to Yosemite in winter, and be prepared to use them, even if you have four-wheel drive. They may become mandatory at any time. You may be able to find chains for rent in Mariposa, but it's better not to count on it.

    What else?

    Cooking facilities/campfire rings are not available in Half-Dome Village. However, there are several dining options near our cabins. You may bring snack food and drinks, but all food and scented items must be stored in the bear-proof storage locker in front of the cabin. This includes all food, food related items, toiletries, sundries and ice chests. Bears have a strong sense of smell and are attracted to anything they think will lead them to human food. Remember not to store these items in your vehicle or tent cabin. It is recommended to use sealed plastic containers for storing your food inside the bear boxes. This makes it easier to keep your food organized, and away from campground critters.

    Be sure to remember a flashlight or headlamp to find your way around Camp Curry at night. In addition, a sleeping bag or an extra blanket may help keep you warm at night. Other things to bring:

    •Warm outer gear appropriate for snow and/or rain

    •Layered under gear (long underwear, etc.)

    •Hat, gloves, scarf, etc.

    •Sunglasses, sun block (for your face), lip balm

    •Well-worn sturdy, hiking shoes

    Weather: Average daytime temperatures in February in the Yosemite Valley range from the 30s to the 50s. It will be colder at Badger Pass (7,200 ft.), which is about 3,000 feet higher than the valley. Conditions may vary between sun, clouds, rain, or snow. Be prepared for anything.

    Price: $170 for Great Outdoors <http://greatoutdoors.org/> members, or $195 for non-members.

    Registration limit is 24 attendees.

    Cancellation policy:  full refund given if cancellation is at least eight (8) days prior to the departure (by Feb. 7, please); no refunds after that.

    For more information, contact:

    Thomas Larson                        thomassbca@yahoo.com            (805) 220-8276


    • 20 Feb 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty's Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St., Santa Barbara
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    Core Group Meeting starts at 6pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D.

     

    • 20 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Ventura! Location TBD
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    Core Group Meeting starts at 6pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    This pizza social will be in Ventura!  Location TBD.  For more information contact our President, Joe D.

     

    • 28 Mar 2019
    • 31 Mar 2019
    • Sespe Wilderness; near Ventucopa, CA
    • 4
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    Condor Trail Intermediate Backpack - March 28-31, 2019

    19 miles in the Sespe Condor Sanctuary (Reyes Creek to Piedra Blanca)

    The Condor Trail is a 421-mile hiking trail that connects Southern California (Lake Piru) to Big Sur. Envisioned in the mid-1990’s, this long trail was supposed to be Central California’s answer to the more popular and longer Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail.  After two decades of work to link existing sections of trail, the Condor Trail is now finished, but it still doesn’t have many visitors, owing to its deep and extremely rugged backcountry.  However, those who do venture onto the trail talk about some of the most breathtaking backcountry in California.  

    For a historical look at the Condor Trail, visit https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/carving-out-the-condor-trail-62579608/


    Great Outdoors will help you get a little taste of this crown jewel of the Los Padres, on a short section within reasonable proximity of Ojai, CA and Frazier Park, CA.  Our group will start at the Reyes Creek Trailhead and hike 19 miles south to the Piedra Blanca trailhead in Rose Valley, and we will have two nights in the backcountry at about the halfway mark. Our one free Saturday can be spent lounging at camp or exploring side trails.  We should have constant stream views and quiet campsites after setting out. 

    Interestingly, this very section is where one of California's last remaining grizzly bears was captured in 1916 near Bear Trap Camp.  Hopefully this trip inspires you to return to the area to explore other nearby trails.

    Historical scouting reports show reliable flowing spring water along the trail and at the camps from Winter through Spring.  In fact, late-winter/early-spring is the preferred time to hike this due to moderate temperatures and reliable water.  



    This elevation profile is an approximation based on data I got from the topo map.  Don't fault me if there is a little uphill section you might encounter on the mostly downhill part :)

    What does "Intermediate" mean?  This should not be your first backpack trip ever.  Be physically and mentally ready for the hike shown above in the elevation profile (mostly uphill first day, possibly up to 12 miles (depending how the group feels).  Know what the 10 Essentials are, and have your backpack and gear pretty well dialed-in for this length of trip.  Be familiar with cooking, filtering water, basic first aid, and pooping in the backcountry.  If you need help determining if you're ready, please contact me and we'll talk about it.  


    This will be a vehicle shuttle trip, meaning we will leave vehicles at both ends of the trail.  I’ll solicit the cooperation of drivers before the trip starts.

