11/12/08 Warrior’s Society Weekly News

In this issue:

1. “The Traverse” event update

2. Joplin Trail brushing completed

3. Cleveland National Forest photo contest

4. Conservation Lecture Series – Coastal Cactus Wrens in Orange County

5. Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) T-shirt design contest


We expect this event to sell out (we have 73 spots left in the event) so if you are serious about participating register quickly. We will have no mail in registration and you can find the links to register on the event web page at:


Event Date: May 9th, 2009
Event Start: 7:00 AM
40+/- miles, 8,000+/- feet elevation gain

Starting Location: Black Star Canyon Road Finish Location: Trabuco Creek Road and Trabuco Canyon Road Post-event staging area: O’Neill Regional Park

There will be no same day registration.

The race will have Intermediate, Expert and Pro classes with the Pro class men and women racing for finishing cash. There must be a minimum of 5 participants in each age group or the age group will be combined with another age group.


PRO OPEN ($95)

EXPERT ($70)
18 to 30
31 to 45
46 to 59
60 +

18 to 30
31 to 45
46 to 59
60 +

The event fee includes awards for top finishers, finishing ribbon for all participants, t-shirt and food catered by El Pollo Loco.

Registration for the Toad Festival will open on December 1st.


Last Saturday (November 8th), The Warrior’s Society, led by Back Country Trail Director Ned “Lone Wolf” Reynolds, completed the brushing of the Joplin Trail. This 2.3 mile trail is known for being one of the most technical trails in the Santa Ana’s, and one hell of a hike up and down carrying a gas powered hedge trimmer (especially when you are being chased by hornets). We attempted to cut back the poison oak as far back as we could and also did some minor earthwork. Safety Officer Andy “Fast On Slow Horse” Lightle paid some special attention so some of the more technical sections to add alternative lines. I think club member Treve “Keeps Good Spirit” Messimer summed up our feelings after completing the work:

“I had been looking forward to this trail work for some time. I hadn’t seen many of the familiar faces in a while, and with all that has been going on lately, a need to give back on a foundational level. It is always refreshing to see a group of like-minded, smiling faces, ready to attack a gargantuan task. As usual, there was a mixture of joking, chopping, cutting, and sweating. In the end being able to climb back to the trucks and admire what we had accomplished. This club for me has become for me a nice grounding point. It is equal parts fellowship and hard work that makes me appreciate the trails I get to ride. I look forward to the next hang, minus the hornets if possible.”

Ned passed along his thanks to those who helped in a follow up email:

“I didn’t think we could do a better job than we did on Bell Ridge but Joplin is in killer shape right now. Thank you everyone.

The work was done @ the perfect time since the Forest is just re-opening and for thanksgiving. All the people who’ll be enjoying this Trail owe you many Tacos.”

Many thanks to Ned Reynolds, Rob Rust, Ned Reynolds, Steve Timm; Debi & Erik Brown, Vickie Lukina, Reed Price, Chip Leopard, Gene Frial, Jason Martin, Bob Hale, Andy Lightle, Mark Wilson, Drew Lazenby, Mike Caffrey, Jeroen Bosboom, Ken Rands, Dave Ross, Keith Parsons, Treve Misemer, Eron Boyer, Bob McCarter and Chris Vargas.

Our next trail work event will be a public event performing earthwork on the Silverado Trail once we get a decent amount of rain to aid in compaction. The club will be installing retaining structures in the meantime in preparation for filling these structures with material when we get the needed rain.


The Trabuco Ranger District is holding a photo contest! We are searching for the best image of the Santa Ana Mountains with Saddleback – Santiago and Modjeska Peak – prominent in the image. The contest begins today and ends on December 5th.

Images are requested in .eps, .ai, or .jpg format. Please email them to Ashley at antaylor@fs.fed.us and put “contest photo” in the subject line. A committee will select the winning photo most appropriate for our planned project. The photographers name will also be listed.

