06/18/06 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. Warrior’s Society members Pua & Ron both podium at the second Xterra!

2. 2007 Vision Quest update

3. Sign petition to protect our access in Northern California

4. Hike to Hidden Ranch in Black Star Canyon

5. Help SHARE support the LIVESTRONG® Challenge

1. WARRIOR’S SOCIETY MEMBERS PUA AND RON BOTH PODIUM AT THE SECOND XTERRA!

For the whole story go to:

http://www.teammata.com/news/

2. 2007 VISION QUEST UPDATE

We are already getting questions as to when registration for the 2007 Vision Quest and Counting Coup will open up. Registration for the 2007 Vision Quest and Counting Coup will be first opened up to our trail work and event volunteers, as well as the participants in our last two events of our 2006 Series of events, the October 21st Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County and the November 18th Sho-Air / Rock N Road Fall Mountain Bike Classic.

Participants in these last two events of our 2006 Series will be allowed to register at these events. Open registration will begin November 19th for any remaining spots.

One change we will be making at the 2007 Vision Quest is you’ll have the option of parking at O’Neill and taking a shuttle to the start, or parking on Black Star Canyon Road at the start and taking a shuttle back to your car after you finish the event. We will also only have one start at 5:30 a.m., and like this year, the event will start on time.

At our last event in our 2006 Series, the Saturday November 18th Sho-Air / Rock N Road Fall Classic, we will be raffling off $5,000 worth of Felt Bicycles as well as crowing our 2006 Warrior’s Society / Sho-Air Orange County male and female champions. For every event you participate in the championship series you will receive on raffle ticket for the Felt product.

At the Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County, in addition to the pasta lunch, we will have hot-dogs and root beer floats served at the 3-Hour mark to hold you over until the pasta is served after the event. All this, including a t-shirt and raffle prizes, are included in the $45.00 event fee.

To register online for the Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County:

http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1301312

Downloadable application:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/Events_And_Results/6-hours-oc-app.pdf

For online registration for the Sho-Air / Rock N Road Fall Mountain Bike Classic and series final got to:

http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1301313

for a downloadable application go to:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/Events_And_Results/fall-classic-app.pdf

The entry fee for each event is $45.00. The entry fee includes an event t-shirt, prizes and a pasta lunch (and hot dogs and root beer floats at the Switchback 6-Hours of Orange County). For every event you enter in the series you get one raffle ticket for the $5,000 raffle of bikes from Felt Bicycles to be held at this event, the final event of the series.

These cross country events will take place on a 5.6 mile loop with 1,253 feet of elevation gain per lap.

3. SIGN PETITION TO PROTECT OUR ACCESS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Senator Boxer is again attempting to designate more of our public lands in Northern California as “Wilderness” and we need to let her know we do not support her efforts to do so.

This petition opposing more Northern California BLM and National Forest Lands being designated as “wilderness,” which bans mountain biking, was passed on to us by Todd Brown of the Good Idea Group.

http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?boxer&13501

Please take the time to sign it to protect mountain bike access.

4. HIKE TO HIDDEN RANCH IN BLACK STAR CANYON

Santa Ana Mountains Natural History Association

Hidden Ranch tour – Black Star Canyon

Saturday, July 15, 2006 – 4 to 9 PM

Host: Joel Robinson, The Wildlands Conservancy and SAMNHA volunteers

Hidden Ranch description:

Join SAMNHA, The Wildlands Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy for a rare opportunity to visit the historic Hidden Ranch. Veiled in mystery, partially because of its remote location, it remains tucked away above Black Star Canyon, against the northern end of the Cleveland National Forest in the Santa Ana Mountains. Local historians have long shared colorful stories about Hidden Ranch’s dark and complex past. It features over eight hundred acres of diverse terrain, plants and animals. Dense chaparral, nearly pristine native grassland, riparian forest, Native American significance.

Reservations requested: Contact Debra Clarke at drclarke@fs.fed.us or 951-736-1811 to make your reservations.

Driving directions: Follow Santiago Canyon Road to Silverado Canyon road. Drive 100 yards on Silverado Canyon road and take first left onto Blackstar Canyon road. Drive about 200 yards to The Nature Conservancy parking lot on the left.

MEET at 3:45 PM. We will leave vehicles parked at The Nature Conservancy lot and shuttle to Hidden Ranch. An early shuttle at 7PM will be available for guests unable to stay until 9PM.

4 – 6PM – Guests have the option to explore on your own, go on short interpretive hikes or join a very strenuous visit to an awesome gorge. Bouldering required. No children on this one!

6 – 7PM – Potluck; Bring a folding chair and a dish to share. Utensils, plates and drinks will be provided.

7 – 9PM – Evening/twilight hike:

Sunset is just after 8pm on the 15th. Bats can start emerging before then, but we should start looking at least by that time. By 8:30 visibility will be poor since the moon doesn’t rise until after 11pm (unless blacklighting is going on concurrently). Stephanie will bring a pair of night vision goggles and bat detectors to help locate bats, but the best viewing will be in that half hour after sunset, assuming we hit a spot near a roost.

9 PM – Shuttles will return guests to the cars at the County gate.

Santa Ana Mountains Natural History Events:

www.freewebs.com/santaanamountains

5. HELP SHARE SUPPORT THE LIVESTRONG® CHALLENGE

The SHARE Mountain Bike Club will be supporting the LIVESTRONG® Challenge on Sunday, June 25. We will staff an aid station at Aliso Viejo High School to support the bike segment. If you are interested in volunteering, please email:

krands@cox.net.

Also needed are EMTs and bike technicians.

This is the first of five national events this year to raise funds for the Lance Armstrong Cancer Foundation. The event includes a walk, a run and 10, 40, 70 and 100 mile bike rides.

For more information on the event, check out the website:

www.livestrongchallenge.org

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