Newsletter, Summer 2020
Gear Gyrl by Sylvie Hessini
Lighting for camp is key to having a pleasant and safe experience. Your most important personal light is a headlamp. There are many styles at various price points available.
Most headlamps have several lighting modes, including a red light for use in close contact with others (post Covid-19, of course)! These lights can be quite basic or very robust, based on the needs of the hiker/camper. Lumens identifies the strength of the beam, 300-400 lumens is adequate for getting safely around camp and exploring. If you’re going to be night hiking or climbing, you will want big lumens and long battery life.
Rechargeable headlamps are a good option. It’s important to identify what kind of battery is being used and if there’s a readily available replacement battery for backup.
Additional camp lighting options are many. There are inflatable, rechargeable lanterns, some of which can charge your phone. They usually have a solar panel as well as usb charging capabilities.
Traditional versions of lanterns are Coleman style fueled by propane for outside use. These lanterns may cast a bigger surrounding light than the solar rechargeables. Some propane canisters are recyclable, many are not.
Evaluate your needs and choose accordingly.
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Be a Leader for Change with the Sierra Club
By Lucy Claire Curran and Beth Bittle for the San Francisco Bay Chapter Nominations Committee
With the pandemic, the ongoing struggle with systemic racism, political polarization, and all of this on top of the ever-present climate crisis, many of us are taking a moment to pause, take stock, and examine our priorities.
The Sierra Club has a long history and important work to do:
To explore, enjoy and protect the planet
To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources;
To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
Might this be a moment for a new generation of Bay Chapter leaders to join those who have been doing so much good work for so long? Is this the moment for YOU to lean into the conversation? Is your voice needed as part of the discussion?
We here at the SF Bay Chapter Nominations Committee believe that the grass-roots leadership structure of the Sierra Club is worth investing in. Furthermore, we believe that a robust and fully functioning grassroots leadership structure requires member engagement. This means two things:
We need members to run for leadership positions; and
We need members to turn out to vote for the best leaders.
Here’s your opportunity to learn more about elections in our chapter: just go to the SF Bay Area Chapter website at https://www.sierraclub.org/san-francisco-bay.
Let’s be honest and courageous and keep our dialogue nuanced and thoughtful, and let’s make sure we are welcoming and elevating a wider range of voices at the table. Go to https://www.sierraclub.org/san-francisco-bay today and nominate yourself or someone else for a leadership position. Deadline is September 8th! If you have any questions about running please contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org