The Pacific Crest Trail - from the Canadian Border to Mexico - A geologist view from atop !
Next Meeting: Tuesday - March 18th, 2014
Our Seventh Meeting of 2014 Season
Pacific Crest Trail
. The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2663 mile long trek along some of America’s tallest mountain ranges spanning the Cascade Range to the north to its southern sister the Sierra Nevada’s. From its lowest point at Cascade Locks of 140 ft. above sea level to its highest point of 13,153 ft. at Forester Pass it winds along the west’s highest peaks and valleys. It starts at the border of Canada and ends at our border with Mexico with spectacular scenery, adventure and tests of one’s determination. This program gives that viewpoint from two geologists as they hike the entire route from top to bottom and describe their adventure of a lifetime.
Paul Hacker & Greg Hummel Presenters
5 Million Steps Over 5 Billion Years, The Geology of the Pacific Crest Trail
The Pacific Crest Trail crosses what is arguably the greatest exposure of geology and tectonic features anywhere in the world. The trail is 2,658 miles from Mexico to Canada, crossing the states of California, Oregon and Washington. It Traverses the Peninsular and Transverse Ranges of Southern California, the San Andreas Fault three times, a portion of the Mojave Desert, up the Tehachapi’s, along the backbone of the mighty Sierra, the Klamath Mountains of Northwest California and volcano hops through Oregon and Washington to the Canadian border. From the San Andreas Fault to the glaciated valleys of the Sierra Nevada to the tectonic origin of the Cascade Crest volcanoes, the trail crosses some of the most scenic, magnificent and geologically interesting terrain in North America.
Greg “Strider” Hummel and Paul “Nohawk” Hacker (H&H) met while hiking the PC Trail. Inspired by what they saw and experienced both returned to the “Real World” and became geologists. Come with us and take a 5 Million step adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail.
BS Geology UC Santa Barbara ‘79, Master work in Geology University of Colorado ’82, Amoco Denver in the early 80’s, He has worked the Sacramento, Los Angeles, No. San Joaquin and Santa Maria Basins. He currently works for ERG in the Cat Canyon Field. Greg is the Vice President of the LA Basin Geologic Society, and President of (ALDHA West) the American Long Distance Hiking Assoc. of the West. He is the principle founder of the ADZPCTKO Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kickoff. Greg has given talks to numerous groups about the trail and was recently featured on National Geographic’s, Americas Wild Places, and the Pacific Crest Trail which aired in July of 2010.
BA Geography CSUN ’79, BS Geology CLU ’82, Joined Argo Petroleum 1980, worked with Bravo Oil Co. and Santa Fe Energy in the early 80’s, Consultant since 1985. He is a Past President of the Pacific Section AAPG, Past Chairman of the Wildcat Committee, a member of the Wildcat Players since 1988 and an avid supporter of the Pyle’s Boys Camp. He is presently consulting for Roya Resources in Bakersfield.
The boys have given talks to numerous groups about the trail and were recently featured on National Geographic’s, Americas Wild Places, the Pacific Crest Trail which aired in July of 2010.
This Months Sponsor - click to learn more
Venoco, Inc. is a private company in the energy supply business with headquarters in Denver, Colorado, with local representation in Carpentaria. Venoco has a number of holdings and operations in California including the 3 platform operations, Gail, Holly, and Grace offshore of Ventura -Santa Barbara Coastline. Onshore energy production areas include such diverse areas as the Sacramento Basin, Ventura Basin, as well as energy reserves in Kern County, Santa Maria valley and even some deposits in exclusive Beverly Hills. Founded in 1992, the company is based on responsible development of oil and gas deposits for an ever growing global market need for energy. It supports local and regional community involvement and participation as shown with numerous CGS sponsorships over the years including this month’s program. We salute Venoco for their continued support and involvement in CGS community activities.
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