Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sierra Club Outings

The Sierra Club is one of the oldest and largest grass-roots environmental organizations in the world.  It was begun by John Muir in 1892.  Part of its mission statement is to "explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth," and Muir fervently believed that the best way to get Americans to protect the natural wonders of our country was to get them out INTO the wilderness.

"If people in general could be got into the woods, even for once, to hear the trees speak for themselves, all difficulties in the way of forest preservation would vanish. (John Muir)

This concept was demonstrated in 1903 when Muir invited President Theodore Roosevelt to visit Yosemite with him, and that visit convinced the president to enhance the protections of Yosemite.

The Sierra Club annually offers over 300 of these outings, and over the last decade, I've participated in these 13:

  • Here is a brief video showing video footage and still photos of these outings:
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