|Who knew that Illinois residents Clayton Daughenbaugh and Patrick Murphy would be
instrumental in gaining protection for Utah wilderness after they went on a Sierra Club Activist Outing in 1995?
were so inspired by the southwestern landscape that, armed with tools they gained on the
trip, they convinced an Illinois senator to introduce legislation protecting Utah
I already had an interest in the Utah wilderness, but the outing gave me the
opportunity to put my concerns into action by teaching me what to do to protect the
land, says Daughenbaugh.
Started in 1993, the Clubs Activist Outings program is designed to accomplish
just that. Participants dont just experience the wonders of a threatened place; they
learn how to protect it. You learn in-depth about the issue of the land youre
visiting often from local activists and then you learn how to promote the
issue when you get home, put on slide shows, talk in front of groups, contact the media,
write letters to the editor, inspire fellow environmentalists to get involved. Armed with
those skills you can go home from the trip and truly make a difference.
The 1998 schedule offers the following great opportunities to combine advocacy and
Midnight Sun Activist Backpack
June 13-22 (Trip #98-102A) $1,895
Accomplished leader Wilbur Mills guides this adventure to the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge. There will be several layover days on the trek from the Brooks Range to the North
Slope calving grounds of the Porcupine caribou herd, a remote sanctuary threatened by
oil-industry proposals to drill for oil.
Wild Utah Canoe Trip
June 27July 1 (Trip #98-103A) $695
Wild Utah Raft Trip
July 15 (Trip #98-104A) $795
Combined price for both trips: $1,410
Activists will see Utahs threatened areas from the water. This unique trip is
divided into two segments; join just one or sign up for both. First is the canoe trip,
which entails traveling 70 miles of the Green River through the colorful 800-foot-deep
gorge of Labyrinth Canyon. Veteran leader Marie Cecchini shows the way. The raft trip
follows 100 miles of the Green and Colorado rivers. Enjoy both tranquil Stillwater Canyon
and tumultuous Cataract Canyon with leader Muir Macpherson. Both segments emphasize the
need for advocacy to promote Americas Redrock Wilderness Act.
Nevada Wilderness Our Magnificent
July 411 (Trip #98-105A) $355
This trip combines car camping and some vigorous dayhikes in eastern Nevadas remote,
rugged mountain ranges and vast sweeping basins; all are in need of advocates. Zero in on
this vital wilderness campaign at its start and be one of the first to carry the message
that Nevada is not casinos and wastelands but soaring peaks, volcanic plateaus, rushing
streams, and ancient aspen and bristle cone groves. Trip leaders are Vicky Hoover and
North Woods Wild
July 1218 (Trip # 98-106A) $595
This canoe trip in Minnesota will be led by Bill Sheppard, veteran of many excursions to
this Midwest gem. Participants will learn about proposed motorized use in a designated
wilderness area. Legislation to create a loophole in the Wilderness Act has been defeated,
but keeps resurfacing. Come paddle a few of the 1,100 lakes of this region and learn the
Trek to the Tall Trees
July 1925 (Trip #98-107A) $395
In the heart of Californias Sierra Nevada is the stage for a scenic advocacy outing
to a real-world wonder the awesome giant sequoias threatened by logging.
This car-camping trip features dayhikes and probably an overnight backpack. Leaders Bill
Evans and John Rasmussen will be joined by dedicated local activists Joe Fontaine and
Carla Cloer to spread the word about our proposal for a protective reserve system for the
magnificent sequoia habitat.
Hawaiian Hot Spots
Nov. 2128 (Trip #98-108A) $995
Activists will visit Mauis Ma- alaea Bay, home to humpback whales, sea turtles
and other tropical sea life; travel to a rainforest with a local biologist; snorkel at a
coral reef; and learn about a project to help eradicate exotic plants and restore native
plants. Participants will explore overuse of the islands main water supply
the Iao aquifer and developments that threaten native plant, animal and
sea-life habitats. Jennifer Taddei and Lucienne de Naie lead the way.
For more information: Contact Vicky Hoover at (415) 977-5527;
Partial scholarships are available. For a trip brochure and application form, call the
Outings Department at (415) 977-5522 or visit www.sierraclub.org/outings.