Archive for August, 2005

08/21/05 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. Fundraiser to help Monique “Pua” Sawicki go to Worlds in next Saturday

2. Registration for the Switchback Cyclery 6-Hours of Orange County now open

3. Poison Oak: a public service announcement from Brian Daily

4. Laguna Mountain Volunteers Host Annual Living History Event


The fundraiser to help Warrior’s Society Club members Ron and Monique Sawicki of “Team Mata” to attend the 24-Hour World Championship event in Whistler B.C. is next Saturday.

They have a partial list of some of the items being auctioned off to help Monique and Ron posted on their web site at:

The cost to participate in the fundraiser is just the $5.00 per car entrance fee charged by the Flying B to enter the park.

Drinks (soda and beer) will be provided by the Warrior’s Society at no cost. All we ask from participants outside of the $5.00 per car entry fee are for participants to bring a dish to share with others as the event will be a potluck.

Below is the information on the fundraiser. If you would like to contribute any amount towards their travel expenses it would be much appreciated by Ron and Monique.

WHO: Pua is a local SoCal favorite who holds the female 2004 and 2005 NORBA National Marathon Series Title, along with her 2005 24-Hour Solo National Title. For more information go to

WHAT: Pua’s Sponsors, the Warriors Society and Share are helping us go to the World 24 hour solo Championships in British Columbia on September 3rd and 4th.

WHY: Pua is currently the 24 Hour Solo National Champion and has a chance of taking the World Title but can’t afford to go.

HOW: We will be having a benefit ride and auction to help pay for the travel and other expenses. Her sponsors, companies like Kenda, Dt Swiss, Titus, Magura, Protech and FSA will be donating really great products to help.

WHERE: Baker Ranch (the Flying B) in Orange County (there will be a $5.00 per car fee for entry).

WHEN: Saturday, August 27th at 5 p.m.


First we ride and pre-view the Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County Course; we will meet at 5:00 pm. It will be about 2 hours of fun trail riding with Pua and she’ll give tips on training and riding for endurance.

Second, around 7:00-8:00 we eat, we have fun and begin the auctioning for all the cool products to help her get to Whistler!!

There will be music provided by the Official D.J. of the Warrior’s Society, Art Zippel, and fun games with lots of prizes!!!

We are making it a potluck night so please bring a dish to share. The drinks (soda, beer and water) will be provided by the Warrior’s Society.

It has been a big year for Pua and you can help with the finale; Pua has a great chance at taking it we just need to get there – she will make you proud.

Ron Sawicki
for more information:


Applications for the Switchback Cyclery 6-Hours of Orange County are now available at Switchback Cyclery in Orange. The shop is located on Chapman Avenue east of Prospect. Applications will be distributed at other shops throughout Orange County in September.

You can also download and application from our web site at:

Or register on at:

We estimate the course will be 5 miles long with about 1,125 feet of total elevation gain per lap. The course will take expert/pro riders around 30 to 35 minutes to complete a lap, intermediates about 35 to 45 minutes to complete a lap and novices 45 minutes to 55 minutes to complete a lap.

Once the new Lare-Dog Trail is completed we will have Geoladders come out and GPS the course so we have an accurate measure of the distance and total elevation. Once Geoladders does this we’ll place the link on the Switchback Cyclery 6-Hours of Orange County page on our web site and send it out in our weekly news as an update.

We have finished a tremendous amount of work on the new Lare-Dog Trail. Last Thursday we completely benched up to where we broke the trail through last Tuesday, which required a tremendous amount of work because of the two switchbacks that needed to be constructed. We were all pretty excited about all the work we completed!

Ken Rands and Chris Vargas continued to put the pilot trail through where we left off on Tuesday and came upon one last section of poison oak to cut through located in a small draw that we will traverse to get to the other ridge.

After we finished the Thursday work Ken Rands and Chris Vargas hiked to the opposite side of the draw where the section of poison oak is and figured out where we are going to cross it. At next Tuesday’s trail work those volunteering will bench the pilot trail we broke through (no poison oak section) while Chris cuts out the poison oak so the area can be benched at Thursday’s work party. By the end of next Thursday’s trail work we should have the first 2/3 of the trail built and hopefully the whole trail completed in two to three weeks (luckily we don’t need any more switchbacks that take a lot of time to construct).

