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  • Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly Kiosk Install!

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 07:00 AM
    Lower Bristlecone Trailhead in Mt Charleston, NV

    Join us for an early morning install of a kiosk sign on the Lower Bristlecone Trail! The Friends team is hard at work designing interpretive kiosks for the US Forest Service in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. A few weeks ago, we installed a kiosk dedicated to alerting recreationists about the Acastus Checkerspot butterfly (pictured above). On Wednesday, July 24, it is the Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly's turn!

    We'll spend the morning installing a kiosk sign alerting recreationists about what they can do to protect the Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly and their habitat. The Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly is an endangered species endemic to the Spring Mountains. Endemic means found no where else on earth! We will meet at the Lower Bristlecone trailhead at 7a and travel by vehicle up the trail. From the furthermost point we can reach in the truck, we will continue on foot with the kiosk and installation supplies. There's no experience necessary to join us, just a passion for the outdoors!

    What You'll Need:  Sturdy, closed-toe shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt.  Sunscreen, a water bottle, and snacks for yourself.

    See you there!

     

  • Griffith Peak Trail Rebuild, Part 4! 7 RSVPs

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 09:00 AM through July 28, 2019
    Mt. Charleston Wilderness

    Escape the heat at 10,000 ft. with our Volunteer Trail Crew!

    Be a part of the volunteer trail crews that will rebuild Griffith Peak Trail this summer!  Sleep under the stars, breathe in the mountain air, experience Mt. Charleston Wilderness up close, and appreciate trails in a new way.  Building trail side-by-side with other outdoors lovers is a fun and immensely rewarding way to give back to the places you love.  Lace up your boots and join us!

    For this project, we’ll camp along South Loop Trail, 4.2 miles and 2,900 ft. up from the trailhead.  Each day we’ll put on our day packs and hike to Griffith Peak Trail.  Trailwork will consist of using pick-mattocks and mcleods to cut and level trail tread.  There's truly no better way to get to know Mt. Charleston Wilderness!

    Volunteers for this project must complete a Trailwork Volunteer Application.  You only need to fill this form out once a year and will receive a confirmation email within 10 working days of submitting your application.

     

    New to overnight trailwork?  Click here to get a better idea of what it’s like to be a Trailwork Volunteer.



    Difficulty Level: Strenuous - This project involves daily hikes of up to 6 miles on challenging terrain, at elevations of 7,500 - 10,800 ft, while carrying tools and all of your gear for the day.  Participants need to be of a high general fitness level to move at a pace that will allow the group to reach trailwork sites by a set time.  Participants should have some experience in the outdoors. This trip will be physically strenuous and extremely rewarding.

    About the Trail - Located in Mt. Charleston Wilderness, 5.6 mile Griffith Peak Trail has been closed since being decimated by the Carpenter One fire and successive flooding in 2013.  The trail is currently under an array of logs and, in some places, non-existent.  Before wildfire, the trail provided a quieter alternative to South Loop Trail and offered views of the back of Red Rock Canyon.  Reopening Griffith Peak Trail will give hikers additional access to alpine Bristlecone Pine forests, Griffith Peak (11,059 ft), and Charleston Peak (11,916 ft).  We'll be approaching Griffith Peak Trail from Kyle Canyon, via the South Loop Trail.

    About the Trailwork - This project doesn’t require any prior trailwork experience.  You’ll receive a safety and training session before working, including proper techniques and tool use.  We typically leave camp at 8 am and return by 4 pm. Be prepared be away from camp all day by carrying a day pack with lunch and at least 3 liters of water.  We'll be on the trail Thursday - Sunday.  We hope you can join us for the whole hitch, but you can also come for as little as two days.  If you arrive part way through, you’ll need to meet us on the trail.

    What You'll Need - Sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt are required for this project.  You’ll need a day pack and the capacity to carry at least 3 liters of water.  You're responsible for your own camping gear and snacks as well as transportation to and from the project.  Because there’s limited packing space, we’ll be asking some volunteers for this project to use tents that have already been packed up the trail.  

    What We'll Have - We'll provide tools, gloves, and hard hats.  We'll have group camp gear, including ample water and cooking gear such as stoves and tables.  We'll be making dinner for everyone at night, have a breakfast bar and coffee in the mornings, as well as basic sandwich fixings so you can make lunch for the day.

    Camp - We'll be camping along South Loop trail, 4.2 miles and 2,900 up from the trailhead.  We strongly encourage you to make use of our pack support to get your gear up the trail on Thursday.  That way, more of our energy is spent building the trail rather than hiking up it.  We’ll share more information with you about how to prep your gear to be packed. Otherwise, you are responsible to backpack your gear up to camp.

