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Our Leaders

Mike Fry

Mike Fry

Mike has been the heart and soul of our bus trip program for over 30 years now. He is always searching for new wilderness areas to visit and new trailheads to backpack. Mike has led hundreds of trips and shared with his groups the magnificent secrets of the backcountry. Mike is also our encyclopedia of every historical environmental event and feature along Hwy395.

Alice Fichandler

Alice Fichandler

Without whom we would not have permits for our bus trip outings! Alice has been active in our Cross Country Ski Section for more than 20 years, and has recently become a volunteer with the Wilderness Basics Class. She has been one of the WBC Snow Camp assistant coordinators, and plans to continue in that role. In addition to skiing, she enjoys hiking, backpacking and adventure travel.

Stefanie Maio

Stefanie Maio

Stefanie has been leading outings with the Sierra Club since 2007. She graduated from the C.O.R.E. (Canadian Outdoor Recreation Educator) program in 2005 before moving to San Diego where she found her passion for hiking and backpacking. Her favorite place to hike or backpack usually involves waterfalls.

Jim Jafolla

Jim Jafolla

Jim has been leading Sierra Club outings for almost 10 years, enjoying both winter desert outings and summer trips to the San Bernardino and Sierra mountains. Jim particularly favors long, punishing hikes. Fortunately, he is easily punished.

Starla Rivers

Starla Rivers

Starla has enjoyed leading outings for the Sierra Club since 1995. Her favorite outings include leading snow camp for the Wilderness Basics Course and anything in Yosemite National Park. Other interests include international travel where she has summited Mt Kilimanjaro and trekked to Mt Everest Base Camp.

Steve Fausset

Steve Fausset

Steve has been hiking and backpacking for 27 years, climbing hundreds of peaks along the way. He has been leading Sierra Club outings since 1996. He has a reputation as a glutton for punishment and is always up for a challenging adventure whether on trail or off. If you’re reasonably fit and have a “go for it” spirit, you’ll enjoy his outings.

Rachael Barsman

Rachael Barsman

Rachel has been sharing her love of the outdoors with Sierra Club members and Wilderness Basics students since 1998. Her favorite hikes are Whale Peak in the Anza Borrego desert and San Jacinto Peak from Idyllwild. The bus trips are a great opportunity to see new places and hike with other outdoor enthusiasts.

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

Michael has been a leader since 2011 and an active Sierra Club member long before that. He currently serves as the Outings Chair for the Sierra Singles Section and is involved with the Wilderness Basics Course.

Pauline Jimenez

Pauline Jimenez

Pauline discovered backpacking through a Basic Mountaineering Course offered by the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club in 1976. Pauline also leads nature outings on behalf of the San Diego Natural History Museum, and is a member of the Desert Protective Council. Her trail avocations include ethnobotany, “naked eye” astronomy, and harmonica concerts under the stars.

Walter Konopka

Walter Konopka

Nature has always been a passion for me.  The first book I asked for as a Christmas present as a child was a cheap edition of Audubon's Birds.  I have been active in the Sierra Club since 1972 leading hikes, backpacks, bike rides, and serving on committees.  Since I retired, I have also been leading nature walks for the Natural History Museum, hiking, traveling, and taking classes.

 

   

Lynn Nebus

Lynn became a member of the Sierra Club in 1991, completed the Wilderness Basics Course in 1992, and has been leading outings for the Club since 1995. She enjoys peakbagging and extended backpacks in the Sierra Nevada high country in the summer, and has hiked over 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in California. Her favorite hiking places are San Jacinto and San Gorgonio areas, just about anywhere in the eastern Sierra, and the Yosemite high country in particular.

 

   

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