We’ll be working from 5:00 to 7:00 both Tuesday and Thursday evenings until the trail is complete. If you plan on working feel free to bring your bike (and RSVP) so you can test out the trail we’ve completed so far. We all agree it’s going to be one kick ass trail up and one kick ass ride down (It’s about twice the length of the Warrior’s Trail and is similar to the Holy Jim Trail above the falls.

After we get it completed we’ll have a free bar-b-cue on Saturday night for all those that helped work on it. We plan on leaving a 50 foot section uncompleted until that Saturday to make sure those that worked on the trail are the first to completely ride down it. Those that volunteer their time will also be allowed to pre-ride the 6-Hour course at special Saturday sessions leading up to the event.


Be Kind Hearted:

If cavorting in and with nature, make sure your fellow cavortee suffers less poison oak exposure than yourself. If you’re working with the Warrior’s Society it’s a good idea to listen to Chris Vargas and let him cut the densest poison oak. The most famous (and wrong assumption) is “I never get poison oak,” that is until you actually work on removing it from the trail.

Charitable Acts Prologue:

Before setting upon trail work (legal), be sure your entire body is covered in something that can be removed and never used again. One product, Ivy Block, is the only FDA-approved product that’s clinically proven to help prevent poison oak, ivy and sumac rashes before they start.

The secret ingredient? It’s Bentoquatam, a patented substance that actually absorbs urushiol — the incredibly irritating oil that’s the most common cause of allergic contact dermatitis in America—before it irritates the skin.

For a $1.00 off coupon:

Charitable Acts Full Sweat:

Do not, warning do not, swipe your glove hand across your brows and eyes, or touch your willy else you risk replacing dirty salty sweat with a most insidious oil that will haunt you (possibly) for weeks.

Post-Charitable Acts Naked Dance:

It is socially acceptable (in my opinion) to remove all your trail work clothes in broad Day light and push them boots and all into a heavy-duty trash bag. No one will care and some may even understand.

Now is a good time to bring out that gallon jar of water and dishwashing soap to do a pre-wash and get the Ivy Block and any poison oak oil off your skin. Yes, you can buy special soap to wash off the oil, but liquid dish soap works well and is a lot cheaper. Use cold water, not hot water, so your pores do not open up possibly allowing the oil to seep deeper into your skin.


Drive home naked or with a change of clothes on for those modest individuals (some of you may have seen club member Andy Lightle driving home after trail work using the “naked” method) and remember if you have a garage or not. Driving home naked or in a change of clothes will also prevent you from transferring the oil to your car seat and anything else your clothes come in contact with; otherwise you’ll give the gift of oak to your family and other innocent victims – don’t be the “Typhoid Mary” of poison oak. Devise methods for fully removing the invisible pitchy poison oak resin from you boot laces, sunglasses, hat, boots, etc.

Thorough washing followed by 1 week of outside warm-weather drying should do the trick.

However, a bon fire is your best option.

If you don’t follow this advice:

Come Monday you’ll be able to be a stand in for the Michelin Man; call your M.D. and set up a visit to get cortisone shots and pills within 5 days…Good Luck.

P-Oak sucks.


San Diego, CA, August 15, 2005…The U.S. Forest Service was established in 1905- this year, 2005, commemorates 100 years of service. The Cleveland
National Forest in conjunction with the Laguna Mountain Volunteer
Association (LMVA), will celebrate the Forest Services’ centennial by hosting Laguna Mountain’s Annual Living History Event on September 3 & 4, 2005.

LMVA will again re-enact turn of the century life on the mountain. Families interested in guided tours should expect to see re-enactments of life of Native Americans, mountain men, cowboys, and a visiting farm family from Imperial Valley, the first forest ranger, and a gold miner.

Guided tours will be given every hour from 9am to 11am and 1pm to 3pm. On Saturday, September 3, visitors will also enjoy mountain folk music with
Wakefield’s Mountain Revue from 5-8pm at our ADA accessible amphitheatre located in the newly remodeled Burnt Rancheria Campground.
For more information please go to:


Where: The Roost Volunteer Headquarters

50 miles east of downtown San Diego on Interstate 8; Exit Sunrise Highway (S1), north 9.5 miles to Mile Marker 22.5. The Roost is tan building across from the Mount Laguna Volunteer Fire Station, and about 1/2 mile south Of village of Mount Laguna

Anabele Cornejo
Assistant Public Affairs Officer
United States Department of Agriculture
Forest Service- Cleveland National Forest

Phone: 858-674-2985

Fax: 858-674-2967

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