  • Wild Speaker Series 11 RSVPs

    Thursday, August 01, 2019 at 06:45 PM
    REI - Boca Park in Las Vegas, NV


    Keepers of Bitter Waters - The Amargosa River

    Join Friends for our August Wild Speaker Series, “Keepers of Bitter Waters- The Amargosa River” at REI Boca Park. Fred Bell, documentary filmmaker and nature recordist, will be our presenter as we learn about the Amargosa River and what conservationists are doing to save this habitat. The presentation will feature a 20-minute film, “Keepers of Bitter Waters – The Armogosa River.” Few people know that a river begins just a few miles east of Death Valley National Park and terminates in the area of the park known as Bad Water Basin. The Amargosa River is a federally recognized Wild and Scenic river and an important provider of habitat for migratory birds.   In addition to the movie, Mr. Bell will provide us with audio recordings highlighting the sounds of the Mojave Desert. This will be an entertaining event you will not want to miss!

    Fred Bell spends a lot of his free time quietly sitting and recording the natural sounds of the desert, especially throughout the Amargosa River basin.  It’s a peaceful diversion from his full-time duties operating the video system for the Blue Man Group show in Las Vegas. Seeking a new use for his recordings, he dusted off old skills of making documentaries in hopes that this short film will contribute to conservation efforts of the Amargosa River.

    We will see you there!


    Every first Thursday of the month, Friends of Nevada Wilderness hosts a local environmental expert at REI Boca Park in their Community Room. This is a great event for folks who are interested in the outdoors to learn more about hikes, local habitat, and ways to get involved with conservation efforts.

    Doors open at 6:45 giving you enough time to socialize and grab a snack before the presentation begins at 7 pm.

    Please join us at REI Boca Park every first Thursday for a new speaker every month!

     

  • Griffith Peak Trail Rebuild, Part 5! 8 RSVPs

    Thursday, August 08, 2019 at 09:00 AM through August 11, 2019
    Mt. Charleston Wilderness

    Camp among the bristlecones and help rebuild the last section of Griffith Peak Trail!

    Be a part of the volunteer trail crews that will rebuild Griffith Peak Trail this summer!  Sleep under the stars, breathe in the mountain air, experience Mt. Charleston Wilderness up close, and appreciate trails in a new way.  Building trail side-by-side with other outdoors lovers is a fun and immensely rewarding way to give back to the places you love.  Lace up your boots and join us!

    For this project, we’ll camp along South Loop Trail, 4.2 miles and 2,900 ft. up from the trailhead.  Each day we’ll put on our day packs and hike to Griffith Peak Trail.  Trailwork will consist of using pick-mattocks and mcleods to cut and level trail tread.  There's truly no better way to get to know Mt. Charleston Wilderness!

    Volunteers for this project must complete a Trailwork Volunteer Application.  You only need to fill this form out once a year and will receive a confirmation email within 10 working days of submitting your application.

     

    New to overnight trailwork?  Click here to get a better idea of what it’s like to be a Trailwork Volunteer.

    Difficulty Level: Strenuous - This project involves daily hikes of 5 - 6 miles on challenging terrain, at elevations of 7,500 - 10,800 ft, while carrying tools and all of your gear for the day.  Participants need to be of a high general fitness level to move at a pace that will allow the group to reach trailwork sites by a set time.  Participants should have some experience in the outdoors. This trip will be physically strenuous and extremely rewarding.

    About the Trail - Located in Mt. Charleston Wilderness, 5.6 mile Griffith Peak Trail has been closed since being decimated by the Carpenter One fire and successive flooding in 2013.  The trail is currently under an array of logs and, in some places, non-existent.  Before wildfire, the trail provided a quieter alternative to South Loop Trail and offered views of the back of Red Rock Canyon.  Reopening Griffith Peak Trail will give hikers additional access to alpine Bristlecone Pine forests, Griffith Peak (11,059 ft), and Charleston Peak (11,916 ft).  We'll be approaching Griffith Peak Trail from Kyle Canyon, via the South Loop Trail.

    About the Trailwork - This project doesn’t require any prior trailwork experience.  You’ll receive a safety and training session before working, including proper techniques and tool use.  We typically leave camp at 8 am and return by 4 pm. Be prepared be away from camp all day by carrying a day pack with lunch and at least 3 liters of water.  We'll be on the trail Thursday - Sunday.  We hope you can join us for the whole hitch, but you can also come for as little as two days.  If you arrive part way through, you’ll need to meet us on the trail.