Please look through your old photos, ask friends, or go out and see what you can capture in your lens!

The winning photograph will be used for a very special gift item which will be distributed at the Annual Trabuco Ranger District volunteer Training event on January 31. It’s a surprise!

Debra Clarke – Wilderness / Trails Manager
District Volunteer Coordinator
Cleveland NF, Trabuco Ranger District
1147 East Sixth Street
Corona, CA 92879
(951) 736-1811 x 3227
(951) 736-3002 fax
email: drclarke@fs.fed.us


Sea and Sage Audubon Society – 4th Tuesday Conservation Lecture Series

Coastal Cactus Wrens in Orange County – A Species in Decline, Presented by Robb Hamilton

November 25, 2008, 7:00 pm, Free Admission
IRWD Duck Club, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine*

Join Robb Hamilton for an evening presentation on one of our very special birds, the coastal Cactus Wren. These birds are facing a host of threats, such as rampant wildfires and mass development, which are leading to recent declines. Robb Hamilton has been studying Cactus Wrens locally for many
years and will be sharing his insights into their biology, behavior, and some of the conservation challenges they face.

Cactus Wrens are among the most interesting and unique birds found in our fragile Coastal Sage Scrub (CSS) habitats. They build multiple nests, which they inhabit year around, and they build these among some of the nastiest cactus thorns imaginable. Once commonly observed throughout the county, these lively characters are becoming increasingly rare. Please join us for our third Conservation Lecture of 2008 to learn how to help keep these guys off the Endangered Species List.

Trish Smith from TNC, Kristine Preston from NROC, and Sandy DeSimone from Starr Ranch, will be present to provide information on how you can get involved with the Orange County Cactus Wren Survey Team, a volunteer-based, scientist-led survey effort.

Companion Field Trip: Robb Hamilton will lead a Cactus Wren Field Trip on December 6th; location to be announced after his presentation.

Special Guests: Following Robb’s presentation, The Friends of Coyote Hills will be giving a special 15 minute presentation on West Coyote Hills in Fullerton. This important remnant of open space is full of prickly pear cactus, CSS, and associated birds including Cactus Wrens and California Gnatcatchers.

Directions: 405 Freeway – Exit south on Jamboree -Left on Michelson – Right on Riparian View – Follow the main road past the IRWD facility, to the Duck Club and Audubon House. For Detailed Directions go to, www.seaandsageaudubon.org

For More Info on Robb’s Research on Cactus Wrens, and Cactus Wren related volunteer opportunities, see the Conservation Section of the Sea and Sage Audubon website at www.seaandsageaudubon.org


Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) introduces its first-ever member-designed t-shirt ART CONTEST!!

Enter and win a gift card from Orange 20!!


LACBC’s future online store will feature bikey gifts designed by YOU!

We are seeking a range of hip designs, to be applied to a variety of items.

-Simple, bold, bright, and unisex designs with bikes
-Include “LACBC” somewhere within design if possible

-The design should also be scalable, to fit t-shirts, shoes, mugs, etc.

Contest ends 11/18, so hurry!

This is a great opportunity to add to your portfolio, and maybe win some $$ to spend at Orange 20!

Here are some examples of awesome designs, taken from Zazzle and Cafe Press, that inspire us:


Please send your print-ready files to: jennifer@la-bike.org by 11/18/08.

Be sure to include your name, contact info, and any details or inspiration about your entry that you would like to share.

Thanks for being creative!!

Shimano is the Major Component Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

Rock N Road Bike Shops, Sho-Air Racing, El Pollo Loco and Switchback Cyclery are Major Sponsors of the Warrior’s Society

Clif Bar is the Official Energy Bar and Gel of the Warrior’s Society

The Warrior’s Society is a Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) affiliated organization

The Warrior’s Society is a Tax Exempt Organization under 501 (c) 4 of the IRS Code

“Far better it is to dare mighty dreams, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take the ranks with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat!”

Theodore Roosevelt


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