    Itinerary: 

    Thursday, March 28: (optional, but recommended) Arrive at Reyes Creek Campground (AKA Camp Scheideck) for a night of pre-backpack comaraderie. This allows people to arrive leisurely and not have to rush the next morning.  There is a bar and grill near camp.  Bring a gallon of drinking water even though we are next to a creek.  We have sites 17 and 18 reserved under my name.

    Friday, March 29: 9:30am start on Reyes Creek trailhead. Hike ~8 miles to backcountry Haddock Camp, or ~12 miles to the Pine Mountain Lodge camp (there is not really a lodge here, but a primitive backcountry camp like the others).  Depending where we camp is where we will day-hike Saturday, so this is totally up to how the group is feeling.

    Saturday, March 30: Free day to do whatever you like.  Lounge in camp or take a day hike on side trails, for example if we camp at Haddock, then a 3-mile roundtrip hike to Haddock Peak or a 12-mile roundtrip hike to Reyes Peak for the extra-adventurous.  If we camp at Pine Mountain Lodge, then it's ~8-mile rountrip hike to the Fishbowls.

    Sunday, March 31: Pack up camp and hike the rest of the way (mostly downhill as you can see on the elevation profile) to the Piedra Blanca parking lot.  There will be cold drinks in my cooler :)  Retrieve all vehicles and drive home.

    Weather: Temperatures should be warm during the day with chilly evenings.  Rain does not cancel: be prepared by bringing a poncho or other rain gear just in case. We’ll check the weather before we go. We may have campfires in the backcountry if we collect wood.

    Bring: Backpacking food for each meal; compact camp stove; mess kit; water filter and bottle; tent, sleeping bag and pad; sun protection; first-aid kit (each person); boots; layered clothing; jacket; toilet paper & trowel; flashlight; entertainment (book or cards, etc); It is advisable to bring animal-proof food storage (bear can or hang from tree).  If you don’t have something, ASK before buying it – we might be able to find it for you to borrow.

    Cost: $33 for GO members and $58 for non-members (includes one-year membership in GO chapter of your choice).  Camping Fee includes first night camp at Reyes Creek, extra car parking, firewood for the first night, cold drinks at the end, and the daily Adventure Passes required for each vehicle (carpools will be facilitated to the greatest extent possible to minimize impact and cost).  Add $11 for your own Tom Harrison topographical map of the Sespe Wilderness.

    Directions will be given in a pre-trip email, after determining who is driving, from where, and when. 

     

    Other Considerations:

    Register early as the capacity is ten people.

    Great Outdoors hikes as a group, either as one big group, or two smaller groups, but nobody will be left alone or behind.  Faster hikers are expected to stay with a group to maintain safety and social cohesion.

    Pack-it-in/Pack-it-out: All of our trash waste gets brought back to the cars with us. Great Outdoors practices leave-no-trace camping.

    Full refunds given before March 10.

    For more information or to see if this trip is right for you, please contact Trip Leader Chris Fava.


    • 17 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty's Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St., Santa Barbara
    Register

    Core Group Meeting starts at 6pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D.

     

    • 18 Apr 2019
    • 21 Apr 2019
    • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park


    Save the date. Trip notes coming soon.

    • 26 Apr 2019
    • 28 Apr 2019
    • Santa Cruz Island


    Save the date.  Trip notes coming soon.

    • 15 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty's Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St., Santa Barbara
    Register

    Core Group Meeting starts at 6pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D.

     

    • 16 May 2019
    • 19 May 2019
    • Lake Lopez


    Save the date.  Trip notes coming soon.

    • 6 Jun 2019
    • 9 Jun 2019
    • El Capitan State Beach


    Save the date.  Trip notes coming soon.

    • 19 Jun 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty's Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St., Santa Barbara
    Register

    Core Group Meeting starts at 6pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D.

     

    • 17 Jul 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty's Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St., Santa Barbara
    Register

    Core Group Meeting starts at 6pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D.

     

    • 5 Sep 2019
    • 8 Sep 2019
    • Morro Bay, CA


    Save the date.  Trip notes coming soon. 

    • 11 Oct 2019
    • 13 Oct 2019
    • Lake Cachuma


    Save the date.  Trip notes coming soon.