    What You'll Need - Sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt are required for this project.  You’ll need a day pack and the capacity to carry at least 3 liters of water.  You're responsible for your own camping gear and snacks as well as transportation to and from the project.  Because there’s limited packing space, we’ll be asking some volunteers for this project to use tents that have already been packed up the trail.  

    What We'll Have - We'll provide tools, gloves, and hard hats.  We'll have group camp gear, including ample water and cooking gear such as stoves and tables.  We'll be making dinner for everyone at night, have a breakfast bar and coffee in the mornings, as well as basic sandwich fixings so you can make lunch for the day.

    Camp - We'll be camping along South Loop trail, 4.2 miles and 2,900 up from the trailhead.  We strongly encourage you to make use of our pack support to get your gear up the trail on Thursday.  That way, more of our energy is spent building the trail rather than hiking up it.  We’ll share more information with you about how to prep your gear to be packed. Otherwise, you are responsible to backpack your gear up to camp.

  • Griffith Peak Trail Rebuild, Part 6! 1 RSVP

    Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 09:00 AM through September 22, 2019
    Mt. Charleston Wilderness

    Camp on high slopes in Mt. Charleston Wilderness and help rebuild the Griffith Peak Trail!

    Be a part of the volunteer trail crews that will rebuild Griffith Peak Trail this summer!  Sleep under the stars, breathe in the mountain air, experience Mt. Charleston Wilderness up close, and appreciate trails in a new way.  Building trail side-by-side with other outdoors lovers is a fun and immensely rewarding way to give back to the places you love.  Lace up your boots and join us!

    For this project, we’ll camp along South Loop Trail, 4.2 miles and 2,900 ft. up from the trailhead.  Each day we’ll put on our day packs and hike to Griffith Peak Trail.  Trailwork will consist of using pick-mattocks and mcleods to cut and level trail tread.  There's truly no better way to get to know Mt. Charleston Wilderness!

    Volunteers for this project must complete a Trailwork Volunteer Application.  You only need to fill this form out once a year and will receive a confirmation email within 10 working days of submitting your application.

     

    New to overnight trailwork?  Click here to get a better idea of what it’s like to be a Trailwork Volunteer.

    Difficulty Level: Strenuous - This project involves daily hikes of 5 - 6 miles on challenging terrain, at elevations of 7,500 - 10,800 ft, while carrying tools and all of your gear for the day.  Participants need to be of a high general fitness level to move at a pace that will allow the group to reach trailwork sites by a set time.  Participants should have some experience in the outdoors. This trip will be physically strenuous and extremely rewarding.

    About the Trail - Located in Mt. Charleston Wilderness, 5.6 mile Griffith Peak Trail has been closed since being decimated by the Carpenter One fire and successive flooding in 2013.  The trail is currently under an array of logs and, in some places, non-existent.  Before wildfire, the trail provided a quieter alternative to South Loop Trail and offered views of the back of Red Rock Canyon.  Reopening Griffith Peak Trail will give hikers additional access to alpine Bristlecone Pine forests, Griffith Peak (11,059 ft), and Charleston Peak (11,916 ft).  We'll be approaching Griffith Peak Trail from Kyle Canyon, via the South Loop Trail.

    About the Trailwork - This project doesn’t require any prior trailwork experience.  You’ll receive a safety and training session before working, including proper techniques and tool use.  We typically leave camp at 8 am and return by 4 pm. Be prepared be away from camp all day by carrying a day pack with lunch and at least 3 liters of water.  We'll be on the trail Thursday - Sunday.  We hope you can join us for the whole hitch, but you can also come for as little as two days.  If you arrive part way through, you’ll need to meet us on the trail.

    What You'll Need - Sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt are required for this project.  You’ll need a day pack and the capacity to carry at least 3 liters of water.  You're responsible for your own camping gear and snacks as well as transportation to and from the project.  Because there’s limited packing space, we’ll be asking some volunteers for this project to use tents that have already been packed up the trail.  

    What We'll Have - We'll provide tools, gloves, and hard hats.  We'll have group camp gear, including ample water and cooking gear such as stoves and tables.  We'll be making dinner for everyone at night, have a breakfast bar and coffee in the mornings, as well as basic sandwich fixings so you can make lunch for the day.

    Camp - We'll be camping along South Loop trail, 4.2 miles and 2,900 up from the trailhead.  We strongly encourage you to make use of our pack support to get your gear up the trail on Thursday.  That way, more of our energy is spent building the trail rather than hiking up it.  We’ll share more information with you about how to prep your gear to be packed. Otherwise, you are responsible to backpack your gear up to camp.