Past events

16 Jan 2019 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
29 Dec 2018 Christmas Party
28 Dec 2018 Gay-themed Movie Night - Billy Elliot
21 Dec 2018 Christmas Lights Trolley Tour
19 Dec 2018 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
30 Nov 2018 Gay-themed Movie Night - Philadelphia
24 Nov 2018 Day Hike in Carpinteria - Franklin Trail
21 Nov 2018 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social - Bring-a-Friend Night!
26 Oct 2018 Gay-themed Movie Night AND mini-Halloween Party
20 Oct 2018 Day Hike in Montecito
17 Oct 2018 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social - Officer Elections!
12 Oct 2018 All-Chapter Conference
19 Sep 2018 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
16 Sep 2018 Gay-Themed Movie Night - Upstairs Inferno
6 Sep 2018 Morro Bay Car/RV Campout
18 Aug 2018 Ventura County Pride Festival
18 Aug 2018 Day Hike in Carpinteria
17 Aug 2018 Gay-Themed Movie Night - Were the World Mine
15 Aug 2018 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
20 Jul 2018 Gay-Themed Movie Night - B&B
18 Jul 2018 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
4 Jul 2018 Independence Day Celebration
30 Jun 2018 Day Hike in Goleta
24 Jun 2018 GO/Prime Timers Potluck Picnic
20 Jun 2018 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
15 Jun 2018 Gay-Themed Movie Night - God's Own Country
7 Jun 2018 El Capitan State Beach Campout
2 Jun 2018 Day Hike in Carpinteria
25 May 2018 Gay-Themed Movie Night - The Wedding Banquet
24 May 2018 Lopez Lake Camp Out
16 May 2018 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
6 May 2018 Great Outdoors Hike Leader Training
20 Apr 2018 Gay-Themed Movie Night - Flawless
18 Apr 2018 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
12 Apr 2018 Big Sur Campout
21 Mar 2018 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
17 Mar 2018 Day Hike/Potluck/Gay-Themed Movie Night - Birdcage
23 Feb 2018 Gay-Themed Movie Night - Making Love
21 Feb 2018 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
16 Feb 2018 Yosemite Half Dome Village Tent Cabin Camp
19 Jan 2018 Gay-Themed Movie Night - Oriented
20 Dec 2017 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
16 Dec 2017 Great Outdoors Christmas Party Potluck
8 Dec 2017 Gay-Themed Movie Night - Walk a Mile in My Pradas
17 Nov 2017 Gay-Themed Movie Night - Big Eden
15 Nov 2017 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
28 Oct 2017 GO Halloween Party - Things that go Bump in the Night
21 Oct 2017 Beach Picnic with Flying Clubs
18 Oct 2017 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
6 Oct 2017 Great Outdoors Annual Conference - Hosted by the Los Angeles Chapter
30 Sep 2017 Day Hike in Montecito
20 Sep 2017 Core Group Elections and Pizza Social!
18 Sep 2017 2018 Overnight Trip Planning Meeting
15 Sep 2017 Gay-themed Film and Discussion Night: "Pride"
14 Sep 2017 Pfieffer Big Sur State Park Campout
9 Sep 2017 Murphy Car Museum Visit
7 Sep 2017 Great Outdoors SB/VC Wheeler Gorge/Holiday Group Car Camp
1 Sep 2017 Santa Cruz Island Campout
26 Aug 2017 Santa Barbara Pride Festival
20 Aug 2017 Picnic/Potluck with Prime Timers
19 Aug 2017 Ventura County Beachside Pride Festival
18 Aug 2017 Gay-themed Film and Discussion Night: "Love! Valour! Compassion!"
16 Aug 2017 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
5 Aug 2017 Day Hike in Montecito
21 Jul 2017 Gay-themed Film and Discussion Night: "Almost Normal"
19 Jul 2017 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
8 Jul 2017 Day Hike at Carpinteria Beach
4 Jul 2017 July 4th Santa Barbara Fireworks Viewing
21 Jun 2017 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
16 Jun 2017 Gay-themed Film and Discussion Night: "La Mission"
26 May 2017 Viva, Las Vegas!
19 May 2017 Gay-themed Film and Discussion Night: "Another Country"
18 May 2017 Pismo Beach Campout
17 May 2017 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
11 May 2017 All Chapter Jamboree - Sage Hill Campground (Los Padres National Forest)
29 Apr 2017 Day Hike at Gaviota: Gaviota Peak and Trespass Trail
28 Apr 2017 Skyline-to-the-Sea Backpack (Confident Beginner/Intermediate)
25 Apr 2017 Community Spotlight: SB Rainbow Happy Hour
21 Apr 2017 Movie Night - The Trip
19 Apr 2017 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
8 Apr 2017 Day Hike in Carpinteria; Franklin Trail
6 Apr 2017 Community Spotlight: First Thursday Diversity Collective Mixer
28 Mar 2017 Community Spotlight: SB Rainbow Happy Hour
24 Mar 2017 Movie Night - Letter to Anita
18 Mar 2017 Day Hike in Montecito; Cold Spring Trail
15 Mar 2017 Core Group Meeting and Pizza Social
4 Mar 2017 Day Hike in Montecito; San Ysidro Trail

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